Since a lot of you might already know that Instagram is removing its “like” feature from the posts soon. Subsequently, Instagram developers have already started testing a beta version in Canada and the United States, which is affecting the sponsorship for some full-time social media influencers like me.  

Instagram is planning to Change its "Like" Feature – Everything that Influencers need to know

Once the change will be made a permanent feature, viewers won’t be able to see the number of “likes” on a post. This can become an issue for the full-time influencers on social media, since, it is the number of likes and the number of engagements that the sponsors look at when investing in a social media influencer.  

Instagram is planning to Change its "Like" Feature – Everything that Influencers need to know

Understandably there is an air of uncertainty among the social media influencers, especially, the micro- and min- influencers, who highly depend on the number of engagements for being sponsored.  

Instagram is planning to Change its "Like" Feature – Everything that Influencers need to know

As a full-time influencer myself, I want to reach out to my audience and let them know that this is not the end of the world and we can still find ways around the change.   

“You only lose when you accept defeat”

Instagram is planning to Change its "Like" Feature – Everything that Influencers need to know

Firstly, in such a time, it is necessary for the influencers to stay positive because if you stay positive, you can find a way out of even the most negative situations of life. So, how can we, the full-time influencers work our way around this change?Remember that social media influencers are not great because of the likes they get, but because of the great content, they create. This specialty can never be taken away from you and you will always stay special.

Instagram is planning to Change its "Like" Feature – Everything that Influencers need to know

With the “likes” out of the way, organic content will have more value than just the number of likes there are on a post. This is a huge benefit for the genuine social media influencers, who have not “bought likes” to climb the ladder. Thus, the full-time influencers must focus on creating organic content that has meaning and value. 

Instagram is planning to Change its "Like" Feature – Everything that Influencers need to know

The better the content will be, the more compelling it will become for the sponsors, who will now make decisions based on the quality of the content, rather than the number of likes a post has got. 

Media Kits are another tactic that social media influencers must invest in right now. For those who are unaware of the term, media kits are like portfolios. As a result, you should get working on creating a professional media kit that will compel the sponsors to stay in touch with you. 

Also, you can include your “public engagement” statistics on various social media platforms in the media kit. 

But remember, you should never use fake numbers or stats as there are software out there that can find it out in just a matter of seconds that you are faking the numbers. 

Note:I will create a separate post on “how you can create a professional and compelling media kit” where I will discuss this in detail. 

Instagram is planning to Change its "Like" Feature – Everything that Influencers need to know

Furthermore, it has been observed currently that people, especially social media influencers, share content that is bound to get more likes rather than what they truly want to say. 

With the “like” feature out of the way, the influencers will have the freedom to post what they are truly passionate about rather than what gets more likes. We influencers must make full use of this opportunity and redefine our posting strategy. This will help us stand out from the crowd, and distinguish us as a genuine influencer, increasing our visibility for the sponsors in the process.    

Summing up, it is just a beta feature on Instagram and after seeing the overwhelming reaction from the influencers, the feature might not even make it to the permanent stages.

Though, even if developers do decide to introduce the change, a lot of new software, such as like-counters will evolve that will still help sponsors to reach out to the influencers.

Instagram is planning to Change its "Like" Feature – Everything that Influencers need to know

Either way, I would suggest all my readers to be versatile, create original content and develop impressive media kits to stay on top of your game. And remember, no-one can take away your creativity from you.  

For, life has taught me one thing,  

“Difficulties are not the end of the world, and solutions are always greater than the problems”.

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21 Comments

  1. Great post Grace. I guess I have a different perspective, as I teach high school, I see how things such as “likes” affect young people. They will think they are only as good as the amount of likes on their last post – and it hurts their self-esteem. For that reason, and the amount of young people using social media, I think for mental health, this is a positive move! But I can understand how it can affect influencers as well. Everything will work out!

    angela
    wwwlenorth.com

    1. Angela, social media is playing a huge role in the lives of young people. It has affected and continues to affect many young people. Because of this certain reason, I can agree with you that changing this feature can do some good!

  2. I didn’t know about this change so thank you for this information. The points you bring up are good and I agree with you. I think it will be difficult to transition in the beginning but with great content creation, it will be much better in the long run. I guess we shall see what will happen. In the meantime, your shoes are fabulous! Obsessed with them

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  3. This is such an informative post. On one hand I can see the appeal on the other hand I can also see why a lot of influencers are going to have a hard time with the change if it happens. Which it probably will because Instagram would do that.

  4. Dee

    I don’t think Instagram has announced that they’ll be making this change, so is this speculation based on the fact they’re testing this feature in some markets?

    I agree with you that not seeing likes would make influencers produce more meaningful content, and it will especially hit those who are buying likes and followers and producing mediocre content..

  5. Excellent point about Instagram users being sponsored for the quality of their content as opposed to counting on the number of likes. I can see why this change causes insecurity for those who have grown within the current system.

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