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Beware of conflicts of interest.

I was reading a report recently about how Instagram influencer engagement rates are declining, and while I agree from a trend perspective, the data that was being reported differed substantially from my own data by a factor of ~2x. The report said influencer engagement rates were at an all-time low of 4.5%, and the highest I’d seen in Trust Insights data was 2.3% (we’ll be sharing more on this soon). Why such a disparity? Aren’t we all looking at more or less the same data?

Yes and no. In this case, the report I was reading came from… an influencer marketing software company. If brands stopped doing influencer marketing, this company would quickly need to pivot to a different line of business; thus, it’s in their interest to over-report the effectiveness of influencers in order for them to keep accruing customers. They have, in short, a conflict of interest in their data reporting.

Every company, without exception (including Trust Insights), has conflicts of interest in some fashion. That’s why disclosing methodologies is so vital to ensuring that we understand what conflicts of interest may be present. What’s the best practice? We do our best to adhere to the disclosure checklist published by AAPOR, the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers, interpreting it for non-survey data. The checklist we modified looks like this:

  • Name of the sponsoring organization (us or our client)
  • Name of the data processor (us, for our research)
  • The data source
  • The population or sample from the data source used, if sampled
  • A description of how the sample was selected, including any known bias if appropriate
  • The total sample size
  • The method of data collection and data processing
  • The timeframe of the sample
  • The dates of the processing
  • Disclosure of any weighting or adjustment
  • Margins of error if appropriate

I encourage you, in your own research and data publication, to use a similar checklist. If you’re doing actual surveys, strictly adhere to the original AAPOR checklist.

The Bright Idea

The Bright Idea

This week’s Bright Idea is our most popular blog post we’ve ever written, on Instagram Brand Engagement statistics. Learn what the latest stats are on brand engagement, and if you feel like your Instagram engagement has been down recently, you’re not alone.

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Upcoming Events

Where can you find us in person?

  • MAICON, July 2019, Cleveland
  • IBM Data Science Boston, July 2019, Boston
  • BACon, August 2019, Chicago
  • Content Marketing World, September 2019, Cleveland
  • INBOUND, September 2019, Boston
  • MarTech East, September 2019, Boston
  • Google Analytics for B2B Marketers Bootcamp, October 29, Washington, DC
  • MarketingProfs B2B Forum, October 2019, Washington DC

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