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4 min read The Easy Way to Get a Social Influencer Advocating Your Brand Is to Hire One

SI9-19When you hear the phrase “social influencer” you may think of a trendy new marketing fad, but they have always existed. They were your local DJs, fashionistas, socialites and friends. Social media has given rise to a new breed of social influencers capable of driving 16 times more engagement with your target audience than paid or owned media programs.

Social influencers can provide a cost-effective way for startups and smaller businesses operating on a limited marketing budget to reach new customers. However, like any campaign, there are crucial steps that need to be followed to ensure your brand and product are presented to the right audience and by the right influencers.

Leveraging Brand Ambassadors

Leveraging-Brand-AmbassadorsIn a recent report from Nielsen, a multi-national company which measures consumers’ shopping and media habits, 84 percent of global respondents across 58 countries reported word-of-mouth recommendations from family and friends as the most trustworthy source of advertising. This means that the best way for a company to achieve brand advocacy—and ultimately increase revenue—is to connect with the social influencers and empower those people to intentionally share their stamp of approval with their extended networks.