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The Total Guide To Influencer Marketing Measurement

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Influencer marketing spend in the United States has seen nearly a 100% increase over the last three years as more and more brands discover the benefits of leveraging authentic creator content.

But while U.S. marketers prepare to spend more than $4 billion on influencer marketing in 2022, one question remains:

How can I track and measure my marketing campaigns to ensure I get the most out of those dollars? 

Without answering this question on influencer marketing measurement, marketing strategies are implemented based on feelings, not facts. Measuring the success of a marketing campaign is pivotal to winning, and identifying the right metrics that can provide that information will help you make data-informed strategy decisions.

Influencer marketing goals and why they’re important

The first step to influencer marketing management is mapping out clear goals. These goals are the only way to create a focus for your marketing campaign to ensure you focus your time and energy on what is truly working.
There are two key components each goal should have:

  • A numerical value
  • A deadline

For example, you might come out of a brainstorming session to “increase web traffic.” But that’s far too vague. Instead, nail down a more precise goal like “increase website visitors by 30% in 4 months.”

Whatever goal(s) you choose, make sure your objectives and deadlines are challenging but attainable. A plan that’s too difficult to achieve is a certain way to drain your resources and demotivate your team.

Your goals make it possible for you to track the progress and performance of your campaign. But to measure your campaign goals effectively, you must define specific key performance indicators (KPIs).

Top influencer marketing measurement benchmarks

Tracking the correct numbers is critical to the success of your influencer marketing campaign. Not only does setting KPIs help you identify success, it equips you to communicate those wins to your team (and your boss), and it also adds to the brand’s overall marketing goals.

Brand awareness

If your campaign aims to increase brand awareness, you need to track the reach, engagement, and impressions your content generates.

It would be best to look at any brand mentions your influencer-generated content receives. Please keep in mind that these mentions and comments are critical. If you notice a surprising negative sentiment, you must figure out what went wrong and resolve the issue immediately.

Track and measure

1. Followers

You can always keep track of followers gained during your influencer marketing campaign.

To ensure the new followers originated from the campaign and not some other source, you should start tracking your followers weeks before the campaign launches. That way, you can compare the followers you got before your launch to those gained during the campaign and better understand how much follower growth resulted from the campaign.

2. Impressions

Impressions are the number of times a post was visible in timelines or feeds on social media platforms. This metric is one of the most effective ways to gauge your brand’s visibility to your target audience and calculate your brand awareness.

Impressions also give you helpful data about the reach of your content with different influencers, which can help refine your influencer selection process for future campaigns.

3. Campaign/branded hashtags

Branded hashtags, as the name implies, contain your brand's name, but they could also include a slogan, product name, or tagline for one of your campaigns.

This approach allows you to track the performance of your campaign by simply focusing on your branded hashtags. It also makes it easy to collect user-generated content from users who try your product, love it, and want to help spread the word.

Conversions

Depending on your campaign, a conversion can be any number of things, including outright purchases, trial sign-ups, subscriptions, etc. A strategy that involves multiple conversion metrics is ideal so consumers have more than one way to commit to your brand.

Different conversion metrics also make for more accurate measurements when it comes time to calculate the effectiveness of your campaign. The more ways you can measure how an influencer led someone to take a specific action, the better idea you’ll have of whether they are someone you will want to partner with long-term.

Track and measure

1. Trackable links

Trackable links are one of the easiest ways to calculate your campaign’s conversions. Each link is assigned a unique URL that can be read through standard analytics software like Google Analytics. Those links can be used when sharing a blog post, email link, or other asset to drive conversions to show precisely where each modification originated.

Screenshot of campaign URL builder used in influencer marketing measurement
Image via Google Analytics Campaign URL Builder
2. Discount codes and affiliate links

Affiliate links often include exclusive deals to help affiliates generate leads and commissions, while discount codes generally include limited-time offers that consumers can use at checkout.

It’s up to you to decide which works best for your campaign, but each helps you create a compelling call-to-action for consumers and provides trackable URLs that can easily be used to attribute conversions to your influencers.

Content

Gathering and sorting metrics by content helps refine your campaign strategy and illustrates which styles and types of content produce the response you want from your audience.

Track and measure

1. Total engagement

Not all engagements are equally valuable, but it’s essential to know the attention that each piece of content delivers. Keep an eye on the following:

  • Likes: Likes don’t consistently demonstrate serious engagement from a follower but indicate impressions/views.
  • Comments: These provide an excellent opportunity to gauge your audience’s tone on your post (positive or negative) and get a feel for their level of interest in your promotion.
  • Shares: Shares indicate that your influencer content is growing organically and increasing viewership.
  • Clicks (CTRs): Clicks and tags allow you to see how often followers clicked on a link, regardless of whether they liked, commented, or shared it on an influencer post.
2. Engagement rate

Your engagement rate is the number of post engagements divided by the number of views or followers. The higher the engagement rate on a piece of content, the more effectively it resonates with an influencer’s audience.

Here is a quick look at engagement rates you should strive for based on the type of influencer and their platform:

Incfluencer engagement rates table
3. Total content

Keep track of how much total content is produced during your campaign. Refer to your list once you have calculated engagements and engagement rates to see if your most successful content can be repurposed on other channels.

Web Traffic

Now that you have all the pieces, it’s time to see if your efforts drive more traffic to your website. Calculating web traffic is a great way to measure the effectiveness of your influencer marketing campaign because it reveals your actual audience size, as well as how many potential customers at a time are hovering around your product or service.

Track and measure

Google Analytics is the best tool for measuring traffic and gives insights into how many people visited your website, where they came from, and how much time they spent on it.

Setting up URLs for your campaign makes this process a lot easier since it allows you to filter out many unnecessary elements, leaving you with only the most critical details from the campaign.

Check out our blog, 20 Key Influencer Marketing KPIs to Track. 

How to calculate campaign ROI

Now it’s time to answer the million-dollar question: Did my influencer marketing campaign work?

Measuring your influencer revenue is the first step to determining the success of your program. By this point in your campaign, you should have the following sales metrics handy:

  • Total number of conversions
  • Total number of orders
  • Total sales

Now, please look over the costs associated with your influencer program. Be sure to include the following data:

  • Product seeding costs
  • Product discounts
  • Cost of Goods Sold (COGS)
  • Shipping
  • Influencer compensation

Subtract your costs from your sales to calculate profit. ROI is calculated by dividing your earnings by your expenses.

Influencer program sales – Influencer program costs = Influencer program profit

Influencer program profit / Influencer program costs = Influencer program ROI

Tips for tracking and measuring your influencer marketing campaigns

Be aware of all the social media features that allow audiences to engage

While all leading social channels offer like, comment, and sharing capabilities, many platforms and post types have other fun (and valuable) ways users can engage.

For example, TikTok allows users to react, comment, duet, and stitch (create an alternate ending to another user’s video).

@madisonbeer#duet with @charlidamelio ????♬ Sweet and Salty – goal sounds

Instagram Stories also lets users react, share, and interact with posts through polls, swipe-ups, etc.

Regardless of your platform, take a moment to examine how users can interact with your influencer content and incorporate those engagements into your KPIs.

Could you discuss your campaign KPIs with your influencer before, during, and after the campaign?

You don’t help anyone by holding your campaign KPIs close to the chest. Keep your influencers in the loop about your goals and expectations so they are better equipped to help you achieve your objectives.

Adjusting your campaign KPIs as often as you and your influencers feel necessary is okay. Just be sure to communicate changes clearly with your influencer team to keep everyone on the same page about how campaign success is measured.

Involve your influencers when planning events – track the participation they are responsible for

Include your influencers if you’re planning an event you think they could help with. For example, many brands intentionally build their experiential campaigns around their favorite influencers. The same is true for live virtual events.

You can find ways to integrate influencer content across your various marketing mediums and compare results.

Repurposing influencer content can drastically reduce costs and increase revenue across your entire marketing program.

Try filling your website, email newsletters, and social media feeds with lifestyle content from your top influencers to streamline your content marketing strategy and increase your influencer ROI.

But you know, you need permission from your influencers to repurpose their content. It’s standard practice to include content repurposing rights in your influencer contracts.

Could you match every campaign metric and KPI to the right stage of your marketing funnel?

Your marketing funnel should inform your influencer KPIs. Whether your audience is learning about your brand for the first time or making a purchase, specific campaign metrics reveal how well consumers flow through the funnel.

In the same way you attached key campaign metrics to each of your KPIs, you can assign numbers to each stage of your marketing funnel.

Influencer marketing funnel infographic

Why the right tools are essential to your influencer marketing program

At first, you can track the success of your influencer marketing campaign using spreadsheets and information pulled from Google Analytics. Facebook and Instagram also have free analytics tools your influencers can use and then share that data with you.

But as you scale your influencer marketing program, you will want to automate everything you can to get the most out of your time and budget (you’ll also spare your influencer managers from a massive headache trying to record all that data from multiple platforms manually).

The right influencer marketing software automates your program to the point that one employee can do the work of an entire team. Instead of digging for the numbers across multiple platforms and transcribing them into a spreadsheet, all the necessary performance metrics are at your fingertips.

The best automation tools allow your brand to track and measure:

  • KPIs: budget spend, revenue, conversions, media value, etc.
  • Content and influencer performance: content posts, total spend, revenue, conversions, and ROI for every influencer.
  • Comprehensive reporting dashboard: brand growth, content engagement, and influencer numbers across all platforms.
  • Custom reports: arm yourself with all the data you need to justify budget and spending by proving ROI to your boss.

Conclusion

A successful influencer marketing campaign can only exist with effective and efficient methods for tracking and measuring its performance. Please remember to set clear goals at the beginning of your campaign and be thoughtful about which influencers have the skills necessary to help you achieve these goals. Once you know your campaign is successful, you’ll have everything you need to grow and drive maximum ROI for your entire marketing strategy.

Click here to learn more about GRIN’s Reporting & Analytics Tools.

 

Special thanks to our friends at Grin. Co for their insights on this topic.
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