Influencer Marketing vs Traditional Ads + LINK UP!

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You're looking to expand your business and you have a marketing budget set aside, but now you aren't sure if you should be putting the money into Influencer Marketing or Traditional Ads. It's a tough decision, and one that requires knowledge and research on the topic. As an influencer myself, I have spent the last 4.5 years learning about the different advertising routes, and based on my experience, I will let you know why influencer marketing is the way of the future.

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What are they?

Traditional ads consists of magazine ads, newspaper ads, television commercials, billboards, posters, and most recently, sidebar ads. These are typically a model with the product and a tagline intended to garner attention or generate sales. Influencer marketing involves hiring someone with a social media or blog following to create content and post about the product on their platforms. The purpose of this avenue of advertisement is to gain audience trust, build brand awareness, and to generate sales.

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Return on Investment

Generally speaking, every advertisement is looking for a return on investment (ROI). This is how companies gather data on the success of a marketing campaign. Unfortunately, sales is one of the few ways that is measurable when it comes to ROI. What many brands are finding out in 2018 is that brand awareness and brand integrity are both part of the investment when it comes to marketing a product or service. When working with traditional agencies, you can track conversions and click-through rates and determine the ROI on a particular ad placement. When working with influencers, the advertisement goes so much deeper, often providing a new outlet and audience to view your brand. Influencers are like the cool girl in college; everyone wants to know the brands she is wearing, the skincare lines she is using, and the places she is visiting. They offer a trusted review on a company, kind of like asking your best friend for advice. Influencers not only provide clicks and conversions, but they provide brand awareness and integrity, too.

Cost Per Advertisement

All that is really cool and all, but what about cost? We also all want to know the bottom line! The biggest thing to remember about Influencer Marketing is that you are hiring out one person. When you create an ad campaign through traditional marketing, you are hiring a photographer, a model, a copywriter, an editor, a content director, and often more. The two lists compared show us that you are going to being paying far less for an ad through an influencer than you would for an ad team. Influencers are known for their ability to wear multiple hats during the process of of the advertisement construction. Roughly, you will spend $100 for every 10,000 followers that an influencer has, or $100 for every 5,000 page views they receive. At least, this is the starting point that many influencers are using to gauge the right price point for their work. This payment covers the cost of the production and product placement. Often, influencers can be paid for the rights of their photos as well to lesson the burden on content creation for the company themselves. 

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Target Audience

When you are advertising, you always want to hit a target audience. Traditional advertising does a pretty good job of this because you can pick and choose the location of the ad or the type of print it goes on. Social media influencers bring an even more niche audience to the table. If a brand does their research and finds the right content creator, they can get a particular group of consumers fit for the ad. Social media trendsetters spend years building a specialized following that often share their likes, beliefs, opinions, and aesthetic. If you want your ad to go straight to the right buyers, you need to be adding influencers to your marketing ammo.

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Millennials and younger spend 5+ hours a day on their mobile phones-- and that number continues to grow! The youthful generations aren't the only ones using technology, either, as the market is penetrating everyone with the advancement of tech. Traditional ads are at a disadvantage when it comes to mobile phones and computers, though. Now there are apps and programs that provide ad blocking. This means you can be paying for your product to be seen online, but it may never even reach the customer. When influencers stepped into the picture, it changed the game. Ads became more organic and were incorporated into lifestyle feeds that could no longer be blocked by a program. 

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Brand Message

If you are running your business and brand correctly, you should have a mission statement. This message is the underlying reason for your company and why the target audience should buy from you! While traditional ads have a harder time promoting that declaration, influencers have opened brand messaging wide open! Once you hire the right content creator, the theme will be apparent throughout the campaign and will provide a story behind the subject. It's well known that consumers buy products that offer them a why behind the label. Social media marketing has developed this skill and become experts at incorporating the 'why' of a product through visual storytelling and perfectly captioned photos. Along with that, the content creators have multiple platforms that they can push out the client's message to, thus generating a wider viewership. In the words of Will Ferrel in Blades of Glory, "... It's provocative; it gets the people going."

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While traditional advertising still has its place in the market, influencers and social media stars are taking over the brand campaigns by creating killer content, generating a buzz around the product, offering a niche audience that trusts them, and doing all this for a better price tag than an entire team ever could do.


Welcome to the Friday Favorites link up with your co-hosts Liz from Lizzie in Lace and Lauryn from Lauryncakes!



  1. I love reading about influencer marketing! It is so interesting. Before I started blogging, I would look to influencers to see what products to buy. It really has changed the marketing platform. Thanks for posting about the cost... definitely interesting to see how much it actually is.

  2. First off, you look stunning in this dress! Secondly, I completely agree with influencer marketing being the way of the future. Love all the points you made here and so happy to have you cohosting the link up with me :-) Happy weekend!


  3. I totally agree with this post about influencer marketing! & loving your outfit girl, so cute!

    cute & little

  4. Great post girl. I love the photos and outfit everyone wore.

    Xx, Nailil

  5. These photos are so pretty! I am loving that dress you wore! And I love how you broke this down for people who are new to this side of blogging!

  6. "What many brands are finding out in 2018 is that brand awareness and brand integrity are both part of the investment when it comes to marketing a product or service." YES YES YES. Preach, girlfriend! This is something I tell brands all the time! They have to realize that one Instagram photo or one blog post might not give them a thousand new sales or followers, but increased promotion throughout time will gain the trust and interest of an influencers fanbase and then send them all back to the brand! It's amazing to see what influencers and bloggers can do now that traditional ads just can't accomplish anymore!

  7. This is such a great breakdown on why influencer marketing is really growing!

    xo Deborah
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  8. Awesome breakdown of influencer marketing! We are taking over marketing :)

  9. Girl, this is such a great post. So informative my friend!

  10. I absolutely love this post!! You broke it down SO perfectly.


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