…as an experiment, though, it certainly is interesting. Your work is highly respected (including by our company, which has many women working across a number of areas) but I must admit, I’m glad it was just an experiment. There are many facets to advertising, and this covered one type–the living vicariously through perfectly-presented images of luxury.
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.
Leveraging influencers tends to provide more marketing possibilities along with additional revenue, conversions, and customers with minimal effort involved for advertisers. Start by focusing on influential publishers that have a reach into the customers or niche you’re looking to tap into and initiate outreach by sharing an opportunity to collaborate. The already existing prominence that influencers have in affiliate marketing is steadily growing and now is the perfect time to incorporate them into your strategy.

Unter dem Titel “Die Macht der Bilder für gezieltes Geld verdienen auf Instagram” beleuchten wir im vorliegenden Beitrag die Merchant Perspektive. In einem zweiten Beitrag wird auf das Geld verdienen für Affiliates eingegangen. Dabei ist die Grenze zwischen beiden Akteuren nicht immer eindeutig. Viele Inhalte gelten sowohl für die Unternehmerperspektive als auch für Affiliates. Beispielsweise werden berühmte Persönlichkeiten unter Merchants aufgeführt, obwohl sie neben der Vermarktung von eigenen Interessen auch für andere Produkte werben.


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Laut der Simply Measured Studie von Oktober 2014 posten 73 Prozent der 86 “Top 100 Brands” mindestens ein Foto oder Video pro Woche. Beispielsweise könnte man Instagram als zusätzlichen Marketingkanal nutzen, um das Thema der Woche mit einem kreativen Instagram-Foto zu veranschaulichen. In den meisten Fällen honorieren User diese regelmäßigen Aktivitäten der großen Marken.

Continuing the conversation about engagement, when recruiting influencers, review which posts garner the most comments. Are the most popular posts personal ones with animals, quotes or kids? Does the influencer get engagement on sponsored, product specific or affiliate posts? What type of comments do the posts receive? For instance, if the comments refer to the individual’s beauty or the creative aspect of the photo, it will generate fewer sales than posts where the followers ask specific questions about the product.
On the other hand this experiment could be helpful if taken with a large grain of salt – I can see how this can inspire marketing ideas for consumer /lifestyle brands. I’ll be looking into some of the things you mentioned for a consumer client of mine who’s demographic is perfectly in the Instagram space. Minus the bikini models though – that’s just not my style 😉

If you have a special offer or want to promote specific products or get your audience excited about an upcoming launch or campaign, use influencer marketing. Because influencers are in front of your target audience, the influence they have over their followers and the established trust have the potential to drive a great deal of awareness to your brand. The key to successful influencer marketing is to use influencers who believe in your product and don’t promote products that compete with it.
When you are posting a photo make sure you use relevant tags. Including hashtags means more engagement and likes. To find the best tags for your content you need to research your audience to find out what hashtags they are using on their posts. Posting the most popular tags won’t necessarily help you in the long run. For example, a travel blogger should have travel related tags. If they were to include a hashtag about vitamins it wouldn’t necessarily fit with their content. If you include a hashtag that doesn’t fit with your niche, people will be less likely to engage with you.
Since Instagram started in 2010, influencers have flocked to the platform to increase their audience, traffic, followers and engagement. With 29% of Instagram’s top posts coming from influencers or brand ambassadors, they are dominating the game when it comes to user generated content, and with statistics showing that Instagram has over 700 million monthly users it is now over twice the size of twitter. This isn’t something that should be ignored, especially for brands when they are looking at Instagram affiliate marketing strategies.

Denn insgesamt ist das Geschäftsmodell nicht nur bei der Anmeldung komplett vom Willen Instagrams abhängig. Ändert die Plattform ihr Schnittstelle oder entwickelt ein eigenes Affiliate-Tool, dürfte selbst Liketoknow.it in Schwierigkeiten geraten. Noch dürfte eine aktuelle Änderung bei Instagram den Tool-Anbietern aber in die Hände spielen. Durch die Einführung des per Algorithmus gefilterten News-Feeds á la Facebook werden viele Brand-Accounts mit wenig Engagement wahrscheinlich seltener angezeigt, schließlich will Instagram Unternehmen als Werbekunden gewinnen. Influencer haben meist eine hohe Engagement-Rate und dürften so weiterhin in den News-Feeds ihrer Abonnenten landen und damit die Affiliate-Links von Liketoknow.it, StyleLike & Co. in den Mittelpunkt rücken.
Eine etwas aufwendigere Methode der Instagram-Monetarisierung ist der Verkauf exklusiver Artikel, zum Beispiel T-Shirts oder eBooks. Letztere müssen erstellt werden, beziehungsweise man muss jemanden mit der Erstellung beauftragen, was natürlich mit Kosten und/oder Zeit verbunden ist. Auch T-Shirts muss jemand designen; im Anschluss können sie über spezielle Webseiten wie z.B. Teezily direkt verkauft werden, ohne dass man sie selbst drucken und versenden muss. Der Nachteil: Man erhält weniger Geld als für selbstgedruckte Shirts, jedoch sollte der geringere Aufwand diesen Nachteil ausgleichen.
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.
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). 
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