January 24, 2020

Influencers, like Punks, are NOT dead

I hear here and there that Influencer Marketing is dead.

That statement is highly exaggerated.

It’s very alive, and it’s not going anywhere.

People – and brands – think Influencer Marketing is a game of numbers. It is not.

The number of followers Influencers have doesn’t really matter, and the way they got them (through organic growth or thanks to bots or helped by engagement groups or from a hybrid model of these three different approaches) doesn’t matter either.

Only two things matter:

  • Are the demographics of their audience aligned with what your product or brand is?
  • How is their Engagement Rate?

About the Engagement rate.

On average, brands should pay around $0.05 per engagement. Of course, that’s an average rate that means nothing as is.

Each industry is different.

Customer acquisition costs depend a lot on what you sell and to whom you sell it. Brand awareness collaborations have goals that differ depending on the maturity of the brand. Some communities truly love the influencers they follow, others have lower irrational relationships.

Also, the industry you’re in matters a lot. Influencer Marketing in the luxury business or in the Real Estate can require much higher budgets. Collaborations on Black-Belt products too, as the differentiator for each product, is close to 0, so the meaning of your marketing is crucial.

Let’s say you have 1M followers and 1.5% engagement on the sponsored post; you should be paid on average… $750 for a post, based on that theoretical $0.05.

If you have 50,000 followers and a 10% engagement rate, you should pay $250.

For the same budget and based on these hypotheses, I’d work with three influencers having 50K followers (so a 150K followers reach), instead of one influencer having 1M followers.

The connection between the micro-influencer and his or her community will be much better, and his or her level of influence actually stronger.

Here’s my take-away on that topic.

  • The present and future of Influencer Marketing for brands are about building a strong relationship with people having gathered a highly engaged community around their very authentic content.
  • Give the keys to the influencers you work with. Let them do whatever they want with your product. If you have picked the right ones, you will love the results. If you have chosen the wrong ones, well… Best case scenario, you have just burned your marketing dollars. Worst case scenario, brace for impact.
  • Your goal is to convince these little groups of core fans that are highly relevant to the code of your brand, and then, they will spread the word around them for you.
    In 2020, Influencer Marketing done right is still the most underpriced type of marketing ever.
December 31, 2019

Social Media Trends for 2020

Social Media Marketing Trends for 2020

First things first, I would like to wish you a terrific and very social year 2020, for you and your brand(s).

Now is a perfect time to grow your reach on Social Media, not because it’s easy but because it is more complicated than ever.

When a game is hard, it is always an opportunity for those who know how to play it.

And if you read this, you know (or at least, you want to learn) how to play the game.

What are the most significant trends for Social Media in 2020?

December 14, 2019

How to calculate the ROI of Social Media Marketing

Here’s an attempt to approximately calculate the ROI of Social Media Marketing… with a terrific tactic to generate more sales inside.

Almost since inception, Social Media Marketing’s very first intention has been to build communities and support Brand Awareness.

It will still be the case in 2020 (for 64% of Brand Managers who have been challenged recently on that topic), as many companies – and celebrities – keep on struggling with that stage.

And they don’t even call me to get some help! :-)

That said, I believe that we are entering a new era.

The growing priority for brands that have built a decent-sized community is to start getting some Return on Investment (ROI) from these efforts.

“What is the ROI of my marketing efforts?”

I have heard that question from clients every day for the last 25 years, and for 80% of them, my answer was: “I don’t know.

We know we have to do what we do, and we can’t quantify why we have to do it. How much money do I get back from the marketing dollar I have invested?

Answering that question isn’t straightforward, but it is not impossible either.

ROI comes in the form of more leads, more sales, increased qualified traffic, and other measurable outcomes from your online presence.

I have talked to many clients recently, and some of them are losing sight of the big picture. They only focus on followers’ growth or getting a better reach.

It is fine, but the end goal, at least for companies, is TO SELL MORE.

Marketing serves Sales.

More sales (it means selling more products, more services, or even convincing more people that your ideas are more helpful when you are a politician) are the reason why we do marketing.

That’s also one of the reasons why I push our clients to focus on their Engagement Rate.

The Engagement Rate is an ongoing conversation with your prospects and your clients.

In other words, it is the living proof of the relationship you have built with your community, and it tells you how healthy is that relationship.

Getting your message out there with a low Engagement Rate means 1/ you don’t reach your target audience, or even worse, 2/ you reach your target audience, and they don’t care.

When your Engagement Rate is decent, it means that you reach people for real (the difference between “hearing” and “listening”), and that your message creates a reaction.

So how do you convert the Engagement Rate into sales or leads?

There’re millions of ways to do that. You have to be creative.

Let me give you one easy tactic you can put at work in 30 minutes if you are selling products online.

It might do not work in your specific case, but it will probably inspire you if you adapt it to your situation.

Facebook and Instagram Ads are very powerful when you target them correctly. It’s all about bringing the attention of the right people to the right message.

1/ Grow the Engagement Rate on your Instagram account by keeping the conversation going as much as possible. You want people who interact with you to know why they do it (they like your content, your culture, your values, your products…). That last part is essential: the Engagement you get has to be meaningful.

2/ Then, create an Audience in your Facebook Ads Manager, with the people who have engaged with you on Instagram. It’s straightforward, and you will be guided from the beginning to the end.

3/ If the size of that audience is decent (you can do it with 100 people but the larger, the better), ask Facebook to create a Look-A-Like audience by analyzing the profile of the people who engaged with you and searching for very similar people.

The Facebook algorithm is almighty. It takes into account their demographics, and also their interests, their financials, the size of their families, the websites they have visited, and thousands of other criteria.

Facebook will probably find 1M+ people by extrapolating from your small sample. It’s far enough to sell a few products, right?

4/ Then, you just have to set up a campaign with a nice discount for their first order (that’s your client acquisition cost) or a special offer and run it against the Look-A-Like audience that you have just created.

If your copy and your offer are right, you should get outstanding results with such a sharp targeting.

Growing the Engagement Rate of your Instagram account, to end up targeting your ads ideally to generate more sales was worth the effort, especially knowing that Facebook learns from your campaigns and optimize them automatically, making them even better.

Back to the original question:

How to calculate the ROI of Social Media efforts?

In that specific case, the formula is:

Revenues from your Ads – (Cost of growing your reach and Engagement on Instagram + Cost of the Ads) = ROI

I understand I took an easy case, and I know that 90% of real situations are more complex. I also know there’s some value in building Brand Awareness that I have not taken into account in that formula.

However, I believe you can end up having a rough idea of the worth of your efforts by keeping in mind the big picture and trying to focus more on your real intention: Leads, Sales, and actual opportunities.

You don’t do Social Media Marketing for the sake of it. You do it to take your business to the next level.

As usual, feel free to get back to me with questions and comments!

September 7, 2019

Instagram hides the Like count, and it is a BIG deal.

Instagram hides the Likes from your posts.
Here’s why it’s a big deal for brands and influencers.

As you might know, Instagram is about to hide the Likes from all the posts, so people feel less social pressure when their content is not popular.

They have started experimenting that new feature in a few countries, and from what I have seen so far, here’s what brands and influencers can expect from it.

September 4, 2019

The Future of Social Media Platforms

Just a thought about a trend coming faster and faster, and that will impact Social Media Marketing at one point.

These last few years, negative content has grown a lot on social media platforms.

Many people regret the recklessness of the ’80s, and the vintage trend is fed by this mindset: “It was better before…”. Today, almost everything on Twitter and Facebook is an open invitation for a fight, but…

Regular people don’t like to fight.
Regular people don’t like hate speech and permanent criticism.

The next decades will be all about love, accountability, responsibility and privacy.

Marketing will have to adapt, with more transparency and storytelling. I’m gonna love that refreshing period.

June 19, 2019

Why does Instagram love consistency?

Instagram loves consistency, and you'd better give it what it asks for.
If Instagram loves consistency, you’d better give it what it asks for.

Let me tell you how to avoid one of the common mistakes brands, and wannabe influencers make all the time.

They lack of consistency with their content.

When you open a new account, Instagram tries to understand what you want to post about.

It tries to define what your content is and add it to categories. It wants you in boxes.

That’s the reason why it is vital for anyone looking for more reach and exposure to understand that notion.

May 25, 2019

Are blogs still a thing?

Are Blogs still a thing in 2019?
Spoiler Alert: I believe Blogs are still a thing.

Please allow me to start writing again with a bit of History.

My very first blog was a personal website, hosted on a community platform called Mygale.
It was in 1997.

Then came the actual blog platforms, and I moved temporarily to Ublog, launched by my friend Loic Lemeur. I haven’t been in touch with him for years now, but I’m still very grateful he did it.

Without him creating that startup, I’m not sure I would have written so much.

Writing has made me better.

It requires work and strength when you put ideas on paper, knowing tons of competent people might read it too.