6 Best Influencer Marketing Research Tools For 2024

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Whether you’re a solopreneur or part of a team, you’re already fighting tooth and nail to build your own audience. That’s the whole reason for existing!

But beyond building your own audience, another effective way to get yourself in front of people’s eyeballs is tapping into existing audiences that other people have already built.

Those people are called influencers. And no matter what niche you’re operating in, I can guarantee that there are plenty of influencers you can connect with…if you can find them.

You could just poke around the Internet and find them yourself…if you weren’t already busy running every other aspect of your business.

A better approach is to use a tool that’s specifically designed for influencer research. Such tools can help you easily find, analyze, and connect with the most relevant and authoritative influencers in your niche.

To help you get started, I’ve collected a bunch of the best influencer research tools for everyone from solo bloggers to small businesses and enterprises.

Let’s dive in:

The best influencer marketing research tools for all budgets

1. BuzzStream

In the words of its copywriting team, BuzzStream is a tool that helps you “Build relationships. Build Buzz.”

If you’re interested in influencer marketing, that probably sums up your goals pretty well!

So how does BuzzStream actually help you build those relationships and get that buzz?

It starts with influencer research.

First, BuzzStream offers a browser extension that lets you research regular websites you find while browsing the web. For example, if you stumble across a popular blog in your niche, BuzzStream lets you add that blog to your list and see a bunch more information about the person behind the blog.

Beyond that, BuzzStream also lets you use keywords to find influencers related to you and your niche. It’s more than a simple list – BuzzStream gives you a full image of both that person’s websites and social media presence:

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Then, you can easily add those influencers to sortable, filterable prospect lists. For example, you can sort by authority, or whether someone has promoted you in the past (if they’ve already promoted you before – that gives you an even better chance to get that second mention!).

Once you have your prospect lists, BuzzStream makes it easy to send out personalized emails and automated follow-ups, as well as see data on how effective your outreach efforts are.

Basically, BuzzStream sets out to help you manage your entire influencer marketing efforts – from research all the way through to tracking your relationships and analyzing your performance.

Despite that full-service approach, BuzzStream still has pricing plans that are accessible for solo bloggers and entrepreneurs.

BuzzStream’s Starter plan begins at just $24 per month for up to 1 user. While it doesn’t have every single feature, it should have all the features most bloggers need.

And as you scale up in price, you get features that also make BuzzStream great for larger businesses and teams.

You can also get a 14-day free trial to see if BuzzStream is for you. While you will need to enter a payment method to get the trial, there’s no charge as long as you cancel before the trial is up.

Platforms supported: Blogs (main focus). But does integrate social media in some ways, like listing a blog influencer’s social media accounts.

2. Awario

Awario calls itself a “social media and web monitoring tool”. But part of that “monitoring” actually includes features that you can apply directly to influencer research.

For example, when you’re searching for people who’ve mentioned your brand or related topics, you can quickly see, and sort by, “reach”:

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Essentially, this lets you find the most influential people who are posting about you and your niche. Then, you can reach out to those influencers or monitor them to slowly build a relationship over time.

Beyond that, you can also set up ongoing monitoring for specific keywords and view an influencer report to see the most influential accounts for that topic over time. To drill down even further, you can also filter by individual networks:

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This helps you not just find influencers one time, but also stay on top of influencers as time goes on.

Awario starts at £49 per month (billed monthly). You can also save up to 40% if you pay annually.

There’s a lot that a lot more that’s possible with a social listening tool – it can even help you with guest blogging and other unique use cases.

Platforms supported: Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, and Forums.

Read our Awario review.

3. ContentStudio

ContentStudio is a neat tool that can help you find influencers in a few different ways.

First, it can help you find the most popular content for specific topics. While I personally enjoy using this feature to find competitor’s top-performing content or just come up with topic ideas for my own sites, you can also just as easily use it to find the top-performing posts in your specific content niche (so that you can then connect with the person behind each popular post!).

Second, ContentStudio allows you to find influencers across Twitter/X and Instagram. You can search both Twitter bios and shared content to find relevant influencers.

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Paid plans start at $25/month and a free trial is available. Most influencer discovery features are available on the basic plan.

Platforms supported: Blogs, Twitter, Instagram

4. Hunter

Hunter is a bit of a twist. It doesn’t necessarily help you find an influencer to target. But once you have an influencer in mind, Hunter can help you actually get in contact with that person directly via their real email address (rather than an anonymous contact form).

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While some full-service influencer research tools (e.g BuzzStream) offer something similar, Hunter focuses solely on finding email addresses. Better yet, Hunter is free for up 100 email searches per month.

Hunter also lets you save email addresses as leads and track outreach emails that you send via Gmail.

Paid plans start from $49/month, and you can save 30% with annual billing.

Note: You can now use Hunter to send outreach emails.

Platforms supported: Finds email addresses

5. Pitchbox

Pitchbox is an influencer outreach and research tool marketed towards SEO teams. While anyone can use it, that’s a good reminder that this one is best for blog outreach, rather than anything to do with social media.

Pitchbox lets you find potential influencers via a simple keyword search. And then integrations with SEO services like Moz, Majestic, and SEMRush help you filter those influencers to find only the ones with the most authority:

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Once you have some influencers you want to connect with, Pitchbox helps you send personalized outreach emails, as well as automated follow-ups that they claim can boost response rates by 62% on average.

The only downside? Pitchbox’s pricing puts it out of reach for many solo bloggers and their pricing has now been hidden from their website, so you have to arrange a demo in order to learn more.

Paid plans start at $550/month with annual discounts available. They also have a free trial.

Platforms supported: Blogs

6. Followerwonk

Let’s make things a little more affordable with these next couple tools. Both of them offer free plans. And while they’re not as full-featured as the paid tools above, they’re a good option for bloggers on a budget.

First up, there’s Followerwonk. Formerly a tool from Moz, Followerwonk has transitioned to new ownership under one of the original engineers on the project.

Put simply, Followerwonk helps you find Twitter influencers in your niche. It doesn’t do other networks – but if Twitter influencers are what you need, Followerwonk can help you find them for free.

The tool lets you search Twitter bios by keyword and then compare those accounts to other Twitter users and/or download reports.

For more control, you can filter by criteria like:

  • Location
  • Min/max number of followers
  • Min/max number of tweets
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Followerwonk’s Analyze tool can also help you create various segments of Twitter users. And it also includes other features for Twitter analytics that can help you monitor your own account. While not part of influencer research, you still might find these features helpful.

In the end, Followerwonk can’t compete on pure functionality to any of the previous tools. Nor is it trying to.

It’s just a good solid introductory tool that won’t cost you a penny for basic influencer research.

Platforms supported: Twitter

Which of these influencer research tools should you use?

It’s impossible to give a single overall recommendation because a lot of your decision should come down to your unique needs and budget.

If you’re a blogger, BuzzStream is probably the most accessible full-service influencer research platform that won’t bust your budget. It has the deepest functionality that you’ll find without crossing the $25 per month barrier.

Pitchbox is another option if your focus is on outreach, and SEO but you’ll need to schedule a demo just to uncover their pricing.

Awario is a great option if you want to use social media monitoring to find opportunities to connect with influencers (and it’s great for keeping tabs on your own brand, and competitors.)

ContentStudio also has some useful features that are worth a look, especially if you’re primarily interested in Twitter and Instagram. And Followerwonk and Hunter each provide helpful, but limited, free services.

Many of these tools also offer free trials or free tiers, so you can play around with the ones that you find interesting to find the right platform for you.

Now get out there and find some influencers!

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