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The Power of Influencer Marketing in Event Promotion: Finding the Right Partners

The Power of Influencer Marketing in Event Promotion: Finding the Right Partners


Oct 05, 2023 Shruti Shah

As we stand on the precipice of a transformative era in the event industry, marked by the dynamic fusion of tech and event marketing strategies, we find ourselves immersed in a captivating narrative. Earlier, event promotions relied on conventional methodologies such as physical flyers, billboards, and print advertisements. Eventually, rampant digitalization led to a tech-driven event marketing, which featured social media promotions and web advertising. However, with time, the digital space is becoming increasingly crowded.   

Imagine this for yourself: if you see an ad for an upcoming event posted by a company, you'd probably ignore it or hit the save button, soon to be forgotten about it. But if the same ad was posted by an influencer who endorses the event by: 

  • Listing the must-do activities at the event 
  • Highlighting a famous food stall/truck 
  • Showcasing a new technology premier 
  • Offering personally autographed souvenirs to event attendees
    you'd be more than tempted to click and register, right? 

Undeniably, influencer marketing has emerged as the centerpiece of modern event promotion. It represents a paradigm shift that transcends mere trendiness, reshaping the narrative with its compelling blend of authenticity and reach. 
For those who haven't explored this marketing strategy, now is the time to do so! 

Why is Influencer Marketing Gaining Prominence? 
Influencer marketing has ascended to prominence for reasons that form the core of effective event promotion. 

  1. Trust and Authenticity: Trust forms the cornerstone of influencer marketing. A study by Influencer Marketing Hub found that 63% of consumers trust influencers more than brands. Influencers, having already built authentic and credible relationships with their followers, offer valuable and trustworthy endorsements. Even if your brand isn't very popular, the right influencer marketing can make you go viral! 
  2. Reach and Engagement: Influencers actively engage with their followers and can effectively expand the reach of your event to previously untapped audiences. No wonder, influencers can function as amplifiers for your event, extending its reach because they understand the trends and the audience and how to tap their FOMO. Collaborating with influencers gives you access to diverse and far-reaching audiences, a feat that traditional marketing channels struggle to replicate. 
  3. Content Creation: The profound influence of influencers extends to their expertise in content creation. Often, influencer-generated content performs better than brand-created content. When influencers collaborate with your event, they bring their expertise to craft visually captivating content that fully encapsulates the essence of your event, enhancing its resonance among the audience. 
  4. Niche Expertise: Influencers usually specialize in specific niches, making them invaluable for targeting event's precise audience segments. Established influencers are often niche specialists, with highly influential reach on particular demographics. They understand what resonates with their audience, and by aligning with influencers within your event or brand's niche, you can harness their expertise to attract an audience genuinely interested in your offering. 
  5. Enhanced Sponsorship Opportunities and Brand Credibility: In today's competitive landscape, securing event sponsorships is pivotal to the financial success of events. Partnering with influencers adds an extra layer of credibility to your event, making it more attractive to potential sponsors. The presence of influencers vouches for your event, elevating its stature in the eyes of potential attendees. 
  6. Strategic and Cost-Effective Marketing: Marketing budgets often have limitations, and wise allocation is paramount. Affiliate marketing and influencer collaborations can form a potent synergy. Currently, influencer marketing is the most effective form of driving conversions. Structuring affiliate partnerships with influencers and incentivizing them beyond regular fees, such as earning a commission for each ticket sale they influence, can have a significant impact on ticket sales and event participation. Compared to traditional advertising, influencer marketing offers a cost-effective solution with a substantial rise in ROI. 
     

A Guide to Discovering Your Ideal Influencer 
The market is flooded with micro, macro, mega, and nano influencers, and understanding the concepts behind each type is essential before approaching them. The type of influencer is determined by the number of followers. It's crucial to remember that having a large following doesn't necessarily equate to reach. For example, collaborating with an apparel influencer, even one with over a million followers, may not yield results if your event is related to sports. 
Selecting ideal influencer partners (yes, more than one) is akin to curating a masterpiece event marketing strategy. 

Let's highlight the most important aspects to consider while choosing influencer partners for your event marketing. 

  1. Define Your Goals: Your event's objectives should serve as the guiding stars of your influencer selection process. Are you aiming to maximize ticket sales, elevate brand awareness, or achieve specific engagement targets? Clarity on your goals will inform you of the type of influencer best suited for your event. 
  2. Audience Profiling: Understanding your target audience is like holding the map to success in every context, and influencer marketing thrives when influencers closely align with your event's audience demographics. Is your audience from the mass followers of Macro or Mega influencers, or would they be more influenced by micro-influencers whose followership is very serious? 
  3. Comprehensive Research and Vetting: Finding the right influencer partner demands thorough research and meticulous vetting. Analyzing an influencer's content, engagement rates, and audience demographics is crucial. Modern event tech tools are excellent for data collection and analysis, providing marketers with valuable insights, which in turn helps in aligning event goals with shortlisted influencer's digital footprint. 
  4. Alignment with Event Marketing Strategy: If you are an event management agency organizing multiple types of events, there is no one-size-fits-all solution in terms of influencer marketing. For influencer partnerships to be effective, alignment is super-important, and the influencer's online persona should resonate with your event's theme, values, and objectives. More importantly, it must align with your marketing roadmap. Your event marketing plan and influencer’s strategy need to be mutually inclusive. Familiarize them with your event tech tools like live streaming, integrations with social media, and event branding, which they can use to pump up their outreach. 
  5. Long-Term vs. Short-Term Collaboration: The duration of your influencer collaboration hinges on your event's goals and budget. While a macro influencer may be willing to collaborate on a short-term project, such as hosting a presentation ceremony or awards distribution, with high compensation, micro-influencers can associate throughout the event lifecycle and may participate in promotions voluntarily. Therefore, once again, we circle back to event goals. Based on your event goals, you can determine the terms of influencer collaborations. 

 

The Art of Partnering with the Right Influencer 
Once you have explored your options, the next step is a calculated and mapped-out approach to finding the right partners while ensuring the partnership yields results. 

  1. Personalized Outreach: Influencers receive invitations from hundreds and thousands of people. To ensure your email doesn't get lost in the sea, a perfectly crafted personalized pitch or invitation is indispensable. Tailor your pitch to highlight why the influencer is an ideal fit for your event. Open up about your company's mission and how this collaboration would develop a long-term relationship. Follow them on social media, engage with their content, and build rapport with them based on common interests to make your pitch relatable. 
  2. Setting Clear Expectations: Effective communication is the cornerstone of successful influencer partnerships. Influencer marketing is not just about promotions on social media platforms. Many action items, such as deliverables, timelines, content pillars, compensation structures, and any exclusivity clauses, need to be clearly understood. In addition to having an agreement with influencers, streamlined communication within the team is necessary to ensure that expectations are well-defined and mutually understood. 
  3. Measurement Metrics: The efficacy of influencer marketing lies in its measurability. Define the metrics that will gauge the success of your collaboration, whether it's increased ticket sales, enhanced social media engagement, or other key performance indicators. Event tech platforms can offer real-time analytics to track your marketing progress accurately. Monitor whether the agreed-upon number of posts went live or if the proposed engagement rate was achieved, and then optimize or realign the strategy accordingly. 
  4. Legal Considerations: In the intricate world of influencer marketing, legalities are paramount. Ensure that all contracts and agreements are legally sound, protecting the interests of both parties involved. 
      

To make sure your influencer marketing budget and ROI justify each other, you have to balance influencers according to the event phase you want to deploy them to. You can combine a micro influencer for increasing ticket sales in the niche audience and a mega influencer for the opening ceremony. Or, based on your event promotion needs, even a few micro influencers could work.

The ultimate goal is to boost event promotion, and influencer marketing is the hot favorite medium for it today. Capture the best and turn your events into a star-studded affair. 
 
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