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.

But are marketers focusing too much of their time and budgets on the low-return / high-effort superstars at the top of the influencer pyramid to the detriment of the thousands of smaller - but exponentially more influential - voices further down? And, if so, how can that kind of scale possibly be managed?

We explore the future of influencer marketing, and take a look at the technology that's helping marketers do exactly that.

The internet was supposed to save us from marketing bunkum. Gone were the days of super-expensive creative, plastered over billboards and magazines and televisions with nebulous impact. This was a new dawn, where everything was measurable, where scale kept prices down and where campaigns could be tweaked or switched in a heartbeat.

Then the internet broke.

Ad-blockers went all ad-blocky and blocked all the ads, leaving the field clear for giants like Facebook and Google to scoff up all the scale and inflate their prices accordingly. And the interweaving of customer-service with social meant that people were far more likely to respond to a sponsored post

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Damart bring referral to the baby boomer generation


Referral is already the number one channel for customer acquisition in the fashion industry, with the likes of ASOS, Gap, Topman, River Island and New Look leading the way with programmes designed to attract younger shoppers. But now the legendary French brand Damart is setting out to show that it can massively boost acquisitions among more mature customers, too, launching their brand new referral programme, powered by Buyapowa.

It's a wise move: over-60s are now the fastest-growing and biggest-spending group of consumers in the world. Meanwhile, the 'Instagran' phenomenon has seen a massive rise in the use of social media by silver surfers - growing 50% year-on-year while activity among younger users has begun to plateau. These factors combined put Damart's core audience (older, more refined customers with a passion for quality) in an ideal position to share their innovative range of products with friends and neighbours.

Damart will also be using Buyapowa's unique omnichannel referral technology to boost their number of digital customers, helping transition shoppers away from catalogue and mail-order shopping. By combining an attractive £10 referral reward with a strong incentive for friends to shop, they're primed to acquire more and more customers for their online business,

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Une Armée de Fans: Les Influenceurs Marketing sont les surprenantes nouvelles stars

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Auparavant chasse gardée des RP, les influenceurs marketing sont aujourd’hui bien implantés dans les stratégies marketing.

Mais les marketers concentrent-ils trop de temps et d’argent sur les superstars au sommet de la pyramide des influenceurs pour un faible rendement mais un important budget ? Au détriment de milliers de plus petits influenceurs néanmoins exponentiellement bien plus inspirationnels ? Et si ceux-là sont plus prometteurs comment gérer un tel volume d’individus aussi dispersés et difficile d’accès ?

Nous explorons ci-après l’avenir des influenceurs marketing, et nous intéressons à la technologie, qui accompagne les marketers dans cette démarche.

Internet était censé nous sauver des “foutaises” marketing. Adieu l’époque des créa hors de prix placardées dans des milliers de magazines, ou spots TV à l’impact nébuleux. C’était une nouvelle ère, où tout était mesurable, où l’économie d’échelle maintenait des prix bas et ou les campagnes pouvaient êtres ajustées ou remplacées en un claquement de doigts.

Puis Internet a laché.

Les ad-blockers ont commencé à bloquer toutes les publicités, laissant le champs libre aux géants Facebook et Google pour s’emparer de l’économie et augmenter leurs prix en fonction. Aussi la sollicitation des services clients via

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Vodafone recommande Buyapowa à leur marque, VOXI

Vodafone and VOXI embrace referral

Vodafone et Buyapowa sont heureux de vous annoncer un nouveau programme de parrainage dans l’industrie des télécoms. Le premier programme de la marque VOXI, dédiée aux jeunes consommateurs. Ce programme innovant va jouer un rôle clé dans dans la campagne marketing de Vodafone pour VOXI : il équipera et motivera les consommateurs à encourager leurs amis à expérimenter les bénéfices uniques du nouvel opérateur. A savoir une flexibilité sans limite, sans contrat, appels et SMS illimités et datas gratuites pour les applications sociales et chat.

Compte tenu de l’histoire unique de Vodafone, le chef de file de l’industrie de la télécommunication mobile depuis plus de 30 ans, cela va de soi qu’ils s’associent à une plateforme de parrainage avec des valeurs similaires. C’est pourquoi ils ont joint leurs forces à Buyapowa - la plateforme technologique derrière les programmes de parrainages innovateurs de marques telles que ASOS, Expedia, Sky, et nombreux opérateurs téléphoniques incluant Three, Telefónica, O2, Lebara et BT Mobile.

S’appuyant sur l’expérience Buyapowa d’adapter le programme de parrainage selon de multiples démographies avec différents besoins et envies, Vodafone lance par ailleurs son troisième programme de parrainage. Trois programmes pour servir trois

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There's nothing niche about referral marketing in Germany

Giants like Zalando and Expedia have embraced referral marketing

E-cigarettes were invented back in 2003. The first patent for fidget spinners was granted in the early '90s. People have been drinking almond milk since the 13th century. There's nothing new about these things but, suddenly, they're everywhere.

That's what happens when a niche phenomenon goes mainstream, and it's exactly what's happened with referral marketing in 2017. Once regarded as something only risk-taking, edgy brands like Uber and Airbnb dared to do, it's now the fastest growing form of customer acquisition.

That's why international giants such as Germany's Zalando, the biggest fashion retailer in Europe, and, part of the largest travel company in the world, have both recently jumped on-board and embraced referral. Like Feelunique, ASOS, Telefónica and hundreds more brands before them, they've teamed up with the leading experts here at Buyapowa to launch programmes designed to get their customers sharing and their friends shopping.

Of course, just like your local Starbucks didn't offer almond milk lattes back in Middle Ages (although I hear their mead frappucinos were divine), none of these brands prioritised referral until their customers began to demand it. According to the Ivy League data-scientists at the Wharton School of Business, 83% of customers

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