How To Create Case Studies

How To Create Case Studies

Guides for Influencers & Micro-Influencers

How To Create Case Studies

Most Influencers don’t create case studies. But, it’s the easiest way to make a really good first impression when you are pitching brands, hotels, really anything! Sure, brands can quickly look at your account and see what your followers are, but why make them do that work? The only work they should be doing is working with you, not deciding if they should. Ayo!

Case Studies to Negotiate Bigger Brand Deals

How much is your influence worth? A Facebook Like is worth $0.25. How much is a well-targeted follower (ahem, your community) on Instagram? A great way to find out is to build PeopleMap campaigns and track the results every time you mention a brand in a post. See Tracking ROI with Campaigns for examples (those examples are for brands but that's exactly the perspective you want to adopt for pitching).


Hotel Campaign

Hotel Campaign


Hotel Comp Stay

When pitching to hotels for a comp stay, the best way to stand out is to show previous Campaigns with other hotels. TIP: We suggest setting up a campaign on PeopleMap a week before you expect the first post. 

Here's how you set up a campaign:

  1. Click Campaigns in the main menu at the top of PeopleMap.

  2. Select New Campaign and type in the name of your campaign.

  3. Click Save Name to create the campaign.

    • Next to Track when, add your Instagram Account.
      Next to mentions, add the Hotel's Instagram Account.



Hotel Takeover

A hotel takeover is where you post content on the hotel's Instagram account. Set up the campaign to Track when the hotel's Instagram account mentions your account.

If you are planning to post on your account mentioning the takeover, you can either create a separate campaign for that, or add your account to the Track when and the hotel in the Mentions.

You can track the Follower ROI for the Influencer and the Brand.

You can track the Follower ROI for the Influencer and the Brand.

You want the hotel's account as a mention so that PeopleMap collects follower growth numbers for the hotel's account and adds them to the campaign. But why add your own account as a mention? Mentioning yourself in each takeover post (1) drives traffic to your account and (2) it gives PeopleMap a way to pull the campaign posts in automatically. Your account's follower growth will be calculated along with the hotel's, in the same campaign.


Campaign Tracker for an event


Speaking Engagements / Guest Host at an Event / Podcast Interview

So, you're speaking at a conference next weekend. Or maybe you're being interviewed on a podcast. Either way, how do you know if this was worth your time? How can you track the ROI and how can you leverage that information to activate and pitch bigger speaking engagements?

In this guide, we'll show you how to track your account's growth based on the posts from the event/interview. You'll want to do this at least a week before the event/interview.

  1. Go to Campaigns and select Add New Campaign. Name it with the event/podcast name.

  2. For "Track when" add the Instagram account of the event or the person/brand that's hosting you.

  3. For "mentions" add your Instagram account (because you want to track how much growth you got from them mentioning you).

  4. (optional) For "or uses" add the hashtag for the event or the podcast.

After the event/interview, the campaign will show you any posts from the event account or the person/brand hosting you, and PeopleMap will calculate what your follower growth was right after the post went live. You'll also see any other related posts from them where they used the event hashtag but didn't mention you. Comment on those posts too, to engage with the community.

You'll also want to check your PeopleMap Stats after the event/interview to look for any impact not captured by the campaign. Go to Stats and select Weekly, then Followers. Focus on the follower growth numbers from the weeks before and after the event, and look for changes. The Followers stat card (below the chart) also shows a daily histogram. For example, if you see a jump on the chart of 5% one week, but you normally only jump 1%, you got some good results from the event/interview. Maybe you need to do more podcasts/speaking events.