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How to Pick the Right Brand Ambassador

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With the rise in popularity of social media, influencers and third party content, brands are clamoring to figure out a marketing strategy that intuitively incorporates these new marketing formats in order to obtain a competitive edge.  One of the most popular ways brands are aligning with influencers is through brand ambassadorships.

 

With so many influencers showcasing large followings and a steady stream of content, it can be confusing as to which influencer would best represent your brand. Here are four simple tips on how to pick the right influencer for your brand:

 

  1. Profile - A good brand ambassador is an influencer with a decent following who has been creating content for at least a few years. A decent following ranges from 5,000 to over a 1 million subscribers. The key thing you're seeking is an influencer with experience. You want to be sure this person is consistently posting content and that there are no large gaps of time between the posts. Influencers with good sized followings treat their platforms with a sense of professionalism which ensures they will treat your brand ambassadorship with the same respect and attention.
  2. Personality - When seeking a good brand ambassador, you will want to seek someone who fits the identity of your brand. For example, if your brand manufactures healthy skin care products, your best brand ambassadors will be women and men who are health conscious, have great skin and who speak about healthy alternatives when it comes to beauty, food and wellness. The key is to seek those who are already in alignment with your brand vision.
  3. Credibility - A good brand ambassador has the trust and validation of his/her audience because of the consistent and trustworthy content he/she has churned out over the years. Take the time to sift through some videos or blog posts and see how they handle product reviews and hauls. Are they honest about the products or do they blindly endorse any and everything they receive. A good influencer will not sell themselves to the highest bidder - they will only promote and highlight products they believe in, use and stand by. Their credibility translates into brand awareness, loyalty and recognition for the products they endorse on their channels.
  4. Professionalism - In order to foster a healthy and successful relationship with an influencer, it's highly important that he/she is professional. Being that this individual will be an extension of your brand to the public, its best to pick an influencer who converses with his/her followers in a professional manner. In addition, the influencer should be open to feedback from you in regards to campaigns and content so that both parties are happy with the arrangement. You can gather a lot about an influencer just by seeing how they conduct themselves via their social media channels. Do an audit of their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms.

Signing up with a great brand ambassador can be the difference your company has been seeking. From increased consumer exposure to increased revenue, there are a myriad of benefits that come from working with an experienced influencer.

 

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10 Ways to Boost Your YouTube Subscribers Today

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In the world of influencer marketing, it's all about followers. Every day, you're seeking ways to increase your subscribers or followers so that you can garner attention from top brands and begin to make some revenue from your channels and/or platforms.

Well, here at Content Blvd, we're all about helping you create the platform of your dreams with compelling content that engages your audience and helps identify you as a thought leader and content creator.

Here are the top 10 ways to increase your YouTube followers today!

 

  1. Write out your scripts.

Preparation is the key to success. Before sitting down to film a video about your latest shopping haul or a product review, you will want to jot down a script. You may be wondering why you need a script? It will keep you organized, on task and help you describe the product and/or brand with more clarity and accuracy which equals better content and higher audience satisfaction.  

 

  1. Create evergreen content.

Evergreen content is the content that you will become known for. It's the foundation of your channel. For instance, if you're a technology influencer, your evergreen content may consist of gadget hauls, app reviews and trend reports. This is what your audience comes to you for. It's your bread and butter and surefire way to increase followers.

 

  1. Consistently post on a weekly basis.

The more often you post, the more followers you will acquire. Audiences love to see consistent posting as they feel confident you will deliver high quality content on a weekly basis. Many influencers have become one of the top sources of information for consumers when shopping.

 

  1. Personalize your video thumbnails.

Make sure your thumbnails are customized so that audiences can clearly see what the video is about before even clicking on it. You will find that your click through rate increases significantly when you start using customized thumbnails.

 

  1. Produce a channel trailer.

Giving your channel a trailer is a highly creative and effective way to showcase your channel to new followers. Make it short, to the point and a good representation of you, your content and your channel. Just like at the movies when a trailer wets your appetite, a good trailer will have followers hitting the subscribe button.

 

  1. Incorporate compelling call to action buttons.

There's nothing more compelling than including a sign up now or subscribe today button in your videos. Many potential followers will be quick to sign up when given the chance.

 

  1. Keep videos under 5 minutes.

Audiences have short attention spans so you will want to make sure your content is concise, well-thought out and under five minutes. The longer the videos, the more apt the audience will be to move on. The most highly converted videos were under five minutes according to Comscore.

 

  1. Invest in a good intro and outro.

Just like a great trailer, you will want to create a personalized intro and outro that lives at the beginning and end of your videos. This intro and outro are branding bookends that help identify your channel and lend a more professional feel to your content.

 

  1. Edit. Edit. Edit.

Great editing is the key to great content. Cut out any unnecessary footage or content that doesn't push your overall content forward. Be sure to include some interesting angles and cuts so that your videos are entertaining and  informative.

 

  1. Meta tags are your BFF.

Audiences seek out videos and content via keywords searches in major search engines like Google’s. Search engines rely upon the words you use to describe your videos, as well as the video’s titles and meta tags. Be sure to be as descriptive as possible to ensure the search engines have what they need to serve up your videos when they match a user’s search criteria.

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What Ad Blockers Tell Us About the Value of Influencer Marketing

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Programs and plugins that block ads on desktop and mobile web browsers have been around for a few years. But they hadn't led to worries or even panic among marketers until last year, when Apple announced that it would include ad-blocking capabilities for its Safari browser in the release of iOS 9. Just like that, a formerly niche tool went mainstream.

 

The months since have seen a rapid rise of ad blocking apps, which now dominate Apple and Android download charts. As millions of consumers are blocking ads, marketers have begun to panic: how are they supposed to spread the word about their brand if they're being shut out? The answer is deceptively simple: influencer marketing. Here are 3 conclusions we can draw from the rise of ad blocking.

 

1) Consumers are Tired of Ads

Above all, the rapid rise of ad blocking capability stems from one major underlying current: consumers are simply getting tired of ads. No less than 45 million U.S. internet users now regular use ad blocking software for a more organic content experience, and that number is expected to continue rising.

 

By the millions, American consumers have decided that getting exposed to more than 360 individual advertisements is simply too much. When they search on Google or log into Facebook, they want to get relevant results and hear from friends rather than being bombarded by promotional messages. And given the ubiquity of digital advertisements, who could blame them?

 

2) Revenue Will Be Lost

For marketers relying on digital ads to spread their message, the consequences of this development are undoubtedly troubling. As much as half of your target audience may simply be unreachable via digital ads, staying in the dark about your brand as a result.

 

According to one projection, advertisers will lose an astonishing $41 billion in 2016 advertising revenue as a result of ad blocking. Unsurprisingly, marketers relying on digital ads for brand exposure and revenue generation are panicking. Some went so far as to calling it the "Ad-Blocking Apocalypse."

 

3) Alternative Outreach is Needed

In reality, though, the rise of ad blockers is no need to panic. User are undoubtedly tired of ads, which is why they're starting to take action and control of their digital content exposure. But the one thing they're not doing is cutting their digital time as a result. In fact, the average consumer continues to spend more time online every single year.

 

Digital media consumption is not decreasing; the way in which we consume digital media is. Consumers don't want to hear promotional messages from brands, preferring authentic messages from their peers instead. For marketers, this insight offers an invaluable opportunity.

 

Enter influencer marketing. What if, rather than spending your time and resources trying to reach an audience that does not want to hear from you, you would spend it on engaging the influencers to whom your audience does want to listen? Naturally, your efforts will be much more successful.

 

Influencer marketing does not just offer theoretical benefits in an ad blocking age. Businesses who engage in this philosophy experience significant ROI. One study suggested an ROI that is 11 times as high as traditional banner ads, while another showed peer-focused marketing to generate $6.50 for every dollar spent.

 

In short, influencer marketing offers an ideal opportunity for marketers to circumvent ad blocking technology and get their message straight to their target audience. It's a marketing method specifically designed for an age in which consumers are able to decide who they want to listen to, seeking authenticity rather than promotions. So if you're worried that ad blocking may negatively influence your marketing strategy, consider influencer marketing as a more authentic, organic and beneficial alternative.

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Six Tips to Kick Off Your Influencer Marketing Strategy

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The colorful American WWII General, George S. Patton, once said, “A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied 10 minutes later.” This can certainly be said of advertising in 2016. With influencer marketing all the rage, companies who don’t strike while the iron is hot risk losing momentum as well as leaving money on the table. And since influencer marketing is only predicted to grow, here are six “good solutions” businesses big and small can implement to take advantage of this, the most effective new advertising trend of the digital revolution.

 

Target the audience

 

Brands need to identify which type of customer they want and reach out to the right influencer with the right audience. When a business connects with an influencer who enjoys mass audience appeal in the appropriate niche, then everything falls into place; the message directly impacts the buyer’s decision-making process. Also, satisfied converts are more likely to spread the news of their positive experience across various social-media channels.

 

Focus on the secondary market

 

By its very definition, influencer advertising produces big results by appealing to smaller niche demos outside the primary market. By building relationships with these secondary buyers, they in turn influence peers, driving sales and revenue. Those businesses that have properly defined the type of individual their product serves can then feel free to approach influencers who reach these “future primary buyers.”

 

Cultivate a relationship with influencers

 

It’s not enough to view the outsourcing of influencers as just another line item on a balance sheet. It’s crucial to build solid relationships because this will pay dividends in the form of a successful campaign and increased brand loyalty. Marketing pros recommend incentivizing influencers depending on their preferred form of compensation. For those who charge for their time, implementing a commission-based rewards program for top influencers is a good idea. For those who don’t, sneak peaks of new products or services should suffice.

 

Don’t’ just focus on the big fish

 

Every business wants the biggest influencer to endorse their brand. They want those stars of YouTube and social media to turn their legions of followers into brand ambassadors and drive sales into the stratosphere. A noble goal, but it misses the bigger picture. Another way to go involves organizing a list of prospective influencers into tiers, meaning that tier one represents the biggest of influencer fish while tiers two and three would represent those with smaller, more niche followings. As mentioned above, due to the sheer power that influencer marketing wields, focusing on these ancillary markets helps build a genuine interest in the brand.

 

Bring the customers into the mix


There’s no need to limit the generosity to your influencers—reward customers as well. Giveaways, promos and coupon codes should be commonplace. Ensure that each of these offerings has a shareable quality that makes customers want to snap photos, create hashtags and share it all with their peers on social media. Taco bell, of all brands, found success with a unique influencer campaign that involved sending rings that spelled “Taco Bell” in cursive to a handful of “special ladies” along with an accompanying handwritten note. Those who were a part of this “put a ring on it” influencer campaign shared photos of their ring and letter on Instagram, thus disseminating Taco Bell’s branded message to an even wider audience.

 

Keep tabs on the results

 

Influencer marketing has the capability to produce a staggering return on investment. In fact, official stats put the averages at $6.50 for every marketing dollar spent. That’s why it’s imperative to properly track results in order to see exactly where the campaign is working. The good news is that identifying KPIs is easier than ever due to just how much influencers resonate with their audience. Businesses can look at which influencer is producing the most amount of buys, event visits, social media shares, introductions, mentions, etc. and adjust their tactics accordingly.

 

Ultimately businesses are eager to work with influencers because of their reach and resonance. But successful influencers didn’t earn their status by ignoring the interests of their audience—they directly appealed to those interests. And brands who help influencers to serve these loyal audiences will find just the type of success they’re searching for.

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