You shouldn’t pay an influencer to post a photo of your product. You should pay an influencer to get you a customer. Paying influencers on a “cost per acquisition model” is ideal for most brands because it enables optimization over time. Plus, it scales.
This is how you acquire tens of thousands of new customers with influencer marketing.
Traditional influencer marketing is spray and pray.
No opportunity to learn which influencers convert best. No opportunity to optimize content on an influencer level. You can’t optimize the target audience or the content. You have no ability to compound your gains.
You’re stuck in a loop, repeating unscalable negotiation and frustratingly unclear ROI calculations.
The CPA model treats influencer marketing differently:
Albert Einstein (a pretty smart guy, if you haven’t heard) said that compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe. By using the CPA model, we unleash the power of compounding and interest.
If you recruit 2 influencers per week, for a year, you will have over 100 creators acquiring customers for you.
They’ll be reaching your target customer, growing your brand and have a positive ROI guaranteed (a side effect of a commission payment structure). That is the power of compounding.
As you do, you can learn and optimize your strategy, this is the “interest” part of the equation.
Gathering audience data on an influencer is key in choosing which influencers to reach out to. You can do this easily with Modash’s influencer discovery platform.
As you partner with influencers and track their efficiency over time, you will garner insights into which audiences convert best for your product if you use this data.
In the graph above, we’re working with 4 influencers. Their audience data is represented in this simple chart.
As you can see, influencers with more female audiences are converting much higher than those with audiences more evenly distributed between men and women or those with mostly male audiences.
This can inform our decision about which influencers to recruit next. Where we might not have considered gender an important aspect of our ideal target customer for this influencer partnership program, now we can experiment with working with more female-leaning influencers.
If you are diligent about tracking this data, you will gather insights that will make your influencer program stronger than ever.
As you can see in the graph below, we have a spike in conversions from two of our influencers.
In order to recreate this for other influencers, we can dive into the content to see what might have happened. Maybe it’s a friend's birthday and the influencer suggested our product as a gift in their last post.
This can inform how we teach influencers to perform as we continue to recruit them. If we were to build an FAQ page to automate our influencer relationship management, we could include information like “Creators who post about gifting the product see 25% more conversions”.
In short, help them help you.
Acquisition based campaigns allow you to optimize the terms of the agreement. For example, we can increase the quota required to stay in the “always-on” program from 10 conversions per month to 15 and see what happens.
Our chart above shows that conversions increased from an average of 12 to 17. No extra effort, no additional recruiting, just a small incentive to convert more customers.
Instead of changing the quota, we could try increasing the amount we pay influencers from $10 per conversion to $15.
You can see that we have once again succeeded in increasing the number of conversions. Alternatively, had we only paid for 1 post, we would not have the baseline metrics to allow us to build and optimize in the same way.
The early stages of a relationship with a new influencer can be cumbersome. There is discovery, outreach, negotiation, questions to answer, rapport to build etc. Doing that repeatedly is absolutely unscalable and inefficient.
After that initial outreach, however, things are much easier. You’ve recruited the influencer and built trust. From there, it’s just maintenance. In a pay per post “traditional influencer marketing” format you are constantly stuck in the building relationships phase.
In pay per acquisition influencer marketing, you get to focus on maintaining existing relationships - a process which can be automated much more easily with:
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