What do influencers think about the new hiding likes Instagram trial? 0 1392

It is still relatively early to say how the Instagram ‘likes’ ban in selected countries will affect the number of people actually liking a piece of content posted by their favorite influencer.

While brands and content creators have attempted to adjust in countries like Canada, Italy, Brazil, New Zealand, and Japan, where the ban was introduced last month, there still remains a discussion surrounding the efficacy of this test being carried out by the Facebook-owned social platform. Ultimately, at this point in time, the potential positive outcomes of a more “healthy” environment and higher quality content are yet to be seen.

Here, content creators from different countries around the world share their views on how they see the latest Instagram decision having an impact.

It will change the way people use Instagram

“I think it’s a great initiative. Likes are causing anxiety amongst users and hiding them will change the way one uses Instagram. Content will be created for the content and not to get likes.”

Pooja Dhingra – Pastry chef. Founder and CEO @Le15India and author

Only good content will matter

“Definitely a good initiative because in a world where the number of likes proves a person’s popularity or not, there is a lot of competitiveness, depression and imposed standards. I think hiding likes will direct people towards paying a lot more interest to the content itself, and only those ones with good content will continue to influence people’s lives.”

Bruna Martimiano – Blogger and digital Influencer

There are two sides to it

“We see the good and bad side of it. The good: without the pressure of having really high engagement, creators will have more freedom of expression with the content that they’re making. Either they get more personal to connect with their audience more, or they create even more beautiful content to continue standing out. It can encourage newer creators, too, to create more as they would be judged by quality rather than likes.

However, the bad side of it is that this can be a move for the platform to control engagement more. If no one can see the likes, the algorithm can try to lessen exposure to content and they can prioritize content distributors that are spending more money (advertisers and promoters).

Ruben Arriba and Rachel Pregunta – Content creators and travel bloggers at @gamintraveler 

People will stop comparing themselves to others

“I believe it’s a good and a bad thing really depending on what way you look at it 💯. It’s not really good for people that are promoters or influencers as they work with a lot of companies that send them clothing and other things because they have a really good following on their Instagram and get a lot of people liking their pictures, which means a lot of people see what they post and may potentially buy it. On the other hand, it’s good for people’s mental health as they can stop comparing themselves to others.”

Peter Hopkins – Footballer, Model, and Influencer

It may impact engagement

“I think it doesn’t necessarily impact the creator-brand endorsement relationship as creators will still be able to view likes on the back-end. However, not seeing a large number of likes may discourage others from liking a post, thus driving down that engagement.”

Goldie Chan – Founder and Keynote Speaker, Top Linkedin video creator

Instagram may lose identity

“Personally, I think there are pros and cons. For me, Instagram is about posting great and engaging content and it’s great to see public likes to know that your hard work is paying off and your audience engages with your content, and other people and brands can see this as well. However, on the flip side, I do have days where I wish likes weren’t a thing and that people were not so fixated on them, including myself because it does start to affect you mentally if a photo you post doesn’t match your expectations of how many likes you think it should get. But, somehow, I feel that if likes disappear from Instagram, altogether, then Instagram itself will lose its identity.”

Murray Davies – Content creator | London

There is more to life than Instagram likes

“In my point of view, it will make social media more enjoyable; people are going to be seen more as human beings and not simply as numbers. It’s also going to be good to finally be able to post our daily content without expecting numbers! At the end of the day, life is so much more than this!” 🙂

Keu Bastos – Content creator – Ireland

They are destroying Instagram

“I’m not impressed with what they have been doing to Instagram. I actually messaged them just to say it before they destroy it even more than they already have. I don’t like it at all, as my last photo had less than half of the likes it would usually get, so fewer people are now seeing it with the algorithm. It makes difficult now to tell what accounts are genuine because previously most accounts that had lots of followers you could just look at their engagement – including likes – and almost tell if they bought likes. The new ban on likes has just started, so it is still early to say how it will affect in the long run. As other people won’t be able to see the likes someone else’s post gets, maybe it would be the case if we all start commenting “like” on the pictures as a way to fight back?”

Utah Jack – Photographer

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Marcio Delgado is a Journalist, speaker and a Content Producer working with brands and publications in the UK and Latin America.

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Scam of Instagram verification sales 0 1305

Have you ever taken some time to read some of the comments made under a post by your favourite influencer and saw messages left by people offering services such as ‘Get your Instagram account verified’?

They are scams, even if the accounts leaving those messages are verified accounts promising that they are an agency and, as a such, they have access to a ‘media partner’ panel to instantly verify Instagram accounts with no need for documents, nor passwords.

Save your time and money because, if you want a blue tick shining on your Instagram account to give you credibility, these services aren’t the ones that will make your dream come true.

How they do it:

The ‘real’ account: scammers hack into genuinely certified accounts (with the blue tick), steal their passwords and change the ‘handle’. There are hundreds of thousands of accounts that were genuinely certified by Instagram when it first began, over a decade ago, and lots of them are not in use, so hackers take advantage of those ‘ghost’ good accounts.

The outreach: there are paid ads on Google and posts on Instagram itself, but the preferred method for scammers to sell their fake verification service is to DM accounts with 10k+ followers, as well as using the comments section of big accounts (300k+) to lure people to their Instagram accounts for more details.

The payment: the available method to pay for the verification, which you will ultimately never receive, is through wire transfer services which don’t offer a money refund guarantee such as Zelle, Chase and Bitcoin, to name a few. Payment is expected in full and in advance. Don’t even try.

What to do:

If approached by someone trying to sell an Instagram Verification Service, report the account. It is likely Instagram will take months to do something, but eventually they delete accounts breaching its Terms and Conditions.

How to get verified:

It is free for those ones whom qualify – and simply non-existent for the rest of accounts which Instagram doesn’t feel deserving of being verified. It isn’t just beautiful content that makes you eligible, sorry to burst your bubble.

However, if you think your account qualifies to be verified, here is how to request that:

  1. Make sure you’re logged in to the account you’re requesting a verified badge for.
  2. Go to your profile and tap .
  3. Tap Settings > Account > Request Verification.
  4. Enter your full name and provide the required form of identification (example: government-issued photo ID).

As Instagram acknowledges, within its terms and conditions for verification requests, even if your account is eligible for verification, submitting a request doesn’t guarantee that your account will be verified.

So, keep in mind that, with over 1 billion monthly active users around the globe, you are more likely to be hit by a meteor than getting a positive response from Instagram. Good luck!

5 Tips To Shortlist Content Creators 0 1168

You have done your research on influencers you would like to work with.

Then you have spent an astonishing amount of time reaching out to each individual, trying to build a rapport.

Now it is time to sign up the best content creators for your brand; however, what is the best way to select the ones that will bring higher exposure and ROI to your brand?

Watch out for the five tips below before signing the dotted line.

Engagement, not followers

Big numbers of people following an influencer only translates to business benefits if they have genuine engagement from those followers. Do not limit yourself to check the main platform for which you will hire the creator to collaborate on (for example, Instagram). Looking at how your future influencer posts over different outlets will help you to gather his/her strong and weak points as well as how good they are at engaging their followers.

Rates

Money talks.

Besides, it is 2019, no one is working for free to promote a brand.

Ask for a rate card or a breakdown of fees as soon as you start a conversation with a creator. Remember: time is valuable. It is best to know from day one, if you are able to afford that influencer that you see popping everywhere. While negotiating, try to put together a package; this moves the negotiations away from a single post that will bring you almost no results. Long term partnerships also will help to obtain more affordable rates from creators.

Very important: be cautious with influencers that don’t have a standard rate card or individuals who says that it ‘depends on the brand’. Creation is charged based on the amount of work involved, length of image usage and distribution (local versus global campaign, for example). Influencer’s’ rates should not be based on how much a client can afford, instead prices should reflect how much an influencer can bring to the table.

Versatility

You should definitely look for creators that have a hands-on approach to delivering content for you

Although sometimes is great to work with influencers so big that they can now afford to have an entire team producing on their behalf, at the end of the day, it is important to understand that with those ones, you are buying a media slot to tap into their audience built over years – not their exclusive creative mind.

Remember: creators that can deliver not only photos, but also high quality videos, IG stories, etc., will be a plus when negotiating a content package, as you won’t have to hire that service from a third party.

Affinity

No matter how cool the influencers in your shortlist look. At the end of the day it all comes down to delivering a service (content) and producing exposure to your brand (reach).

Nothing works better than collaborating with creators that genuinely like your product or service. Before signing a contract, check previous collaborations of your selected influencers (especially previous collaborations with your direct competitors, if any) and have an upfront conversation with the creator about what he/she already knows about your brand.

Delivery

This is an easy one to start checking from the initial contact.

If an influencer takes a long time to reply to a simple request regarding their fees and availability, chances are he/she isn’t available or willing to work with new clients.

I would recommend chasing up to a maximum of three times to get an answer and give up after that, moving forward to more reliable creators. Truth is: if a creator delays so much to reply to an email where you’re offering to pay them money for their services, you can probably imagine what a nightmare it will be to brief and wait for him/her to deliver the agreed assets for a campaign.

If you get a reply many weeks later, you can politely reply that ‘all the collaboration for this project have now been signed up and it won’t be possible to work together on this occasion.’

It goes without saying that the best tip to shortlist anyone to work with you is your own gut-feeling while looking for the right people to create content for and with you. If something doesn’t look or feel right at the very beginning or you are not sure if an influencer in your list is a right fit, it is always advisable to look for someone else.

Photo: Stephen Kennedy

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