The Power of Influencer Marketing in Television AND Digital Advertising

Here’s a bold statement – Despite all the hype, Influencer Marketing is not a new phenomenon and more importantly – not a tactic that can be truly successful using digital media alone. While it may be hard to believe, Influencers have been around for centuries, if not millenniums. In ancient Rome, gladiators endorsed products such as oil and wine along with promoting their upcoming battles on primitive billboards. Josiah Wedgwood’s pottery business was relatively unknown until he became a favorite craftsman of Britian’s Queen Charlotte in the 1700’s. This admiration led to the Queen granting Josiah permission to use imagery of herself and King George III, helping catapult Wedgwood, still relevant today, to another level.

Bringing it back to modern day, as both television and internet advertising continue to evolve, brands are increasingly turning to influencers to amplify their message and connect with audiences in meaningful ways across multiple touchpoints. The synergy between influencer marketing and advertising channels like television and digital has opened a world of possibilities, driving engagement, brand awareness, and ultimately, revenue.


Here are five key reasons why influencer marketing is a game-changer in the world of television and digital media:

  1. Authenticity Drives Connection and Credibility: Influencers have built loyal followings based on authenticity and relatability. When they partner with brands, their audience trusts their recommendations, making influencer marketing a powerful tool for building genuine connections with consumers. Consumers are also more likely to believe recommendations from credible people they admire and follow, which in turn builds trust, brand loyalty and efficacy.


  1. Measurable Impact with an Affordable Price Tag: One of the most significant advantages of influencer marketing is its measurability with advanced analytics tools, brands can track key performance metrics such as engagement, reach, and conversions in real-time, providing valuable insights into efficiency of the campaigns. According to Nielsen Catalina Solutions, TV ads that are supported by influencer marketing experience a 33% increase in effectiveness compared to those without. And with varying levels of partnership options, brands can collaborate with influencers of all sizes and budgets, making it accessible to businesses of any scale.


  1. Adaptability and Success Across Platforms: Whether through a national TV campaign, sponsored YouTube videos, Instagram posts or a local radio segment, influencer marketing allows the brand to meet their consumers where they are. This versatility ensures maximum exposure and impact across a diverse range of channels. A study by X/Formerly Twitter and MAGNA found that campaigns combining TV ads with influencer endorsements resulted in a 58% increase in reach compared to TV-Only campaigns.


  1. Content Integration: Integrating products or services seamlessly into influencer content feels natural and non-intrusive. Unlike ads that interrupt the viewing experience, influencer marketing through creative integration opportunities allows brands to become part of the content, creating a more engaging and memorable experience for viewers.


  1. Excellence in Storytelling and ROAS: Influencers are masters of storytelling. Through captivating narratives, they can showcase a brand’s value proposition in a way that is unique and resonates with their audience. Whether it’s through video, audio, or social media, influencers have the creativity to craft compelling stories that drive brand affinity, recall and conversion. And these creative executions can pay off for your brand. Research by Keller Fay Group found that 82% of consumers are highly likely to follow a recommendation made by an influencer, leading to brand recall and purchase intent.

Successful influencer campaigns span across varied media channels and creative executions – Below are a few examples:

Celebrity Endorsements on Network TV – Celebrities from movies, music, or sports often appear in TV commercials to promote products.


Reality TV Integration – Reality TV shows often integrate product placements or endorsements within their episodes. Brands may partner with contestants or hosts to feature their products or services on the show, leveraging the influence of the program’s audience. (Pro Tip, skip to the 2:20 mark for brand integration intro)


Expert Testimonials – TV commercials sometimes feature experts or professionals in specific fields endorsing products or services with impactful results:


Local Influencer Collaborations – An affordable and localized approach is to work directly with market-level TV and Radio Stations through “Live Reads” or “Paid Segments”. This type of content breaks out traditional paid spot clutter and opens the opportunity for implied endorsements. Local broadcasters and DJs have a deep and personal relationship with their audience and this ad style allows brands to become part of that conversation and ultimately connect with their customer.


Modus Direct has helped our clients for a long time navigate the tricky world of Influencer Marketing and have worked on similar campaigns as showcased above. We would love to help you harness the power influencers wield and take your brand to the next level.