How to Work With Influencers to Promote Your Brand

Working with influencers, bloggers, and creative folk with a solid social media following can be a great way to promote your brand. If you find someone with a good following – whether it’s a micro influencer with 1,000 followers or an influencer with 100,000 followers – whose values and account lines up with yours and the kind of audience you attract, reaching out could work in your favor and theirs! But what makes a good influencer partnership? What are some of the do’s and don’ts of reaching out? What are they looking for in a collab? We asked a few influencers and bloggers for a little advice on how to work with influencers to promote your brand. Take a look at what they had to say!

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Jess Keys

“I would say depending on the size of the blogger it can vary but personally, I am much more likely to agree to promote a gifted product without payment if they don’t ask for specific deliverables. I rarely ever take on a traded product in exchange for, say, one Instagram post or one blog post feature, just because the value of that item is so, so much less in value than what I would typically charge. For example, if I charge $700 for an Instagram post and someone offers me a free journal worth $15 and asks for an Instagram post in exchange, I’m going to say no, because frankly, that’s kind of an insulting offer. But if they offer to send it no strings attached and say if I do happen to like it, any shoutouts would be super appreciated – no pressure though – that makes me WANT to help them and then I would happily do a series of Instagram stories (and my stories drive a lot of traffic and conversions). Then it’s really easy to develop an ongoing relationship with that brand.”

Jess Keys | “The Golden Girl” blog


Jena Gambaccini

The first piece of advice I’d give is to spell the person’s name correctly that you’re addressing. I know that brands/businesses reach out to a lot of influencers for the same project, but it’s important to individualize each email (and of course, spell the influencer’s name correctly/address it to the right person). Many influencers, including myself, only take on paid partnerships as it’s our full-time job. I do get small businesses reaching out for partnerships and not everyone has a marketing budget for influencers. And that’s okay. If the fit really makes sense (for myself and the brand) and it’s not a paid opportunity but something I feel strongly about and want to share with my followers, I will move forward with promoting the brand. So for brands and artists wanting to work with influencers, do your research. Really find the ones that best fit with your brand/aesthetic, and don’t just choose the ones who have the most amount of followers.”

Jena Gambaccini | “Chi City Fashion” blog

Leyla, “Second City Mom”

“Building relationships is very important to me. Not only in real life but also on social media. That being said, when someone reaches out to me about a possible collaboration, it’s nice to hear that they know a little bit about me already. I like to hear about them, what they do, and what type of message they want their products/services to convey. If we have a good rapport, then the partnership seems more fun and genuine. It’s like promoting something for your friend. I want to make sure what is asked to be promoted aligns with what I normally share on social media and that provides me with some creativity.

Do’s and don’ts

Do’s: Make sure your product aligns with the influencer’s social media presence. Offer some type of incentive that is fair and reasonable for both sides, and be upfront with that in the beginning. Build a relationship.

Don’ts: Don’t ask for tight deadlines or reach out with a quick turnaround. It doesn’t provide the influencer time to think of or plan for creative ways to help promote your product.”

Leyla | “Second City Mom” blog

Have you worked with influencers before? Are you an influencer with some advice? Share it all in the comments!

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3 responses to How to Work With Influencers to Promote Your Brand

  1. Kohdi Rayne says:

    I love this! I am a professional Graphic Designer and Photographer! My YouTube channel was just ranked as one of the top 100 online resources for Photoshop and design. So, this recognition has inspired me to reach out. Using the techniques above I’ve been able to get responses via email from some major I fluencers.

    Although my style may not fit theirs…we are all entrepreneurs and can connect with that alone. I make sure to spell their name correctly. Open with a few sentences about (something that can be ready in one breath). Then let them know how I found them and what I admire about their work. Sometimes quoting specific pieces or ideas that they have touched on.

    Still keeping short and sweet in mind, I’ll conclude with how my audience or service can benefit theirs and that (if they are open to the idea) Ide love to work on a design of simply sent some traffic their direction.

    End the email with a thank you and leave my links in the signature. I’ve gotten a chance to speak with some major players in the industry. That alone is amazing to me.

    Just be real, honest, and make sure you aren’t pressuring them. The last tip ide mention is to get a majority of the idea/pitch down so all they have to do is say “sure, sounds good”.

    -Kohdi Rayne

  2. FanGlorious says:

    I’m a haunt actress entertainer in Cleveland Ohio and I made a shop here called GetBit. I could use a few pointers I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. Any advice appreciated! Fangs!!!

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