It’s about damn time. I just saw your @whoisneilpatel a few days ago and wondered “Wait, did he just completely rebrand his IG?” I wondered because I followed your original IG page, but unfollowed it because, well, it’s boring (no offense haha) my friends already annoy me with pictures of their food. However, your whoisNeilPatel is effing awesome! (is this why you shaved your head?)… Living vicariously through that type of page is what keeps me entertained – and motivated. I think this is perfect for personal branding and brand awareness. I’m not in stocks, but i know who Timothy Sykes is because of Secret Entourage & IG, and if I plan to educate myself and learn, i’m going to search around through him first to further investigate my next steps. For me, i’ve grown our IG pages through advertising on other influencers IG page that may have an audience interested in my page. After building to thousands of followers, i’ve done “S4S” which is free and easiest way to grow your following. After a certain time, I just delete the picture of the other page. Just my .02
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Verkaufen bei Instagram – ein Traum vieler Brands. Aber ohne, dass man unter einem Bild einen direkten Link posten kann, ist das nur schwer möglich. Dank Tools wie Liketoknow.it gibt es nun zumindest für Instagram-Influencer und Brands einen Workaround, um Affiliate-Links zu generieren. Wir zeigen wie Affiliate-Marketing bei Instagram funktioniert, wer daran verdient und warum ein deutsches Startup jetzt auch mitmacht.
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.
Instagram trifft nicht umsonst den Zeitgeist der heutigen Nutzer sozialer Medien. Das Sprichwort “Ein Bild sagt mehr als tausend Worte” ist eine Metapher für die Ausdrucksstärke von Bildern im Vergleich zu reinen Texten – und genau das ist der Vorteil von Instagram. Bilder wirken authentisch, sie fangen den perfekten Moment ein und transportieren Emotionen oft besser als geschriebene Wörter. Die Zukunft ist visuell!
Travel blogger @Anna Everywhere has an Instagram full of stunning photo shoots in amazing locations around the world. She is incredibly stylish, and many people send her messages asking where she buys her clothes, so to help with that - even though this is not the focus point of the picture, she will include a link to the product below the image. The image below is from Waikiki, and she mentions her bikini after everything she has to say about the location. She also doesn’t link to products in every single post that she does.
Affiliate marketing isn’t the only strategy to have evolved recently. Influencer marketing has undergone a makeover of its own, becoming more transparent, more streamlined and more effective. If you have felt in the past that influencers do not offer the same transparency or sales-driven results as affiliate publishers, you might be pleasantly surprised by recent updates and changes in the industry.
There will always be plenty of brands that reach out to you who don’t have budget beyond simply free gifting. When you’re first starting out, that’s only natural as you don’t yet have as much to offer when it comes to your online reach. Collaborating on a free gifting basis allows you to build up your credibility, your brand, and open the doors for future collaborations because you’re able to showcase that you make a great spokesperson for a brand. But there comes a point when ( a ) the novelty of getting stuff for free wears off and ( b ) you realize that you’re providing brands with something of value and that you should be fairly compensated for that. The expectation by so many brands that influencers do work for free is something that really irks me. In what other profession would you do work and not get paid for it, whether or not you’re just starting out in the industry? Sure, you might just make a little above minimum wage, but you’re definitely being paid something. Yes, smaller brands and those just starting out probably won’t have a huge marketing budget and I still sometimes work on a gifting basis if it’s a brand I firmly believe in and want to build a long-term relationship with. But when companies that have been around for years and have built up a successful brand themselves don’t value you and your work enough to feel you should be paid? It’s a slap in the face, to be honest. Ladies (and gentlemen), please know your worth and don’t feel pressure to do free (or underpaid) work. It’s better to say no and save yourself the time and hassle. When you say no to working for free, you’re leaving yourself open to collaborations with brands who are willing to pay you fairly. You only have a limited number of hours to do work each week and, most likely, you also have a limited number of sponsored posts you want to do each week to keep your Instagram feed and blog from appearing too sales-pitchy. Leave those coveting slots open for brands who value you.
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.
It’s highly advisable when working with influencers in your affiliate program to work out an agreement with them where they get some free product and create their own content for their feed featuring your product. Followers are a lot more likely to engage with a sponsored post that has a personal touch attached to it. The ultimate reason we work with influencers in the first place is because they influence people to buy certain products. There’s no better way to do this than with a personalized post consisting of product you gave to them.
Das Gleiche gilt für den Fall, wenn Du Anzeigen in den Ferien aufgeben willst. Diese kosten im direkten Vergleich mehr als Werbeanzeigen, die Du an normalen Arbeitstagen schaltest. Du kannst die durchschnittlichen Kosten für Instagram Werbung senken, wenn Du der Plattform erlaubst, dass Du Deine Anzeigen auch in weiteren Netzwerken platziert. Des Weiteren solltest Du in regelmäßigen Abständen Deine Anzeigen optimieren, denn dadurch kannst Du die Kosten senken.
Das zweite große Problem von Instagram-Affiliate-Projekten ist die Gewinnung von Influencern und Brands. Bisher läuft das für Doberschütz aber ganz gut: „Wir haben 200 Influencer angeschrieben, die hatten so zwischen 10.000 und 50.000 Follower.“ Von diesen hätten etwa 15 Prozent Interesse bekundet. „Wir haben jetzt 25 Influencer im Portfolio, Ende April sollen es 50 sein.“ Doberschütz sieht seine Chance bei Modebloggern, die zwar nicht zu den absoluten Follower-Königen gehören, aber bei ihrer Zielgruppe authentisch ankommen. Insgesamt erreicht StyleLike über die 25 Influencer über 390.000 Instagram-Nutzer. In den zwei Wochen hat Doberschütz so über 10.000 Affiliate-Link-Klicks generiert. Wie viele Verkäufe am Ende dabei herum kommen, erzählt er nicht. Denn die Affiliate-Provisionen sind seine Einnahmequelle. Die Influencer bekommen einen monatlichen Festbetrag. „Wir zahlen Pauschalbeträge, das ist bei Influencern mit ‚kleinerer’ Reichweite so gelernt und außerdem bekommen sie so ihr Geld sofort“, erklärt uns Doberschütz. Anders als Liketoknow.it bekommen die Influencer bei Stylelike ihr Geld also im Voraus, das Startup muss dann mit den Affiliate-Provisionen die Ausgaben wieder reinbekommen. Die an die Influencer gezahlten Beträge ergeben sich laut dem StyleLike-Gründer aus den Followern und der Engagement-Rate (Likes und Kommentare). Größtenteils lägen die Zahlungen bei 100 Euro im Monat.
Trovare programmi affiliate, poi, è ancora più facile. O si cerca l’esistenza di programmi in settori e per brand specifici, oppure ci si iscrive gratuitamente a portali di affiliate marketing in cui poter aderire a svariati programmi. Tra questi segnalo: Shareasale, Tradedoubler, Awin e molti altri (una semplice ricerca online ti restituirà decine e decine di portali in cui trovare programmi affiliate divisi per categorie merceologiche).
Engage with your followers: You cannot expect all interaction to come directly to you. Make time every single day to engage with your followers or anyone involved in your industry by commenting on and liking images. If you communicate with authentic content, people will be drawn to check out your account and, hopefully, join your loyal rank of followers.
Whilst most influencer networks focus on social media, there are some that also have heavy focus on blog. Social Fabric is the only blog influencer platform I have experience with and their rates are fixed. This was great in the beginning as I actually got a few blog gigs that paid a little more than what brands who e-mailed me were offering. If I get the chance to research more in depth which platforms do blog and how they pay, I’ll make sure to update this post.
If all of this has convinced you that you want to start as an affiliate influencer on Instagram, or if you’re a brand and you want to recruit some influencers on an affiliate basis remember some of the key points - make sure that your Instagram profile stands out from the rest, work on developing good relationships with the people you want to work with and make sure you have a strategy and clear expectations that work for you both. This way neither of you will be disappointed and you should be on your way to creating more revenue.
Now, this is is just a guideline that most influencers (and influencer talent agencies) go by. There are plenty of brands out there who aren’t willing to pay this high so you be the judge of what you’re willing to accept. Don’t undersell yourself though. It takes a lot of work to produce content and just because someone is willing to pay something, doesn’t mean it’s enough for the work involved or the reach you provide.
Great insight! Big brands are now into micro-influencers as they have more real engagement with real followers which they can market effectively. You can use a tool like an engagement rate calculator from Phlanx.com to know the interaction activity of a micro-influencer. You can also use an influencer directory to speed up the process in looking for the right influencers to work with.
For affiliate marketers, this means you can create a post with an image incorporating an affiliate product, with the affiliate link added as text overlay, or in the caption. This post will then be shared on an influencers Instagram account, exposing your affiliate link to a new audience, as well as finding you potential new Instagram followers for your own account.