Social media influencers are a staple of marketing campaigns. Often celebrities or personalities with a large follower base, they’re costly to hire – which makes it tough or almost impossible for many companies, especially smaller ones, to tap these people. Phi Nguyen says he co-founded Hiip
to offer a different approach.
uses social data and algorithms to match brands and advertisers with the right influencers. It has all types of influencers – even “niche” ones, who have the same “long-tail” impact as the largely popular ones, he explains.
A brand can create a campaign brief on Hiip
and the platform will analyse it and recommend suitable influencers. The influencers will circle back with a proposal and a quote and the parties agree on the terms. Hiip
charges both sides a fee for every successful booking.
Phi says Hiip, based in Vietnam, has registered more than a thousand influencers, with its bookings growing 50 per cent month-on-month since its launch in April.
“For a very long time, brands in Vietnam used to choose influencers based on subjective feelings. We want to change that,” says Phi.
He got the idea for the company while he was developing IMAS, a social media agency he co-founded in Vietnam.
Next came research and talking to over 50 influencers in the country to explore how a platform like Hiip
could help them. “After validating my idea, we built our first MVP (minimum viable product) and spun it off as an independent company. The rest is history.”
last week raised an undisclosed amount of pre-seed funding from Expara Ventures, an early-stage investment fund based in Singapore.
This is an excerpt from Tech in Asia. You can read the full article here