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With the rise of influencers on social media platforms, marketers have started collaborating with them to target millennials. You’ve likely heard of millenials before, especially if you work in the marketing space. But if not, they are the generation of people born between 1980 and 2000.

In general, millennials are a group of people who were taught to reason and question. This particular generation has seen the growth of technology and is highly comfortable with it. These people are the first ones to use the internet as well as cell phones and innovations such as Kindles and iPads. And they have the highest spending power too.

A study by Millennial Marketing found that 25% of the total US population is comprised of millennials. They also make up 21% of consumer discretionary purchases, which equates to a direct buying power of about a trillion dollars.


Here are some more powerful statistics about them that may come as a surprise:

  1. Almost 50% of millennials report that they consider using brands that actively support social causes.
  2. 37% of them are willing to pay more for products or services that support a cause.
  3. 80% of them want to be entertained by brands.

Traditional advertising simply does not work on this kind of audience. They find it pushy, spammy, or intrusive. Naturally, those “brilliantly created ads” by marketing geniuses are facing the wrath of ad blockers. There are now 615 million devices that use adblock. This makes influencing purchases a tricky job when it comes to targeting millennials.

Millennials and Influencers: How to Leverage Them For Your Marketing Campaigns

That’s exactly why influencer marketing and millennials have become so synonymous with the digital marketing industry recently. Being real people and being knowledgeable in their fields, influencers know how to appeal to this age group, and compel them to make a purchase decision.

Below are five ways that will help your brand target millennials effectively using influencer marketing.
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#1. Create A Message through influencers that Millennials Can Relate To

Does your brand stand for a social cause? Does it believe in eco-friendliness, or makes a charitable donation every time a purchase is made? The previously-cited Millennial Marketing study revealed that they want to buy from brands that are concerned about a good cause.

The good news is that this is one of the many things that millennials and influencers have in common. This is perhaps because many influencers are millennials themselves.


Like we mentioned earlier, millennials belong to that section of society who are extremely well-informed. Winning them over to your brand is certainly not going to be easy. However, because most of them believe in social causes, you need to work on messaging that they can relate to.

For example, maybe your brand had humble beginnings, and you now create products that improve people’s lives.

Whatever be the cause, you should share this with millennials so that they are genuinely interested in following your brand. Collaborating with influencers who stand for such causes can greatly help you win over millennials and gain their trust.

Influencers are loved by their audiences because of their credibility and authentic content. Hence, the audience consider their opinion when it comes to making a purchase.

Example: Aerie

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Here is a great example from American lingerie retail company, Aerie. They often collaborate with micro and nano-influencers to spread awareness about the body positivity movement. They encourage people to embrace their bodies and be comfortable in their own skin.

By tackling a social issue, they are taking a bold stance which is likely to strike a chord with millenials.

#2. Leverage Instagram Stories

When Instagram Stories was launched, it wasn’t expected that it would become a big hit globally. This is simply because at that time, most social media platforms like Facebook and Snapchat already had this option available

However, in one year, Instagram Stories saw 200 million people using it every month. People love this feature and it has become a very successful method for brands to promote their products. With endless creative possibilities, Instagram Stories have become an opportunity for influencer marketers to target millennials.

Example: Boutique Rugs

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Here, Boutique Rugs collaborated with Instagram influencer, Andrea Christina, to promote their latest addition to their rug collection. In her Story, Andrea laid the carpet in her bedroom and highlighted its USP.

From her Story, users could be easily redirected to the company’s website. She even added a code that her followers could use to get a discount.

Influencers and influencer marketers effectively make use of their Instagram Stories to engage with their followers. So if you’re wondering how to make your influencer marketing campaign successful, ask your influencers to leverage Instagram Stories.

#3. Use Rewards And Incentives

Providing incentives and branded rewards can help you drive conversions among millennials and influencer marketing is the perfect channel to promote them. These offers can seem like VIP treatment to them.

By partnering with influencers to promote your brand with special discount codes, you can effectively target millennials. When you use this approach, the millennials you’re targeting are not just receiving rewards but receiving them from their favorite influencers. That certainly creates a better impact on their brand loyalty and on your conversion rates.

Example: Daniel Wellington

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Here we see popular celebrity and model Kendall Jenner promoting the brand Daniel Wellington. Kendall is wearing a Daniel Wellington watch and cuff and has provided a special discount code to her followers. This not only boosts brand awareness and credibility but also encourages millennials to make a purchase.

#4. Encourage User-Generated Content (UGC)

According to an Olapic study, 56% of consumers would be more interested in buying a product that they have seen in a positive or relatable photo posted by another consumer. User-generated content has become a major tool for brands in marketing their products.

If your brand is not utilizing it, you’re missing out on considerable opportunities of winning over millennials. A study by CrowdTap showed that millennials spend 30% of that time looking at user-generated content.

The study further shows that 71% of millennials refer to social media sites at least once every day. This makes them prominent figures when it comes to loyalty-based promotions of your brand.

So user-generated content should be a vital part of your attempt to target millennials and influencers can play an important role in this. The right influencers can urge their audience to create content featuring your products. And in the process, you will be able to reach other millennials who are following these users.

Example: Daniel Wellington

We mentioned earlier how Daniel Wellington uses influencers to promote their watches using discount codes as incentives. The watch brand combines this strategy with user-generated content to make their campaigns even more effective.

They run photo contests regularly inviting people to post photos of their Daniel Wellington watches with the hashtag #DWPickoftheDay. They then feature the winners of this contest on their Instagram page and give them a free watch.

Here’s an example of a post by an influencer encouraging their followers to create user-generated content for Daniel Wellington.


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#5. Organize Social Media Takeovers

Social media takeovers are a great way to boost your brand awareness and visibility. They involve giving control of your social media pages over to an influencer for a limited period of time. You allow them to post photos, videos, and other content on your behalf.

With the involvement of an influencer, you can attract their followers to your channel. It can do wonders to boost your engagement rate. What’s more, influencer-content can add some diversity to your profile.

Example: Wilton Cakes

Wilton Cakes, an Illinois-based brand organizes Instagram takeovers with influencers on a regular basis. Recently, they collaborated with baker and influencer, Jenny Keller. During the takeover, she shared a recipe for a square sheet cake with their followers.

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#6. Leverage Meme Marketing

Millennials love memes. They are easy-to-consume, engaging, and have the potential to go viral. As a marketer, you can also use memes as branding tools. If you do it right, you can strike a chord with millennials.

To get the most out of your meme marketing campaigns, you can also collaborate with influencers. They create content on a regular basis, so they may be able to help you come up with creative ideas.

The key to succeeding with this strategy is to create shareworthy, memorable, and relatable content.

To churn out fresh memes, you’ll need to keep an eye on trending topics on social media. You should also check out the most popular memes for millennials.

You can get inspiration from them and create your own meme. Or you could also choose an existing one and incorporate your brand into the meme.

Example: Gucci

An example of good meme marketing is the #TWFGucci campaign. They collaborated with various artists to create memes for their brand.

In the screenshot below, you can see a meme featured on their Instagram page. Created by freelance surrealist artist, Polly Nor, it promotes their brand in a subtle manner.

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Conclusion

Brands need to shift from traditional advertising methods to influencer marketing as millennials live on the internet.

When targeting them, you should focus on understanding their tastes and preferences. They have a good sense of popular trends, and can quickly identify if an influencer is credible or not.

The strategies mentioned above will help you leverage your influencers effectively to target millennials. Just make sure that you find the right influencers.

Remember, millennials are the ones who have the highest purchasing power. So being able to influence their purchases will be great for your business.

Can you think of any more strategies to target millennials using influencer marketing? Feel free to share them in the comments below. Also, if you are looking for an Influencer Marketing Consultation for your brand then feel free to contact me.
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