How to Find Influencers & Creators for Your Next Social Media Campaign

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How to Find Influencers & Creators for Your Next Social Media Campaign


By Alyssa Gagliardi

Updated on October 7, 2022

8 minute read

It's time to find your perfect match. ✨

Published June 28, 2021

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The creator economy is estimated to be worth more than $100B, and it's changing how brands launch campaigns or promote their products. 

But a "successful" campaign takes more than signing someone with a large following.

The best partnerships will help you reach engaged (and relevant) audiences and build brand awareness.

So, how do you find the right influencers and creators for your next launch? 

We’re sharing our top 11 tips to help you find your perfect match.

11 Tips to Help Find the Right Influencers & Creators For Your Brand

These are 11 things you should consider before deciding whether an influencer or creator is the right fit for your brand:

  1. Define Your Goals

  2. Establish Your Influencer & Creator Personas

  3. Use an Influencer & Creator Database Tool

  4. Monitor Influencers & Creators Talking About Your Brand

  5. Look at Who Your Target Audience Engages With

  6. Consider Micro Influencers & Creators

  7. Monitor Relevant Hashtags 

  8. Follow Industry Podcasts, Events, Newsletters, and Blogs

  9. Keep an Eye on Your Competitors

  10. Look at an Influencer & Creator’s Key Performance Metrics

  11. Ask Your Community for Recommendations

Tip #1: Define Your Goals

The ultimate goal for brands using influencers and creators is to reach new audiences. 

And Later’s Influencer Marketing Specialist, Adrienne Sharpe, says setting expectations is key in achieving your desired outcome.

“You're essentially paying the influencer for access to their audience,” explains Adrienne.

"So, you have to be clear about your campaign's goals — and what you hope to achieve. This will help them create content that will serve both of your interests." 

Are you looking to build brand awareness? Drive sales? Generate more leads? Think about how your collaboration will fit into your broader social media marketing strategy, and then set SMART goals

NOTE: Influencer marketing partnerships can cost anywhere from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars. Defining your budget at the beginning stages is important too.

Tip #2: Establish Your Influencer & Creator Personas

Like a dating app, knowing who your "ideal creator" is will help you define the qualities you're looking for and narrow your scope. 

These are a few questions you can begin to ask yourself and your team:

  • What is your ideal creator’s niche?

  • Who is their audience?

  • What’s their personality type and how does it align with your brand voice?

  • What are their values and do they align with your brand?

Use as much detail as possible — keeping your target audience in mind. 

And remember to be realistic about who they’ll connect with — aka, if you’re an eco-conscious brand, steer clear of influencers and creators who promote fast fashion. 

Tip #3: Use an Influencer & Creator Database Tool

Finding the right partnership can feel like a full-time job without the right tools — but who said you have to do the heavy lifting?

Using a third party tool like Later’s Brand Collabs can help you easily discover and connect with creators and influencers for your next campaign:

  1. In Later's Desktop app, click on "Creator & Brand Collabs" in the sidebar

  2. From there, you can set up your brand profile, search for creators, and more

GIF showing how to use Later's Brand Collabs features.

With Brand Collabs, you can connect with relevant creators, post and manage upcoming campaigns, and review applicants — all in one place. Available on Growth and Advanced plans.

Tip #4: Monitor Influencers & Creators Talking About Your Brand

Collaborating with the right people can be as easy as looking in your own backyard. 

"When you find influencers who are already talking about your brand, it makes it easier to reach out for a potential collaboration," says Later's Influencer and Partner Marketing Manager, Kurtis Smeaton.

Screenshot x2 of UGC for Our Place.

"Of course, you'll need to vet them first. And if they're a brand fit, it'll make their endorsement more genuine," explains Kurtis.

"Their paid content is more likely to have an impact on their audience, as there's already a level of trust established."

TIP: Set time aside to frequently monitor your tagged posts, comments, DMs, and branded hashtag to find influencers and creators who are already engaging with your brand.

Tip #5: Look at Who Your Target Audience Engages With

Finding influencers that resonate with your target audience is an important step in the search process.

To do this, look at your existing community. Select anywhere from 10 to 15 followers who represent your target audience, and check out their following lists.

What type of creators are they already following? What’s their niche? Are you seeing any common trends in their content? How in line are they with your brand? 

Having a thorough understanding of your audience’s interests is an important step in your persona building (see tip #2). 

Tip #6: Consider Nano Influencers & Creators

Engagement > follower count, always. And we have the data to prove it!

In Later x Fohr’s 2021 Influencer Marketing Report, we found that Nano influencers — those with less than 10K followers — had the highest average engagement rates.

Working with multiple Nano influencers can be an effective strategy if you’re looking to tap into small, hyper-niche audiences. 

But if you don’t have the bandwidth to coordinate dozens of Nano influencers, finding and working with a smaller number of Micro influencers can be a great option too.

Screenshot x2 of micro and nano influencers Later has worked with.

At Later, we've worked with many Micro influencers like Lissette Calveiro, Tayllor Lloyd, and Kar Brulhart — generating great results.

Use Later’s Brand Collabs feature to find the perfect Nano and Micro influencers for your next campaign — available on Growth and Advanced plans.

Tip #7: Monitor Relevant Hashtags

Keeping track of branded hashtags or a collection of hashtags you frequently use can be especially helpful in sourcing creators for your next campaign. 

Swimwear and lifestyle brand, 437, encourages the use of the hashtag #437 on both Instagram and TikTok: 

#437 on TikTok.

And the branded hashtag has racked up over 40M views on TikTok alone — with thousands of influencers and creators tagging them in posts. 

Discover the best hashtags for your Instagram strategy in seconds! Sign up for a Later account to get started:

Tip #8: Follow Industry Podcasts, Events, Newsletters, and Blogs

Working with influencers and creators who are experts or thought leaders in your industry can also create successful campaigns.

And expertise doesn’t necessarily mean a high follower count or blue check mark — it’s about a highly engaged following who trusts the creator’s thoughts and opinions. 

To find those heavy-hitters, pay attention to events, podcasts, blogs, and newsletters like Later’s free weekly newsletter

Keep an eye out for creators who are regularly doing interviews, have an engaged audience, and bring value to the table.

Tip #9: Keep an Eye on Your Competitors

While we’d never recommend copying someone else’s marketing strategy, keeping an eye on the competition can give you a good sense of what’s resonating — and what’s not.

Take note of influencers and creators who've commented on your competitors’ posts or tagged them in content. Why? There’s a strong chance they may like your products too.

Plus, checking out your competition will give you a heads up on which influencers and creators could have a conflict of interest.

Tip #10: Look at an Influencer & Creator’s Key Performance Metrics

Evaluating an influencer’s metrics is vital in determining if they'll help you reach your goals.

Once you find a creator you’re interested in, Adrienne recommends doing some digging before approaching them. 

“Look through their followers and the comments on their posts,” she says.

“Are they full of bots? Spam accounts? This will help you gauge the genuineness of their community and engagement.” 

For best practice, have a good scroll through an influencer’s previous posts, do a thorough Google search, and ask any contacts you have in the influencer marketing industry.

TIP: Later lets users generate a validated Performance Report with all the key metrics in one easy-to-digest, shareable link. Ask your next creator partner to share their performance report in two taps!

Tip #11: Ask Your Community for Recommendations

What better people to ask about a future collaboration than your own community?

Your followers likely follow a ton of other brands and creators, meaning they’ll quickly be able to tell you who they’d love to see you to partner up with.

One of the best ways to do this is by putting out a question sticker on your Instagram Stories or posting a callout on TikTok. 

Asking your audience means yielding suggestions you might have never considered. Plus, there’s nothing like a good callout to strengthen the sense of community on your page. 

With these 11 tips, you’ll be equipped to find the right influencers and creators for your next campaign. 

Play your cards right and you could be one step closer to developing some longterm brand ambassadors! 

P.S. With Later’s Brand Collabs, you can find tons of creators for your next campaign. Get started today — available on Growth and Advanced plans.

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