Same old, same old. Today’s episode of “Freebie gone wrong”, involves a ‘self-acclaimed’ influencer shamed for requesting some free services. The ‘Insta Star’ boasted of over 55,000 followers, and demanded free photography for her upcoming wedding. But the bride saw things blow in her face, when the photographer decided to share her email with the world. Now the internet is all on her case!
Photographer company called out the influencer while withholding her name
It is well known that in their line of work, influencers enjoy some freebies. However, it becomes an issue when they feel entitled to ‘demand’ these things.
This is what happened with one ‘influencer’ (name withheld), who thought it was a good idea to make claims, because of her ‘status’. Through an email, which has started discussion over the limits of influencer marketing, the influencer’s PR wrote:
“In the lead up to her wedding, this summer, she would like a documentary-style video (an hour) and photos taken at bridal fittings…In return she will extensively promote your business to followers.”
The PR further included statistics of her audience, adding that the influencer would “offer a discount of ‘at least’ 25% to her followers,” Yahoo News reported.
The photographer’s response kicked off some back and forth with the PR ‘expert’
Now in light of her request, the photography company answered, mockingly:
“There may have been a slight typo in your original email, specifically relating to a missing zero on the amount of combined followers your client has across all their platforms”.
“As I’m sure your aware 55,000 is not usually the level of following which can command the free transfer of products worth between £3-4k in total,” they continued.
This led to a harsh response from the influencer’s PR, who threatened to ‘name shame’ the photography firm — for ‘abuse’.
“We will no longer be considering you to shoot what would have been a very lucrative opportunity”, they wrote.
And then the firm replied saying they’d “take this one on the chin and rebuild our business best we can”.
Influencer shamed for wedding ‘freebie’ scandal with photographer
“The hilarious exchange has sent social media into stitches with sympathisers rallying around the photographers to commiserate over the ‘entitled’ influencer,” Yahoo News wrote.
Even commenters on Yahoo News had a good time reprimanding the influencer’s PR over their absurdity.
“Perfect example of those so called ‘influencers’ who think so much of themselves they assume they’re entitled to everything for free…”, one person wrote.
“Who is ever influenced by these people and is that even a job?”, another asked.
“There are many new forms of bullying and online ‘shaming’ is by far the most prolific. This “influencer” should be hauled up for attempted extortion.”
“Name and shame if the photographer offered bad service, but shaming when deal not agreed, that’s bullying!!”, one person argued.
“Influencer, I don’t think so, I would think scrounger would be more appropriate.”
What do you think about these so-called influencers, who keep giving the business a bad name? Leave comments below