In today's episode, I take you behind the scenes for what went into the Trust Insights 2019 Social Media Influencer Benchmark report. Learn why we chose the measures we did, what surprises we found along the way, and how the report could save you a whole bunch of money on influencer marketing. Watch the video, then get your copy of the report here.
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In today's episode a bit of behind the scenes on the new trustee and sites 2019 social media influencer benchmarks report would you can get trust insights.ai slash influencer benchmark this report is something that originally was actually going to be just a initially it's just like a single infographic but then as start pulling the data to get this like wow this is a little bit more than just a one page infographic although certainly can have
the top line results so some behind the scenes about how we put this thing together This is a really fantastic service from Facebook they bought a company a number years ago called crowd tangled which is available for free but only to academics, researchers and journalists and anybody who was grandfathered in from the from when it was a separate company that was a paid service and we
What's amazing about crowd tangle is that it allows you to gather up lists of accounts or they provide pre made lists of essentially influencers of wall of any public account on facebook twitter instagram and read it and we took the top influencer lists from Facebook Twitter and Instagram because those are the sort of the Big Three that people tend to use a lot these days and pulled a set day by day because there's so many posts day by day everything that those influencers were posting this is about 50,000 influencers on each network so hundred 50,000 total all of those decent amount of overlap particularly between Twitter and Instagram this
like I forget exactly how much but it's it's the majority isn't isn't overlap
and extracted out 4 million posts per network
and put it all together in this massive database and then
From the database, we used the our programming language didn't have to do a whole lot of machine learning really any I mean nothing that you would classify as like high end machine learning. Because a lot of what's in a lot of what's in the benchmark is statistical in nature. It's not something that requires advanced computation, looking at things like means and medians and modes and stuff. And basic stats is stuff that are as a programming language does have a box really brilliantly so not much in the way of machine learning, but a lot of statistical analysis. So what were some of the things that we found
let's bring this up here. I mean, I call it up it's easier to see the graphic
the Instagram top to your audience. So one of the things we did was to divide the audience into decimals which is like a core Tyler quintile, but decibel meaning 10 so take every large audience and divided into 10 pieces of the top 10% to the bottom 10%
and we had to look at what
Was that top tier the people that everyone's always looking at, like the mega influencers? How big are those audiences? And one of the thing that's funny about social media marketing in general, but social media specific as you have to use mediums a lot, because what happens is
it's sort of like a Pareto principle at 20, right? Where there's a few influences the very high end who like ginormous Lee famous, and then there's a whole bunch of people who aren't. And if you use an average, those outliers at the very top end skew everything and it makes it makes the data unreliable. Like for example, if five people were sitting in a room of the five normal people single and Bill Gates was in the room,
or Jeff Bezos was in the room. The average salary would be something like half a billion dollars, but only one of the people in that room was a multi billionaire. And so you have to use the medium and a lot of cases for social media data. So I was surprised to find the Instagrams the medium.
Top to your audience for those people in the top 10% about 5 million people, whereas for Twitter and Facebook is about 8 million people so Instagram, even though it is the the influence of platform does your
deal isn't the people the top and don't have, you know as as large an audience as they do on those other two networks that are arguably more mature older, but Instagram's engagement rate is
literally 70 times better than Facebook's, and something like 100 times better than a little bit less than 100 times better than Twitter's. So if you're looking for
where to spend your time getting influencers if your audience is on Instagram, Instagram is the place the engagement rates are fantastic and this is a really important clarification about the support. These are the benchmarks across the audiences. We did not segment down into specific industries and verticals or niches or even in the
Inside your micro audience, because,
well, frankly, that's be like 5000 page report, no one read it, but
your mileage will vary, right? Unless you are rock, right? Or unless you are
a Kardashian or Warren Buffett or whatever you'll be able to talk to your influencers you're going to get different results. And one of the interesting things I found in the report was that when we were putting it together
micro influence is this idea of people who are not like super mega famous but have maybe one or five or 10,000 followers actually get much higher engagement rate says Dave Cutler calls that the law of diminishing influencer returns but if you are working on building up your company's following and your audience and your community emphasis on community,
you don't need big numbers to get good engagement rates and to be able to be seen by the algorithms and
For the love of all that's holy in whatever you profess, do not buy followers do not buy audiences because it just damages your engagement rates like crazy. So please don't do that. And if you have, do that, maybe unfollow those people or something like that.
So there's a lot to unpack in the support. How you should use it is you want to use it in three ways. You want to use it to calibrate your strategies, or as to which platform to be on remembering that your mileage will vary. You want to use this to set expectations with if you're going to be paying money to an influencer, you want to have an idea of where they stand in terms of because one of the pages in here we actually show by tier so if you're buying somebody who's got, you know, a half million influence audience members, then their engagement rate for that should be close to 1% on Instagram, right? So if you if you buy in and you get like one 10th of 1%, then you know that that influence was not up to scratch you can all
Also use social media monitoring tools or
you know social social intelligence tools to figure out is is that person worth buying so now you can evaluate the influence of before you spend money and say like wow you're really below the benchmark for an audience your size so why should I pay you you know $40,000 if your your individual data is is so far below the median and you can use it to benchmark your own efforts right if you got a couple thousand followers on Instagram check out your engagement rates and say hey actually we're not doing so bad so there's a lot to unpack in the report it is free you can get it at trust insights AI slash influencer benchmark I hope you enjoy it find it useful and can and can make some good decisions with your influencer marketing with it so go pick up your copy today and thanks for watching as always, and please subscribe to the YouTube channel on the newsletter take care want help solving your company's data analytics and digital marketing problems. This is trusted insights.ai
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