As for Instagram, having a business account makes it even easier for brands to contact you but I would personally shy away from switching since there’s a lot of whisper in the blogging world that Instagram will soon make business accounts pay to get their content seen by anyone. If you’re interested in reading more of my thoughts, check out my Instagram growth blog post – point #10).
On the one hand I have to agree with some of previous commenters who failed to see a clear objective of this experiment. Was it to show how Instagram can help ALL types of businesses because to me the tactics you used seemed best suited to lifestyle/consumer brands not so much professional services. Also, as a female, and long-time reader of your blog, I was a little disappointed at the sexist overtones of some of your tactics – I don’t see how bikini clad models have to do with entrepreneurship or your brand in general.
Very interesting experiment and read. I know that IG can be very successful for my industry (powersports) though I don’t use it much. As a father I know that youth in my area perfer IG to FB and other social media outlets. I wonder if a new account with $57k in advertising would have done as well as the $15k existing account with $42k in advertising over the same time period?
High Cost/Low Effort — Get an agency to send you potential Influencers. Talent agencies like Viral Nation or MediaKix work with a stable of popular social Influencers who you can connect with for a fee. Unless you’ve got money to burn, and are looking to launch a huge Instagram Influencer campaign, this option is probably one to avoid for now. But hey, it’s there if you want to go big!
One thing I found odd with Clickbank is that to register, your IP address needs to match the country of the home address you are inputting. If you are traveling around, this makes it hard to register for an account. My application was immediately denied because although my home address is in Canada, my IP was coming from Europe as I was currently traveling when I applied for Clickbank.

A Direct Message on Instagram is only slightly better. It can get lost in the mix of other DMs, and it’s often a crap shoot as to whether they will even read it since if they don’t follow you on Instagram, your DM will show up as a “message request” in their inbox. These are often just ignored. However, Influencers on the micro-level are more likely to check these DMs so for those with smaller followings, it’s worth a shot.

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Instagram Stories: In einer Story kannst du eine Umfrage erstellen. Dabei können die User zwischen zwei Themen auswählen und jeweils für das stimmen, von dem sie gerne mehr Inhalte sehen wollen würden. Doch wenn ein „Entweder-Oder“ sich nicht eignen sollte, hält Instagram eine brandneue Option bereit. Neu ausgerollt sind nämlich die Fragen-Sticker. Mithilfe dieser Option können deine Follower bei dem offenen Antwortformat individuelle Wünsche äußern. Du formulierst dabei die Frage, wie zum Beispiel: „Welche Themen fehlen euch noch auf diesem Account?“
The easiest way to get a lot from your influencer partners in your affiliate program is to set up a compensation plan with them where they’re paid a flat amount of money in exchange for promoting your products or services on their feed. Most influencers do not like working on a commission basis. They would much rather get cash upfront. If your brand were willing to do this, this would be the best way to get their attention. You could even work out a zero commission deal with them where they don’t earn commission from the sales they refer at all. If the influencer is really powerful, you might even come out ahead despite the upfront risk.
I think the whole thing with it now being paid for has ruin what it is. It was a chance that every day people got a chance to feel special and be known just for doing what they do…eat out, shop, create etc. Now its just another platform in which experts have taken over and turned into a platform for making money which ruin what it is…. cant just be liked for who you are now people are projecting this “perfect” life bullshit and I’m so over it… Even when celebrities started getting on there it was cool because you got to see a personal side to them and once again they sell out for money (or pay someone to do it for them) and once again just turned into another social outlet taken over by fake and rich people… lame
The following stats speak volumes. As much as 8 mln business profiles and over 1 mln advertisers are currently registered with Instagram. Businesses take the solution seriously as it has one of the highest engagement rates among the social platforms. It outranks Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat and any other popular social networks, ranking #2 right below Facebook. With that said, if you want to keep up with the pace of the times you should harness the power of Instagram marketing, the sooner the better.
A common issue with Instagram influencers is finding a way to get customers to click on affiliate links. It’s common to see captions include “link in the bio,” but this is an extra step that sometimes customers don’t take. Thus, there could be sales that came from this influencer that they’re not getting credit for. This is bad for the influencer because they’re losing out on commissions and this is bad for the brand because you’re not able to properly track the success of their campaigns. This is where forced exclusive unique coupon codes come in.
Like them or hate them, hashtags make a difference. They improve the discoverability of posts and drive likes and comments. The key point here is relevance. Use the hashtags that correspond to your niche. Carry out research and pay attention to the tags your competitors use in their posts. Incorporate some branded hashtags to raise awareness, like the name of the promoted product or any other related tag. Let your creativity flow. Instagram allows to use up to 30 hashtags per post, but be careful not to go overboard. The optimal number of hashtags for maximum engagement is 11.
Follow these six tips for list creation prior to sending out a single outreach email and watch your new affiliate revenue increase. Influencer recruitment has its challenges but is well worth the effort. With incremental revenue, increased brand equity and a higher percentage of new customers, a qualified influencer quickly turns into a top performer in your program.
Influencer marketing is the process of partnering with influential people in your niche and getting their help to promote your products and services. This form of marketing is one of the quickest, most powerful ways to get brand exposure in a short amount of time. Influencer marketing is personal by nature, so when the influencers have influence over your ideal target audience, their followers are much more likely to take action to find out more about you.
We have advised e-commerce professionals on methods of attracting top affiliates to their affiliate marketing programs. But some have come back and reported that those methods are not enough. They feel that they are stuck in a chicken-and-egg situation where people are willing to try them out only after they have heard good things about them. And that sort of reasoning will help you promote your affiliate program.
Can you boast a solid number of followers? If not, it’s high time to work on it. Stay away from fake followers and bots as they could undermine the genuinity of your Instagram profile and cause a very unpleasant user experience. Your task is to attract dedicated followers who will truly like and trust you. With these quick social media marketing tips in play, you will easily get things done.
Influencer mit einer großen Reichweite werden im Regelfall von Interessenten angeschrieben, um einen Sponsored-Post zu veröffentlichen. Man kann aber auch selbst aktiv werden und im Internet relevante Unternehmen recherchieren, die zur gewählten Branche passen. Eine Alternative sind Netzwerke, die auf Kooperationen spezialisiert sind. Sie verbinden Influencer mit Werbeagenturen.
I’m also going to adjust the strategy by stopping the prizes. I will also post more personalizd images on my profile such as of my family and leverage female and lifestyle accounts to promote me. For example, I may do a video Skype session with a female model, create a screenshot of it, and have her post it on her Instagram profile, with a mention of me giving her business or marketing advice.

A common influencer marketing advertisement is where the brand sends the influencer a photo or ad and asks them to repost it on their feed. This is effective with getting a specific message out to that influencer’s followers; however, it’s not personalized at all. This specific influencer has built up their following because they like the posts that he or she puts on their feed. They aren’t as likely to engage with a random ad. That said, if the influencer themselves was in this ad then they may be more likely to engage. This is where free products come in.


Instagram hat sich zu einem wichtigen Marketingkanal für visuelle Kommunikation entwickelt. Bereits 86 Prozent der Top 100 Unternehmen sind mittlerweile auf Instagram aktiv – mit einer nachweisbaren Erfolgsquote für ihr Produkt. “Marken und Konsumenten standen sich noch nie so nah wie auf Instagram”. Deshalb sollten Unternehmen die Möglichkeiten ihrer Marketingstrategien ausschöpfen und sich auf Instagram anmelden.
There’s not quite as much consensus online with what is a good rate to charge for a blog post. Some say $100 per 10,000 monthly page views (not uniques) is a good starting point, others create a rate based on the number of hours you put into each post (at least $50 per hour for post creation, $100 per hour for photography). I would say take both of these into consideration. If you have 10,000 monthly page views but spend 10 hours putting each post together, that would be just above minimum wage if you went with the first calculation. That’s hardly worth your time. I would say the minimum you should charge for a lifestyle post with beautiful photography is $200 plus $100 per 10,000 monthly page views. It would surprise me if you can spit out a blog post – photography, editing, writing – in under 4 hours and your time is absolutely worth $50 / hour. That’s just my personal opinion though, coming from a very visual (and time-intensive) lifestyle blog.
Es gibt unterschiedliche Möglichkeiten, wie die Affiliates vergütet werden: Pay per Click (PPC), Pay per Sale (PPS), Pay per Lead (PPL), Pay per View (PPV), Pay per SignUp, Pay per Link, Pay per Clickout. Überlegen Sie deshalb vor der Schaltung Ihrer Anzeige, welches Ziel Sie verfolgen. Möchten Sie den allgemeinen Bekanntheitsgrad Ihrer Website erhöhen, möchten Sie ein bestimmtes Produkt fördern oder möchten Sie Ihren Affiliate z.B. nur bei einem erfolgreichen Verkaufsabschluss bezahlen? Je nachdem muss Ihre Anzeige konzipiert und die Zahlungsmöglichkeit eingestellt werden. Im Idealfall machen Sie aus jedem Euro, den Sie in eine Anzeige stecken sprichwörtlich zwei Euro Umsatz. Seien Sie in dieser Phase sehr gründlich - denn sind Ihre Anzeigenkampagnen nicht gut konzipiert und eingestellt, werfen Sie das Geld sprichwörtlich aus dem Fenster.
Was möchte dein Publikum überhaupt für Inhalte sehen? Da du nicht ein x-beliebiges Publikum ansprechen möchtest, sondern zielgruppengerichtete Inhalte liefern willst, ist diese Frage von großer Bedeutung. Mache dir Gedanken, um die Personen, die du mit deinem Account erreichen möchtest. Dafür ist es sinnvoll, Themenfelder von Interesse zu finden. Um diese zu entdecken, ist es von Nutzen eine Buyer-Persona zu kreieren. So hast du im Anschluss eine Vorstellung von den hauptsächlichen Interessen deiner Follower und kannst so einen idealen und vor allem spezifischen Content erstellen.
I personally use Reward Style, which is a little more exclusive (there’s an application process involved). It’s more fashion based, which is not as ideal for me, and as thus I’ve recently signed up for Link Share (Rakukaten) as well. To give you an idea, I’m making about $100 per month (which is really not a lot) with Reward Style – meaning blog visitors are spending about $1500-2000 through affiliate links. I only link about 20% of my links through them though, since a lot of the home decor / baby items I share on my blog aren’t part of the Reward Style program. Once I’ve had some experience with other affiliate programs and how well they work for a lifestyle blogger like myself, I’ll make sure to update this post.
Technically this should go before #7 and #8 because you need to figure out your rates before you can do sponsored content. That said, most sponsored content starts out as free gifting, which means you don’t actually need to know rates in the beginning since you’ll just be getting free product in exchange for your Instagram and blog posts. I also wanted to talk about sponsored content and influencer networks before I get into rates because I’ve had two very different experiences with the two when it comes to how much they pay.
Nordstrom Rack’s recent partnership with Shopping Links is an outstanding example how influencer marketing can be coupled with affiliate marketing to drive not only brand awareness but also traffic and sales. By utilizing the Shopping Links Influencer marketplace, Nordstrom Rack was able to simplify the process of identifying and gifting influencers at scale. Individually-selected Influencers created a series of social media posts supported with blog posts to showcase Nordstrom Rack’s products to more than 500,000 potential customers.
Eine exzellente Taktik, um es auf die nächste Ebene zu schaffen ist es, Domain Experts und Influencer zu kontaktieren und zu fragen, ob sie Content für dich schreiben, entweder gegen Bezahlung oder im Austausch gegen Sichtbarkeit. Ganz richtig, das hat noch nicht wirklich etwas mit Linkbuilding zu tun, macht dich aber bekannter und zeigt, dass du nicht nur auf das schnelle Geld im Internet aus bist.
Building on last year’s inaugural edition of The Awin Report, the first, global definitive guide to the industry, this new and updated version for 2018 provides a fresh take on the market as it stands. Utilizing data and insights tracked across our 15 different markets, over 100,000 affiliate partners and 13,000 brands worldwide, this amounts to an invaluable guide for the modern marketer on affiliate marketing’s DNA.
Geotagging und Hashtags: Über den Sticker oben rechts kannst du Hashtags und Local Tags in deine Story einbauen und deine Reichweite erhöhen. Wie bereits erwähnt: Suche bewusst Tags aus und überlade die Story nicht mit zu vielen Stickern. Die Größe und die Position kannst du mit ziehenden Bewegungen deiner Finger individuell an das Bild oder Video anpassen. Oder verstecke die Hashtags hinter einem Emoji. Mit einem gelungenen Einsatz von Hashtags in deiner Story landest du womöglich in der dazugehörigen Hashtag Story und machst deinen Content einem viel größeren Publikum zugänglich.
First, you must recognize that there are much better social media networks than Instagram for affiliate marketing, for example, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Therefore, you might abandon IG altogether. Secondly, if you want to play on IG, you must accept its limitations and focus on what is available (the bio section). Four strategies accompany the all-important bio link.

Sehr interessanter und gut recherchierter Beitrag. Ich selbst bin zwar auf Instagram nicht sonderlich aktiv, aber es gibt ja auf allen Social Media Plattformen große Influenzer, die damit viel Geld verdienen. Also war es auch bei Instagram von Beginn an klar, dass diese Entwicklung nicht lange auf sich warten lassen würde. Im Vergleich zu der Entwicklung bei Facebook gehe ich allerdings davon aus, dass sich Instagram wesentlich schneller in die kommerzielle Richtung bewegen wird. Facebook wird sicherlich bald ein möglichst großes Stück von diesem Mega-Kuchen abhaben wollen…

Once you’re starting to work with brands in a paid capacity, it’s great to have a media kit on hand to send along when requested. A media kit is a document that outlines the key facts and statistics of your blog. From the number of blog readers / social media followers you have, your page views, reader / follower demographics, the types of collaborations you do, and brands you’ve worked with in the past. You’ll also want to include a short bio of yourself / your blog as well as where you can be found online. Jeni, from The Media Maven wrote a detailed post about what you need to include to make a kick-a** media kit.
Whatever you showcase on your blog or Instagram – be it good photography, writing, interior design, fashion styling – there may be people who are interested in hiring you for these skills and not for you to promote anything on your channels. I’ve worked with several brands on a photography basis (I photograph their content for them without necessarily posting anything to my Instagram or blog) and I’ve also been hired to makeover a brand’s Instagram account. These sort of opportunities usually come to you but you can also try actively reaching out to brands who you think you would be a good fit for.
Ebenfalls beliebt bei Instagram sind Affiliate-Links für App-Installationen, die durch Plattformen wie SharePop ermöglicht werden. Dort können Interessenten Kampagnen wählen und erhalten dafür einen Tracking-Link. Dieser wird auf Instagram beworben und, wenn ein User die App installiert, folgt eine Vergütung. Neben Apps kann man auch Content großer Marken bewerben und wird für jeden Klick belohnt.
Als Alternative zu einem Dienst wie Linktree, bietet es sich an einen eigenen Blog im Instagram-Profil zu verlinken. Auf diese Weise können beispielsweise Produktreviews auf Instagram angeteasert werden und auf den dazugehörigen Blogbeitrag verweisen, in dem wiederum die passenden Affiliate-Links untergebracht werden können. So lassen sich Affiliate-Links mithilfe von Blogbeiträgen auch über weitere Soziale Netzwerke verbreiten, um die gesamte Community zu erreichen.
With the boom in subscription boxes, unboxing videos have become quite popular. If your audience spends a lot of time on YouTube, then partner with an influencer who can showcase your product. The benefit of influencer marketing is how personal it is. Think about how powerful your campaign will be when followers feel as though they’re experiencing the unboxing along with the influencer. They’ll likely be receptive to clicking the link the influencer shares in order to learn more about you and your products.
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One thing I found odd with Clickbank is that to register, your IP address needs to match the country of the home address you are inputting. If you are traveling around, this makes it hard to register for an account. My application was immediately denied because although my home address is in Canada, my IP was coming from Europe as I was currently traveling when I applied for Clickbank.
Instagram ist nach aktuellem Stand eines der beliebtesten sozialen Netzwerke, insbesondere bei jungen Menschen, die sich für Lifestyle interessieren. Auch in Deutschland wird die Foto-App immer beliebter und hat bereits Millionen von Menschen angezogen. Laut dem Markforschungsunternehmen Emarketer ist zu erwarten, dass die Nutzerzahlen von 11,2 Millionen im Jahr 2017 auf rund 16,3 Millionen steigen werden.
Of course, you could continuously change that link every time you post about a new affiliate product, but how annoying + time-consuming is that?! Plus, changing the link in your bio to a new affiliate link every time you post won’t allow you to drive traffic to any previously posted links, so this method isn’t super effective at increasing commissions.
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