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Influencer Marketing Costs – What’s it Worth?

In today’s landscape, influencer marketing is one of the most powerful tools within an organisation’s marketing arsenal, providing a trusted voice that bridges the gap between brand and target audience – but how much is it really worth?

There are many variables to factor in when dealing with pricing, such as the influencer’s reach, engagement rates, niche expertise, and platform – and the short answer is that there is no one size, or one price, fits all rate. Also it’s worth factoring in that some influencers may charge a flat fee per post, according to Later many brands follow the $1 (72p) per follower or $100 (£72) per 10K followers rule, with extras then added on. Others, however, may require a combination of payment, free products, or commissions generated from sales off the back of the collaboration.

How to determine the return on investment (ROI) can be really challenging as the success of a partnership is not always directly quantifiable or measurable when it comes to sales or leads.

In order to ensure maximum impact, brands must carefully evaluate how closely aligned the influencer’s audience demographics are with their target market. As well as consider any hidden costs incurred in influencer marketing, such as negotiation time, content creation expenses, and potential unforeseen issues – these can all add up to outweigh the benefits of a potential partnership.

In this blog we consider that while influencer marketing offers immense potential, understanding and managing its costs are crucial for achieving successful campaigns. Read on to find out more…


What Influences Influencer Rates? 


There are a range of factors that influence influencer payment rates. Here are the key factors: 

Influencer tier

Micro-influencers (1k-100k followers), mid-range influencers (100k-500k followers), and macro-influencers (500k+ followers) fall into different brackets and will therefore be paid in a way that reflects their different following and engagement rates.


Engagement rate

Whilst a high follower count is key, a great engagement rate is arguably more important as it demonstrates just how much influence the influencer has on their demographics. Interaction metrics such as Likes, Comments, and Shares are great indicators of just how likely a person’s audience will be willing to buy what they’re selling. This is why brands often opt for nano/micro-influencers over the larger scale influencers – great engagement rates and lower prices can result in a better ROI. 


Content Format

How much you pay an influencer will be based on the type of content they are sharing, for example Stories vs Posts. Since Stories are fleeting and disappear within 24hr they will usually be the cheapest option, whilst permanent feed Posts which tag your brand or product will usually be the mid-range option. Video content, however, is usually within the highest payment bracket due to increased production costs and time required. Influencers can charge as much as 25-50% more for video content, especially in light of Reels becoming increasingly more popular and favoured within Instagram’s algorithm. 


Length of Campaign

Single-post campaigns usually have little impact so it is always worth considering how many posts per campaign before negotiating pricing with an influencer. Ongoing partnerships are one way of negotiating a long-term deal for multiple posts over a sustained period of time, although it’s worth being selective with this as it will place the influencer in an ambassador role where they will inadvertently become the ‘face’ of your brand (so make sure they align with your brand’s goals and values.)



Another key point to consider when determining pricing is exclusivity. If you are going to demand exclusivity (whereby an influencer is limited from promoting other brands that sell similar products to you) then you must anticipate that this will be reflected in the payment within the contract. 


Gifting vs Paid Content


When it comes to paying an influencer, there are different avenues to take such as gifting and paid content. They both serve different purposes and come with their own benefits and considerations. Gifting is precisely what it sounds like, when you give an influencer a complimentary product or service without expecting anything in return – there is no expectation that they will post about what you sent them. It’s an effective way of establishing relationships and fostering goodwill with the potential to then collaborate together in the future. 

Whilst, paid content is essentially a transaction whereby you pay the influencer to post about or promote your product or service via advert, sponsored feed post, sponsored story, or as an ongoing partnership where they act as brand ambassador. Paid media can be an effective way of reaching a wider audience and more targeted demographic, with the intention of increasing engagement in order to drive results. 


Average Costs on Different Social Media Platforms

Average costs for influencers vary widely across social media platforms due to factors such as audience demographics, engagement rates, and content type. Here are the average costs, according to Shopify:


  • Instagram commands higher rates averaging $100 to $5,000 per post for influencers with 10,000 to 100,000 followers, and over $10,000 per post for those with over 500k followers.
  • YouTube influencers typically charge $200 to $20,000 per video, depending on their subscribers.
  • Twitter: According to WebFX, brands typically pay influencers with 1k followers $2 per Tweet or as much as $2,000 per Tweet to influencers with 1 million+ followers
  • TikTok influencers with 100k followers may charge $125 per post, whilst those with upwards of a million can get over $2,500 per post.


Negotiation – Getting the Price Right 


As we’ve already discussed, there are numerous variables involved in getting the price right when it comes to influencer marketing. Fees may vary depending on the influencer’s audience demographics, engagement rates, and past brand collaborations, which are all good indicators of their value. 

Be prepared to negotiate creatively, offering alternatives such as product samples, exclusive discounts for their followers, or long-term partnerships to sweeten the deal if you’re limited on funds. One way to do this is by suggesting an ongoing collaboration whilst emphasising the value of building a lasting relationship beyond a one-time campaign.


Maximising ROI in Influencer Partnerships


In order to maximise ROI in your influencer partnerships, you need to ensure strategic planning and execution. Here are some top tips to help you maximise ROI. 

  • Brand alignment – identify the influencers whose audience aligns closely with your brand.
  • Quality over quantity is paramount – prioritise influencers with engaged followers rather than merely high follower counts.
  • Craft tailored campaigns – ensure the influencer’s content seamlessly integrates with your brand message so that it resonates authentically with their audience. 
  • Negotiate clear terms – outline deliverables, timelines, and metrics for success. 
  • Use tracking tools – this will help you to monitor campaign performance in real-time, enabling swift adjustments where needed.
  • Analyse metrics – look at engagement rates, click-through rates, and conversions to check the effectiveness of a collaboration.
  • Think long-term – fostering long-term relationships with influencers can yield sustainable returns. 

Following these steps, you can leverage influencer marketing to maximise ROI and achieve your goals and desired results.


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