• Virtual Influencers are the new avatars that live on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, and different brands’ advertising campaigns. Over the last few years, virtual influencers have been a growing reality of internet interaction, and their influence is such that some of them have managed to collaborate with some of the world’s biggest brands.

    Although they are not real people, virtual influencers (an avatar created digitally) seek to create a community on social networks and show a lifestyle like anyone else.

    Brands collaborate with them to create advertising campaigns because of their continued growth and high engagement.

    NOT THE FIRST VIRTUAL INFLUENCER

    We tend to think that virtual influencers can separate us too much from reality when the truth is that we’ve been exposed to this fiction forever.

    We must remember that all the characters we’ve created through literature or the movies industry are virtual influencers.

    Imagine if Harry Potter was an influencer? How would his IG be? Which brands would he work with?

    Stories create characters for readers
    or viewers to interact with, fall in love or follow. They create communities and a lifestyle and even dictate trends; in other words, fictional characters were the first virtual influencers.

    44% of people have the same level of trust in a product when endorsed by a virtual influencer rather than a human influencer.

    WHAT ARE THE PROS

    The planned and implemented strategy behind each post or story of the virtual influencer encourages brands to work with virtual influencers because as well as being cheaper to work with, there is a reduced risk over working with a human influencer. The team behind each virtual influencer has full control of the narrative, deciding what brands they collaborate with, what the avatar should look like, what it publishes and its principles and values.

    Virtual Influencers could be less controversial than human influencers as avatars are less likely to receive negative comments, similarly for brands that use these influencers. We live in a cancel culture; anything an influencer says or does can have huge and lasting effects on an influential figure’s public perception so working with an influencer who aligns to the brand values is incredibly important.

    The virtual influencer content is highly customizable; there are endless possibilities for creative and seamless product integration. There is nowhere a virtual influencer cannot go and nothing they cannot do.

    Carlos Mendiola, associate director of the Department of Media and Digital Culture at Tec de Monterrey Campus Santa Fe, states that it may be irrelevant for brands if the influencer
    is an avatar. Brands are looking for someone who can engage with an audience and raise awareness about their products.

    Should brands create Virtual Influencers?

    Brands should be asking themselves whether they should start thinking about creating their avatar. This virtual character can represent them on social media and build a community like any other influencer.

    Today we can see quite a few brands that have already created a character in their likeness, a virtual influencer who shares all their values and aesthetics and intends to create a community.

    KFC’s fast-food brand transformed the iconic Colonel Sanders into a virtual avatar and used him for several campaigns as the new image. Like any other model, the new Colonel performs and acts within the brand’s values and creates a stronger bond with the KFC community.

    In South Asia, the fashion brand Puma launched a new campaign for their Puma Future Rider sneaker and created a virtual influencer for the campaign named Maya.

    Designed by UM Studio and Ensemble Worldwide, Maya’s personality evolves as her interests are built according to her interactions on social media, thanks to Artificial Intelligence.

    Prada is another example. They created
    their first virtual influencer named Candy
    to represent Prada’s aesthetic and values through their campaigns, building a stronger connection with their audience.

    These brands demonstrate that the future is within the virtual world; future generations, such as Gen Zs, believe in these new adaptations and feel comfortable creating a community around these virtual avatars.

    Who are these new virtual influencers

    Lil Miquela

    Describes herself as a “19-year-old robot living in Los Angeles with 3 million followers.” Her publications reach more than 60 thousand likes. Among the brands that have decided to collaborate with her are MINI Cooper, Givenchy, Spotify, and Samsung. She has created a large community with whom she even shares parts of her life that have led her to existential crises.

    Ronald F. Blawko

    Known as Blawko, is a self-proclaimed low-life who identifies as a robot man. He spends his time with his other virtual friends on IG or venting on Youtube to his subscribers.

    Blawko has worked with brands such as Aliexpress.

    KnoxFrost

    Another male virtual influencer with more than 600.000 followers on IG, has partnered with global organisations from the World Health Organization to Rock the Vote. Knox has also appeared in various media: Forbes, Business Insider, AdAge, Fortune, Adweek, Buzzfeed, Mashable, Dazed, Betches and CNN.

    Mar.ia

    Is the first Mexican virtual influencer. Her main focus is to raise awareness about different issues the world faces, such as climate change and other human issues such as gender equality.

    Shudu

    Is a digital supermodel in her mid-to-late 20s from South Africa. Shudu advocates for the virtual human race; having worked with Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Balmain, and Smart Car, Shudu spends her time posing in premier, mystical shoot locations to display eye- popping fashion pieces.

  • “Avatars are a key building block for the future of personal identity in the Metaverse,”  said Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram. 

    Said and done.

    Instagram has announced/released a new feature that is oriented to keep getting closer to the Metaverse. We are talking about its new avatars.

     The Metaverse is a big puzzle, still to be understood and defined, but these digital personas are the first part of the puzzle.

     Instagram Avatars are customizable 3D personas, and they can reproduce your physical features or reflect how you want to be perceived online.

    Adam Mosseri states that these avatars will be the virtual identity people will use to show up across the Metaverse – whether in an app built by Meta or any other company. 

    They are another forward step towards making the Metaverse a reality. 

    Who are these avatars?

    In the Metaverse, users will be able to interact with each other in a virtual environment. However, not everyone has access to a VR/ AR headset. Therefore, Meta has found its way of bringing a glimpse of Metaverse to its users in 3D avatars.

    These 3D avatars are functional, and users can customize them to be more aligned with their virtual identity. 

    Manish Chopra, Director and Head Partnerships at Meta, said, “Representations in the Metaverse should reflect the real world’s diversity. Avatars are just the first step toward enabling everyone to express themselves in their unique ways.”

    Source: Meta

    Why create your digital avatar?

    We see people comfortably talking to the camera, posing and feeling themselves, while we, on the other hand, can’t. Creating our avatar can help us confront this struggle and feel comfortable in front of the camera. Creating an avatar maximizes your creativity and freedom to be whomever you want. You can create a fictional character that does not depend on your physical barriers, just like when you are playing a video game, and you have to choose your skin. It encourages you to boost your creativity and develop new, breaking content beyond the physical world. 

     

    How can these avatars help your brand?

    The possibilities that an Instagram avatar will have for brands and advertisers is something that we will be able to assess in time. This inclusion of avatars has a lot to do with Meta’s attempt to enhance the Metaverse. Therefore, we can assume that Instagram avatar applications will follow this line. And trying to draw some conclusions, the avatar of a brand may become a communication channel for the brand with its customers. Suppose the avatar is sufficiently developed and capable of creating a loyal audience. In that case, it may replace some Instagrammers when promoting x-brand products or offering content. 

    However, it will be difficult for the avatar to supply the impartiality that flesh and blood Instagram is supposed to have when choosing what to tell us. 

    Everything that we choose to offer through the avatar of our brand will have to be measured because we run the risk that the public will finally assimilate our avatar as a mere customer service channel.





  • Big brands and influencer marketing

    Just like brands that have yet to make themselves known, large companies, although already established, need to remain top of mind for consumers, adapting to new forms of advertising and marketing as they emerge and evolve.

    This is why, as we mentioned previously in another of our articles, the importance of keeping up to date with Advocacy Marketing and, specifically, Influencer Marketing, is essential in the world of advertising.

    Influencer Marketing continues to be one of the most effective ways of reaching the target market for each product. Each profile offers unique characteristics that allow the brand to connect with a particular type of consumer.

    What is the need for a brand to collaborate with an influencer?

    Brands need to approach and connect with their audience in a subtle way, avoiding invasive marketing techniques and obsolete commercial messages. They also need to humanise their brand and present themselves as beneficial to their target audience.

    Consumers are better informed than ever before and they also care more about receiving real, honest and more personalised advertising than traditional marketing.

    Big brands have a reputation for being somewhat detached from the reality that surrounds them and having the help of profiles that humanise them is essential nowadays to carry out effective advertising.

    An influencer marketing campaign can provide everything that big brands have been losing over the years, the credibility of customers and potential customers, visibility in front of their target, loyalty and engagement generating a sense of community.

    Why is the figure of the influencer important?

    An influencer brings the experience of using the product, the personal touch to the content created and the charisma of a person that a neutral advertisement cannot provide to a brand.

    It is important to know how to choose the right profile for the campaign to be effective, which is why agencies specialised in influencer marketing are a key element in this type of campaign. 

    Using profiles that really generate engagement, knowing who has among their followers the target that the company is looking for and being able to create campaigns that follow the branding line of companies, especially large and consolidated companies, is essential to carry out an efficient campaign.

    We can help you

    At SamyRoad we are experts in influencer marketing campaigns and we have been working for years with big brands to help them to keep positioning themselves while maintaining the values that define their brand. We also provide, as part of Samy, proper expertise in Advocacy Marketing through our 360 grades solutions.

    If you want to know more, do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Brand Advocate vs Influencer

    What are the differences between an advocate and an influencer? Can they complement each other? Can someone be both?

    The best way to define the difference between advocate and influencer is to understand that an influencer can be an advocate but an advocate is not exclusively an influencer.

    A brand advocate is a person, customer, employee or organisation that shares a quote, comment or review about a company through their networks (social media, word of mouth, email) with no other incentive than their love for the brand.

    What value can each of these advocates bring to your brand?

    A brand advocate or “brand ambassador” represents your brand, shows their support and can even influence the purchasing decisions of their “followers”. Everyone has the ability to recommend your brand. They all generate new business.

    Customers

    Happy customers are great advocates and brand ambassadors

    The customer is the most important advocate to consider, as they can be your biggest supporter or your biggest fan. The real value provided by the visibility a customer gives you in networks is essential to generate brand advocacy.

    If they choose your product or services and love your company, they will go beyond all expectations when it comes to recommending the brand to family, friends, acquaintances and followers.

    Employees

    Happy employees are essential brand ambassadors

    It is essential for a brand to work on the wellbeing of its employees and to make them proud to be part of it, as the way a company treats its employees is a reflection of the company and has a real impact on its audience.

    Happy employees are the best ambassadors, they are passionate about where they work and show genuine love for the brand.

    Influencers

    Influencers as brand advocates

    If you’re on social media, chances are you’ve already seen a product on an influencer’s social network. Influencers can be, on the one hand, famous people with many followers on different social media platforms. On the other hand, niche influencers have fewer followers but have a big impact on their communities.

    If you want to know about the different types of influencers, just take a look at our article about it: Types of Influencers. Learn about all of them. Each influencer is different and, depending on what we are looking for for our product, one or another profile is recommended.

    As I mentioned before, influencers can be brand ambassadors, not only through influencer marketing, but also through their organic reviews. An influencer is like any other consumer, but with an exponentially larger audience, which presents an advantage when it comes to giving visibility to a brand. 

    An influencer does not only generate an advertisement, but also when content is perceived as such it can have a negative impact on consumers.

    As consumers evolve, connecting with them through influencers requires a constant evolution and requires a more personal and creative approach to give meaning to the message you want to convey.

    Want to know more about the Advocacy Marketing?

    At Samy, our alliance of agencies to which SamyRoad belongs, we are specialists in Brand Advocacy Marketing and influencer marketing. If you want to know more about it and how we can help your brand, do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Popular content for brands to post on Instagram

     

    Instagram is the king of social networks. There is still no doubt about this statement, as it is currently chosen by more than 1.2 billion users, the one that generates the most engagement and the one preferred by influencers, brands and users.

    On Instagram, 90% of users follow a brand, and shoppable posts can increase brand traffic by more than 2,600%. But, what content is most popular when it comes to brands?

    User Generated Content

    User Generated Content on Instagram

    UGC is very popular on social networks and Instagram is no exception. Brands can and should take advantage of content generated by users and customers. It’s real, honest content and shows the real consumer reception of your product.

    Behind-the-scenes Shots

    Behind-the-scenes shots is a popular content on Instagram

    People are curious by nature, a behind-the-scenes is always a good way to show how work is done and to show things never seen before by the user. Behind-the-scenes videos always generate great impact and interest no matter what you are talking about.

    Teaser Product

    Teaser your products

    Without a doubt, teaser content is a classic. Creating buzz by generating teaser posts to present a product is always a good idea. It increases engagement, people will want and try to find out what it is, especially if the teaser content is well done.

    Real-time Trends

    Keep it up with trends! Generating content following real-time trends is a must in social media. It is essential to have a good social listening strategy to know what is happening and always keep in mind the challenges and types of content that are popular at any given moment.

    Carousel Posts To improve your Information Sharing

    Data, tips or lists of information and curiosities are becoming more and more popular. People like to be informed in a quick way and this kind of information pills generate interest and curiosity. It is a very popular style of branded content.

    Memes are Taking Over

    Memes are popular content on Instagram

    Don’t be afraid of corporate memes! Although Twitter is the main social network for this humorous content, many are already taking up the format on Instagram. Branded content memes are becoming increasingly popular, but it is important to know how to use them correctly.

    Branded AR Filters

    Instagram filters never go out of fashion. They are easy to create and people like them, especially if they are absurd. A brand can create filters to promote items, that are just for fun or that serve to generate a challenge.The options are varied, you just have to be bold.

    Do you need help with your Instagram strategy?

    In SamyRoad we are experts in social media and influencer marketing, if you are curious to know more or want to know how we can help you, do not hesitate to contact us.

  • The best Tik Tok Content

    TikTok is undoubtedly one of the biggest stars in social media. The Chinese platform is currently the second most popular platform for influencer marketing campaigns.

    TikTok currently has 689 million monthly active users globally. These users spend an average of 52 minutes a day on the app, with 90% of them logging in daily.

    The platform has generated a global boom, being available in 155 countries and in a total of 75 languages.

    What is the content that engages users?

    Although at first glance it may seem a rather restricted format, being only short videos, many types of content can be created on Tik Tok. Here are some of the most popular:

    Social Media Challenges:

    Challenges are the most viral content on social media. They generate global trends, work internationally and help increase the number of followers if done well.

    A good example of this type of challenges is “Flip the switch”, which has even been done by SNL itself.

    @nbcsnl𝗙𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵.♬ Nonstop – Drake

    Videos based on trending hashtags:

    Most popular categories on TikTok Worldwide according to Statista

    It is essential to know the most popular hashtags of the moment to generate attractive content for our target. In TikTok, this type of content often varies according to the challenges, trends and markets, however, they tend to follow a similar line.

    In the graph that accompanies this text, from a Statista study, we can see the most popular content categories on TikTok at an international level, calculated according to the number of views per hashtags.

    In addition, to find out which content is the most popular in different parts of the world, you can consult the trend reports generated by the platform itself, divided by market, to also find out the differences between them: Our TikTok Trend Report is here: Discover What’s Next | TikTok For Business 

    Dance videos are the most popular content:

    TikTok dances are very popular within the platform

    If there is one thing TikTok is known for, it is its dance and choreography videos, content that remains among the most popular on the platform. 

    Learning choreographies, having failed videos or being a real pro are some of the ways to generate dance videos. Even within the topic, there are a lot of ways of creating content.

    Song videos:

    These are videos, popularised by TikTok, in which people lip-sync to a song and even act out the lyrics. Sometimes they recreate a scene from the original video. Other times they put their own spin on it.

    In addition, another of the most popular content on the platform is collaborations to create music in a unique way. One of the latest viral videos has been from Sea Shanty, which generated repercussions on other social networks.

    @nathanevanssThe Wellerman. ##seashanty ##sea ##shanty ##viral ##singing ##acoustic ##pirate ##new ##original ##fyp ##foryou ##foryoupage ##singer ##scottishsinger ##scottish♬ Wellerman – Sea Shanty – Nathan Evans

    @sguerraandre##duet with @jonnystewartbass I’m late to the party, but I’m obsessed with all of these basses and got so excited. ##wellerman ##seashanty ##basssinging♬ Wellerman – Sea Shanty – Nathan Evans

    Dialogue reenactments:

    Another of the most popular content internationally is dialogue reenactment, very much in line with the lip-syncing, the interpretation of famous, funny scenes or simply the audio of other Tik Tok is a widely used resource to generate successful videos.

    Cute animal videos:

    Who doesn’t like to watch cute videos of animals? Animals in general, and pets in particular, have always been a source of engagement generation, with accounts dedicated solely to this type of content.

    ASMR videos to calm yourself:

    ASMR videos, Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, are content that generate a calming sensation in those who watch it, either because of their soothing sounds or because they are aesthetically pleasing.

    In a world as changing and stressful as the one we live in nowadays, ASMR videos are becoming more and more popular, they are not only a popular content on Tik Tok, but we can also find them on Youtube, Instagram and even on Twitch live streams.

    Comedy content is on the rise:

    This is a little tricky! A lot of the content mentioned above can be aimed at generating a comedic effect, but comedy is also a separate format on the platform.

    From surreal situations, classic jokes to musical comedy, the possibilities are endless.

    One example is Luke Millington-Drake who became famous thanks to his on-point impersonations of Jude Law, Hugh Grant and, above all, Keira Knightley.

    @lukemillingtondrakeThe new parfum! ##comedy ##comedyvideo ##tiktokcomedy ##fyp ##foryou ##foryoupage ##keiraknightley ##chanel ##perfume ##malibu♬ This Is A Man’s World – Midnight Players

    Science Experiments content is always an interesting option:

    Home science experiments and the possibility of replicating them is another type of video that can be seen on TikTok. 

    There are, as in other categories, profiles dedicated solely to this, creating trends and challenges about different experiments.

    @cosmo.guyHow beautiful is it from 1 to 10? 😍 ##scienceismagic ##beautiful ##satisfying ##experiment♬ Can’t Hold Us – Jonathan_GF97

    Want to know more about TikTok?

    At SamyRoad we are experts in influencer marketing campaigns, offering end-to-end solutions for brands and looking for the best profiles that match their values.

    If you are curious to know more do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Twitch as an Influencer Marketing platform

    Twitch is, nowadays, one of the main platforms to take into account when carrying out an influencer marketing strategy, thanks to its capacity for reach, engagement and providing the naturalness that brands and users are looking for.

    Social networks are constantly evolving, adapting to the needs of their users and offering continuous modifications and improvements to keep up to date with trends in the digital world.

    At the moment, livestreaming is, without a doubt, one of the concepts most in demand by the public, thanks to both the immediacy of the moment and the generation of the dreaded FOMO.

    And when it comes to livestreaming, Twitch is undoubtedly the king.

    But… What is Twitch?

    Born in 2011, Twitch is a livestreaming platform that gained popularity in the gaming world thanks to its functionalities, which made it easy to show live games, gameplays, as well as live streams simply by talking.

    The peak of the platform was achieved in the early 2020s, when, during the lockdown, many people were encouraged to join as users and feel more like they were in the company of others, and thousands, if not millions, of new viewers were hooked.

    How influencer marketing appears on the platform

    More and more consumers are looking for naturalness in influencers and there is no better way to achieve this than live. In a live show, you can’t predict what is going to happen or what you are going to talk about, and it generates a sense of closeness and direct conversation with the audience.

    Brands definitely recognise the potential of this type of close relationship between influencers and have not hesitated to jump on the streaming bandwagon which, although it carries risks, the benefits it brings are even greater.

    Entertain First, Advertise Second

    Although this concept is increasingly being taken on board by profiles and brands, it is undoubtedly Twitch’s maxim. The consumer does not want to see a clear advertisement when they are navigating their social networks or watching a live stream of their favourite streamer, they want to be entertained.

    Something that brands must assume is that their product is not going to be the protagonist, the protagonist is the entertainment, and therefore the influencer. It is not so much interesting to see the product, although it can be entertaining, as it is to see the streamer’s reaction to the product.

    Why choose Twitch for my brand

    The platform has several strengths that encourage you as a brand to collaborate with streamers.

    • It is multi-sectorial, although most people consider Twitch to be a platform focused on the world of video games, more and more different types of topics are associated with it.
    • More than half of Twitch users are between 18 and 30 years old, 65% of whom are male (according to GlobalWebindex), i.e. an audience that is very difficult to reach by other means.
    • The average Twitch user spends 95 minutes a day on Twitch. These users, or viewers, also become loyal followers of the live streams they watch.
    • Amazon bought Twitch on 2014.Since then its profits have grown to generate $1.54 billion in 2019.
    • Depending on the type of content, we find a niche audience, which helps to reach people with very specific characteristics.
    • Due to its format, Twitch presents new ways to promote your product or service, such as unboxings, giveaways or shoutouts. In addition, you can measure performance by including, if you wish, a direct link to your brand’s e-commerce.

    Want to know more about how to implement it in your strategy?

    The options offered by Twitch are very varied, at Samyroad we have prepared a report on the platform, here you have the preview.

    In addition, we did a webinar on the rise of livestreaming platforms, if you missed it you can watch the full recording here (in Spanish).

    If you want to know more about the possibilities of Twitch, about how to integrate an influencer marketing strategy in your brand or you are just curious to meet us, don’t hesitate to contact us.

    Sources: backlinko, businessofapps, GlobalWebindex, Rockwater
  • How many types of influencers are there? Which are the best profiles for my marketing strategy?

    In Influencer Marketing it is essential to know the types of influencers that exist, the different ways to classify these profiles and to know, thanks to expert help, which are the characteristics that make an influencer the perfect one for your brand.

    There are four main ways of classifying the types of influencers

    Firstly, we would have the classification according to content, i.e. based on the content generated by that profile.

    Secondly, we have the classification according to the size of their audience, since depending on the campaign we want to carry out, we are interested in a more or less defined audience.

    Thirdly, according to the platform, there are influencers known on various platforms but many of them move on a main one, a streamer is not the same as an instagramer.

    Fourthly, we find the classification according to profile, i.e. influencers can be divided according to their professional or personal life.

    Variety of Influencers according to content:

    Influencers by content
    • Fashion:

    The fashion sector is one of the most popular thanks to its versatility. These profiles are mainly focused on clothes and accessories and how to combine both to create different looks.  They usually offer product reviews, promotions, work directly with lines created by different brands, show the “haul” achieved post-shopping and also offer style tips.

    • Beauty:

    Another big sector, especially on networks such as Instagram, but also Youtube. These influencers share beauty tips, product reviews, tutorials and more, and can easily raise awareness about a beauty brand and increase sales. Influencers of this type vary from ordinary people who love makeup to professional makeup artists.

    • Gamers:

    The gaming sector is on the rise, and with it the gamer or caster profile, i.e. professional or semi-professional video game players and also those who narrate competitions in the eSports world. From collaborative videos, gameplays, tutorials to energy drink promotions, the world of gaming is becoming more and more mainstream every day.

    • Fitness

    Healthy lifestyles are something that many of us pursue. Influencers focused on fitness or sports are a motivating element for many of their followers. They endorse sports brands, food and beverage brands related to the health and wellness sector, specific food and fitness programmes, etc.

    Type of Influencers according to audience size:

    Influencers by audience size

    Depending on the type of campaign to be carried out, we benefit from a certain size of audience, at a more general or niche level, when it comes to generating impact. This is why we must define whether we want to have nano, micro, macro or mega influencer. The number of followers of each varies according to different studies.

    • Nano influencers (1K – 10K)

    These are those with a small community, ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 followers. Although their number of followers is smaller, their audience is highly loyal.

    • Micro influencers (10K – 100K)

    Micro influencers’ followers can reach up to 100,000. The fame of most of these profiles was born in the social networks themselves. They have a high level of engagement and a very segmented audience.

    • Macro influencers (100K-1M)

    Macro influencers have between 100,000 and one million followers. Like micro influencers, they tend to be popular thanks to their profile on different social networks. They have a large audience and, in addition, this audience has been cultivated thanks to their continuous relationship with them, so it is a loyal one.

    • Mega influencers (1M or more)

    In this type of influencers we usually find celebrities or previously known personalities, who reach large audiences and therefore, these audiences are highly diversified.

    Type of Influencers by platform:

    The term itself is self-explanatory. Not all influencers use the same platforms to communicate or publish content. Depending on the type of campaign, product or service to be promoted, it is necessary to know whether we need the profile of a streamer, a youtuber, an instagrammer or a twitterer. Each platform has its own characteristics and therefore it is very important to know what type of profile to use.

    Classification of Influencers by profile:

    Influencers by profile

    Finally, we find the differentiation of influencers according to profile. Within this classification we find expert profiles, trend-seekers, celebrities and consumers.

    • Experts:

    These are profiles that have professional knowledge of what they are talking about. They can be techies, personal shoppers, professional make-up artists, etcetera.

    • Trend-seekers:

    They are those who are always up to date. They are always the first to find out what’s coming up and to get hold of them so they can show it to their audience.

    • Celebrities:

    They are public figures who have a large number of followers and use their social networks to be closer to their fans.

    • Consumers:

    Consumers themselves can also be influencers thanks to their interest in sharing opinions or recommendations with their followers. In addition, consumers are also content generators, so brands should take them into account.

    How can we help you?

    Choosing the right profile, according to characteristics, our type of product and the data we want to collect is, on many occasions, a complex task.

    At Samyroad we can help you find the perfect profile for your campaign thanks to our experience as an agency focused on influencer marketing.

    Moreover, at Samyroad we have our own tool, Shinebuzz, which allows us to analytically choose the perfect profiles for your brand and measure the campaign to know its reach and success.

    If you have any doubts or you want to know more about it, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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  • What is Influencer Marketing?

    Date: April 5, 2021

    Influencer marketing is a digital marketing strategy that consists of taking advantage of a public profile and, through collaborations, getting the brand’s message or commercial proposal across.

    Although it may seem simple at first glance, influencer marketing involves a difficulty that arises, firstly, when choosing the profiles that best suit your brand and, secondly, the creation of appropriate content according to the social platform used.

    The value of influencer marketing has been more than backed up by its results and the interest it generates among brands. 

    According to BusinessInsider, investment in influencer marketing will reach $15 billion by 2022. In 2020, 47% of brands were already planning to increase their budget for influencer campaigns. 

    Moreover, this type of strategy generates up to eleven times more ROI than traditional marketing.

    But, what’s an influencer?

    Social networks are the cause of this type of marketing, as they are where the emergence of the well-known influencers has been generated, a figure that nevertheless already existed before in the concept of celebrities.

    An influencer is a person who, thanks to their profile, their way of communicating and the content they generate, has created a loyal audience base.

    The strength of influencers lies not only in their charisma but also in generating closeness and a bond with the public that brands cannot achieve through traditional marketing. People see themselves reflected in the profiles they follow, whether by tastes, lifestyle or values.

    61% of consumers trust social media networks as their main source of information regarding the quality of a product or service. In fact, according to BrandManic, up to 92% of people are willing to trust opinions about brands even without knowing the person making the recommendation.

    In other words, the influence, hence the name, generated by this type of profile is much greater than that generated by a brand profile. Moreover, the public is increasingly demanding more reality, naturalness and content generated by others as opposed to a standard advertisement.

    How to choose the perfect influencer for your marketing campaign?

    67% of brands believe that an influencer marketing campaign reaches much more specific target audiences. In addition, 94% of those who have used influencers for campaigns consider this method to be an effective strategy.

    However, not any influencer will do.

    Brands must take into account a series of essential values to choose the right profiles when carrying out an effective strategy, given that these profiles are the ones that will ensure the success or failure of the strategy. 

    The influencer must share the values of the brand they are going to represent.

    As has been proven with other types of marketing strategies, it is essential to have the ability to quantitatively measure the content and success of the campaign, as well as to know how to judge both quantitatively and qualitatively the different potential profiles from which to choose the perfect match.

    How can we help you?

    At Samyroad we are experts in influencer marketing.

    We have our own tool that allows us to analytically choose the perfect influencer profiles for your brand and measure the campaign to know its reach and success.

    Do you want to know more? Contact us!