Today on the Boutique Chat Podcast Mallory Fitzsimmons, CEO of Shop Style Your Senses, joins us for How to Simultaneously Grow Your Boutique & Personal Brand. Mallory, a former influencer turned boutique owner, goes over influencer marketing and the systems and roles your team needs to scale to 7 figures. Mallory also goes over topics such as analyzing Instagram data, how she scaled her team and the secret to keeping your customers coming back. We won’t lie, this episode is filled with GOLD! So make sure you bring along your notebook to take notes.
Episode Run-Down :
- 00:4:05 Backstory on Being an Influencer
- 00:14:00 What Makes Your Audience Tick
- 00:17:25 Team Roles
- 00:20:40 Working with Influencers
- 00:29:15 Email Flows & Building Conversion
- 00:31:18 What Helped Me Scale
- 00:36:16 Lightning Round
- What makes your audience tick?
- Don’t pick your influencer based on purely numbers, a lower following but higher engagement will make you more profit!
- Don’t burn yourself out! Work on getting parts of your business to run on autopilot.
“You can’t wait on someone else to tell you how to figure it out. You are capable, you are smart, and you have Google.”-Mallory Fitzsimmons
“Don’t let the problems fester, figure them out sooner rather than later and tackle them with a can-do mindset and you can literally do anything you wanna do.” -Mallory Fitzsimmons
“They(customers) can never get you anywhere but your own business. So I have always used myself and my team as our superpower. To me, that is your most powerful tool you have.” -Mallory Fitzsimmons
Tips on Working with Influencers From Mallory
When considering an influencer– look for someone who has diverse platforms that they convert on. My blog was ALWAYS my top converter and that’s why brands valued me. Ask for page views, unique views, Pinterest following, Tik Tok following, and an email subscriber list. These are all key converting platforms that get overlooked to favor the convenience of Instagram.
When evaluating a potential partnership, there are a few key things to nail down: The cost (and the data to back it up) and the total ask (number of posts, etc).
** Most influencer partnerships are valued on a CPM basis, meaning the cost per every thousand impressions. The industry average varies quite a bit, so it’s a great idea to lean on industry sites like www.socialbluebook.com to gain insight and reasonable numbers when negotiating.
**Define the Ask very clearly. What are you requiring? When does it need to be posted? What do they need to link to? How many slides are in a “story”?
When considering influencers, I am always leery of those who consistently do large group giveaways. Granted, they do work for large audience growth, but I would be wary of true conversion because social selling is based on a true connection. A great way to tell if people are buying followers or doing large group giveaways to inflate numbers is the site www.socialblade.com where you can see gains and losses by day.
At the end of the day, the clothes cost us very little and, even if you don’t get amazing conversion right away, use the content that was created around the partnership to your advantage. If it would have taken you an hour to create it yourself, you definitely come out ahead outsourcing it through an influencer who shares your aesthetic.
Influencers are an amazing way to gain more of a grassroots audience and I think, just like anything, it takes a while to fine-tune. Don’t get discouraged! I’m excited to get my influencer strategy rolling, too!
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Original Air Date: March 2nd, 2020
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