The 6 Best Influencer Marketing Studies of 2020


With the first quarter of 2020 now past us (phew!), it’s a perfect time to examine influencer marketing research to see what it indicates for the rest of the year and beyond.



The State of Influencer Marketing 2020



The 6 Best Influencer Marketing Studies of 2020

Here are six influencer marketing studies that could impact your marketing decisions for the coming months.

1. “The State of Influencer Marketing 2020” Report From Linqia

This influencer marketing report from Linqia offered some valuable findings regarding how companies plan to work with influencers this year.

Some of the conclusions may come as surprises, however.

For example, the highest percentage (77%) of companies hoped to work with micro-influencers who have 5,000-100,000 followers.

In contrast, less than a quarter (22%) wanted to hire celebrity influencers with at least 5 million followers.

The Types of Influencers Companies Want to Work With

Then, concerning the platforms of choice, Instagram and Instagram Stories topped the list, with 97% and 83%, respectively.

The segment of marketers intending to use Facebook was 79%, and 44% said they’d use YouTube for marketing influencers this year.

Social Platforms Companies Plan to Use for Influencer Marketing in 2020

Marketing professionals also planned numerous ways to measure the success of their influencer marketing efforts.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents (71%) looked at engagement statistics, such as likes and comments.

However, brand awareness and content impressions were also notable, comprising 62% and 60% of responses about measurement techniques marketers would use in 2020.


2. Challenges in Managing Influencer Marketing Programs

Marketers in 2018 report that one of their biggest challenges is incorporating influencer marketing into their busy schedules.


Influencer marketing has immense value in 2018, so marketers do not have much choice.

However, many marketers are finding viable solutions to managing influencer marketing programs.

According to Linqia, 42 percent of marketers report using a managed service or “turnkey service provider” to help run the programs, with an additional 18 percent outsourcing influencer marketing to an agency.

Agencies that act as turnkey service providers and influencers of marketing middle-servicing are increasing in popularity among marketers, who recognize the necessity of scaling their campaigns in 2018.

Even if marketers do not have resources on their own to manage influencer marketing, they are getting it done nonetheless with outsourcing and turnkey service providers.


3. Influencers Continue to Engage

One of the most prominent reasons for increasing investments in the influencer marketing sphere is the strength of influencer engagement.

Jada Wesley TikTok star on AwesomenessTV's "Next Influencer"

The average influencer engagement rate across industry verticals is 5.7 percent.

Comparatively, brands on Instagram have an average engagement rate between two and three percent.

Why do influencers have about double the engagement of brands?

The answer may lie in influencers’ greater feeling of authenticity.

Consumers are well aware that brands are promoting with the incentive to sell.

An influencer, however, may be promoting something because they enjoy the product or service.

Although consumers are aware that influencers often receive payment for promotion, they also know that influencers are unlikely to damage their reputation by promoting a product or service that’s low-quality or undesirable.

Influencers attract double the engagement


4. Video Content Continues to Reign Supreme

The dominance of video content is nothing new, though it’s notable that 2018 may see video reach a whole new level of engagement.

Experts estimate that by 2020, video consumption will reach 80 percent of global online traffic.

Comparative video marketing graph (year-over-year)

86 percent of marketers use video content, which makes even more sense when you consider that viewers absorb 95 percent more messaging via video.

Video’s staying power is also clear, with 99 percent of marketers already using video saying they will continue to use it throughout 2018.

In a 2018 study by Wyzowl, 97 percent of marketers reported that video helped increase users’ understanding of their product or service.

Combine that with the fact that 72 percent of consumers prefer video over text when learning about a product or service, and it’s easy to see why marketers embrace video content.

It’s worth noting that influencers are rampant throughout video-centric social media platforms, like YouTube and Instagram.

Video content’s rise in popularity alongside the ascent of influencers is no coincidence.

Video will constitute 80 percent of traffic by 2020


5. Marketers Are Honing in on Instagram and Blogs

In 2018, Instagram reigns supreme as the most important social network for influencer marketing, according to 92 percent of marketers in Linqia’s The State of Influencer Marketing 2018.

The majority of social networks support video content, though Instagram stands out due to its enormous user base and easily digestible, often concise video content.

The Kardashian family alone provides a taste of Instagram’s potential, with Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, and Kourtney Kardashian attracting over 26,000,000 likes and comments on Instagram from January 1 to March 15, 2018.

When an influencer achieves success on Instagram, it’s usually a massive success.

Instagram is the most important network for influencers

Don’t overlook the rising importance of blogs, either.

Although blogs still lag behind Instagram and Facebook as the most important social networks for influencer marketing, they are a close third and have risen in popularity since 2017.

Influencers on social media are embracing the blog form for more word-heavy content, especially the influencers launching their own e-commerce lines.

These blogs showcase products and more informative content beyond these influencers’ social media presences.

2018 is an exciting year for marketers, who are seizing emerging forms of content like video and embracing influencers in their marketing campaigns.

This Is How Fast Influencer Marketing Is Changing

As consumers become warier of conventional marketing techniques and gain more awareness of market research, influencer marketing offers a fresh and (hopefully) authentic approach that provides consumers a new perspective on why a particular product or service may be a good fit for their needs.

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