74% of Marketers Plan to Invest at Least a Quarter of their Social Media Budgets on Content Creator Partnerships This Year – GlobeNewswire

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Despite plans to spend more on creator marketing, new research from Sprout Social finds budget is the #1 challenge marketers face when working with creators

CHICAGO, July 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Content creators are key players in the future of brand marketing. According to new data from Sprout Social, released today, marketers are not only realizing the opportunity the creator economy presents, but prioritizing it over other marketing strategies, with the majority (74%) planning to invest at least a quarter of their social media budgets on content creator partnerships over the next 3-6 months. Despite the opportunity working with creators presents for brands, many challenges still exist, such as budget (45%), lack of internal resources (36%) and the inability to find creators that align with their values (34%), reinforcing that justifying spend on less traditional tactics like creator content is increasingly difficult.
Sprout Social, an industry-leading provider of cloud-based social media management software, surveyed 500 U.S. marketers about their relationship with the creator economy, from their goals and challenges with creator marketing, to which platforms and content types have the most creator potential.
The data showcases the opportunity creator content presents for brands to nurture and attract customers in authentic ways. Marketers who are prioritizing working with creators rank generating more audience engagement (62%) and reaching new audiences (60%) as their top two goals, even ahead of driving revenue (42%). As the trend of authenticity ranks among the most important creator qualification by consumers and marketers alike, more than half (53%) of marketers aim to strengthen their social community and 41% seek to promote their brand values by leaning on creators.
In addition to the goals brands hope to achieve with creator partnerships, they realize each platform lends itself to different audiences. Marketers expect to use Instagram (58%), followed by Facebook (51%) and TikTok (50%) for creator collaborations in the next 3-6 months. While these platforms also top the list for usage among consumers, more than half are planning to spend more time on YouTube, yet only 27% of marketers are putting money into creator collaborations on the platform.
“Working with creators will only become more important for brands as social media platforms, consumer expectations and marketing strategies continue to evolve and mature,” said Jamie Gilpin, CMO, Sprout Social. “But just as important as working with creators is understanding the role creators play in reinforcing brand values, strategy and identity in relatable ways. With community engagement as a top priority for brands, marketers who strike the right balance of authenticity and audience relevance within their creator partnerships will be the ones who stand out.”
Additional findings from the report and key trends related to the creator economy include:
For more on how to approach creator partnerships that will pay dividends for awareness, engagement and brands’ bottom lines, read the full data report.
About Sprout Social
Sprout Social offers deep social media listening and analytics, social management, customer care, commerce and advocacy solutions to more than 32,000 brands and agencies worldwide. Sprout’s unified platform integrates the power of social throughout every aspect of a business and enables social leaders at every level to extract valuable data and insights that drive their business forward. Headquartered in Chicago, Sprout operates across major social media networks, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, YouTube and LinkedIn. Learn more at sproutsocial.com.
About the Data
The data referenced was collected via online survey from 516 US marketers. Participants were recruited by Lucid between May 19-25, 2022. Selected participants were those responsible for their brand’s social strategy or worked at an agency responsible for another brand’s social strategy. Additionally, selected participants were marketers who had previously or are currently planning on working with content creators within a three to six month period.
Relationships between variables collected were analyzed using parametric statistics for statistical significance.
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