Blogger Spotlight: Green & Gorgeous

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“Blogging gives us all a voice. It’s just up to us individually to decide how to use it.” – Jennae, Green & Gorgeous

Whether you’re looking for examples of the right way to work with brand partners or just a few good style tips, Green & Gorgeous is a resource for both instructional and inspirational content. As her tagline states, Green & Gorgeous is where life, style and creativity meet substance.

We encourage you to read more in the spotlight below, and give her a shout at @jennaepetersen.

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Want to see more? Check out our most recent blogger spotlights!

How does the Blogger Spotlight Series work? Each month, our internal team convenes and discusses our latest programs, stellar partnerships and top-performing influencers. It’s not about numbers, but rather, the quality, authentic content they’re delivering consistently. It’s about reliability, professionalism and partnership. We discuss our nominations for the month and ultimately decide on just one blogger to invite as our featured blogger. Stop back in 2017 to see how we’re giving a nod to our valued partners!

Social Media Week Chicago 2016: The Importance of Video

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The Motherhood shares takeaways from Social Media Week Chicago 2016.

The Motherhood recently had the opportunity to participate virtually in Social Media Week Chicago 2016, where industry leaders shared trends, best practices and insights for online marketing. Read on for the second installment of our multi-part series on takeaways from the event!

In 2017, it’s predicted that 74 percent of all internet traffic will be video (Syndacast). And as Heather Taylor, Director of Creative Strategy for The Economist, mentioned at Social Media Week Chicago, 53 percent of marketers are making more videos to draw in prospects and help them understand the value of marketers’ content.

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Maia McCann, Editor in Chief of LittleThings, delved into the science behind shareable videos. Through extensive testing of their content (which consists of 70 percent original, licensed material and 30 percent curated material), LittleThings has found a recipe for success for their site’s content.

What goes into that testing? They look at the sourcing, keywords, trend analytics (what has performed well historically) and performance metrics (shares, likes, time spent on site and engagement).

LittleThings also creates three different cuts of the same video (involving cameras at different angles), which does not cost extra, and tests these edits to see which garner the most views and shares.

Some additional tips and takeaways McCann shared include:

  • For recipe or DIY videos, get to the heart of the matter within the first 1.5 seconds of the video.
  • Video consumption on Facebook in the mobile era is different than traditional media. In fact, 85 percent of Facebook native videos are viewed without sound.

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In a session on moving consumers from awareness to sale, Kyle Dardashti and David Yarus of mllnnl explained that user-generated content – including videos – is extremely effective when targeting millennials. In fact, they’ve seen incredible performance from videos that aren’t overly polished and that look like their friends or peers created them.

The mllnnl co-founders also advised marketers to use video to help consumers warm up to their brand, and then target those who have seen that video with a conversion-focused ad.

Check out our blog post on Facebook Live video tips for more video inspiration, and read our first post from Social Media Week Chicago here. Stay tuned for more Social Media Week Chicago takeaways!

Social Media Week Chicago 2016: Content and Paid Social

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Last week, The Motherhood had the opportunity to participate virtually in Social Media Week Chicago 2016, where industry leaders shared trends, best practices and insights for online marketing. Read on for the first installment of our multi-part series on takeaways from the event!

Two prevalent themes of Social Media Week Chicago this year included 1) recognition of the importance of creating compelling online content, and 2) emphasis on making that content shine on social media platforms via paid efforts.

Creating Effective Content: What Works?

According to Carolyn Calzavara, Partner Engagement Manager with IBM Watson, content and data are being generated at an unprecedented rate. In fact, the amount of data produced today is the equivalent of 180 newspapers delivered to every man, woman and child every day!

When it comes to a brand’s objectives, the ultimate success metric is usually sales. While there’s not always a linear correlation between the content produced and sales, consumers seek out content to help inform purchasing decisions, and ultimately, that content encourages purchase intent.

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  • Above all, the content a brand produces, or that an influencer produces on the brand’s behalf, should always fit into the company’s overarching brand strategy, and should add value. Brands should be thoughtful when it comes to sharing content; they shouldn’t publish content just for the sake of doing so.
  • To stand out amidst the clutter, content should offer your audience a new opinion or difference of opinion (according to Tina Shakour, Digital and Social Media Strategist at Cisco).
  • Social media is a two-way conversation, and more and more, brand content is about responding to people – not just talking at them. Chris Kerns, VP of Research & Insights at Spredfast, explained that in an analysis of 25 brands, 93 percent of the content created by those brands was one-to-one (i.e., customers reaching out with questions, complaints, etc.). That percentage is rising every quarter, reflecting the evolution of customer expectations.
  • Social listening – hearing what your customers are saying and following trends – can also inform what types of content will resonate well with your audience. That, of course, requires dedicated staff to monitor for those conversations and interpret that data to translate it to effective content. Read more about the applications of social listening here.

Social Media Week Chicago presenters from Havas Chicago also explained that taking the exact same content and distributing it across all social platforms looks “lazy and desperate” – content should be created specifically for particular platforms.

There are instances where content can play well across multiple channels, though. Jaideep Mukerji, Head of Advertising Research, Instagram, explained that because there is so much visual inspiration on Instagram, some advertisers are intimidated and unsure about the type of collateral to create for that channel. Advertisers have been successful using a range of creativity on Instagram. And, in some cases, using existing content that has performed well on Facebook, for instance, translates well to Instagram. The bottom line is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to content creation.

Amplifying Effective Content through Paid Social

Once a brand’s content strategy is set, the next step toward visibility is distribution. With social media platforms’ algorithms changing constantly, it can be a struggle for brands to be seen organically. According to Shakour, a tweet with no engagement has a lifespan of 18 minutes or less, and on Facebook, organic posts reach just one to three percent of a brand’s page followers.

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Kyle Dardashti and David Yarus, Co-Founders of mllnnl, advise that paid social should be an intentional part of marketing budgets. They also explained that user-generated content is king, especially when targeting millennials, even if that content is produced inexpensively with a smartphone.

Dardashti and Yarus made a great point that you can’t just push conversion ads to people who haven’t warmed up to your brand first. In fact, they shared that they have seen better ROI come from brands who optimize their budgets toward “higher sales funnel” tactics, which are the tactics that increase awareness and strengthen brand affinity (think shareable pictures and “fluffy” brand videos).

Even after you’ve seen a conversion in your target audience, it’s still important to target them with relevant ads (e.g., a discount or evergreen content). People are more likely to share or like brand content after they have already liked, purchased or downloaded from the brand. That is just taking them one more step in being brand loyal.

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In a Social Media Week Chicago session led by Mukerji and Ruth Arber, VP of Strategic Accounts, Adaptly, we learned about placement optimization – buying audiences across both Facebook and Instagram. When thinking about both platforms together, brands can create certain efficiencies and opportunities. For instance, the price of an outcome (i.e., an action, a conversion, generating impressions, etc.) will change over the course of a campaign. When brands are able to use the ad delivery system (via placement optimization) to allocate the budget across both Instagram and Facebook, the system tries to find the most efficient way to achieve a desired outcome.

While they still offer much greater reach over posts that are only shared organically, Instagram-only or Facebook-only paid campaigns, on average, have a slightly higher cost than one run with placement optimization. And in test campaigns for brands running placement optimized ads across both platforms, brands saw about a four percent increase in reach than standalone efforts. Placement optimization doesn’t necessarily require additional budget either, since the system automatically allocates budget across both platforms.

While paid social leads to greater visibility via impressions, it can also mean fewer engagements, according to Shakour. That speaks to the importance of establishing goals – whether that’s acquiring followers, boosting brand awareness, driving conversions or other specific actions – before deploying any paid social campaign.

Stay tuned for more highlights from Social Media Week Chicago on The Motherhood’s blog!

2016 Holiday Shopping Trends

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As days get darker and shorter and the holiday season approaches, The Motherhood’s social listening and research team took a look at 2016 holiday shopping trends:

Holiday Shopping Begins Early

It seems like the start of the holiday shopping season begins earlier and earlier each year. However, 2016 may have taken it to a new level: Nearly one-third of American consumers and nearly half of parents began their holiday shopping before Labor Day, according to a Rubicon Project poll.

Consumers are Seeking “Pinspiration”

It may come as no surprise that some of those early holiday shoppers are also Pinterest users. According to Pinterest, its users began planning for the holidays in September. Pinners are also expected to spend twice as much on the holidays than the general public.

Check out this by-the-numbers look at holiday search trends on Pinterest:

Just this week alone, our network of influential moms have pinned holiday related content almost 300 times, resulting in 23 million impressions on Pinterest alone.

Holiday Shopping Trends in an Election Year

In the weeks prior to the election, a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey indicated that 43 percent of American consumers reported “being more cautious with their spending due to the uncertainty of the election season.”

Now that the results are in, predictions are mixed. Those unhappy with the outcome are projected to spend less this holiday season. Benjamin Glaser with DealNews said, “[They’re] just not happy with what direction the country is headed.” However, those who favor the outcome “will be in the shopping spirit this season,” according to Britt Beemer, chairman and CEO of America’s Research Group, who predicts a 6 to 7 percent increase in shopping by Trump-supporting consumers (CNBC).

Still, NRF expects retail sales in November and December to increase by 3.6 percent to more than $665 billion. Online sales are forecast to increase between 7 and 10 percent over last year to as much as $117 billion.

The Quest for the Best Deals

According to a survey by Fluent, 40 percent of U.S. consumers said they will shop online on Cyber Monday, compared to 39 percent who say they plan on taking part in the brick-and-mortar Black Friday specials.

Consumers seeking deals on electronics, appliances and toys are better off shopping on Thanksgiving or Black Friday, and those looking for discounts on clothing and beauty products may find better deals on Cyber Monday (CBS News).

The NRF shared its predictions on where consumers intend on shopping this holiday season:

Less Shopping on Thanksgiving

This year, many retailers – including The Mall of America, IKEA, The Container Store, Bed Bath and Beyond and Nordstrom – have decided to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day. Brands making that decision cite their belief that employees should be able to spend time with their families over the holidays. The number of Thanksgiving Day shoppers has been declining, too: Last year, 34.6 million adults shopped on Thanksgiving, down from 43.1 million in 2014 and 44.8 million in 2013, according to annual surveys from the NRF and Prosper Insights & Analytics (The New York Times).

Are you surprised by any of these holiday shopping trends? Share with us in the comments!

Innovation Works’ Marketing to Women Panel: Top Advice and Takeaways

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Last week, The Motherhood CEO Cooper Munroe had the opportunity to speak at Innovation Works’ Marketing to Women Panel in our headquarters city of Pittsburgh. There, she discussed the challenges, trends and best practices for reaching the female consumer with a room full of brilliant, local small business entrepreneurs.

Cooper was joined on stage by moderator Vanessa Jameson, the co-founder and CEO of Covey, as well as panelist Kelley Skoloda, Director of Marketing to Women and Moms at Ketchum. Read on for a few takeaways from the discussion!

Trends in Marketing to Women

As Ketchum’s trend spotter, Skoloda is always in-the-know when it comes to current trends in the marketing industry. She gave a rundown of themes and tips from successful marketing campaigns she’s seen recently, especially when it comes to marketing to women:

  • Female empowerment. Women are inspired by campaigns that are emotionally resonant and empowering. See examples from brands like Dove Love Your Curls campaign, Under Armour for women and GoldieBlox. (Full disclosure, The Motherhood has previously executed influencer campaigns for Dove and GoldieBlox.)
  • Social good and purpose. No woman is an island. Women tend to appreciate the feeling of joining a cause and being part of something much larger than just themselves and their families.
  • Influencer marketing. Skoloda said she doesn’t see one marketing proposal or strategy come through her office without an influencer component. Whether it’s a celebrity or group of niche bloggers, influencers are being incorporated into overarching brand strategies. Skoloda predicted that the use of influencers in marketing will only increase in the future.
  • Dads and family. The idea of the “traditional” family is ever-evolving. Using dads and other family themes in your marketing is appealing to moms.

The panel also addressed the question: How can a young company execute strategies on a budget?

  • Social listening was the number one suggestion from the panel, because anyone can listen and analyze existing, organic conversation about their brand or industry online. The internet is a powerful consumer insights tool that brands with any budget can — and should — lean on. Take the time to listen (and respond!) to your online community before launching a campaign.
  • Story mapping is one of Skoloda’s top pieces of advice for creating marketing strategies on a budget. Map out what makes your brand different, how it started, who manages it, etc. Determining those core elements will help shape your brand’s campaigns.
  • Showcase the story behind your brand. Women connect to stories, so highlight your brand’s story on your website and social channels to resonate with female consumers in particular.
  • Feature the women behind your brand. Women also connect with female faces. When you have a woman-led advisory board or CEO, make sure they are featured on your brand’s website and/or social pages.
  • Influence your influencers. Engage bloggers to help tell your brand story, because you can’t reach everyone on your own!

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Finally, the room wanted to know: How can brands best structure campaigns? How can a brand get a pulse on how they are doing among women? 

  • Be very clear about where you want to go. Determine your goals before launching a campaign.
  • Listen to your reviews (even your dissenting ones) and respond to them! Consumers appreciate when brands are relatable and human.
  • Build an advisory board for your brand, so that you have a broader perspective when making big decisions. The “board” can be made up of trusted friends at non-competitive companies or even your influencer partners.
  • Send surveys and invite feedback. Consumers want to be seen as people, not numbers.
  • Use Facebook for Business to get detailed demographics on your audience. Test out the different audiences (different segmentations of female consumers) to determine the best types of themes and posts that work for your brand’s target audience.

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A huge thank you to Innovation Works for hosting the Marketing to Women Panel! We look forward to connecting with this amazing group of entrepreneurs again!

Blogger Spotlight: We Know Stuff

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Trust, patience and observation; Denine & Daniele of We Know Stuff share what they want to see from brands, what bloggers need to practice to achieve success and their focus throughout 2016.

Read on to learn more about We Know Stuff and the blogging duo’s thoughts on the above, as well as programs measured by click-through rates, the “numbers game” and more. Give them a shout out at @WeKnowStuff_US!

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Want to see more? Check out our most recent blogger spotlights, as well as our 2015 Blogger Spotlight Series.

How does the Blogger Spotlight Series work? Each month, our internal team convenes and discusses our latest programs, stellar partnerships and top-performing influencers. It’s not about numbers, but rather, the quality, authentic content they’re delivering consistently. It’s about reliability, professionalism and partnership. We discuss our nominations for the month and ultimately decide on just one blogger to invite as our featured blogger. Stop back December 1 for the final blogger spotlight of 2016.

Five Tips to Maximize Your Influencer Marketing Campaign

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The popularity of influencer marketing has skyrocketed: check out how the search volume for “influencer marketing” has increased over the past five years!

More and more brands are recognizing that it’s one of the most important pieces of the overall marketing/PR pie. So, how can you ensure you’re getting the most out of your investment?

Read on for tips on how you can maximize your influencer marketing campaign.

Tip 1: Keep Them Coming Back with Evergreen Content

The internet never forgets, and that can be a great thing for brands, assuming it’s content they want to be seen over and over again. By encouraging influencers to publish evergreen content — that is, content that is not tied to one particular promotion or timeframe — brands reap the benefits of a one-time influencer marketing campaign indefinitely. That’s because the influencers’ content continues to gain visibility over time, improving the brand’s search rankings and providing potential customers with resources and information about the brand from a credible source, the influencer, when they’re on the path to purchase.

Tip 2: Foster Relationships with Brand Aficionados and Star Performers

Once you’ve identified and worked with influencers who have a passion for your brand, fostering those relationships can yield long-term benefits. Launching a new product? Tap influencers who know your brand well to serve as a mini focus group to offer valuable insights. Diving in to your next influencer campaign? Make sure you include a few influencers who have historically performed well for you.

Not only do influencers become a part of the brand’s evolution this way, but also, it boosts an influencer’s authenticity when it’s evident that she uses the product or service in her daily life. Cultivating relationships in this way can result in content that demonstrates a deep understanding of a brand’s objectives and can garner brand trust and loyalty in the long run.

Tip 3: Use an Agency That Specializes in Finding Targeted Influencers

The most successful influencer campaigns are those that involve hyper-targeted, carefully vetted influencers that align with the brand’s values and campaign goals.

Whether it’s finding five moms with highly engaged communities to attend an event in Austin, or seeking out 50 millennial moms with kids under age five to try out a new product, it can be extremely time-consuming to identify and manage these target-right influencers on your own. Working with an agency like The Motherhood creates both budget and time efficiencies because we’ve gathered data and insights from thousands of trusted influencers over several years, and our senior-level staff takes a hands-on approach to managing each and every program.

This goes hand-in-hand with the tip above, too: an influencer marketing agency can help nurture long-term relationships on behalf of your brand.

Tip 4: Your Content Has Legs – Exercise Them!

An undeniable benefit to an influencer campaign is that once it has ended, the content lives on and continues to deliver value over time. Brands have the opportunity to get additional eyeballs on the content generated during the campaign by cross-promoting it on their website, blog and/or social media channels (using proper attribution and crediting the influencer, of course).

Another great and cost-efficient option for boosting the visibility of influencer content comes from promoting it with paid Facebook posts. Boosted posts appear higher and more frequently in the News Feed, increasing the reach and engagement levels beyond those of a standard Facebook post.

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Example boosted post from a campaign with Walmart and The Motherhood. Facebook post courtesy of Valerie, Mom Knows It All.

Tip 5: Trust Your Influencers to Do It Right

70 percent of bloggers feel that there is a gap between what type of content works with their audience and what brands think works.*

Giving influencers an understanding of your campaign’s objectives and an idea of your intended messaging is crucial to shaping any influencer campaign. However, overly prescriptive messaging and strict brand guidelines can detract from the human aspect of an influencer marketing campaign, and it simply won’t perform well.

There’s a reason influencers have clout: their opinions, lifestyles and values resonate with their communities, which keeps them coming back for more. To have that influence carry over to your brand, it’s important that influencers have creative liberties when working on your campaign.

Contact us for additional ways to get the most out of your influencer campaign: contact@themotherhood.com.

 

*As revealed by an online survey conducted by Smith Brothers Agency and The Motherhood of 600 women within The Motherhood blogger network and approximately 50 brands that use influencer programs as part of their marketing mix. 

Introducing Our New Program Management Platform: The Mometer!

Exciting things have been happening for The Motherhood this year, including winning Social Media Team of the Year (awarded by PR News) and Agency of the Year (awarded by PRSA Pittsburgh). We have been working on some big things behind the scenes, as well.

The Motherhood is thrilled to announce that we have launched our new program management platform, The Mometer!

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We could not do what we do without our wonderful network of influencers and clients, so with them in mind, we developed this platform for seamless collaboration and community. The Mometer is a robust campaign management and insights and analytics system that will enable us to work with influencers and clients easily and efficiently, providing 24/7 access to campaign metrics.

The Mometer

High-Tech + High-Touch

At The Motherhood, we take the time to really get to know our influencers. Human-centered data drives everything we do, because we know that influencers are real people with individual interests, not just buckets of topics or monthly views. We strongly believe that when marketers take the time to understand the influencer, that is when campaigns will perform at their best. The Mometer allows us to collect smarter, useful data that informs our influencer marketing strategy and reporting.

We’ve found that many automated influencer marketing platforms are automated to a fault. At a minimum, you lose the human element that creates valuable relationships that lead to powerful results. However, some worst-case scenarios involve hundreds of hours of damage control because an automated system led to a mistake that cost a brand dearly — not just in dollars, but in reputation as well.

The Mometer is the perfect mix of human interaction and streamlined dashboards. While The Mometer will simplify many aspects of the campaign process for both brands and influencers, our hands-on approach will remain, and as always, we will continue to provide personal support from The Motherhood’s senior staff throughout all of our campaigns.

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For influencers, The Mometer serves as a central base for our campaigns together, clearly laying out deadlines and campaign to-dos, and providing easy opt-in for participation. Unlike other platforms, influencers do not apply for or bid on opportunities through The Mometer. Instead, we hand-select, vet and invite each influencer for each campaign, based on our relationships with them and self-provided data within their profile, which is why it’s important for influencers to keep their profiles completely filled out and up to date!

We are actively extending invitations for The Motherhood’s network of influencers to gain access to The Mometer! If you are not yet a part of our network, gain access to The Mometer by filling out this registration form.

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Our client portal is currently in its final stages of development. When it launches, clients will receive 24/7 access to campaign performance during the program timeframe and beyond. Metrics will be just a mouse-click away, making reporting quicker and easier than ever before!

In the meantime, brands and agencies can email us to learn how we can work together to leverage our expertise and The Mometer to build authentic and effective influencer marketing campaigns.

Why a Boutique Agency is the Best Choice for Influencer Marketing

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With brands of all sizes exploring influencer marketing as a way to seed authentic, searchable content that drives purchase over time, one of the first decisions is whether to manage it in-house or through a network or agency. We’ve discussed the benefits of using an influencer marketing agency, but the decision doesn’t end there.

When it comes to selecting a partner for influencer marketing efforts, brands are faced with the prospect of evaluating dozens of organizations: large influencer marketplaces, boutique networks, blogger-run collectives and numerous other operations. As a social media marketing agency that has pioneered and executed hundreds of award-winning influencer marketing campaigns, The Motherhood understands the unique benefits of engaging a boutique agency.

High-Tech vs. High-Touch

Many large influencer networks tout their marketplace of tens of thousands of influencers who are available to brands at the click of a mouse. Campaigns are run through slick-looking automated dashboards.

While on the surface a high degree of hands-off automation may seem like a benefit, the reality is that a high-tech approach will fall flat without a high-touch element, for a number of reasons.

Blogger Vetting Requires a Human Touch

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We know that 75 percent of professionals consider identifying the right influencers to be the biggest challenge of a sponsored content campaign. Reviewing thousands of prospective influencers within a database — even after extensive filtering, sorting and filing — doesn’t take into account the very necessary human element to the selection process.

The Motherhood takes a personal, detailed approach to blogger vetting, considering things like:

  • past, present or future relationships with competitors
  • responsiveness of an individual influencer (critical for quick-turnaround campaigns)
  • strengths or talents on certain platforms (performance goes beyond numbers)
  • existing affinity for the brand
  • other special circumstances that aren’t able to be captured in a database (For example, if a blogger’s child was just diagnosed with lactose intolerance, that may exclude her from a dairy campaign; or if a blogger just announced a pregnancy, that could impact a recommendation for an OTC product campaign)

Additionally, we often recommend an up-and-coming blogger who loves the brand we’re vetting for and who has proven to deliver gorgeous content. While those types of influencers are often overlooked or overshadowed in a large database, the boutique agency approach allows us to present some true rising stars in the blogosphere who will generate significant conversion for the brand.

With The Motherhood campaigns, brands always have the opportunity to review a large selection of influencers and select their top choices for their campaign. The difference is that a boutique agency offers tremendous efficiency by delivering a carefully curated list of influencers who are excellent fits for the individual campaign and brand, taking into account many intangibles that a dashboard can’t. Working with a boutique agency to identify bloggers is like receiving a beautifully packaged gift selected just for you.

With Automation Comes Risk

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Large networks often promote automation as a way to achieve scale. While that can sound attractive to busy marketers, we’ve observed within the industry at large more than a few scenarios in which automation caused (or could have caused) detriment to the brand. Consider the following:

  • An influencer marketplace employed an automated system in which it would identify high-performing blogger content and launch an amplification campaign. However, the content the system identified as a top post included the wrong campaign hashtag and inaccurate campaign messaging, which was not caught until days later. The result? Many, many hours of re-work from the account team, leading to lost momentum and an over-budget campaign.
  • On the flip side, a large team of influencers was working to publish content according to a very specific, immoveable deadline. However, just before the content was to go live, the brand’s landing page was inexplicably removed, resulting in a broken link. The Motherhood’s dedicated account team identified this in a way that an automated dashboard could not. By flagging the issue to the client and obtaining a tracking link to a new landing page within the hour, all coverage was still published on deadline without any of the re-work that would have been required if the dead link had made it into 75 blog posts and several hundred social media posts.

Better Engagement — But Not in the Way You Think

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The debate on why engagement matters is alive and well, but we’re talking about a different kind of engagement. In this instance, the engagement we’re referring to relates to how invested an influencer is in a brand’s campaign, which we know to be much more easily and genuinely achieved with a boutique agency.

In any given influencer marketing campaign, there are dozens of touch points with prospective and confirmed bloggers. The journey could include any or all of the following:

  • The initial program ask
  • One or more rounds of negotiation
  • Contract signature or request for tax-related documents
  • Briefing the participants on the messaging, theme and approach
  • Copy review and approval
  • Coverage monitoring and reminders
  • Follow-up to request corrections
  • Results collection and reporting
  • Post-program wrap-up

With a boutique agency, influencers also receive on-call access to senior account directors who can answer their questions and provide quick-turnaround insights that help them deliver accurate, timely and creative content.

At The Motherhood, we view influencer marketing as a very human, very personal discipline. Each communications touch point is an opportunity — person to person, not person to dashboard — to endear an influencer to your brand and generate long-term affinity. By creating a human connection and putting a face behind the network and the brand, the influencer knows they are heard, valued and appreciated. We know this to be a powerful incentivize to bring their best selves and to produce high-quality content that moves the needle.

The Motherhood: A Boutique Agency Achieving Big Things

The Motherhood is the gold standard in influencer marketing, founded and run by seasoned PR professionals who, for more than a decade, have consistently produced exceptional, award-winning online content. We’ve been named the PR News Social Media Team of the Year, AMA Marketer of the Year, PRSA Agency of the Year and Best in Show and one of Pittsburgh’s fastest-growing marketing agencies. We’re also one of Pittsburgh’s coolest offices to boot!

To discuss ways our boutique agency can deliver value and impact for your influencer marketing campaigns, please email contact@themotherhood.com.

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DIY Project Inspiration from Olympic Paints and Stains

Many of us have home or design projects we think about, plan for, visualize, but never actually bring to fruition. The year comes and goes, and projects are left unfinished.

2016 was not that year.

In fact, it was quite the opposite for a team of DIY-loving bloggers. In early April, The Motherhood connected with a team of inspired men and women and asked them to show us their vision, starting with a trip to the Olympic Paints and Stains Color Center.

Each created a vision board to illustrate what they wanted to make happen in 2016, and from there they got to work! Bathroom makeovers, office overhauls, refinished furniture and more; the team brought their vision boards to life using their favorite colors from Olympic Paints and Stains.

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Photo: Mom Favorites

Yet as we round out the end of the year, there’s no shortage of inspiration, as the team has recently pulled together another round of incredible vision boards to showcase their next projects. Let the creativity flow!

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Photo: Mom Favorites

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Photo: Remaking June

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