Social Media Influencers: Broken Down and Categorised

The presence of the internet gave everyone a chance to become an influencer regardless of social status, educational attainment, and location. Social media influencers are composed of diverse people from all over the world. All have the same goal: to influence while making a living out of it. 

The social media influencer industry is gaining a lot of value for digital marketers. They are one of the most effective marketing strategies that helped online businesses gain visibility, followers, and sale conversion. 

Social media influencers are broken down into four categories; mega-influencers, macro-influencers, micro-influencers, and nano-influencers. However, the difference amongst the four categories is the volume of their following.  As an online business owner, it is essential to know what kind of influencer you need and ideal for your brand and marketing schemes. 

Kinds of Social Media Influencers

The Mega-Influencer

Mega-influencers are the top-most ranking in the social media influencer category for having more than a million followers. Mega-influencers are leaning more towards fame than actually influencing. They may have a lot of followers and can reach a large volume of people with one post but their ability to influence is quite feeble. However, it will still depend on the goal of your marketing strategy. Additionally, mega-influencers have a diverse audience and do not have a close relationship with their followers. They cover a wide range of topics and represent multiple brands. Most mega-influencers are A-List celebrities from the film and modeling industries.  

Leveraging A Mega-Influencer

Mega-influencers, as was mentioned, have a lot a reach but, at a high cost. Most mega-influencers charge at least $1 million dollars for one sponsored social media post. They will give the brand great exposure and they are effective for companies doing outreach marketing campaigns. However, despite a large number of people reached, the real conversion to sale is not effective if the product or service promoted only appeals to a specific market. This is due to the differing followers demographically and psychographically. On the other hand, mega-influencers are ideal for products that are intended for the masses.  

The Macro-Influencer

Macro-influencers have a lower number of followers in contrast to mega-influencers. Their followers range from 100k to a million which lies between mega and micro-influencers. Macro-influencers, in contrast to mega-influencers, gained their following by taking advantage of the internet to showcase their unique concepts by vlogging, photos, podcasts, and other kinds of social media posts. 

Leveraging With Macro-Influencers

Macro-influencers are ideal for targeting specific audiences online. They are effective in reaching and engaging a demographic-specific to your brand. Choosing the right macro-influencer must take into account the kind of image they portray online, how they deliver and how their contents are projected and if they are on par with your brand’s image. Macro-influencers are far cheaper than mega-influencers. Thus, if you are out targeting specific kind of demographics at a broader range, macro-influencers are the way to go!

The Micro-Influencer

A micro-influencer is ideal for a more focused marketing campaign that aims for a specific market. Micro-influencers typically have 1k to 100k followers. They are more equipped to have personal engagements with their followers and build stronger relationships with them. Macro-influencer’s followers are driven by the common perception of their stand on certain topics or contents. Micro-influencers are the opinion leaders of their followers. 

Leveraging With Micro-Influencers

Micro-influencers typically do not flaunt a celebrity status. They are the so-called “internet famous’ due to their one of a kind contents that attract similar kinds of audiences. Additionally, they cost cheaper than macro-influencers. However, banking onto the right kind of micro-influencer that fits your brand will help your business gain and convert more sales. 

The Nano-Influencers

Nano-influencers are the newly discovered and bred kind of influencer. They have a significantly lower number of followers. However, nano-influencers have very distinct kind of followers. They are someone who has influence around her/his local neighbourhood, community, or group. Namo-influencers are seen as your regular everyday people. Their reach goes only up to their families and friends. But the percentage of being able to entice their audience to buy a service or product is high. 

Leveraging With Nano-Influencers

Nano-influencers have the highest engagements in contrast to other kinds of influencers. Nano-influencers project authenticity to the brand’s image due to their ability to engage and acquire real-life relationships with their followers. They are ideal for local products in a small community. 

Choosing the appropriate influencer for your brand is crucial. It is important to pick the one that is parallel to your marketing goals and brand image. Being able to utilise an influencer effectively to help your campaign will go a long way as long as its the right kind of influencer. 

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