From Intern to Account Manager - A Socially Powerful Story....

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Meet the Team: From Intern to Account Manager

At Socially Powerful we look to source and develop the most innovative and creative minds. Situated in a rapidly changing and evolving landscape, we firmly believe fresh and innovative perspectives are key to driving growth and developing as a business. We asked one of our former interns to share their experience of starting in a start-up.

Coralie, one of our first interns, started in July 2017 after graduating from the University of Essex with a degree in Language and Linguistics. Now an Account Manager, Coralie is one of our driving forces in business development and plays a vital role in mentoring our new talent.

What initially attracted you to Socially Powerful?

The week after graduation I received an invitation to come for an interview. I had always wanted to be involved with digital marketing, my friend had previously undertaken an internship with Google and then moved to a smaller agency. She told me that the industry was great and the work environment supportive. I researched the company through their vlog and social media and found it looked like a fun place to work and was drawn to the varied workload. One moment they were off travelling, pitching to new clients and the next minute out managing influencers.

What have you learnt from your time with Socially Powerful and what has been your most valuable lesson?

A hell of a lot. I had never studied any form of marketing at University so had limited knowledge on the industry and especially influencer marketing, it’s such a new space. Skill wise I have learnt how to organise and prioritise. Our workload varies and at times can be quite substantial so these capabilities have been necessary to avoid running out of hours. One of my most valuable lessons would be confidence; if you believe in what you are saying so will others. The way in which you put things across can be so important.

What ways do you think working in a start-up differs from larger companies?

First of all, you get the unique opportunity to see every aspect of the business; be it contract negotiation to pitching to clients. It’s a great platform to build confidence and become an all-rounder. We also have a lot more input when it comes to creatives than  we would in larger companies, it doesn’t matter if you are the director or the intern the best and most inventive idea will win and be put forward to the client. In a start-up you are going to have to work make a difference, but this is what makes it so rewarding.

Any advice for people looking to go into influencer marketing?


Have patience. You need to remember that influencers are just people, some of whom who have other priorities and may make mistakes. Learning to prepare for any issues before they arise is vital. As the main point of contact between the client and influencer, you need to communicate to the client that the influencers are not actors but creators themselves. This authenticity is what makes influencer marketing so great and is what gives the brand a unique platform.

If you were an influencer, what would your name and passion be?

My name would be Cheesy Pits and I would be a food influencer. All I eat in the office is cheese and pitta bread, so it makes sense to dedicate my internet presence to the cause.

If you are interested in kicking off a career with us and feel that you would be a good fit for our team please do not hesitate to get in contact: georgia@sociallypowerfulmedia.com

 

Instagram - the integral part of a fashion brands social media strategy?

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Instagram has quickly become an integral part of the social media strategy utilised by fashion brands. With its simplistic format, eye-catching photography and total creative freedom, it is a tool to showcase the best clothing pieces designers have to offer in an accessible and authentic way. But is its rapid growth and universality shifting the fashion industry from an art form that requires years to master to a free-for-all for all aspiring fashionistas?

Launched in 2010, Instagram now has over 800 million monthly users and appears to be growing at a rate that will see it hit 1 billion by the end of the year. Its global reach allows users to present trends in a saturated market without becoming repetitive, and the variation of posts enables individuals to create a brand identity that their followers can recognise. It's become increasingly obvious that for any brand to fully cement themselves as a key player in the world of fashion they require a strong presence on Instagram to drive of sales and overall brand awareness. Emphasis is placed on moments being 'Instagrammable' and brands take huge pride in creating an Instagram feed that not only looks beautiful but persuades the user to purchase their products over a competitors. 

Instagram has become a platform of opportunity with more and more homegrown brands using it as a place to generate attention - and income - from their products. Similarly, established brands are aware that it has a huge influence over consumer sales. Official Instagram figures indicated that 1 in 3 of its users has bought an item of clothing after discovering it on their feed. Using photoshoots and 'easy on the eye' flat lays to generate revenue is a tempting prospect for companies, who, when implementing an effective and strategised posting schedule, can add real value to their brand. Posting regularly, following trends and racking up the likes is a surefire way to convert posts into purchases. 

Using the application, fashion brands are easily able to connect with thousands of influencers who have a significant impact on their own followers' buying choices. Not only can the brand create a direct line between themselves and the consumer, but by paying influencers to promote their products, they're able to further increase their reach. There is concern within the fashion industry that Instagram is facilitating a new age of fashion branding where ever-changing trends are increasingly accessible and brand exposure makes way for cheaply made 'dupes'. It is, however, difficult to deny the opportunities the platform creates for brands to identify trends and meet consumer demands accordingly. 

A huge benefit of Instagram for fashion brands is the means of communication between them and their customers. Having a comments section allows for instant feedback on products, as well as customers being given an opportunity to seek customer service support. Building trust, particularly as a new brand, is vital in retaining customers and generating new sales, so this open line of communication seemingly adds to the customer experience. 

It's undeniable that Instagram has made a big impact on the fashion industry. Instagram brands might not be a sustainable alternative to traditionally marketed fashion labels, but creating your brand from your fingertips has certainly never been easier. 

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Measuring the effectiveness of Influencer Marketing - Socially Powerful

How do you measure the ROI and effectiveness of your Influencer Marketing campaign?!

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It’s safe to say that Influencer Marketing has found its place within the marketing mix, it’s not going anywhere soon and has become a powerful tool for brands in today’s age of social media. Many of the most iconic brands in recent times have come to the fore with an all-in approach to Influencer Marketing, e.g. Gymshark, which is now one of the fastest growing businesses globally.

However, with anything new making its way in the world, there are questions and scepticism around it, especially if you’re doing it wrong. So, how do you measure the effectiveness and the ROI of Influencer Marketing, what metrics should you be looking at? Today, we will answer your question and show you all!

Firstly, when any brand is looking to commit to spending even $1 in any form of marketing, we need to look at the goals of the campaign and the potential returns. We always ask our clients three key questions - What are you trying to achieve? Who are you trying to target? And, what are your campaign objectives? We reverse engineer from the agreed outcome to make informed decisions about which influencers and platforms best capture the target audience’s attention to develop long-lasting engagement and business impact.

Now, let’s talk about the goals and how you can measure them.

Brand awareness

Many will see brand awareness as a given with any marketing activity, let alone influencer marketing. However, to be seen and wanted by your target audience is one of the main goals of brands. Even if you’re working with just one micro-influencer with a few thousand followers, you’ll want to know how many eyeballs have seen your brand or been exposed to your brand. The metrics to look at here, cover total reach and impressions. How many times a post has appeared on people’s timelines and how many unique impressions there was.

Engagement

Engagement goes one step further than brand awareness, here we look at the audience that how they have actively engaged (link clicks, left a like, a comment, dislike, shares, followed your brand etc) on the content for the particular campaign. To look at the effectiveness of the engagement, you need to look at the influencers previous engagement rate and how the campaign compares. Higher engagement rate (likes, comments, shares, link clicks etc) indicates the audience enjoyed the content and appreciated the campaign. The next logical step would be to work with the influencer(s) again to continue building your relationship with them and their audience.

Lower engagement rate (low likes, high dislikes, low views etc) will indicate that there was something wrong with the campaign. Perhaps the wrong influencer was selected, the content was poorly put together or there wasn’t a particularly good audience fit.

Sentiment

Whether you’re trying to shift perception, provoke a reaction or test the waters, influencer marketing is a great way to understand audience’s sentiment towards your brand, products or campaign. There are numerous ways to look at the sentiment, either through comments in videos or pictures (what people are saying positive, negative, neutral?), the like to dislike ratio, amount of web traffic or another way is through polls on influencers stories on Instagram for example.

If you’re a watch brand and you have a dilemma about which colour watch to produce, you could simply run a poll on a few influencers stories that hit your target audience demographics, you’ll see results almost instantly. Through analysing the sentiment you’ll be able to see which social platforms react best to certain pieces of content, enabling you as a brand to prioritise your marketing spend towards those platforms.

Sales

Everyone wants to sell more, let’s face it, when you market your brand or service, the hope is that the audience will buy or use it. Influencer Marketing is a great way to increase sales or conversions and there are many ways to track the success. However, before beginning the campaign understand your sales figures for a few months previous and benchmark against these figures. Are you selling more with or without the chosen influencers?

If you’re a beauty brand, partnering with influencers to increase sales of a product, you can track sales through tracking links and discount codes, unique to each influencer you’re working with. By ensuring each link and code is unique, not only can you see day to day analysis and whether certain offers work best on certain days, but you can figure out influencer conversions. Which influencers are performing best and converting more of their audience to sales vs ones that aren’t performing well and have very little actual influence over their audience.

If you’re a mobile gaming company and your goal is to increase downloads using influencers, you can then track this through clicks on trackable links and then downloads of the game. Through this data, you can see the conversion metrics as before and you’ll be able to prioritise your top performing influencers for further marketing.

Influencer marketing is an incredibly powerful marketing tool if you have a concrete strategy in place (please see our previous blog for tips on this) and you know what you’re looking to achieve or measure. The above metrics will allow you to put together an Influencer Marketing campaign with confidence and understand the true power of the campaign performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Influencer Marketing Strategy - DOING IT RIGHT!

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Influencer marketing is here to stay. More than half of marketers within brands have had experience with Influencer Marketing and these figures are only going to keep rising. It’s not enough to just simply “do” Influencer Marketing, you need to have a strategy in place that’s going to deliver an ROI for your brand or business. Aimlessly partnering with Influencers and having a scattergun approach will not work, it’ll fail, and it won’t be an effective use of your marketing budget. However, do Influencer Marketing right and the stats back up the ROI “On average, businesses generate $6.50 in revenue for each $1 invested in influencer marketing”

We’re here today, to talk about the right way to do Influencer Marketing and how to implement a fool-proof strategy for your brand, moving forward.

Understand your objectives.

First and foremost, before you do anything else, you need to understand what your objectives are, what are you looking to achieve and what will Influencer Marketing deliver? You need a measurable goal. Whether that’s awareness, engagements, sentiment, views on content or sales, figure out what you want to do. Once you have the goal, you’ll be in a better position to understand what types of influencers you want to work with, as certain influencers will deliver different returns.

Understand your audience.

From here, you now look into understanding your audience. What are they interested in? What do they care about? What do they want from your brand? Who do they follow? What social platforms are they active on? Once you have figured this out, you’ll understand what influences your audience’s behaviour and you’ll know why they buy your product or at least have an interest!

Finding the right influencers.

Now, here comes the key element to any successful influencer campaign. Finding the right influencers. To find the right influencers is tricky, especially if you don’t know where to look and the industry is completely alien to you. You can either do this yourself, or you can contact us (if you haven’t already for the previous stages) and we will add our special sauce into the mix, removing the arduous process and headaches of finding the right influencers for the campaign.

Understand the influencers audience and brand.

Once you’ve found the right influencers, then comes the due diligence of understanding their brand. Influencers have an individual style, some have strong opinions and they have built their following from 0, they know what’ll work, so respect their input. As a brand, you need to understand the type of content they produce, what their audience engage with best and what they can deliver for you in terms of ROI. The key is to keep the content authentic, don’t force it, then you’ll bring value to the influencer and their audience, resulting in a better campaign performance.

Look for long-term relationships.

You’ll see many influencers endorsing different products and categories every day. Those that do this, lose credibility and the influencer's audience will start to call them out as they are constantly being fed mixed messages. A strong partnership is formed with an influencer when they really believe about the product and the brand. Brands should always look for long-term relationships over one-off posts or collaborations. With long-term partnership where you grow together, the campaigns are authentic, the audience feels the value of the brand and the brand fits with the influencers life.

Track the success.

From here, you can then start to pull together the campaign creative, the KPI’s and the content that’s going to work for the influencer, as well as your brand. Once the campaign goes live, track the content and performance relentlessly against your KPI’s, understand what works and quickly change things that aren’t. Once you’ve collected all the campaign data, see if it’s met your expectations and measure the ROI.

Remember, the best influencers are the ones who already consume, use and talk about your brand.

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"As a marketing tool, Influencer Marketing is a great platform to advertise"

Today, we caught up with Yogita Agarwal, an Influencer based in India, who has been growing her following for a number of years. Yogita now blogs full-time, mainly about fashion and she creates looks that her followers are interested in. We spoke to Yogita about her career as an influencer, the brands she's been working with and what the outlook for the future of Influencer Marketing. E

Don't forget to follow her on Instagram here!

 
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Could you tell us a little bit about your background and how you started to build a following?

I am just a normal girl who had to take it from the scratch. I started with no following at all and no family background in blogging. It was tough in the beginning to build followers , to create content my followers would like but gradually it all started to fall in place. I started to build followers slowly and steadily. 

I was an admin for a shout-out page and when I used to look at the shout outs it kind of hit me that I too can start working in this field. There were many bloggers who asked for shout outs and that's when I came to know about blogging in general. 

Is this something you do full-time?

Yes, as of now blogging is something I so full time as it really asks for long hours of work. We hardly have time for anything once we get into this line. The shoots take up a lot of time and then there is a lot of editing. It takes a lot to stand where we are standing right now. 

What sort of content do you create and what content works best with your audience?

I am a fashion blogger. I recreate fashion looks which is quite liked by my followers. Small things that help me connect better with my audience also are a great help. 

What would you define Influencer Marketing as?

It's a vast field for anyone these day. With the growing market the influencers have a great chance to excel in whatever expect they want to. As a marketing tool it's a great platform to advertise. In the beginning I didn't know I would get to earn money but gradually I started to make some amount out of it. It's not huge but I am sure soon it will be good enough. 

What brands have you worked with so far? 

So far I have worked with Myntra, All about you by Deepika Padokone, Speedo,  Daniel Wellington,  Namzish, Oppo, Cutie,  Dr. Tvacha, Rajkumari Fashions, Unlimited Store,  Global desi, Stalk buy love and so many more to count. 

How do you think Influencer Marketing will evolve over the next 12 months?

In the coming 12 months the influencer market is going to evolve at a rapid fast speed. More and more people are becoming aware. Due to social media the market is going upscale every moment. People are beginning to learn it's importance. 

How has the Influencer world evolved since you began?

When I stared the influencer market wasn't that huge but slowly the market has turned out to be growing very fast all thanks to the social media. It's a nice scale To help earn followers . It's a great marketing platform to advertise for brands. 

How do you feel brands are working with Influencers?

There are so many influencers in the market that it has become difficult for them to know who is genuinely working hard and who is earning followers by some other means. 

Though the brands are doing a great job by targeting more and more influencers and giving more people a chance. 

Have you seen any brands that you feel are doing great work with Influencers?

Yes,  there are so many brands that are doing a great work with influencer. Both benefit each other in some way or the other. These collaborations help both the brand and the influencer. 

People become more interested in purchasing the stuff that we wear and it helps the brand increase their sales. 

Do you use any software to help create content?

Yes,  there are many softwares that help me in creating content. 

Not all pictures can be uploaded without editing and no video can be uploaded without proper clip editing. 

How do you balance your online life with offline?

To be honest it's quite a task. Once you become famous it becomes really difficult to manage the two. Your personal life no longer remains personal and the people become interested in knowing you better.

For that you have to share many details online which you might not want to. Blogging leaves us with no time and it's really hard to have a personal life. People get attracted to your profile when you share personal knowledge with them. Honestly it takes a lot be a blogger. 

Which influencers inspire you and look up to?

There is no doubt in this one. The influencer that inspires me the most is Santoshi Shetty.

If you could work with any brand, who would that be?

Surely Nike and Addidas and so many more brands as such. 

Tell us something about you that people might not know?

The life of a blogger is like an open book. We have nothing to hide from the audience. One thing that people don't know about me as a person is that I don't like putting on makeup but our job profile we need to put it on and there is no other feeling than getting off makeup after you are done with a shoot. I am also a crazy, fun loving,  person. 

What’s your favourite social platform and why?

My favourite  platform is instagram as it gives more opportunities Tu us bloggers. It helps us build more audience. 

Where do you want to take your career as an Influencer?

In the the near future I want myself to have a bright future in blogging as well as I want to try my hand at acting. These two things are something I want in life and as an influencer I want myself to be a well known blogger. 

I hope I will be able to manage the two simultaneously.

Samantha Russell - "I didn’t know anyone in the city and was curious to learn more about my surroundings"

Today we caught up with Samantha Russell, an Influencer from the USA who's now living in London. Samantha's predominantly on Instagram and began creating content when she first moved to London two years ago and is known for her distinct and colourful style! Check out what she had to say about growing her following and the Influencer Marketing industry below!

 
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Tell us about you, your background and how you came to start on social media?

My start on Instagram was somewhat an accident! When I moved to London 2 years ago I didn’t know anyone in the city and was curious to learn more about my surroundings. I started following London geotags and hashtags on Instagram as a way to learn about cool spots around London, and eventually, I went to visit them and snap my own photos. Before I knew it, my account had grown and evolved into what it is today.

Tell us about what you do on your social channels? 

My Instagram account focuses on fun photography, vibrant colors, travel and style! I have a full-time corporate job in London, but my Instagram page focuses on my passions in my personal life.

Sum up your what you do in 5 words?

Travel in style and colour!

What social channel are you most passionate about and why?

Instagram is where you can find me! I like connecting with people and seeing how they turn ideas into photos. It’s a new form of art and I enjoy getting creative with it!

How often do you post and update your audience? What content works best for you?

I post about 4-5 times a week. I don’t want to inundate my audience with too many posts, but I also want to continuously provide interesting, bold, and new content. It seems vibrant posts of me in interesting locations are the most liked!

When did you first start seeing you were building a following? How quickly have you grown your following?

When I first moved to London, I was using Instagram as a general user, and only had 500 followers! When I started spending more time in the app and experimenting with my own photos and editing skills, I quickly saw a response. I’ve grown to over 60k followers in just under 2 years.

How do you stand out on social media? What makes you different?

I try to keep Instagram fun and am not pressured to be like everyone else. So many fashion/travel influencers have beautiful photos, but many of them seem the same to me (the same Lightroom filters, the same pose, the same comments...) I am not afraid to take risks and be BOLD in my photography, which is what I think makes me stand out! When people see a colourful, fun, stylish photo, I want them to automatically associate it with me and my personality ☺

What does your typical day look like?

I’m a working girl! But I still make time for my followers. On my commute into the office I usually respond to comments from the previous day, and interact with other users on the platform. I’ll also take 30 min or so during lunch, and then again when I leave the office. On the weekends I am exploring new places and taking more awesome photos!

Are you friends with other influencers?

Yes! Instagram has been a great way to connect with other influencers and make new friends in a new city! It’s also a great way to learn from others and be exposed to other view points and ideas.

Which influencers do you admire? Why?

@Dashleyworldtour – A fun travel couple I met while travelling! We’ve stayed in touch and I love their creative approach to photography.

@Leahshoup – She seems to connect well with her followers and is very active!

@this.is.the.milk – Beautiful photography and captions that make me laugh out loud! She’s passionate about Spain and travel and you can easily see that from her IG and her blog.

@theblondiewanderer – An Argentine abroad who takes stunning photos! She connects well with her followers and has really developed a micro community.

What are your ambitions with social media? Where do you want to take it?

I hope to cross 100k+ and be able to reach more people! I want to inspire people to be happy in whatever lifestyle they choose, and that travel doesn’t have to be out of reach. I’m all about happy vibes and just hope I can bring a smile to people’s faces on a regular basis ☺

What do you enjoy most about social media?

Connecting with people! That is the ultimate goal of social media, isn’t it? Staying connected no matter where you are in the world.

How do you think brands are working with influencers at the moment?

I think brands have realized that in order to capture the attention of people nowadays, they need to get on your phone! That’s why so many brands have turned to influencer marketing and why I think it’s working so well. I think this trend will only continue to grow.

What brands have you worked with? 

Daniel Wellington

Ace Hotel New Orleans

Sunnylife

Bubbleology

Pure Boats Amsterdam

Travelling to Portugal

Tiare Hawaii

BallieBallerson

Do you use any tools to help you with your content? 

The photoshop apps are my best friend! Lightroom and Photoshop Fix are two of my favourites, along with Snapseed.

What’s the piece of content you’ve created you’re most proud of? Why? 

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc5B3RbHFhI/

I believe this photo perfectly embodies ME – fun, stylish, colourful and HAPPY! That’s the feeling I hope to instil in my followers with every post.

What do you see as the future for Influencer Marketing? How will it evolve?

I think brands will greatly increase their influencer marketing campaigns. That also means that the competition among influencers will become harder and will force influencers to stay on top of their content.

Where can people follow you? 

Please follow me on Instagram @thecolorsofsam! >> https://www.instagram.com/thecolorsofsam/

 

Kyra Weston - "I love YouTube because I find film challenging yet exciting!  "

Today we caught up with Kyra Weston, a freelance creator from Calgary, Canada. Kyra noticed her following started to grow when she went travelling for six months and hasn't looked back since. Check out what Kyra had to say in our latest Influencer blog!

 
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Tell us about you, your background and how you came to start on social media?

I’ve always loved social media. I began with using Instagram to post my photographs taken while I travelled. As I grew my passion for photography and film, my Instagram became the key platform to showcase my work. It has only grown from there.

Tell us about what you do on your social channels? 

I currently work as a freelance photographer, content creator and videographer. I provide creative services to clients. The services that I do for clients greatly assists with my own personal social influence. I create inspirational travel content through high-end dreamy imagery and video.

Sum up what you do in 5 words?

Travel, Photography, Videography, Style, Inspiration

What social channel are you most passionate about and why?

I would say that I am most passionate about Instagram, because I am a photographer and love posting my images. Secondly, I would say I love YouTube because I find film challenging yet exciting!  

How often do you post and update your audience? What content works best for you?

My travel content works best for me. I post every other day and try to update my audience as frequently as possible.

When did you first start seeing you were building a following? How quickly have you grown your following?

I started to see my audience grow last year when I decided to travel for six months. I have grown my following by 10k in only 4 months.

How do you stand out on social media? What makes you different?

I’m different because I want to inspire others through travel. I want to showcase high-end imagery that urges my audience to experience the world and new cultures.

What does your typical day look like?

A typical day in my life starts off with coffee and checking my Instagram feed. Once I’ve been updated, I get ready to get to work. By 4 pm I typically come home and work on my side hustles, including my social media and blog. There’s a lot of work to do in my life, but I certainly don’t pass up on play. On weekends, I am always shooting, planning upcoming trips or finding new events and restaurants to go to with friends.

Are you friends with other influencers?

Yes, I am friends with other influencers. I feel as though I have a lot in common with other influencers.

Which influencers do you admire? Why?

I admire Gypsea Lust (@gypsea_lust), Do You Travel (@doyoutravel), Taylor Cut Films (@taylorcutfilms), Sam Kolder (@sam_kolder), Janni Deler (@jannid).

All of these influencers travel and use exceptional film/videography in their content. I am constantly inspired by them to push my limit as a videographer/photographer/content creator.


What are your ambitions with social media? Where do you want to take it?

My goal is to grow my audience to a point where I can earn a full-time income by creating exceptional content for travel brands. I also want to use my influence to help ocean conservation by creating an e-commerce clothing store that donates proceeds to cleaning up our oceans.

What do you enjoy most about social media?

I love that I can make it what I want. I can be as creative as possible, and share my unique voice.

What do you think of using social media for good-cause? 

I love that! This is a large portion of why I want to grow my audience. I hope that with my e-commerce store, I can give back to ocean conservation.

How do you think brands are working with influencers at the moment?

I believe brands are shifting towards using influencers because it is the most accessible form of advertising. People love to be inspired by other people, and brands know that. I believe that we are all shifting towards the film, and brands are using content creators to help them communicate their messages in a creative, inspiring way.

What brands have you worked with? 

Google: https://www.kyrawestonblog.com/blog/2017/12/5/traveling-to-puerto-vallarta-mexico-with-the-google-pixel-2  

Accor Hotel Group: https://www.kyrawestonblog.com/blog/2017/12/27/o8vd0bveamgjhtq0qcy3x55sxsjsay

World Wide Adventure Guides: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wobsBoucIbs

Medium Watches: https://www.instagram.com/p/BREGze2hhRv/?taken-by=kyraweston

101 Watches: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIvYJhEgFkc/?taken-by=kyraweston

Do you use any tools to help you with your content? 

Yes, I use Lightroom for editing my photographs, Premiere Pro for editing my video content, Canva for Pinterest posts, Squarespace for blogging, Grammarly for proofreading, Evernote for blog writing.

What’s the piece of content you’ve created you’re most proud of? Why? 

I am most proud of my Maldives travel video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8clOn33Ibo

I am proud of this video because it helped me grow as a videographer. I spent countless of hours learning as much as I could from some of the best videographers like Sam Kolder, Taylor Cut Films and Rory Kramer. I really applied myself to achieve creative post-production quality.  

What do you see as the future for Influencer Marketing? How will it evolve?

I believe that we are shifting more towards video content. I believe that influencer marketing will be the essential way to advertise, and it will only grow from here.

Where can people follow you? 

Instagram: @kyraweston

Blog: www.kyrawestonblog.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuPEuZchwFrqAyTyFxZxSAw

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kyrawestonblog

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kyrawestonblog

Bloglovin: https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/kyra-weston-blog-18777369

Lucy and Lentils - "I love the Instagram community - you meet, so many like-minded people"

 

Today, we caught up with Influencer and blogger, Lucy and Lentils. Lucy's background and how she started, was all down to the food she was eating and not being excited by what she saw on the plate. She felt unhealthy, sluggish and lathargic, she knew she had to make a change. We explored her background in detail and found out her ambitions for the future!

 
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Tell us about you, your background and how you came to start on social media?

I started my Instagram channel @lucy_and_lentils whilst studying Interior Architecture at university. I initially started it, in the hope to become more inspired in the kitchen and eat a better-rounded diet.

Tell us about what you do on your social channels? 

My social channels and blog are all recipe creations that I have concocted in my kitchen after work or at weekends. I try to inspire people to be more confident in the kitchen and show that delicious meals don’t always require excellent culinary skills.

I have a degree in Interior Architecture, however, have focused my work on creating content for an interior design company.

Sum up your what you do in 5 words?

Create tasty, plant-based food!

What social channel are you most passionate about and why?

I love the Instagram community because you ‘meet’ so many like-minded people with a love for good food. From starting my channel I frequently meet with other foodies across the country which is always fun – picture man vs. food kind of vibe with Instagram too.

How often do you post and update your audience? What content works best for you?

I try to post each day on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to show different recipe ideas. I find my lunch box posts always get a great reaction as people love inspiration to spice up your lunch box.

When did you first start seeing you were building a following? How quickly have you grown your following?

It has been a fairly steady process. Between studying at university, having a full-time job as an interior designer and then a content creator, I have always used my social media channels as a hobby and a creative outlet.

I remember when the Instagram algorithm worked in our favour and jumped 10,000 followers in one week!

How do you stand out on social media? What makes you different?

It’s so hard to stand out on social media due to trends being followed by so many other people. Something I aim to do, is have a very real and honest approach to cooking. Instead of preaching about superfoods and getting a little carried away with certain diet types, I try to keep a very real and honest review about my day / food. I think social media can make certain people feel alienated or alone, whereas I try to show the very normal side to my life as well as the cool projects I get to work on.

What does your typical day look like?

I usually bike to work to start at 7.30am so I can get home, run to the gym then spend the evening creating new recipes, sharing content or carrying out freelance work for companies. It’s a very hectic schedule but it’s fun!

Are you friends with other influencers?

Yes, I have met up with foodies frequently in London which is always lovely, such as @rebelrecipes, @shisodelicious @bettinas_kitchen @HoneyandRoots, and @foodbymaria.

I have also got a lovely group of blogger and influencer friends based around Nottingham (my current home) which is always fun to have a catch-up and see what everyone is producing from all walks of life.

Which influencers do you admire? Why? 

There are many influencers that I admire for many different reasons, whether that is because of their charitable work, raising awareness for plastic free options, or creating absolutely amazing content. People like Gaz Oakley from @avantgardevegan are always inspiring to see such a business-driven approach to their social media channels.

What are your ambitions with social media? Where do you want to take it?

I would love to have my own café somewhere, potentially a cookbook and eventually work somewhere like Waitrose Magazine, recipe creating and photographing. It was looking at the Waitrose food magazines that inspired me to try and better my photography skills so it would be a beautiful circle to eventually find my career there.

What do you enjoy most about social media?

Engaging with people and seeing people recreate my recipes. It is the most humbling experience to receive a photo of someone trying one of my creations and to hear how easy it was to make.

What do you think of using social media for good-cause? 

I think it’s really important to use the tool to promote local business and charities. I always try and take at least one post a week to discuss an issue that matters to me – such as reducing plastic waste and leaving tips on how to do so.

How do you think brands are working with influencers at the moment?

I have been very lucky in the projects I have worked on, mainly due to the ability to be creative and in style with my ethos and message I try to shout about.  If I am promoting a specific product, I try to incorporate it into a recipe that people would want to recreate, making sure I’m not simply placing a random product throughout my feed.

If I’m working with a brand, it is really important that the content has relevance to my audience and doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb as a rather obvious product placement, which let’s face it, never has the desired effect.

I for one am a little fed up of seeing very beautiful people standing with some kind of diet tablet and demanding you go out and buy a lifetime supply to help you look like them, (I say with tongue and cheek of course) but the main message is people are tired of seeing shameless ads that have no real relevance to your usual content.

What brands have you worked with? 

I have been lucky to work with a range of fantastic companies and brands. I have been lucky to work with a range of fantastic companies and brands. The most exciting one was definitely Waitrose #ChristmasTogether campaign, as I used to flick through their magazines and recipe cards looking for inspiration, so to be asked to create something for them was so humbling.

I have worked with Tesco, MonBento, Organic UK, Heinz, Nuttvia, The Last Straw Campaign, Flora, Mornflake, and Love Raw to name a few – all lovely projects.

 

Tesco Projects: http://lucyandlentils.co.uk/tag/tesco/

 

Nuttvia Chocolate Banana Bread http://lucyandlentils.co.uk/banana-and-chocolate-marble-bread/

 

Heinz Lazy Weekday Recipe Video: http://bit.ly/2m0MHno

 

Waitrose Project: http://www.waitrose.com/content/waitrose/en/home/recipes/recipe_directory/l/lucy-and-lentilswinterspicedbutternutsquashtart.html

 

MonBento Project: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeTl5KZD5Kr/?taken-by=lucy_and_lentils
 

Do you use any tools to help you with your content? 

I have recently found apps that help you see what your page will look like before posting. You can also draft what you want to say – which is always helpful when you’ve realised you haven’t posted any content for the day and are desperately trying to think of something profound to say!

There are loads of free apps for this such as UNUM which is great.

As for editing, I am a very lazy Instagrammer, as I use the app to edit most of my content. A favourite with food bloggers is definitely LightRoom due to the vast array of presets you can create to help your page feel established and from the same palette of tones.

What’s the piece of content you’ve created you’re most proud of? Why? 

The most exciting one was definitely Waitrose #ChristmasTogether campaign, as I used to flick through their magazines and recipe cards looking for inspiration, so to be asked to create something for them was so humbling. I created a spiced butternut tart topped with pomegranate jewels, brussels sprouts leaves and pistachios.

Where can people follow you? 

Instagram: @lucy_and_lentils

Twitter: @LucyandLentils

Facebook: @LucyandLentils

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgFYGFtHW9alyzItE0Qa3mQ

Website: www.lucyandlentils.co.uk