This originally appeared in Smart Insights on April 2, 2019.
Accusations of “fake news” fly fast and easy these days. Not surprisingly, consumer distrust has grown, especially when it comes to information found online. But while it might initially seem counterintuitive, the cynicism is increasing the power of influencer marketing — at least, a specific branch of influencer marketing.
Let’s face it. Sometimes, tunnel vision works. It helps you tune out distractions, it allows you to focus, and it keeps your eyes on the prize, as they say. But when it comes to influencer marketing, tunnel vision will lead you astray.
This is particularly true when deciding which social channels to focus your time and resources on. Despite Instagram’s reputation as a fan favorite for influencers, it’s important that you avoid Instagram tunnel vision. Instead, adopt a multichannel strategy that ensures your influencers will connect with your potential customers — wherever they are.
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.