In today’s digital age, the rise of social media has given birth to multiple types of influencers; from social causes to educational and even animals, influencers are the voice and sometimes even the face of brands nowadays; they dedicate themselves professionally to create digital content to promote products and services through trust and their relation with their community; while some use the terms “influencer” and “content creator” interchangeably, there are actually distinct differences between the two.
According to Forbes, content creators are “individuals who produce original content across various digital platforms with the goal of creating an engaged following.” They specialise in creating content that speaks to a specific niche audience, whether it be beauty, fitness, food, or another area of interest. They typically have smaller, more dedicated followings that appreciate their expertise and authenticity.
On the other hand, influencers are those individuals who have amassed a large following on social media and have built a level of trust with their audience. They use their platforms to promote brands and products to their mass audiences, often relying on their personality and lifestyle to connect with followers.
The main difference between creators and influencers is their focus on audience engagement versus reach, since creators typically focus more on engagement, building a tight-knit community of followers who engage with and appreciate their content. Meanwhile, influencers focus more on reach, using their large audiences to promote brands and products to a wider demographic.
What does this mean for brands looking to partner with content creators or influencers?
The answer lies in understanding the specific goals of your brand. If you’re looking to reach a large audience and build brand awareness, partnering with an influencer may be the way to go. However, if you’re looking to target a specific niche audience and build brand loyalty, partnering with a content creator may be more effective. Actually, as we indicate in our study about Decentralised Communities, niches are perfect for building authentic peer to peer relationships with people based on shared interests, a strong sense of belonging and a true spirit of co-creation.
Even then, while there are differences between influencers and content creators, the two categories are not mutually exclusive. Many influencers are also content creators, and vice versa. The key is to understand your goals and find the right person to partner with, because as we contrasted in another study about consumer’s behaviour, the decentralised platforms are getting more attention each day; only last year both Discord and Reddit received +55K mentions in English and Spanish social media markets, but the leadership is still on Twitch, which received over 600K mentions. This means that even influencers and brands are considering and starting to be present in these platforms with different strategies, so it’s not a creatorspace only anymore.
We need to emphasise that both content creators and influencers play a valuable role in a brand’s social media strategy, and brands should take the time to research and find creators and influencers who align with their values and target audience, because they will transfer their image and feeling of trust to the communities and, therefore, become a bridge between the brand’s goals and the user’s needs, so the profiles need to be precisely tailored to not be seen as a cold strategy.
To choose the right influencer and/or content creator
From our ten years of expertise we have realised the relevance of having the proper tools and services to support brands in optimising their digital marketing strategies, that’s why we have acquired and developed AI-based tools to help us identify those content creators or influencers that could make the difference in a brand’s strategy. Our process begins with a thorough digital strategy audit, which assesses brand reputation and compares it with competitors, offering valuable insights into a brand’s current position and potential opportunities.
To stay ahead of the curve, we analyse the latest consumer trends and social media content, utilising social listening techniques to identify the topics that resonate most with audiences. Our advanced ShineBuzz AI technology enables us to identify the most suitable Key Opinion Leaders (KOL) from a pool of over 120 million; then we have Deepfy, a platform that identifies superfans, super content and a reliable performance benchmark with direct competitors. When combining all these tools, we can ensure successful social media campaigns
This technique employs sophisticated analytics to identify niche influencers as well as non-influential individuals who are driving conversations on social media within specific territories and, by examining the affinity between influencers and brand profiles, we create awareness among target audiences.
With this approach, we aim to empower brands to predict, plan, and report on their influencer marketing campaigns by providing valuable insights into market benchmarks and performance metrics, enabling brands to make informed decisions and achieve optimal results.
Then we can come to terms with the “influencer” and “content creator” concepts; because even if they are often used interchangeably, there are distinct differences between the two and brands should understand their goals and target audience to determine whether partnering with a content creator or influencer is the right move. Both creators and influencers can play a valuable role in a brand’s social media strategy, and finding the right person to partner with is key.