Influencer marketing was challenging in its early days because of a need to manually discover and outreach to influencers. It’s not as if there was a section in the Yellow Pages (either online or in its paper format) listing influencers in your niche. This made influencer marketing labor intensive, and difficult for the average business wanting to become involv4ed. It left a conspicuous space in the market for some form of tool to assist you in finding influencers. A whole range of influencer platforms developed to meet this need – for all social networks, including TikTok.
Alright, the platforms don’t advertise their TikTok compatibility very much. Indeed the only platform I saw openly promoting TikTok influencer discovery was Fanbytes, who wrote about How Fanbytes Works with TikTok Influencers. However, all the rest of the platforms covered here refer to TikTok somewhere on their website.
Influencer platforms predominantly assist firms with influencer discovery. However, many platforms now offer a more extensive range of services. These include relationship management, campaign management, an influencer marketplace, third-party analytics, and influencer content amplification. Even the platforms that don’t explicitly mention TikTok in their influencer listings can probably help firms intent on undertaking influencer campaigns on TikTok.
9 Best Platforms for Finding Influencers on TikTok:
Grin is one of the increasing number of platforms now recognizing the value of TikTok to influencer marketing. Of course, back in 2014, when Grin began, TikTok was still two years away from exploding onto the Chinese market.
However, Grin is much more than a discovery platform to find TikTok influencers. It describes itself as integrating with your entire marketing stack – including social platforms, eCommerce solutions, and communications tools. Grin brings everything your team needs for end-to-end influencer marketing into one place.
Grin’s primary focus is on providing influencer marketing for eCommerce. You can discover influencers, manage relationships with them, and report and track your ROI. It gives you the tools to search a network of 32 million social media users across every platform (including TikTok) to find the faces who are just right for your brand. From emailing influencers to shipping product to repurposing content, Grin makes the day-to-day management of influencer marketing easy. It also shows you everything from individual metrics to the ROI of your entire influencer program.
As Grin connects to all the major eCommerce platforms, you can use it to ship products, know when they arrive, create and manage discount codes, pay influencers commission on sales, and much more, all from within the Grin dashboard.
Grin’s influencer audience report shows you a credibility score to indicate how genuine an account’s engagement is, along with other key audience metrics. Its lookalike tool allows you to input your current best influencers and find new creators with similar audiences, engagement, demographics, and reach.
If you already have brand champions, you can use Grin to expand your influencer network with more just like them. Its lookalike tool allows you to input your current best influencers and find new creators with similar audiences, engagement, demographics, and reach.
CreatorIQ targets large companies and enterprises; their smallest published clients earn around $100 million annually. The platform’s clients include Disney, Tiffany & Co., Unilever, Dell, and Ralph Lauren.
Although CreatorIQ doesn’t specifically mention TikTok on its website, they don’t refer directly to any other social network either. Instead, they simply declare that they have “top social platforms supported.”
CreatorIQ integrates directly with social platform APIs and its AI-powered algorithm analyses over 1 billion public social accounts and their content. Their influencer marketing platform also features audience profiles, growth history, and cross-platform content to help you find, assess, and qualify over 15 million creators before adding them to your network.
One helpful feature of CreatorIQ is that it includes Google AI image recognition for enriched creator data, including interest and brand affinities to recommend creators.
The AI looks at all the discrete parts of any given piece of content—the image, the location, mentions, even emojis—and makes logical inferences relating to a creator’s interests and audience tastes.
The AI also vets influencers to ensure their authenticity. It does an excellent job of finding those who game the system with fake followers and bots. It assigns each influencer an “Integrity Quotient,” which can help you discern how authentic an influencer’s audience is.
You can then invite your chosen influencers via email to join your network, using a white-labeled, fully customizable portal where they can register and go through an onboarding process. Influencers create an account, fill out any required tax and compliance forms, self-identify their interests, and set up payment options. They connect their social accounts to your portal and authorize CreatorIQ to ingest all their data, giving you access to much more information than public APIs can show you.
Upfluence wrote about what you need to know about TikTok to market with it in 2019. The post observes that “There’s been a trend to use social media for entertainment purposes, rather than sharing personal updates. TikTok perfectly feeds into that need by giving everybody a space to freely express their creativity.”
Upfluence includes a robust influencer search and discovery module. It also provides tools to assist brands with social listening. It ties all this together with tools to allow you to manage your campaigns.
Upfluence includes a massive database of more than 1 million influencers, across all the leading social media networks. Obviously, only a small portion of these feature on TikTok and are in TikTok’s main demographics. You can search for influencers using as many keywords as you need. This means that you can drill down through keywords to reduce influencers to manageable numbers. You can filter through audience data to a granular level, placing relative weights on each keyword.
Unfortunately, the most detailed data is limited to Instagram, so you can’t yet target TikTok influencers in such a precise fashion - although, you may be able to use your Instagram results to help discover suitable TikTok users if you are searching for terms that would be relevant to the typical TikTok audience.
Fanbytes has built the worlds first dedicated Tiktok platform with over 500,000 Tiktok influencers used by brands such as Huawei, Universal, Warner, and Pretty Little thing. The most powerful about their influencer platform is their combination of machine learning and Neuro-linguistic programming which enables them to find influencers with pinpoint accuracy.
Using their internal tool, one can search bios on Tiktok, find influencers who have mentioned other brands and discern most popular languages used in influencers audiences and then invite them to be part of campaigns. This tech-led approach has enabled them to be precise in the influencers they can use in campaigns for their global brands.
Their expertise in understanding the right influencers for each brand allows them to guarantee results and engagements to brands on every campaign they run. This has resulted in some viral campaigns such as making a Major Lazer hashtag become a trend on Tiktok with over 50,000 UGC videos being created around the hashtag #canttakeitfromme
5. Aspire IQ
Aspire IQ began as Revfluence, a marketplace where marketer and brands could discover influencers, contact them, and once both parties had agreement, manage their campaigns. Over time the company improved and expanded its software and rebranded to become Aspire IQ.
The company wants a long-term relationship between its clients and their influencers, so the minimum contract is for a year.
Aspire IQ uses a hybrid system for its influencer database. Firstly, it uses a proprietary algorithm to find influencers, with more than 500,000 in its database. However, influencers need an account on the platform to be able to participate in campaigns.
Aspire IQ’s discovery engine allows its clients to search for influencers in a variety of ways. You can search for keywords, hashtags, topics, etc., and then filter the results down by specifying follower counts, average likes per post, and other demographic details. They have a “Quickmatch” feature, which is like a “Tinder for Influencers.” It offers you influencers based on your preferences. You can either select a suggested influencer or choose to move onto the next person in the list.
Another way to find influencers is to use Aspire IQ’s social listening tool, and then choose to work with people who have already mentioned your organization.
Another unusual way to find influencers on Aspire IQ is to match content to an image you provide.
Neoreach is the brainchild of Jesse Leimgruber and Misha Talavera who pitched the idea while still attending Stanford University. They envisaged Neoreach to connect social media influencers with brands directly. The pair was accepted into Stanford’s accelerator program to work on realizing their vision. By 2014, they’d received $1.5 million in seed funding.
The key to Neoreach is its discovery engine. It uses an algorithm that mines the social web for data and indexes it for search. There are now over 3 million influencers in the Neoreach database.
Neoreach is sophisticated software and as such, targeted at large businesses and enterprises. The pricing levels would generally put it out of reach for most small businesses.
Neoreach prides itself on the depth of the data it holds about each influencer. You can refine your searches by a vast range of demographic and psychographic criteria. This means that you should be able to find suitable influencers for virtually every market – including young females who spend much of their time on TikTok. Neoreach uses AI to refine its influencer recommendations, and the more you use Neoreach, the better it will be at finding suitable influencers for you.
It is more than just a campaign management tool, however. It contains everything you need to help you manage your entire influencer campaigns.
One of the blog posts on Julius analyzes the potential for TikTok as an influencer marketing network. Julius concludes that “The efficacy of such a campaign depends almost entirely on the brand, especially given the demographics of the platforms. Gillette, for example, would not likely experience the same success as Venus would. Luckily, the Julius platform provides in-depth demographic and engagement data to support such a venture, as it would be necessary to capitalize on a rapidly expanding form of social content that shows no sign of slowing down.”
Julius began life as Thuzio, a web-based talent agency for current and former athletes, looking to make extra money with appearance fees and endorsement deals. It didn’t take much from there to turn Thuzio into Julius, a full-featured influencer marketing discovery engine and platform.
Although Julius’ bank of 120,000 influencers is smaller than the numbers in some of the opposition databases, Julius can claim that a human has vetted and fleshed out everybody’s data, rather than just relying on an algorithm.
You can search for influencers in many ways, filtering them by a vast range of demographic and psychographic factors. Julius sees the importance of lists, and you can create lists of potential influencers as you go through the discovery process. You can then break these lists down into sub-lists, based on a range of factors.
Julius includes much useful information about each influencer, including many valuable metrics.
Julius is an all-in-one platform, with a complete suite of management tools to complement its in-depth database.
I would hate to oversee SEO for Influencer. It must be hard trying to rank when your company name is the same as your industry. In saying that, Influencer was Number 4 in Google in a search for its name at the time of writing, after two Influencer Marketing Hub articles and the Wikipedia page for the term.
Influencer provides tools for brands to find, match, manage, and report on creators for influencer marketing campaigns through actionable insights and data-driven intelligence.
Influencer is a youth-oriented company, with co-founder and CEO, Ben Jeffries, still only being in his early-20s. He founded Influencer in 2015 when he was just 18 years old.
The company clearly recognizes the importance of TikTok when targeting a youth-oriented market. They recently uploaded this infographic to their Facebook page:
Influencers (the company) has the philosophy that influencers (little “I”) are “like the cool kid in school.” This means that they are highly selective about which influencers they will work with. They are only interested in influencers who can demonstrate some talent and can communicate with their followers.
Influencer believes in a hands-on approach to influencer management, rather than relying on an algorithm.
TikTok is Asian based. It originated from China (even the original Musical.ly was a Chinese company), and it is trendy across the whole region, even across into India. It suffered a blip to its progress in India, due to its recent banning a court case, but has got over that problem now and is back on the rise.
Inevitably there are also Asian-based influencer platforms and agencies that recognize the value of TikTok, more so than most western platforms and agencies.
Letsinfluence is a team of experienced product, design, sales & marketing professionals. It is led by Ujjwal Bhalla, based in New Delhi, India.
The company provides tools for brands and agencies to discover and uncover influencers, manage campaigns, and track the success of those campaigns.
They believe that TikTok marketing is essential for firms that have a young target market. Letsinfluence has written, “Brands can leverage challenges and contests to create branded content that will generate excellent brand awareness and drive sales. Moreover, many of these TikTok influencers have accounts on Instagram, and they regularly share content created on TikTok on Instagram as well.”