UAE Social Media Influencers: What You Need To Know

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UAE Social Media Influencers Guide
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Latest survey by BPG Orange on UAE’s Social Media Influencers reveals a quite about what drives influencers to engage with brands in the country

Almost 100 social media personalities in the UAE from various sectors were interviewed for the survey.

Highlights:

  • Inspiration factors for the majority of influencers were to make an impact in society (67%) and 11% do it for money
  • Instagram is the most preferred platform (70%) for UAE Influencers, followed by Blogs (57%) and YouTube (20%)
  • A majority of Influencers (94%) charge between 1,000-5,000 USD per post, while a minority (5%) charge between 5,000-10,000 USD per post
  • Influencer success factors: number of comments and interactions (85%), impressions (72%) and re-engagement (71%)

The survey was done to turn the spotlight on influencers to understand what motivates them to engage with brands in the UAE.

A majority of influencers (67 percent) were inspired to become social media personalities to make an impact and drive real change in consumer behaviour and attitude in the UAE. Only 16 per cent of respondents cited that they became influencers to grow their online popularity and a mere 11 per cent said they did it for financial gain.

One of the respondents offered a candid view: “I didn’t plan to become a social media influencer – it just happened by itself. As the organic following started to grow, I felt compelled to be able to make a positive impact and inspire people to make healthier, informed and more self-confident changes. It should never be about ego, popularity or financial gain.”

Instagram – Top Platform Choice for Influencers

When it comes to the most powerful platforms to engage with consumers, a majority (70 percent) ranked Instagram as the most important platform, followed by blogs (57 percent) and Youtube (20 percent). This was followed by Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

A majority of respondents indicated that they worked with between one to three brands per month across ambassadorships, product reviews and service trials and sponsored content. Product reviews and serviced trials were the most popular method of brand engagement, followed by sponsored content.

This throws up a very important question – do influencers disclose sponsored content to their audiences? An overwhelming 70 percent of respondents said that they chose to disclose this to their audience through hashtags or disclaimer statements.

UAE Social Media Influencers Rates

A majority of respondents (94 percent) said they charged between 1,000-5,000 USD per post, while a minority (5 percent) said they charged between 5,000-10,000 USD per post. The reasons cited for the hefty price were – time invested in creating the content, money invested in content production, personal expenses during the partnership and money spent in promoting or boosting posts.

Taghreed Oraibi, BPG Orange PR Director: “The most surprising finding from this survey was the challenge influencers face in regards to financial compensations as we have witnessed an increase in client budgets to accommodate influencer marketing campaigns. According to our previous influencers survey, 43 percent of brands indicated that they had spent anywhere from between US$1000-10,000 per social media influencer campaign in the UAE.”

When it comes to compensation, a majority (76 percent) of influencers said that they accepted payment through free products or experiences, while 66 percent said they charged per post or video.

Influencers revealed in the Survey that they also face challenges in their collaboration with brands. Insufficient financial compensation topped the list of challenges followed by tight timelines and overly restrictive content guidelines.

Metrics to Identify an Influencer

The most significant metric of success for influencers is the number of comments and interactions (85 percent), impressions (72 percent) and re-engagement from brands on additional assignments (71 percent).

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