Influencers on social media
What are the uses of social media for these influencers?
The influencers uses social media to share and stay in touch, they support what brands and products they believe in through their accounts.
Breaking down the main uses of social media in further details:
Connect with your favourite people- loved ones, friends, people
Social media allows you to connect with people on a global scale. The most commonly used platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram and Skype are the most convenient and fastest growing platforms to connect people. One common thing about these platforms are the social factor, where you can contact people (anytime and anywhere). The connection you used to think is impossible is now made so much easier with these social channels. Distance is no longer a challenge, and now influencers are making use of that to share what they believe through the platforms. The instant updates followers can get from these influencers ease the burden of trying the products themselves.
Sharing passionately- enhanced credibility
People generally love the act of sharing, and the attention. The constant need to express themselves and let their feelings and/or experiences made known to others is the root basis of how social media came about. Different people with different opinions on topic come together to share and generate varying responses and readers/audiences can gain and selectively learn from them. With similar values and experiences, influencers gain value among their readers. That’s really how their numbers grow. WIth social media, it’s so easy to connect with people. You share about the things you love, and that’s how people believe in you.
Did you know that 90% of the audiences believe in what influencers say than brands?
To support a cause/ brand
Social media can be an effective tool to drive actions as it builds awareness. When influencers update their social media with brands information- they are essentially spreading awareness. Through their profiles, brands can reach out to their target audience more effective. Influencers are trusted voices and can be extremely effective at spreading the word. This alone, is enough to encourage topics and actions among their followers. One example would be the ice bucket challenge, where many people challenged themselves on instagram to pour a bucket of ice water over themselves. Celebrities, politicians and influencers all videoed their acts, and this spread promoted awareness. The act of pouring ice water over one also encouraged people to be more involved, and support Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of neurodegenerative disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.
FOMO (Fear of missing out) and keep up with trends
People turn to social media platforms as that’s the “hot” place where people talk and share information. Influencers play a major role in selling and promoting a company, and these social media platforms become essentially a “marketplace”. Influencers are essentially cheaper and more reliable as an option of representation to ensure that their products is stretched to its maximum possibility.