All over the world today, social media influencers are making money; hence, it is becoming one of the high-paying careers for lots of individuals. When a company wants to launch a product, all they have to do is get in touch with these influencers that will then influence a lot of people into buying the products. This means the social influencing is done on behalf of the companies for pay.
However, in the light of the recent coronavirus pandemic, the resultant lockdown in various countries had made many businesses lose and a lot of individuals have also been forced out of jobs. Nevertheless, through social media, influencers, bloggers as well as content creators can seize this avenue to boost their engagement and businesses.
For this reason, we will take a look at some of the things that the post-coronavirus period holds for the world of influencer marketing.
Brand activations will introduce storytelling
Instead of the traditional way of marketing products, we will start seeing brands work very closely (even more than before) with influencers to create and tell a story to the audience of an influencer. Nowadays, a product must fit into the daily life of a customer in a realistic way for it to be more desirable by that customer and this is not something that can simply be achieved when you buy Instagram views or likes.
Rather, it has to be specifically shown in the way the products are being marketed by influencers. When the virus first emerged, many influencers faced social disapproval on the ground of insensitivity by marketing products while people were battling the pandemic. Interestingly, those that experienced success are the ones that incorporated the change in reality into their content and showed their followers how they were adapting to the new reality created by covid-19 at home as well as how different brands helped with that.
Humanizing a brand becomes necessary
Coronavirus has expedited existing consumer trends. With this, customers now spend up to half of their time on social media. This led to a widow of opportunities for retailers and in turn, a huge need to make relevant content that will get to them. This is where brand humanization comes in and influencers are very gifted at that. They can help to humanize s brand and induce conversation as well as appeal and demand for products in a real-life context.
Indeed, this is more than what you can only achieve through instant views or any such other tools. Humanizing a brand is very important especially because followers want assurance, normality as well as guidance from individuals that they trust during times of uncertainties. Therefore, influencers have to look for ways to connect with niches based on age, regions, and socioeconomics that demand relevant and specialized messaging to resonate.
Live content will be more popular
Another thing that is going to happen to the world of influencer marketing after coronavirus is the increased popularity of live content. With the introduction of live content, especially in Instagram, influencing marketing became a lot more dynamic and effective and with no option but to stay home, many companies have been forced to go digital by bringing interviews, workout sessions, cooking workshops among many other things to their live content schedules. With this, brands have been able to add value to audiences that are at home with even more time on their hands.
Besides, they have been able to incorporate social media as an added element of authenticity. This is because, during live chats, you have no chance to edit, make changes, or stage shots. As a result of this, the content will be true and raw; hence, it will be more appealing to viewers that are enjoying the event.
Influencing becomes more audience-centric
The last point on this list of post-coronavirus expectations for influencer marketing is the focus on the audience. Apart from the fact that they can read and grow an audience, the best influencers can also traverse various platforms and adopt what is suitable for a specific medium. This means that post coronavirus, influencer marketing will become even more centered on the specifics of every audience, depending on the various social nuances involved.