“How do you stand out in the influencer industry when it’s so saturated?”
Does this statement sound familiar?
This is a line I hear often from others who are getting started or already an influencer themselves. To be honest, it’s a question I’ve asked myself a lot of times too.
However, thinking the industry is saturated is a mindset coming from scarcity.
The influencer industry is a billion dollar industry that’s only at the tip of the iceberg. As the industry expands and more brands enter this world, there will only be more opportunities for influencers especially micro-influencers.
Micro-Influencers Are Big For Good Reasons
As a micro-influencer, we offer something different to the table than macro-influencers. Due to our smaller following, we often have higher engagement with our followers and are able to create more trust and genuine connections. There are many reasons for this level of trust, but the most important one is that we don’t come across as “sellouts”. When we’re promoting a product or service, we are likely to do it because we genuinely like the product or service rather than because we are getting a big paycheck.
So standing out as a micro-influencer isn’t the amount of followers you have, standing out is being able to create differentiation points in your personal brand.
If you are curious, to learn the exact formula I use to differentiate myself in this industry then keep on reading below!
1. Narrow Down To A Sub-Niche
If you want to stand out in the influencer community, you have to narrow down your niche into sub-niches.
If you try to speak to everyone, you speak to no one.
Being able to clearly identify a sub-niche will help you establish your personal brand and the message you are trying to deliver.
One of the most important thing about being a micro-influencer is that you have the opportunity to be personable to your small group of audience.
By being personable, you can help solve the problems of your target audience. People are inclined to follow people who provide immense value.
So the more solutions you can provide to others for their needs, the more they will stick around for your journey!
Here’s an example:
Niche: Fashion > Sub-niche: Affordable Sustainable Fashion > Content idea: 10 Places To Sustainable Shop For Summer
Niche: Beauty > Sub-niche: Makeup For Acne Prone Skin > Content idea: Makeup tutorial using only products that help treat and cover acne
2. Create Catchy Headlines
Most of us judge a book by its cover. We read the title of the book and look at its packaging before deciding if we want to purchase it. So it’s no different when we’re creating content too. A good headline is just as important as the content piece you’re going to write about. It should be simple but sexy.
Here’s a simple fool proof formula and example I use when creating catchy headlines:
End result target audience wants (Getting Brand Partnerships) + Address the objection (Without Any Collaboration Experience) = How To Get Your 1st Brand Partnership Without Any Collaboration Experience
3. Good Content Creates Emotions
The good news is everyone can be a great content creator these days!
You don’t need an expensive camera to take high quality photos, you just need a smartphone. You don’t need to be Einstein to create a blog article about a topic, you just need to know enough about a topic to be able to solve a problem. You don’t need to be a super instagram model to attract followers, you just need to know how to create emotions in your content.
These emotions can be happy, humorous, informative, sentimental, controversial, sad, and etc. Emotions is what creates a bond with others. By attaching an emotion in our content, we’re creating depth and personality that our audience can further relate to.
So ask yourself: What kind of emotion does your content leave people feeling?
4. Create Thought Provoking Captions
An aesthetic photo will stop someone from scrolling on their feed but a meaningful caption is what sparks a conversation.
The only way to create an engaged audience is to make engaging content. You do this by creating a mission statement you believe in that you can passionately speak about.
I use my platform to spread my mission statement to help micro-influencers pursue their passions and monetize their influence. So I create content based around this mission statement to show other micro-influencers how they can achieve the same goals for themselves.
Most importantly, I love marketing! It’s a topic I could passionately speak about, continuously learn, and share with others. Influencers are essentially content marketers. We create and distribute content on our social media platforms to attract followers and brand partnerships so that we can ultimately monetize our content and influence. In the world of content marketing, those who choose to spend time creating good content will build a profitable brand and those who create poor content will result in a waste of time, energy, and resources.
So ask yourself: What is your mission statement? If there’s one topic you could talk about for the rest of your life, what would it be?
5. Art of Storytelling
Now, that you’ve been able to hone down on what your mission statement is and what you are most passionate about. It’s important to create information that’s easy to digest for your readers. One of the best way to do this is by incorporating stories when delivering your message. People are wired to respond to stories because a great story holds a person’s interest and creates a feeling of connection.
Great story tellers always include these 3 key components:
- Start with a hook
- Tell personal stories and share firsthand feelings
- Allow others to apply it into their own lives
Here’s an example of a piece of content that I created utilizing these 3 key components:
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🐚𝚆𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚖𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚍𝚒𝚍 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚕𝚕? ⠀ ⠀ 😣𝙸 𝚜𝚝𝚛𝚞𝚐𝚐𝚕𝚎𝚍 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚜𝚑𝚢 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚗𝚡𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚒𝚗 𝚜𝚘𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚕 𝚜𝚎𝚝𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚖𝚢 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎.⠀ ⠀ 🤭𝙸 𝚘𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚗 𝚊𝚟𝚘𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚍 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚗 𝚘𝚙𝚒𝚗𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝙸 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚕 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝙸 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚗𝚘 𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚘𝚛 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚘𝚗𝚎.⠀ ⠀ 🤫𝙸 𝚊𝚟𝚘𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘𝚘 𝚖𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚜 𝙸 𝚌𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚏𝚎𝚊𝚛 𝚘𝚏 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚍 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚛 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚜 𝚖𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚊𝚜 𝙸 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍. ⠀ ⠀ 🤔𝙸 𝚊𝚟𝚘𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚍 𝚊𝚜𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚌𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚗 𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝙸 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚕 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚊𝚜𝚜𝚞𝚖𝚙𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚖𝚢 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚐𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚋𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚋𝚊𝚜𝚎𝚍 𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝.⠀ ⠀ 🖐𝙷𝚘𝚠𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛, 𝙸 𝚍𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚙 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚏𝚎𝚊𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚍𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚖𝚒𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚗 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚑𝚊𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚘𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚛. ⠀ ⠀ 🗣𝙲𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚖𝚢 𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚕𝚕 𝚖𝚎𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚐𝚘𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚘𝚞𝚝𝚜𝚙𝚘𝚔𝚎𝚗 𝚜𝚘 𝙸 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚒𝚖𝚙𝚊𝚌𝚝 𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚖𝚢 𝚙𝚞𝚛𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎.⠀ ⠀ ❓𝙲𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚖𝚢 𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚕𝚕 𝚖𝚎𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚐𝚘𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚝 𝚊𝚜𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚗𝚘 𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚍𝚞𝚖𝚋, 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚗𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚜𝚔𝚎𝚍.⠀ ⠀ 💯𝙲𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚖𝚢 𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚕𝚕 𝚖𝚎𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚐𝚘𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚙 𝚌𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚖𝚎 𝚜𝚘 𝙸 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚍𝚘 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝙸 𝚝𝚛𝚞𝚕𝚢 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎. ⠀⠀ ⠀ 🧠𝙰𝚋𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚊𝚕𝚕, 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚒𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚕𝚕 𝚒𝚜 𝚊 𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚊𝚕 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚎. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚣𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏-𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚑, 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚏𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚐𝚊𝚒𝚗.⠀ ⠀ 𝚂𝚘 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚓𝚘𝚒𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚕𝚕 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚊𝚞𝚝𝚒𝚏𝚞𝚕 @mejuri 𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚕𝚕 𝚗𝚎𝚌𝚔𝚕𝚊𝚌𝚎? #mejuri
- Start with a hook “What moment in your life did you come out of your shell?” I often ask thought-provoking questions in the beginning of my captions because it captures people’s attention so they will feel more inclined to read more of what I have to say.
- Tell personal stories and share firsthand feelings“I struggled being shy and anxious in social settings for most of my life.” Sharing my personal feelings in relation to this question helps others to visualize the situation and also connect with me if it relates to them.
- Allow others to apply it into their own lives “Above all, being in your shell is a mental state. The more you realize your self-worth, the more confidence you will gain. So are you joining me to come out your shell just like this beautiful Mejuri shell necklace?” After presenting a problem and opportunity to solve the problem, I create a call-to-action. This invites a sense of togetherness with the community I’m building.
6. Make Your Content Actionable
Do you write call-to-actions in your posts? I always leave my readers with some sort of actionable steps whether to ask a question, tell them to click the link in my bio, or comment if they agree with my message. An actionable step will help readers reflect on how they can implement the knowledge you provided and further connect with you.
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Thanks so much for reading! I’m curious to know, how do you stand out as a micro-influencer? Comment below and I’d love to hear from you!