The 2018 influencer trends you need to know about

2018 influencer trends

I’ve been blogging for almost two years – two years in February that is. That is totally crazy. Bonkers in fact. In some ways I still feel like I know absolutely zilch about the industry and the fact that I am still not blogging full time for a living makes me wonder if I am in fact a big, fat blogging failure. And then I remember where I started and how far I’ve brought this little internet space and I feel, in a rather un-british way, fookin’ proud of myself.

But this post isn’t really about that – it’s a little look forwards at what another year of blogdom may bring and the trends that I think are going to be MAHOOSIVE for all influencers, mamarazzi’s and selfie takers alike.

So let’s cut to the chase shall we? Here’s my predictions for the year twenty eighteen.

2018 influencer

Insta-blogging.

Or Insta-everything is probably more on point. Because who has time to read an actual blog, right?! Kinda hoping at this juncture you are shouting at your screen “me you cretin!” but let’s gloss over that…

Instagram is a varied platform whether it’s quick and dirty or fast and glossy but there has definitely been a rise in the insta-blogging captions alongside your image of choice. People are inherently nosey but also time poor so using Instagram to micro-blog  and micro-vlog in this way seems to make sense and appeal to the masses.

Whatever is going on with the algorithm from hell, for those influencers who are genuinely killing it and growing their own audience off the back of their own USP, Instagram continues to grow and brands are paying B-I-G bucks to those clever enough to work the marketng system to their advantage.

I think for 2018 that this is a trend that is only going to continue to grow. Just remember if you want to take advantage of it, you do you. Don’t try to copy the popular influencer next door.

YouTubing

I’m noticing a shift in YouTube lately. For me, it feels like the only platform I use where genuine hard work and consistency pays off without having to boost, trick or play a system / algorithm. Taking a step back and thinking about the platforms I use as a person, y’know, like not as an “influencer” – just an everyday person who can go out for dinner without Instagramming it –  I know that YouTube is where it’s at.

I love watching a whole variety of content and I use it for work, business, reviews, reccomendations and entertainment. I engage, I take my valuable free-time and invest in it and everyone I know does the same. If you feel comfortable in front of the camera and have something to offer an audience then you need to get your pretty little backside over there and get stuck in.

Personal blogging is dead

Well not quite. If you have a large and engaged audience already then there’s a space for a bit of self indulgent, where am I going with my life type posts. But if you are new to this here blogging world, think again.

Personal blogging used to be where it was at when I first started putting pen to paper but nowadays, if the post isn’t useful in some way to the person reading it, then you need to think again because they sure as hell won’t stick around to sympathise with your musings. I mean, who has the time?

It’s actually a little sad because it can take a touch of the art out of crafting a post but I really believe that in 2018, useful blogging is where it’s going to be at. Make your post have a point even if that point is just to relate to another tired mama and make them feel your exhaustion. Better yet, help them figure out how to make that exhaustion go away. Flippancy at its best but you get the point…

Sponsored content – slow it down

It stands out a mile. At least it should be because disclosure is a LEGAL REQUIREMENT but let’s not get into a rant about that particular joy. I think audiences are starting to reject the concept of any old sponsored content popping up on their feeds or in their inboxes. They are fighting back and rejecting this kind of staged content as “fake” or disingenuous and if influencers don’t provide a hefty dose of non-sponsored content alongside those lucrative contracted deals with well know nappy companies then they are going to lose out. Or at least I think so and so do my friends.

The thing is, I know that blogging pays the bills and is a totally viable career option so it can definitely be a tricky balancing act turning down contracts that pay well but aren’t really relevant to your niche or yourself.

For 2018 though, I think it will be important to do just that. Keeping the sponsored deals to the products or services that you would genuinely love and share with your friends and family without any financial incentive makes the most amount of sense. Being the equivalent of the Yellow Pages advertising book does not.

Micro-influencing

Influencers can be grouped into three categories; mega, macro and micro (shout out to all of the micro’s!) and I think brands are cottoning on to the power of these so-called micro-influencers. It can be far more beneficial to pick one influencer with 5000 subscribers on YouTube who has a 70%watch rate than a massive influencer with a 1% watch rate – depending on the campaign objectives of course.

2016/17 saw a massive focus on growing growing growing across all social platforms and email marketing whereas I predict that 2018 influencer trends will be less about growth / size and waaay more about engagement and connecting with these real genuine audiences despite the fact that they are only a teeny tiny fraction of Zoella’s empire. Although after that advent calendar debacle I wouldn’t worry too much about her competition…

Again, my thoughts here are to keep doing you, being yourself, keeping it real for want of a better phrase. Building a smaller core audience who genuinely care (and FYI you have to care about them too boo) is going to pack a punch in the influencing market next year. Or I’ll eat my Instagram.

So there we have it – my pick of the 2018 influencer trends to watch out for. Could be that I’ve got it hopelessly wrong of course but let’s revisit in 12 months to see.

TTFN

xxx

 

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9 Comments

  1. Julia
    November 21, 2017 / 5:44 am

    You have come so far, amazing! Look forward to reading all your posts on into the future xx

  2. Rachel
    November 21, 2017 / 7:19 am

    Reading this has really made me want to pull my finger out. I will have been blogging 8 years in February and nothing at all to show for it.
    With a frustrating work life I really need to embrace my creative side. Looking forward to 2018, let’s see if your predictions were correct

    • November 21, 2017 / 8:42 am

      I suppose it depends on the definition of having something to show for it? Not everyone needs a book deal or massive contracts to feel fulfilled and that’s the joy of being creative, it means different things to different people 🙂 Hopefully 2018 will be your year though if you feel like you want to take it to the next level – good luck!

  3. November 21, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    I love the idea of microblogging on insta. I really hope to grow my instagram next year, continue my blog but more about lifestyle and less family life. The kids are growing up now so not wanting to be featured all the time xxx great post Fi

  4. November 27, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    Great post, thanks for this. I need to up my instagame!

  5. November 28, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    Really interesting points here Fi. Totally agree with you on YouTube, as a new youtuber myself. I need to up my game on this in 2018. I’m finding Instagram so so difficult to grow. I’m hoping it’s just a matter of time. Loved reading this, made me feel motivated! Xx

  6. January 3, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    I love the redesign. I’ve only been blogging for 9 months and with recent growth I am looking into ways to increase my blog income. One of those ways was sponsored content. I’ve been on the fence about it because a big part of who I am as a blogger is only recommending products I use or would buy and use. With that being the case I’m nervous about doing sponsored content because I am rather picky about my products. Your predictions on sponsored content lines up with my exact gut feelings.

    • January 4, 2018 / 2:30 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂 I personally don’t have a problem with sponsored posts but definitely only when they are an authentic and true fit to the blogger. Keep going – the more you write, the more it will all slot into place x

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