After graduating from Nottingham Trent University, I thought it would be important to gain some work experience in a field of interest. So, before starting my Master’s degree in PR, I turned to Digital Next. As Digital Next are recognised as a Top 100 Fastest Growing Technology Company, I thought this would be a great place to start. Social media and content creating has always been one of my main interests.

– Ella Worthington BA (Hons)

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After focusing my dissertation around the impact that Instagram can have on an individual, the role of social media influencers never fails to amaze me.

More than ever, social media influencers are a crucial component to influencer marketing as there are currently 2.6 billion active social media users. They aim to shape audience attitudes through a range of platforms such as blogs, YouTube and Instagram.

WHO ARE THE SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS?

Social media influencers are everyday people like you and me, they just post about their passions for the world to read. As a consequence of this, influencers gain vast internet popularity. For example Zoella, a YouTube sensation, has over 12 million YouTube subscribers. It’s not surprising that they are considered the perfect marketing tool.

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Incase you missed just how popular social media influencers have become, a recent study found that the term ‘influencer marketing’ increased by 325% in Google searches over 2017. This is likely to continue as two-thirds of marketing departments are aiming to increase their influencer marketing budget.

This allows for social media influencers to help drive engagement, as well as gaining influence and followers to a brand or organisation.

DOES IT REALLY WORK?

Still not convinced? Well, a recent survey found that 72% of respondents have made a fashion, style or beauty purchase after seeing something on Instagram. An article in Forbes also stated MuseFind found that 92% of consumers trust an influencer more than a traditional celebrity endorsement.

Not only this, but in 2017 sponsored Instagram posts generated 1 billion likes. This just goes to show that they must be doing something right.

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As a result of all this, if you find the right influencer for your brand, they will drive more traffic to your site which will lead to more engagement and a better SEO ranking in the long run.

FINDING THE RIGHT INFLUENCER

There are only a few thing to consider before reaching out to a potential social media influencer:

  • Find an influencer that is sharing content and has an audience that is similar to your brand or organisation.
  • Check whether their profile is engaging enough. Have a look at their followers and comments, however, it is quality over quantity.
  • Build a relationship with the influencer and work together. Give instructions but also leave room for creativity.

Summary

It is clear to see that social media influencers play a huge role in influencer marketing today. There is no better time to find out whether this is what your brand or organisation needs in order to reach its next steps. If you think this might be helpful for your brand or organisation, why not get in touch.

Digital Next are proud to present Yahya Maasher, the latest teenage reviewing sensation taking YouTube by storm. Yahya only moved to Manchester five years ago from Yemen but has already earned thousands of pounds from his YouTube channel where brands send him technology products to review. His YouTube channel, Yahya M, is watched thousands of times each week, with viewers tuning in to hear his opinion on new phones, apps and cloud computing services.

Yahya first discovered his knack for technology by trying to get better reception on his television in Yemen. The Manchester Academy pupil said:

“In Yemen the TV reception was really bad and we couldn’t get a good picture, so I got the right wires to mend that, then I got books from school and learned to fix a computer.”

The teenager, who lives in Old Trafford, is sent free products from companies including Vodafone to review online, while at school, classmates give him their broken phones and tablets to fix – which he does for free.

It was during a visit to Yahya’s school, where Digital Next delivered a workshop to pupils entering a competition asking them to design a digital marketing campaign, that Yahya first came to our attention. Since then, the company has mentored and supported Yahya gaining him media and press intention as well as providing him with invaluable advice on how to gain more views and utilise his channel more effectively.

After university, Yahya is hoping to go into a career in the digital sector but for now his focus is on his school work and growing his YouTube channel.

We look forward to seeing what Yahya has up his sleeve next!