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Social Media Tips: Why 12 Teabags Are Not Worth Influencing About 

Why 12 Teabags Are Not Worth Influencing About 

Recently one of the leading tea companies sent me 12 teabags via a social media influencer company. Even though you could argue that it only takes two seconds to post a photo, I’ll tell you why it wasn’t worth my time.

I’ve dealt with the influencer company before and I like the way they screen potential influencers with a short 2 to 10 question online survey.

For this campaign, I was sent 4 teabags of 3 different flavoured teas. The tea bags came in a single serve pack. When I went to my local grocery shop I discovered that the retail price of one bag of their tea was around $3.50 for 18 tea bags.

The influencer company sent me a postcard with the teabags requesting that I post two photos to social media with a specific hashtag.

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It takes me at least fifteen minutes to post one photo to social media. This includes the following steps:

  • Around five minutes of finding suitable props. In this example, I would look for a nice china cup with a pretty pattern and an antique teaspoon of my grandmothers that matches the cup.
  • Then I need to find a contrasting background from one of my existing canvases.
  • I’ll take a few photos and review them. Then I’ll take a few more photos adjusting the lighting and cropping.
  • I may post edit the photograph in a special app or Instagram itself. If I have time I’ll move the files to my computer and edit in Photoshop where I can adjust the lighting and some other settings. Then I’ll optimise the file size for online and transfer it back to my phone so I can upload it.
  • I will write a caption which is on brand and tags the company.
  • I’ll add up to 30 hashtags in the comments. I like to research the hashtags so that there is a mix of specific, mid-range and trending hashtags. A good set of hashtags will ensure that the post if found by the right target audience.

An effective image needs to be posted during a popular time – this is usually when I’m off the clock, so I’m working on my overtime rates.

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Last year Instagram has changed their algorithm and adopted the Facebook model of users needing ‘to pay to play’. Therefore, I would recommend this post is boosted to a specific targeted audience which requires a modest budget. For example, I would recommend boosting this post over 3 to 7 days to an Australian audience, over 18 who are interested in herbal tea.

My influencer rate doesn’t take into account the time I took to read the email and fill in the survey, nor the daily administration and accounting.

This is my call for influencers to start charging reasonable and appropriate rates to cover their time.

Would you post a photo on Instagram for a bag of herbal tea worth $3.50?


Written by Emma Crameri

I am a Brisbane-based freelance technical reviewer and writer. I have experience working in ICT, online education and digital marketing. I can turn your ideas into engaging and shareable online content. I'm an early adopter with both Android and Apple devices. I'm also the Editor of the Brisbanista website.


  1. This is exactly how I feel! But unfortunately a lot of brands back away from working with me when I begin to mention prices for posting on my social media and blog. Unfortunately, the amount of time and effort I put into all my work is never truly taken into account.

  2. Thanks for you feedback, Sonam. It’s hard at the beginning because you don’ have the numbers and engagement, and it’s such a competitive market.

    I’m taking a long term strategy and hoping that it will pay off later.





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