These Influencers Think They Can Get Anything They WantBy Toby Tunwase
We all see influencers on social media show off the cool things they receive for free. Many brands send free items to these people so that they can get their products promoted for free. It’s a win-win situation. Or at least it is when the so-called influencer has enough followers to influence. The problem now is that many people believe that having a couple of hundred followers in social media makes them influencers, without acknowledging the work that others do for years before achieving the level of fame that allows them to actually have an impact on their fanbase’s shopping habits. And obviously, some people like to take advantage of their influencer position to get things they want without having to pay for them. From asking for free things to giving almost zero perks, these influencers clearly have no remorse.
The Food Blogger
Here’s one more person who expected a discount simply because they announced they were doing the restaurant the favor of mentioning their name. Can you imagine if restaurants gave discounts every time someone mentioned them on social media?
Just like the other review we saw, this person gave the restaurant one star out of five but said “it was some of the best Italian food I’ve had”. Don’t they realize this is a compliment to the restaurant regardless of the number of stars?
Queen Of Instagram
We’re starting this article with some great stuff! This brand owner says an influencer approached them for a partnership, but she barely had enough followers to be considered an influencer at all.
Not only that, but she had insane rates for her Instagram posts, which makes us wonder if she has ever convinced any brand at all to make a deal with her. Sometimes people need to be reminded of all the work ahead of them before they accomplish what they want.
Scott Disick has a lot to learn
Being around the Kardashians all the time probably allows Scott to get lots of products for free and he probably receives all types of offers to post things on his social media accounts. Oh the privileges of being rich and dating someone rich.
But he really messed up when he posted about this protein shake: instead of writing a caption himself, he copied and pasted the instructions the brand had sent him regarding how to caption the picture. He could’ve made more of an effort there but nah.
The Fake Philanthropist
At first, you might not notice what is wrong with this screenshot, after all it’s only fair that the promoter sends a couple of invitations to the event so the influencer can post about it on social media.
The issue is that the event they are discussing is actually a charity event, and the money the organizers received from the ticket sales would go straight to the homeless cause. This person is not only asking for one but TWO free tickets to promote an issue she is not even willing to donate to, just to look good.
The Unprivileged Influencer
While we do agree that working with social media is an actual job, this person does not realize how privileged they are for being in the position they are in. Yes, it is a full-time job, and yes, you have to work a lot, but COME ON.
While there are people out there that have to spend hours working on minimum wage jobs in order to support their families and make ends meet, this sort of comment just sounds a bit out of touch. Entitled much? This comment just makes her look incredibly privileged.
The Entitled Social Media User
This person went to a restaurant with their boyfriend, ordered three dishes and did not expect to pay full price simply because of a post on social media. Even if they were actually influencers, this kind of deal would have to be worked out before the meal.
The funniest part of all is that if anyone reads the review thinking the restaurant isn’t good, they will only be assured that it is great and it serves very good food, so this “influencer” ended up not only paying full price but also doing some free advertising as well.
The Polite Artist
Artists are always underpaid. So it sounds like a joke when someone decides they do not need a payment at all. It is a common idea that artists should always work only for exposure, because that is somehow going to pay their bills.
This artist was very polite and patient in explaining why they cannot accept likes on social media as payment. Hopefully they taught that person a lesson so that they never disrespect other artists again!
The Minimalist Influencer
We are wondering what this influencer of 315 followers was possibly trying to get for free. It is embarrassing enough when someone with a couple of thousand followers has that type of behavior, but someone who believes that will influence any percentage of their 315 friends is just delusional.
This person was not as polite or patient as the artist above, but we don’t blame them. With the growth of the “influencer” profession, businesses probably get these messages all day every day. Still, not cool. Not everything in this world can come for free for shoutouts.
This bar is probably sick of dealing with this type of people. If they gave discounts to every so-called influencer who posted about the place, the bar would not be able to pay its employees. It’s simple math…
These people who think they are influencers do not understand that the percentage of people they will convince to visit an establishment is not high enough to make that much extra profit for the bar, to the extent of waiving their bill.
The New Star
This girl has 23 posts on Instagram, calls herself a Musically and Tik Tok star and sends the same copy/pasted message to every brand, without even taking the time to be polite or explain why it would be a good idea for the brand to send her a PR package.
These people probably see actual influencers doing this type of promotion on their pages and think all it takes is asking brands. They do not understand how much it costs for a brand to send PR packages and why the brand would not want to associate their image with someone who’s barely starting and just want free stuff.
The Angry Beach Club
This beach club has had enough with all these people asking to stay there for free. Sure, it is a compliment to know this many people would like to visit, but if they want it that bad, why don’t they just pay for their own stay?
How many messages did they have to receive before deciding that enough is enough and that they needed to make a public statement explaining that they do not accept collaborations with influencers who can’t influence anyone?
It is bad enough that these influencers would ask brands for free things, but it’s even worse when they contact small businesses who do not have a budget for promotion on social media for free products. The cake in the picture takes several hours to make, and they would not even get some payment for it.
Not only that, but the company would still have to pay for the ingredients, which would mean they would be paying for the so-called influencer to have a beautiful cake at their party. How is this fair? These people must live in another world.
This person though the word “collab” would be the magic trick to getting their photo taken for free. This is the same type of person who thinks photographers charge too much to simply click on a camera button.
Most people basically think that since photographers (and artists in general) work with something they love, they should be able to do it for free. No one understands how much time and money were spent in the process of learning techniques and buying high-quality equipment.
Funny Ice Cream Shop
This ice cream shop decided to start a new campaign against people asking them for free items. Now, when someone asks to trade a social media post for an ice cream, they will be charged double for their dessert.
Not only is this genius, it’s also really funny. Everyone is getting tired of this influencer culture, so this campaign will most definitely attract more customers to the store – in fact, way more than those ice cream-priced social media posts would have.
Real Housewives of Instagram
This is a very interesting email. These women already live a luxurious lifestyle and basically pride themselves on the money they have. So why would they need their publicist to ask for a free dinner and drinks?
Not only that, but the large following they supposedly have on social media does not even add up to a million followers combining the three of them. This is how the rich stay rich, now it all makes sense.
The Food Reviewer
People need to stop asking restaurants and small businesses for free food! These establishments have cooks, waiters, and bills to pay, and they cannot afford to give everyone free meals in exchange for a social media post that will not attract customers!
If they started accepting these deals, they would attract more people asking for free food, creating a never-ending cycle of free meals and social media posts that never result in paying customers. This classy reply from this company illustrates how they won’t tolerate influencers buying their way into everything.
The Insane Human
Oh, Craigslist. The home of all crazy people. We don’t believe in judging a book by its cover, but this picture makes it more than obvious. Besides, his ad describes him as an “insane human bent on world domination”.
What kind of person would apply for a job where one of the main roles is to love the “insane human” and also get no money at all in return? Everything about this ad screams “RUN AWAY”, we truly hope no one actually took the job.
This screenshot does not specify what kind of work this so-called influencer is trying to get for free, but one thing we know for sure: a shoutout on Instagram is not worth 50 dollars multiplied by each hour of work.
In fact, considering the way this person worded their message, we will guess they have no idea how much their Instagram posts are actually worth and how many customers this person could even get in return for this collaboration.
The Exhausted Caterer
The influencer life is all about looks. Which is why they are constantly taking pictures and showing off this fancy lifestyle they sometimes can’t even afford. It’s all about making people believe their story so they’ll buy what these influencers sell in order to achieve this imaginary lifestyle.
Obviously, this small business has employees to pay, such as farmers and producers, and it sounds incredibly disrespectful to ask these people to work 20 hours each day in return for social media recognition. If you are throwing a party for 300 guests, you should be able to afford to pay for their food.
Influencer Of Few Words
An “influencer” contacted this restaurant asking for a “collab”. The restaurant was unsure about what she meant, asking her for an explanation. And with only six words she managed to make this restaurant owner really mad.
To be fair, there was no need for this restaurant owner use such harsh words, but this type of message must be more common than we suspect, and they are probably tired of being asked to work for free.
This blog owner does not know how to get a brand to sponsor his content. And even worse: he admits that he is out of materials for his blog. How can a brand resist such an inviting proposal?
Sure, it is nice that he is an actual customer and buys products from Xiaomi occasionally, but that does not mean that the brand has to send him free items or even give him an explanation as to why this is not a good deal for them.
A new PlayStation 4 is currently being sold at stores for about 400 dollars. So it makes perfect sense that someone would want to look for a used video game in order to pay a little less.
The problem is that this person thought they would convince someone to sell a video game for only ten dollars. Even if this was the most popular person on Instagram, this would still be a terrible deal.
The Food Photographers
Some people really have no boundaries. This Instagram page posts about food and restaurants and thought they would be able to score some free food by simply taking some pictures of their dishes and posting on social media.
The restaurant owner obviously refused, but the best part of this message is “we’d absolutely love to come in and try you menu”… I mean… Who wouldn’t love to try restaurant meals for free?
The Witty Blogger
This blogger introduces their website and asks if this restaurant would like to be showcased on social media. So far, so good, nothing wrong with that message. The problem is what happens after the restaurant confirms they would like to appear on their Instagram.
The blogger wants the best restaurant in Western Australia to give them free food in exchange for a post on social media. That is, a blog that does not even mention their name on their introduction wants free food from the #1 restaurant in the area. We think the restaurant will continue to do just fine without this post.
So many people believe that simply posting pictures of food on social media is great marketing for a restaurant. Which is a nice thing to do after buying your food and taking pictures with your phone.
Sure, some people might see your Instagram story and want to order a burger, but that does not make them influencers. Not only that, but people do it all the time for free, so why would the restaurant want to send anyone free food when they can get the same result from paying customers?
This person has 200 followers on Instagram and reached out to a clothing brand to make a collaboration happen. The problem is that not only they would not get that many people (if anyone at all) to buy clothes, but they wanted items for free.
Without any proof of engagement from his followers, a page with a couple hundred fans does not impress anyone. Maybe in a few years, they can try again with a different brand – because this one will definitely remember this embarrassment.
The Instagram Model
People should do some research before sending this type of message. How can anyone think that having 3000 followers is enough reason to ask a club for a private booth plus bottles of alcohol? How is that going to help the club?
In fact, the club would be losing money, since booths are expensive and people would also pay for their bottles as well. This conversation made us very uncomfortable, but to be fair though, we would love to see footage of this public figure being thrown off a diving board.
The Hotel Collab
This hotel manager has probably had to deal with numerous self-proclaimed influencers wanting to pay for their stay with an Instagram post. So they came up with a great collaboration plan that truly works for both parties.
If this so-called influencer can actually get people to book rooms at the hotel, they will get their money back. This idea scares off all the fake influencers who were just trying to get something for free without helping the hotel at all.
This YouTube channel wants to get others to work for them for free. They want someone to film a video and edit it, so that it will be posted on their channel and generate money for them. In return, the “rising star” will get exposure.
While we do agree that exposure is important in the beginning of one’s career, it is just offensive to ask someone to work for free when you know you will be receiving money thanks to their hard work and talent.
This guy reached out to a brand in order to get free products. The brand, knowing this would not be worth their time, suggested giving this “influencer” a huge discount – which, honestly, he should have accepted.
Obviously, he would not get any product for free, and getting a discount is way more than he should have expected. But his ego was hurt and he missed out on this great opportunity to get what he wanted for a better price.
The Nude Influencer
This guy wanted to upgrade his nude picture game, so he reached out to a professional photographer to get a quote for a photoshoot. The problem is that this person, regardless of what type of picture he wanted, was expecting the photographer to work for free.
But the photographer was already prepared for this type of situation! People probably send similar messages all the time, so they came up with a perfect solution that can benefit both parties if the so-called influencer is an actual influencer.
The Cheap Influencer
Everyone wants to look good, and having the help of a personal trainer is something not all of us can afford, even though we wish we could. This person contacted a personal trainer to ask them to work for free.
One more time an influencer tried to use their platform to undermine a professional’s work and training for their own benefit. Personal trainers get paid by their hour, not monthly by a company, which means this person would be wasting their time that could be used on a paying customer.
The only explanation for this message is that it was meant as a joke. How can someone actually suggest that an artist should pay them in order for them to use a song? If this sentence sounds confusing, it’s because this whole idea is insane.
People honestly do not understand how the social media business works. None of this makes any sense. Even in a big scale, with a big social media user, the musician should be the one getting paid for their work, not paying for this minimal exposure.
The Offensive Offer
Deep down, this PR person is probably very ashamed to know that this is their job. This bride has 55,000 followers on social media and considers herself an influencer big enough to ask for these things. We wonder if she is paying her publicist in shout outs too.
Not only she has the guts to ask for two hour-long videos and a thousand pictures (which will both need to be edited), she also wants to offer a 25% discount on SOMEONE ELSE’S WORK. We truly hope no one was desperate enough to think this was a good idea.
The Fed Up Restaurant Owner
This restaurant owner got really upset when a small influencer tried to get a free meal in exchange for a social media post. Like they said in the post, even a big celebrity like Katy Perry paid for her meal, so why would this person get one for free?
If a restaurant is big enough to have a huge pop star as a customer, it definitely does not need any more exposure. So it is even embarrassing that someone would suggest that instead of just paying for what they want to buy.
Wedding parties are expensive, so it makes sense that brides would try to get discounts or DIY some decoration articles in order to make it a little bit cheaper. That being said, she also has a job, she is a fashion blogger, and would not want to work for free.
So how come she thinks it’s ok for someone else to work for free only for her benefit? Her wedding will definitely be good content for her social media platforms, so she should invest in that party, instead of asking someone else to pay for her own celebration.
This business owner received an offer to work for free for two whole days (and give away his product as well) in return for social media exposure. His response is better than the offer itself, and we hope it made this publicist rethink their offer before sending it to the next company.
What they do not understand is that the exposure they mention will never result in a long line of customers in front of this ice cream shop for a month, therefore this “opportunity” is only an opportunity for Joe to waste his time and money.
The Angry Moose
This hotel owner wrote an open letter to a social influencer that should have been addressed to every influencer out there. This text explains exactly why people should stop asking for free accommodation and services and products.
The sad thing is this post is from 2018, and two years later we are still here discussing this same issue. Unfortunately, there must be businesses out there that do accept to give these people things for free, which is why they keep insisting.
This person has the guts to say that they get paid 60 dollars to promote musicians on their Facebook page which is followed by 300 people. Again, exposure is important, but your dignity is worth more than that.
This is just another example of someone trying to profit off someone else’s work and creation. Had they actually built a platform where the artist could showcase his talent to other professionals, this fee would make sense, but this is pathetic.
The Clever One
This person has it figured out. Instead of mocking these self-proclaimed influencers or making angry posts on Instagram, this Twitter user explained how they redirect these offers. This is a very clever idea, since actual influencers would not have a problem getting ten people to make purchases.
The fact that no one ever accepts this offer only proves that the brand would have wasted a lot of money if they sent merch to every “influencer” who asked for products to promote. We need more people like this!
Creative Pinterest User
This person decided to turn their Pinterest account into a source of income. So far so good. The issue is that they wanted to charge this Etsy store for something they could do themselves, and that’s a problem.
The store owner was very patient and figured out a way to make this collaboration work: they set up a coupon code and offered to give a commission for each sale this influencer brought. We actually think this is a very good deal.
Chase seems to have started to achieve big jobs in his field as an influencer. It is definitely not that easy to work with big brands such as Nivea and Bud Light, specially for someone with less than half a million followers.
And even though those are impressive accomplishments, Chase is clearly not at a point in his life where he can afford to pay his own rent. We would love to see the reaction of the property owner when they received this message.
The Funny Restaurant Owner
Sick and tired of Instagrammers and Bloggers, this restaurant owner wrote this message to express how much these reviews actually matter. It’s funny how people keep trying to use the same trick even though it never works.
At least this person has a sense of humor and asked the influencer to disguise themselves as food critics do in comedy movies. Maybe the influencer will also have a sense of humor and follow the guidelines. We would love to see that.
The Cheap Bachelor
It’s funny, the more famous you are, the more free things you get. But when you are not that famous and actually need the free things, you can’t get anything. That’s why we, regular people, work in order to buy the things we want.
These people seem to think that all they need to do to receive free things is be part of a reality show so that they can get famous and start getting all types of things for free.
Another Reality Star
What is happening with the world? Doesn’t anyone want to work and pay for their things honestly? There’s so many people trying to get products for free that it almost feels like everyone is an influencer nowadays.
But if everyone is an influencer… Then no one is an influencer. Do you see the problem? If everyone is willing to promote your product, you don’t need anyone to advertise it. Your product is already famous.
The Influenster Influencer
The influencer market is just as confusing to influencers as it is to the people being influenced. There are even websites such as Influenster where you can sign up to receive free products to review.
This is a great concept for all the people who believe they are social media influencers and keep asking brands for free stuff, this way everyone is happy. We give five stars to this platform.
The Fashion Week Cheapo
In case you didn’t know, the outfits celebrities wear at Fashion Week are all borrowed and they have to return everything after the event. This is done for exposure, since these people’s pictures will be on the covers of magazines and news articles and all over social media.
But this is only the case for actual famous people, who have designers reaching out to them. It does not make any sense for someone to work for free in exchange for exposure to someone’s small following.
Ah, another classic. YouTubers who want to receive free items to review on their channels. To be fair, some of these reviews are very helpful and might make the audience decide if they will buy a product or not.
But most of the times, brands have a team of people working on finding the perfect influencers to promote their product, so chances are that this person’s message never got them really far.