If you’re a big fan of reading or watching reviews online of the latest products out there, then you may have heard of Influenster and might be wanting to know what it is all about. Influenster is a program that sends out boxes of free items for you to review in exchange for your opinions.
These boxes are called VoxBoxes and usually come with various full-size products ranging from food, beauty, skincare, and more. Sometimes the boxes come with several things and sometimes they just come with one item. These boxes typically have a theme for them and you are expected to post reviews on social media of the products you received.
Why I Love Influenster
Some examples of products I’ve received complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes include mascara, cookies, lipstick, nail polish, feminine products, and makeup wipes. Isn’t that awesome?!
I love the program because you can easily get free stuff to review, which can provide you with great content if you’re a blogger or YouTuber without spending a dime.
I haven’t been blogging that long but I have been a member of Influenster since October 2014. Now that I’ve entered the beauty blogging world, I’ve realized that it is an amazing way to get beauty products for free to blog about.
Many of us, especially when we are starting out, cannot afford to constantly spend money on products to review to create content for our blogs. If this sounds like you, then just join! You have nothing to lose by joining Influenster.
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How It Works
To join, all you have to do is register for an account and connect all your social media to it.
When you connect your social media, Influenster will create an Impact Score for you. Your Impact Score will play a big role on whether or not you receive boxes full of free stuff. Influenster will give you Snaps that are like mini surveys to see what kind of Campaigns you would qualify for.
Once they decide a Campaign might be a fit for you, they will send a more specific survey to your email and after you complete it, the final decision will be made. Influenster will let you know if you are selected and what kind of items you will be receiving. The box will arrive on your doorstep typically in a couple of weeks.
After you get your box, you will be given a list of things to do to review the products you received. For example, they might ask you to share of photo of the item on Instagram and use a specific hashtag with it.
They will usually ask for proof of these activities and you can upload them straight to your dashboard. Completing these activities will give you badges, which can help you qualify for more boxes in the future. The activities also give you the chance to be entered in giveaways and contests for more free stuff.
After completing a campaign, Influenster will send you a final survey of what you thought. The survey needs to be completed in order for you to be able to qualify for more VoxBoxes in the future.
9 Tips For Getting Your First VoxBox
Now that you know what Influenster is and how it works, here are some tips to get you on your way to your first VoxBox.
1. Personalize your profile.
Once you’re all signed up, make sure to add a profile photo and a quick bio to your account to make it more personalized.
2. Connect all your social media accounts as soon as you sign up.
Make sure to connect all your social media accounts like Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. This will help create your Social Impact which is one of the deciding factors on whether or not you’ll be receiving a VoxBox. Also try to reconnect your social media whenever your followings change in order for your Impact Score to increase. I find it does not update automatically.
3. Write reviews on products you already own.
There’s a section on Influenster where you can write reviews on products. The best way to get yourself started is by writing reviews on products you already own. Many times, VoxBoxes are targeted towards the most active members of certain areas of Influenster such as the review sections.
4. Ask and answer questions.
In the review sections, you can also ask and answer questions on the products. For example, you can look up a particular lipstick and ask “is this lipstick longlasting?” and other members can answer the questions for you. Both asking and answering questions help you get your first VoxBox, especially if you put effort into your responses and are very detailed.
5. Always answer all your snaps.
Snaps are SO important. These are the questions that Influenster uses to get to know you and what you like/use. This can help them find Campaigns that they think you would qualify for. Answering these questions are a huge plus if you want to get a VoxBox. I have noticed that when I do not answer Snaps, the amount of “offers” for VoxBoxes slow down versus when I actively answer them.
6. Invite your friends.
If you have a low following on social media, this is a great way to boost your Impact Score. Influenster gives you a referral link which you can give out to your friends so that they can join too. You can invite up to 20 friends and once they register and connect their Facebook you will receive 5 points added onto your Impact Score, thus furthering your reach. That’s 100 points you can get from just inviting your friends!
7. Add the Influenster widget to your blog.
If you’re a blogger, you can add the Influenster widget straight into your blog. This is like a badge you can display to show you are a member of the Influenster community. Adding the widget will score you 100 extra points on your Impact Score.
8. Download the Influenster app.
I find that downloading the app makes it much easier for me to answer my Snaps and post reviews for products. When you use the Influenster app, you can scan barcodes of products and it will instantly take you to the page of the product you scanned so that you can review it and upload photos of it. It makes writing reviews and asking/answering questions so much simpler.
9. Always read your emails.
Another huge tip is always reading your emails. Influenster notifies you of Campaigns through your email and there is usually a time frame that you need to complete the qualifying survey in. Checking your email often will ensure that you don’t miss these surveys and helps you get more VoxBoxes. Influenster also notifies you if you have been selected via email.
10. Make sure to complete the final survey after receiving a VoxBox.
Lastly, if you receive a VoxBox, when the Campaign is over you need to complete the closing survey. This survey helps Influenster see if you liked the products you received. If you do not complete this survey you will be disqualified from ever receiving a future VoxBox and you definitely do not want that!
Following these tips will help you be on your way to getting boxes full of free stuff in no time. If you’ve signed up for Influenster, please let me know in the comments!