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How to Find Micro – Influencers

Creating engagement and a loyal brand community is a challenging task if you’re starting from scratch. You’d have to be credible, inspirational, approachable—and still, that would be just the tiny first step.

Enter micro-influencers.

These content creators have already built that loyal fan base, focusing on a targeted niche. As a result, they have a high engagement rate and trust level.

If you find the right micro-influencers, your brand will reap all those benefits.

Of course, the problem is finding those influencers in the first place. And you’re on the right page for that. We’ll share various strategies on how to find micro-influencers on different social media platforms just below!

A young woman influencer is recording herself with her cellphone on a tripod.

Warning: Before finding micro-influencers, you’ll have to go through other steps in your strategy, like setting goals and KPIs, understanding your target audience, figuring out the best channels and tools, etc. Our complete micro-influencer marketing guide covers all these points, so make sure to check it out.

Pro tip: Micro-influencers have differently sized niche audiences according to the platform they’re on:

  • Micro-influencers on Instagram: 5k to 50k followers
  • Micro-influencers on TikTok: 100k to 250k followers
  • Micro-influencers on YouTube: 10k to 100k subscribers

How to Find Micro – Influencers on Instagram

Instagram is an efficient platform for online advertising with proven success rates. Here’s how to find micro-influencers on Instagram:

1. Hashtags

This step starts with one simple question: what’s your niche? Let’s say the answer is baby clothes.

At this point, you can start writing in Instagram’s search box “#baby,” “#mom,” or “#parenting” and see what comes up. You can get relevant hashtags like #babyfashion, #babylove, #momlife, etc. Next, you might click on these pictures to see who posted them and how many likes/shares they have.

You can probably already see the problem here, right?

That entire process is long and tedious. It’s like searching for a needle in the haystack! However, that task can be easier if you are:

  • Using Instagram’s keyword search tool to narrow down more specific keywords
  • Looking for branded hashtags from other brands to see which influencers your competitors worked with

Obviously, a quick hashtag search with your company name is a must. That brings us to the next point:

2. Your Community

Looking for potential influencers in your fan base is pretty intuitive. Real people who are part of your community and post about your brand will probably team up with you in an official capacity.

But first, scrutinize their profiles. Try to gauge their interests and values based on what they post, who they follow, who they address. These people and your brand must share the same mindset.

Then, make sure these content creators tick all the boxes in terms of audience size and engagement.

3. Your Local Area

If your brand retails products or services locally, try Instagram’s location feature to find potential micro-influencers in your area. That’s an efficient strategy because it means those content creators can come and try your goods on the spot.

Imagine this:

You own a coffee shop chain, and Instagram shows you a few popular micro-influencers in your area: an EMT, a teacher, and a busy parent. Just like everyone, these people want to feel full of energy throughout their days. It’s easy to send them a message inviting them for a complimentary cup of coffee and a face-to-face friendly conversation.

4. Recommended Influencers

Let’s say you find an influencer you like, but they have too many or too few followers. Alternatively, they’re working with another brand or aren’t too keen on a collaboration right now.

Enter Instagram’s recommendation tool.

Once you click “follow” on someone’s account, Instagram will show a list of other suggested accounts you can browse. Use this tool to find another micro-influencer profile that would better fit your current goals.

How to Find Micro – Influencers on TikTok

TikTok micro-influencers will help you start trends and kick-start your community as your brand becomes viral. Here’s how to find them.

1. Hashtags

No surprise here: hashtags are excellent tools on TikTok search, too, because they allow you to filter the correct information and influencers. If your goods and services speak to an exact niche, these hashtags are extremely useful in narrowing down the right people.

TikTok micro-influencers who use specific hashtags have a loyal fan base that uses the same hashtags relevant to your industry.

In other words, this hashtag is the first indicator that your brand clicks with this community.

2. Topics

You want to stay relevant for your audience, so you need TikTok micro-influencers who are interested—and more than that, passionate—about your niche.

Some marketers use hashtags to find these topics, but that’s not enough. A micro-influencer can post about being a #petparent just once or twice, while their profile is all about skydiving.

You get the gist.

You’ll have to do a thorough profile search and hashtag search if you’re going down this road.

Alternatively, you can simply open inBeat.co to find out neatly organized micro-influencers according to your preferences. And yes, it’s free.

A screenshot of the inBeat Influencer search tool, which makes it easy to find influencers.

3. Location

If you’re selling only in particular countries, you want influencers from those places. For instance, a US micro-influencer wouldn’t bring much value if you retail cars for UK citizens. Conversely, a UK car instructor would.

But again, searching after location criteria is a tedious process, and inBeat can make things much easier for you.

It’s easier if your goods and services sell in just one city because you have fewer profiles to research. Once you’ve narrowed down the perfect candidates, personalize your messages to them.

These content creators must visit your place of business, so ensure their visit runs smoothly.

How to Find Micro – Influencers on YouTube

You can use YouTube micro-influencers mainly to explain some intricacies of your product and post helpful tutorials or DIY series.

For example, we’ve worked with Carter Sullivan to promote Mogo’s financial app. We wanted young people to understand all the ins and outs of this financial app and the benefits of carefully planning their finances.

A screenshot of a Canadian YouTube influencer collaboration in between inBeat and Mogo

If you want to use a similar content marketing strategy, try to use:

1. YouTube BrandConnect

YouTube BrandConnect allows you to find the right influencers according to campaign type, budget, and other goals. You have concrete search terms, so BrandConnect enables you to shortlist relevant content creators for your audience.

Besides, BrandConnect boasts remarketing lists and also the ability to create new videos from your old content. Thus, this tool guarantees you can repurpose your content to save money.

Add the Shopping Shelf and App Promo features to make sure you’re monetizing your ads correctly. And, if you want to track the results of your influencer marketing campaigns, Google offers plenty of valuable tools.

2. Google/YouTube Search

This one’s easy. Go on Google and type “your niche + YouTuber”—for example, “Coffee + YouTuber,” and you’ll get a ton of results in that industry of yours.

Then watch the videos, check the YouTubers’ profiles, and pick the ones you click with.

Pro tip: Add other relevant keywords to your Google search to narrow down your choices. For example, you can add your city’s name if you own a local coffee shop.

3. YouTube Trending

Go on the left part of your screen, under the “Explore” section, and you’ll see the Trending tab, which shows you the most popular videos currently. Next, add keywords based on your industry, topics, or location to see which micro-influencers pop up.

This strategy works well because you can narrow down content creators with higher engagement rates.

For instance, type “US car reviews” to get a ton of video reviews.

But this gets only better: YouTube offers useful filters for the Trending section, such as upload date, content type, duration, and location.

4. Previously Sponsored Content

Of course, not everyone on YouTube with a large following wants to collaborate with a brand. Sometimes you can convince people who are visibly passionate about your brand or your niche, but most times, that’s just wasted effort.

To save you some time, here’s a quick tip.

When searching YouTube for specific keywords, add “sponsored” or “ad” to narrow down paid content creators.

A screenshot showing differentmorning routine YouTube videos with "Ad" in their title

5. Hashtags

Yes, hashtags work on YouTube, too, and for the same reasons discussed above.

They help you find relevant micro-influencers that:

  • Share the same values as your brand
  • Address the target audience you need
  • Discuss the topics you care about

Other Ways to Find Micro – Influencers

Finding the right micro-influencers is an essential step to ensure your content goes to the right audience. That’s key to generating engagement and increasing your sales.

The tools we discussed above are fantastic if you have a particular medium in mind.

But, if you’re not yet clear on your strategy or looking for a more versatile micro-influencer, you can try other alternatives.

For example, you can start by speaking to your employees. These people know all about your brand; they get to experience all the behind-the-scenes action and have unique insights.

You can also try to mingle at local events if you have a small local company. This strategy works better than dispersing your messages aimlessly in the ether. Speaking to your future partners face-to-face creates a specific kind of bond, plus you can sense if you’re on the same page.

And last, influencer marketing agencies like inBeat will save you a lot of time and money. All the solutions we discussed above take anywhere from hours to days to execute. After that, you’ll have to double-check, wait for the micro-influencers to answer, evaluate those answers, and sometimes even start over.

In the process, you’re losing a lot of time, resources, and business opportunities.

inBeat offers expertise to manage your whole micro-influencer campaign and free tools to get you started, such as our influencer search tool. Try it here and access our large database of influencers for your next campaign.

Our honed algorithm is trial-and-tested, works in seconds, and is also free. Click here to try it or set up a meeting to discuss your goals for your next influencer marketing campaign.