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In a recent study by Student Beans, a Gen Z–focused influencer agency, research showed that “82% of Gen Z students in the United States and United Kingdom said they don’t trust traditional influencers to give an honest opinion on a brand or product.” According to their VP of Influencer Marketing, Ruby Soave, “Gen Z has filter fatigue and they distrust the slurry of unrealistic-looking, one-off brand mentions from influencers who prioritize quick money over true brand affinity.” Whose opinions do Gen Zers value? A survey from Savanta found that they trust subject matter experts (39%) and everyday acquaintances such as friends or family (38%) as sources of authentic and genuine content. Celebrities ranked at 14% and social media stars were only trusted at a 9% share.
This is where nano influencers come into play: everyday people who are influential in their networks and areas of expertise. They are seen by peers as being genuine and knowledgeable in their opinions. From Student Beans’ frame of reference, they focus on nano influencers that are at the student age and on campuses. “Nano influencers provide that same confidence you get when a ‘friend’ recommends something, rather than someone who has 7 million followers,” according to Bianca Garcia, a social media marketer for skin care brand Glossier. If Gen Z is your target audience, nano influencers might be a marketing strategy to consider.
“Nano influencers provide that same confidence you get when a ‘friend’ recommends something, rather than someone who has 7 million followers."
PQ Media, a data analysis company, is projecting that media consumption is nearing a saturation point and will see stagnating growth as traditional media continues to decline, heralded by a 1.4% drop in 2021. Those born after 2013—or M-Gens, as referred to by PQ Media—are the generation seeing the largest increase in media usage at a 13.6% increase in usage per week in 2021. The Great Generation (born before 1945) still has the highest average of 93.1 hours per week in 2021. User-created content is the fastest-growing and most-watched type of content, with users seeking out resources for learning about niche topics that are not available on traditional TV programming.
Twitter has published what it is calling their “Birdseye Report,” which is a collaborative trends report to which Hootsuite, Meltwater, Sprinklr and other martech companies have contributed. Each partner analyzed a specific element to expand on trending Twitter conversations. The result is an in-depth look at the latest key shifts by users of the platform.
Below are a few trends highlighted by the Birdseye Report:
The last year has introduced changes and trends that we can expect to see carried throughout 2022. Some of these changing consumer values present opportunities for brands that can align with them, and we’d all do well to consider how other external factors will affect our marketing initiatives.
Consider how your brand can align itself with consumers’ newfound purposes. Can your products or services help consumers with their health and well-being? Is your primary audience still located in the pre-pandemic area being targeted? Should geotargeting be changed to follow migration patterns? Will your messaging stand out from the crowd and grab consumers’ attention? Is your supply chain stable enough to handle large promotions in the event demand is greater than expected? All these questions and more should be asked this year while crafting campaigns to ensure a predictable activation.
TV remains the leading viewing device for watching sports programming, more than 75% according to a Disney Ad Sales survey of 13- to 54-year-old consumers. Only 24% of sports viewing is done on a mobile device; the TV is the primary entertainment source, as users multitask on their phones while the game is streaming.
So CTV/OTT advertising is on the minds of many top-level marketing executives this year, with half of US advertisers increasing their video advertising spend by an average of 25% YOY. Seventy-five percent of advertisers stated they are boosting their overall budgets to accommodate the added cost to deliver on CTV platforms. Attribution and measurement of ad performance are therefore a concern, with 60% of executives stating they are worried about losing sight of audience reach, frequency, and effectiveness of their campaigns because of these shifts.
Consumers use social media more to follow brands, influencers, and content creators than they do to follow people they know in real life, which represents less than half of the profiles they follow. Since there was such a large captive audience last year using social channels, companies poured an estimated $13.8 billion into influencer marketing in 2021 alone. Some of the results showed that last year one in four consumers have purchased products based on influencer recommendations, and half of millennials feel influencers know them better than their friends do.
Influencer marketing is sure to stick around, but what obstacles should your brand consider before joining in? Three out of four consumers say they’re more likely to trust a paid or sponsored post if it’s something the influencer has posted about organically in the past, so partnerships with influencers need to be an arrangement that is already present if possible.
Eighty-four percent of respondents say that authenticity is defined by an influencer’s honesty and transparency when they are being compensated for the things they promote. It is best in an influencer contract to request that they provide a disclaimer that they are being paid to promote a product, and encourage their honest feedback on the item—good or bad—as that is also valued by 75% of consumers. Ninety-three percent of consumers stated that they are likely to unfollow an influencer if they detect any forced or phony promotions. Consumers also expect when following influencers to discover new brands and products and to gain access to exclusive deals and promotions.
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