The Brands that Rocked 2016 Influencer Marketing

The Brands that Rocked 2016 Influencer Marketing

If Influencer Marketing hadn’t already made an impact on the marketing industry in years past, it surely did in 2016. In fact, new research says that 86 percent of marketers used this strategy last year and most marketers are looking to double their investment in 2017. Let’s talk about some brands we believe rocked the 2016 Influencer Marketing space.

Becca Cosmetics

We’ve seen this time and time again, consumers are constantly searching “how-to” for everything and reading that ‘this trend or that’ has forever changed the beauty industry. No longer do celebrities on TV commercials or billboard ads dominate the buying behaviors of beauty product consumers, but rather it’s influencers like Jaclyn Hill that are captivating audiences and moving them to buy products. 

 

2016 Influencer Marketing winning campaigns. With a staggering 3 million YouTube subscribers and 2.9 million Instagram followers, this beauty blogger, in collaboration with Becca Cosmetics, gets our vote for an influencer campaign done right.

With a staggering 3 million YouTube subscribers and 2.9 million Instagram followers, this beauty blogger, in collaboration with Becca Cosmetics, gets our vote for an 2016 influencer marketing campaign done right.

Not only does Hill give her approval for Becca products after having used them many times, but the brand goes a step further in this campaign by working with the influencer to develop a product produced by both parties – Champagne Collection Face Palette. This relationship benefits both the brand and influencer. The influencer expands her profile, while the brand gets direct access to an audience already bought into the creator of the product.

 

Mercedes Benz

Beauty isn’t the only industry being transformed by social media influencers. Check out this collaboration between Mercedes Benz and Loki the Wolf Dog. This Mercedes Benz video captures the emotional appeal of its audience by telling the story of Loki and his owner Kelly Lund, inspiring others to get out and experience life in the outdoors, all while remaining only a background object in this cinematic A+.

2016 Influencer Marketing winning campaigns. This Mercedes Benz video captures the emotional appeal of its audience by telling the story of Loki and his owner Kelly Lund, inspiring others to get out and experience life in the outdoors, all while remaining only a background object in this cinematic A+.

Without even mentioning the features of the 2017 Mercedes GLS (the product which the video is effectively promoting), the car captivates viewers. In conjunction with this commercial, a 2016 Influencer Marketing hashtag campaign, #MBPhotoPass, also took to Instagram to showcase beautiful imagery of the experience, and produced another video using a HD 360 camera – giving viewers the sense that they could be sitting right next to Loki and Kelly on another adventure. Curious what other possibilities mixing 360-degree technology and influencers can do for your campaign? Read about how we’re equipping our influencers with the technology to stay ahead of the game.

TD Ameritrade

Putting video aside, brands like TD Ameritrade are tapping into the belief that real people as brand ambassadors can make a bigger impact on the way average people connect with them. TD Ameritrade developed a campaign to change the perceptions about the finance industry altogether. And instead of calling this an influencer campaign they are calling it a “movement”.

The Human Finance Project tells stories from real registered investment advisors (RIAs) about what it truly means to be an advisor. All of these stories were collected through a traveling storytelling booth and are now being shared on their website. Developing this movement put the most important part of the business at the forefront of the campaign – the people. By putting a face behind the name and using the right people to spread the word about what they do, TD Ameritrade is effectively building trust, awareness, and real engagement with the audience they’re aiming to attract.

2016 Influencer Marketing winning campaigns. By putting a face behind the name and using the right people to spread the word about what they do, TD Ameritrade is effectively building trust, awareness, and real engagement with the audience they’re aiming to attract.

Corona

Corona stretched its creative possibilities by teaming with fashion bloggers to showcase beer-inspired outfits to promote Corona Lite – the lower calorie version of the popular beer. Partnering with Gilt Groupe, an online flash sale site, the fashion influencers were shown on its website and Instagram wearing “Light Looks” curated by the fashion bloggers. In this case, their audience is being persuaded by these influential fashionistas that you can drink a delicious low-calorie beverage and look good doing it.

Western Digital

Lastly, let’s take a look at one of our own clients. Western Digital needed a cost-per-engagement pricing model to limit risk while requiring fast turnaround for influencer activation so they tasked Mattr with sourcing influencers through our Virtual Agent platform to create unique campaign content. We identified and activated influencers in the “parent” and “travel” target markets that were also available for travel and campaign stunts.

Western Digital authentically reached new target audiences by securing three influencers on extremely short notice. By the end of the campaign, the influencers had driven consumer engagement that far exceeded estimated engagement and impressions (15+% more than average influencer engagement), increasing brand awareness and conversation.

2016 Influencer Marketing winning campaigns. Western Digital authentically reached new target audiences by securing three influencers on extremely short notice. By the end of the campaign, the influencers had driven consumer engagement that far exceeded estimated engagement and impressions (15+% more than average influencer engagement), increasing brand awareness and conversation.

This is a great example of how knowing your audience, having an objective and bringing on the RIGHT social media influencers to promote your brand can produce effective results.

Which 2016 Influencer Marketing campaigns did we miss? Tell us your favorite brands and campaigns in the comments.

 

The Influencer Marketing Metrics That Matter in 2017

The Influencer Marketing Metrics That Matter in 2017

By now we’ve all heard the standard influencer marketing metrics that the internet claims can make or break a campaign. Referral traffic, trackable links, brand awareness metrics and engagement to name a few. But what do all of these standard metrics really mean, when you break them all down? For the newcomers to the Influencer Marketing world in 2017, what are the absolute musts for metrics when building and monitoring an influencer campaign?

At Mattr, we have our own ideas about what’s important for a brand to monitor and measure before, during and even after a campaign. Some of the most important metrics we promote to our clients fall under the umbrellas of brand fitness, brand alignment and brand budgets.

Brand Fitness: Monitoring the Online Health of Your Brand

Brand Fitness gives a detailed view of the ‘health’ of your online brand over a period of time. Generally, those metrics break down into the number of followers a brand has on Twitter, the number of fans they have on Facebook, their total YouTube views as well as their Google search volume. These engagement metrics can be customized based on a brand’s social networks and goals.

Influencer Marketing Metrics- Brand Fitness: Monitoring the Online Health of Your Brand with Mattr

Another piece to Brand Fitness is a brand’s online Share of Voice – or how a brand’s share of social chatter and online searches compares to their competitors. Having a side-by-side view of social mentions as well as Google searches compared to rival companies gives brands a way to monitor developments in their influencer campaigns as they happen.

Brand Alignment: Are You Reaching the Right People?

Another feature of Mattr’s Influencer Marketing metrics is psychographic analyses of a brand’s influencers as well as an influencer’s audience. In other words, does the brand know the target audience they are looking to attract, and are the influencers they’ve hired for their campaigns reaching and aligning with those target audiences?

This psychographic analysis can start way before the actual influencer campaign begins. Through natural language processing algorithms, Mattr has the ability to analyze a brand’s own social audience and identify specific values, such as how green the group is, or how cost-conscious they might be. These values might help a brand identify target groups that are ideal for a specific campaign.

Next, Mattr can identify specific social influencers who hold those same values dear, and even further, can analyze the influencer’s audience to make sure they align with the brand ideals as well. This gives brands more confidence in hiring the right influencers, as well as more confidence that the right eyes and ears will be subjected to the influencer’s content. A win, win for the brand. Keep in mind that this psychographic analysis is also an ongoing metric, that can be tweaked as needed through a full campaign, or from campaign to campaign based on specific brand goals.

Influencer Marketing Metrics- Brand Alignment: Are You Reaching the Right People with Your Influencer Marketing?

Brand Budget- Keeping Your Dollars in Check

A last metric Mattr monitors for our clients throughout the influencer campaign is the brand budget. The success of a campaign is often related to how much a brand spends, especially if those brands are smaller and have less resources to waste. How do we do this? We hire influencers for brands based on a Cost Per Engagement model that ensures that a brand’s influencers are performing, and that their target market is actually engaging. Mattr provides reports to keep track of spending and engagement, and allows brands to increase or decrease spend, and add or cut influencers, based on their influencer marketing goals.

Influencer Marketing Metrics- Brand Budget- Keeping Your Dollars in Check with Mattr

If any of the above-mentioned influencer marketing metrics are important to your brand as you plan your 2017 strategy, give us a call to chat more about your options.