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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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Influencer Marketing will just keep on THRIVING! - Luke Williams

We caught up today with Luke Williams a fashion and lifestyle influencer from the U.K. Luke had some awesome things to say about Influencer Marketing and where he sees the industry going in the coming years.

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

I always wanted to focus on my health, nearly two years ago I set about aiming for a six pack and posting my progress along the way, motivating myself and helping my followers achieve their gym goals too, that’s what kick-started my following! Originally, I used Instagram for my photography and selfies really didn’t come into it- then that changed, selfies became a daily occurrence & I posted more about my life (fashion/gym/adventures) & then people seemed more interested in my profile!

Is this something you do full-time?

I own a business and I work for another company full time, 5 days a week, influencing is something I do in my spare time- the dream would be to do it full time, I love working with brands and creating fun, interesting content that creates interest, I’d class it as a hobby at the moment!

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

I focus on health & beauty more often, taking pictures of the results & the products I use. My audience prefers to see me using the products rather than flat lays, so I try and incorporate a carousel image that encompasses both types of photography that appeal to my followers & a wider audience.

What would you define Influencer Marketing as?

Influencer Marketing is a way for people to interact with the people they follow, they can see what they do day to day, in their posts and stories, if those people admire and enjoy the content they follow, they will more than likely want to eat, drink, wear and do the same things as the person they follow, so it’s the perfect way for brands to interact with audiences at a granular level, you are the influence & as long as you are true to yourself and remain honest to your followers then your winning!

What brands have you worked with so far? How was it?

I’ve worked with Slendertone, San Miguel, Harry’s, Next Gen U, Absolute Collagen, Active Iron, Tincture London, Maille, Goodwin Smith & Harvey James watches to name a few, its been really exciting & I’ve been lucky that the brands really like me to use my own ‘tone of voice’, instead of telling me what to do every step of the way, this approach has allowed me to be more creative & it makes the whole process  so much fun!

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

Its just going to get bigger and bigger- we no longer look up to billboards and adverts on massive boards in the cities, we scroll through facebook and look at social media for influence- we’re looking at our phones more than ever, so whilst we enjoy social media and being one click away from the people we admire, influencer marketing will just keep on thriving!

How has the Influencer world evolved since you began?

Its changed a lot, I didn’t really know it existed or noticed influencers promote through social media, its been a steady growth, but businesses have obviously seen the power in its success, which is why it seems to have catapulted to the current important marketing platform is currently is!

How do you feel brands are working with Influencers?

I feel brands understand the importance of choosing good influencers, they will understand the influencers they choose by looking at their social feeds initially, so they are already happy with the content & content style prior to working, I think it’s a more hands-on creative approach, allowing the brands to get exactly what they want & in turn allowing the influencers to translate that to their followers in an interesting & eye-catching way!

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

I think @gentlemenschuckaboo do very well, they give out beautiful products and choose really relevant influencers to talk about their brand- they create a great relationship with their influencers, which makes you want to create great content for them! @absolutecollagen are amazing and will really look after you, it’s a lovely way of working to achieve the same end goal which is success, whether it more sales or whether you become a more sought-after influencer, its beneficial to both the brand and the influencer to reap the success of a good partnership.

Do you use any software to help create content?

I’ve always used Snapseed, a photo editing app, it’s the easiest app to crop, centre, adjust and filter your photo’s, I couldn’t be without it!

How do you balance your online life with offline?

I don’t want to be on my phone constantly, so I do try to come offline as much as possible, but part of the role is to keep everyone updated with an insight of your day to day, taking a quick picture or updating a story is so second nature, it doesn’t even feel intrusive anymore, online life and offline life have merged somehow over the years.

Which influencers inspire you and look up to?

I think the @blogger_boyfriend has a beautiful feed, his pictures are stunning- I’d love to travel to some of the beautiful places he gets to experience

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

I love fashion, so a dream would be to work with a luxury fashion brand, even if was to model Louis Vuitton socks, I’d do it!

Tell us something about you that people might not know? 

That my actual name is Luke, Stanley Dru was created from my childhood, a mixture of a town I lived in, in the Falkland Islands (Port Stanley) and the street I grew up on (Drury Street)

 What’s your favourite social platform and why?

My favourite has to be Instagram, it's so easy to use and simple to connect. Saying hello to someone thousands of miles away has never been easier and its allowed to connect to some wonderful brands and people who I wouldn’t normally get the chance to meet- Instagram has helped me work in Influencer Marketing, so for that, I’m forever grateful!

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

I would love to work with huge brands and even work more in travel if I was paid to travel and enjoy some of the most gorgeous hotels out there in the most fascinating countries, I’d be on cloud nine!

 

 

"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

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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.