6 things to ensure when choosing an influencer for your brand

March 9th, 2018 / Allie Redmond

Influencer marketing is still one of the hottest topics in the marketing world but there are still so many question marks around it as a method of reaching consumers. There are so many different aspects to consider when kicking off an influencer campaign but today we’re going to cover the basics of choosing the correct influencer for the brand.

1. Choose the right person

They need to be someone who can tell the brand story better than the brand. Find someone who already has an affinity with the brand. Choose someone who has organically mentioned or spoken about the brand before if possible. Alternatively, seek out someone that you would like to work with and then ensure that they have fully trialled the product/service before they cover it on their channels. This way, you will connect with a deeper audience via their honest opinion. They must be aligned with the brand. How many times can we say brand in one paragraph?

2. Go small and authentic

Unless incredible reach is the overarching objective, going smaller than you think with your influencers is a great way to achieve meaningful engagement and a believable campaign. Zoella-sized influencers are incredible in terms of reach but, if you take a deeper dive into the comments you’ll see that a lot of the viewers of her videos aren’t listening to what she’s actually saying. It’s simply expressions of their undying love for her and telling her how fabulous her new haircut is. This level of influencer are now celebrities and it’s a lot more difficult to be authentic at this level.

3. Assess their engagement rate

When focusing on Instagram only campaigns, try to not focus on the ‘vanity metric’ of numbers of followers when it comes to choosing your influencer. Monitor their engagement rate over sponsored content that would be similar to the content that you would like them to produce for the brand in question. Take an average of their number of likes over these posts and divide it by their number of followers. Mega influencers will end up with small engagement rates of under 1% and to work with them usually relies on reach. But, macro and micro influencers can have incredible engagement rates of up to 10%. This is the number of people that follow them that are actually engaging with their content – the percentage of people that really matter.

4. Do your backchecks

The influencer that you’ve found might look fantastic on Instagram in terms of their aesthetics but it pays to do your research on them. Look back on past tweets, try and find their personal Facebook profiles and ensure they haven’t publicly said anything detrimental that would harm the brand and go against its values. “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here” from 2017 is a great example of this where a lot of the celebrities have had ‘dirt’ dug up from the past in terms of off the cuff tweets that brought them out in a bad light. There has also recently been a scandal around a fashion blogger that was found guilty of animal cruelty when she was a teenager. We wouldn’t want to be the beauty brand wanting to work with her when that came out!

5. Value for money

Before signing off and officially choosing to work with an influencer agree with them a number of things and ensure that they sign a contract. Try and get them or their agent to agree to some sort of reporting or statistics update from their side, post-campaign. Speak to them about paid activity from their side of things, will they boost Facebook posts themselves? If so, they will factor this into the fee. Always try and squeeze as much content out of the partnership as you can, even if it’s for use on the brand Instagram with the influencer as the credited source.

6. Know the aim

Is the aim for using the influencer a quick boost in stats or a long-term partnership? As long as the ground rules are set out and both parties know what the outcome will be at the beginning of the partnership, not much can go wrong! A great relationship with an influencer can lead to really easy to run campaigns in the future so remember to trust them and treat them well. It is a business relationship at the end of the day, you’re not just paying for a service and moving on.

There we have it, 6 things to consider before you embark on influencer marketing whether it’s not your first rodeo or it’s a brand new world.

4 Awesome Mother’s Day Campaigns That Nailed It

February 13th, 2018 / Allie Redmond

Awards season is well and truly over. But we like to run our own little awards from time to time! Of course, we’re always on the lookout for inspiration and amazing campaigns within the social media, marketing and FMCG industries and Mother’s Day is fast approaching. Yep, better get those flowers ordered and that card written – it’s on Sunday 11th March!

We’ve had a search for some of our favourite Mother’s Day campaigns from recent years and we’ve given them all a very fancy schmancy award category, because, we’re professional like that. Enjoy!

1. Best For Powerful Message

Interflora’s campaign for ‘The Power of Flowers’ is all kinds of girl boss powerful and we love it. The aim was to convince the nation to reflect on the many reasons to send flowers to your lovely mum, not just Mother’s Day! Communications agency Home devised this campaign and their creative director had this to say; “Like mums, flowers can often be taken for granted and overlooked when it comes to what they stand for.” Bravo, guys.

2. Best For Content

Paperchase nailed the link between cute and useful content for their craft-loving market with their Mother’s Day DIY last year. By collaborating with a well known interior designer and crafter they gave their content even more authority as well as it being great to look at with click-through-ability! By showing their followers a quick DIY that they could whip up for their mum they showed their supportive side for penny-savers and creative side for their crafty followers. It’s the thought that counts and this DIY was really cute.

3. Best For Creative Idea

KFC are pretty much incredible for most campaigns but we really loved their Tender Wings of Desire parody of those saucy books! Because everyone’s dream guy is the Colonel, isn’t it?

 

4. Best For User Generated Content

Pandora have Mother’s Day wrapped up – they know they’re going to be uber-relevant for this holiday but they still try really hard with their campaigns and we love that. User-generated content is one of the toughest things to get right because, at the end of the day, people are lazy (Twitter) or overly proud (of their Instagram profiles). By incentivising their campaign with a competition and focusing it around an emotive subject, UGC was always going to be a great idea. They also dabbled in a Snapchat filter the year before so we’re looking forward to seeing what Pandora will come up with this year!

What do you think? Tweet us if you have any other favourites that we’ve missed off our (obviously not exhaustive) list!

25 words you need in your life

January 18th, 2018 / Allie Redmond

Today is thesaurus day and as a creative agency where a lot of our day to day discussions involve copywriting, social media posts and branding, you can imagine, we love words. What’s better than celebrating words? Celebrating new words for the words we already love. Here are 5 of our favourite words and some sweet new synonyms to add to your vocab. Every day’s a school day!

1. Authentic

Actual, original, pure, true, trustworthy.

2. Exciting

Appealing, thrilling, electrifying, intoxicating, sensational.

3. Words

Conversation, talk, colloquy, confab, discussion.

4. Impact

Tremble, impingement, clash, quake, buffet (what?).

5. Beers

Ale, brew, hops, stout, barley pop (our personal favourite).

9 of the best #BlueMonday social posts

January 16th, 2018 / Allie Redmond

Blue Monday is *apparently* the most depressing day of the year. Every third Monday in January we all rally round and ask ourselves if we are actually feeling “blue” or if the internet is just telling us we are. Either way, we love the hype on social of a trending hashtag. Here are 9 of our favourite social posts from the gloomiest 24 hours of the social media calendar!

1. CBeebies
#TiredTuesday is our new fave thing, we can’t deny it! Plus, it’s not limited to a once a year use – hello weekly content.


2. Women’s Health
Our kinda mantra…


3. Pukka Pies
Ok, so we’re biased on this one but sometimes a tasty dinner just makes a dull day 10 times better!


4. BBC 6 Music
We thinks the world’s caught on this year to the fact that we’re the only ones making any Monday blue.

In all seriousness this is a great article, give it a read if you’ve got 10 minutes!

5. Manchester United
Begrudgingly giving them this one. You’re red. We get it.


6. Lindsay Ell
Yeah, we hadn’t heard of her either and apparently, she’d only heard of Blue Monday this year. This year!


7. NME
A #BlueMonday tweet with actual factual knowledge. We’re down.


8. Innocent Drinks
Always up there with the trending topics are our Innocent.


9. National Trust
A.K.A the most satisfying video you’ll see today.

New client: Busy Bees

October 11th, 2017 / Sophie Allen

Busy Bees is a top global nursery and education provider with more than 340 nurseries in the UK, as well as a further 148 sites in Canada, Singapore, Malaysia and China.

Over the past 34 years the group’s grown and grown, acquiring more than 480 nurseries around the world.  So, to support Busy Bees’ evolution and mainly focusing on the UK, we’ve been appointed to move the brand forward.

We’ll be using Busy Bees’ new brand proposition, ‘Seriously happy childcare’, as a starting point to create a distinctive new identity. Through a new look and feel, tone of voice, and photographic style, Together will bring the brand bang up to date and amplify its founding principle: to provide great quality childcare to hardworking parents looking for a great start for their children.  This identity will roll out across all the brand’s collateral, from the website to nursery brochures and signage.

JT, one of Together’s two partners, said: “Busy Bees is a fantastic brand that offers us some exciting challenges. With the new identity, we’ll not only need to create something that juxtaposes that real warmth of the group with expertise and professionalism, but also something that their widespread teams and nurseries really buy into. We can’t wait to get started.”

Jitin Topiwala, Sales and Marketing Director at Busy Bees, said: “Chemistry is essential with a project of this scale. After meeting the agency and seeing their approach, we knew a creative partnership with Together would allow us to realise our ambitions for the brand.

“This is a hugely exciting time for Busy Bees and we’re looking forward to working with Together to bring our brand to life.”

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