How to get paid as a creator with little followers
your guide to making money as a UGC creator
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👩🎨 UGC Creators
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IT’S ALL ABOUT UGCs RIGHT NOW
Over the weekend, I was scrolling through Twitter when I came across the tweet behind today's email. Chelsea shared how excited she was about buying her first house.
And it was all thanks to being a user-generated content (UGC) creator.
So you already know your boy had to dig in and look at the numbers.
On TikTok alone, the #UGCcreators has over 150M views! This adds up since almost every creator I see on my FYP has “UGC creator” attached to their name now — I’m sure you’ve seen a couple too.
Per Google Trends, the interest in UGC creator in recent years has shot through the roof:
Now you’re probably thinking: What the hell does a UGC creator do?
Here’s how it works
As a UGC creator, you make videos for brands and companies. In turn, they use your videos as testimonials to run ads and show their credibility. A perfect example of this is Morning Brew’s newsletter ads.
When we go into their Facebook ad library it’s almost all videos:
Brands love UGC content for one big reason: it doesn’t look like an ad.
A 2021 study revealed that 80% of participants said UGC highly affected their purchasing decisions.
I know if I saw the Rock dropping a new workout shoe I’d be like:
Here’s the thing: Unlike influencers who need to grow their audience before they start working with brands, UGC creators don’t need tons of followers. This is why it’s perfect for the average creator.
The only thing these brands care about is that you create relatable, personable content to build trust among customers.
And to boost their sales, of course 😉
Why I think you should consider this: Uhm… hello… the benefits my friend!
You get free products to make videos with and keep afterward
You get paid to make each video. I’ve seen ranges from $300+ all the way up to $4,000 per video. Some creators even make up to $10k/month!
If they run ads with your videos, your face will be out there being seen by millions, making you kind of famous. So, if you do a good job, it’ll be easier for brands to find you and grow your follower count.
Now, let’s move to the next step!
How to become a UGC Creator
Keep in mind that it takes time, consistency, and hard work before you can claim full-time creator status.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but here are the bricks you need to start building your empire:
Identify brands to work with
Start by looking up what brands you’d like to work with. What kind of UGC do they promote? Is there a niche you think you’d excel in?
If you’re into health and exercising, post about that. Nutrition, beauty, cooking - same thing. There are thousands of D2C brands that rely on testimonial ads to grow their business.
Build your set-up
Keep it simple. No need for thousands of dollars in fancy camera and lighting gear, your phone and a cheap ring light will do just fine.
I still record my tiktoks on my phone and I’m 2 million followers deep - trust me it doesn’t matter. Most phones nowadays have just as good camera quality as big DSLRs.
Now the fun part: creating content based on the brands you’d like to work with. Stick to TikToks, Reels, and Stories.
Experiment with different features and content styles and share them on your social media accounts. See what works and what you enjoy.
The biggest tip I could give you is #1 be patient, and #2 don’t fake everything - people see right through it.
Build your portfolio
Who you are
Why the brand should work with you
Your previous work (insert the content you already created here)
Once your portfolio is ready to go, the next step is finding actual paying clients.
How to find brands that pay:
1. UGC creator websites
Up first - Billio
This site helps you find brands looking for creators. Simply download the app, create a profile, and apply to tasks that match your skills.
Once you get the gig, you create the videos and get your $$ every two weeks. It’s pretty straightforward.
Up next - Brand Meet Creators
Another great site I found is Brands Meet Creators. Sign up using your email, and they send you daily UGC creator opportunities.
I signed up and received some pretty sweet gigs in only a few minutes.
And last but not least - Insense
Insense is similar to Billio and has tons of UGC creator opportunities lined up.
2. Pitch brands directly
Cold emails have a low success rate but some do hit - it’s a numbers game.
Reach out to brands you see already running ads using UGC. Send them your portfolio and tell them you’re passionate about promoting their product or service. This is a great way to create more leads for your budding business.
Here's a sweet gig I found using the hashtag:
That's it, folks! Everything you need to kickstart your career as a UGC creator. The market is sizzling hot right now, so get after it 💪
As always, let me know if you have questions! 😊
MEME OF THE DAY
😂😂 if you didn’t see Apple recently announced their new “Apple Vision Pro” headset and the price starts at $3,499
Inflation really is something
— Octavian Once (@octavianonce)
Jun 6, 2023
That's all I got for ya today folks!!
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