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B2B marketers say the most essential qualities they look for when choosing which influencers to work with are audience relevance and subject-matter expertise, according to recent research from TopRank Marketing.

The report was based on data from a survey conducted between February 26 and April 26, 2020, among more than 300 marketing and communications professionals who work for B2B firms that engage in influencer marketing.

Fully 91% of B2B marketers say audience relevance is one of the most essential qualities they look for in choosing an influencer.

Some 79% say subject matter expertise is one of the most essential qualities they look for.

Benefits of influencer marketing

Some 84% of marketers say a measurable benefit from working with B2B influencers is brand awareness (reaching new audiences), and 69% say a measurable benefit is lead generation (delivering new contacts).

Top activities with influencers

Some 87% of marketers say their B2B firm turns to influencers to collaborate on content/provide quotes, and 82% say their firm turns to influencers to promote content.

Influencer content types

The most popular content types B2B brands collaborate with influencers on are blog posts (83% do so), videos (67%), webinars (64%), and interviews (59%).

About the research: The report was based on data from a survey conducted between February 26 and April 26, 2020, among more than 300 marketing and communications professionals who work for B2B firms that engage in influencer marketing.

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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