Succeeding as an Influencer – Tips from Successful Swiss Influencers

Having had the opportunity to speak with multiple successful Swiss influencers, Kingfluencers complied their top tips, along with an influencer best practices checklist. Our featured contributors are: 

  • Antonella Patitucci, Actress, Presenter, Coach, Content Creator
  • Steven Epprecht, Founder @ Strategy Leaders, Consultant, Content Creator
  • Younes Saggara, TikToker & Creator, Morning Show Host @ Virgin Radio Switzerland
  • Loredana and Kilian, Content Creators known as Saturday & Sunday
  • Carly Réveil, TikToker, Creator & Comedian

Put the Work in and Be Passionate

First, we asked our influencers what the most important requirements are to being an influencer, which included, being passionate as well as putting the work in. Steven noted that it looks easier than it is. Be passionate about your main topic on your account and let your community be part of that. 

Carly said, The magic formula is determination. You should not go there at random, but know the trends and your community.”

Younes’ recipe for being a successful influencer is, “Just be yourself, be open and it’s better to be funny than arrogant because this leaves a better impression. There are many who are trying to be serious and professional but sometimes people prefer if you are not that serious. It seems much more authentic.”

For Loredana and Kilian, not seeing yourself as an influencer is important for success. “We are just a normal family, with the small difference that we share our lives with a lot of people online. 

At Kingfluencers, we’ve noticed that successful influencers are genuinely passionate about their topic. Letting that enthusiasm shine through attracts audiences, contributing to their success.

Pick the Right Platforms

Kingfluencer’s recommends selecting which channels to be active on, taking into consideration different media types, then having a strategy to be present there. “I speak a lot and I know my community likes to listen,” said Antonella.

Loredana and Kilian use TikTok because it’s a hugely creative video platform.

“We both graduated with a bachelor’s degree in multimedia production, so we find this platform one of the most exciting. Meanwhile, however, Instagram has also introduced Reels (copy of TikTok), which we also love to do. We love the Stories on Instagram and our viewers like being so close to everyday life.”

Create Value for Brands

Influencer marketing has proven to be an efficient way for brands to reach target audiences while achieving best-in-class ROI figures. Kingfluencers supports brands in leveraging this powerful tool to get even closer to consumers. We asked our influencers about their specific approaches to creating value for brands.

Antonella said, “In creating value for brands, the first and most important is that it’s a match. You have to use the product. I believe all the people in my community could feel if I just did it because someone offered me money or if I really use the product.

– Antonella

“The value is in telling your own story and putting emotion behind it. Give the product a face and so people can relate. Share your unique story and opinion. A product alone is a picture, but with you and your story, it’s like a movie.
– Antonella
“Also, have longer-term collaborations rather than making just 1 or 2 posts. Brands get the most out of campaigns when they’re a longer-term partnership instead of one-offs.”
– Antonella
“The most important benefit an influencer has for brands is that we can reach our community on an emotional level, which can be difficult for brands with traditional media campaigns.
– Steven

Influencer stories are a credible way for brands to communicate, and influencers can serve as real brand ambassadors. We give the brand a different approach, rather than copying and pasting the media and marketing strategy to another channel.”

Loredana and Kilian recommend, “Talk about goals with the partner. To make campaigns interactive and gripping, we think first and foremost about the expectations and wishes of our viewers. The focus is on the added value for viewers.”

Safeguard Authenticity and Engage with Your Community

Another commonality of successful influencers that Kingfluencer’s has observed is building a relationship with their community. Your community wants to somehow be part of your life, so interact and engage with them, which also helps build trust and credibility.

All of our influencers recognize the importance of staying authentic, which includes only doing campaigns for products they actually use.

Antonella added, “Be yourself, stick to your opinion. If you make a mistake, apologize, and change your opinion. I was against TikTok at the beginning and I made an official statement that it’s shit and just for kids, and I made fun of it. But TikTok approached me and wanted me to do it. I looked at the statistics and saw that the audience is older than I thought. I researched and changed my opinion, I wrote in the caption, ‘First I hated it, then I laughed, now I’m copying.’ Then you stay authentic, but you have to be honest, and share with the community, even your mistakes and ups and downs.”

Younes advises, “You should not forget that you earn your money because of your followers. So always interact with them.”

What Responsibilities Do Influencers Have?

Younes suggests influencers make the internet a better place by supporting one another. “Also, be aware that you are a role model, whether you like it or not. You have to be aware of the consequences when you don’t act correctly.

“Now, when I see especially young kids follow me and see me as their role model, it’s like a wake-up call for me to be conscious of what I post and how I act. Especially now, for the younger generation, influencers are the new stars.”Always think before you post something. You don’t know what people are going through at the moment. Always be open in general and open for new things/ideas, especially if someone has a different opinion than you.”

Steven added, “If I collaborate with a brand, it’s crucial that I can stand behind the product, and it’s not just for the money. There are people doing it like that, which contributes to the negativity about influencer marketing.

I have a responsibility towards my community. It’s like a relationship with a friend. I consider if I’d recommend this to my mom or a friend. They trust you and you have credibility and shouldn’t play with that, otherwise it won’t work out in the long run. Only do what is you.”

The Conscious Influence Hub (CIH) is a non-profit NGO that encourages conscious behavior in influencer marketing. Working together, Kingfluencers and the new CIH recently launched a new Code of Conduct for influencers which supports them in acting with respect, empathy and transparency. 

The Concern of Fake Followers

Most influencers don’t consider fake followers to be a problem. Loredana and Kilian said, “I think you can recognize the real online personalities very quickly if you take a closer look at the profiles.” Younes agreed that it’s easy to tell if someone has many fake followers.

Carly, on the other hand, replied, “I am very afraid of fake followers. It messes up the stats. I prefer few real subscribers rather than several fakes.”

Kingfluencers advocates that influencers and agencies work together to keep the industry clean, for example, by establishing guidelines, monitoring stats, and only engaging in legitimate organic growth strategies.

Move with Marketing Trends

It’s important for influencers to move with the trends, including interactivity. Social media enables consumers to get more involved and interact, resulting in trends like brands hosting polls or soliciting consumer feedback on issues such as new product development. Employees using social media can also serve as brand ambassadors.

Social media platforms are continually releasing new features like live emissions during which consumers can make purchases. Kingfluencers recommends that brands and influencers alike consider using these cool new features to engage audiences and provide what they like. 

What Not to Do

Loredana and Kilian suggest not to:

  • Cooperate with a partner just because they pay a lot of money
  • Only post advertising content
  • Constantly change partners. E.g., a new car every month. No one has a new car every month, that’s not real. That doesn’t do anything for the partner or their own channels.

Younes finds it very annoying when influencers flood their stories with discount codes.

Influencer Best Practices Checklist

  • Be passionate about your main topic
  • Find out what kind of influencer, select your channels, and stick to your decisions (as long as they make sense)
  • Interact and engage to build a relationship with your community
  • You have a responsibility to your community. Treat it like a relationship with a friend.
  • Remember you are a role model, whether you like it or not
  • When promoting brands, tell your own story and put emotion behind it
    • Don’t just copy and paste the brand’s marketing strategy
    • Keep the focus on the added value for viewers
  • Be authentic, maintain trust and credibility – only promote brands you truly stand behind
  • Always interact with your followers
  • Aim for long term brand collaborations
  • Be yourself & stick to your opinions 
  • If you make a mistake, acknowledge and apologize

Author: Megan Bozman, Owner @Boz Content Marketing

Free Ebook – How to make influencer marketing work for your brand

With influencer marketing showcasing best-in-class ROI figures, it is becoming increasingly attractive for companies. IM has proven to be an efficient way to reach your target audience, and a powerful tool to help your brand get even closer to consumers.

According to the Swiss Influencer Marketing Report 2020, about half of the marketing managers surveyed estimate the return on investment of their influencer campaigns to date to be higher than with alternative forms of advertising. Influencer- and user-generated content are among eMarkterer’s transformative developments that ought to be on your radar in 2021.

Influencer marketing can make people feel closer to your brand and develop a strong preference for it.

  • 92% of consumers trust an influencer more than any form of advertising
  • 87% of consumers made purchases based on influencer recommendations

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Don’t Make Counter-Productive Marketing Decisions in Summer! 10 Tips for Summertime Success

We don’t advocate working nonstop. Vacations are healthy and beneficial, and all workers need a break. But that doesn’t mean your brand should stop your efforts in social media and influencer marketing over the summer. Brands can continue to stay active during vacation times with some advance planning, staggering of employee vacations, and support from outside agencies or specialists. 

In this article we’ll address why it’s so important along with top tips for summertime success.

Users Connect and Engage More During Holiday Travel and Leisure

Social media engagement can be cumulative, and often builds on on-going momentum. The more you invest in good social media content, the more followers you earn, and the more engagement your brand can achieve. Unfortunately, it can also work in the opposite direction. If you stop engaging with your audience while your entire team takes a break, the other brands will fill the gap you’ve left in your audience’s feeds. Building your brand’s reputation is a long-term continuous effort and interruptions can make it harder to pick up again later and remain at the same level of impact.

It’s also worth remembering that, for those of us who are B2C marketing professionals, social media marketing is part of our work. But your audience engages when they’re shopping or enjoying themselves, in their free time.

Your work efforts = your customers’ leisure time.

A study from Sprout Social suggests that during holidays, consumers are significantly more likely to connect with brands through social media.

Don’t Miss Opportunities to Inspire

If you’re in the hospitality industry, we assume you don’t need us to tell you that your summer holidays aren’t a time to pause your social media efforts. In addition to researching and planning vacations, consumers use social media for inspiration on a variety of purchases, from travel and hospitality services to fashion, accessories and even certain electronics. 

Opportunities abound. According to Facebook insights, social posts increase by almost 30% in summer time. In fact, posts including the word ‘travel’ have been shown to spike by 46%.

Our always-on society never closes for business. And while overall technology use may decline in the summer, smartphone use increases, as does user social media activity. July and August are a good time to capture customers’ attention with compelling offers or simply to reinforce your brand image or boost product / service awareness. We think it’s also pretty safe to assume that there’s a good reason Amazon’s Prime Days are in late July. Consumers are more apt to purchase when they are relaxed and don’t feel stressed or rushed. For brands in most sectors it pays off to take advantage of these opportunities.

Top 10 Tips to Developing Summer Campaigns

Now that we’ve covered the why of summertime campaigns, here are some tips for success.

  1. Get Consumers Engaged Before Summer Travel and Leisure Time

For many brands, it can be advantageous to develop a summer journey campaign, with the payoff either near-term during summer months, or building momentum towards fall. Not doing so or dropping the ball can lead to loss of business over summer and the rest of the year. This is obvious in sectors like travel, leisure, and hospitality. It’s also important for businesses like homeware and gardening, fashion, and many others to get ahead of the curve in order not to lose out. If you want to push this a little further you could also start a new loyalty program to get consumers excited for the foreseeable future. A continuous communication and nurturing effort often pays off most.

  1. Run Summer-Themed Social Media Contests

Create contests like “share your best summer experiences,” and give consumers reasons to follow you throughout the summer. Austen at SocialToaster shared some great contest ideas:

  • “Captioning an image or video
  • Posting a fun word puzzle (scramble or anagram)
  • Asking your customers to fill-in-the-blank
  • Have your audience guess the context around an image”
  1. Make It Relevant to Your Audience

First, take the time to understand your audiences’ summer cadence. Consider how your product or service benefits them during this time and provide them with specific ideas and actions.

  • Video tutorials featuring recipes and home decor ideas for outdoor entertaining
  • Demonstrate the use of your product while traveling, such as a fashion brand that can be hand washed, then dry quickly on a hanger in a hotel room
  • Show how time spent in a rental car, plane, or train traveling to a vacation destination is more fun with unlimited, commercial-free streaming music, podcasts, or audio books

Another very effective way to make content and campaigns more relevant and appealing is the use of user generated content (UGC). UGC humanizes your brand and creates a sense of fun. It’s also proven to perform much better than brand created content. Consumers are 2.4 times more likely to say user-generated content (UGC) is authentic compared to brand-created content for example and they engage a lot more with it. One way to achieve this is for example by stimulating people to share their experiences or favorite purchases in the format of images, short videos and reviews in a fun and creative way. Contests, challenges, and rewards can help to get people to share more.  

  1. Focus on Influencer Marketing

With more leisure time, consumers spend even more time on social media and, in turn, engage more with influencers. Summer is the perfect time to experiment with IM if you haven’t done so before. Influencers are also inspired during summer, and IM lets brands leverage that excitement around holidays, events, food & drink, seasonal trends, and travel destinations.

Audiences are ready to consume more social content and are consequently more receptive of marketing and sponsored posts. This means that not only do creators have even more reason to keep up a steady stream of posts, brands do too.

In Switzerland 65% of consumer follow influencers with the vast majority of consumers stating that they seek for influencer posts for inspiration on what to purchase.

Are your products targeted to specific audiences? Then don’t forget to include micro-influencers in your influencer strategy as they have dedicated, niche audiences who are specifically interested in their content and lifestyle. Typically, their followers are highly engaged, dedicated and ready to act on their recommendations, basically providing access to a pre-activated pool of potential customers for your brand.

  1. Create Seasonal Content for Travel, Leisure, etc.

Encourage ongoing engagement by “summer-izing” your content. Use fresh themes related to fun summer topics such as swimming, travel, and cooking and eating outdoors. For the hospitality industry, current photos will naturally show people eating outdoors in warm weather, but services like car rentals can make a point of featuring happy families en route to leisure destinations. 

Give your content engaging summer visuals and consider updating your cover photo as well. Seasonal summer-themed content will also make people connect more with the content during those months as it will seem more on-point and time-relevant.

  1. Switch on Shopping Functionality

After creating beautiful seasonal product imagery, make it even easier for your customers to buy by promoting on social media, such as through shoppable posts. For example, on Instagram, you can tag products the same way you can tag people, so users can tap a post they like and see the product name and price pop up. They are able to click through to the product page on your online store, and purchase via the shopping cart in the usual way.

  1. Promote Posts

Warmer weather can bring about warm emotions and positivity in people, and according to the Journal of Consumer Psychology, summer positivity extends to consumers’ thoughts of products. Consumers who ignored or disregarded a product during the colder months may be more open to trying it during the summer, leading to increased consumer spending during the summer.

By using sponsored posts, you can get in front of more prospective new customers and bring some of that warmth to your own brand.

  1. Offer a Limited-Time Promotion

Make use of FOMO by offering limited-time promotions such as two-for-one, 10% off new orders, or free shipping. You can create a discount code that can be shared in both organic and sponsored posts. Create a sense of urgency by highlighting the time limit.

  1. Take Advantage of Social Media Retargeting

Retargeting allows you to serve ads to people who’ve previously visited your website or used your mobile app. It’s a handy strategy that enables marketers to reach an audience that has already shown some level of interest, making your ads more efficient.

According to Facebook summertime content sharing on the platform through mobile devices increases by 26% over other seasons. The increase for video content is even higher at 43%. With retargeting, you can take advantage of the increased time on social media.

  1. Use a Content Calendar and Scheduling Tools

Having posts and promotions completed, approved, and scheduled in advance is a great objective, but we realize it’s difficult to consistently achieve. Now in the spring might be an ideal time to plan ahead, so you can simultaneously take advantage of summer opportunities while taking time off and relaxing.

Use tools like HubSpot, Hootsuite, Zoho, or even just spreadsheets to keep your team organized. That way when staffers go on holiday, an agency or their remaining colleagues can keep moving without missing a beat.

Bonus #11: Mix and Match

There is no one size fits all approach. Every organization, sector, and target community is different and for that reason it is important to find the ideal mix that works for your brand and yields the most benefits. The 10 tips above can easily be combined, for example in the following way:

If you need assistance getting started with your summer social media activities or influencer marketing, expanding your existing campaigns, or just handing off the work so you can relax on the beach, you can always work with flexible full-service providers like Kingfluencers to make it happen successfully.

Author: Megan Bozman, Owner @Boz Content Marketing

Creator Portraits – Bad-Vibes – 20min collab

In collaboration with 20 Minuten we created a series of creator portraits: influencers come from different backgrounds, have different stories and operate in various niches, from sustainability bloggers, to TikTokers and YouTubers. Check them all out below and stay tuned for more!

Meet sustainability blogger Anina Mutter

Meet TikToker Kirs8an

Meet YouTuber Nathistyle

Meet TikToker Almost.Cesca

TikTok in Switzerland

According to Statista, TikTok’s user base in Switzerland amounts to around 1.7 million users in 2021 and is growing fast. The platform is known to be the place for brands to reach and connect to Gen Z audiences. We’ll cover best practices and what successful brands are doing.

What is TikTok?

Considering TikTok was the most popular and most downloaded app globally in 2020, and so far in 2021, you’ve probably already heard of it. TikTok was originally released in the Chinese market in September 2016 and became available worldwide after merging with another Chinese social media service, Musical.ly, on August 2, 2018. As the world’s most downloaded app in 2020, TikTok is available in over 150 countries and has over 1 billion users. TikTok users are younger, with 60% being Gen Zers. About one third, 32.5%, of U.S.-based TikTokers are 10-19 years old.

TikTok has been strategic in recruiting and compensating content creators, knowing that they’re key to the success of any platform.

TikTok has recently created a $1 Billion Creator Fund. This money will be paid by TikTok directly to its creators in an effort to further solidify its relationships with influencers.

TikTok’s Swiss Audience

The Swiss “import” most of the content they consume. Swiss creators account for only 23% of all video views in Switzerland.

Why TikTok for Brands?

TikTok empowers brands to communicate with younger generations in a way that captures their attention: through creative short videos. TikTokers are highly engaged. 

Some good news is that the high engagement rates include brands as well. Incoming engagement on brands’ social posts has increased during the pandemic, and TikTok users are increasingly active when interacting with brands online. The following average increases have occurred across all networks and industries:

  • 44 more engagements received per day
  • 7.3 more engagements per post per day

TikTok users are also 31% more likely to engage with brands than users of other platforms. 

TikTok‘s unique algorithm allows it to tailor content to the users‘ preferences in a detailed and accurate way. Among the 4 key reasons TikTok will grow and broaden its appeal in 2021, it’s the easiest platform algorithm for users to train to feed them content they love.  

Some excellent news is that not only are people present and active on TikTok, they’re not shying away from ads. According to Adweek,

Fortunately for advertisers, Gen Z doesn’t mind being advertised to—as long as campaigns demonstrate inherent entertainment and brand values they can get behind.

Not a day goes by that TikTok isn’t in the news. TikTok is also growing substantially, having grown 37.5% in the year 2020. The social media powerhouse is constantly releasing new features and functions.

What Can Brands Do on TikTok?

TikTok is the new battleground for the hearts and minds of consumers, now and for the future. While the platform may be particularly popular with a younger audience, brands of all kids are still striving to connect, including Porsche. 

TikTok is also the first digital entertainment platform to sponsor the UEFA EURO 2020 European Football Championship. “TikTok is looking to cement its position as the home for football fans to share their passion for the game, following a number of football clubs across the world signing up to the platform and creating content for its fans.”

For brands looking to connect and engage on TikTok, many of our social media tips apply, such as:

Keep it relevant

Make campaigns interactive

Prioritise the human

Display your values

How are Brands Getting Creative on TikTok?

For brands which are inherently visual, such as fashion or makeup, coming up with ideas for posts can be straightforward. But what would a bank post? Well, PostFinance, one of the largest banks in Switzerland, which belongs to Switzerland’s national post service, has found success on TikTok. They share a mix of funny home office videos and short videos showing their services. PostFinance has also shared many HR marketing videos, displaying their work environment, which should help position them as a sought-after employer. 

Ceylor Switzerland, the most popular condom company here in Switzerland, uses humor accompanied by current, pop music to inform the public of the importance of always practicing safe sex. This creative brand makes posts that are clear to non-German speakers that there’s no reason to avoid using these condoms because they might be too small.

How Can Brands Drive Conversions & Sales on TikTok?

In a recent study, about half of users said they discover new products through advertisements posted by a product or brand.

A large audience is great, and a large, engaged audience is even better. And best of all when the platform makes it easy for that audience to act and convert to customers within the platform <- That’s a formula to surpass other leading social media platforms.

The platform is investing heavily in its social commerce and features to help brands advertise. The TikTok Pixel, a small piece of code that you place on your website, helps you find new customers, optimize your campaigns and measure ad performance.

On 27 October, 2020, TikTok announced a global partnership with Shopify, an e-commerce platform for online stores and retail point-of-sale systems, to help merchants create and run campaigns geared toward TikTokers. The partnership makes it easier for Shopify merchants to tap into the creativity of the TikTok community, be discovered, and optimize their marketing campaigns.

Some Surprising TikTok Trends

While TikTok’s largest demographic is Gen Z, older users are becoming increasingly active. TikTok shared new data on this growing trend. “Every day, millions of parents, teens, grandparents and in betweens come to TikTok to share snippets of their day-to-day life. Here’s what’s unique: often, the whole family participates together—even teens don’t shy away. It used to be a challenge getting everyone to sit still for a photo; now we see perfectly choreographed dance routines from the whole family, including grandma.”

TikTok also notes that parents are sharing “tips, tricks, and in-depth knowledge.”

How Can Brands Get Help? Kingfluencers’ Full-Service Approach

We are here for you – from strategy to execution and optimization, including: 

  • TikTok influencer marketing
  • TikTok ads/performance marketing
  • Social commerce optimization

Kingfluencers makes great brand + influencer matches, drives successful campaigns such as Joung Gustav posting for Samsung Switzerland’s #Samsungs21 campaign, achieving 346K views. Mimoza Lekaj shared a fun dance video for Dosenbach, retailer of trendy shoes, accessories, and budget-friendly sportswear, reaching 54K views.

#Samsung21 Campaign

Author: Megan Bozman, Owner @Boz Content Marketing

Grow your Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Brand with Digital Product Sampling

We’re pleased to open this article with some good news for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands, along with ideas for leveraging digital product sampling to engage and delight consumers in the absence of traditional product sampling. 

Ongoing Opportunities for FMCG Brands to Grow

Since the start of the pandemic, half of consumers are cooking more, and one in seven are watching more television as a form of self-care and snacking while they do it. New or increased consumer behaviors, such as cleaning and cooking more often, have contributed to a 14% increase in household grocery spending. It’s always nice to read some good news, and for consumer-packaged goods, these expanded purchasing rates are expected to continue.

Altered Shopping Experiences

There are many ways in which our shopping experiences are no longer as enjoyable post-pandemic. One change we might not have thought about was the small joy of getting free samples. Our local grocery store gave out cookies most days, and I had to remind my children not to sprint past the produce to see if any were available.

But free samples, like handshakes, are largely a relic of the past. Consumers miss out on the fun, free food, and opportunity to sample something new before committing to a purchase. FMCG brands also miss out on the opportunity to share their new offerings with their target audience and win over new customers.

When Traditional Offline Sampling Is Not an Option

People most often buy new products or special editions after hearing or seeing something about them in a very direct way, or having the opportunity to try them. That is one of the main reasons why sampling is so effective in successfully promoting new FMCG products. (Yes, on impulse, I grabbed the Lady Gaga Chromatica Oreos. The shimmery, hot pink package was quite eye-catching!)

Unfortunately, FMCG brands have also lost many other promotional opportunities such as festivals and bars. In some cases, these promotional events were great fun, such as Red Bull’s sponsored and created events and publicity stunts. Even when traditional sampling is possible, there are still disadvantages, such as the expense, lack of wide reach, and inability to accurately target your audiences.

But FMCG brands need to keep innovating, both developing and sharing novelties. People expect new tastes, variations, and flavors on a regular basis. Fun new products, and even limited-edition offerings, drive impulse purchases and revenue growth. 

The Need to Find New Ways to Launch Products

Brands that fail to inspire curiosity, pique interest, and delight consumers will lose to those that do. But launching new products or product variations is not enough. There is a long way to go between launch and success. Without the right approach, there is a high likelihood that your product innovation could be a commercial failure, no matter how exceptional the product itself is and how much it meets consumer tastes. This puts companies in front of a challenge.

Like most brands, consumer packaged goods have to get creative and find new ways to connect with consumers

So, with these very important marketing tactics currently unavailable to brands, what can they do to close the gap? Spending a fortune on traditional advertising is one option, although the effectiveness of this method has been dropping, especially for advertising-averse Generation Z. There are better, more cost-effective options, however. 

Get Your Product Noticed with Digital Sampling

Digital product sampling involves shipping your (new or improved) product to selected influencers, providing them the opportunity to try it and share their experience with their community. This not only puts it on the radar of people whose opinions often guide others, but also leverage the influencers’ networks.

Digital product sampling is a cost effective, inexpensive way to promote new products. When you can’t go to bars and supermarkets, it’s a particularly important tactic to include in your marketing mix. Digital sampling enables you to get your product noticed without spending as much money as hiring Lady Gaga, along with the following benefits:

Influencers provide reach and scale up product awareness. One sample can generate awareness towards thousands of consumers, both online and offline through word of mouth.

Influencers are trusted by their communities. Their product endorsements make people view the product favorably and can generate direct sales.

You can target audiences more precisely as well as reach communities that are otherwise hard or even impossible to reach.

 Influencer-based sampling campaigns are not limited to a narrow scope of physical locations and lack expensive operations and set up costs.

When trustworthy influencers like and promote your product, they can inspire and engage others to try it too. According to an FMCG study by Bazaarvoice, 57% of consumers say they bought certain products only because they first heard about them on social media.

6 Tips for Fast-Moving Consumer Goods to Get Digital Product Sampling Right 

Digital product sampling is effective, but not necessarily simple. The most common challenges to a successful product sampling campaign are:

1

Influencers

2

Briefing

3

Information

4

Logistics

5

Follow-up

6

Tracking

  1. Finding the right influencers
  2. Creating a great and inspiring briefing 
  3. Finding the influencers‘ information to send the products
  4. Logistics (shipping out products, keeping track, etc.)
  5. Follow up with influencers to maximise uptake (yes it helps to have a relationship with them already)
  6. Tracking results

It takes a coordinated effort to overcome those challenges and succeed. Kingfluencers has written more on selecting the right influencers to connect with your target market. Consider micro-influencers, who may have a smaller quantity of followers, but a more engaged community. You can also achieve a good reach by leveraging a higher quantity of micro-influencers in your budget, and zooming in on your target audiences, delivering an excellent cost-benefit ratio.

Kingfluencers’ Hassle-Free Digital Product Sampling Service

You can engage Kingfluencers to manage your campaign so you can stay focused on creating and marketing products that delight your customers. Our full-service approach makes the entire process effortless for your organization, while assuring the best results.

Kingfluencers has an extensive network of influencers, empowering us to help find perfect matches for your brand. Based on our ongoing relationships, influencers are interested in hearing our proposals for new opportunities. Next, we can work with your team to define the sampling package content, create influencer communications, and manage logistics. Kingfluencers also responses to Qs from influencers and presents you with reports on campaign outcomes.

Kingfluencers can get your campaign up and running in a matter of days. Contact us to see if we can help give your brand a quick boost, or check out our Digital Sampling page for more info on the service.

Author: Megan Bozman, Owner @Boz Content Marketing

Wer erfolgreiche Feiertage erleben will, muss jetzt anfangen

Viele anspruchsvolle Projekte erfordern langfristige, engagierte Anstrengungen, um erfolgreich zu sein. Ob man einen hohen Berg besteigt, eine Doktorarbeit verteidigt oder eine neue Karriere beginnt, die Vorbereitungen lassen sich nicht an einem Wochenende – oder auch nur an einer Handvoll Wochenenden – bewältigen. Monatelange Planungen und engagierte Bemühungen müssen solchen Leistungen vorausgehen.

Und wenn Marken während der Weihnachtssaison erfolgreich sein und Einnahmen erzielen wollen, ist Anfang Oktober die perfekte Zeit, um mit den Vorbereitungen zu beginnen.

Jetzt arbeiten, um während den Feiertagen eine gelungene Einkaufssaison zu erreichen

Umsatzsteigerungen treten nicht zum gleichen Zeitpunkt wie Werbeausgaben auf, und zudem braucht man Zeit, um Werbung zu erstellen. Viele Marken haben darüber hinaus längere Verkaufszyklen, was zu weiteren Verzögerungen zwischen Kampagnenstart und Umsatzgenerierung führt. Weiterhin hier gilt: Die Zeit zum Handeln ist jetzt. 

Laut internen Daten von TikTok, DE, Okt. 2020 – Feb. 2021, nehmen TikTok-Nutzer*innen Shopping-Inhalte rund um die wichtigsten Feiertage gut auf und wecken Vorfreude auf Black Friday und Weihnachten schon sehr frühzeitig. Um eine erfolgreiche Feiertagssaison zu erreichen, empfiehlt Kingfluencers, die Grundsteine für langfristigen Erfolg bereits im frühen Herbst zu legen.

Für vorbereitete Marken, gibt es zahlreiche Möglichkeiten, den Umsatz in den kommenden Monaten zu steigern. 86 % der Konsument*innen haben im letzten Jahr grosse Einkäufe wie ein Auto, einen Urlaub oder Haushaltsgeräte aufgeschoben. Darüber hinaus beteiligen sich viele am sogenannten “revenge shopping”, indem sie versuchen, den während der Pandemie und den Lockdowns verpassten Konsum durch zusätzliches Einkaufen nachzuholen – ein Trend, der sich voraussichtlich bis zum Ende dieses Jahres fortsetzen wird. Also müssen Marke sicherstellen, dass sie die Aufmerksamkeit dieser Konsument*innen gewinnen und ein Teil ihrer Ausgaben als Einnahmen verbuchen können. 

Clevere Marketing-Investitionen

Der September ist zu Ende gekommen und Marken starten in die Herbst-/Wintersaison, die viele wichtige Meilensteine für den Verkauf beinhaltet. Wer jetzt testet und optimiert, wird seine Marke zum Erfolg bringen. Man muss brainstormen, neuen Content entwickeln, die Kampagnen testen und sie optimieren, damit die Kampagne bis Weihnachten und Neujahr in vollen Schwung kommt.

Influencer Marketing (IM) kann Marken helfen, in verschiedenen Phasen Awareness zu erregen und Kundenloyalität aufzubauen. Es ist authentisch und wirkungsvoll und bietet ein hervorragendes Potenzial für interaktive, ansprechende Kampagnen. Da Influencer Marketing erstklassige ROI-Zahlen vorweisen kann, wird es für Unternehmen immer attraktiver. IM hat sich zudem nicht nur als effizienter Weg erwiesen, um die gewünschte Zielgruppe zu erreichen, sondern auch als leistungsstarkes Instrument, um Marken noch näher an ihre Konsument*innen heranzubringen.
Mit einem holistischen Ansatz in der Branche und mit Hilfe der hauseigenen KI-basierten Technologie ist Kingfluencers in der Lage, Influencer-Marketing-Kampagnen durchzuführen, die nicht nur eine beeindruckende Reichweite erzielen, sondern auch die Konversionen vorantreiben, dies wird erreicht durch kontinuierliche Optimierung in vier Phasen:

  • Phase 1 (Sept – Anfang Okt) – Kontakte Knüpfen & Erschaffe
    Dieser Monat ist die Zeit des Brainstormings und der Entwicklung frischer Ideen, sowohl intern als auch bei der Auswahl von Influencer*innen und Content Creators, mit denen man zusammenarbeitet.  
  • Phase 2 (Mitte Okt – Halloween) – Aufbauen & Ausführen
    Erstellung von Kampagnen und Beginn von Werbeschaltung was genutzt wird, um die für Tests erforderlichen Daten zu sammeln.
  • Phase 3 (Nov bis Black Friday) – Testen & Optimieren
    Während der Datenerfassung, sollten nun zusätzliche Variablen getestet und Verbesserungen vorgenommen werden.
  • Phase 4 (Dez bis Neujahr) –  Belohnungen Ernten… & Wiederholen
    Investitionen und auf den Erfolg hinzuarbeiten kann den Umsatz im Dezember deutlich steigern, aber der Prozess der Optimierung von Kampagnen sollte auch kontinuierlich wiederholt werden.

Phase 1 – Neue Kampagnen erstellen & Kontakte nutzen, um mit der Zielgruppen in Kontakt zu treten

Wenn man mit dem Brainstorming für neue Kampagnen beginnt, sollte man eine Vielzahl von Quellen für neue Ideen nutzen. Influencer*innen werden oft als Mittel betrachtet, um mit dem Publikum in Kontakt zu treten. Dies machen sie auch effektiv, aber zusätzlich können sie auch ihr Fachwissen einbringen und zusammenarbeiten, um kreative Kampagnen-Ideen zu entwickeln. Als Fachexpert*innen sind Influencer*innen in einzigartiger Weise qualifiziert, den Marken zu mehr Kreativität zu verhelfen, indem sie frische, kreative Ideen einbringen, an die zuvor vielleicht noch niemand im Unternehmen gedacht hat.

Die Konsument*innen nutzen die sozialen Medien, um Produkte und Dienstleistungen zu entdecken und Kaufentscheidungen zu treffen, oft mit Hilfe von Influencer*innen als verlässliche Informationsquellen. 87 % der Konsument*innen haben aufgrund von Influencer Empfehlungen Produkte gekauft. Wenn es um Marken, Produkte und Dienstleistungen geht, die gekauft werden sollen, scheinen die Konsument*innen Einkaufsempfehlungen von Influencer*innen mehr zu vertrauen als denen von Familie und Freunden, so eine Studie von gen.video.

Der Einstieg in IM und Storytelling durch die Zusammenarbeit mit den richtigen Influencer*innen ist eine wichtige Taktik, um mit dem Publikum in Kontakt zu treten. Die Möglichkeit, bestimmte Influencers auszuwählen, bietet aussergewöhnliche Möglichkeiten der Zielgruppenansprache, auch wenn dies ein schwieriger Prozess sein kann. Die Auswahl der Influencers muss mit der Botschaft und den Werten der Marke sowie mit den Zielen der Kampagne übereinstimmen. Beachtet werden sollte beim Aufbau eines Influencer-Squad Folgendes:

  • Durchführung von sorgfältigen Kontrollen
  • Übereinstimmung mit den gewählten Plattformen 
  • Authentizität
  • Das richtige Mass an Kreativität 
  • Anstrebung langfristiger Kooperationen
  • Die verschiedene Rollen von Influencer*innen 

Die Zusammenarbeit mit einer Influencer-Marketing-Agentur kann auch dabei helfen, die idealen Partner zu finden. Da Kingfluencers über bestehende Beziehungen zu mehreren Influencer*innen verfügt, können wir  sicherstellen, dass jede Marke mit zuverlässigen, vertrauenswürdigen Profis zusammenarbeitet. Kontaktiere uns.

Beispiel – Corona Bier: Der Schweizer Limetrack

Um seine Präsenz auf dem Schweizer Markt zu stärken, hat Corona zusammen mit Kingfluencers eine Influencer-Marketing-Kampagne entwickelt, welche die lokale Attraktivität steigert und die Schweizer Konsument*innen auf einer emotionalen Ebene anspricht. Kingfluencers stellte ein Influencer-Team, den Limetrack Squad, zusammen und entwickelte eine Abfolge von kreativen Aktivitäten und Schritten, die es den Influencer*innen ermöglichten, über 3,5 Monate eine vielfältige und fesselnde Geschichte zu erzählen.

Als Protagonist*innen nahm der Limetrack Squad das Publikum mit auf eine grossartige Sommerreise mit, die es jedem Konsument*innen ermöglichte, zum Helden seiner eigenen Geschichte zu werden, indem er in die Fussstapfen des Influencers trat. Zudem wurden Dutzende von Corona-Kits über interaktive Herausforderungen und Wettbewerbe verschenkt – so wurden die Gewinner*innen ausgestattet, um ihre eigenen Abenteuer zu beginnen.

Bild: @fabiozingg für die Corona Kampagne

Phase 2 – Aufbauen & Ausführen

Sobald man Strategien festgelegt hat, ist es im Oktober an der Zeit, mit der Umsetzung zu beginnen und Elemente wie Messaging, Influencers und Bildmaterial zu testen. Halloween ist als erster Herbst/Winter Feiertag ein grossartiger Anlass für eine Kampagne.

Man sollte individuellen Ziele festlegen, damit man dann die SoMe-Ergebnisse an ihnen messen kann. Vielleicht möchte man eine bestimmte und messbare Aktion auslösen, wie z. B. E-Mail-Anmeldungen oder Käufe. Andererseits kann die Social-Media-Kampagne die Bekanntheit steigern und die Ziele können daher Impressionen und Reichweite sein. Die Beratung durch Expert*innen kann helfen, die richtigen Ansatzpunkte zu finden, Ziele festzulegen und strukturierte Pläne zu erstellen, um die angestrebten Ziele zu erreichen.

Für Marken ist es wichtig, die Ergebnisse von Kampagnen zu bewerten und kontinuierlich anzupassen, um sich beim Aufbau in die richtige Richtung zu bewegen. Während des gesamten Oktobers muss man kontinuierlich Daten sammeln, um eine Ausgangsbasis zu schaffen, damit man Veränderungen messen kann. Wenn sich die Metriken als Reaktion auf Bemühungen in eine positive Richtung entwickeln, sollte man die Faktoren, die dazu beigetragen haben, verstärken. Und wenn man feststellen muss, dass sich die Trends in die entgegengesetzte Richtung bewegen, sollte man das Gesamtbild untersuchen und betrachten. Aus Initiativen, die nicht erfolgreich waren, kann man immer noch wichtige Informationen lernen.

Phase 3 – Testen & Optimieren, was Zeit in Anspruch nimmt

Black Friday ist der richtige Zeitpunkt, um die im Oktober gewonnenen Erkenntnisse zu nutzen und weitere Tests durchzuführen, um die Kampagnen vor Weihnachten und Neujahr noch zu optimieren. Wenn man weiss, auf welche Botschaften die Zielgruppe ansprechen, kann man die Marketinginvestitionen auf die Taktiken konzentrieren, die den besten Return on Investment produzieren. Und die einzige Möglichkeit, zu diesen Schlussfolgerungen zu gelangen, ist durch das Testen. 

Unser Expert*innenteam bei Kingfluencers hilft Marken dabei, die idealen Optimierungsstrategien zu entwickeln und umzusetzen, um den maximalen ROI zu erreichen.

A/B-Tests sind ein wunderbares Instrument, mit dem Vermarkter*innen Meinungen durch Fakten ersetzen können. Wenn zwei verschiedene Marketing Taktiken durchgeführt werden und die Leistung der einen die der anderen übertrifft, können Marken einen klaren Gewinner ermitteln und künftige Kampagnen entsprechend anpassen. Aber man kann jedoch immer nur 1 Variable auf einmal testen. Die Durchführung von Tests nimmt Zeit in Anspruch und man kann diesen Prozess, nur begrenzt verkürzten. Ähnlich wie beim Training für einen Marathon lassen sich die für den Erfolg erforderlichen Vorbereitungen nicht in ein paar Wochenenden packen.

Auf der Grundlage der in Phase 2 gewonnenen Erkenntnisse kann man ein ideales Influencer-Profil erstellen und die Vorlieben der Zielgruppe besser bestimmen. So kann man die Gesamtkosten optimieren, indem man die Influencer*innen mit der geringsten Leistung entfernt und zusätzliche auswählt, die den Zielen entsprechen. In Phase 3 kann das Influencer-Team seiner Kreativität freien Lauf lassen und mit neuen Konzepten wie Themen, Bildern und Handlungsaufforderungen experimentieren.

Phase 4 – Belohnungen Ernten… & Wiederholen

Investitionen im Herbst sind die besten Voraussetzungen für Erfolg und steigern den Umsatz bis zum Ende des Jahres. Wenn man die notwendigen Anstrengungen unternommen hat und so die Botschaften geschärft, einen soliden Influencer-Squad aufgebaut und Vertrauen in die Fähigkeit des Squads, das Publikum zu begeistern, entwickelt hat, kann man die Früchte seiner arbeit ernten. Man wird in der Lage sein, während den Feiertagen Kampagnen zu starten, um den Umsatz zu steigern – und das zu optimierten Kosten. Man kann zum Beispiel Live-Events von Influencer*innen leiten lassen, die einprägsame und verbraucherorientierte Markenerlebnisse oder sogar Sampling-Aktionen für neue Produkte umfassen.

Natürlich ändern sich die Interessen und Trends der Konsument*innen, so dass es wichtig ist, die Optimierung der Kampagnen ständig zu wiederholen.

Kontaktiere uns bei Kingfluencers, um jetzt mit der Ausarbeitung einer erfolgreichen Jahresend-Strategie zu beginnen, die deiner Marke helfen wird, den Umsatz in den wichtigsten Einkaufsmomenten zwischen Oktober und Neujahr zu steigern.

BONUS: Lösungen zum im Oktober und November ausprobieren

Anstatt einfach planlos Dinge auszuprobieren, um zu sehen was funktioniert, gibt es viele Quellen, die man bei der Erstellung von Kampagnen berücksichtigen kann. Insbesondere TikTok stellt Marken umfangreiche Informationen, die auf ihren eigenen Untersuchungen basieren, zur Verfügung. Zu den Dingen, die Nutzer*innen wollen, gehören:

  1. Mehr Spass

Laut TikTok wollen die Nutzer*innen lustige Videos sehen (z. B. Rabatte, die mit trendigen Übergängen oder in Zusammenarbeit mit Comedy-Creators präsentiert werden). Auf TikTok abgestimmter Content ist die beste Strategie. Auf Instagram sollte man mit Filtern und Stories, die zudem auch eine gewisse Dringlichkeit mitsichbringen, für Spass sorgen.

  1. Creator Content

Eine Umfrage von CivicScience ergab, dass fast die Hälfte der täglichen Instagram-Nutzer*innen einen Kauf aufgrund einer Empfehlung eines Influencers getätigt hat. TikTok-Nutzer*innen wollen sehen, wie Creators branded Challenges teilen.

Evian-Volvic Schweiz arbeitete mit Kingfluencers zusammen und ein Line-up von Musikern und Schweizer TikTok-Stars aus den Bereichen Tanz und Comedy wurde zusammengestellt, um das erste Schweizer Musikvideo speziell für TikTok zu kreieren. Das Video “Volli Kiste” mit massgeschneiderten Rap-Texten hat bis zum 2. September mehr als eine Million Klicks erhalten.

  1. Rabatte

Danielle Bernstein, die Gründerin von @WeWoreWhat, postete eine Umfrage an ihre 2,5 Millionen Insta-Followers, ob sie an “Rabattcodes für ihre grösseren Partnerschaften” interessiert wären. 93 % der Befragten stimmten mit Ja. 46 % der TikTok-Nutzer*innen sagen, dass Gutscheine und Rabatte die Wahrscheinlichkeit erhöhen, dass sie ein Produkt kaufen.

  1. Visuelle Attraktivität

Viele der wichtigsten Social-Media-Kanäle, wie Instagram, sind visuelle Medien, daher müssen Beiträge gut aussehen. Hootsuite empfiehlt: “Man braucht keine professionelle Fotoausrüstung, aber die Fotos und Videos müssen zumindest scharf, gut beleuchtet, gut komponiert und fokussiert sein… Tolle Fotos sind schön, aber wenn sie keine Geschichte erzählen oder den Betrachter begeistern, werden sie die Follower nicht ansprechen.”

  1. Alle wichtigen Informationen

Alle Informationen sollte man von einem einzigen Video erhalten: Preis, Rabatt, Bezugsquelle.

  1. Social Commerce

90 % der Online-Einkäufer*innen nutzen heute auch soziale Netzwerke. Man kann den Social Commerce optimieren, indem man clevere “Shoppable”-Funktionen einbaut und mit Marken-Vertreter*innen zusammenarbeitet, um die Reichweite zu erhöhen. Die “Shoppable”-Funktionen in den sozialen Medien tragen dazu bei, dass der Social Commerce vor allem bei den jüngeren Generationen weiterhin rasant zunimmt. Social Commerce unterscheidet sich von Social Media Marketing dadurch, dass die Nutzer*innen direkt in den sozialen Netzwerken einkaufen können, anstatt zu einem Online-Shop weitergeleitet zu werden. Mit Funktionen wie “swipe up”, verknüpften Produktkatalogen, Livestream-Shopping und zeitlich begrenzten Flash-Promotionen ist es immer einfacher geworden, eine Verbindung zwischen Social Media Storytelling und Umsatzgenerierung herzustellen.

  1. Inspiration

Für viele Konsument*innen sind die sozialen Medien zur wichtigsten Inspirations- und Orientierungsquelle geworden. Soziale Medien und Influencer*innen sind heute die wichtigsten Anlaufstellen, wenn es um neue Produkte zum Ausprobieren, Modetrends und heisse neue Technologien geht. Empfehlungen von Freunden und Familie, wenn es darum geht, ein Produkt zu kaufen, haben an Bedeutung verloren und sind auf den dritten Platz zurückgefallen.

Autor: Yoeri Callebaut, Co-CEO and Chief Growth & Marketing Officer @ Kingfluencers. Yoeri ist seit über 14 Jahren als Stratege und Marketer tätig und hat die meiste Zeit davon für B2B-Marken gearbeitet, wobei er sich darauf fokussierte neue Unternehmen zu gründen und junge Organisationen auf ihre nächste Entwicklungsstufe zu bringen.