If you’re not getting the types of collaborations you’re hoping for through e-mails alone, you can be proactive and reach out to brands yourselves. Do a little google sleuthing to find their PR / media contact. Sometimes it’s as easy as a media enquiries e-mail address on the brand’s contact page, but more often than not brands make you work for it. I usually google “pr / media / press [at ] company [dot ] com” to see if the e-mail address shows up and will sometimes get lucky this way. Sometimes I’ll comment on a brand’s latest Instagram post with a note saying I sent them a DM (since brand accounts are usually handled by their social media manager, who either also handles collaborations or works closely with the PR department that does). Sometimes I get a media contact through a blogger friend. There are lots of ways to find the right e-mail address and, if all else fails, you can always try contacting the general help desk to see if they’re able to give you the right contact.
Now that we have understood who an Instagram Influencer is, let’s take a look at the  most popular Instagram influencers these days. You can be in the search of daily inspiration or simply wanting to follow the most popular personalities on Instagram. Regardless, Instagram offers a wide variety of content and influencers that anyone can choose from based on your own preferences. We created a top 10 list of Instagram Influencers based on their followers.

The approach you choose should also depend on how much you’re willing to spend. A larger budget allows you to partner with larger influencers who can get you as much exposure as possible. However, influencer marketing is known to be expensive. Another option is to target micro-influencers in your niche who don’t have millions of followers but have thousands of highly engaged followers.
This is one of the best ways for influencers to get their traffic to convert to sales. If your Instagram is full of beautiful lifestyle images, that people are curious about, then by letting them know they can shop these items is key. @sheshopped has done this on her Instagram and the page on her website has all of her shoppable Instagram photos, and when you click on one, you are given some information on it, and you can click through to the store.
Nowadays, the majority of large businesses offer affiliate programs. So find ones that are in your niche. If you are popular on Instagram for fashion, then you should opt for fashion affiliate programs. If your Instagram audience follows you because you are well known in the fitness industry, then you need to find health and fitness affiliate programs. Your following won’t purchase items that aren’t relevant to their interests. So choose affiliate programs that sell products your audience can relate to and that will add value to their lives.
Alternatively, to find niche affiliate programs, a basic Google search will suffice. Then simply sign up with the individual affiliate programs you like the look of and take it from there. There is no limit to how many affiliate programs you can sign up with, but make sure the products you are going to promote are high quality. If you promote products that aren’t up to scratch, you will lose the trust of your Insta-followers, and quickly lose your audience.
Fragen-Sticker: Mittels der vor kurzem ausgerollten Fragen-Sticker können Follower dir Fragen stellen. Das vorgegebene Frageformat lautet: „Stelle mir eine Frage“. Dieses kannst du natürlich abwandeln und spezifizieren. Natürlich kannst du dir diese Option auch anderweitig zu Nutze machen, die Funktion umdrehen und eine Frage an deine Abonnenten stellen. Das Engagement ist dir gesichert.
Natalie Mortimer and Holly Erickson are the women behind The Modern Proper. Currently with over 90k followers, they have gained much popularity after they were finalists for Saveur’s Best Home-Cooked Food Blog in 2016. They have been praised for their modern approach at preparing simple yet delicious meals, which is very well presented in their Instagram posts.
Ich habe mich dafür entschieden, hinter jedem Affiliate-Link ein Sternchen * einzufügen. Ganz oben oder in der Sidebar in meinen Blogs und Affiliate-Sites steht dann die Erklärung (* = Affiliatelinks/Werbelinks). „Affiliatelink“ als Begriff dürfte dem durchschnittlichen Internet-Nutzer eher unbekannt sein und ist damit rechtlich nicht sicher. Es gab z.B. Gerichtsentscheidungen bzgl. der Kennzeichnung „sponsored by“, was als nicht ausreichend befunden wurde. Das dürfte auch auf „Affiliatelink“ zutreffen. Deshalb gebe ich hier zudem „Werbelink“ an.
Wenn du Hashtags richtig einsetzt, kannst du mit der dazugewonnen Reichweite neue Follower generieren. Doch viele User wissen nicht mehr wirklich, wie sie Hashtags bestmöglich einsetzen sollen. Nicht wenige Gerüchte haben sich verbreitet. Mit vielen Hashtags erreicht man eine hohe Performance? Leider ein Mythos, der sich nicht bewahrheitet. In unserem ultimativen Instagram Hashtag Guide für 2018 findest du alle relevanten Informationen zu einem idealen Umgang mit Hashtags.
As you might already know, Instagram has made it possible and easy to switch between your personal and business accounts. Setting up a business profile has a number of advantages. It allows you to get access to real-time analytics and view the engagement metrics on particular posts. Users, in turn, can reach out to you by tapping the Contact button and taking a specific action afterwards, like making a call or sending you an email. In 2016, Instagram rolled out a new option for business accounts – Instagram for Business. It’s a great way to put the promoted product in front of your target audience in a few simple steps. Upgrade your business profile to Instagram for Business. Create a compelling, eye-catching post featuring the product. Select the target audience, budget, promotional content, CTA, and duration of the promotion. Once it’s done, you will see the button “Promote” under your post and be able to start running your ad on Instagram!
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.

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?“
On the other hand, if your goal is to get people to promote your product or service, special offers, discounts and more through channels other than social media, then use affiliate marketing. Target bloggers, companies and publishers with content that complements or relates to your brand base. Understand your customers’ needs and their interests so that you speak to your target audience about what matters most to them. If you sell workout gear, then partner with health and fitness publishers that focus on weight loss, healthy eating and more. This approach of speaking to specific customers with specific needs works because affiliate marketing is designed to generate leads and help you grow your revenue.
Alternatively, to find niche affiliate programs, a basic Google search will suffice. Then simply sign up with the individual affiliate programs you like the look of and take it from there. There is no limit to how many affiliate programs you can sign up with, but make sure the products you are going to promote are high quality. If you promote products that aren’t up to scratch, you will lose the trust of your Insta-followers, and quickly lose your audience.
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.
But to make money with affiliate marketing you need to get a affiliate link to a product that you promote and you need to put this link in your description. You can easily by the end of the next week have over 1000 followers…and let’s say that only 10% will click your affiliate link and only 5% will buy using your affilaite link and I really low ball it because Instagram is really on fire when you know how to use it.

Schickt ein Unternehmen ungefragt Produkte an einen Influencer, ist die Sache bislang nicht eindeutig; ein wegweisendes Urteil fehlt. Bespricht ein Influencer das Produkt sachlich und subjektiv, müsste er dies wahrscheinlich nicht kennzeichnen. Er oder sie wurde schließlich nicht dafür bezahlt und gibt lediglich seine bzw. ihre persönliche Meinung mit Pro und Contra wieder. Ein kurzer Hinweis, dass das Produkt zugeschickt oder kostenlos gestellt wurde, schadet jedoch nicht.


Influencer-Marketing ist nicht nur etwas für große Unternehmen. Auch kleine und mittelständische Unternehmen können so mit relativ wenig Mitteln auf sich aufmerksam machen. Sie müssen zum Beispiel keinen eigenen Content erstellen, denn das übernehmen die Influencer. Und wenn diese ihre selbst gestalteten Posts nicht korrekt auszeichnen und damit Schleichwerbung machen, sind sie dann nicht selbst schuld? So einfach ist es nicht. Wer Influencer beauftragt, für seine Marke zu werben, kann dafür verantwortlich gemacht werden, wenn es sich dabei um Schleichwerbung handelt. Unternehmen und Agenturen sollten also unbedingt darauf achten, dass die Influencer die Posts richtig auszeichnen. Das lässt sich zum Beispiel über Verträge und/oder entsprechende Guidelines regeln.
Through Instagram influencer marketing, you can get Instagram influencers in your niche with a large following to share one of your posts — this way, you can potentially get tens of thousands of targeted people to view your post overnight. This is why Instagram influencer marketing excels– you’ll have thousands of potential customers viewing your products, and they’ll be likely to convert as they trust the influencer enough already to follow them. Imagine what this can do for your ecommerce store’s growth!
I have to agree with @Beatrix Willius…maybe I missed the whole point of this experiment. I have nothing against beautiful women promoting anything. (I’m a huge UFC fan) but based on your experiment I have to assume you’re only interested in getting leads from wealthy male entrepreneurs? There are quite a few of us females with lots of cash to invest as well. 
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