Thinkers360 Announces Release of 2021 B2B Influencer Marketing Outlook Research
Key findings include holistic metrics over social media metrics, when gauging expertise and measuring ROI, as well as use of specialist communities for disseminating content.
DALLAS (Thinkers360) December 21, 2020
Thinkers360, the world’s premier B2B thought leader and influencer community, today announced the release of it’s 2021 B2B Influencer Marketing Outlook Research Report. The purpose of the research was to better understand current and future trends with regard to B2B influencer marketing content producer and content consumer perspectives and their plans for 2021.
The primary research survey was conducted between November 2nd and December 11th 2020 among Thinkers360 Members as well as among other producers and consumers of B2B influencer marketing content.
Key findings from the study include:
Consumers of B2B Influencer Marketing Content (Current State)
- Aiding Decision Making – 73% see influencer content as either extremely important or very important for “aiding decision making”
- It’s all about Relevance – Relevance (93%), engagement (92%) and impact (92%) are the key attributes of world-class influencer content. *Rated as extremely important or very important attributes of influencer content
- Authors & Entrepreneurs are Natural Influencers – Primary sources of influencer content include authors (45%), entrepreneurs (43%), social media influencers (42%), and speakers (34%)
Producers of B2B Influencer Marketing Content (Current State)
- Today’s Influencers Identify with Multiple Personas – Influencer content producers cited authors (56%), consultants (55%), speakers (50%), entrepreneurs (47%) and social media influencers (45%) as the personas they most identify with
- Focus is Key – Over 70% of B2B influencers typically work with 10 brands or less per year, with just 10% working with more than 20
- Holistic Metrics beat Social Media Metrics – “Holistic metrics (across all content)” were cited by over 2x as many B2B influencers as the most effective measures and metrics, when measuring results and ROI with brands, compared to “social media metrics”
Producers of B2B Influencer Marketing Content (Plans for 2021)
- Leading with Content – Articles & blogs (84%), social media (65%) and speaking (60%) are the primary formats for influencer content production in 2021
- Specialist Communities Are Key – Social media channels (75%) and specialist communities (62%) are the tip of the spear for disseminating influencer content in 2021. *What are the primary outlets for the influencer content you plan to distribute in 2021?
The complete report, including extensive analysis and interpretation, is now available to Thinkers360 members at the Pro Plan level and above.
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