How To Become An Influencer
According to research by Tomoson, small businesses have an ROI of $6.50 for every $1.00 spent on influencers.
What’s more, influencer marketing is rated as the fastest growing online channel for acquiring customers, ahead of email, and organic channels.
Who, then, is an influencer? Influencer Analysis defines an influencer as an individual who delivers an above-average result in specific niche processes.
Moreover, we have compiled a comprehensive guide to show you how to become an influencer.
1. Find A Niche You’re Passionate About
Before you venture into the influencer marketing space, you need to find a niche to focus on.
By trying to feature posts in too many niches (i.e., things you are good but not proficient at doing) to stay relevant, you dilute your message and personal brand, and consequently, lose relevance.
So, analyze your strengths and weaknesses. Then, find a way to niche down on your strengths and create a brand for yourself in that space. By doing this, you’ll streamline your content and tailor your message to suit your audience’s preferences. Popular niches include health and fitness, travel, fashion, sports, entertainment, etc.
2. Share Your Knowledge On Selected Channels
After selecting your niche, the next step is choosing relevant platforms where you will share your message. Knowing which social media channels to focus on is an important thing to decide when wanting to know how to become an influencer.
Although there are many social media channels, it is advisable to start with just one or two. Each has their nuances and if you don’t learn each one well before adding more it can become a lot of work with not much result. A good rule of thumb is to find out where your audience is gathered, and reach out to them there.
For example, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok are very popular among millennials and younger. Facebook tends to be popular among millennials but also Gen X and even baby boomers. And don’t forget some of the other platforms like LinkedIn (popular among professionals), Pinterest and LiketoKnowit.
3. Share Your Knowledge As An Authority
How do you establish your authority in your industry? By posting valuable content that is enjoyed and shared.
Unless your content is unique, meaningful, and valuable, your audience will likely not engage with it or share it.
Consequently, taking time to create industry-leading content is one of the quickest ways to become an influencer. For example, blog posts, optimized images, videos, webinars, podcasts, etc. are forms of content that readers find attractive and engaging.
4. Network with Other Influencers
When you are just starting on your influencer marketing journey, you need to collaborate with other influencers. This will help you learn and also potentially share opportunities with each other.
More importantly, connecting to brands with a higher fan base and engagement will bring huge returns. You can tag these brands and mention them when you post about their products and services.
Furthermore, you can deliberately write to them and inform them of your networking intentions. However, it would be best if you had something to offer in exchange for their time and collaboration.
5. Converse With Your Audience
In addition to the points mentioned above, you need to engage with your audience. Times have changed, and people want to relate with fellow humans even if it is through social media.
As a result, it is necessary to create time to respond to comments, observations, and feedback from your fans.
Take the time to focus on some of your strongest fans when they make comments and contributions. As a result, this will deepen the relationship you have with your audience.
Now, you have seen different strategies to implement on how to become an influencer. If you did not have a plan before, create one now, with the points listed above. Also, remember that the rewards in the long-term are huge when properly executed.
If you are a health or medical influencer, or want to become one, and need some help with social media management, content creation, or marketing please reach out to us at Health Media Experts and we can help!