How much money influencers make from Instagram Reels

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Instagram Reels started as a TikTok copycat but has since become a lucrative feature for some influencers as the company prioritizes it.”Instagram is really pushing Reels right now,” said Becca Bahrke of the talent-management firm Socialyte.Still, there isn’t a clear standard for how to price sponsored content on the short-form video feature, industry insiders told my colleague Sydney Bradley.Many influencers are charging a premium for a video, while others are charging around the same as they do for an in-feed Instagram post.

Sydney dove into how much money Reels are worth. Here are a few key factors that impact the rates influencers charge brands:How much time it takes for an influencer to script, film, and edit a Reel.A creator’s engagement rate for Reels vs. an in-feed still image.The option to post the Reel as only a Reel and/or as an in-feed video on the creator’s main grid. One micro influencer with 13,000 Instagram followers said she’d made $300 for her first sponsored Reel.

But others with larger follower counts have made thousands.Read more about pricing content for Reels here.

Food creator Greggy Soriano, 36, appears in a TV commercial for Frito-Lay.


After many production studios shut down earlier this year, the marketing team at Frito-Lay decided to hire influencers.The Frito-Lay team hired digital creators with video and photo skills to shoot footage for a 30-second summer TV commercial. 

My colleague Dan Whateley spoke with a Frito-Lay exec who said the commercial actually ended up being more effective than last year’s.Here were a few key points about the process:The influencers were already equipped with the gear necessary to create commercial content. The production process took less time – about six weeks.The ad was cheaper than a traditional commercial shoot for Frito-Lay and outperformed last year’s.Read more on the production process here. 

Kate Barney is the head of HR for global business solutions at TikTok Americas.

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TikTok has emerged this year as one of the most talked-about companies in tech.And the ByteDance-owned company has tripled its US employee headcount in 2020 despite political turmoil.Earlier this year, Dan Whateley spoke with the company’s head of HR on how to stand out as an applicant.Here were some takeaways:

The company is currently running Zoom interviews for prospective candidates.Applicants should take the time to explore TikTok’s app ahead of an interview.Reaching out to current TikTok employees can be a good way to prepare for an interview. Learn more about how TikTok has adjusted its hiring process during the pandemic, here.

Gigi Kovach

Gigi Kovach

Gigi Kovach is a part-time influencer balancing a full-time job and two children.Sydney spoke with Kovach about her rates and the email template she uses to reach out to brands.

Her starting rates include:Kovach’s brand partnerships have helped bolster her income this year, she said. “Just one or two paid partnerships a month can pay for daycare or pay for a car payment,” Kovach said.

Check out a recent email template Kovach used to pitch brands here.This week from Insider’s digital culture team:

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For many influencers, getting “canceled” can result in a career boost.Kat Tenbarge and Madison Hall wrote that despite the negative attention, famous YouTubers likes James Charles have actually benefited from cancel culture.A data analysis conducted by Insider showed that controversy can help a YouTuber’s career. 

For instance, Charles lost 1.7 million subscribers in 2019, the most of any YouTuber in the platform’s history.But he quickly gained those followers back, and today he has 24 million subscribers.This is part of Insider’s “uncancelable” series, which uses data to analyze cancel culture. Read more on cancel culture and how some famous YouTubers benefit from it here. 

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