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The annoying clicks from Titi’s iPhone keyboard infuriated me. She brushed her fingers over her phone swiftly, a cocky smile danced upon her lips and occasionally she burst into a slight giggle.  

“will you quit doing that!”, I lashed out at her, rolling my eyes over furiously to indicate my impotent displeasure. 

“I’m sorry Fred but I am getting so much engagements from my fans on Twitter, the comments are enormous and I am trying to reply some of them. I want to make my fans feel loved so that they can engage more frequently on my posts and retweet my tweets. You know…” 

trailed off. Titi could go on and on for days. 

“… being a social media influencer is not an easy task, I have devoted months to ensure that my visibility grows. Soon big brands would start reaching out to me. It has begun sef, did I tell you that Tunde Ednut is now following me and Adekunle Gold recently retweeted my post? The money will start rolling in soon and…” 

 I knew I had sparked her stalwart interest. My mind slipped out of its cave and wandered about the fascinating plains of my imagination.  The unanswered question persistently clung to the clanking train of my disturbing thoughts. 

“Who is a social media influencer?” 

The answer that satisfies this question is not far-fetched. The new and innovative era of efficient communication has expanded so vastly as new media are accrued consistently to make the world a global community. It has been the dream of man to be closer to his kind and to avail himself to information even about events that are not within his scene and scope. 

The advent of social media platforms, of which most popular amongst is Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WeChat, WhatsApp and most recently Tik-Tok has triggered a steadfast modification in the life routines of the average man. This shift has caused humans to adjust to several technological advancements, which of course at this very moment they have discovered the inevitable reasons for usage. Several processes have changed greatly, from virtual communications to banking needs, advertising and marketability have all been altered by this wind sweeping change.  

This is where a social media influencer steps boldly into the game. As marketing and sales patterns are changing, people would only love to use a product or service that somewhat has been endorsed by a known profile.  

These influencers have become some sort of demi gods occupying the virtual space. Many of them concentrate on a particular platform where they strive to grow their followership and develop their niche.  

Hitherto, I at this moment understood why my dear Titi, drapes a traditional wrapper and makes funny faces at her iPhone camera. Shen also had a special way she said the word “crazy” that she pronounced in an amusing manner that sounded much like “guweyzzzy”.  Upon this rather modest premise did she grow a followership of almost ten thousand on Twitter and still counting.  

So you might ask… what does one stand to gain or earn as a social media influencer?  

Well, I have painstakingly decided to understand and research about this intense topic so I could make up my mind whether to help Titi out or not.   

Amazingly there are alarmingly evident reasons of taking the giant strides of social media influencing. One of the most glaring grounds is the great expansion of your brand name, face and awareness. As more people get to engage with you frequently on social media. It is certain that they would begin to note the difference and similarities of your brand as in relation with others. And if they find it worth its salt and their attention, they would follow your wall on social media and you would directly gain brand trust and popular awareness. 

One other reason social media influencers record exponential growth is that they have been able to build a niche that already attracts an audience that have interest in the content that they put out. If a person likes fashion and discovers a social media influencer that creates content on that niche, it is certain that they would follow that person immediately. This is when the gains begin dropping in for the innovative social media influencer who is expected to use the favourable opportunity of influence to boost sale and incur endorsements – this is a proven method social media influencers hinge on. 

Another glaring advantage is the establishments of salutary partnerships that results from the consistency of developing a profitable niche that is capable of inducing wide followings. These partnerships might be in form of brand ambassadorships with relatable brands, joint ventures, live events and an alarming host of other opportunities.  

However, it is required of an intending social media influencer to ensure that before they jump into this wide pool that they can swim.  

Social media influencing in the full and glorious glare of tech advancement is a potential market that boosts of millions of dollars in revenue monthly and is set to hit much more. Therefore, it is safe to say that social media influencers can chose to make a career out of it, if they so desire.  

Notwithstanding, social media influencing does have a lot of misadventure if not properly handled.  

One of these is keeping your neck from getting entangled in scandals that are capable of ruining the reputation that you have created so far. A good number of influencers fall into this ditch although unknowingly at most times. They might end up getting involved in a virtual fracas with other influencers, make a hate statement or a racist comment or relate wrongly with followers. These points might be picked against you and might as well ruin your social media empire. 

In the same vein, it might also prove hard to scale or rate your success in the social media influencing system. Most influencers end up entangled with the wrong audience that might at the end not support their niche. They eventually become frustrated and decide to follow another niche that doesn’t appeal to them or halt the whole process entirely. 

It is also worthy of note that influencers get a lot- I mean a whole lot of back lashes and criticisms from followers and rivals alike. This of course explains why my Titi sometimes gets moody after staring at her phone. If you are not conscious enough you might fall into a well of depression and resentment with yourself over these instances.  

This is why (after making this researches) I have undertaken a task to aid and support my Titi and protect her too from making mistakes. Listening to her will also help me suggest ideas that will help her grow in social media influencing. 

It certainly won’t be bad if her thumb gets crowned for it’s unflinching efforts.  

Mbam Chukwuemeka can be reached through mbamchukwuemekaa5@gmail.com