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10 template influencer campaign briefs from the world's leading brands

The cornerstone of any successful campaign: the creative brief that you put in front of creators and influencers. It may seem like an easy feat but in reality is quite hard to get right. You’ll need to give clear and concise examples of what creative you’re looking to produce in relation to your campaign objective, well before you’ve even started your influencer program. It requires up-front thinking that if you've never done so before, is almost certain destined to fail. The creative formats and dimensions of the creative assets in conjunction with the creative concept is critical to success.

In this blogpost, we’re going to analyze what the ingredients are of a successful influencer brief and how to incorporate them in your influencer strategy. We’ll also be sharing 10 free influencer templates for you and we’ll indicate what your starting point should be for any campaign to bring home your campaign objective.  

1. The 15 inputs of a successful influencer campaign brief

Getting a strong influencer brief right is tricky and requires a lot of upfront planning and thinking. Get it wrong and it’s going to cost you a lot of money and repeat back- and forths with creators. In order to get your campaign right, we look at 15 key inputs that we’ve highlighted below, that you should be thinking about every single time you work with creators.

Why is this so important? Because we’ve seen time and time again that good briefs attract 4x more creator applications than briefs that are poorly written or don’t address the necessary creative details adequately.

Fair compensation and pay is critical and also have a profound impact on your creator application rate, but there are many other pieces of information that, if left out, are absolutely critical to be added into your briefing templates.

Inputs Purpose and How-To.
1. Objective Start with your objective.
How is this campaign going to impact your business? How is it measurable and do you have the tools and knowledge to accurately attribute this performance?

Don’t: Increase brand awareness but rather drive sales.
Do: Sell 300 products with the discount code: Influencer10 in the next 14 days.
2. Campaign Title A title, or headline, is your first point of contact with creators and you must entice them to click and continue reading. Hence, you should phrase it in a way that’s beneficial for the influencer.

Don’t: (Brand) has a new campaign live! Apply now.
Do: Reward your followers with (Brand) Summer Fashion Sale.
3. Brand/Product Context Provide concise context about your brand, product, or purpose. The nature of influencers is that they’ll become spokespersons for your brand and thus, alignment is crucial. However, keep it to 3-4 sentences. Your goal is to pique their interest to apply, not quiz them afterward.
4. Unique Selling Point & Key Message. Think about what’s unique about your product(s) and why both the influencer, and their followers, must pay attention. Then, turn your selling point into a remarkable key message. One way is to think about what problem your brand or product is solving for the end-user.

Don’t: This is the healthiest, and tastiest, vitamin C product yet!

Do: If you always have an afternoon dip right after lunch, get this product for a 30-second pick-me up. I'll guarantee, it makes everyone at the office jealous!
5. Call to Action (CTA) After a potential consumer has seen the creative, what do you want them to do? Does this action tie back to your Objective and Key Message or does anything need to change to keep coherency? As a best practice, always double-check that your CTA is being tracked as soon as the content is in production.
6. Influencer gender Think about who is best suited to embody your brand and campaign. A perfectly reasonable answer is “both” but add that to your brief to avoid influencers applying unnecessarily which can cause frustration for both parties.
7. Target audience Who is the person buying, or engaging, with your brand and product?
You must inform your influencers at this stage as they know their followers best and can let you know if there’s a good match. There must be alignment between who the influencer is and what they do — and the people you wish to reach.
9. Deliverables. What deliverables must each influencer create, and is that enough for you to drive the business result and A/B-test?
You should plan on ending the campaign with clear answers to what worked and what didn’t. Was it the influencer? The type of content? The platform they posted on?
10. Content examples Give potential influencers examples of how you envision the content taking life.
This can be taken from an old campaign that you’ve already done with great success or inspiration from the web. Just make sure you clearly say what you like about this example: “The way they speak about the product here is spot on,” or “The tonality and humor fit our brand persona.”
11. Content Revisions Clearly state how many content revisions you are entitled to as the brand, and what constitutes a revision. Otherwise, this is down to cause friction and headaches further down the line.
12. Payment Fair compensation and pay are critical and also have a profound impact on your influencer application rate. It must be communicated clearly and upfront.
(Read more about how much you should pay influencers here)
13. Shipment If you wish to ship products for the influencer to use in their content, already think about the logistics as it will impact the timeline and you need to get their address from the get-go.
14. Licensing and IP rights. Within the contracting stage, it’s paramount that you are clear on the licensing and IP rights with the influencer. Will you post their posts on your own social channels? Do you wish to put paid media spend behind it? For how long? All this is taken care of in our platform if it’s confusing.
15. Timeline Be clear on the timeline and make sure that the influencer agrees to their allotted time for content creation and potential content revisions.

Say you want to have influencers producing and sharing content across Instagram, you need to take into consideration the below guidelines table that highlights all the required dimensions, resolution and ratios across the most popular IG content formats. It’s really important to share these in advance of your content creation efforts from influencers as these are the formats that are required to run paid social ads.

Instagram Reels

Dimensions: 1080 pixels x 1920 pixels
Resolution: At least 500 x 888 pixels
Video Duration: Max. 60 seconds
Max. File Size: 4 GB
Ratio: 9:16
Shot: Vertically
Technical Specs:

Instagram Stories

Dimensions: 1080 pixels x 1920 pixels
Resolution: At least 1080 x 1080 pixels
Video Duration: 1 sec - 60 seconds
Max. File Size: 250MB
Ratio: 9:16
Shot: Vertically
Technical Specs:

Instagram In-Feed

Dimensions: 1080 x 1080 pixels (1:1)
Landscape/horizontal: 1080 x 566 px (16:9)
Portrait/vertical: 1080 x 1350 (4:5)
Resolution:At least 1080 x 1080 pixels
Video Duration: 1 sec - 60 seconds
Max. File Size: 250MB
Ratio: 4:5
Shot: Square, Landscape, Portrait
Technical Specs:

Instagram Explore

Dimensions: 1080 x 1080 px (1:1)
Landscape/horizontal: 1080 x 566 px (16:9)
Portrait/vertical: 1080 x 1350 (4:5)
Resolution:At least 1080 x 1080 pixels
Video Duration: 1 sec - 60 seconds
Max. File Size: 250MB
Ratio: 4:5
Shot: Square, Landscape,Portrait
Technical Specs:

2. Structured briefs produce high-performing influencer creative

Great briefs clearly speak towards your objective and capture one message that’s clearly defined in the creative. Great examples of these briefs are provided in the next section and follow the same structure, with a slightly different creative angle.  

Examples of great creative as a result of a strong campaign brief are provided across the three examples below:

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For influencers to be producing high-performing creative assets requires investing time into writing a good creative brief, in addition to contracting the right creators and acquiring IP rights. Leveraging our Performance Dashboard's insights, you’ll unlock focus for your influencer efforts, to ensure they’re only producing and launching partnerships with the highest possible potential, leveraging more than a pretty picture or just vanity metrics.

3. Clear KPI’s drive great influencer creative

When you consider the enormous landscape of KPIs to manage across a company’s social channels, you quickly lose track of the ones that matter. This is especially true for influencer marketing. We become so obsessed with the creative itself that we forget to keep an active eye on the performance of the influencer. Also because most brand marketers are simply ill-equipped to look at the data.

We use a simple but effective framework to assess organic influencer creative:

1. Organic creative = Impressions | Reach | Engagement rate | CTR % (IG Stories) | Organic CPM
2. Paid creative = RoAS | Conversion rate | Revenue | Sales

As you see, we use a far more advanced measurement framework to assess paid influencer creative.

Some organizations are limited by the surface-level metrics available to them. Others struggle with a top-down mandate on KPIs that doesn’t adequately measure marketing performance.  Most often, though, there’s not enough thought put behind how to measure what you’re trying to achieve. When you're turning organic influencer creative into creator powered ads, you start to uncover metrics that were never really available to you before. Paid influencer ads provide brands with the capability to put Facebook's, TikTok's and Youtube's entire measurement framework on the performance of your creative which is automatically pulled into The Cirqle's platform.

Again, keep in mind, organic influencer creative effectively reaches a small fraction (3-5%) of the follower base of the influencer you've partnered with.

4. Here's 10 Influencer Creative Brief templates

Together with our clients, our platform has processed well over 20.000 influencer campaign briefs over the course of 8 years. During this time, we’ve learned and started to recognize clear patterns in every single campaign brief clients have put forward. We also actively started to discover what creative briefs drive results, and more importantly which ones didn’t. Loads of brands hire expensive agencies to craft the most compelling briefs which seems like a necessity. In fact, our advice is to give more general pointers around what creative(s) drive performance and we encourage clients to give creative freedom to influencers, restricted to very clear guidelines that guarantee brand safety.

Our team has carefully analyzed thousands of data points and crafted influencer briefs that consistently drive home results, every single time. These briefs have been created with the purpose of driving home a single result: sales, app installs or conversions. We love to keep this focus in our briefs as 95% of our clients are ultimately looking for revenue as a key objective in their campaigns.

Template 1: Show and Sell

StriVectin: Outsmart Ageing - Instagram
About You: Online Fashion from over 1,500 top brands
Color Street: 4th of July Collection
Full Fibre Broadband with EE: Smart home, sorted

Template 2: Problem, Solution, Result

Routinely, Supercharge your Skincare
Enjoy HelloFresh this Autumn

Template 3: Be the Brand

#Champions Man City for Premium League Champions
Watch your favorite Sports with Amazon
Aquis: Hair strong
Jimmy Choo: Illicit

5. Conclusion

We’ve created over 20.000+ influencer campaign briefs over 7 years. During this time, we’ve learned and started to recognize clear patterns in every   briefing that clients have put forward. We've also actively discovered what creative briefs drive results and, more importantly, which ones don't. Loads of brands hire expensive agencies to craft the most compelling briefs, which may seem necessary but in reality, hardly ever deliver on the promise. Our advice is to give more general pointers around what creative(s) drive performance and we encourage clients to give creative freedom to influencers, restricted to unambiguous guidelines that guarantee brand safety.

We hope this post has provided examples and creative guidelines around the structure that you can follow leveraging our software to become successful in opening up "influencer" as a channel for your brand to drive performance.

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