Black Friday Influencer Strategies: how creators can deliver the best ROI for your 2021 holiday marketing campaigns

Kelsey Formost

17 Nov 2021 · 4 min read

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Even with covid restrictions lifting, consumers in the US and around the globe will still be relying almost solely on the digital marketplace for their shopping needs this holiday season.

A recent Google study shows that over 75% of U.S. shoppers said they will shop online more this year than they did in previous holiday seasons, and a similar number said they would also be looking for gift ideas online and not in store.

It’s absolutely certain that your ideal customers are buying gifts via digital channels more than anywhere else.

With limited physical ‘Black Friday’ sales, supply chain delays, and an absence of impulse buying at brick-and-mortar stores, customers are left without the opportunity to physically discover or test products, making it more important than ever for marketers to intelligently advertise their products or services via high-value digital channels that encourage consumer trust.

Enter: influencer marketing.

The definition of ‘influencer marketing’ has fluctuated as the industry has matured over the past few years, but it has become particularly relevant in an economy bouncing back from a pandemic. More than ever, consumers are having to rely on digital channels for everything from news, to work, to relevant information about their communities, to lifestyle advice, and yes, to product recommendations.

Here are a few ways brands can invest in influencer marketing now to maximize their success during Black Friday week and the 2021 holiday season.

Buyers are actively searching for their favorite influencer’s discount codes

Influencer marketing is about much more than brand awareness; it's about getting the best deal.

In the current economy, buyers are going to be more intentional about their holiday purchases. By partnering with online creators, brands are able to leverage ‘influence’ to increase consumer awareness of the best prices and promotions during the noisy holiday season.

Consumers will be actively searching for deals throughout the season and are familiar with the fact that their favorite influencers often give their followers unique discount codes as part of their brand partnerships. If your brand has developed a relationship with an influencer, and therefore with that influencer’s audience, those followers will automatically look to your influencer partner for a unique discount code when they’re ready to purchase.

The positive correlation between personal reviews and purchasing behavior

Influencers aren’t just there to display products; their ‘influence’ is perhaps most highly felt in their personal product reviews.

The effect that online reviews have on whether or not someone ultimately makes a purchase is staggering. Influencer Marketing Hub reports that 91% of millennials trust online reviews as much as they trust recommendations from friends and family.

A survey by BrightLocal shows 86% of consumers read reviews before making a purchase (though the number increases to a whopping 95% of people aged 18-34). The same study showed that consumers read an average of 10 online reviews before they feel they’re able to trust a business enough to buy from them.

Online reviews have become paramount to the buyer’s decision-making process, especially if that buyer is as-yet unfamiliar with your brand. Partnering with influencers gives you access to the personal recommendation of someone that buyer already follows and trusts, giving you a shortcut into their good graces (and their wallet).

Making the most of consumers’ increased comfort shopping via social

Post-pandemic studies on consumer spending have shown that people aren’t just more comfortable with shopping online "in general", they’re also much more comfortable with making purchases via their mobile devices, and via social media. A survey from Salesforce shows that 37% of US adults say they are more interested in mobile app shopping than they were last year, with 22% saying the same about shopping via social media.

In particular, the popularity of ‘click-and-collect’ shopping has surged. In an updated post, eMarketer reported that US ecommerce sales saw a growth of +60.4%, with ‘click-and-collect’ sales reaching $58.52 billion in 2020. Those numbers are expected to increase this year in 2021.

With regards to increased comfort shopping via mobile and social, it’s not only the ‘last click’ point of sale that matters. By partnering with trusted influencers, brands are effectively staying ‘top of mind’ all along the consumer’s digital shopping journey by showing up in their feeds with consistency. Consistency cultivates trust, and trust begets sales.

How to partner with the right influencers to get the highest ROI

The right influencers give brands a direct line to their ideal audience, driving traffic and sales, and increasing overall ROI. With the advanced technology available to research and analyze an influencer’s affinities, marketers are able to specifically target those audiences most likely to have a positive response to a particular brand’s product or service.

Tagger’s affinity tool allows users to easily search and filter high-value influencers who are perfectly aligned with a brand’s strategy and values. Targeted research backed by data allows you to quickly and easily discover the perfect influencers so you can spend time focusing on campaign strategy and the signals that matter most.

With tighter budgets and a need to reach digital audiences, online creators are marketers’ best bet for success this holiday season.

Meet the moment with influencer marketing this holiday season

With consumers doing a majority of their shopping online, a robust digital presence and marketing strategy are more important than ever. The way we spend money is changing; Marketers can anticipate new widespread spending habits by responding to current customer behavior patterns, and right now that means fully investing in digital advertising and the creator economy.

The best ROI, especially for holiday shopping, is found via influencer marketing. By partnering with trusted online creators you are taking a shortcut to earning followers’ trust, thereby making it much more likely they will give you their business, this holiday season and beyond.

If you'd like to know more about how Tagger can help you find the perfect influencers, increase ROI, and generate growth, click here to set up a free demo.

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