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B2B Influencer Marketing: 2024 Stats & Future Trends [2024 Reflection]

By Liza Shuttleworth Last updated: 8 minute read Influencer MarketingMarketing Guides

There are many possibilities and apprehensions regarding B2B influencer marketing. However, many B2B marketers, in particular, consider influencer marketing not a fit for their business-to-business model, and this is where they go wrong with their calculations.

The reach and influence of industry influencers are much more effective than traditional marketing techniques in gaining brand recognition and customer attention.

That is why leading brands across various industries are partnering or associating with top industry influencers on digital and offline platforms as part of their brand marketing.

Are you still in a fix thinking about how influencer marketing can benefit your B2B Company?

If so, then this article will help.

Exploring the future potential of influencer marketing for the B2B industry, we provide a detailed and informative insight into the world of influencers and how they contributed to the marketing success of many top brands globally.

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    So, Who Is An Influencer?

    An influencer is a person who has the power to motivate consumers to purchase specific products or services through endorsements on various platforms. Their status and often in-depth knowledge of a particular niche mean that their audience is inclined to accept their suggestions and recommendations.

    They are actively seen participating on social media platforms, especially on Instagram, providing their views and opinions on various topics and convincing their followers of their expertise and positions as thought-leaders in a specialized industry.

    According to this report, almost 3.17% of companies spend half their marketing budget on influencer marketing. And the influencer marketing spending keeps rising (Credit to MediaKix):

    Influencer marketing spent

    study even found that two-thirds of the North-American retailers have used influencer marketing in some form.

    Summary: An Influencer Is:

    An influencer is a person who can influence the buying choices made by others due to their authority, social status, or relationships with an audience that falls within their ‘circle of influence.’

    In marketing, an influencer can recommend, endorse, review, or showcase a brand or product to their audience and influence their purchasing decisions. Influencers are usually social media personalities with a dedicated following on one or more platforms.

    So, How Are They Influencing?

    One of the recent phenomena that has been seen in the B2B industry is that buyers are taking more time to make decisions.

    This is due to the involvement of different decision-makers in the process, and most buyers are executing their research. This time frame is the fertile period when an influencer shows his prowess.

    He discusses the subject in seminars, conferences, and events and then posts about it on social media to inform his followers. In the process of imparting knowledge, he subtly promotes the services or products of a specific brand.

    As his followers trust and admire him, they will likely value the information he provides.

    Influencer Marketing Statistics in 2024 by Business Insider

    Business Insider recently published a detailed report about the industry. Here are the key takeaways:

    Business insider Key takeaways

    Why All Of A Sudden, It Is A Huge Rage?

    A few years back, paid advertising was a popular strategy. Still, the increase in expense and, in many cases, the decreasing positive results led many mid-sized and large enterprises to turn their focus to influencer marketing. ֿ

    As of now, it can generate beneficial results for the organization.

    Most consumers trust the other fellow being, the influencer, more than the direct message from a specific brand.

    It helps cut costs, and the level of persuasiveness shoots up greatly.

    Influencer marketing is more crucial for B2B organizations than B2C organizations, as the average purchase by a buyer in B2B is huge compared to B2C. Profit is also massive in B2B. Referrals and word-of-mouth publicity are critical for the success of any organization, and influencer marketing facilitates getting into the good books of a potential customer.

    You have to understand that the majority of the US economy (whether B2B or B2C) is driven by word-of-mouth publicity.

    B2B Influencer Marketing Challenges

    Some of the important challenges with this type of marketing include disclosure, scalability, and the organization’s dilemma of choosing the best influencers aligned with their services and outreach, but this is not a deterrent for a B2B marketer.

    With so many influencer marketing firms in the market, companies can solve this to a great extent.

    The major step in engaging with B2B influencer marketing is to analyze and evaluate your fans carefully, including employees, customers, existing and new ones, and partners, to understand the extent of advocacy they can execute.

    There are top influencers in every industry who have specialized knowledge in boosting brand sentiment.

    Some of the famous ones, for example, in the health industry, are Massy Arias, Kenneth Galarzo, and Eddie Hall.

    Then you have the niche influencers, also known as micro-influencers. They do not have a big following (under 100,000) as they focus mainly on a single or a maximum of two areas.

    Businesses who worked with niche influencers found that it helped them generate 11x better ROI.

    Instagram’s Popularity Over The Years

    In the above examples, you would have seen important information: most of these influencers are active on Instagram.

    Instagram has been the fastest-growing social networking platform in 2019.

    Check out the below graph (by Statista):


    IG user growth

    As per a Hubspot report, Instagram influencer marketing will hit $8 billion this year.

    This is because Instagram engagement rates are higher even much higher than Twitter, nano-influencers with less than 1000 followers have an engagement percentage of around 7.2 on Instagram when compared to Twitter which has a rate of 1.4%.

    Examples of Some B2B Influencer Marketing


    The Tech Titan SAP organizes a famous event known as Sapphire every year. The event usually attracts more than 20,000 attendees.  SAP which has worked with around 11 influencers to create creative video content of the conference, reaches out to more than 80,000 people who cannot make it to the event. The company, with the help of influencers, shared the material via Facebook.

    SAP influencer program

    It coordinated with the influencers and planned meetings based on the expertise of the influencer. The influencers were also given a chance to meet the executives and give feedback.

    It’s not the only event where SAP has worked with the high-profile influencer, the company even worked with them, when there was an IoT launch event. They interacted with each of the influencers to promote the launch and hashtag the event.

    American Express

    Another example is that of the American Express, which executed a campaign for promoting its platinum card. The company targeted the higher-income group, such as the business class people, high-class executives, and others.

    For this, they picked influencers, who were leading a luxury lifestyle as these people were regular travelers with the privilege to enjoy the benefits which come with the card.

    American Express Influencer program

    All these influencers later posted on how they enjoyed the benefits associated with the card. The exclusive photos displaying the events, places they attended were a perfect tactic to arise curiosity amongst other potential users.

    It was a huge investment as the organization worked with more than a hundred influencers, including micro-influencer, celebrities, amongst others.


    Motorola’s unique influencer marketing tactic also worked to a great extent. The company, when decided to launch its new range of phones called as Moto Mods and Moto Z, made a plan to target the young audience.

    They were aware that most of their target audience are available on YouTube, so they hired the YouTube influencer.  The company’s agency partner developed a program for driving awareness around its Motorola products.

    They utilized the opportunity to work with around 13 influencers for reaching a broader range of customers. Each of the influencers made one “partnership announcement post” and the YouTube video of “hero” featuring a use case for Moto-mods and extra special posts. The videos were a great hit and generated 38.1 million impressions and 11.6 million views.


    According to statistics, searches for influencer marketing on Google have increased by 1500% over the past three years, which is evidence that people want to educate themselves on influencer marketing. B2B marketers should be quick to spot this opportunity, as it will be a trend for the future.

    It will also be one of the fastest-growing customer acquisition methods, with 28% naming it as the number one source. Working with credible influencers in a business context can provide significant promotional opportunities to interested buyers.


    Author Bio: My name is Lauren Williams, currently working as a SMM at MedicoReach. I have been working in the B2B healthcare industry for a decade now. Through my blogs, I keep the industry updated on latest trends, development, and advances across the various segments.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is Influencer Marketing?

    Influencer Marketing is a form of online marketing that uses endorsements and product mentions from influencers – individuals who have some sort of influence over the average consumer. View the complete guide for details.

    Who is an Influencer?

    An influencer is a person who has the power to motivate consumers to purchase specific products or services, through endorsements on their various platforms. Check out the guide for more details.

    Is Influencer Marketing worth it?

    Not only does Influencer Marketing help in cutting down advertising costs, but also the level of persuasiveness shoots up a lot since most consumers trust the influencer more than the direct message from a specific brand. Read the full guide for more details.