Influencer Marketing: 12 Takeaways on This Exploding Industry Trend

Influencer marketing is an exploding area of marketing and is expected to be a $10 billion industry in 2020, growing to $15 billion by 2022. Why is it so fast growing? Because influencers actually influence sales. According to Nielson, 92 percent of consumers trust influencer marketing over traditional advertising. Influencers have the authority and trust with their audience to influence their behaviors.   To understand more about how to successfully utilize influencers for our clients, I headed to the first annual Association of National Advertisers (ANA) Influencer Marketing Conference in NYC in late November. During the jam-packed two-day event we heard from influencer marketing experts from companies like Jet Blue, Frito-Lay, SAP, Volvo, Clorox, and more.   I’ll share several takeaways from the conference but first things first:   What exactly is an influencer?   An influencer is a trusted voice who influences buyer decisions through an established social media following.   Influencers are typically categorized based on their audience...

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Be Real, Be Courageous & Lead— My Big Takeaway from #ANAB2B

When I go to marketing industry conferences these days, I get more inspired by intangibles, rather than the tangible. Give me something that will really move me or get me thinking deep thoughts. Give me something that I could do in my every day life, not just in my job.   I want to meet people, be inspired by stories, and feel moved to do something different or be reminded of what I need to do to be more successful and fulfilled.   That said, my highlight of the 2017 Masters of B2B Marketing (I still call it BMA) Conference earlier this month in Chicago was one great slide by keynote speaker Tamara McCleary (@TamaraMcCleary).     Tamara’s talk was on innovative personal branding and becoming an influencer. The slide and discussion that really hooked me included three simple things to think about:   Be real. Be courageous. Lead.   Simple. Powerful. Moving. These are the types of things that...

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Top 10 Takeaways from BMA15 Chapter Leader Day

[caption id="attachment_3162" align="aligncenter" width="500"] #BMA15 kicked off today with the Chapter Leader pre-session[/caption] No long blog posts here this week! The 2015 edition of the National Business Marketing Association National Conference, BMA15 / Be More, kicked off today with a pre-session of Chapter Leaders. Chapter Leaders are those who serve in leadership positions at the 20+ local chapters that make up the BMA.   As promised, no long blog posts from Tell Your Story this week. So here are my take-aways from today. Watch for our other lists from my colleagues at the end of each day.   10. Chapter Leaders are passionate. We have all built great communities. That needs to continue – local B2B community building.   9. The merger with the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) could potentially be a good thing in terms of promoting the profession of B2B Marketing, but the beauty of BMA is that we are not too corporate. ANA is...

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