What are influencer relations?
Everybody wants to be valued, don’t they? And the reality is that influencers perform better when they feel appreciated. That’s where influencer relations come in. Because, when a content creator feels loved… they can be an unrivalled marketing weapon.
When marketing your brand, dedicating time to creating positive relationships with your influencers will also positively impact your marketing ROI.
Because positive influencer relationships encourage longer-term partnerships with influencers. Content creators can become brand evangelists, promoting your product or service long after an initial marketing campaign.
How to succeed at influencer relations
Successful influencer relationships starts by making a great first impression. Once you have identified key influencers you want to work with… make them feel special from the get-go.
Positive introductory engagements can catch your desired influencers’ attention and can be done by:
- Sending free products, also known as product seeding
- Following, sharing, or commenting on their social media posts
- Emailing personalized outreach communications (check out our email brief template)
- Posting handwritten messages
Once you partner with an influencer, maintaining authentic communication throughout the campaign is vital. Yes, regularly keeping in touch enhances trust and transparency. However, asking for input and feedback which your campaign is in its early stages also gives influencers a further incentive to want it to succeed.
Advantages of investing in long-term influencer relationships
An influencer marketing campaign aims to hit your brand’s target audience with authentic and engaging content. Two-way communication fuels these collaborations. Influencer relations energize influencers to achieve these goals by providing a Call To Action (CTA) to your product or service.
Influencers love creative control over their work, and excellent influencer relationships make them brand-focused, motivated content creators. When an influencer feels valued, they develop a genuine vested interest in promoting your brand to their followers.
Ultimately, positive influencer relations can lead to future collaborations and brand ambassador partnerships with inspired content creators. Additionally, affiliate marketing and influencer allowlisting provide excellent opportunities beyond an initial influencer marketing collaboration.
Keen to know more about managing and elevating your influencer relations? Chat with a member of our team about Aspire’s unmatched communication and campaign management tools.