In B2B influencing is developing at 5 levels, and more precisely on 5 distinct profiles. We list them for you below.

The CEO

Influencers are opinion leaders. The CEO is supposedly the company’s foremost leader and therefore potentially its most influential profile. For purely subjective reasons, linked to the aura attributed to this position, a CEO’s voice will be more respected and listened to than any other account, including the corporate one. On Twitter, Xavier Niel’s account is followed more than that of his company Free.

The leader of Salesforce has almost 1 million followers on Twitter. (Photo credit: Twitter screenshot)

A lot of companies put their CEO to the forefront, like Salesforce. Marc Benioff is a key element of the communication by the B2B giant, especially on Twitter.

The employees

Companies have long been hiding behind corporate and therefore inhumane communications. Several trends are pushing them to put their employees back in the foreground to relay their official communication.

First, social networks favourise human profiles. So, it’s impossible for a business page to post an article on Linkedin. The author has to have a standard user profile. Similarly, it’s not possible for an official page to post on a Facebook group: only personal accounts can.

Next, it gives prospects the opportunity to identify their alter ego in the company and to get in touch with them directly. IBM is well known for highlighting the leaders (CMO, VP, Directors, etc.) who form its executive committee, especially at international conferences.

By highlighting the key profiles of your management, you offer your company a more humane, authentic and therefore more reassuring image for the prospect. (Photo credit: Marily Torres, Pexels)

A disadvantage? By putting its employees in the limelight, a company is likely to have some of its best talents plucked by head hunters who are on the prowl.

Customers

Your customers are your best ambassadors! Don’t hesitate to encourage their sharing of experience and to amplify the reach of their positive comments, by sharing them on your site’s home page or on your social networks.

An excellent practice is even to create videos to collect their feedback and especially the direct results obtained through the use of your B2B service. These videos will be used as a sales pitch to convince other companies to become your customer.

Customers are also generally honoured to be so celebrated in your sales materials and other official communications. They’re more likely to reorder from you in the future. A virtuous circle in short.

Industry experts

They are usually what comes first to mind when identifying B2B influencers. That makes sense, even if some experts are ultimately not very present on social networks, and therefore not necessarily relevant to an influencer campaign.

Building a relationship of trust with a figure in your sector is an excellent vector of influence. (Photo credit: Rawpixel, Pexels)

In any case, for every B2B sector, there is ultimately a small number of genuine influential experts. So be sure to look after them, sometimes without asking for anything in exchange: an invitation to a networking lunch, exclusive access to a new service, gatherings with other influencers in your network, etc.

Specialized media

Specialized media may be professional websites and / or influential blogs. There are three ways to work with them:

It’s not a question of choosing one over the other but of combining all those levers for maximum impact, in the short, medium and long term.

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