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August 16, 2019

The Rise Of The Socially Powerful

INFLUENCER  [in-floo-uh n-ser]  A person or who has the ability to influence the behaviour or opinions of others through social media.

Monitoring the impact of your influencer campaigns can help you understand your audience, create more effective content to engage and grow your customer base as well as measure the impact they are having on your brand. 

Influencer marketing can yield significant results, particularly on visual-focused platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. Since the inception of Instagram in 2010, influencer marketing on the platform has increased exponentially with a growth in social action of 39 per cent in 2018 and a daily active user list of greater than 500 million. Influencer marketing statistics have indicated that 82 per cent of consumers are likely to follow an influencer recommendation and brands have found it to be an effective channel to promote and grow their brands.

At present, more and more brands are including influencer marketing into their overall marketing strategy in order to add value to their brand and better engage with their audience. And although it can be one of the more affordable channels to gain more customers, proper campaign planning is still required to ensure you get the most out of your investment.

According to Influencer Marketing Hub, 10.5 per cent of brands consider the audience relationship to be the most valuable factor when collaborating with an influencer and will more and more brands.

Measuring your success

Measuring the success of your influencers is crucial to understanding if your strategy is working. By utilising social media monitoring, you can monitor information relevant to your business. For example, you might want to track and measure:

  • Brand mentions (with or without direct tagging)
  • Relevant hashtags (branded and unbranded)
  • Mentions of your competitors
  • Keywords or trends applicable to your industry

Social media monitoring in our Mediaportal helps you track key social metrics such as brand awareness and social share of voice. With this information, you can use it to test social campaigns, track ROI and build on improving future campaigns.

The level of influence

As an influencer is an extension of your brand, it is important to seek out influencers that align with your brand values and align with your products and services. It’s also important to understand the different levels of influencers as their audience size can determine their engagement rate. Interestingly, once a social influencer reaches a critical mass of followers, audience engagement begins to decrease.

Micro-influencer 

The largest group of influencers are known as micro-influencers – holding approximately 500 – 10,000 followers. Micro-influencers are a good asset to brands as their followers are interested and engaged with the influencer, which in turn, results in a higher engagement rate – approximately 25 – 50 per cent.

Macro-influencer

Macro-influencers have around 5 – 25 per cent engagement per post with audiences ranging from 10,000 – 1 million. Although the engagement rate is lower than micro-influencers, macro-influencers can reach up to 10 times more people. 

Mega-influencer

These influencers could be a social media celebrity.  Although they can have a following of over 1 million, their engagement rate is approximately 2 – 5 per cent. 

Relevance, Reach, Resonance

Although there are many benefits of influencer marketing, influencers can also go awry if they fall out of favour with their audience or unexpectantly decide to move on from a brand. In addition, like any marketing campaign, there is financial risk with influencer marketing. Unlike the world of cost per click, cost per acquisition and cost per thousand, influencers don’t control who sees their content. Instead, influencers rely on ‘organic reach’, meaning their success is based off the algorithms of Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. Brands face the risk of engaging with influencers that do not have the right type of audience or do not continue to mutually align with the brands strategy. 

To mitigate risk when choosing an influencer, an influencer marketing strategy should be created, and the 3 ‘R’s – relevance, reach and resonance are areas that should be a key focus and making your decision.

Relevance

Ensure your influencer is relevant to your brand, one who has expertise and subject-matter credibility, as well as well developed, solid relationships with their followers. Identify the topics of influence that speak to your brand’s target audience and purchasers and determine if their audience is one you would like to engage with. The influencers demographic should also be considered to determine if they are relevant to your brand and will continue to be influential with their audience.

Reach

If you’ve chosen and targeted your influencer correctly, you not only gain the influencer’s responsive audience, you obtain that audience’s audience too. To mitigate damage to your brand reputation and equity, a natural alignment between your influencer and brand messaging is important and it’s crucial your influencer comes across as authentic and real.

Resonance

Seek out and research influencers that will be a good fit to your brand including content quality, reach, engagement, and an alignment of values with your brand

Also ensure all earned media is reviewed and identify which influencers work best for your brand. Repeat this to continue having a strong influencer marketing strategy.

Since influencer marketing is about building strong relationships, a strategy that values a mutually beneficial relationship is important as well as one that aligns with those who are active in the relevant verticals. By tracking conversations that are being had about your brand you can uncover what your audiences actually find engaging and continue providing relevant content tailored to their values, interest and needs.

If you’d like to learn more about social media monitoring or anything media intelligence related, get in touch with us today

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Meanwhile, popular millennial and gen z media outlets like Fashion Journal and Refinery29 are reporting on how-tos and the benefits of sober dating. Young Australians are reading that by avoiding the booze, their anxiety is reduced, and they are setting themselves up for relationship success.

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Mental health improvements associated with the trend aren’t the only benefits being publicised; the physical gains are too. Australian media personality Erin Holland told Women’s Health Magazine that her preparation for the popular reality series SAS Australia involved a strict no-alcohol rule. Rugby union Wallaby player Radiko Samo credited a no-alcohol stance to his improved performance on the field.

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The data also suggests Australians genuinely enjoy the taste of low/no-alcohol beverages followed by ethical reasons. For centuries, abstinence from alcoholic drinking has been tied to ethical beliefs, but open discussion and acknowledgment of Australia’s amoral history keep this motivator current. Aboriginal-owned and led non-alcoholic craft brewers SOBAH advocate for this and aim to break toxic Indigenous stereotypes by providing “healing opportunities outside the reliance on government funding and control."

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Australian-made distilleries are also proud to represent the small-batch, independent ethos which aligns with the Aussie tendency to support one-of-kind artisanal producers over big-name brands.

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British and Australian brands Seedlip and Lyre’s appear as the most mentioned across media platforms between July-November 21. In the news, Aussie founded Lyres had taken out best non-alcoholic spirit for their Italian spritz at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Seedlip took out two non-alcoholic spirit awards in the Australian Drinks Awards held in November 2021.

While we might expect fitness enthusiasts to be discussing the benefits of lowering alcohol consumption online, a deep dive into the different audiences talking about low alcohol brands reveals this is a popular conversation amongst more niche subcultures.

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Across twitter, discussions of non-alcohol spirits are popular amongst Australian bookworms. Popular non-alcoholic brands like Lyres and Seadrift use old-fashioned or themed storytelling as part of their branding language—an aesthetic that lets  literary lovers know they ”can enjoy the mirth and merriment of a soiree or shindig” without alcohol. This group is also keen to share with their community the book they are currently reading and a matching mocktail.

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This trend continues to grow as Aussies aspire for optimal performance at work, in their social and romantic lives, and for their overall wellness. The data shows Aussies celebrating and sharing their alcohol-free experiences with their digital communities, and with the backing from the government and smaller brands taking out big awards, this trend continues to offer Australians an opportunity to get on the wagon.

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The Philippine presidential candidates have had various strategies for their campaigns since their announcements via mainstream and social media. The public has had varied reactions to their movements.

Isentia, the leading media intelligence and insights solutions provider in the Philippines and Asia-Pacific, has created a report documenting the first 30 days of the Philippine Presidential Election campaigns.

The study seeks to comprehend the themes and sentiment of the media and digital public discussions on the identified candidates since the official campaign period from 8 February 2022 to 9 March 2022.

Fill up the form below to download the whitepaper and read more.

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ISENTIA PHILIPPINES – The First 30 Days: The Philippine Presidential Race Campaign Period at a Glance

The Philippine presidential candidates have had various strategies for their campaigns since their announcements via mainstream and social media. The public has had varied reactions to their movements. The study seeks to comprehend the themes and sentiment of the media and digital public discussions on the identified candidates since the official campaign period from 8 February 2022 to 9 March 2022. Fill up the form to download the whitepaper and read more.

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IIt was just a week ago when I was asked to travel to Canberra to assist the Isentia Canberra team with the 2022-23 Budget. The team was preparing to provide our clients with a range of Parliamentary Services to support them throughout the Budget announcement and plethora of reactions, resulting in the most significant media day of the year. 

Isentia has an office right in the middle of the Parliamentary press gallery, above the House of Representatives, alongside the ABC, The Conversation, 9 News, 7 News and SBS had my head reeling. We are in the thick of the Budget conversation at Parliament House and have access to the Budget papers during lock-up. I am not going to lie, I would have loved to have gotten my hands and eyes on what lay inside the mass that is the Budget, but I was just as excited to be a part of Isentia’s first live stream of the conga line to deliver immediate stakeholder perspectives.

Lock-up team Whitney and Crystal ready to unpack the 2022 Budget for clients, pictured with Account Executives Melvic (right) and Nikhar (left)

This is my first time in Canberra and walking into Parliament House. It may sound ridiculous to some, but I felt the magnitude of decisions and words within this space as soon as I arrived. This could be due to the physical size of the building, the maze of corridors (I did get lost), or that Greg Hunt, Minister for Health and Aged Care, passes by you, or Laura Tingle, ABC political journo heavyweight, is standing inside the courtyard cafe – no longer just a revered top news journalist on my TV screen. I am tempted to approach her and ask her thoughts on any Budget revelations, but professionalism nips that one in the bud.

The live stream is my main priority and ensuring we capture stakeholder responses as soon as lock-up ends. With the cool, calm, and collected Melvic (Canberra Account Executive) by my side, I felt we were prepared to capture all the opinions and critical commentary on Frydenberg’s latest Budget. But as Melvic had said to me plenty of times over the past couple of days while in Canberra, “you can’t exactly prepare for Budget night.” Speeches can go on for longer, lock-up can be delayed, and elevators can stop working. It was 7.30pm, and we (Melvic and myself) could not get to the second floor, where the press gallery and the conga line were to be. After semi-frantically looking for a way to get there – the elevator wouldn’t go to floor two, and the staircase was blocked off – our prayers were answered in the presence of a former staffer who took pity and showed us to an elevator that could get us there. The doors opened, and we were awkwardly confronted by a crowd of diners enjoying a catered event, but after casually walking by, we were able to get to the gallery and stream the conga line.

I staked my claim on a small footprint of space to set up Isentia’s nimble streaming equipment among tall, solid guys supporting big TV broadcast cameras. As speakers were changing over, we had to pause for one of them to change their camera battery. The speakers were unfazed by the background buzzing of phones, regular triggering of Parliament House clocks and adrenaline-pumped chatter of people in the corridors. I was particularly moved by the words of Carolyn Smith, Aged Care Director at the United Workers Union and a team of aged care workers who felt a lack of respect for what the Budget provided them. I wondered how journalists could keep it together when they were listening to the stories and concerns of people who really feel impacted by the decisions made here. These are comments and opinions that matter to our clients, and providing this service allows them to better inform their operations and objectives. After the last speaker, Melissa Donnelly, National President of the Community & Public Sector Union, had finished, the live stream was done. But the active alerts team weren’t.

Live stream conga line of Carolyn Smith, Aged Care Director, United Workers Union & Aged Care Workers (Curtis, Marina, Shin,Teresa)
Live stream conga line of Carolyn Smith, Aged Care Director, United Workers Union & Aged Care Workers (Curtis, Marina, Shin,Teresa)

The team, rapid-firing live alerts to clients after lock-up release, are able to provide clients near-immediate knowledge of key topics concerning their organisation. This being my crash course introduction to the chaos of a Budget night, I was not expecting the personal understanding and touch that went into the live active alerting process for clients. I pictured images of machines whirring and topics automatically ticking through Budget content, machines that made a detached decision about what was relevant to clients and made blanket sends without consideration. How our Account Executives, Crystal and Whitney, understood the ins and outs of the needs held by our clients does make a real difference to accuracy and content relevancy.

With the speed and focus they applied to this product offering (active alerts), you would have thought they were machines anyway. But a machine is not going to have their ongoing long-term client relationship and understanding of client development.

 It’s a wrap! Budget 2022 Isentia team, (from left) Crystal (Account Executive) Loren (Marketing Executive ANZ), Whitney (Account Executive), Melvic (Account Executive), Nikhar (Account Executive), Russ (Chief Commercial Officer). 

After the last active alert was sent, you could still feel the adrenaline. The pace and unpredictable circumstances that this team worked under were staggering, but we made it in the end. After a justified amount of snacking, we packed up the Isentia Parliament office and found our way to the car park, where everyone there that night was in a state of buzzed debriefing as they crouched into their Ubers home. I doubt anyone there got more than 5 hours of sleep that night, but it was amazing to be a part of how Isentia offers a unique service to clients. We look forward to giving the same level of tailored content to clients during the election coverage.

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Isentia bringing the 2022-23 Budget to Clients

Our Marketing Executive gets a crash course in Budget night at Isentia. We provide tailored media intelligence offerings. Discover the Isentia difference!

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