How to manage your first paid brand engagement like a PRO

Content-creators

Feb 28, 2024

How to manage your first paid brand engagement like a PRO

Congratulations! You've landed your first paid brand engagement - a significant milestone in your journey as a content creator as all those hours spent creating quality content is about to start paying off. 

Now comes the exciting (and sometimes daunting) task of fulfilling your partnership obligations while staying true to your brand and audience. You also want to avoid coming off as a first timer and want the brand to trust you, but this is your first time so you might be wondering how to pull it off.

Worry not, fellow creator! This guide will break down the steps to navigate your first paid partnership like a seasoned professional.

P.s. this is a tried and tested step-by-step guide that 12 successful creators we spoke to always use to make their brand collaborations successful while maintaining professionalism.

Step 1: Before You Begin:

Review the Contract: This is very important so make sure that a contract is provided. Read it thoroughly, understand the deliverables, deadlines, payment terms, and brand guidelines. Never hesitate to ask clarifying questions before signing.

Align with Your Values: Does the brand resonate with your audience and personal values? If not, it's okay to decline politely. Authenticity is key and if you try to shove something fake down your audience’s throat, you will lose credibility with them, which will hurt you in the long run.

Disclose the Partnership: Transparency is not always mandatory but it will make you appear more trustworthy. Clearly disclose the partnership to your audience at the beginning of your content using terms like "sponsored by," "in collaboration with," or #ad.

Step 2: Before the Campaign - Crafting Great Content:

Research the Brand: Learn and understand the brand's existing message, target audience, and values (you can request this from them). This knowledge will translate into content that feels genuine and on point and will make you stand out from other creators. When you do this well, you will be able to tell the brand’s story better and help make your collaboration a success.

Discuss content creation and approval: Have a clear conversation about the type of content you'll create, the level of brand approval needed (e.g., pre-approval, right of refusal), and any revisions that might be required. Let them know how many revisions will be possible and the minimum timeline for requesting a revision. You want to make sure that everyone has seen and approved the content at least 3 days before you post.

Plan your content calendar: Allocate time for content creation, editing, scheduling, and responding to comments or questions. If your engagement with the brand is more than a one time engagement, let them know when each post will go out. It is also bad practice to post and not engage at all so be sure to answer questions from your audience and help them understand the next steps.

Prepare assets: Put together all the necessary equipment, software, and resources to create high-quality content. Create multiple takes so that you can always pick the best one. Make sure your headlines, thumbnails and cover images are top-notch and can increase your click, open or view rates.

Integrate Ads Seamlessly: Don't just shove a product placement into existing content. Instead, integrate the brand into your content naturally, showcasing its benefits in a way that aligns with your usual style. This feels more genuine to your audience and will lead to better results.

Focus on Value, not Just Sales: Create engaging content that educates, entertains, or inspires your audience. While highlighting the brand, remember that the focus should be on value creation, not just pushing a sales agenda. Many creators do not nail this well and it should not be you. Your audience enjoys your content because of the value they get from it not because they want to get sold anything. If you want them to take action, it has to feel natural and relevant to them

Let Your Creativity Shine: Don't be afraid to showcase your creativity! Play to your strengths and infuse your unique voice into the collaboration. Brands love these collaborations with creators because they want YOU to tell their story and because they love how you tell it. 

Step 3: During the Campaign - Communicate Effectively:

Maintain Open Communication: Have a designated point of contact within the brand for clear and timely communication. Ask questions, share ideas, and keep them updated on your progress. 

Respond Promptly: Be professional and respond promptly to all inquiries from the brand and your audience.

Manage Expectations: Set realistic expectations with the brand regarding content delivery, reach, and engagement. Be transparent about your usual performance and any potential limitations. 

Step 4: After the Campaign - Delivering and Reporting:

Meet Deadlines: Deadlines are sacred. Deliver your content on time or communicate any delays promptly.

Track Results: Monitor engagement metrics like likes, comments, and clicks to showcase the impact of your partnership. Share relevant data with the brand to demonstrate your contribution.

You should share engagement reports so that the brand can see how the content has performed so far and ask them to share feedback on conversion from your content. 

Asking for conversion numbers can help to boost your portfolio when they are good or help you understand what is working vs what is not working which will ultimately make you better at delivering ads that convert for brands.

Go the Extra Mile: Delivering high-quality content is paramount, but consider going a step further. Share behind-the-scenes glimpses, host brand giveaways, or create additional content that can be beneficial to the brand. This is especially for the brands that you want to build a long term relationship with. Show them that you are excited about their brand and can give them a lot of useful content.

Step 5: Beyond the Engagement:

Show Appreciation: Thank the brand for the opportunity. This builds positive relationships and increases the chances of future collaborations.

Evaluate the Experience: Reflect on the partnership. Did it align with your goals? Was the communication smooth? Was it successful? Did it achieve the goals that the brand expected it to achieve? (if not, why?) This self-evaluation helps you to do better and choose future partnerships strategically.

Finally

Your first paid engagement is a learning experience. Learn as much as you can about what worked well and what didn’t, and build your reputation for professionalism. 

By following these tips, you'll navigate your first collaboration confidently and leave a lasting impression on both the brand and your audience.

How to manage your first paid brand engagement like a PRO

Content-creators

Feb 28, 2024

How to manage your first paid brand engagement like a PRO

Congratulations! You've landed your first paid brand engagement - a significant milestone in your journey as a content creator as all those hours spent creating quality content is about to start paying off. 

Now comes the exciting (and sometimes daunting) task of fulfilling your partnership obligations while staying true to your brand and audience. You also want to avoid coming off as a first timer and want the brand to trust you, but this is your first time so you might be wondering how to pull it off.

Worry not, fellow creator! This guide will break down the steps to navigate your first paid partnership like a seasoned professional.

P.s. this is a tried and tested step-by-step guide that 12 successful creators we spoke to always use to make their brand collaborations successful while maintaining professionalism.

Step 1: Before You Begin:

Review the Contract: This is very important so make sure that a contract is provided. Read it thoroughly, understand the deliverables, deadlines, payment terms, and brand guidelines. Never hesitate to ask clarifying questions before signing.

Align with Your Values: Does the brand resonate with your audience and personal values? If not, it's okay to decline politely. Authenticity is key and if you try to shove something fake down your audience’s throat, you will lose credibility with them, which will hurt you in the long run.

Disclose the Partnership: Transparency is not always mandatory but it will make you appear more trustworthy. Clearly disclose the partnership to your audience at the beginning of your content using terms like "sponsored by," "in collaboration with," or #ad.

Step 2: Before the Campaign - Crafting Great Content:

Research the Brand: Learn and understand the brand's existing message, target audience, and values (you can request this from them). This knowledge will translate into content that feels genuine and on point and will make you stand out from other creators. When you do this well, you will be able to tell the brand’s story better and help make your collaboration a success.

Discuss content creation and approval: Have a clear conversation about the type of content you'll create, the level of brand approval needed (e.g., pre-approval, right of refusal), and any revisions that might be required. Let them know how many revisions will be possible and the minimum timeline for requesting a revision. You want to make sure that everyone has seen and approved the content at least 3 days before you post.

Plan your content calendar: Allocate time for content creation, editing, scheduling, and responding to comments or questions. If your engagement with the brand is more than a one time engagement, let them know when each post will go out. It is also bad practice to post and not engage at all so be sure to answer questions from your audience and help them understand the next steps.

Prepare assets: Put together all the necessary equipment, software, and resources to create high-quality content. Create multiple takes so that you can always pick the best one. Make sure your headlines, thumbnails and cover images are top-notch and can increase your click, open or view rates.

Integrate Ads Seamlessly: Don't just shove a product placement into existing content. Instead, integrate the brand into your content naturally, showcasing its benefits in a way that aligns with your usual style. This feels more genuine to your audience and will lead to better results.

Focus on Value, not Just Sales: Create engaging content that educates, entertains, or inspires your audience. While highlighting the brand, remember that the focus should be on value creation, not just pushing a sales agenda. Many creators do not nail this well and it should not be you. Your audience enjoys your content because of the value they get from it not because they want to get sold anything. If you want them to take action, it has to feel natural and relevant to them

Let Your Creativity Shine: Don't be afraid to showcase your creativity! Play to your strengths and infuse your unique voice into the collaboration. Brands love these collaborations with creators because they want YOU to tell their story and because they love how you tell it. 

Step 3: During the Campaign - Communicate Effectively:

Maintain Open Communication: Have a designated point of contact within the brand for clear and timely communication. Ask questions, share ideas, and keep them updated on your progress. 

Respond Promptly: Be professional and respond promptly to all inquiries from the brand and your audience.

Manage Expectations: Set realistic expectations with the brand regarding content delivery, reach, and engagement. Be transparent about your usual performance and any potential limitations. 

Step 4: After the Campaign - Delivering and Reporting:

Meet Deadlines: Deadlines are sacred. Deliver your content on time or communicate any delays promptly.

Track Results: Monitor engagement metrics like likes, comments, and clicks to showcase the impact of your partnership. Share relevant data with the brand to demonstrate your contribution.

You should share engagement reports so that the brand can see how the content has performed so far and ask them to share feedback on conversion from your content. 

Asking for conversion numbers can help to boost your portfolio when they are good or help you understand what is working vs what is not working which will ultimately make you better at delivering ads that convert for brands.

Go the Extra Mile: Delivering high-quality content is paramount, but consider going a step further. Share behind-the-scenes glimpses, host brand giveaways, or create additional content that can be beneficial to the brand. This is especially for the brands that you want to build a long term relationship with. Show them that you are excited about their brand and can give them a lot of useful content.

Step 5: Beyond the Engagement:

Show Appreciation: Thank the brand for the opportunity. This builds positive relationships and increases the chances of future collaborations.

Evaluate the Experience: Reflect on the partnership. Did it align with your goals? Was the communication smooth? Was it successful? Did it achieve the goals that the brand expected it to achieve? (if not, why?) This self-evaluation helps you to do better and choose future partnerships strategically.

Finally

Your first paid engagement is a learning experience. Learn as much as you can about what worked well and what didn’t, and build your reputation for professionalism. 

By following these tips, you'll navigate your first collaboration confidently and leave a lasting impression on both the brand and your audience.

How to manage your first paid brand engagement like a PRO

Content-creators

Feb 28, 2024

How to manage your first paid brand engagement like a PRO

Congratulations! You've landed your first paid brand engagement - a significant milestone in your journey as a content creator as all those hours spent creating quality content is about to start paying off. 

Now comes the exciting (and sometimes daunting) task of fulfilling your partnership obligations while staying true to your brand and audience. You also want to avoid coming off as a first timer and want the brand to trust you, but this is your first time so you might be wondering how to pull it off.

Worry not, fellow creator! This guide will break down the steps to navigate your first paid partnership like a seasoned professional.

P.s. this is a tried and tested step-by-step guide that 12 successful creators we spoke to always use to make their brand collaborations successful while maintaining professionalism.

Step 1: Before You Begin:

Review the Contract: This is very important so make sure that a contract is provided. Read it thoroughly, understand the deliverables, deadlines, payment terms, and brand guidelines. Never hesitate to ask clarifying questions before signing.

Align with Your Values: Does the brand resonate with your audience and personal values? If not, it's okay to decline politely. Authenticity is key and if you try to shove something fake down your audience’s throat, you will lose credibility with them, which will hurt you in the long run.

Disclose the Partnership: Transparency is not always mandatory but it will make you appear more trustworthy. Clearly disclose the partnership to your audience at the beginning of your content using terms like "sponsored by," "in collaboration with," or #ad.

Step 2: Before the Campaign - Crafting Great Content:

Research the Brand: Learn and understand the brand's existing message, target audience, and values (you can request this from them). This knowledge will translate into content that feels genuine and on point and will make you stand out from other creators. When you do this well, you will be able to tell the brand’s story better and help make your collaboration a success.

Discuss content creation and approval: Have a clear conversation about the type of content you'll create, the level of brand approval needed (e.g., pre-approval, right of refusal), and any revisions that might be required. Let them know how many revisions will be possible and the minimum timeline for requesting a revision. You want to make sure that everyone has seen and approved the content at least 3 days before you post.

Plan your content calendar: Allocate time for content creation, editing, scheduling, and responding to comments or questions. If your engagement with the brand is more than a one time engagement, let them know when each post will go out. It is also bad practice to post and not engage at all so be sure to answer questions from your audience and help them understand the next steps.

Prepare assets: Put together all the necessary equipment, software, and resources to create high-quality content. Create multiple takes so that you can always pick the best one. Make sure your headlines, thumbnails and cover images are top-notch and can increase your click, open or view rates.

Integrate Ads Seamlessly: Don't just shove a product placement into existing content. Instead, integrate the brand into your content naturally, showcasing its benefits in a way that aligns with your usual style. This feels more genuine to your audience and will lead to better results.

Focus on Value, not Just Sales: Create engaging content that educates, entertains, or inspires your audience. While highlighting the brand, remember that the focus should be on value creation, not just pushing a sales agenda. Many creators do not nail this well and it should not be you. Your audience enjoys your content because of the value they get from it not because they want to get sold anything. If you want them to take action, it has to feel natural and relevant to them

Let Your Creativity Shine: Don't be afraid to showcase your creativity! Play to your strengths and infuse your unique voice into the collaboration. Brands love these collaborations with creators because they want YOU to tell their story and because they love how you tell it. 

Step 3: During the Campaign - Communicate Effectively:

Maintain Open Communication: Have a designated point of contact within the brand for clear and timely communication. Ask questions, share ideas, and keep them updated on your progress. 

Respond Promptly: Be professional and respond promptly to all inquiries from the brand and your audience.

Manage Expectations: Set realistic expectations with the brand regarding content delivery, reach, and engagement. Be transparent about your usual performance and any potential limitations. 

Step 4: After the Campaign - Delivering and Reporting:

Meet Deadlines: Deadlines are sacred. Deliver your content on time or communicate any delays promptly.

Track Results: Monitor engagement metrics like likes, comments, and clicks to showcase the impact of your partnership. Share relevant data with the brand to demonstrate your contribution.

You should share engagement reports so that the brand can see how the content has performed so far and ask them to share feedback on conversion from your content. 

Asking for conversion numbers can help to boost your portfolio when they are good or help you understand what is working vs what is not working which will ultimately make you better at delivering ads that convert for brands.

Go the Extra Mile: Delivering high-quality content is paramount, but consider going a step further. Share behind-the-scenes glimpses, host brand giveaways, or create additional content that can be beneficial to the brand. This is especially for the brands that you want to build a long term relationship with. Show them that you are excited about their brand and can give them a lot of useful content.

Step 5: Beyond the Engagement:

Show Appreciation: Thank the brand for the opportunity. This builds positive relationships and increases the chances of future collaborations.

Evaluate the Experience: Reflect on the partnership. Did it align with your goals? Was the communication smooth? Was it successful? Did it achieve the goals that the brand expected it to achieve? (if not, why?) This self-evaluation helps you to do better and choose future partnerships strategically.

Finally

Your first paid engagement is a learning experience. Learn as much as you can about what worked well and what didn’t, and build your reputation for professionalism. 

By following these tips, you'll navigate your first collaboration confidently and leave a lasting impression on both the brand and your audience.

About us

Creatuuls connects advertisers to newsletter creators with highly engaged subscribers in their target niche. Creators can monetize their newsletter through ad placements.

Contact

16, Idowu Martins, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

+234-901-765-6561

© 2023 Creatuuls Limited

About us

Creatuuls connects advertisers to newsletter creators with highly engaged subscribers in their target niche. Creators can monetize their newsletter through ad placements.

Contact

16, Idowu Martins, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

+234-901-765-6561

© 2023 Creatuuls Limited

About us

Creatuuls connects advertisers to newsletter creators with highly engaged subscribers in their target niche. Creators can monetize their newsletter through ad placements.

Contact

16, Idowu Martins, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

+234-901-765-6561

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