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How I started working with brands with 1,000 Instagram followers

When I first decided to grow my Instagram, I really wanted to work with brands!  I heard that 1,000 followers would put me “on the map” so I made that my goal.  I worked really hard to go from 160 or so to 1000 in about a month.  That is also when I got my first sponsored post and giveaway.

If you are struggling to get started with an Instagram following, you don’t need a huge audience but you do need to be able to tell brand who your audience is. And if you can figure out how to get better than average likes and comments then you can even start working with brands at less than 1,000.

I have a step by step guide of how I grew quickly to 1,000 here called: The best way to get your first 1,000 Instagram followers. If you already have an audience, then keep reading to see how I started working with brands on Instagram!How to start working with brands on Instagram, a detailed guide to how I got started with just 1,000 real followers and a new blog. If you don't have a blog, that's ok! This still has helpful info for you to collaborate with brands and get free product as a small influencer! #workingwithbrands #instagraminfluencer #microinfluencer #blogger #blueandhazel #freeproduct

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How I started working with brands

I used  my new blog + Instagram for sponsored posts

Most of my first sponsored posts were a combo of an Instagram post plus blog post. As I got more experienced and grew, I shifted to more Instagram only collaborations. I had a new blog at the time with around 20 posts, and I believe that landed me a lot more opportunities than Instagram alone. Especially as a newbie because a lot of brands ask small influencers for a blog post plus an Instagram photo.

And as my Instagram grew to 2,000 and my blog became less of a dumping ground for sponsored posts. I stopped offering to do a blog post in my pitches unless it was worth it to me. Because at this point, I was just collaborating for free product and not really charging yet.

Don’t worry if your blog is new or small!  I’ve never had a brand ask me (yet) for how many monthly blog visitors I have if they are only giving free product.  Rather, just that I have one.

People I know without blogs have worked with brands around 1000 followers on Instagram too. They just have a clear niche and a really nice looking feed.

What is a sponsored post?

When you think of sponsored post, think of the word advertisement.

Anytime I endorse a brand and receive free, discounted, or paid items it is a “sponsored” post.  The FTC requires every post endorsing that product to be clearly labeled with “ad” or “sponsored” or “(insert brand name partner). Basically, the audience needs to know there is a relationship between the brand and possible bias.

How to tell if someone was paid for a sponsored post

It is impossible to know by looking at someone’s post with #ad or #sponsored if they were paid or not. And sadly many influencers don’t even disclose for fear of seeming inauthentic. Often times you can tell if their post says “Thanks brand-x for this product” but there is no disclosure.

If a brand ever reaches out asking you to leave these off in order for your post to appear more “authentic”, run the other direction. They know what they are doing is sketchy and it could get you in trouble.

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The first time a brand contacted me:

I initially starting working with brands because a small brand reached out to me when I had just reached 1000 Instagram followers. They messaged me via social media because I forgot to put a contact email on my new blog…oops!).

The company liked my style and asked if I would like to collaborate. They proposed sending me two swaddles in exchange for a blog post and Instagram photo.   And, they offered to host a giveaway to my followers which they sent directly to the winner! (UM, YA!) I was so stoked! I could hardly believe it and was doing a happy dance! This was my very first gig, and I had no idea what I was doing.

This is how I realized I was even able to work with brands. If a brand contacts you first, it’s a sure sign that you should also be out there contacting more brands!

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What to do if a brand contacts you to collaborate

When brands have contacted me, they usually have pitched some sort of idea of what they are looking for, (like sending their product for an Instagram post, or if they are hoping for a blog post too) which is nice because it gives me an idea of what they are looking for.

If they don’t specify anything, I usually say something like, “I think my audience would really like your product! What did you have in mind?”

When a brand contacts you, it’s a luxury because you don’t need to worry if they think you are a good fit for them.  But you do still need to ask if they are a good fit for your audience.

Not every product is worth the work they are asking. I learned this later on when a lot of influencers with similar numbers to me (1,000-3,000) were getting the same products, but doing way less work (aka no blog post, just an Instagram post or two).

Research who is getting sponsored by the brand

It’s super helpful to see if the brand reposts any influencer’s photos to their Instagram.  If they do, follow the tag back to the name of the influencer to see how many followers they have, and how many times you see them posting a pic for that brand.

Then, if they have a blog go search it for a sponsored post for that brand. This can give you a feel for what others are required to do!

Remember, brands can work with big and small influencers. They may work with you if you are small for free product, and be working with a bigger influencer doing a paid collaboration. You won’t know.

How to find other influencers who have worked with a brand

Google the “brand’s name + sponsored post”. You can find out if the brand does a lot of blog posts this way and then go check out the influencers Instagram from there. (Note, you will not be able to know if the influencer or blogger was paid or just sent free product even if it says “sponsored”).

You can also go to a brand’s Instagram, search around in their posts for a campaign hashtag they’ve used recently, and click on it. There you should see every influencer’s post that was required to post on Instagram for that campaign.

See what size they are, and how their photos look. Is your Instagram feed as good or better? It will give you a good idea of what the brand expects and who they work with.

My first pitch as a micro influencer

The first time I contacted a brand, I was so scared of rejection and didn’t know how to “pitch” (or what that was) in an email.

My first pitch was basically like “Hi, I’m Liz and I love your — and think my audience would too! I would love to collaborate for your —. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!”

It wasn’t great, but everyone has to learn. I think the best way to learn is to see examples of how other people pitch. And to work with brands that are used to small influencers.

What does it mean to pitch a brand?

A pitch is an email that:

  1. Introduces yourself as an influencer.
  2. Explains who your audience is.
  3. Shares in a sentence something genuine you like about the brand/product.
  4. Lays out what you hope to deliver for the brand and what you are hoping for in return. Hint: It’s all about what the brand can gain!

At this point, it’s access to your clearly defined audience. For me, it’s moms with small kids who love baby products, mom style, and things that make mom life easer.

Never just introduce yourself, ask for a product, and run. No no no.

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Pitch companies that collaborate with small influencers

This is often smaller brands that can’t pay influencers. They are the ones sending free product to Instagram influencers/small blogs. Often times, you can see influencers working with them who have less than 10K followers.

How I found brands that collaborate with micro influencers

I looked at Instagram accounts in my niche with a similar following (around 1,000-2,000 followers) to see what brands they were collaborating with.  Sometimes you really have to click on a lot of pictures to find out if it’s sponsored!

Hint: I’ll usually notice a product featured in a photo and click to read more and see if it was sponsored. Then, I’d work on finding a contact for that brand and writing a short pitch if I want to work with them.

One thing to expect: Some will say no, or offer radio silence.  If you pitch enough brands, plenty will say yes. Some people I know who have around 1,000 followers on Insta pitch brands almost daily and work with a LOT of baby brands!

Want my real pitches? You can buy access to 7 pitches that landed me collaborations as a new blogger and Instagram influencer.  (Including rugs and a bed!) + a guide to pitching for free product.

Start with posting pictures for free product.

It made sense to me that as a new influencer I would just work for free product and later charge.  Get some experience working with brands for free product in exchange for posting a photo to your Instagram and/or blog.

I still do photos for free product (now at 2,400 followers) if it’s something I really want, or would have to buy anyway! If you really want something and pitch well, so many more brands will be willing to work with you for free product than if you charge.

When to begin monetizing your Instagram

I started charging when I was doing more free collaborations than I had time for, because let me tell you, trying to post beautiful photos, and writing blog posts all while trying to make it not look like an ad is WORK.

My first paid Instagram post was for $25 for a diaper bag post when I had around 2K followers.

Monetizing Instagram is a worthy goal and something I’m beginning to do, but it also narrows the brands that will work with you. I was excited to find out that a few of my influencer friends with around 5K-7K followers were getting PAID to post a product, around $100 a photo. Just FYI!

If you want to know more, here’s how I started charging brands for sponsored posts on my blog and Instagram.

What networks work with small influencers?

There are TONS of networks that connect brands with influencers. You usually have to fill in some info, blog URL if you have one, upload a photo (always use the same photo across all social media accounts and your blog), and connect any social channels.

I’ve found it really hard to get collaborations through these and I’ve applied to a lot. It’s tricky because sometimes it’s how you pitch, or that it’s oversaturated, that you’re too small, or who knows. I signed up for SO many, and wasted so much time. I personally think direct pitching is 100% the way to go when you are small. If you plan to just post a pic to Instagram and not to your blog, then a lot of networks have a 5K threshold when applying.

Tomoson

Sign up, fill out a profile, and then apply for sponsored products you want. They have filters so you can search for paid sponsored opportunities (which I’ve only ever gotten 2 there), and free product opportunities which I imagine are WAY easier to get. They even have a tab called “Easy Approvals”.

Simply choose the product, and fill out your asking price (I recommend $0 at first) and what social channels you’d be willing to post. There’s a spot for you to pitch why you are a good fit too. Pretty easy and there are hundreds of free products available.

I’ve gotten a few kid toys free through Tomoson, and a nursing cover. Brands have also reached out to me through this network, but I’ve mostly declined as it’s often not related to my audience.

I’ve also managed to snag a couple paid collaborations for Instagram only posts through this network. I began to experiment charging $25 for an Instagram post with just around 2k followers.

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Collabor8

This is just an app, but a great place to start! Lots of small businesses that don’t pay are looking for small influencers to promote things from baby bows, to jewelry, to handmade clothes, to home decor items. My one tip, don’t pay for anything.

A lot of start ups offer you a 40% discount for product that you are then obligated to take pics of that they can then use. I tell people kindly, “thank you, but I only work for free product”.

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How to find a brand contact

I would recommend creating a new email just for your blog or Instagram to keep it separate from personal email. I just created a new email using Gmail that had my blog name in it so it looks professional.

To give you a starting point, you need to find a brand’s email to send a pitch.  I usually go to the brand’s website and search at the bottom for a “contact” page, or “press” or “media”.  That will be the person or department who deals with collaborations. Unfortunately, it’s not a specific person’s email. I’ve also googled “brand’s name + media contact” and can usually find a contact page that way.

Using social media to find a brand contact

I don’t recommend pitching using the message feature inside of Instagram as it’s less professional and only allows short messages.  The exception here would be to use it to ask them for the contact in charge of influencer collaborations.

You can also reach out on Facebook or Twitter to ask the brand for a contact for the person in charge of influencer collaborations.

I would only do this if you have already followed the brand and engaged with their photos. Don’t be shy, give them a shout out sometime and see if they “like” your comment!

How to write your first pitch without a media kit

Essentially in your pitch as a newbie, you need to

  1. Introduce yourself.
  2. Say what you like about their product you are about to ask for.
  3. Ask to collaborate!
  4. Tell them who your audience is that would be interested in their product.
  5. Tell them your total reach (add up followers to any platforms you would be posting to)
  6. Leave links for each social channel you are proposing.

It can be hard to know what an email might look like, so I put together 7 pitches I sent to brands that have landed me free products, + specifics on writing a pitch for $29.

What do brands mean when they say collaborate?

Collaborate is a VERY broad term.  I used to think it just meant exchanging a free product for a photo. Nope.  It just means “working together”. So when I ask to collaborate,  I usually say what product I would love to share with my audience, why they would love it,  and on what channels I’d like to post on.

A typical collaboration for a newbie might look like this: One Instagram photo for one product or bundle.  For more expensive products, maybe two photos, or a blog post too if the brands asks and you agree. If you are unsure what would be appropriate to offer them as far as photos on platforms, then leave it open and they may suggest what they want in the return email.

Tip: I highly recommend joining the Facebook group called “That Pitch Life”. I have learned SO much from other influencers about handling future situations with brands.  A lot of people on there are at the point where they charge brands so you can learn a ton by just following along.

What is a media kit and do I need one?

A media kit is a pdf that brands will sometimes ask for, usually if you are asking for payment.  On mine, I have my follower count on each social channel, what my blog is about, info about my audience, and a few small photos to showcase my best work…all on a one-page pdf.  I leave off my fees so that I can adjust it for each brand. Check out this 2 page cute template on Etsy! Or this 1 page one on Etsy.

If you are only pitching for free product, you can get started working with brands without one!

Brands have not asked for mine when I have pitched for free product.  They certainly have though when I’ve asked for payment.   Just know if they ask you for it you may need to scramble to get one.

I made my own free on Canva by using a blank sheet and adding all the info, but it took me like a whole day because I didn’t know what all to include and how to get it down to one page!  You could also buy a customizable one on Etsy.

Helpful things to own for taking Instagram photos

A tripod for your iPhone or Android.

You will get so many more shots if you have this! And it’s small enough to take with you places.

Contact paper for flat lays.

This will be a game changer when placing product on flat lays and will also give your feed a uniform look. A roll on Amazon is around $10-$20 and comes in any texture you like such as white marble, wood, whatever. You can stick it onto a cardboard box, foam board, or just keep it on the roll.

This beach wood is an AMAZING. Look how it snazzed up my Instagram photo here. Click the image to order it on Amazon. Creating Instagram flat lays for photos when working with brands


Lessons I learned when working with brands

By writing my first few pitches I learned SO much.

  • Like emailing back and forth with a brand rep.
  • Clarifying details like how many photos you are obligated to post to social media (usually just one or two), as that should be clear before you agree to any product.
  • Some brands specify a post date, but if not I try to post within the week I receive a product
  • Email the brand once the post goes live.
  • How to tag brands in my photos, so they could see my post and feature it on their page.

I learned to study the brand’s social media pages to see the types of pics they love.  Most importantly, I learned that at 1,000 followers I could start treating my Instagram like a business and not just a hobby.

It gave me the confidence keep pitching and working with brands. I don’t know about you, but when I’m on a tight budget and pretty sure I can get that thing I have to buy for free instead…I’m motivated to send a lot of emails!

Only ask for products your audience would like

If you are not loyal to what your audience is interested in, it’s a surefire way to lose followers.  That is key to how I started working with brands! I am a motherhood influencer, so I first ask would my audience find this useful?

If not then the free product will hurt my following in the long run. It’s easy to get so excited about ANY offer in the beginning, but only take it if you are proud to show to your audience and if it relates to them or you will get dropped.

Working with brands on Instagram without a blog

If you don’t have a blog, you can still work with brands! Lots of moms I know collaborate with brands ONLY on Instagram with 500 or more followers! They just work very hard to have GREAT engagement (say 5% of your followers are commenting and liking posts), and you must have a uniform feed.

Anyone can go and follow for follow these days to “get to 1K followers” and still have a garbage looking feed. Ask yourself would a brand be proud of yours?

Without a blog, make it clear in your pitch emails that you would like the product to feature just on Instagram. When you purchase my guide to pitching brands + 7 real pitches, you will see examples of pitches for both blog posts and just social media collaborations.

Start today setting up a Twitter, Facebook page, and Pinterest business account with the same name as your Instagram profile.  It will take months for those to grow, especially if you are focusing more on Instagram or your blog. But once you get 500-1K on each, then you have just a tiny bit of extra value to give brands.

Having a few hundred followers (and hopefully a few thousand on each a year from now!) will be a huge perk you can offer brands in your pitches. I only have 2,400 on Instagram right now, but I LOVE offering brands a couple of tweets to my 6,500 on Twitter. And it’s far easier to grow than Instagram!

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Just know without a blog and with low social numbers, you may get rejected more often, or find it harder to get larger items at first.  I read that as of 2018 about 90% of influencers have a blog. While I no longer offer blog posts for free product, I’m glad I did at first because it allowed me to get things for free I couldn’t have without it like area rugs, a DockATot, and even a bed.

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What product amount I should keep in mind when pitching?

With 1,000 Instagram followers and no blog, I pitched for products in the price range of $25-$100 I’d say. That’s what I saw other similar sized influencers in my motherhood niche getting for one or two photos.

With a blog post on a new blog and 1,000 on Instagram, more like products in the $150 or more range.

When working with brands the average cost of an item I’ve gotten for free is around $200. That’s for an Insta photo with 2,300 Instagram followers, a post to my Twitter that has a few thousand, and a blog post. The most expensive I’ve done is around $1500 for two blog posts + two Insta posts +2 Twitter posts + Facebook page post. For one Insta pic alone, products I get range from $50-$150.

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Engagement

If you have high likes and comments, say better than 3% which is pretty average, then brands may be more inclined to give you more expensive products or work with you period! Brands would rather work with influencers who have higher likes and comments, so focus on that. If you have a really engaged audience then you can let a brand know.

Fake engagement

This is a real and very absurd thing everyone is doing to beat the Instagram algorithm. I’m convinced brands are clueless to it somehow.

(Ahem, almost every influencer I’ve seen uses groups to “like swap” or “comment swap” because otherwise, it’s nearly impossible to get over 3% of your followers to like your photos.)  After all Instagram barely shows 10% of your audience your photos anyways.

There are groups called Telegrams that do this or Facebook groups.  Just DM another influencer to ask them if they use them and if so if you may be able to join. It’s actually ridiculous to me and there is no way to know if an influencer has genuine likes and comments or not, or if they are “swapped”.

But, that’s what the masses are doing.

In the beginning, they were my only source of comments. I’ve heard that Insta’s algorithm shows you to more people based on activity within the first hour of posting, and they show you to less people if you edit your photo or comments within 24 hours.

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If you made it this far I’m so amazed! Hopefully something you read today will get you closer to reaching out to brands and becoming an influencer for free product!  Come follow me on Instagram!

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39 thoughts on “How I started working with brands with 1,000 Instagram followers

  1. This was one of the absolute most informative posts I’ve read on working with brands as an Instagram influencer! I’ve been trying to learn how to do this as my follower count is at 970 followers now and I’ve been staying consistent, engaging, and really building up my brand via IG. I don’t have a blog yet, however, I write for Hubpages and The Outbound. I’m not sure I’m 100% ready for a blog. I’ve got to learn WordPress asap. Thanks again for the great article and all the other helpful linked articles! If you’re into outdoorsy stuff I’m on IG @wanderlust_mtn_girl 😉

    1. I’m SO glad you found this helpful! I found a ton of articles that were not that helpful when I was starting out as well, with just a handful of detailed ones. It’s my goal to lay out the process so you and others can repeat it! I’ll go check out your Insta too. You can 100% get started with just Instagram where your numbers are if your audience is clear! Stay tuned for more tips and be sure to grab my freebie on my homepage to see 5 pitches that landed me collabs. Best of luck!

  2. THANK YOU! I’ve been working hard to build up my followers and engagement and I’m now at 1200! Yay! I’m ready to take it to the next level, but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. You have helped me so much!

    1. Hi Alece!
      I’m so excited for you! I remember reaching out my first time and how scary it felt. Just do it, you are ready if your audience is clear! I just created an Eguide for purchase located in my menu where I share 7 real pitches I’ve sent, if it would help you get started! I couldn’t really find examples when I was just getting started so I’m hoping it helps other small influencers. Good luck!

  3. Thank you so much! This info has given me the push! I ♡ tomoson and I’d reached out to a few brands so far! It’s going great so far! I wish i could afford the templets but I may come back after I earn something from the working I’m doing after reading this post.

    1. Susie that’s so exciting that you have already worked with a few brands! If you are getting great responses you may not even need my templates. I know a part of me was always wondering exactly what other people said in their pitches though, which is why I’ve made mine available! Good luck and remember when you get a no just keep pitching.

    1. Good for you and keep learning as much as you can about how others reach out to brands. Be sure to join “That Pitch Life” on FB as you will learn so much by listening to questions that others post! It’s the most helpful way to know what other bloggers are facing, besides just studying Instagram as well.

  4. Well done Liz. Brands work with me based on the bonds I make. Create content, make friends, be patient and sponsored opps flow in. Make sure you have posture too; let go the tire kickers to make room for prospering folks who pay up.

    1. Great advice Ryan! I remember the first time I passed up working with a brand that didn’t have a budget for bloggers. Free product is fun if it saves you money on what you already have to buy but even small bloggers can be paid for their time if they know how to ask, how to price, and when to walk away. That needs to be my next post!

  5. This is such an informative post, Liz! Thanks VERY much for taking the time to put this article together! I have purchased your How To Pitch Guide and I’ve learned a lot, although I haven’t finished reading it ‘til the end coz I managed to exhaust my access limits (silly me for not reading I only get 3 downloads and had to save the file before reaching max). I sent you an email though, hope you’ll be so kind to consider as I really want to kick my brand repping off and your guides are a great starting point for a newbie like me.

    And oh, I followed you on IG too, I’m at @mom.the.explorer

    Xoxo,
    Rhoge

    1. Hi Rhoge!
      Thank you so much, and I emailed you and reset your download number. I can’t wait to hear about your first brand collaboration so be sure to let me know and feel free to reach out with any questions. Remember, everyone has to start somewhere and your first one will be a perfect learning experience!

  6. ALL of your advice has helped me immensely as I work to grow my blog and social media platforms. I’ve already made some affiliate sales and received free product and it hasn’t even been a month yet! I frequently reference back to your posts when I feel ready for the next step or just stumped. Thank you times a zillion-you’re the best!

  7. Thank you for this, it’s really helpful with absolutely no BS.
    You did a great job writing this!

    I’m just starting to figure out how to start working with brands and growing my blog and this article is exactly what I needed! really, thank you so much!

  8. I am compelled to comment because this is seriously valuable info. You have no idea how many “how to get started” articles I’ve read that are just TOO basic. This one is perfect for what I needed to know. Thanks very much!

    1. Thank you so much. I also found it incredibly difficult to learn any specifics when I started working with brands which is why I wrote this article for beginners.

  9. I agree these networks are really tough to operate with.
    I run a page on facebook and insta.
    These tips are really helpful. Started it as a hobby.
    Also adding videos to your blogs and social media pages can do wonder

    1. You are so right about adding video! I didn’t know how valuable that was in the beginning but brands are paying double for video, even if it’s a Facebook live. Also, talking naturally about brands you already love (not sponsored) on Instagram stories and tagging them can be a great first step to getting their attention and later pitching for a sponsored post.

  10. Hi!! This was a super helpful article, Liz. I started working with brands about a year ago and at first I didn’t know anything about influencer Marketing.

    Even though I have much more experience now, I still found your article really interesting and I think it’s really enriching that you share your own experiences with us.

    Talking about influencer Marketing platforms / networks, there’s one called ShowMB which is the one I’ve using in order to collaborate with brands. So far today I’ve found it really useful and I’ve collaborated with 4 different brands thank to it. Maybe it can help you too!

    Anyway, congrats on the great blog. I’ll keep reading it from now on 🙂

    1. Thanks for sharing about ShowMB Laura. I do like the convenience of working with networks so I’ll check them out! My hope is that by being transparent that other new bloggers can have the same success.

  11. Absolutely informative blog. Really found this good blog for the first time with actual helpful details for those who are starters. I have a question…Your blog is about motherhood and for products related to it. I want to be a Travel Influencer with blogs posts so if you are aware and could throw some lights on it that would be really helpful. For eg. If i have the company for arranging the free hotel stays and visiting the city but not giving flight tickets and visas, then how to come up with that situation and pitch. Or how to get the free flight tickets and visas. I actually encountered the situation and found that paying for flight tickets myself will not do and something of big investment.

    1. Getting sponsored posts as a travel blogger will look different than getting physical product for sure. I recommend joining “That Pitch Life” group on Facebook and using the search bar to see all the posts about sponsored travel. The owner of that group also has pitches you can purchase geared for travel bloggers! You will learn a TON. Before you can pitch for travel you will need to have a few travel posts up already on your blog. I know some travel bloggers that pitch the tourism board in a city for food + hotel + more, while others separately pitch an a hotel, an airline, restaurants, etc. I would also try contacting other bloggers who have gotten sponsored travel to ask more specific questions. Good luck!

  12. This was by far one of the most informative and open blog posts I’ve see non collaborating with brands. As a newbie to all of this, I really appreciate you offering this info at no cost.

  13. This was so helpful and informative! Thank you! I am new at this and was approached by a scout who reached out to collaborate. I thought it was interesting and this is what I am working towards, so I asked what they had in mind? They offered me a 50% discount to purchase their product if I would wear and post it on my social media, including a percentage for each sale I bring in. Since they approached me and it’s not an item I am looking to purchase at this time, I’m not quite sure how to reply back, any suggestions?

    1. Bella,
      If it’s something you want and your audience would like, I would say, “Thank you for reaching out! I am only able to work for free product.” Otherwise, you are paying them to help them out. Makes no sense! If it’s something you actually don’t need at all or don’t even want but it does line up with your own branding, feel free to say “This product looks awesome! I do charge an Instagram post fee of –(you can even start at $10). I look forward to hearing from you!” That is how I got my first paid Instagram post for $25 when i had only 1K followers 🙂

  14. Hi Liz,
    You are amazing! Thank you very much for your quick reply and guidance, you made my day!

    I definitely don’t need the product (resort clothing) but it does go with my audience, however, this line is not a “wow” line, so I do like your second suggestion A LOT👍
    I’m so new at this that I haven’t got the terminology quite down yet, having said that, one last thing…would you be so kind as to clarify, where you mentioned above… “I do charge an Instagram post fee of (ex:)$10.00″…what does that entail? Does that mean they send me a pic from their product line and I basically repost it for a fee?

    I’m trying to do my research before embarking on my new venture, and reading inspirational blogs like yours have been truly informative! There are not many bloggers who are as gracious as you who will tell it straight for us beginners…thank you for paying it forward🙏

    1. You will have to define what you will provide, unless they have stated what they want already. But yes, when I share my Instagram fee with a brand it’s usually for one static Instagram photo or Instagram photo + story and yes, they should send you the item free with free shipping always. Be sure you have a separate PayPal set up that reflects your business name as most the time that’s how you will paid. Just be sure those details are clarified before they send you anything. Good luck!

  15. Liz,
    I really appreciate your time and great advice, you have helped immensely!! Have to mention, you were good luck today 😉 another brand asked if they can send some items …so we will see.
    In the meantime, loving your blog, and can’t wait to try a few of your recipes 🙂
    Keep inspiring, Thanks again! 🙌

    1. Do you mean someone to pitch for you, or someone who is in charge of multiple brands and looking for bloggers? I would start by joining That Pitch Life on Facebook and using the search tool for past conversations of people looking for “marketing agency” and similar terms. You may find contacts, possibly places to sign up, and will learn a TON.

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