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Interest in influencer marketing continues to increase—and prices are rising in tandem—but measurement capabilities haven’t kept pace.
Measurement starts with evaluating which influencers to work with, according to Debra Aho Williamson, eMarketer principal analyst and author of our new report, “Measuring Influencer Marketing: A Guide for Marketers.” (Subscribers to eMarketer PRO can read the full report here.)
“Best practices include looking beyond the size of an influencer’s audience, matching the influencer’s audience to your target audience and gauging the audience’s receptivity to branded content,” Williamson said.
Once influencer campaigns are underway, basic strategies for measurement include applying techniques learned from social media, looking beyond vanity metrics and measuring influencers like paid media.
Businesses need to know what they are getting, and that’s difficult to determine with influencer marketing. Williamson highlights several important reasons why measurement should be a priority for marketers this year:
eMarketer Pro subscribers can read more here. Not a PRO subscriber? You can hear more from Williamson on the challenges of measuring influencer marketing on the latest episode of eMarketer’s “Behind the Numbers” podcast.
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