Headline article image Top 4 Influencer marketing examples that drove successful sales campaigns

Top 4 Influencer marketing examples that drove successful sales campaigns

Ever wondered exactly how social media influencer posts come together? These business owners share their approach – and the secrets to influencer marketing success.

Influencers. If the term makes you think of the Kardashians, it may be time to think again.

In the past six years, there has been a 50 per cent rise, year over year, in the global social media influencer industry, according to the Influencer Marketing Benchmark Report, and today, more than 50 million people consider themselves content creators. 

In other words, it’s a gigantic industry, wide open to almost everyone. Sure, there are the influencers who wield a Kardashian level of fame, but there is also the growing crop of micro-influencers who wield a powerful engagement rate and know how to reach their target audience.  

Taryn Williams, founder and CEO of The Right Fit, a model, talent and influencer agency, believes influencers - particularly Instagram influencers - have democratised marketing because brands can now reach audiences in a fast and affordable way.

“If you find the right influencer in the right niche or geographic area, with targeted audience of interest, [and] who has already built trust with their followers, it’s a highly effective way for brands to market; [it’s also] suitable for all points of the marketing funnel – from brand awareness to conversion,” she says.

"It's not something that is limited to those with big budgets.”

- Taryn Williams, founder and CEO of The Right Fit

“It's also fantastic because it's not something that is limited to those with big budgets or those with large agencies on retainer.” 

So how exactly does influencer marketing work in an increasingly savvy social media world? Below, we detail four successful partnerships between brands and influencers. 

“We gifted our product to an influencer – and saw a 141 per cent rise in sales.”

GlowDry beauty has found success with paid partnerships and a gifting strategy

Fiona Dunne, the founder of finishing fake tan powder GlowDry, started partnering with social media influencers to increase brand awareness soon after launching in 2018 and has since made influencer engagement an integral part of her marketing strategy.

As part of this, Dunne frequently gifts products to influencers in the hopes that they will post about GlowDry, which is designed to be brushed on to prevent stickiness and staining from a spray tan. Gifting, she explains, is a low-risk way to identify the right influencers and expand the company's influencer marketing strategy organically.

Last year she sent GlowDry’s fake-tan drying powder to Isabel Alysa (@isabelalysa), a U.S. celebrity spray-tan artist with 124,000 followers who works with the Kardashians, Channing Tatum, Olivia Culpo and Katy Perry, among many stars. 

“We were shocked and delighted when she shared a story featuring our product,” says Dunne, and that day GlowDry saw a 141 percent spike in sales.

“She’s since shared a few times and we always see a spike,” Dunne continues. "So, we’re now talking to her about a paid collaboration as her endorsement has been so powerful for us.”

When it comes to paid social media influencer partnerships and influencer campaigns, Dunne’s number-one criteria when selecting those who genuinely love her product. She also values reliability, a clear target audience, and of course, engagement rates that lead to tangible results.

"A great influencer is one who commits to your product, [adheres to] a posting schedule, and is honest with their followers,” she says, adding that she measures influencer's success by checking website traffic, sales using a discount code, email signups, direct sales and social-follower growth."

“A great influencer is one that commits to your product."

- Iona Dunne, founder of GlowDry

“Long-term influencer relationships and expert partnerships work for us”

Teeth-whitening brand Advanced Whitening has worked with mid-tier influencers and mega influencers

When it comes to developing an influencer marketing campaign and partnerships, teeth-whitening brand Advanced Whitening has tried a range of tactics to ensure the right influencers - whether they be major Instagram influencers or micro-influencers - reach their target audience and deliver to the company's overall marketing strategy.

The most successful influencer marketing campaigns to date have all shared several key characteristics, social media manager Emma Vosti says.

First and foremost, the influencer must have authentic brand awareness. “When we find influencers that genuinely love and use our products you can see it through their content – it just comes more naturally.”

One particularly successful influencer marketing partnership was with influencer and dental hygienist Ashley Gunner, (@miss_gunner), with whom the brand worked over a three-month period. During that period, Gunner shared one post to social media per month, plus stories as part of their agreed influencer marketing strategy.

“That’s been a particularly successful relationship given her career as a dental hygienist,” says Vosti. “She is so knowledgeable and passionate about our products and speaks with such authority.”

“With Ashley we regularly see consistent sales through her content. However, the objective here is slightly different – we love how educational her content is and we include ad usage [the ability to use the content in paid social media advertisements in her contract] as we find it works very well for social media promotions.”

The brand has also worked with mega influencers to improve their social media reach such as Sarah Rav, who has 1.1 million followers. Much like the partnership with Gunner, Advanced Whitening worked with Rav several times.

“With Sarah Rav we partnered with her to promote our Advanced Whitening Kit and saw great results, so we worked with her again six months later for the launch of our Sonic Electric Toothbrush and Charcoal Toothpaste. We felt her audience already understood our brand and they'd been receptive, so it was a natural progression.” 

An influencer campaign also includes an Advanced Whitening discount code so social media sale conversions can be easily tracked. This is something Vosti says is integral to any influencer marketing campaign being carried out on social media. 

“We consistently see great results when we offer discount codes."

- Emma Vosti, social media manager at Advanced Whitening

“We consistently see results when we offer this; we recently saw a seven-times return on investment with a midsize influencer, which is really strong." 

“Influencers were a key part of our launch strategy”

No1. Bra London worked with two very different influencers to build brand awareness

When Jeanette Misseldine launched No1. Bra London in 2021, she’d already clocked up 30 years’ experience in the lingerie industry.

Although Misseldine had spent decades designing and manufacturing lingerie, she knew very little about influencer marketing – and was unsure where to start when it came to promoting her new brand, which offered bras that were uniquely designed to be more comfortable.

“The biggest challenge is getting the word out there,” she says. “We knew that once it got out into the market it would sell well.”

“The biggest challenge is getting the word out there."

- Jeanette Misseldine, founder of No1. Bra London

That’s where influencers came in. In March 2021, Misseldine partnered with Loose Women star Nadia Sawalha, who posted an Instagram video of herself wearing No1. Bra Lingerie and talking about the brand’s uniquely designed underwire.

That post resulted in a wave of media coverage after it was picked up by several major news outlets, including Daily MailHello magazine and The Sun. No1. Bra London also used the video in paid Facebook ads. Within three months, the brand had virtually sold out, all thanks to an organic influencer marketing campaign.

Next, No1. Bra partnered with Casey Stoney MBE, former manager of Manchester United women’s football team, to promote a patented "no-bounce" sports bra via a series of Instagram posts. A single post resulted in nearly 1,000 likes from the micro-influencer's followers and a noticeable uptick in sales. 

Misseldine says that Stoney lends authority to the brand. “Casey wants to help girls and over the years she’s seen many girls leave football due to a growing bust and ill-fitting bras. Partnering with influencers is all about selecting the best person to represent your brand.”

“We used influencer marketing to reach a new, younger market”

Olay’s partnership with The Influencer Agency aimed to engage a broader audience

Skincare brand Olay is traditionally known for targeting women with mature skin but wanted to expand its product awareness and reach Millennial and Gen Z customers through its influencer campaign.

The team approached The Influencer Agency, which brought together 18 Millennial and Gen Z beauty, health, fashion and travel influencers to promote Olay’s new range of Super Serums.

Influencers, who each allowed Olay to reach a new, young audience, were encouraged to explain what they loved about the Olay Super Serum and asked to include a swipe-up link to the products in their Instagram stories.

One of those influencers, author and television presenter Sarah Davidson (@spoonful_of_sarah), who has a reach of 86.2K followers, elected to post a tutorial to her grid and copied it to her stories. Olay then used their official Australian Instagram account (8,000 followers) to organically reshare and repost some of the content. 

The results? The campaign drove high engagement, receiving 722 comments, 5350 likes and 97,141 impressions, while overall, engagement rose by 25 per cent.

Ready to develop your influencer marketing strategy and start working with influencers? Here’s how to find the best talent for your brand and budget.

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Written by
Natalie Reilly
Natalie Reilly is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and a range of other titles.
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