5 Top Brands Joining The Micro-Influencer Revolution
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How The World’s Biggest Brands Leverage Micro-Influencers
By 2019, spending on Instagram influencers is projected to reach $2.3 billion dollars. Brands of all types are trading traditional advertising for influencer marketing to acquire customers online and seeing measurable success.
As influencer marketing has grown, two primary terms have emerged to distinguish influencer size: micro-influencer and macro-influencer. Micro-influencers are social media users, typically on Instagram, who have 1,000 to 100,000 followers. Macro-influencers are those with over 100,000 followers.
The Growth & Interest In Micro-Influencers
Micro-influencers surged in popularity during 2017 as more brands adopted influencer marketing as a strategy. In the past year alone, search interest in the term “micro-influencer” has more than 10x.
While interest and popularity of micro-influencers have spurred many brands to test the waters with micro-influencers, campaign results have been mixed. Micro-influencers have previously been touted as a catch-all influencer marketing solution, however, they've had their share of pitfalls and cautionary tales — namely, the ability for anyone to become a fake micro-influencer overnight.
Here we break down the evolving consensus of micro-influencer effectiveness and examine how five major brands, many who are known for macro-influencer campaigns, are incorporating micro-influencers to drive success.
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Are Micro-Influencers Living Up To Their Hype?
Within the influencer marketing industry, a debate has long persisted regarding the effectiveness of micro-influencers versus macro-influencers. Many marketers believe that working with micro-influencers is most effective because they come with a lower price tag and typically have more engaged audiences than macro-influencers.
Proponents of macro-influencers present the argument that influencers with 100,000 plus followers reign supreme due to their audience size. Though sponsored content made by a micro-influencer may sometimes garner a higher engagement rate than a content created by a macro-influencer, who cares if only 1,000 people see the post?
Furthermore, the costs and hardships of coordinating and monitoring the content (safeguarding a brand's messaging and reputation) of several or thousands of micro-influencers could be significantly higher than it would be for a single macro-influencer with equivalent reach.
To settle the micro versus macro-influencer debate once and for all, Mediakix conducted a study measuring the effectiveness of both types of influencers. To do so, sponsored campaigns from 16 top brands that used micro and macro-influencers concurrently were examined.
The results demonstrated that macro and micro-influencers perform comparably in terms of engagement rate, but macro-influencers overwhelming win when it comes to total likes, comments, and reach.
In total, 742 sponsored Instagram posts were analyzed. The average engagement rate for the micro-influencers' posts was 2.75%, only slightly higher than the macro-influencers' average engagement rate of 2.65%.
The results suggest that marketers should partner with macro-influencers to achieve nearly the same engagement as micro-influencers while reaching significantly more consumers.
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Who’s Working With Micro-Influencers? Coca-Cola, Google & More
In lieu of our findings, micro influencers still offer a level of specificity and relatability and may provide unique value to certain brands and campaigns. To take advantage of the benefits of both influencer types, top brands are increasingly using both micro and macro-influencers to reach campaign goals. Here we’ll analyze five standout examples of micro-influencer content in partnership with top brands.
1. Coca-Cola Partners With Comedian & Budding YouTuber Alan Tsibulya
Comedic skits are Australian micro-influencer Alan Tsibulya’s (@alantsibulya) trademark. In partnership with Coca-Cola, Tsibulya created one sponsored Instagram video promoting an upcoming Coca-Cola event. In the video, Tsibulya hilariously impersonates 13 types of people you might meet at a party.
By using the video skit format that characterizes his Instagram feed Tsibulya ensures that the brand integration appeals to his niche audience. He also encourages user engagement beyond his follower base using the CTA, “tag someone who is one of these!!!” effectively expanding the reach of the campaign and informing more people of Coca-Cola’s upcoming event.
Results: The post has received 5,568 likes and 483 comments to date for an engagement rate of 23.9%.
2. Google Teams Up With DIY Duo "The Sorry Girls"
Kelsey Macdermaid and Becky Wright are the influencers behind the DIY Instagram page @thesorrygirls. Last November, the pair ran a laptop giveaway in partnership with Google using one sponsored photo and instructed users to like the photo, follow @thesorrygirls, and comment what they would do with Google’s new Pixelbook to qualify.
The influencers tied the laptop into their DIY focused feed by showcasing its drawing capability within the photo. In doing so, Macdermaid and Wright help Google reach a highly targeted artistic audience that is likely to be interested in the drawing feature. Additionally, by using the phrase “Google’s thinnest and lightest laptop,” within the caption, the duo presents the product in a positive light, describing what sets it apart and potentially inciting laptop purchases beyond the giveaway.
Results: To date, the sponsored Instagram post has generated 11,137 likes and 7,916 comments for an outstanding engagement rate of 59.4%.
3. Audible Collaborates With Photographer & Filmmaker Jesse Driftwood
Jesse Driftwood’s (@jessedriftwood) Instagram is an amalgamation of breathtaking landscapes and beautiful family moments. The photographer and filmmaker created one sponsored photo in collaboration with Audible, a brand historically known for partnering with public figures and macro-influencers, to promote its audiobook service.
In a heartfelt caption, Driftwood expertly presents Audible as a learning tool that has helped him progress as an artist. He also highlights specific book genres he prefers to listen to, offering information that will be useful to followers who choose to try Audible. His personal anecdote comes across as conversational and relatable, giving his relatively small and highly engaged audience the sense that they are receiving a recommendation from a friend.
Results: Impressively, the sponsored photo has garnered over 10,700 likes and 300 comments for an engagement rate of 30%.
Husband and father of six Alan Lawrence (@thatdadblog) collaborated with Chrysler to create one sponsored Instagram video promoting its new Pacifica minivan. Lawrence’s daughter stars in the ensuing video and showcases the vehicle’s many features in a hilarious skit.
In the comedic video, Lawrence’s kids choose to stay in the minivan even after being bribed with ice cream, showcasing the car's appeal with kids. As a micro-influencer operating within the family niche Lawrence is well positioned to promote the Pacifica minivan to its core demographic of busy families.
Results: Lawrence’s video has generated over 31 comments and 1,308 likes to date for an engagement rate of 2.9%.
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5. Daniel Wellington Drives Results With Micro Pet Influencers
Watchmaker Daniel Wellington is well known for its influencer partnerships and collaborated with @canadianbros, a pet Instagram account featuring two dogs named Jasper and Louie. In the resulting sponsored photo, Louie is seen looking up at his owner who wears the Classic Bristol watch.
Notably, by working with a pet influencer, Daniel Wellington expands its reach beyond the fashion and travel focused audiences it historically targets using influencers. Additionally, @canadianbros executes the integration seamlessly by including Louie in the photo and sticking to the account's standard caption style of speaking from a dog’s point of view.
Results: To date, the sponsored photo has received more than 1,500 likes and 30 likes for an engagement rate of 7.9%.
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February 1, 2018 By Mediakix Team