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Building a Master Influencer Marketing Strategy

Influencers create an immediate sense of credibility when they promote a brand. Become a front-runner in this craze by building a marketing strategy.

Danielle Stringer
March 17, 2022
Create a sought-out influencer marketing strategy to ensure you develop partnerships with content creators best suited to grow your brand.

What is influencer marketing?

Consumers tend to buy from other consumers. In this case, influencers are the consumers who post reviews about a brand's product or service to their blogs, podcasts, or social media platforms—otherwise known as user-generated content ("UGC").

Influencers are no longer just A-list celebrities or world-renowned athletes who have made it to the big screen. Instead, they are digital content creators with a substantial online following (between 5,000 and 20,000 followers) who can deeply connect with their followers and sway their purchasing decisions. 

Brands of any size should have an influencer marketing strategy in place when it comes to outreach, negotiation tactics, and maximising UGC from these partnerships. Let's take a deeper look into how your influencer strategy should unfold:

What are influencers posting?

We now know what distribution channels influencers are posting to, but what types of content are they posting? Beauty, e-commerce, and travel are among the most predominant industries that influencers are reviewing and recommending to their followers through UGC. 

One example is First Aid Beauty, a line of skincare and makeup products that partnered with 13 influencers who tested the brand's new body scrub and shared their positive experiences on the virtual video platform, TikTok. The main objectives behind this initiative were to build brand awareness and bolster their content creation efforts. First Aid Beauty even created a 38-second song titled "Tik Tok made me buy it" that was used as the soundtrack to each influencer's video. 

Another brand leveraging influencers through an affiliate program is ASOS. The online fashion and cosmetic retailer sells over 850 brands on their website, with a significant portion of its revenue coming from influencer marketing sales through Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. The stylish influencers will post a photo of themselves wearing ASOS clothing, accessories, or beauty products and include the product code that consumers can use to shop the same look on their website.

Building a strategy

Choosing an influencer

Any influencer you choose to work with has to be reputable, authentic, and dependable in order to provide you with meaningful results. Answering these questions will help you refine which types of influencers you reach out to:

  • How big of a following should the prospective influencer have?
  • Does the content they currently post on their platform fit with our overarching brand image?
  • Are they posting high-quality user-generated content that receives positive feedback from their follower base?
  • Are they posting consistently to their platforms?

When to reach out

Now that you have a better idea of the type of influencer you want to potentially collaborate with, the next item on the agenda is knowing when to reach out. The process of securing an influencer, communicating expectations, sending your product over (if applicable), and approving the final post(s) can take between 3-4 months.  

With this guideline, it is recommended to work back four months from the desired campaign launch date.

Writing an outreach message

When you reach out to an influencer, you want to make your offer so enticing that they can't say no. These popular content creators are likely getting requests from other brands and don't have the capacity to fulfill each opportunity. When crafting a compelling message to send, make sure to include the below: 

  1. A brand introduction- how long have you been in operation, what is your vision, and what is your unique selling proposition?
  2. What synergies exist between your brand and their platform that will make this partnership worthwhile for both parties?
  3. How many pieces of content would you like them to create for your brand? How long will each YouTube video, social media post, or blog be in length? 
  4. What main benefits and features should be discussed about your product/service? Will a script be provided that they have to recite?
  5. How will you provide compensation? (we will get to this later on in our blog).

Providing value

If your brand is not in the position to fund any influencer through paid sponsorships, there are other ways you can provide incentives to entice influencers. Remember, you want to show your appreciation, offer them something meaningful, and encourage them to purchase from you again: the more they buy from you, the more opportunities you have for future collaborative projects!


Can you offer them a discount when your new spring merchandise launches? If you are a tourism organisation, is there a local hotel you can partner with to provide them with a one-night complimentary stay? Or, are you able to help them grow their following by featuring their profile in a social media post or story?

Rather than casting a wide net with hopes of reaching every influencer in the digital creator space, make an effort to collaborate with a few key influencers using a well-defined strategy. Gain access to consistent, high-quality visuals and build trust with talented creators along the way to make your own content truly stand out.

For more information on how to utilise UGC to maximise your brand, head back to SnapSea or give us a follow on LinkedIn.

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