Influencer Engagement Rate

By Stelyana Hristozova, 18.03.2020

Influencer Marketing is getting more and more popular with time, and there is a limitless number of brands acknowledging the benefits of such a tactic. Just like any other marketing strategy, collaborations with influencers require a strategic approach, to achieve success at the end. 

The crucial point with every Influencer Marketing campaign is to choose the right influencer, who can add real value to your brand. But how can you choose the best fit for your brand among the continuously growing number of influential social media users?

It is important for every marketer to distinguish between vanity metrics and insightful data, that speaks for the real performance of an influencer. Paying attention to data that matters can lead a marketer to the right influencer for the campaign in no time.


A valuable metric to pay attention to is the influencer's engagement rate. It can give a solid basis for the evaluation of the content creators audience activity.

What does Engagement Rate mean?

Influencer’s engagement rate is a ratio representing the degree of commitment between an online audience and the creator’s content. 

It is most often measured by the number of interactions and responses to a regular post. Such interactions include likes, comments, reposts, shares, etc. 

It is one of the most important social media KPIs that brands have to consider when choosing to work with an influencer. 


What does Engagement Rate matter?

Since social media platforms aim at developing a connection with customers, the engagement rate can show how actively involved the audience is. 

Vanity metrics such as the number of followers cannot guarantee that all of them will get connected to the content and perceive the message. 

If a profile has a high number of followers but a low engagement rate, then there is a greater chance of the content being ignored by people. 

Moreover, it is proven that people who actively engage with content are more likely to convert into paying customers. And, this is a marketer’s overall goal, right? 

A strong engagement rate, combined with other metrics such as audience fit and reach efficiency can justify your marketing efforts and the performance of an influencer, promising higher ROI at the end of the campaign. 

With engaging campaigns, a brand can create real advocates that are willing to spread a positive message regarding the promoted product. 


How to calculate Engagement Rate?

(Total Engagements / # of followers) x 100

Average Engagement Rate on Instagram Creators

As seen on the graph, with more followers a profile has, the less engaged their audience is. This can explain the fact that micro- and nano-influencers today can be more profitable in regards to Influencer Marketing campaigns. Of course, this also depends on other metrics such as audience match, reach efficiency and if the creators values matches your brands.   

Influencer with smaller number of followers tend to have more personal relationship with their fans, and appear more authentic and credible. 


A high number of followers does not make a certain profile worthy to work with. Marketers must dig deeper in order to identify the right influencer to work with. 

The engagement rate shows how likely an influencer can trigger an action. This metric can prove the success of a campaign, since engaged users are more likely to convert to actual buying customers. 

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