The Women Turning Instagram into a Job

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Ever wondered what it takes to become a successful insta-influencer?
Whether you’re an instagram influencer looking for inspiration, or hoping to gain insight and incentive to develop an influencer marketing campaign for your brand, these inspiring and extremely successful women influencers have built a career and a following around sharing their passion on instagram.

Sjana Earp, a 24 year old digital female influencer with over one million Instagram followers attributes her success to timing, luck and passion.

Beauty blogger influencer, Chloe Morello, and travel photographer influencer, Lauren Bath, both suggest their love for creating content and work ethic have paved their road to success.

As ‘Enfluencer’ explains, it’s all about connecting influencers with the brands they love, and the intimate relationship influencers have developed with their audiences.

There was a time when the word businesswoman conjured up images of power dressing, corporate lunches and dull offices. But thanks to social media, successful businesswomen these days are just as likely to be snapping selfies, drinking green smoothies and travelling the world.

Instagram has over 850 million monthly users and around 60 per cent of those are female. One in five Australians use the powerful image-sharing platform, and this reach means many brands pay popular users, or “influencers”, big bucks to endorse products. Some influencers have thousands or even millions of followers.

“Influencer marketing has exploded because [influencers] have a very intimate relationship with their audiences,” says Anthony Svirskis, chief executive of Tribe, a company that brings influencers and brands together. “That [relationship] is hugely valuable for brands that want to tap into these conversations.”

While celebrities tend to be the most followed people on Instagram, a study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior found:

 “non-traditional celebrities such as bloggers, YouTube personalities and the Instafamous have more influence on young females when it comes to purchasing decisions”.

Influencers must clearly identify sponsored content, according to a new provision in the Australian Association of National Advertisers Code of Ethics, but Svirskis doesn’t think this will have a big impact.

“They’re just guidelines that require #ad to be placed on influencer posts which are paid for by brands,” Svirskis says. “The reality is the best influencers have been doing this for a while. “Our data shows it makes very little difference to engagement or audience sentiment when an influencer discloses a sponsored post.”

If a sponsored post can earn an influencer anywhere from $200 to $15,000, who could blame them for ditching the corporate dream and going after #Instasuccess?

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