Nike and Snap (previously Snapchat) may not seem alike, but they have one thing in common and that's influencer marketing. What's a deciding success factor for any influencer campaign? It's choosing the right partner! In the case of Nike and Snap, the results of the two campaigns are entirely different, but one thing is clear. Aligning your brand with interests an influencers' audience cares about can create a lasting impact!
Luckily with the right data, you can easily see if the influencer engages their audience exactly on the interests that are a right fit for your business. Looking at actual engagement created per interest, and not only what the influencer posts about, is what brands can do to confidently seek out the right influencers for their campaigns.
However, it's also important to note that things can easily take a turn for the worse if influencers selected aren't getting engagement on the interest affinities the brand is looking for. What's exactly the risk? Wasting time and money partnering with content creators who have no real reach or engagement within their target audience on the interests/topics the brand likes to promote - or worse, an influencer who could be harmful to their brand’s reputation and possibly even promote their competitors.
Let's take a closer look and jump into real life examples to show you what we mean…
Influencer Marketing Campaign: NikeInfluencer marketing can create a huge impact when the engagement an influencer is getting on interests is paired with the right brand. A great example of a powerful influencer campaign that did just that, was Nike's collaboration with San Francisco 49er's athlete Colin Kaepernick. In fact, it was so great you've probably heard of it.
The campaign was extremely engaging and captivated relevant audiences - and for good reason. Just take a look at the data, the numbers speak for themselves.
Nike's sales surged by a whopping 31% after working with this talented athlete. Kaepernick posted the first version of the campaign ad on Labor Day, featuring a black and white photo of himself with the slogan, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything. Just do it.”
The Tweet was so successful he earned nearly 400,000 Retweets and over 900,000 Likes. But it wasn't luck that generated such tremendous engagement on Nike's influencer campaign, nor was it solely the creative behind the Tweet. It was Nike's ability to identify an influencer that has the same affinities as their brand.
Influencer Marketing Campaign: SnapLike Nike, Snap has also dived into influencer marketing, collaborating with Luka Sabbat who paid by Snap's PR agency to model Snap Spectacles. The idea was to partner up with Sabbat to model their new v2 spectacles. While belongingness to inner circles can play a role in an influencers success, it's not all that should be considered. Here's what we mean:
Looking closer into Sabbat's performance data shows that the topic @lukasabbat gets most audience engagement on is Gaming. After Gaming, his most engaging sub-topic is Performing Arts. While Sabbat does post about fashion accessories and other topics frequently, his audience engages with his posts about Gaming most. This would lead us to believe that he would pair well with a gaming brand, as opposed to Snap.
It's More Than Just a Match of Interests…Influencer marketing is complex and it's become even more critical than ever for a business to look at a multitude of data - both quantitative and qualitative - before making their decision. This becomes clear when we take a closer look at different types of data that revolve around Nike and Snap's selected influencers.
For starters, there is one main difference between the two influencers and that pertains to their ability to communicate about their interests on a larger scale and over a longer term. In terms of @kaepernick7, his interests are supported by audience engagement he's getting on his interest-specific content.
This isn't always easy to know unless you're able to use a platform like Socialbakers that can quickly organize all the different types of topics influencers are getting the most engagement on into clear interests so brands can easily gauge if they are a right fit for them.
In contrast to @kaepernick7, we were only able to detect 1 or 2 posts for each interest on @lukasabbat's Instagram feed. It's known that Snap's PR agency selected Sabbat for an influencer campaign after he was seen with Kourtney Kardashian. While the influencer had the right connections and high publicity, he didn't have consistent interests or engagement on his Instagram profile. To get influencer marketing right, all spectrums of an influencer need to be explored, from their social circles to their performance data.
For example, when looking at @lukasabbat's most used hashtags we can see a clear pattern. Sabbat's hashtags are far less diverse. In fact, his most used hashtag is #ad.
TakeawayChoosing the right influencer has never been easier. With the right data, brands can zero-in on an influencer that's a perfect match for the audiences they want to reach. Be sure to take a closer look at an influencer's content before collaboration. Remember that it's not what they post about, but what their audience is engaging with most. Aligning your brand's affinities with an influencer's most engaging affinities is a sure way to make the results you want real.
Influencer platforms like Socialbakers turn a complicated process - stress-free. In just a few clicks you conduct a fast and thorough background check by taking a look at the hashtags they mention most, which brands they have collaborated with, along with how much their audience engages with their content.
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