SEO – Influencer ad spend is now growing faster than traditional ad investment

SEO - Influencer ad spend is now growing faster than traditional ad investment


Influencer ad spend is accelerating faster than investment in traditional adverts.

Brands were advised to consider adjusting their campaign strategies to align with the rising popularity of influencers after this finding was revealed in Insider Intelligence’s Influencer Marketing 2023 report.

Why we care. As more businesses embrace influencer marketing, the way people consume ads is shifting. This suggests that traditional ads might not work as well anymore. Advertisers should stay updated on these changes to ensure they get the most out of their ad investments.

Income breakdown. The report included a detailed breakdown of how influencers are generating incomes on their platforms (% of respondents):

  • Sponsored content – 82%
  • Affiliate – 56%
  • Advertising revenue – 33%
  • Creatore funds – 25%
  • Paid content subscriptions – 16%
  • Selling merchandise – 15%

Influencer opportunities on the rise. The Hollywood writers’ strike could create more chances for influencer marketing, which may accelerate influencer ad spend even further, according to the report. This is because content creators are likely to seek alternative ways to make money during the strike. Additionally, social platforms are actively trying to attract top creative talent, which is likely to open up more possibilities for brand partnerships.


Get the daily newsletter search marketers rely on.


What has Insider Intelligence said? A spokesperson from Insider Intelligence said in the report:

  • “The time to act is now. Influencer marketing spending will rise roughly 3.5 times faster in 2023 than social ad spending will. That’s a testament to the resilience of creators, even amid economic concerns and major competition.”

Deep dive. Download the complete Insider Intelligence report and read it in full for more information.


New on Search Engine Land

About the author

Nicola Agius

Nicola Agius is Paid Media Editor of Search Engine Land after joining in 2023. She covers paid search, paid social, retail media and more. Prior to this, she was SEO Director at Jungle Creations (2020-2023), overseeing the company’s editorial strategy for multiple websites. She has over 15 years of experience in journalism and has previously worked at OK! Magazine (2010-2014), Mail Online (2014-2015), Mirror (2015-2017), Digital Spy (2017-2018) and The Sun (2018-2020). She also previously teamed up with SEO agency Blue Array to co-author Amazon bestselling book ‘Mastering In-House SEO’.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *