Audience Development with SEO & Influencer Marketing by gShift
SEO & Influencer Marketing
Data-Driven Insights, Monitoring and Reporting for SEO + Influencers + Content
Audience Development & Discoverability:
Bringing SEO & Influencer Marketing Together
The game of marketing is continuously evolving. As consumers change their behavior online, marketers
must also adapt their strategies to keep up. We are seeing one such change now with the growth and
development of Influencer Marketing.
Going back a few years, it was easy to design your content for best practices of on-site SEO and get dis-
covered. Today, the off-site distribution of your content plays a much bigger role in being found by your
target market. Unfortunately, content distribution is still one of the most significantly missed
opportunities in content marketing and digital marketing execution.
Marketing is about constantly developing your audience and getting in front of them when they are in
the buying process. Brands have turned more and more to social for content and message distribution
as your entire addressable market is represented online. But first, you have to identify your audience
and find the best ways to engage with them.
The challenge of content distribution is precisely one of the problems that influencer marketing solves.
Finding an influencer who has access to your target audience is an effective, clever and cost-
effective way to develop your audience. Influencer marketing is the tactic of working with key and
strategic advocates as a way to reach a specific target market with your brand’s message. It is the
partnership of people on social media who are considered to be credible, authentic, engaged and have a
Influencer marketing is an incredibly fast growing
tactic, with reports such as one published by Forbes
showing an up to 37% higher retention rate in
For brands, diving into influencer marketing without a strategy or proper insight into engagement and
conversion data can leave you without a clear picture of a program’s success or lack thereof. How can
you expect to maximize your return and streamline your online efforts if there is no insight of what’s
working and what’s not? Analytics on how your influencers are working and if they are driving the right
traffic back to your site is critical.
In This Guide, You Will Learn:
1 Why Influencer Marketing Should Be in Your Marketing Mix 4
Channel of Distribution 4
The Power of Word-of-Mouth 5
The Off-Site Challenge of Influencer Marketing 6
Cost Effective 6
2 The Link Between SEO Data and Influencers 7
3 Discoverability and Audience Development 9
Designing an Influencer Marketing Campaign 9
for Audience Development
4 Influencer Analytics and Reporting 11
Analytics Matter for Both Brands and Influencers 12
5 Getting Started Checklist 13
6 Summary 14
1. Why Influencer Marketing Should Be in
Your Marketing Mix
Channel of Distribution
Simply creating great content is not enough. Content needs to be amplified beyond just the audience of
the organization. Currently, marketers are not spending enough time or budget distributing content. Of
those surveyed, approximately 87% of businesses spend less than 10% of their marketing budget on
“A content strategy without a
distribution strategy is #FAIL.”
~ Krista LaRiviere, Co-Founder & CEO, gShift
Including influencer marketing in your marketing mix enables you to reach a new audience through
established and trusted thought leaders. It helps amplify your message beyond what you would be
capable of achieving with your social platforms, and to the right audience.
The Power of Word-of-Mouth
1 in 3 people come to a brand through a recommendation and customers who were referred to the
brand have a 37% higher retention rate (Deloitte) than those who were not referred. What we can gather
from this insight is not only is word of mouth attracting a significant amount of buyers, but these buyers
are better customers.
Influencer marketing is a form of word of mouth marketing, and one of the reasons it works so well is
because of the trust formed between the influencer and their followers. Brands’ content is viewed as
biased, so consumers will go online and check reviews before making any purchasing decisions.
Influencers are seen as an unbiased source of information and have gathered a loyal following since
they are transparent, personable, authentic and provide valuable content to their audience.
The Off-Site Challenge of
While many organizations are starting to
understand the need for distribution and influence,
they lack visibility into the metrics required to
properly evaluate their off-site content and
The off-site and on-site customer journey is no
longer a straight line. Rather, potential customers
will engage through several off-site channels, in
whatever order suits them best and will go in and
out of an organization’s sales funnel before
choosing to self-identify, make contact and
convert. Consumers lead the charge in how they
decide to engage with brands and their content.
Instead of trying to push your message through
television ads or using social media as an
advertising platform, leverage the trust influencers
have with their followers and provide their
audience with content they are genuinely
interested in and will want to engage with.
As with most marketing initiatives, sales and ROI
are a main focus for brands investing in
influencer marketing. With the size of potential
audience and the impact some influencers have,
this ROI has quickly become the channel with the
highest return on investment. According to
Tomoson, businesses make $6.50 for every $1
invested in influencer marketing.
Given this data, is is not surprising influencer
marketing has become a critical component of a
brand’s digital marketing mix, with 60% of brands
planning on increasing their influencer marketing
budgets (Adweek). Between the potential financial
return and audience, data marketers can gain with
detailed engagement reports; there are minimal
dollars wasted using influencer marketing.
Businesses make $6.50for every
$1invested in influencer marketing.
2. The Link Between SEO Data and
The use of nfluencers is an extension of your digital marketing plan. You need to put the same level of
strategizing and planning into influencer marketing as you would for any other tactic in your mix.
Before seeking out influencers,
understand the keywords and
key messages you want to use
for the campaign. This data will
be critical in identifying the right
individuals to help promote and
build on your content.
Don’t be afraid of using long tail
keywords when searching for influencers. The key to influencer
marketing is to be as precise as possible with your selection. Unlike traditional SEO, which often casts a
wider net, using the right influencers can get you in front of a very specific segment of your audience.
Influencers are also adapting and have become savvy to optimizing their content for specific topics and
keywords. This is beneficial for two reasons. Firstly, it can help make it even easier to identify
influencers who are truly aligned with your content. Secondly, it means their content is likely to perform
even stronger in search and social. To ensure your influencers are optimizing their content to align with
yours, arm them with the assets and data they need to be successful for your brand.
At the end of the day, all digital marketing is about SEO. This includes influencer marketing. A fact
shared by marketing expert Lee Odden at Content Marketing World 2015:
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3. Discoverability and Audience
Name any digital marketing tactic (i.e., email marketing, SEO, retargeting, PPC, etc.). Two main
outcomes the marketer is attempting to achieve are:
1) developing and finding the audience… the entire target market is out there in social. How do
you find the people who have the attention of your audience; and
2) lead generation and sales.
When optimized properly, an influencer marketing campaign can have a great impact on discoverability,
specifically within your target audience. Influencer content can rank for keywords within your strategy
and improve authority in a more organic and genuine way.
Designing an Influencer Marketing Campaign for Audience
One of the most important aspects to remember when running an influencer marketing campaign is you
need to take an audience-centric approach. Focus on the audience before thinking about the type of
influencer you want to partner with.
Start by clearly defining your audience and identifying what and who makes them tick. Ask yourself
some of these questions:
• What do they care about?
• Where do they hang out online? Vine? Reddit? Snapchat?
• Who do they listen to?
• What is their buying journey (how do they discover, evaluate, decide and purchase?)
Focusing on the makeup of your audience will help
you create a search strategy when it comes to
finding the ideal influencer.
The beauty of influencer marketing is you have the
opportunity to reach exactly who you are trying
to target – you don’t have to worry about wasted
marketing dollars if you choose the right
influencers with the right audiences. You need
to understand your audience before picking your
influencers, which goes beyond just their
Each person has his or her lifestyle and
personality that demographics don’t portray.
Taking an audience-centric approach to
influencer marketing requires you to get a grasp
on what your audience is interested in. Using
social listening or audience intelligence platforms
will help you understand your target audiences’
A common misconception is that a brand needs
influencers who represent the category the brand
For example, if you are a marketer for a video
gaming console interested in an influencer
marketing campaign, your initial thought might be
to reach out to fellow video game influencers on
This could work, but you have other options you
should explore. If you do some research, you might
discover that your target audience is also
interested in sports and indie music. This is a key
insight to keep in mind when searching for
influencers as you explore the leaders in these
Working from the starting point of your audience
to your influencer will increase the effectiveness of
your influencer campaign by targeting your
marketing efforts to those who are genuinely
interested in hearing about your brand and
Successful influencer marketing
campaigns take an
to identifying influencers.
4. Influencer Analytics and Reporting
Diving into influencer marketing without a strategy can leave you without a clear picture of a program’s
success or lack thereof. This can also affect your brand and damage it beyond repair. When a consumer
is driven from the influencer to your site (via content) and has a negative experience due to your lack
of planning, the odds of them interacting with your again are slim. It would have been better and more
effective for you to have left them alone.
Influencer analytics goes well beyond page views or social likes and shares. In order together
meaningful data from an influencer Campaign, look at click engagement on links within the post, as
well as from social posts when the content was promoted. Set up and track conversion paths, to
measure a customer’s journey from the piece of influencer content to your website.
This level of deeper influencer analytics provides proper insight into offsite engagement and conversion
Using smart URLs can provide very detailed metrics on influencer campaign performance broken down
by each influencer, channel, content type, campaign and more.
[Learn More: Mastering Smart URLs: A Content Marketer’s Guide to Tracking Off-Site Content]
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Analytics Matter for Both Brands and Influencers.
Influencer Analytics reports should be considered vital information for the organizations. Without this
insight, there is no real gage on the possible return on investment and no understanding of how the
These reports also for influencers who want to showcase their authority for future projects. As influencer
marketing grows in popularity, the competitive landscape for the influencers themselves has grown. It is
no longer about the size of your audience; influencers now need to prove the level of engagement can
5. Getting Started Checklist
Set your goals
̸̸ Outline what you hope to achieve with influencer marketing, such as brand awareness, lead
generation, sales, etc.
̸̸ Set realistic numbers to these goals and assign a timeline.
̸̸ Set your budget. This will impact your content strategy and influencer selection.
Identify your audience
̸̸ Set parameters for your target audience including active social platforms, geography, reach,
Know your keywords
̸̸ List out 3-5 main keywords for the campaign.
̸̸ List out 5-7 long-tail variations on the main keyword phrases.
Map out your content campaign
̸̸ Determine how long your campaign will run.
̸̸ How many influencers will be included?
̸̸ What type of content and messaging will be included?
̸̸ Write a campaign brief summarizing your target audience and content strategy.
Find influencers who have an audience that matches your
̸̸ Identify appropriate influencers based on content strategy and target audience.
̸̸ Build a relationship with each influencer by engaging with them. Get on their radar. Ideally, this
takes place well before a campaign even starts so the relationship can naturally grow, and then
continue once a campaign is over.
Interact with & set up influencers with content plan and
̸̸ Reach out to each influencer with personalized emails. Provide them with high-level details on
the campaign. What’s in it for their audience? What’s in it for the influencer?
̸̸ Negotiate with influencers on compensation and deliverables.
̸̸ Provide an influencer brief for each influencer that outlines the agreed upon deliverables, time
lines, compensation, key messaging and assets.
Influencer marketing follows the same line of thinking as every other aspect of marketing; it’s about
the long-term discoverability of your brand’s content by the target audience in search and social. The
challenge facing organizations today is ensuring their content continues to be discovered throughout the
new customer buying cycle and across any device.
People want a relationship with your brand. They want to inform themselves and are choosing to do so
off of your site. Working with influencers helps you get in front of and continue to develop your target
audience in a way that feels more natural and organic to you and your customers.
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