The Truth About Influencers And Brand Advocacy

The Truth About Influencers And Brand Advocacy

Ok, not a universal truth … just my opinion.  Over the years, I have written several blog posts and even dedicated an entire chapter in my book about the topic of customer advocacy.  I believe that investing in scalable, long term brand advocacy programs is a business imperative; more so than just increasing friends, fans and followers.

Here are a few things we know about influencers and advocates:

  • They are not the same and require separate strategic frameworks.
  • Influencers usually require an incentive before they engage.  Advocates just love the brand and will pretty much do anything you ask.
  • Influencers are effective for short-term campaigns, product launches and events; advocates drive long-term business value.
  • Many companies today spend their time and dollars trying to find and engage with influencers.  Advocates are often ignored.
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