53% consumers distrust influencer content: iCubesWire survey

37% of participants believe influencer recommendations are never genuine, 36% think they are sometimes genuine, 16% often genuine, and 11% always genuine

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Delhi: A survey by iCubesWire, an ad technology platform, uncovered that 53% of consumers do not trust influencer content at all. 

This revelation highlights the growing skepticism towards influencers and their recommendations. The survey, which involved 1,000 participants, provides insights into how influencer content shapes consumer behaviour and perceptions.

Despite the high level of distrust, the survey also reveals that a substantial portion of the audience still places varying degrees of trust in influencer content, suggesting opportunities for influencers and brands to rebuild and strengthen this trust through authenticity and transparency.

Sahil Chopra, CEO and Founder of iCubesWire, said, “Despite the high level of distrust, the significant portion of consumers who still trust influencer content—47%—shows that there is an opportunity for influencers to strengthen their relationship with followers through genuine engagement and honest recommendations. By being transparent and prioritizing the interests of their audience, influencers can turn skeptics into believers.”

Survey Insights Summary:

  • Trust in Influencer Content: 53% of respondents do not trust influencer content at all, while 23% are moderately trusting, 11% quite a bit, and 13% completely trusting.

  • Perceived Genuineness of Influencer Recommendations: 37% of participants believe influencer recommendations are never genuine, 36% think they are sometimes genuine, 16% often genuine, and 11% always genuine.

  • Influence on Buying Decisions: Influencer content never affects the buying decisions of 36% of respondents, occasionally influences 30%, frequently influences 20%, and always influences 14%.

  • Preference for Local Language Influencers: 36% of participants disagree with the preference for local language-speaking influencers, 34% are neutral, and 30% agree.

  • Influence on Voting Decisions: Influencers have never influenced the voting decisions of 41% of respondents, occasionally influenced 25%, frequently influenced 16%, and always influenced 18%.

  • Comparison with Celebrities: 34% of respondents disagree that social media influencers are more impactful than celebrities, 34% are neutral, and 32% agree.

  • Sentiment Impact: 30% of participants have never felt hurt by influencer content, 32% have occasionally felt hurt, 20% frequently, and 18% always.

Chopra added, “The survey results serve as a wake-up call for the influencer marketing industry. It’s essential for influencers and brands to understand the importance of authenticity in order to foster a loyal and trusting audience.”

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