Home / Trends In E-Marketing & E-Business / 9 Sizzling Influencer Activation Tips from Lee Odden #MPB2B

9 Sizzling Influencer Activation Tips from Lee Odden #MPB2B

lee-odden-mpb2b-16

Influencer marketing is an incredibly hot topic in the marketing world—and it’s not hard to see why. Influencers add insight, credibility and authority to the content they help create, and they also have the potential to bring that content to a new audience.

But what makes someone influential? Is it popularity? Is it celebrity? Is it the fact that they have niche expertise? And how do you identify, activate and continue to build on your relationships with influencers?

During his Sexy Hot B2B Influencer Activation session at MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum, TopRank Marketing CEO Lee Odden delivered a presentation packed with actionable tips, tools and examples that answered all these questions and more.

Below I dive into some of the top takeaways from Lee’s presentation, all of which feature actionable advice for helping you heat up your influencer marketing efforts.

#1- Do your homework.

When you’re thinking about which influencers you want to collaborate with, make sure you know who they are and what expertise they bring to the table. This will ensure that you’re presenting them with a relevant ask and help you personalize your message when reaching out.

#2- Lead with value.

Your efforts to infuse influencers into your content cannot and should not be all about you and your goals. There needs to be value for everyone.

When reaching out, lead with what’s in it for them to pique interest and show them that you see the value in what they can contribute.

#3 – Don’t ask for too much too soon.

Influencers are tapped frequently to participate in various projects. If you’re just getting started with your relationship, start with a small ask so you don’t overload them and send them running.

If the insights they provide are really good, reach back out and ask them to dig in deeper on a particular subject. This will help you keep the relationship and momentum going.

#4 – Think about influencers early on.

Influencers shouldn’t be an afterthought. When you’re creating your content plan, ask yourself: “What influencers make sense for this content?” This way you’ll be able to seamlessly integrate your experts into the content and avoid having to duplicate efforts later.

#5 – Activate influencers before you need them.

To truly get the most out of your efforts, you have to build strong and lasting relationships with your influencers—not just go to them when you need something. Take the time to research, identify and engage with them before you actually need to ask anything of them to build rapport.

#6 – Utilize marketing tools.

There are dozens of helpful marketing tools you can use to discover, reach out and engage influencers, as well as manage the relationship into the future.

During his presentation, Lee mentioned three different types of tools that could be a big help:

1. Specialty tools. Tools such as BuzzSumo are great for discovering and researching influencers to add to your list.

2. Marketplaces. Marketplaces such as Webfluential and Tapinfluence are a pay-to-play option where brands can go “shopping” for influencers.

3. Marketing platforms. Platforms such as Traackr and GroupHigh are the tools you can use to develop, enhance and maintain influencer relationships.

#7 – Make it easy for influencers to amplify your content.

After all the work has gone into creating an awesome piece of content with influencers, you want to make it easy for them to share it. Consider providing them with a few pre-written social messages that they can simply copy and paste.

#8 – Personalize when repurposing.

The influencer content you’ve worked so hard to create shouldn’t just sit on the shelf after publishing. Make it work harder for you by repurposing it into other smaller assets that are personalized to your specific audiences.

#9 – Keep your influencer connections hot.

As mentioned above, you want to build a strong and lasting relationship with your influencers—and that means that you need to have an ongoing relationship. You need to keep romancing them a bit.

Follow, monitor and engage your influencers on social media, listen for opportunities to be thoughtful, send them referrals if you can and reach out with them when with new opportunities to collaborate.

If you’re at MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum, the TopRank Marketing team would love to connect! Find us on Twitter to let us know what sessions you’ve enjoyed the most at @TopRank, @leiladlf, @leeodden, @amywhiggins@azeckman and @CaitlinMBurgess.


Email Newsletter
Gain a competitive advantage by subscribing to theTopRank® Online Marketing Newsletter.

© Online Marketing Blog – TopRank®, 2016. |
9 Sizzling Influencer Activation Tips from Lee Odden #MPB2B | http://www.toprankblog.com

The post 9 Sizzling Influencer Activation Tips from Lee Odden #MPB2B appeared first on Online Marketing Blog – TopRank®.

Click Here For Original Source Of The Article

Check Also

Digital Marketing News: Better Text Ads, Lifestyle Templates & AMP for AdWords

Digital Marketing News: Better Text Ads, Lifestyle Templates & AMP for AdWords

Seven Tips for Writing Better-Performing Expanded Text Ads [Infographic]
Writing text ads is a challenge - how can you be compelling enough to drive a conversion with such limited space? There are several tricks of the trade explored in this new infographic. MarketingProfs

Google to Advertisers: Get Your Mobile Landing Pages Ready
Google recently announced that in two weeks, AdWords advertisers can use AMP pages as landing pages for their ads. This provides a seamless user experience when searching through Google and could have implications for page rank. Search Engine Journal

The print catalog era is over -- but Facebook wants to revive it on your iPhone
Do you miss the good old days of ordering from a catalog? Not many do. However, the lifestyle inspiration we all get from magazines is something that we haven't been able to replicate as well with our digital ads. Facebook is trying to close that gap with their new 'Lifestyle Templates'. Business Insider

Amazon Is Opening Up Its Ads Business, and Marketers See a Big Opportunity to Shake Up Search
According to AdWeek, "After testing search-based ads with agencies and brands, Kenshoo (a company that helps marketers manage search spend across platforms) is making Amazon ads readily available to all marketers through an API integration today." AdWeek

Instagram Expands Access to Branded Content Tools
After months of testing, Instagram has granted access to advertisers to its Branded Content tools. These will allow advertisers simplify the process for working with creators (and vice versa). Social Media Today

Google responds to Apple’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention with AdWords tracking update
The news of Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari has upset the advertising industry - but as usual, we have Google to the rescue. According to Search Engine Land, "Google has developed a new Google Analytics cookie that will be used to capture campaign and conversion data from Safari in a way that conforms with ITP." Search Engine Land

Amazon ‘1-Click’ patent expires today, get ready for faster web-wide checkout
Amazon's patent on '1-Click' checkout has expired - this means that eCommerce platforms can now duplicate this functionality on their own sites. This is expected to reduce cart abandonment for shopping sites and make a more convenient user experience. Marketing Land

73% Of Broadband Consumers Want To Tightly Control Their Personal Data
According to MediaPost: "A large majority (73%) of U.S. broadband consumers express a desire to keep tight control over access to their personal data, with nearly half being very concerned that someone will access the data without their permission, according to a new report by Parks Associates." MediaPost

What were your top digital marketing news stories this week?

We'll come back next week with more top digital marketing news. Have something to share? Email the newsroom or Tweet to @toprank.

The post Digital Marketing News: Better Text Ads, Lifestyle Templates & AMP for AdWords appeared first on Online Marketing Blog - TopRank®.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

css.php