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  1. Dominika says

    I personally believe this topic should be spoken about more openly. I do not mind influencers asking for free stuff as long as they remain polite and mention potential gains for the brand in question – it’s natural that brands want benefits to go both ways! I can’t stand it when people feel entitled to free products or services, as it gives the entire industry a bad name. Having said that, I also believe that brands should be held accountable for their actions. Despite some people’s beliefs, being a blogger is a job like any other and you cannot pay your bills with free products or exposure. As a beginner, I would gladly accept free products, especially if they’re things I would buy anyway, but if there was no prospect for a future paid collaboration, I would get discouraged and start looking for other opportunities.

    Dominika | Into the Bloom

    • LauraJ says

      I agree with you Dominika. I hate when influencers and bloggers act entitled because it puts a bad name on the whole industry. And then everyone starts to make assumptions.
      I also gladly accept gifts that I believe are of value and what I would be willing to spend on, but it’s never really 100% free or gifted when you have to write a post and take photos. So it is important to consider the prospects of future payment.

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you Elise! I don’t mind collabs with no payment, but only with good quality products and something that I generally think is worth it. In the beginning, I’d agree to random gifts that today I would say no to.
      How a brand or influencer chooses to approach (the delivery) does make a huge difference.

      xx

  2. Kelly says

    Really enjoyed this post and this influencing biz also doesn’t sit too well with me. I feel it lacks authenticity as many ‘influencers’ promote a mass of brands – therefore it seems they just like to cash in on any opportunity for a freebie

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you for reading Kelly. I think influencers or anyone promoting brands, has to be careful to not feature too many products at one time. Especially when they are all different like one day a fitness app and another a lipstick. I agree and think it can look like they just want a freebie.

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