One thing is for sure, influencer marketing is one of the biggest marketing trends in 2018. If you’re a marketer planning to use influencer marketing, here are 5 common influencer marketing mistakes brands often make. Learn how to avoid making the same.

#1 You didn’t set the goals and KPI

Too often marketers engage with influencers without defining what the end goal is. You have to understand what your short and long-term objectives are to ensure your influencer marketing campaign is delivering value to your brand.

The most common influencer marketing campaign goals are:

  • Brand awareness
  • Brand reputation
  • Sales
  • Attracting new target market
  • Increasing followers number
  • Customer retention
  • Product launch coverage

Setting out KPIs helps you to understand a campaign’s ROI and create benchmarks for future campaigns.

#2 You influencer is not relevant

Look at how aligned a blogger’s content is with your messaging. A relevant influencer has an expertise and subject-matter credibility, as well as developed, solid relationships with their followers.

For instance, it’s strange to advertise hair vitamins with the blogger who always wears wigs.

 

Photo from @sophxsmithh

#3 Influencer’s followers live outside your target market

Imagine that you sell a product only for the US market and you find a perfect blogger from Miami.

 

Screenshot from @caro_suki

You pay for sponsored posts but get no sales. Want to know why?

Influencer’s followers live in Brazil and Argentina and only 8% of them lives in the US.

 

Demography section of @caro_suki’s report from HypeAuditor.

#4 Influencer’s followers are not your target audience

If you sell a product for women it’s obvious that you should work with female influencers who have a female audience. But sometimes even beauty bloggers have a male core audience.

#5 Influencer’s followers are fake

The most common issue in influencer marketing is fake followers. The price for a sponsored post depends mostly on followers count. But now it’s so easy and cheap to buy any amount of followers.

 

Example report from HypeAuditor.

#6 Post’s likes are not real

If you consider engagement rate when choosing a blogger to work with, don’t think that you are protected from scam. Likes could be bought also.

 

Example report from HypeAuditor.

Look at Authentic Engagement section in HypeAuditor report and check if the blogger has a lot of suspicious activity.

#7 And comments too

You often see comments like this:

Unfortunately, most of them are generated automatically by bots. To check it you should look at comments section under the influencer’s posts.

Don’t spend your Influencer Marketing budget in vain. Be smart and check all the influencers you are going to work with HypeAuditor.

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