Our latest guide to the most interesting things happening in the world of advocacy marketing

1. COVID-19 and its surprising effect on influencer marketing

It’s easy to assume with coronavirus forcing millions to stay home that social media and influencer marketing would be thriving. But, not even influencer marketing is immune to the huge cultural shift caused by the pandemic. In such serious times, creating culturally appropriate sponsored content can be a fine line to walk. Influencers risk looking oblivious if they carry on business-as-usual and insensitive if they try to incorporate the virus into their content. And, given the current economic climate, brands are reluctant to invest in strategies that may not pay off. In response to this change, top-tier influencers are lowering their rates in their quest for work, and micro-influencers are now going up against larger influencers for partnerships, creating competition that’s bad for influencers but good for brands. Meanwhile, some industry insiders are more optimistic: a new report from Influencer Intelligence revealed that spending on cheaper goods and luxuries usually increases during times of economic crisis. And, with online spending and social media use up, there’s no shortage of customers looking for entertainment and escape. So while influencers will have to deal with canceled events and limited content opportunities, the current situation could just spark a new wave of influencer creativity. Read the full article.

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Trust Based Relationship Selling for the Digital Age

Trust is one of the most important factors in maintaining a successful relationship with your customers. It can boost sales, give your company an edge over the competition, but above all – it is the driving force behind brand loyalty.

The problem is, brand-customer trust cannot be established with the press of a button. With all the spam and phishing scams floating around, how do you let your audience know they can feel secure and comfortable doing business with you?

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Our latest guide to the most interesting things happening in the world of advocacy marketing

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly...of influencer marketing

1. The rise of influencer marketing agencies

With $1.9 billion spent on influencer marketing in the US and Canada alone, it’s clear that influencer marketing is no longer a passing market trend. And with the growth of influencer marketing has come the rise of agencies and networks that exist to help companies and influencers connect. Sounds perfect for both parties, right? Not necessarily. While this approach may help retailers achieve short-term influencer impression goals, many influencers claim that agency involvement can make it harder for them to form long-term relationships with brands—a key factor when creating original, relevant content. On the other hand, influencer agencies see their existence as a sign that the industry has matured. Gone are the Wild West days of influencer marketing—agencies’ involvement is meant to make sure brands are getting the scale, benchmarks, and results they deserve. But which approach is best for your business? Read the full article.

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12 ways to ruin your referral programme

12 ways ro ruin your referral program

Referral marketing is the fastest-growing form of customer acquisition – so much so that it’s becoming increasingly hard to find a successful brand which doesn’t operate some kind of refer-a-friend scheme.

It’s also fundamentally simple: your existing fans and customers are rewarded for telling their friends about you, those friends are incentivised to shop, everyone’s happy.

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An army of lovers: the surprising new stars of influencer marketing

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Once a function of PR, but now very much embedded within everyone’s marketing strategies, influencer marketing is the biggest game in town. And by big, we mean soon-to-be $15 billion big. Yep, you read that right.

But, in the light of recent reports highlighting the difficulty in the influencer driven game, is it time to think again? We explore the past, present and future of influencer marketing, and take a look at the technology that’s helping marketers engage millions of genuine voices with genuine influence, delivering genuine results.


Let’s start by going back – and I mean way back, when internet just about reached every household. Gone were the days of super-expensive billboards and celebrity driven ads. This was a new dawn, apparently saving us from marketing overload, where everything was measurable, where scale kept prices down and where campaigns could be tweaked or switched in a heartbeat.

Then the internet broke.
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