If you’ve been thinking about tapping the influencer marketing waters, you’ve probably spent some time wondering about one question: “How do I measure the results of my campaign?”
But before jumping into how, let’s first briefly discuss why you even need this and what you can measure (spoiler alert: quite a lot!).
Influencer marketing is exciting ― and it’s tempting to get into it as quickly as possible. But it’s not as straightforward as “1+1 equals 2”.
Just imagine how much effort goes into a campaign. First, you need ideas that will wow your target audience. Then, you need to start looking for the right influencers and begin reaching out to them. And, on top of that, you’re always keeping your finger on key performance indicators (KPIs) ― before, during, and after the campaign.
After all, influencer marketing is part of your overarching business plan. And business loves numbers.
This is why measuring results is one of the five most important steps in influencer marketing.
It depends on your goal. Do you want to increase engagement or your conversion rate? Or maybe you’re looking for a higher reach?
There’re a lot of indicators in marketing ― you can probably come up with some unique ones if you need them. But with a goal in mind, you’ll be able to narrow down this overwhelming number to a few options. And then you’ll focus on the indicators that are most relevant for you right now.
And when setting KPIs, keep in mind that it’s enough to have 2-3 indicators per goal or objective. That will help you avoid overcomplicating the process.
There are at least five ways to do this.
Are users interacting with your content? If yes, it means that you were able to get them to notice your campaign. But the main question should be “How do they interact with it?”
It’s also important to track results for each influencer individually. You can use two sources of information:
There are media monitoring services such as Mention, HubSpot, Brand analytics, etc. They help you track mentions and tags, which are also important success indicators of your campaign. By tracking the number of brand mentions, you can see whether your content is being discussed and shared.
You need to decide which tool is a better fit for your goals. There’re many features that each of the solutions offer and the variety of features can be mind-blowing. Keep your end goal in mind. Don’t overpay for features that you don’t need.
Social media visibility is only part of success. You also need to think about your website and if new visitors can easily find it. You can use Google Analytics for different tasks:
By analyzing traffic data, you’ll better understand how effective the influencer marketing campaign was compared to other marketing campaigns that you ran in the past.
You can also calculate the income from each click (the revenue per click): divide the income received from the ad by the number of clicks on it. Did you manage to get a number that is higher than the cost per click?
Sometimes the most obvious way is the most effective one. You don’t need to go directly to every customer and ask their opinion on every campaign you launched, but you can create a general survey or add a pop-up window to your website with 2-3 questions. This will encourage customers to share their experiences with you.
When creating a pop-up or a survey, keep your customers’ time in mind. Use multiple-choice options instead of open text questions.
You don’t always need a complex system to do the job. For example, you can also provide each influencer with a unique UTM link that they will use in their posts. You can generate these links for free (bit.ly) or use some paid tools. These tools help you see how a user got to your website (where they came from and via which channel). And you can find out which social network or influencer is driving more traffic to your website.
This all sounds pretty straightforward, right? But there’s one catch. Sometimes it can take up to a couple of months before the results accumulate.
After your marketing campaign is over, the content created by influencers continues promoting your brand. To effectively measure the success of your campaign, you need to take this delayed effect into account.
And ― you guessed it ― some results are hard to measure:
Although influencer marketing can be challenging and puzzling sometimes, it’s one of the most effective marketing strategies out there.
So if you’re still thinking about launching an influencer marketing campaign but don’t know where to start, reach out to HypeFactory, and we’ll take it from there together.