Each year we conduct an online survey to help us understand how companies see the state of influencer marketing. The results are definitely optimistic, indicating that influencer marketing is genuinely mainstream now, on an upwards trajectory as a preferred marketing method.
Here are the key results from our [Influencer Marketing Hub 2021 Study and a few other relevant recent statistics.
There has been a 465% increase in searches for the phrase “influencer marketing” on Google alone since 2016. Clearly, it is now a hot topic, leading to more people wanting to educate themselves about influencer marketing and find influencer marketing platforms and agencies. The period leading up to 2019 was particularly frantic, with a 1500% increase in searches for “influencer marketing” between 2016 and 2019. Searches have slowed slightly since then, however, with influencer marketing now mainstream to many.
Coronavirus accelerated the growth of influencer marketing in 2020, and this is estimated to continue in 2021. From a mere $1.7 billion in 2016, influencer marketing is estimated to have grown to a market size of $9.7 billion in 2020 and is expected to jump further to $13.8 billion in 2021.