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3 Essential Elements of Your Influencer Portfolio

brands monetization Oct 17, 2018

Every influencer wants to work with brands, but some of them don’t know how to get started or what they need to have ready.

Here are the 3 essential elements that you’ll need in your influencer portfolio if you want to work with brands:

1. A Media Kit.

This is sort of like a resume for jobs and your media kit will have all the information including your brand name, description, if you have a blog, your social channels and your stats like how many followers you have on each platform, views, reach, engagement. It will also have your audience demographics and brands you’ve worked with before, pretty much everything a brand would want to know before they choose to work with you.

Now when you’re just starting out, you may not have a lot to put into your media kit and that’s okay. That’s why if you’re just growing your following, you really want to work on that every single day and doing as many brand collaborations as you can.

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How to Get #Sponsored as an Instagram Influencer

You've seen it on your feed as you're scrolling on Instagram.

An influencer adds #ad or #sponsored when they're promoting a brand. 

So...how does that actually happen?!!

Well for one, brands are looking to work with influencers every day so if they notice you and want to work with you, they'll reach out. 

As an influencer, you can also reach out to them. 

There are different ways to work with brands: 

Collaborations: This is when you receive free products, event tastings, etc. from brands. There is usually no payment involved here in addition to receiving the free product or experience 

Partnerships: This term is used in different ways sometimes for collaborations or paid sponsorships

Sponsorships: This is usually a paid partnership where a brand offers compensation to an influencer at a flat fee in addition to receiving free products and/or experiences. 

When you are just starting out, you want to aim for collaborations.

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How Much Does It REALLY Cost to Be An Influencer?

The amazing thing about the time we are in that you don't need much to start out. When I first began, I had my blog and a Twitter channel.  Focus on your main platform and a secondary platform to avoid overloading yourself.

I would recommend every influencer to create a blog or website because it is a channel that you own. As much as we love Facebook and Instagram, if they disappeared tomorrow so would all of your content. 

What you need to get started as an influencer

When you start as an influencer, you need to decide who you want to learn from and how much information you want to take in.

The influencer industry is just that - an industry. Avoid making mistakes and get to a successful place a lot faster with a mentor who can provide trainings and information on best practices. 

The 3 tools I can’t live WITHOUT that you need to be using daily

Google Drive

I use Google Sheets for everything. Planning your editorial calendar is so easy to do and accessible...

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The #1 Mistake Influencers Make When Working with Brands

brands monetization Oct 15, 2018

Did you know that there is ONE massive mistake that influencers are making today that hold them back from landing brand deals? Learn what this mistake is, how to avoid missing out on opportunities, and three steps you should take before even working with brands.

The #1 myth influencers are believing

Believing that you need a certain number of followers to work with brands.

Now, this doesn't meant that you shouldn't work on building your following. 

A lot of brands want to work with microinfluencers. What is a microinfluencer? Less followers but more engagement

The 3 steps you should take BEFORE even working with brands

If you're starting with 0, 500, 1000 followers, it's important to get crystal clear on your audience. There are three steps to take when defining your brand.

Audience

In order to grow your brand, you need to get to know your audience.  Can you connect with them and provide value?

Branding 

Your brand is who are you as an influencer. What is your tone?...

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Here's How to Get Brands to Pay You To Post

When you first begin your career as an influencer, you may receive discount codes, free product, and event invites - so much fun! If your goal is to quit your 9-5 and take your brand full-time, you'll need to start getting paid for your services. 

When you’re just starting out, all you'll want to do is work with brands, even if that means doing “collabs” (getting free products, event invites, restaurant tastings, hotel stays).  If you’re just starting out and have less than 10-25k followers - this is what you SHOULD be doing as much as you can so that you can gain experience and build your portfolio. But what happens after?

 What is the "Freefall" and why should you avoid it?

When you have about than 10-25k followers, you get to this point that I call “The Freefall”. The Freefall is falling into the trap of getting free stuff and no actual compensation.

Is this a bag thing? Not necessarily. If you continue to...

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The ONE Thing to Change If You Want to Get Brand Deals

 A major goal for any influencer is to get sponsorships with brands that you feel passionate about. What's holding you back from achieving this goal? There's ONE thing to change as an influencer if you want to start getting brand deals and growing your brand. 

How to ask brands for money 

If you’re just starting out as an influencer your main focus should be on who your audience is, helping that audience and growing that audience. As you do that, you will naturally attract brands that want to work with you. There is NO SHORTAGE of brands out there, and many of them want to work with influencers.

Initiate the conversation

Who says that you need to wait for brands to come to you? Start reaching out to brands, pitching to them to get free products, event invites, and restaurant tastings to build your portfolio. 

You can charge for your services

As you grow more of a following, you can start charging for your services.

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How to Get Started as An Influencer

Maybe you've fallen in love with Instagram and want to start your own brand, or your small blog is starting to take off. If you’re just getting started as an influencer, you need to follow a path that will set you up for success.

What is an Influencer?

The term "Influencer" gets mentioned a lot these days - but what does it mean? Simply put, an influencer is someone who has an INFLUENCE over their audience. There is no set number of followers/how big your audience has to be in order to qualify as an influencer - it's a game of quality vs quantity.

The #1 myth you need to stop believing right now if you want to be an influencer

The biggest myth that beginners believe is that it is all about the number of followers an influencer has - not true! This is a case of QUALITY over QUANTITY. Brands are looking for an audience that is authentic, engaged, connected, and more likely to take action when an influencer recommends a product or event. There is a reason that micro...

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How to Get Sponsored By Brands You WANT to Work With

brands monetization Oct 09, 2018

It may seem like influencers are constantly being approached by brands for sponsorships, so why is your inbox still empty?

Are you not getting sponsored by brands yet? Let's talk about some of the reasons why this is happening.

What do you WANT from brands?

If you want to quit your 9-5 job and work full-time as an influencer, you need to work with brands. Brands reaching out to you and offering you either free product or paid partnerships will not only provide you with money, but can expand your reach and help your channel grow. 

You to work with brands who VALUE your brand, content and audience. You've worked hard to create your brands, so it's important to partner with other brands who hold themselves to the same standards.

You want to be able to go to sponsored events get AMAZING gift bags, or even go on sponsored trips. Doesn't getting paid to travel seem much more fun than sitting in an office every day?

There are three ways you can work with brands. 

Collabs 

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5 Ways to Make Money as an Influencer

I love talking about influencers making money because it is hard work! Some people think it’s all about taking selfies or photos all the time and it’s a lot more than that. Here, I'm going to share with you the top 5 ways that you can make money as an influencer!

Advertising

You can make money as an influencer by advertising products and services on your platform. This includes Google Adsense on your blog, enabling ads on your YouTube channel, and working with brands to create sponsored content on your social media platforms.

You can start making money right away with Google Adsense to your blog but you’ll need to be getting a certain amount of traffic. For YouTube, you have to have a minimum of 10,000 views before you can start monetizing.

Brands like to work with influencers that have an audience, so it’s best to build and grow your following FAST to start making money through Advertising. 

 Affiliate Marketing

This is when you make...

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How to Work with Brands as an Influencer and Get Paid to Do it

brands monetize Jan 07, 2018

One of the many ways an influencer can make money is by working with brands.  Here are my top strategies on how to work with brands as an influencer and get paid to do it. 

I've also included a free Work with Brands guide and cheatsheets for you to download after you read this post! 

An influencer is someone who has a following or an audience.

And your audience is something that a brand wants to get access to and in front of.

Let’s say you’re a beauty influencer and you have 50,000 followers. There are beauty brands out there that want to reach your audience!

If they’re a new brand, instead of them growing their own following, they can hire you instead to promote their brand to your audience.

This is called influencer marketing and it’s a very effective strategy that many brands are using right now.

Not only do they reach your audience, but they’re also getting you to “endorse” their products because you’re promoting...

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