Historically, people tend to associate influencer marketing primarily with traditional B2C marketing, where consumers generally seek out goods and services based on an immediate need, and make purchases more quickly, without too much research and due diligence.
Today influencer marketing is being used in various contexts, whether it’s about recruitment, B2B settings, or to market durable products – such as vacations, cars, or insurances. In this blog post, we highlight three things to consider in order to succeed with influencer marketing for durable products.
Build an always-on strategy and aim for continuity
Since shopping for durable products is not something we do everyday, brands need to reach their target audience with a relevant message at the exact right time. The chances to succeed, and that you reach your target audience when they are in the right buying mode, are not very high if you do only a single influencer collaboration once in a while. Instead, you need to plan for the long-term from the start and work always-on, so that you can establish a sense of credibility. The odds for them choosing your product when it is time to make a purchase decision will then be far greater.
Let the influencers tell your story
In order to stay relevant over a longer period of time, storytelling has proved to be a successful strategy. In an influencer marketing context, this could mean that you activate several influencers for several months that help you tell your brand’s story – not just selling your product or service. When it comes to durable products, it is not always concrete product or design features that determine whether we decide to make a purchase or not, but rather the bond that you manage to create between you brand and your buyers. Here, influencer marketing is an extremely powerful tool, thanks to influencers’ ability to build strong relationships with their followers. By working with the right influencers, you have the chance to bask in the glory of these people – and they can help you convey your story in a way that is perceived trustworthy.
Do not underestimate the value of credibility
Durable products are, by their very nature, often very important – either because they cost a lot of money, such as a new car or a villa, or because they mean a lot to the buyer, e.g. the decision which child insurance to get for your newborn baby. If you want to succeed with influencer marketing for this type of product, building credibility and placing your product in a context perceived authentic is therefore the Alpha and Omega. If your product appears in a setting that your target audience does not consider genuine, it may rather have the opposite effect on your brand credibility – which in turn can have a negative effect on your overall investment. Finding the right influencers, that match your brand and the message you want to convey, is key.
Alexander is part of the sales team at Cure and is passionate about doing good business. When not helping clients with influencer marketing-strategies, he’s spending most of his time with family and friends, watching sports or doing sport activities.