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Influencer marketing should be fun, fun, fun

Influencer marketing should be fun fun fun

Pattern your influencer marketing campaigns on comic cons and you can’t go wrong: people dress up in cosplay, who knows what happens at night, and there’s shameless branding, selling, promoting, marketing, and influencing everywhere you look. It’s built in! Every TV show and movie trots out their actors, trailers, and rough cuts to these things. Oh, and lots and lots of swag for the taking, with quite a lot of it for actual sale. While I go into wedding, bar mitzvah, and quinceañera analogies below, you can’t go wrong funwise if you think cosplay cons!

Original Gangster

I’ve been running influencer marketing campaigns since 2002, back when it was called buzz marketing and word of mouth marketing. I ran influencer marketing campaigns through the years when it was called cyber-striking, blogger relations,  and blogger outreach and engagement. I still run online influencer marketing campaigns today, when it’s called creator relations and affiliate marketing.

Fun Fun Fun

There’s been a single thread that’s stitched together and been woven through the last 16-years of reaching out to online influencers, be they Instagram fitness models, YouTube haulers and unboxers, the Twitterati, the most Facebookish, the SnapChatters, the WhatsAppers, the randiest of redditors, and then the denizens of the deepest darkest forums and message boards: fun.

Feed Their Inner Child

What is fun? It can be actual fun: wee! It can also be diversion or the opportunity to look good in anothers’ eyes. It can come with status or prestige (hey, look who tapped me for help!) It can come with promotion (every influencer loves shout outs and needs more followers, friends, Likes, and subscribers). It can come with friendship or attention or respect or approval or support (most men lead lives of quiet desperation and die with their song still inside them). Fun can also be the promise that this opportunity will be a springboard to even higher cast opportunities. Upward mobility is as American as apple pie and never goes out of style.

Money is the Spur and Riding Crop

Crappy jobs from the beginning of time have indeed proven that money trumps fun at the end of the month when rent is due; however, even the most high-compensated denizens of The City of London, Wall Street, and Silicon Valley do much better work when they either love what they do or have enough fun and diversion to balance out their métro, boulot, dodo existence–the tedium of the commute, the toil of the work, and the respite of merciful sleep).

Influencer marketing really benefits if it’s handled less like a Madison Avenue ad campaign or an SEO linkback email blast, or even like a generic, banal, premasticated, “congrats on your jobaversary” LinkedIn player piano, and more like a festive event.

What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas

Their–and your–goal is to make sure they have fun! That’s why you love attending conferences and off-site meetings! You may be expected to suffer through some dry seminars and keynote speeches, it’s true; however, your accommodations are lovely, your flight was nice, and you got to party, play, flirt, dance, and socialize as well. No matter how much you complain about your business trips to your spouse, SO, and kids, you have fun! Every single time. And it’s the job of the event planner to make sure there’s always a spoon full of sugar to make the medicine go down, the medicine go down, the medicine go down, in the most delightful way. Event planners need to make sure you have fun.

Vegas is an Amalgam of Shows and Games

And it can also be as simple as building contests and competitions and lottos and raffles and games into the campaign as well. It always requires a hell of a lot more work, but it’s almost always worth it as Google Adwords has yet to figure out much more than ads, ads, and more ads. Soon enough, Eliza will transition from being a therapist to become a Google Advertising employee, but for now we influencer marketers have the X-factor of actually being human, mostly.

Always Bring the Party to the Influencer

Not only did all of Kristen Matthew’s TUNGBrush influencers have fun (about about basically a tongue scraper), but my Mizuno influencers had fun, my Skinny Coconut Oil influencers had fun, and even the patriotic Americans, vets, service men and women, and their families are having fun being Good Samaritans by helping 4Vets4Life find 10 wounded warriors to give money to over and above their VA benefits: $100,000 to each of the ten and a home specially-designed for the winner according to the adaptations needed to accommodate their injury.

I’m making this harder then I should because I can’t help but write in riddles, analogies, metaphors, and similes; however, it all comes down to making things fun. How do you make things fun? Trust your influencers. Give them an amount of creative control and agency. Listen to them when they have ideas. Give until it hurts–don’t just assume they’re taking advantage. When they have an idea or a suggestion that will allow your campaign to better make a love connection with their community, don’t shut them down–advocate for them.

Hire Me

Feel free to own the yacht but hire a crew if you’re not yet seaworthy. If you get my drift and want to adopt the yachting lifestyle yourself but either don’t have the mad sailing skills yourself, don’t yet possess a world-class crew, or don’t know yet where to go, then you should give me a callreach out me by email, or even schedule a call with me— so I can help you pilot your vessel now, in the tranquil blue-green shallows of the Caribbean, as well as in the roughest seas and into—as well as out of—the storm.

Chris Abraham

Chris Abraham, digital strategist and technologist, is a leading expert in digital: search engine optimization (SEO), online relationship management (ORM), Internet privacy, Wikipedia curationsocial media strategy, and online public relations with a focus on blogger outreachinfluencer engagement, and Internet crisis response, with the digital PR and social media marketing agency Gerris digital. [Feel free to self-schedule a 15-minute call, a 30-minute call, or a 60-minute call with me] A pioneer in online social networks and publishing, with a natural facility for anticipating the next big thing, Chris is an Internet analyst, web strategy consultant and adviser to the industries' leading firms. Chris Abraham specializes in web technologies, including content marketing, online collaboration, blogging, and consumer generated media.  Chris Abraham was named a Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer by Forbes, #1 PR2.0 Influencer by Traackr, and top-10 social media influencers by Marketwire; and, for what it’s worth, Chris has a Klout of 79 the last time he looked. Chris Abraham started doing web development back in 1994, SEO in 1998, blogging in 1999, influencer engagement in 2003, social media strategy in 2005, blogger outreach in 2006, and Wikipedia curation in 2007. Feel free to self-schedule a 15-minute call, a 30-minute call, or a 60-minute call. If you want to know the services that Chris offers check out Services If you want to work with Chris use the Contact Form You're welcome to follow me via Social Media You can learn more about Chris over in About Chris writes a lot so check out the Blog Chris offers webinars so check Events

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