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Why Brands Consider Micro-Influencers the New “Sweet Spot”

Micro-influencers, the brands need you!

The Rise of Micro-Influencers in Marketing

Influencer marketing has become integral to brand strategies, leveraging the trust and popularity influencers have with their followers. A recent study highlights that 70% of Singaporean respondents and 82% of participants in Southeast Asia are influenced by recommendations from influencers or celebrities in their purchasing decisions.

The study, conducted by in collaboration with Cube Asia, reveals that beauty products are the most popular among female respondents, with 72% favoring these purchases. Fashion and shoes are also significant, appealing to 55%, while groceries and food attract 40%. For male respondents, electronics lead at 50%, followed by fashion and shoes at 48%, and beauty products at 47%.


The Appeal of Micro-Influencers to the Brands

Despite their smaller audiences, brands are increasingly engaging with micro-influencers, especially in the live shopping and eCommerce sectors. Platforms like TikTok Shop utilize micro-influencers for product demonstrations and recommendations, capitalizing on their relatability and authenticity.

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Authenticity and Relatability: The Key Advantages

Chad Frederick Gilbert, senior director of content marketing at NP Digital, explains that micro-influencers strike a balance between reach and authenticity. They offer a broader reach than nano-influencers while maintaining a personal touch that macro-influencers sometimes lack. Antoine Gross, general manager of Southeast Asia at, adds that micro-influencers, perceived as everyday individuals, foster better engagement and higher sales during live eCommerce events.

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Personalized and Trustworthy Recommendations

Micro-influencers excel at creating content that resonates with their followers, offering personalized recommendations that appear more trustworthy and less intrusive. This ability to engage directly with audiences during live content and seamlessly integrate products into their narratives sets them apart. A survey by Shopee Malaysia found that 50% of Malaysians relate most to micro-influencers with a follower count under 500,000.

Strategic Use of Micro-Influencers

Brands should not entirely pivot to micro-influencers but should consider the role of reach and frequency in their campaigns. Celebrities and mega-influencers are effective for immediate brand visibility and awareness due to their extensive reach. In contrast, nano and micro-influencers excel in targeted promotions, resonating with specific audience segments and enhancing frequency and repetition.

Optimizing Influencer Engagement

For successful campaigns, brands need to assess the performance of each influencer continually, ensuring they fulfill their roles effectively. The specific niches of micro-influencers can appeal to particular consumer interests, making them valuable assets in a well-rounded marketing strategy.

In conclusion, micro-influencers provide a unique blend of relatability and reach, making them a “sweet spot” for brands aiming to connect more personally with their audiences and drive engagement and sales.

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