April 29, 2024


by Andrea Philips in News

HAVAS Red (formerly Red HAVAS), the global merged media micronetwork today released its inaugural “The State of the Influencer in 2024: A Client’s Perspective” white paper. 

To understand how influencer marketing is evolving, HAVAS Red surveyed clients across ten markets – Australia, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Philippines, Singapore, UAE, the U.S., and the U.K. These clients spanned a range of industries and sectors, from health and wellness, technology, and food and beverage to automotive, manufacturing, and tourism and travel. Clients shared their experience, what works and what doesn’t, how to drive the best outcomes and where they believe influencer marketing is heading. 

“As an industry, we’ve observed how the influencer category is ever-expanding and increasingly emerging and recognised as a performance channel,” said James Wright, Global CEO of the HAVAS Red Group and global chairman of the HAVAS PR Global Network. “Influencer marketing is driving measurable opportunities for both consumer and corporate brands globally, delivering higher engagement and paving the way for accelerated consumer conversion.” 

Wright added, “Our report delves into influencer marketing at an industry level to help brands navigate the evolving landscape and inform strategic thinking. The findings of this report are insightful for brands when shaping their overall strategy, as it demonstrates the scale of influencer marketing, as well as offering insight into how and why brands are engaging with influencers. Brands that succeed in 2024 will be creatively integrating influencers into wider campaigns as a full-funnel marketing channel.” 

Key takeaways from the report were: 

1. The media landscape is converging with social media. As consumers lose trust in traditional media, they’re turning to influencers who can play a crucial role in expanding the brand’s online presence.  

2. Influence has been democratized. Over 97% of brands identify content creators as influencers, highlighting the shift away from traditional celebrities as influencers toward a new reality where anyone can become an influencer. 

3. Influencers are generating engagement through social proof. There are more opportunities for brands to utilize influencer marketing to reach a targeted and relevant demographic, delivering content that offers the potential to drive higher engagement and brand conversion. 

4. Video formats are the most effective tactic in the influencer toolbox. With 86% of brands revealing that video content resonates more effectively with most campaigns compared to static formats, brands are harnessing the power of influencer marketing for storytelling and creatively and visually, bringing campaigns to life. 

5. Finding the right fit for ROI in influencer campaigns. While 92% of brands believe that measuring influencer performance is crucial for understanding the return on investment, brands identified that one of the most prominent challenges is identifying the right influencers to achieve ROI.  

“The State of the Influencer in 2024: A Client’s Perspective” white paper is available to download here

Named Campaign’s Global PR Network of the Year in 2023 and PRovoke Media’s EMEA Agency of the Year in 2024, HAVAS Red introduced a global end-to-end influencer marketing offering under the brand of SWAY by HAVAS Red in many of its markets around the world.  

Other global offerings offered by HAVAS Red are Peaks, its award-winning multichannel executive branding support; Red Impact, a global offering that brings together its ESG and sustainability expertise; HAVAS Red Health, a specialized offering focused on health and wellness; and Red Connect, a B2B content marketing practice. The agency’s roster of clients includes Galderma, the U.K. Department of Education, Molson Coors, Meltwater, Kellogg’s, ManpowerGroup, Cox Automotive, UNICEF, Toyota, Baddoo and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, among others.