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Influencer Marketing 101

Cory HawthorneUncategorized

Influencer marketing has become a popular method for businesses to reach their target audience through social media platforms like Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. Influencer marketing involves partnering with influential people who have a significant following on social media platforms to promote a brand, product, or service to their audience. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of influencer marketing, how to partner with influencers, and some successful influencer marketing campaigns.

Benefits of Influencer Marketing

Increased Reach and Engagement

Influencers have a loyal following, and partnering with them can help brands to reach a wider audience. When an influencer posts about a brand, product, or service, their followers are more likely to engage with the post and share it with their friends and family, increasing the brand’s reach and engagement.


Influencers have built a relationship of trust with their followers, and their recommendations are often perceived as authentic. When an influencer promotes a product or service, their followers are more likely to trust their recommendation and purchase the product, make an appointment for a service, or follow a brand on their social accounts.


Influencer marketing can be cost-effective compared to traditional advertising. Many micro-influencers (influencers with smaller followings) are willing to work with brands at a lower cost or in exchange for products, making it an affordable option for small businesses.

How to Partner with Influencers as a Business

Identify the right influencers

When choosing influencers to work with, it’s essential to ensure that their values and audience align with your brand. You can use tools like Upfluence, HypeAuditor, and to find influencers based on their niche, audience, and engagement rate. 

Reach out to influencers

Once you have identified the right influencers, you can reach out to them through direct messages or email. Be sure to personalize your outreach and explain how your brand aligns with their values and audience to make sure they are the right fit for the project.

Negotiate terms and collaborate

Discuss the terms of the partnership with the influencer, including the type of content they will create, the timeline, and compensation. As mentioned in the paragraph above there are some influencers that will collaborate with companies for compensation and for free products. Be sure to evaluate your campaign goals and consider both options before moving forward.

Examples of Successful Influencer Marketing Campaigns

Daniel Wellington and Influencers: Watch brand Daniel Wellington partnered with influencers on Instagram to promote their watches. The brand sent free watches to influencers in exchange for a post about the product. The campaign generated over 1.4 million Instagram posts with the hashtag #danielwellington, increasing brand awareness and sales.

Chipotle and TikTok: Fast-food chain Chipotle launched a campaign on TikTok called #GuacDance to promote National Avocado Day. The campaign involved a challenge where users could win free guacamole by posting a video of themselves doing the GuacDance. The campaign generated over 250,000 video submissions and 430 million video starts, increasing brand awareness and engagement.

Influencer Marketing Made Easy

If you have a lot on your plate and don’t have the bandwidth to launch an influencer marketing campaign in-house, there are companies, like ours, that have a team of dedicated experts that can help you choose the right influencers to partner with

In conclusion, influencer marketing can be an effective way for businesses to reach their target audience on Instagram and TikTok. When partnering with influencers, it’s essential to choose the right influencers, personalize your outreach, and collaborate to create authentic content. Successful influencer marketing campaigns like those of Daniel Wellington and Chipotle can increase brand awareness, engagement, and sales.

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