By Courtney Moser
This campaign is too short… but that campaign is too long. How do you know which length is right for you?
Just as Goldilocks had to try several bowls of hot (and cold) porridge to find the one that was just right for her, marketers often have to use trial-and-error to determine the best campaign strategy and fit. And unlike Goldilocks, we don’t usually have three ready-to-eat campaigns lined up for us
So, where do we begin? First, ask what you’re trying to accomplish here. Before you can hone in on campaign length, you have to choose the influencer marketing campaign type that will best meet your brand needs and goals. These range from brand awareness campaigns to product launches and seasonal campaigns.
Once you’ve decided which campaign type will deliver the best results for your brand, you can start planning details such as number of influencers, content topics and campaign length. The length will vary depending on your strategy. This is where it may help to work with an influencer marketing group with experience to guide your brand.
The Find Your Influence team, for instance, has overseen the development and deployment of more than 10,000 influencer marketing campaigns – and they’ve come up with a recommended general nine-week plan for brands who don’t know where to start. This includes: two weeks to select and invite influencers, two weeks for influencers to develop content, four weeks for the campaign to be active and one week for reporting and analysis.
Brands who have specific campaign ideas in mind, however, will want to customize this plan to better fit company needs and timelines. For example, if you are going to run a blog campaign with several post parts and social promotion points, you may want to extend the active campaign time to allow for increased awareness and engagement. Or, if you are going for a front-loaded campaign that increases brand buzz the week before an event, you can shorten active campaign time for a more concentrated onslaught of content and social posts.
There are different benefits for each type of campaign and campaign length. Longer campaigns mean that you have more time to build relationships with your influencers and connect with consumers for increased authenticity. But, shorter campaigns can be just as effective in achieving those goals – and fast turnaround times can make a bang and help content trend on social media.