Over the past few years, influencer marketing has certainly earned its wings. It's no longer a niche strategy; it seems nearly every brand is engaging an influencer in some form or fashion.
Raise your hand if you’ve seen influencer content on a social media platform this week. I’ll wait while you raise and lower your hand.
We all see influencer content every day, whether we realize it or not. 2017 has been dubbed “The Year of the Influencer” by multiple agencies and outlets, and it’s easy to see why. As engagement with brand content declines and the prevalence of ad blockers grows, brands are shifting dollars to influencer marketing at an alarming pace. This year, 63 percent of marketers report putting more money in their influencer marketing budgets versus last year according to BlogLovin.
Social media influencers are becoming a critical component of marketing strategies in industries across the board. As the strength of influencer marketing grows, brands realize it’s about more than finding influencers with the largest number of followers. The true power of influencers is not measured by their follower count, but in their ability to influence people through authentic content. Influencer marketing platform MuseFind shows that 92% of consumers trust an influencer more than an advertisement or traditional celebrity endorsement. But that trust doesn’t happen overnight. Influencers incrementally gain the trust of strangers every day.