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In this article, I’m going to share with you 5 tips to measure influencer marketing results.

Have you ever come across this scenario? When you finish a social campaign project with some influencers, they released Facebook posts, Instagram Stories, and Youtube videos. As a result, they reported you the campaign drives 500K view, 50K like, and 500 comments. For them, it seems like very exciting news and a successful result. If you had worked with an agency, they might even say it was pretty good, but the brand needs to keep investing to drive awareness. However, such an abstract result is not enough for you to report the success on business or even a digital marketing perspective. 

Why it matters

Digital marketing emphasises return on investment (ROI) = Profit/Cost, or Revenue/Cost. No matter the influencer marketing campaign’s purpose is to increase brand awareness, or educate target customers, drive sales directly, or maintain the customer relationship,  we need ways to measure and digitalize the performance. Thus, below are 3 key aspects to calculate ROI:

  • Digital asset production efficiency
  • Sales
  • Brand advocacy 

What we could do

To measure an overall ROI from above mentioned 3 aspects, I would suggest we need to start deployment from the strategy plan stage. Below are 5 tips:

1 – Create Hashtag Viral Effect

The social post is just a trigger point to reach the influencer audience and convey a message in a way like an advertorial or brand promotion content. A single post engagement performance number doesn’t represent a result in influencer marketing. The strategy we could consider is each influencer adds a hashtag in the post and in the post, they also encourage their fans, to share content with a hashtag and the story with the brand.

Thus, that means we might only invest a few influencers, but the result can be hundreds of posts or videos were released in a social media networks. If we deploy all posts including exclusive promotion offers, it definitely helps drive sales.

As we know the cost per post, or massive blasting cost through a platform (ACTIVATE), we can see cost efficiency from a few influencer investments and calculate how much cost we reduced and enhanced ROI. Here is an example of hashtag #ThankyouPriorityPass

(329 posts in total within 2 weeks)

Hashtag viral campaign

(Source from Deskgram)

If the campaign noise reaches a certain level, I believe during or post-campaign, brand keywords and the hashtag keyword search volume from search engines can increase. Thus, we could calculate the incremental performance (Sales, leads, etc).

google trend

(Sourced from Google Trend)

2 – Make Well Use of Content and Data Asset

Influencer content is not just a piece of discount pricing banner, so the engaged data is more valuable. We could align with influencers what content (copies, images, videos, etc) to produce is allowed to use on brand channel advertising, social collaborated ads or something else. 

Content is one of the key digital marketing assets. When we launch a web and advertising campaign, we need to invest in materials production, etc, to support advertising creative, or update web blogs for SEO purposes. Thus, if influencer content cost has already covered the material production, and also a creative agency service, you don’t need to pay additionally.

Here is a sample to collaborate with a blogger to write articles and shoot photos. These materials were adapted and used on Facebook newsfeed ads.

(Source from Easy2Digital Youtube)

Data is also another key digital marketing asset. When we are running a campaign, 1st/2nd/3rd party data needs skilfully using to set up ads targeting. Data needs cost as well, so below are some approaches you refer to save cost to increase customer data asset and drive more sales.

Connect influencer social fan page with brand data platform

Take Facebook ads for instance. When connecting with the influencer fan page,  brand business manager can categorise fans data, engaged data, prospect data and converted data. Thus, it is good for you to centralise and set up lookalike and retargeting campaigns.

For personalisation and omni-channel strategy, we could leverage salesforce marketing cloud to centralise all data and create 360 audience profile. For instance, after influencers produced appealing and wonderful content, more dimensional engagement data can be split like what are positive and what are negative; Who are the loyalty customer, who are the new customer having engaged influencer content pieces. I am sure these categorisation can help you deploy a new digital integrated ads campaign and content strategy on web and App.

Install Google 360 campaign manager floodlight on influencer web page

Except for social and video channel, influencers can write articles regarding brand experience and review. We could install a floodlight pixel on a specific content page and collect view and click data from there. As we can imagine, when we have hundreds of collaborated influencers, it can come to us big data scale to save on our owned platform. It is not only saving cost to purchase 2nd party/3rd party data, but also we are certain where the behaviour data comes from, instead of unknown from an agency or a platform.

3 – Provide Exclusive Offer at Limited Time

In China, influencer live is so popular and brands often provide exclusive offers within a live time frame. It has been proved a workable sales-driven approach, it’s lovely! Also, I have seen Facebook live, Youtube live and Amazon live are so hot to leverage from brands nowadays.

taobao live

(Source from Taobao Live)

No matter what content format and approaches, exclusive offer at campaign period only is very helpful to boost sales or drive leads. It’s a very direct measurement from the post investment. Also, limited offer doesn’t have bad impact on brand devalue if particularly your produce or service are serving high-end market. It’s a good approach to appeal new customers to try.

4 – Build Up Affiliated Partnership

Many people often ignore one critical marketing effect moment. That’s post campaign period. I would say it’s not correct to calculate ROI in influencer marketing within only campaign period. After they get familiar with a brand product, they are keen to post more afterwards, in order to get more free samples or earn commission from brands. The best picture is they already love the brand and become advocacy, meanwhile educating fans to advocate. You might be familiar with this saying “If you like to support my channel, please click and buy from below a link”. 

In Asia, there’re so many affiliate platform options for you. Once you search, many articles are out there. I would say it’s an indispensable part in your digital marketing strategy, to build a stable and long term relationship. It’s a wonderful picture when you can quickly gather hundreds of influencers to implement briefing, communication and billing through an owned platform, instead of 3rd party platform. Below are some nice options from my view:

5 – Fully Leverage Proper Customer Data Tracking and Management Platforms

Different with traditional marketing, having a powerful and friendly data platform is a key and must-have section in digital marketing. I suggest to select one core marketing cloud platform to connect with different marketing eco-system. Below are my options for your reference:

In Asia Pacific regional markets must have at least:

  • Salesforce Marketing Cloud – CRM, email studio, social studio, advertising studio and Datorama (Optional)
  • Google 360 marketing platform – Campaign manager, DSP, Google analytic, Google Tag manager.
  • Facebook business manager
  • Amazon advertising

Particular for China

Particular for Japan

In Conclusion

Influencer marketing strategy can apply to PR campaign, direct sales driven campaign, lead generation campaign, brand advocacy campaign or so on. It’s not a piece of content blasted to build exposure, but performance is measurable on business and sales perspective. That’s digital beauty on ROI measurement.

Louis Lu

By Louis Lu

Growth Hacker & Digital Marketer, with a proven record of over 11 years experience in 20+ Asian markets, and 24,000+ connections in Linkedin

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