Khamisi Hamisi

Avoid Fake Instagram Influencers

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As the old saying goes, “Burn me once, shame on you, burn me twice, shame on me.” This saying is really what’s animating on other people’s misapprehension regarding influencers on Instagram.

You probably heard the phrase “Instagram influencers” for quite some time now. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you should know very well that Instagram can deliver a tremendous amount of traffic.

This is not some empty statistic, mind you, this is traffic that actually converts.

How much are we talking about? Well, there is no shortage of online store owners who make tens of thousands of dollars a month after month like clockwork, simply because they got in touch with the right influencers.

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Who Are Influencers?

What are these influencers and what do they do?

These are accounts being followed on Instagram that people simply pay attention to. That’s really where it all boils down.

It’s all about credibility and authority of these people. When they post a new photo of some sort of alcoholic drink, some article of clothing, or even pet dogs, their followers just go crazy.

It’s not a surprise that Kim Kardashian is able to charge thousands of dollars for one picture post, because that post is enough to generate a tremendous amount of buzz.

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Not only that she directly calls people to action who are actually following her own Instagram but there are all sorts of media buzz created, blog posts are written, new press releases are produced.

Any simple acts by such mega-celebrities on social media are often a trigger to a chain reaction of direct and indirect marketing.

The bottom-line is influencers do produce results.

Fake Influencers

Unfortunately, finding the real influencers that you can afford can be very challenging, why? Since the world came up, advertisers such as yourself are willing to pay top dollar for influencers.

There are all sorts of fake influencers accounts coming up all over social media, I’m not just talking about Instagram.

I’m talking across the board: Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, you name it. What makes this so dangerous is the fact that their followers are also fake. Finding real influencers can be a challenge.

The good news is that this is easier than you think. You really just have to put in the time and pay attention to the right details.

What To Look At When Picking Influencers

What should you pay attention to?

  • Engagement
  • Past commercial posts

  1. Engagement

    One thing and one thing alone: engagement. Look at the total number of followers that an account has and look at the average number of engagements that person’s post gets. If you do the math, you should be able to come up with some sort of ranking system between different accounts.

  2. Past commercial posts

    You should also pay attention to the kind of commercial posts that they published. If they give you a tremendous amount of leeway then go for them, assuming that their followers are real.

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Keep these steps in mind because this can lead to you making a tremendous amount of money, thanks to Instagram. It really all boils down to unleashing the power of real influence. Key phrase, of course, is “real influence.” After reading the information above, you should have enough knowledge that you can tell real players from fake ones.

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~ Khamisi Hamisi

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Khamisi Hamisi is a digital marketing consultant, podcast host, mobile video creator, and poet. He loves working with startups and businesses looking to scale up. He is a critical thinker and creative problem solver. Moreover, he loves coming up with strategies that help grow businesses online.
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