The term ‘influencer’ has acquired a negative meaning and has become associated with shallow people who mindlessly try to attract attention on social media in order to boost their visibility. On the other hand, influencer marketing remains a growing industry but many of the so-called influencers on social media have fake followers and pay for likes and comments while having little or no influence.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that many influencers grow quite desperate as a result, the competition is fierce and those who want to stand out from the rest are forced to go to great lengths to attract followers. The results are often comical with these influencers end up getting the taste of their own medicine on social media. Here’s what happened when influencers went a bit too far and got owned in public.
The best way to deal with random influencers
Simple yet effective. We guess rando influencers hungry for free stuff will give this artist a wide berth from now on.
“Influencer Tries To Get Accommodation For Free, They End Up Banning All Bloggers From Their Business”
If you feel daunted by this wall of text, we’ll just summarize this whole story for you. An influencer thought it would be a good idea to get accommodation for free but the owners saw through this scheme and they got owned big style. However, this didn’t go quite well with the blogging community, as bloggers obviously loathed the idea of having to pay for a hotel room. It prompted the owner to ban all bloggers from their hotel and cafe. All we can say is that we applaud the move!
“White Banana Beach Club Makes A Wild Suggestion To Influencers”
Being an Instagram influencer sounds a lot easier than it actually is. We’ve given it some thought and came to a rather surprising conclusion: living a life of an Instagram freeloader takes a lot of imagination and effort, which could be better used for, you know, finding an actual job.
Vacationing in North Korea
They tried, they really tried. The question is, was anyone dumb enough to fall for this freeloading trick? We sure hope the answer is no.
“Sick And Tired Of Influencers This Ice Cream Place Introduces A Special Offer”
Here’s one more reason to reconsider becoming an influencer – you’ll need to pay double for ice cream. If it works to discourage influencers hungry for free ice cream, then we recommend others to follow this guy’s example.
“Influencer Claims Their Work Is Very Hard, Gets Shut Down”
Imagine how stressful a typical influencer’s day can be: hours spent on editing photos and videos, photoshopping vacation photos to look fancy, begging businesses to give you free lunch. Sure, it takes a lot of energy, all of it so that you get shut down in the end. Life is unfair.
Insurance against influencers
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“This Fake Guru Has 186k Followers And Always Post About How Much Money He Makes”
Imagine your marketing agency is making a lot of money but you’re unable to pay a web developer a cent and actually have the gall to ask for free work in exchange for a ‘shout out’ on Instagram. On top of it all, you threaten to block and report the developer for seeing through your scheme. There’s only one word for people like that: lowlife.
‘We Choose You!”
A lot of effort must’ve gone into crafting this letter but the outcome was still disappointing. Next time we recommend they try using their talents for doing actual work so they don’t need to beg for free lunch – literally.
“D Grade Reality Cook Tries To Offer Exposure To Award Winning Restaurant”
No, a high engagement rate doesn’t give you the right to ask for free food. Do these folks know how the economy actually works?
“Influencer Asks To Provided Food For 300-320 Guests For Free”
It sucks when hard-working people are asked by bloggers and influencers to provide their products and services for free, in order for them to take a couple of pictures with the food they won’t actually touch and have it thrown away afterwards. If you’re such a big shot in the influencer world the least you could do is to be able to pay for your food.
A respected influencer asks for free stuff
‘Hey, I’m a ‘very respected’ influencer which means I deserve to be sent free products to try on in exchange for taking some pictures and uploading them on my page. Despite the fact I’m the one receiving free products, you have more to gain than me!’
Is it just us who see a huge gap in this influencer’s logic?
“Restaurant Believes This Influencer Has No Right To Review Their Place”
We think this is beautiful. An influencer getting owned big style. Coverage and reviews don’t pay for food, you know, money does.
“This Influencer Was Looking For A Personal Trainer That Would Pay Her For The ‘Incredible’ Opportunity Of Training Her”
If someone needed proof of the sense self-entitlement prevailing in the influencer community, here it is, right in front of you. This influencer probably wasn’t aware of the fact that even Madonna pays her personal trainer, and by ‘pays’ we actually mean a real wage, not ‘exposure’.
“Woman Stomped All Over The Plants In This Conservatory For Instagram Shots Despite Staff Repeatedly Asking Her To Stop”
No one’s getting in the way of an influencer on their quest to taking that perfect photo to post on their social media, not even the plants in a conservatory, nor staff asking them to stop stamping on those plants.
According to the guy who uploaded this photo on Reddit: “She was asked by multiple people to stop and ignored everyone. Security eventually came and escorted her and her photographer out of the building. Both were asked to not return.”
“My Friend Is A Photographer And He Told Me That He Usually Gets Tons Of Messages Like This One!”
The story goes like this: someone asks a photographer for shots but is not willing to pay and when the photographer offers them to test out their new camera on them as a trade, they say they’re ‘not really into being used as a test out’ and then proceed to demand being paid for ‘free looks’. As if that wasn’t enough, they also asked to be paid for the outfit they’d wear on the photo. Ultimately, they accuse the photographer of being ‘very demanding’ and using slave labor.
It’s not just about not being able to pay for the services they require, but lacking a basic sense of decency as well.
“Instagram Model Compares Her Life To Rice Workers, Gets Called Out For Being Insensitive”
There are far worse fates than picking in the rice field every morning and being an Instagram influencer is certainly one of them. This influencer’s post caused a lot of backlash online, with people accusing her of being shallow, self-entitled, and insensitive. She said that her post was a misunderstanding but we can’t help but wonder why exactly did she feel the need to take a picture of herself in a bikini in front of a rice field and accompany it with a very dubious thought.
Influencer posing for photos at the Auschwitz Memorial
Someone here mistook the site of one of the biggest atrocities in recorded history for a selfie session, without showing any respect for the people who perished there less than eighty years ago. Photos like these won’t make you come across as cool or fancy, but dumb and insensitive, and probably ignorant as well.
“Doing Yoga On The Berlin Holocaust Memorial”
There are literally a million other places where you can do yoga. Of all of them, she choose the Berlin Holocaust Memorial. Instead of looking fancy or inspiring, she managed to leave the impression of being trashy.
“Clothing Designer Is Surprised With Influencer’s ‘Great’ Offer”
Even when you get contacted by influencers all the time, like this clothing designer, nothing can quite prepare you for the kind of ‘offer’ he received. For this influencer, ‘collaboration’ meant she’d get to receive expensive clothing for free, then asked for an additional $150 fee (as ‘starting price’) to keep the photos on her Instagram for longer than an hour. Pretty bold from someone with 8k followers, don’t you think?
“Yelper Is Mad Because Restaurant Didn’t Them Free Meal In Exchange For Potential Ig Exposure”
What a shame he had to pay for the best Italian food he ever tasted and receive no discount at all, even after telling the manager he was going to post about it on his Instagram account with over 11k followers. Having to pay for your food is reason enough for some influencer to leave a one star review, now that’s what we’d call a shame.
“Instagram Influencers Called Out For Incredibly Dangerous Kiss”
Kelly and Kody are adventurers who travel the world looking for ideal photo locations to share their images on Instagram. This photo attracted criticism from some of their followers, who thought it to be too risky. It could also start a dangerous trend, prompting other influencers to do the same, which could result in an accident sooner or later.
Emoji obsessed influencer asks permission to post a song on their profile, then asks to be paid a $10 fee for doing so
It went rather well until he asked for money to post the song on his profile despite the copious amount of emojis used in his texts, then things became pretty comical towards the end of this little exchange. Having basic education and decency is obviously too much to ask from some influencers, or even just being literate.
“Instagram Influencers Called Out For Incredibly Dangerous Kiss On Moving Train”
When someone first took a picture of themselves hanging off one of the famous Sri Lankan blue trains, they couldn’t have dreamed that it would start a whole new life-threatening trend among Western tourists. While not very original, this idea is quite dangerous and could result in a tragedy, and all of that just so that they can get to post it on an Instagram page.
By ‘collaboration’ we assume he meant ‘I’ve no money to pay for a burger and want a free dinner’ in exchange for posting the photos on Instagram. Which pretty much sumps up the thinking process of a typical influencer these days.
“This Vigilante Shames Influencers For Bad Behavior In National Parks”
“I started this account about a year ago after a backcountry hike in Idaho where I noticed a ton of disrespect towards our public lands including people carving their names into trees,” said the man behind this account. “I believe that rather than influencing people toward good behavior, many influencers are only thinking about how they can create the most visually appealing content that will garner the most likes and make them the most money. Anything relating good stewardship of the land they are using to create their content appears to have become an afterthought for the vast majority of influencers. I also think that many influencers believe the rules don’t apply to them for some reason,” he added.
“‘Influencer’ Bride With 55k Followers Tries To Get Wedding Shot For Free, Photographers Destroy Her With Sarcastic Response”
This influencer asked for a video documenting her whole wedding day (set for April 2021) longer than an hour in length and a package including around 1000 photos. She offered to ‘extensively promote’ the photographers business on Facebook and Instagram. She didn’t respond well to a long, sarcastic response by photographers, accusing them of being mean and saying she won’t cooperate with them, while also adding the wedding’s very important to her, as her mom has been diagnosed with cancer.
Is a comment really necessary?
‘One greedy sonovabitch’
This guy was obviously searching for someone to work for free in exchange for promotion on his Facebook page with over than 300 followers. Not getting what he wanted he promptly turned into a complete a-hole. It’s just wrong.
“Instagrammer Called Out For Faking Her Trip To Paris”
Who wouldn’t want to be like her and take fancy photos while strolling down the Champs-Élysées, or relaxing at a Parisian cafe? It’s easier than you’d think, as you don’t even need to actually travel to Paris. All you’ll need is photoshop.
After coming under fire for faking fooling her followers with photos of a fake trip to Paris, Swedish influencer Johanna Olsson later explained she did visit the City of Lights.
“I wanted to talk a little bit about the pictures I posted in Paris. So, I did one picture, shot it and didn’t think it looked that nice… so I took a different background and put the background into it,” she explained in an Instagram story. “It’s a bit ridiculous I think. There are a lot of influencers out there that use Photoshop in birds, rainbows, or crazy skies and I could do that but I don’t like that. I just wanted to make that clear that I was in Paris, but I did Photoshop the background”, she said.
“HBO ‘Chernobyl’ Creator Calls Out Influencers After These Pictures”
The success of HBO’s series ‘Chernobyl’ has motivated many influencers to flock to Pripyat, Ukraine, to pose for photos, without the slightest interest of providing historical context about the Chernobyl disaster. If they wanted a pretty background for their usual boring old poses, they could’ve simply posed for photos in a nearby park – the effect would’ve been the same.
Likes as a new form of currency
Who needs dollars when you have likes? The saddest part in all this is people not appreciating the work and commitment that go into a drawing, or any other service that they require free of charge.
“We Kindly Retract Our Wish To Work With You”
Here’s how to get owned by a restaurant owner you just tried to goad into giving you free food in one sentence. We hope this makes them think twice before suggesting something like this again.
“Instagram “Influencer” Called Out By Her Own Dad For Claiming To Have Heterochromia”
These day influencers will do just about anything to stand out and make themselves recognizable online. Sarah McDaniel, influencer and model, went as far as to claim she had Heterochromia, a rather rare condition which is used to describe the color differences of the iris, skin or hair. She was exposed after her childhood photo showing her with matching brown eyes was posted. Her father also seemed to have confirmed the lie.
Food for posts
That response was so savage we feel it’d be best if we just leave it at that. It may be harsh but no one can say she didn’t deserve it.
“Traveling Blog Asks If They Can Feature A Hit Restaurant In Their Blog – Then Ask To Be Compensated For It”
It might have worked with a less popular restaurant, but at least they tried. Seems like they’ll have to pay for their food like everyone else. The horror!
“Laura Worthington Of Laura’s Little Bakery Is Sick Of People Asking For Freebies”
Long ago, people used to grasp the concept of paying for services they need, but nowadays, that seems to have changed. Instead of pretending they’re helping small businesses, influencers and companies should focus on providing real value for the services they want, and by that we mostly mean monetary value.
Desperate for money
How dare they ask money in exchange for their work. Some people are that desperate. Strange world we’re living in, right?
“For Anyone Who Wants To Know What Happened To Towie”
We’ll give a piece of advice – free of charge – to all influencers asking for free stuff: try and make yourself sound really desperate while also inflating the number of your followers a tiny bit. It’s like playing fast and loose with the truth in your resume. Even better, try finding an actual job that involves more than managing your social media profile.
“New Tactic Against Influencers? He Never Responded”
We could only guess what happened to him after reading this response. Our guess is that he started reconsidering his career as an influencer.