TIP #1: brand ambassador scams and how to avoid them!

I don’t for a second think I’m super successful or claim to know it all. This isn’t my full-time job, I own 2 of my own businesses (The Gin Kitchen and Engage Events & Exhibitions). Lockdown has given me more time to spend on building my Instagram and Blog, and I must say I am LOVING it, I’ve even launched my own Instagram Highlights to try help others. I’ve had lots of new followers, some incredible brand collaboration opportunities and met some new friends who I can’t wait to meet in person.

However, I’m writing this so people can find information on the many brand ambassador scams that are floating around. Some companies claim to look for brand ambassadors. I’m sure you’ve seen those comments from various pages on people’s pictures “hey lovely! DM us to collab”. When I first started this, I got my hopes up, checked out their account and on occasions I would message them to find out the opportunity, then BOOM you’re hit with a discount code to go use on their website.

A rule I will always live by after making a mistake: NEVER pay for postage. If a company suggests you can have your first item free but you pay the postage, DO NOT accept it. These are companies that are simply seeking ambassadors to make a sale, using a method called dropshipping.

Dropshipping is where a company offers you, say 20-50% off when you join their ‘influencer ambassador programs’, however many if not ALL of these online retailers reaching out are just Shopify stores run by people putting a large mark-up on cheap prices so it looks like a great deal. These products you’re seeing on their website will not actually be sat in their inventory. They will order this product after you’ve purchased it from the photo on their site.

I rarely agree to be a brand ambassador, I’ve heard many stories of people spending their own money and never making a penny back. Read the fine print. Ask if you will be receiving products for free, if not, why are you paying to market a brand? I much rather build a relationship with a brand and receive a free product in exchange for free advertising.

If you genuinely like this company who approaches you and would like to put time and effort into becoming a brand ambassador for them, then all power to you. These are just my thoughts from my experience and research since a few people have asked me what to do in this situation. Watch out for the red flags so you do not end up scammed.

1. Look at their Instagram content. If it’s soley other people wearing their products shown on their ‘website’ with no branding of their own, this means it’s not an established brand.

2. If the items are expensive, BEWARE, most of these items are probably poor quality and are not even worth the price you are about to pay with that fancy discount code applied.

3. If you don’t like many items on their website, but you feel as though you have to purchase something to be featured on this incredible page, take caution. Once you promote your affiliate code to your followers, chances are no one is going to use it because your audience is not interested in their products either.

Wondering what to say to politely decline their invite?

I usually say “Hey! Thanks so much for the offer, however, I’m only interested in collaborations right now, not affiliate programs.”

My final biggest annoyance…Arbonne sellers! Please keep out my DM’s, there’s only so many ‘hey chick, did you watch the video I sent?’, ‘your page is incredible, you’re just who I’m looking for to join my team!’ or ‘I’ve got a business opportunity for you’. Thank you but no thank you.

Have you received something like these? Let me know what you did about in or how you responded in the comments below. Also, if you’re wondering if something is legit, you’re welcome to run it by me and I will happily try help, I often respond to this topic on Instagram DM’s…

Chloe x

I don’t for a second think I’m super successful or claim to know it all. This isn’t my full-time job, I own 2 of my own businesses (The Gin Kitchen and Engage Events & Exhibitions). Lockdown has given me more time to spend on building my Instagram and Blog, and I must say I am LOVING it, I’ve even launched my own Instagram Highlights to try help others. I’ve had lots of new followers, some incredible brand collaboration opportunities and met some new friends who I can’t wait to meet in person.

However, I’m writing this so people can find information on the many brand ambassador scams that are floating around. Some companies claim to look for brand ambassadors. I’m sure you’ve seen those comments from various pages on people’s pictures “hey lovely! DM us to collab”. When I first started this, I got my hopes up, checked out their account and on occasions I would message them to find out the opportunity, then BOOM you’re hit with a discount code to go use on their website.

A rule I will always live by after making a mistake: NEVER pay for postage. If a company suggests you can have your first item free but you pay the postage, DO NOT accept it. These are companies that are simply seeking ambassadors to make a sale, using a method called dropshipping.

Dropshipping is where a company offers you, say 20-50% off when you join their ‘influencer ambassador programs’, however many if not ALL of these online retailers reaching out are just Shopify stores run by people putting a large mark-up on cheap prices so it looks like a great deal. These products you’re seeing on their website will not actually be sat in their inventory. They will order this product after you’ve purchased it from the photo on their site.

I rarely agree to be a brand ambassador, I’ve heard many stories of people spending their own money and never making a penny back. Read the fine print. Ask if you will be receiving products for free, if not, why are you paying to market a brand? I much rather build a relationship with a brand and receive a free product in exchange for free advertising.

If you genuinely like this company who approaches you and would like to put time and effort into becoming a brand ambassador for them, then all power to you. These are just my thoughts from my experience and research since a few people have asked me what to do in this situation. Watch out for the red flags so you do not end up scammed.

1. Look at their Instagram content. If it’s soley other people wearing their products shown on their ‘website’ with no branding of their own, this means it’s not an established brand.

2. If the items are expensive, BEWARE, most of these items are probably poor quality and are not even worth the price you are about to pay with that fancy discount code applied.

3. If you don’t like many items on their website, but you feel as though you have to purchase something to be featured on this incredible page, take caution. Once you promote your affiliate code to your followers, chances are no one is going to use it because your audience is not interested in their products either.

Wondering what to say to politely decline their invite?

I usually say “Hey! Thanks so much for the offer, however, I’m only interested in collaborations right now, not affiliate programs.”

My final biggest annoyance…Arbonne sellers! Please keep out my DM’s, there’s only so many ‘hey chick, did you watch the video I sent?’, ‘your page is incredible, you’re just who I’m looking for to join my team!’ or ‘I’ve got a business opportunity for you’. Thank you but no thank you.

Have you received something like these? Let me know what you did about in or how you responded in the comments below. Also, if you’re wondering if something is legit, you’re welcome to run it by me and I will happily try help, I often respond to this topic on Instagram DM’s…

Chloe x