What it’s like to use TikTok’s tool that helps marketers find the right influencers to hire, which is being quietly beta tested

Man walks past a sign of ByteDance's app TikTok, known locally as Douyin, at an expo in Hangzhou

TikTok’s new influencer marketing tool, Creator Marketplace, is designed to help brands and influencers connect, boosting sponsored content on the fast-growing video app.
In the past six months, the company has begun sharing more audience and performance data with creators and marketers to compete with analytics tools offered on other platforms like Instagram and YouTube.
Creator Marketplace is in beta and currently only available to a few hundred users.
Business Insider spoke to marketers with access to the platform to learn more about how it works.

TikTok is one of the most downloaded apps in the US — and has become a juggernaut among Gen Z — but its advertising strategy is still in its infancy.

The social-video app has yet to fully catch on with marketers and influencers who have built steady businesses running sponsorships on Instagram and earning six-figures (or more) through YouTube.

But TikTok wants to change that.

Besides trying to poach advertisers from Facebook (according to Adweek), the company has built out several new analytics tools in recent months geared toward influencer marketing in order to attract creators and brands. In July, it released a Pro Account feature for influencers to better track video performance and see the gender and location breakout of their followers. And for brands, the company is offering more granular data in its new discovery tool, Creator Marketplace.

The marketplace, which launched in September, allows marketers to shop for relevant influencers by sharing the gender, age, location, and size of their audiences. The platform then makes it easy for a marketer to pitch a campaign directly to a creator, though actual contract negotiations are still handled outside the platform.

Before rolling out Creator Marketplace, TikTok’s in-house creator team had helped play matchmaker for marketers and influencers, advising creators on best practices and making introductions where relevant. Now the company is seeking to automate that process.

Creator Marketplace is currently only available to a few hundred beta users and mostly features influencers with more than 10,000 followers who have had previous experience working with brands. The company has yet to define requirements for new creators to join the discovery tool once it leaves beta, but it currently requires that all creators be 18 or older. TikTok declined to comment on when the tool would come out of beta.

Business Insider explored the beta version of Creator Marketplace and spoke to marketers who are currently using the platform.

Here’s how it works:

Ad agencies and brands log into the platform and use filters to find creators relevant for a particular campaign. They can search for influencers by standard topics like beauty, food, video games, technology, and sports. They can also filter by region and follower count. If a user is searching for creators in the United States, they can drill down to the state level.
The platform allows marketers to identify whether an influencer’s followers skew male or female, and to see how many of their fans are watching videos on an Apple phone versus a Samsung product or other device. …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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