Criticism of Influencer Marketing: Disadvantages of Hypes – WDR (German TV)

Young bloggers and influencers today reach 10,000 fans, some 100,000 and some millions. If I’m allowed to cite one of the classic movies, Spiderman’s uncle said the moment he died, “out of great power, comes with great responsibility.” How is it in influencer marketing?

Change of topic, today a new “sugar law” was adopted in the UK, which taxed products with high sugar content additionally. As a social media expert, WDR wanted to ask us about this sensitive issue for the current hour this evening at 18:45. Soft drink manufacturers are increasingly relying on the marketing strategy influencers. Influencers reach young target groups, very precisely and very specifically, with a high degree of commitment. Especially on YouTube, videos are consumed not just for a few seconds, but intensively over several minutes.

  1. Youtube home pages algorithm and subconscious advertising
  2. How does the YouTube algorithm work?
  3. Differentiation: How easily is advertising for young people recognizable?
  4. This is how sugar gets healthy through marketing messages
  5. Difference between classic advertising and influencer marketing
  6. Advantages and disadvantages in influencer marketing

Youtube home pages algorithm and subconscious advertising

In the algorithm of YouTube, recommendations for us appear on the start page, whether they were shot privately out of the living room or produced commercially, that is to say in the real sense of advertising are not immediately apparent to us. More and more large companies and companies use this direct contact, the immediate recommendation, to convince young target groups of their product and to make new brands fans for the coming decades. Then we take a critical look! If you want to see the full article on Influencer Marketing and influencing target groups, you can find it here in the WDR (German TV) media library (from tomorrow).

How does the YouTube homepage work? How does the YouTube algorithm work?

Each time you visit the YouTube homepage, you’ll see videos that you’re probably interested in. The YouTube algorithm responds in particular to which video titles we choose and which video lengths. Here are the videos filtered. This gives me z.b. in the interest of “football” videos from the field of football. Especially from channels, which I already follow as a user anyway, I get permanent recommendations. This ensures that YouTube can always access material that I like. The disadvantage of this is that discovering new video footage is very difficult, because the material that we see is always what I want to see.

Differentiation: How easily is advertising for young people recognizable?

At first glance, advertising on YouTube is difficult to see. As in all influencer marketing campaigns, personal character plays an important role in blogger videos. The secret of success: Authentic, honest postings submitted by private individuals. A commercial aspect, (should) not be recognized.

When large companies and corporations book bloggers for their marketing campaigns, fans will see a video of their favorite blogger, not a commercial, but an authentic clip. As we get older, we learn the differentiation between advertising and authentic content. Especially for a young target group, however, a separation between authentic content and commercialized advertising is difficult to recognize. Especially through skilful marketing methods of older people who use the knowledge of their own youth to reach today’s youth.

Active Responsibility also plays a role in advertising

In particular, when it comes to advertising in young target groups, that is the address of young people, sometimes even children, everyone is required to take special care in their own work. Which contents are taught and which values? All these questions I have to ask any media maker, self-critical in his work. The very idea of ​​maximizing profits should not be in the focus when advertising with young people. Especially when marketing products, care must be taken that the protection of this particular target group is always maintained. Critical is therefore to be considered if wrong incentives are set.

This is how sugar becomes healthy through marketing messages

Targeted marketing messages in advertising are by no means new and a true classic in advertising. Already 10 or 20 years ago there was criticism z.b. to a fruit yoghurt for children. We suggest “healthy fruits, delicious fruits and vitamins”. In the end, however, the content consists of quark, dyes and above all: sugar.

  • In what way should one promote (positive) for such, particularly sugary product?
  • How healthy is a commercial appearance for such a product?

All of these questions have been asked by creative people many years ago.

Difference between classic advertising and influencer marketing

The difference between classic advertising and influencer marketing: Back then, advertising was labeled as what it is, advertising. In influencer marketing and product placement in videos, such a differentiation is no longer given. If the Youtube homepage recommends us this clip, or if it just starts in the video after being seen, the user’s influence is low. However, we perceive ourselves as authentically pre-given video that probably fits our interests. Exactly here is the sticking point, advertising is no longer recognizable as such. This results in a discourse that we should lead as a media maker. The WDR has done some of today’s critical reporting on the new sugar law in the UK and how do influencer marketing campaigns of large soft drink corporations collide with the aspirations that young people live healthily (and that we teach them this lifestyle) ?

Influencer marketing in the future: criticism persists

Influencer marketing had not reached zenith by a long shot, and criticism of strategies and methods will increase in the future. Even bloggers and influencers will eventually have to face the responsibility. They are still young, but at some point they will not be 18 or 19 years old and will themselves recognize and accept their social responsibility. This will create a new generation that will lead the discourse with future influencers. How this controversial topic will develop, we will of course accompany you in detail as a social media agency.

Advantages and disadvantages in influencer marketing

There are several pros and cons that are emerging in Influencer Marketing. Basically, as a social media agency, we always talk about reach. For campaigns, specific reach and demographics are posted. For the right bloggers are sought. The current possibility of having “everyone” become a station has given rise to various stations: in the past there were few media houses, today there are countless stations all over the world, in every country and in every city. They influence people with their content, which was initially produced privately and increasingly commercialized. This results in not only opportunities but also risks, as described in the WDR contribution.

Advantages of Influencer Marketing

In particular, the direct approach of target groups and the high level of commitment within this process are worth a lot. While classic advertising is shown incidentally, on posters or distracting between films, this speech is very personal and direct. Referral marketing plays a big value here.

  • Great trust between influencer and follower
  • Reach exceeds classic advertising
  • Followers are multipliers at the same time
  • Direct and immediate feedback

Disadvantages of Influencer Marketing

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, great power also gives rise to a great responsibility. Large magazines like Vogue reach as a fashion magazine in Germany 126,000 people with each edition. 100,000 people, some of them are 15 or 16 year old kids. In doing so, you exert almost the same influence as an established media magazine, with a large journalistic or editorial team in the background. This imbalance not only creates opportunities, but also risks for target groups and consumers.

Bad campaigns without “attention to detail” take influencers and company reputation
Risk booking the wrong reach and overlapping bloggers (same reach, duplicate spend)
Advertising on Youtube is expensive

Youtube User Worldwide

Top 49 Cities of the World

Recently 1.481.840 people in New York (USA) are users of Youtube! Around 674.179 poeple in Los Angeles and 1.525.269 in London. How many Youtube useres does your city have?

City User
Shanghai 4.210.128
Beijing 3.734.422
Istanbul 2.434.247
Tokyo 2.345.509
Moscow 2.117.074
Seoul 1.769.946
London 1.525.269
New York 1.481.840
Rio de Janeiro 1.116.009
Singapore 960.682
Los Angeles 674.179
Cape Town 649.137
Yokohama 646.732
Berlin 610.501
Madrid 556.665
Rome 499.383
Dubai 497.361
Toronto 474.105
Taipei 469.488
Chicago 467.861
Paris 386.984
Montreal 286.299
Barcelona 278.494
Philadelphia 272.127
Kyoto 255.934
Munich 251.735
Milan 236.032
Dallas 228.746
Cologne 183.515

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Youtube Marketing: Strategy of an Agency | Social Media Insights!

Youtube marketing video is today the source of information for all audiences. Youtube is the central medium away from the TV. Through targeted, organic reach building you can not only strengthen the brand’s own presence but also attract new fans and thus potential customers for your products! Especially bloggers and influencers have conquered Youtube. But let’s start at the beginning: How do you plan the successful launch for your own Youtube Channel?

Let’s take a look at our Youtube Agency. Whether fashion, sports, nutrition, accessories, hotels, agencies or online shops. Service providers and producers are increasingly entering Youtube. Scattering losses are low and the target group can directly access further information (shop, newsletter, etc.). But how do you start with Youtube? How often do you post? How do you produce content for Youtube? How do you get in contact with bloggers and agencies? We take a look at Youtube from A-Z: How to Build an Youtube Channel!

Interested in an Youtube Workshop with Social Media One? Our Youtube expert comes into your company so that your employees get know-how directly on site. With a training for your employees, you can keep know-how in your own company and always respond flexibly to events. In stories, postings or even live stories. Click here for more information on our Youtube Workshop.

Youtube channel build: agency strategy

The Company

Definition, Audience and Destination Definition for Youtube

At the start of the training, we talk about knowledge, experience and your previous brand strategy.

  • Company
  • Network analysis
  • target
  • Target definition
  • Matrix – Company / Network / Target group
  • Social media manager (capacities)
  • Definition for SM

Youtube

Network, App and Statistics for Business

In the second part we take a basic look at Youtube. Depending on previous knowledge of the social media manager, this point in the training is more or less intensive.

  • Network
  • Target
  • User Interface
  • Statistics
  • Videos
  • Post

Market and Competition

Competition Analysis and Best Practice

What are other industries doing and what are your direct competitors doing? After the check you know the success factors.

  • Commerce / E-Commerce
  • Campaigns best practice marketing
  • Campaigns best practice in your industry
  • Competitive analysis

Audience

Combine Audience and Enterprise Analysis

Who buys our products? Who cares about our services? We take a close look at your target audience and potential new target audience.

  • target group analysis
  • Matrix – Who are we / who are you?
  • Conclusion
  • Content Objective

Content

Content Marketing for Youtube: That’s how it works

Content marketing is not a hype! In search engines good content is the A & O but also in social media marketing.

  • Content that works
  • Value
  • Matrix content
  • Analyze media content / partners
  • Analyze Media Content Internally
  • Matrix Media
  • Make Media
  • Content Planning
  • Forecasting

Content Production

What Media Content can we provide for Youtube?

  • Technical possibilities
  • Financial Opportunities
  • Human resources
  • Team Integration

Then it’s about value added for users:

  • Include users
  • Value
  • SEO as a subject scout
  • Contests

Then we’ll see how existing media can be linked to our Youtube Youtube network:

  • Crossmedia and campaign
  • POS / Social link
  • Own Ideas
  • Link Online Shop / Social
  • Linking Influencer / Social

Software

Social Media Manager Tools

Btw. For a complete list of tools, see: Social Media Software Recommendation.

  • Software overview and tool options
  • Content Advance Planning
  • Crossmedia content planning
  • Automatic Likes
  • Social Bot

Advertising

Ads are on Youtube

How do you actually advertise products and services on Youtube?

  • The Basics
  • Account
  • User Interface Power Editor
  • Campaign creation
  • Campaign Settings
  • Split Testing
  • Evaluation

Measuring success:

Ads and Tracking for Online Shop

Especially the success measurement is very important for companies and shops. But what options do we have to track the completion and sales on Youtube?

  • Pixel creation
  • Pixel Integration
  • Campaign Vote
  • Costs
  • Estimate

The detailed planning and strategy for the Youtube Afubau comes right after the workshop!


Youtube Workshop

Depending on the knowledge of the social media managers, a workshop goes up to 8 units. Absolutes Basics is the 1 unit, the brainstorming. Creative input, experience and best practice for your successful start on Youtube. In particular, we are concerned with the definition of all relevant parts of the market (competition, target audience, products, etc.) in connection with media (photos, videos, etc. / foreign material, in-house production, etc.) to a story. Who are we!

Youtube Basic Training for Employees and Social Media Managers

Workshop topic: Creative Session + System for Youtube

Workshop / Brainstorming: 2 x 2h

Number of persons: 3-20 persons

Result:

  • Strategy Development
  • Know How

Youtube Advanced Workshop for Employees and Social Media Manager

Workshop topic: Creative Session + System for Youtube + Insights

Workshop / Brainstorming: 1 x 2h

Number of persons: max. 3 persons

Result:

  • Strategy Development
  • Content Model
  • Know How
  • Advertising or Blogger / Influencer Relations

Contact & Social Media Expert

Interested in a further education of Social Media One? We send you our social media expert Stephan M. Czaja directly into the company. Now go to contact!


Building Youtube Channel: The Strategy for Social Media Managers

In the following we want to briefly give a deeper insight into the training. Every workshop is individual – just like your company, your products and your employees. Our social media expert focuses on the most important work steps and makes your employees fit for social media making!

Definition, Audience and Destination Definition for Youtube

Our starting point: Who are you? Already the big sticking point. People love the brand or use the brand. Cf. from the food industry:

Are you already in the public eye or is it a start up? The reactions of the users are different. Why is that? We take a look at psychological aspects of the target group.

Network Analysis

  • Online Shop
  • Social Network Presence
  • B2B Marketing
  • B2C Marketing
  • POS Marketing

Define target group

  • Your customers
  • New customers in SM

Goal Definition and Benefits

Keyfacts – what do we want to achieve?

  • Brand presence
  • Brand fans
  • New customers

Matrix – Company / Network / Target Group

  • Summary of all findings

Social Media Manager in the Enterprise

  • Previous knowledge in SM
  • Experience in Software
  • Image editing in software

Marketing Message Definition (Core Message)

  • There are many products that …
    but we are the only ones …
  • There are studies that … / we want to convince, so we bring witnesses – why does XY work?
    integration of Advocates / Bloggers / Customers

Youtube: The Network

Network Properties

  • What makes Youtube / Synergies with your own values ​
  • Joie de vivre, self-affirmation, inspiration, etc.

Audience on Youtube

  • Who can we achieve with ours?

App and Desktop Interface

  • What do I need to know?

Statistics and Evaluation

  • How do I read statistics

Post

  • What makes a post?

Market and Competition

Commerce / E-Commerce

  • Products that work

Campaigns Best Practice Marketing

  • Topics that work

Campaigns Best Practice Food

  • Content that works

Competitive Analysis

  • Brands that work

Target audience

Audience Analysis

  • Demographics

Matrix – Who are we / who are you?

  • Combination of your company and Youtube

Conclusion

  • Combination of all knowledge

Content Objective

  • Which goals do we derive?
    Which values ​​do we derive?
  • What content is required / can we deliver?
  • How often do we send messages?
  • How do we organize SM everyday life?
  • How do we organize media production / third-party content?
  • How extensive is space / time and area for production?

Content and Content

Content that works

  • Insights from competition and competition

Value

  • More than ‘just’ standard
  • What are the problems of our followers?
  • What needs do you have?
  • Which topics can we serve apart from ours?

Matrix Contents

  • What can we deliver?
  • Analyze media content PR / Partner
  • Analyze media content internally

Matrix media self – production

  • Link to House / PR / Partner

Create media with Camera and Photoshop

  • Photos and collages / equal to “Content Production”

Content Planning for Youtube

  • Excel spreadsheet
  • Cross media
  • Advance planning of postings

Content Production

Depending on the need for self-production of video and photo material

  • Photography
  • Planning
  • Equipment
  • Background
  • Decoration
  • Accessories

If you do not want to produce your own postings, we can help you as an agency with our photo and video production.

Team Integration of Employees

  • Fair
  • Sale
  • Stories

Include User

Generate added value for fans

  • Polls
  • Training
  • POS
  • Trade show / Preview and review
  • Quicktipps for everyday life
  • Tips from the expert
  • Customer tips

SEO as Themes and Trend Scout

  • Trends
  • Current topics
  • Evergreens

Competitions +

  • User in stories

Crossmedia and Campaign

POS / Social link

  • Best practice
  • Own ideas
  • Packages

Linking online shop / Social

  • Best practice
  • Own ideas
  • Packages

Linking influencer / Social

  • Best practice
  • Own ideas
  • Packages

Software tools for Social Media Manager

Advance planning of postings

  • Using Hootsuite

Contact & Social Media Expert

Interested in a further education workshop of Social Media One? We send you our social media expert Stephan M. Czaja directly into the company. Now go to contact!

Click here for the detailed information on our Youtube Workshop.

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