In a bid to demonstrate a shift in its behavior, Facebook implemented restrictions to the APIs for both Facebook and Instagram on March 30 — APIs that many third-party developers, including players in the influencer marketing industry, were relying on in order to support their products.” – MediaPost
Some are concerned that this restriction on data will negatively impact the third party partners. In my opinion, whatever short term impact this restriction on data may have on measurement and influencer marketing platforms, the long term outlook for influencer marketing has never been better. Increased privacy regulations like GDPR are creating a positive situation that will far outweigh the short term issues that the current Facebook changes present.
Audience targeting is about to undergo changes that will likely result in higher CPMs. The requirements for managing consent will add to the cost basis, thereby increasing ad rates. Some forms of ad targeting may even become too cost prohibitive.
This opens the door just a bit wider for influencer marketing and branded content. They rely on context and aggregate audiences, which are not impacted by privacy regulations. They also have nearly always been more costly than programmatic media and Facebook boosts. As the cost gap narrows, more budget should shake free for human-centered forms of marketing.
AdWeek certainly thinks so:
Working with social media influencers is another important model for marketers to consider in this shifting landscape. The assumption by many marketers about working with influencers is that they are meant for one-off projects rather than as parts of a wider campaign strategy. Yet, the brands who see the greatest success with influencer marketing take a longer-view approach, creating a steady connection with their intended audiences.”
So do I.