How to Co-Create Content With Influencers – A Guide For Brands

The days of shouting at customers are fading like a cheap pair of jeans. Today, connection is currency. Trust is the new black.

And guess who holds the keys to both?

Yep, influencers.

But this isn’t about renting their audience. It’s about composing a symphony of co-creation, where your brand’s vision harmonizes with an influencer’s authentic voice.

We’ve been developing influencer marketing strategies for over a decade in an agency setting. And we learned a lot in that time. 

In this guide, we’ll share everything we know about how to work together with influencers to create great content that converts and keeps everyone happy.

Defining Your Co-creation Goals

When embarking on a journey of content co-creation with influencers, first define your goals in as much detail as possible.

This not only gives direction to the campaign but also ensures alignment between your brand’s aspirations and the influencer’s creative expression. 

Here’s how to set clear and effective co-creation goals:

Now let’s break them down:

Define Clear Objectives With Your Influencer Partner

Start by specifying what you aim to achieve through the influencer collaboration. Whether it’s increasing brand awareness, generating leads, or driving sales, having well-defined goals helps in measuring the success of the campaign. 

Consider using SMART criteria to outline your objectives – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

Choose the Right Influencers

This part obviously comes before you even engage with a potential collaborator. 

When you have your objectives in place, create a rough idea of what influencers should bring to the table to make those happen.

Select influencers who not only align with your brand’s values and personality but also possess a robust connection with your target audience. Follower and view counts don’t mean as much as you think if the influencer’s audience isn’t what you’re after.

Set Expectations and KPIs

For starters, ensure that you clearly communicate your goals and expectations to the influencers. 

Some things you should communicate from the start:

  • Content expectations: the type, amount, and frequency of content you need along with any branding specifications.
  • Reach and visibility: things like the number of views or engagement numbers.
  • Reporting: set a reporting schedule when the influencer should provide feedback or performance reports.

By that same token, you should invite the influencer to share their expectations with you.

This transparency helps in forging a strong partnership and helps create content that resonates with both your brand and the influencer’s audience.

Selecting the Right Influencers

Selecting the right influencers is pivotal in ensuring the success of your co-creation efforts. Here’s a streamlined approach to guide you through this crucial process:

Identifying Influencers Who Align with Your Brand Values

  • Value Alignment: Ensure the influencers embody your brand’s ethos. This congruence not only enhances credibility but also resonates more authentically with both your and the influencer’s audiences.
  • Types of Influencers: Depending on your campaign’s scale and objectives, choose from:
    • Nano-influencers: Less than 10,000 followers but highly engaged and trusted by their audience.
    • Micro-influencers: 10,000 to 100,000 followers, known for high engagement rates and niche authority.
    • Macro-influencers: 100,000 to 1 million followers, offering broader reach while still maintaining influence.
    • Mega-influencers: Over 1 million followers, ideal for extensive reach and brand visibility. Note, though, that this kind of audience considerably dilutes engagement.

Evaluating Engagement and Authenticity

  • Engagement Analysis: Prioritize influencers with high engagement rates as this often translates to higher interaction and potential conversion rates.
  • Authenticity Checks: Avoid influencers with artificially inflated metrics. Tools like Brandwatch can help analyze genuine follower engagement and detect any red flags. 

When in doubt, reach out to a trusted expert to evaluate the influencer’s legitimacy. The investment for a third-party evaluation is well-worth it, especially when dealing with high-value influencers.

Developing a Content Strategy Together

Developing a content strategy in collaboration with influencers is not just about aligning visions but also about empowering the influencers to bring their unique perspectives and creativity into the campaign. This process is essential for creating content that is not only effective but also resonates deeply with the target audience.

Step-by-Step Guide to Developing a Content Strategy Together:

Understand the Influencer’s Content Style and Audience

  • Discuss and understand the type of content that the influencer excels at and the demographics of their audience. This understanding helps in tailoring content that their followers will appreciate and engage with.

Integration of Brand Guidelines

  • Share your brand’s guidelines, tone of voice, and visual identity to ensure that while influencers bring their unique style, the content remains consistent with your brand image.
  • Allow influencers the creative freedom to interpret these guidelines in a way that feels authentic to their style.

Content Creation and Approval Process

  • Co-create a detailed content calendar that outlines what type of content will be created, along with timelines and platforms for distribution.
  • Establish a clear process for content review and approvals, ensuring that both parties agree on the final output before anything goes live.

Best Practices for Effective Co-Creation

  • Encourage influencers to share fresh and personal ideas, making the content feel more relatable and less commercial.
  • Focus on the overall impact and value of the content, ensuring it meets the set objectives and enhances brand credibility.
  • Regularly audit the content strategy to adapt and evolve with audience preferences and feedback.

By following these steps and best practices, brands can leverage influencer creativity effectively, leading to successful and impactful marketing campaigns.

Measuring Success and Maintaining Relationships

Measuring the success of co-created content with influencers and maintaining robust relationships are critical components to sustaining a successful influencer strategy. Here’s how we can systematically approach this:

Tracking and Measuring Campaign Success

  • Quantitative Metrics: Use tracking tools like Google Analytics and influencer marketing platforms to track KPIs such as reach, engagement (likes, comments, shares), conversion rates (sign-ups, purchases), and overall ROI. Implementing trackable links (unique UTMs) can provide precise data on traffic sources and user actions.
  • Qualitative Assessments: Gauge brand recognition and audience sentiment through surveys and social listening tools. This helps in understanding the emotional connection audiences feel towards the brand post-campaign.

Strengthening Influencer Relationships

  • Regular Interaction: Maintain open lines of communication through regular meetings and updates. This not only helps in planning future campaigns but also in reviewing past performances to celebrate successes and learn from missteps.
  • Trust and Transparency: Foster a transparent environment where expectations and feedback are clearly exchanged. This builds trust and encourages influencers to align more closely with the brand ethos.
  • Gifts: Besides regular payouts, you can also consider throwing in small gifts for content creators. For instance, branded merchandise by Templi allows you to create cheap branded products you can hand out.

By focusing on these areas, we ensure not only the success of our current campaigns but also lay a strong foundation for future collaborations.

Conclusion – Creating Content With Influencers

In a nutshell, teaming up with influencers is like hosting a killer party. You pick the right guests (influencers), set the vibe (goals and guidelines), and let the magic happen. 

Keep things clear but cool, and watch your brand make some amazing new friends and followers. Ready to get the party started? Reach out to us and we’ll help you find the right influencers for your brand and campaigns.

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