The Social Media Influencers you Love to Hate

March 4, 2020 Sarah Parker

See or hear the term "Social Media Influencer" and for many it immediately conjures the stereotype of someone so absorbed in their phone and the selfie or video they're taking that they are oblivious to the world around them— sometimes to hilarious slapstick effect. 

Influence is more than influencers, but many brands still include influencers in their overall strategy. Some projects do get a boost from using the right influencer while others could benefit from tapping into other influence strategies. 

Journalists shouldn't be left out of the equation either; many are influencers in their own right, like a tech journalist who has been covering that beat for a decade or more. Their audience trusts what they have to say and it might make more sense for a tech brand to reach out for their honest opinion around a project or product launch for a writeup than working with a social media influencer. 

We unpack a lot more around influence in our Influencer Framework for PR Pros eBook, based on the work of Dr. Robert Cialdini. 

This comic was created in partnership with Erik Reichenbach, Cision Graphic Designer and the man behind Dabu Doodles. You can follow his work on Instagram or his website.  

About the Author

Sarah Parker

Sarah A. Parker is the Content Marketing Manager for Cision, planning, producing and curating content across channels. She previously managed content and social media for several different brands, in addition to working as a freelance writer. Find her on Twitter @SparkerWorks where she is happy to talk all things social media strategy, the dynamic world of PR, and mastiffs.

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