7 Ambassador Marketing Trends to Expect in 2023

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Recent years proved that ambassador marketing is the key to a successful digital marketing strategy. Ambassador marketing is a twist on traditional social media marketing. It uses your loyal customers and top fans and turns them into ambassadors for your brand. Think influencer marketing, but more niched.
 
The COVID-19 pandemic forced many brick-and-mortar businesses into the online space. This may have come with growing pains, but business owners quickly started to see limitless possibilities. One such possibility involved expanding their reach on social media through ambassador marketing.
 

See how 3 brands that utilised ambassador marketing prospered throughout the pandemic.

But what about influencer marketing? Influencers are losing trust, as they are often thought to be ingenuine. Their lack of authenticity is being exposed and their influence now holds less value for eCommerce brands.
 
Businesses who have been using social media influencer marketing are finding they are spending vast amounts of time and money. And they are seeing less in return when compared to those using ambassador marketing.
 
Looking to up your ambassador marketing game for 2023? Here's what you need to know.

1. Brands Will Need to Get Creative on TikTok in 2023 

Video marketing will continue growing in 2023 and will be crucial for all digital marketing strategies. The use of video isn’t new. But as we’ve seen through the success of Instagram Reels and TikTok in 2020-2022, video content is dominating on all platforms.

Adopting TikTok into a marketing strategy should be top of the agenda. Especially if your audience is primarily Gen Z. We asked Cindy Tran, Creator Marketing Lead at Inkbox , what she thought were the benefits and challenges of TikTok collaborations. Here’s what she had to say,

“TikTok collaborations are really fun to get into as you get to see the more creative side of ambassadors. Although we have concept guidelines and general requirements for the content, each ambassador kind of interprets and shoots their content in their own specific style. You truly get to see content creators at their core and how each are uniquely themselves!
 
A challenge would be properly communicating the overall concept or theme of the content you’re expecting or looking for - it’s good to link out to existing TikToks using your product that are very similar to the concept you’re pitching to provide inspiration and a clearer picture."
 
With the help of Brandbassador, Inbox has leveraged their existing community. They've been able to discover and interact with a larger range of ambassadors than they would have been able to on their own. This has enabled the brand to further grow their community whilst sourcing a varied range of creative content. Content they can repurpose on their TikTok channels.
 

Read Inkbox's case study  to learn about their ambassador marketing journey and how they attained TikTok success. 

Hubspot Marketing recently reported that more than 50% of consumers want to see video content from brands. That's more than any other type of content. Video is a powerful tool that we respond to differently than other forms of media. When video is used, both engagement and sales increase. 83% of businesses claim that video provides a good return on investment.

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2. Social Commerce Will Continue to Grow

Social commerce might be the primary alternative to Amazon’s utility-driven shopping behaviour. With utility-driven behaviour, when you want or need something, you search for it on Amazon, and you buy it. Social commerce, however, is driven by users being inspired to shop while scrolling through their social feeds. It capitalises on impulse buying - and impulsive shopping needs to be easy!
 
Facebook has been making enhancing social commerce by showcasing collections of products. The platform gives recommendations and offers a directory of merchants. It's a strong indication of how powerful social commerce is going to become.
 
Facebook Shop is bridging the communication gap between consumers and sellers by offering live chat through Messenger and Whatsapp. This positions Facebook as an interactive shopping destination. The Drum predicts that the ability to connect loyalty programs to Facebook could be one of the next rollouts.
 

3. The Sharing Economy Will Enter eCommerce

Co-founder of Brandbassador, Thomas Adams, believed that “we will see the "sharing economy" enter the eCom retail space in a big way [...]. It's a fairer way of sharing the profits from a sale with the ones who are actually driving it organically." He added that this will be especially prevalent through ambassador marketing.
 
The growth in social commerce has encouraged more offline shops to go online. With the power of social commerce and the reach ambassador marketing enables, small to medium-sized brands will be able to grow sales, share profits, and scale.
 

If you're eager to learn how you can scale your eCommerce brand with an ambassador software click the highlighted text. 

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4. Ambassador Marketing Will Be Favoured Over Influencer Marketing

Ambassador marketing involves partnering with ambassadors who genuinely like and value products. This has a significant impact on how online audiences perceive brand ambassadors. Unlike influencers, ambassadors are usually already customers who want to work with companies they are passionate about. They only promote products that fit their niche and are relevant in relation to their content.
 
Does influencer marketing work? It's been a prosperous strategy in the past, but things are changing. According to The Drum, 96% of people in the UK do not trust what influencers say. A brand ambassador's aim is to serve the business and organisations they partner with. They only want to share what they know their audience will love.
 
This builds trust between the ambassador and their followers. Forming trust with followers on social media will be harder than ever in 2023 due to the rising fears around fake news. By ensuring key brand messages are backed up by authentic voices that customers value, consumer trust can be rebuilt.
 

Fake accounts and  brand scams are on the rise - even when it comes to recruiting brand ambassadors. Read our tips on how to avoid falling victim to one.

 

5. Brands Will Favour Smaller Numbers of Followers

Nano-influencers are social media users with a small following. Despite not having a wide reach on social media, they do have something far more valuable - the trust of their followers. They have an engaged audience, which they organically nurture to create a community.
 
This smaller following enables them to respond to messages and comments. This relationship-building means nano-influencers have more power to sell products. Remember that old marketing method - word of mouth? Well ... the power of nano-influencer marketing is 2023’s version!
 

6. Community Will Continue To Be Key

In 2020, the concept of virtual communities exploded. The world was forced to use technology to enable life to take place virtually. This opened international doors and shunned the need for a location-specific life.
 
Even as the world reopens, many businesses are retaining the remote or hybrid working model. Businesses have pivoted and onboarded customers from around the globe in ways they never would have imagined a couple of years ago! Ambassadors have already nurtured a trusting audience with whom they can share products. This enables your business to scale and reach customers across the world with ease.
 
The common assumption by many businesses is that the role of social media is to advertise. This may have been the case several years ago, but with 71% of people more likely to purchase based on referrals, utilising ambassador marketing is going to be key to getting sales through social media.
 

We know building a brand community is vital, so we've compiled a whitepaper to help you enlist your best customers. Check out Building Your Ambassador Community in 2023: The Ultimate Guide.

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7. Automation in Ambassador Marketing Will Become Crucial

eCommerce brands who want to take their ambassador marketing strategy seriously will crumble under the effort of trying to do it all manually. They will need to look for automated solutions that allow them to save time and achieve the targeted results they’ve set out in their social media strategy.
 
Brandbassador can help clarify objectives and identify an effective strategy depending on the size of your organisation.
 
If you want to stand out from the crowd and beat the “noise” in the online world, setting up a successful ambassador marketing program is crucial. If you are looking to learn more about improving engagement, increasing sales and turning your existing customers and raving fans into brand ambassadors then

book a demo with us today!

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