Are you wondering how to get sponsored on Instagram with 1000 followers?
I always thought that you needed to have millions of followers to make ANY money on Instagram. However, this month, I did my weekly income calculation and noticed I made just over $1,000 from Instagram!
No one was more surprised than me!
You see, I don’t have that many followers and I don’t have a seamless chic and pretty account that all these big Instagram influencers seem to have.
I started making money once I hit 1,000 followers and now I have just under 3,000 followers.
My Instagram has stupid videos of me dancing, and lots of pictures of good views because I love traveling. You can check out my Instagram profile here.
Despite my small following, I still made money. So, I sat down and analyzed how it happened and what I did differently to start making money.
DISCLAIMER – I didn’t plan to make money on Instagram and it isn’t my plan or intention to make it part of my business revenue. It just happened organically which is great!
For the sake of honesty and transparency, I don’t follow all the good rules of making money on Instagram myself.
HOWEVER, if I was planning on learning how to get sponsored on Instagram with 1,000 followers and make SERIOUS money on Instagram, and use it to make me a full-time income… I would probably follow all the tips I recommend below.
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How to get sponsored on Instagram with 1000 followers
Here are a few different ways you can make money on Instagram:
- Sponsorships – People pay you a fee to talk/write about and promote their product
- Affiliate Marketing – You promote other people’s products and get a commission every time someone buys the product
- Own products – You have a physical or digital product and people buy it
- Own services – You run workshops or classes and people sign up and pay to attend
Note– I made money from sponsorships, affiliate marketing, and own services on Instagram.
I earn money from my blog too, but today I am only mentioning the income I derived directly from Instagram.
Sponsorships and collaborations $450
Own services $180
Affiliate Marketing $15
Just in case you are thinking, ohhh she only booked out her workshops due to her blog, and I can’t do the same!
Let me clarify and reassure you of this fact :
A total of 90% of people who booked my online workshops were strangers who found me on instagram, started following me and over time, decided I was worth their hard earned money.
Quite of lot of my instagram followers have never read my blog or even know I have one!
So, get rid of that pesky doubt ASAP!
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If you want to learn how to grow and make money from Instagram, you can check out these courses.
How to get sponsored on Instagram with 1000 followers- TIPS
Here are some tips on how you can start making money on Instagram with 1,000 followers too:
- Turn your IG account into a business one
It is FREE to turn your personal Instagram account into a business one. The huge benefit of a business IG profile is you can get access to analytics.
You can see the times when your followers are most active, which posts have the most engagement and also, where your followers are from.
This data can help you make really useful decisions such as what and when to post.
- What is your brand and focus?
I’d say this is the most important tip if you want to know how to get sponsored on Instagram with 1,000 followers
I say this because my Instagram didn’t really have a focus or a consistent theme. So, you can see that my profile and pictures are a bit all over the place.
If I feel like posting a picture of my fat cat…. then I do. But this isn’t a good business decision!
Once is started talking more about saving and making extra money, I started getting approached by finance brands.
So, think about your theme and the brands that could potentially pay you.
Do you want to get paid by a travel brand? Post lots of beautiful travel-related pictures, and travel quotes.
Fashion or makeup? Whatever band you want to work with, keep your Instagram theme consistent with that.
So, if I wanted to get sponsored by fashion brands, I would probably put pictures of me in chic, beautiful clothing that would resonate with my followers, who would also be into fashion.
- Your IG profile aligns with your brand focus
In line with this, keep your profile in line with your brand focus.
So my Instagram profile says ‘I help people earn, save and travel more’
This could potentially interest finance and travel brands because their products can help my followers save money
- Beautiful pictures
If you want to learn how to get sponsored on Instagram with 1000 followers, you need to start by growing your followers.
If you want to grow your Instagram account and attract lots of new followers .. your pictures need to be good.
If you don’t want to spend all your time fiddling and editing them then you can just get some cool presets that do all the hard work for you!
Presets are cheap, easy, and save you lots of time.
- Hashtags and Geotags
Hashtags are so important. It allows your profile to get seen by a potential audience that will be interested in what you have to say and post.
Use relevant hashtags to your theme and niche. If you don’t know what hashtags to use, google them.
For example, ‘fashion hashtags’, ‘travel hashtags’, fitness and health hashtags’… you get the gist.
Geotags are great to connect with an audience in a certain region.
So, for example, when I wanted to run some face-to-face workshops in Malaysia, I used the Geotag ‘Malaysia or Kuala Lumpur’, to ensure my posts were seen by Malaysians.
I did the same for events in Spain and London.
- Post regularly at the right times
It makes complete sense to post when your audience is on Instagram,
Think about when people are most likely to be scrolling on their Instagram app. Normally lunchtime, evenings, and weekends are peak scrolling times.
If you convert your personal account to a business one, you will get access to this data and insight on the best times to post.
Alright. Let’s say you have done all the above and now you want to #getpaid!
The easiest way is to start applying to influencer platforms who will then send you possible collaborations.
How to Get Sponsored on Instagram with 1000 followers – Influencer Platforms
- Tribe – $75- $150 for a following of 3k.
- Webfluential – Influencer platforms that offer additional Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook campaigns
- Influence Her Collective
- Tap Influence
The above influencer networks are just a few mentioned but there are HUNDREDS out there!
If you don’t think any of these align with your brand, my recommendation would be to google: ‘Influencer programs’ to find many may more.
What do I charge?
On your journey of learning how to get sponsored on Instagram with 1000 followers, you will need to learn what to charge and get paid.
I can only speak from personal experience. I charged $75 when I had 1,000 followers.
But the key here is also engagement. You could have thousands of followers, but if they don’t care about you or are not engaged with your brand, it’s not valuable.
Also, I did a quick google and found this guide below from Ampjar:
- $50-$150 per sponsored post from micro-influencers with 1,000-10,000 followers
- $150-$500 per sponsored post from influencers with between 10,000 and 100,000 followers
- $500-$15,000+ per sponsored post from celebrities and huge influencers with over 100,000 followers
How to get sponsored on Instagram with 1000 followers -Rules for success
- Don’t be a sellout!
The whole reason I spent ages avoiding making money on Instagram was that I didn’t want to be a sellout.
A sell-out is someone who will promote something, even if they don’t believe in it.
For example, I get approached by makeup brands wanting me to promote whitening products ALL THE TIME.
I have been offered up to $500 per post, because my followers are super engaged.
Nevertheless, I never promote them, because I don’t like whitening products and I think brown skin is as beautiful as white skin.
Your audience will know if you are selling something you don’t believe in, and they will unfollow and forget you real quick if they think you are a sellout.
Before you promote a brand ask yourself:
- Is this something I would buy with my own money?
- Do I genuinely think this will help my followers?
- Is this a brand I want to be associated with?
- Engagement is more important than followers
I mentioned above that I have under 3k followers, but my audience are SUPER engaged. I am interested in them and vice versa.
So, when I posted a writing workshop on my Instagram, it sold out in 2 days with one post.
My audience trusts me and what I have to say, because I take the time to engage, respond to messages, and interact with them.
Brands like to see good engagement levels with your audience. A strong indication of an engaged audience is lots of likes, comments, and messages.
You can also use higher engagement levels to negotiate a higher rate with brands (which I did).
- Tag brands
A really useful tip when you are learning how to get sponsored on Instagram with 1000 followers is to tag brands.
Tagging brands when you post pictures with products you use helps you get on their radar.
For example, I tagged a shoe brand that I use so often, they eventually approached me and gave me free shoes!
It doesn’t always happen that way but its good way to get noticed.
- Free products
Now, once you start getting a following, you will get brands reaching out to you asking you to promote their products, in exchange for free goods.
It really depends on how much you value your time and if you need the product and whether you were going to buy it anyway,
Ps; Remember the rule about not being a sellout.
Things to Watch Out For:
- Pretend collaborations
From time to time, I get messages from companies asking me to promote their brands. Their subject emails are normally: ‘sponsorship or collaboration’.
In the beginning, I got really excited but then I realized that were just asking me to promote their products and I would get a percentage of the sale…. but ONLY if a sale was made.
Also, I would have to pay for shipping.
So essentially, it wasn’t a sponsorship at all, they were just asking me to promote their product.
This means that I could spend hours promoting their product, but if no one bought anything, I wouldn’t get paid.
A sponsorship means you get paid regardless of whether a customer buys the product or not. Your time and followers are valuable enough to command a fee.
Instead of paying tens of thousands on expensive marketing campaigns on television and radio, they are paying you to talk about their brand instead!
Just keep a beady on anyone that asks you to promote anything and respond with:
‘What is your budget for this collaboration?’
- Do NOT buy followers
Occasionally, I also get messages from ‘experts’, offering to help me grow my IG followers…. for a price.
‘Grow your followers, get more sponsorships!’ is their sales pitch.
STAY CLEAR OF THESE SCAMMERS
They will just add fake bot followers to your profile that will damage your engagement percentages
Well, there you have it, how to get sponsored on Instagram with 1000 followers.
If you have any other questions, mention them in the comments below!
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