There’s no doubt about it: if you’re serious about turning your Instagram feed into a money-producing (side) business, you need to have a kick-ass media kit.
Why? Your media kit is the main tool you have to market and position yourself in the best way possible.
If you pay attention to detail and present yourself professionally, you will outshine 90% of your competition, stand out from the crowd, and show brands you are serious about your work as an influencer.
Paid collaborations will follow.
This guide is packed with actionable tips and will teach you everything you need to know about media kits. We’ve done all the research, so you can focus on creating your own killer media kit that will score you brand collaborations.
Let’s dive right in!
Table of content
- What is an Instagram media kit?
- Why do you need a media kit?
- Do micro-influencers also need a media kit?
- Why do brands want a media kit?
- What should you include in your media kit?
- What should you never include in your media kit?
- How do you create a media kit that will get read?
- What are the best tools to create your media kit?
- When to use your brand new media kit?
- Real-life Instagram media kit examples
1. What is an Instagram media kit?
A media kit is like a CV for your Instagram career. It is a document that tells brands everything they need to know about you, your influencer achievements, key Instagram stats and of course how much it would cost to collaborate with you.
Like a resume or CV, it can be as short as one page or multiple pages long. This will depend mainly on how much commercial experience you have as an influencer.
An Instagrammer who just started out will have a one-page media kit, while a creator who collaborates with many brands will have a longer media kit.
2. Why do you need a media kit?
It’s actually quite simple: if you want to collaborate with a brand, you need to have a media kit.
Just like you wouldn’t apply for a job without a CV, you shouldn’t apply for a brand collaboration without a media kit.
Whether you contact a brand for a collaboration or a brand contacts you, your media kit is essential. It makes you look professional and it shows brands why they should work with you.
Look at your media kit as your opportunity to shine. Together with your brand pitch, it is the main tool you can use to market and position yourself in the best way possible.
A creative and unique media kit will
- Grab the attention of prospective brands and help you stand out
- Help build credibility with prospective brands
- Increase your value by showcasing your best content
- Ensure there’s a good match between you and your prospective collab partner
- Help you get collaborations and produce income
- Open up doors for potential long-term partnerships
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want all that?
3. Do micro-influencers also need a media kit?
Absolutely, yes! We cannot stress enough that every influencer – no matter how small – needs a media kit if you are serious about collaborating with brands.
Especially for smaller influencers, media kits are a great way to make yourself stand out from the crowd. Media kits are less common amongst smaller Instagrammers, so they are guaranteed to have an impact.
A professional-looking media kit will show brands you are serious about your Instagram career and about brand collaborations. It shows them you have the potential for growth, and that’s exactly what they’re looking for.
4. Why do brands want a media kit?
There are basically two main reasons why brands ask influencers and creators for their media kit.
Firstly, brands want to be sure that the Instagrammers they are partnering with align with their corporate values. A brand that works with influencers that do not align with their corporate values can very quickly have a PR nightmare on their hands.
Secondly, brands want to be sure that your audience and their target audience overlap. When brands invest in influencer marketing, they want to be sure that your audience is active and likely to respond positively to what you’ll be posting about on their behalf.
Brands want to pay for media channels that are relevant, that actually reach potential customers – and not just anybody – in a way that suits the brand’s image.
Therefore, brands want to confirm that you are a match.
And that’s exactly what a good media kit does: confirming whether there brands and influencers are relevant for each other.
5. What should you include in your media kit?
1. Your contact details
This may seem trivial, but you’d be surprised how many influencers forget to mention their key contact details.
Make sure to include your email address, phone number, physical address and of course your Instagram handle.
If you have a good-looking website or blog, or you have other social channels with a decent amount of followers, you can also include them.
Pro-tip: don’t forget to update your media kit if you move, or change your phone number!
2. About yourself and your Instagram page
Just like your Instagram bio, your Instagram Media Kit bio is extremely important.
It is probably the first thing – and hopefully it is not the only thing – that brands will read when they scroll through your media kit.
Your bio should be short, and yet, it should convey who you are, what you and your personal brand stand for, what you are passionate about and what your Instagram goals are. Not an easy task!
But we promise, it is worth it. The better a brand or marketer knows you and what you stand for, the more they will be inclined to work with you, and the more successful the partnership will be.
Try to keep it short. We recommend to keep it between 40 and 100 words (if you prefer to count characters instead of words, that’s around 240 to 600 characters). By comparison, on Instagram itself, you have 150 characters at your disposal.
3. Instagram pictures and a picture of yourself
This is your chance to showcase the best pictures of your Instagram feed. Give brands a feel of your visual style and show off your talent.
Make sure to also include a headshot of yourself, however. Even if your Instagram feed normally does not feature pictures of yourself.
While pictures of interiors, plants or cars showcase what your personal brand and Instagram feed is about, it doesn’t show who you are as a person. And let’s be honest, in the end, we all like to put a name to a face.
4. Instagram stats
Brands are used to paying for ads on Google or Facebook per impression or engagement, so they will want to know those stats. Include your up to date follower count and your average engagement rate.
Don’t worry if you don’t have many followers. Follower numbers are not the most important metric for brands, many care more about engagement rates.
Plus, depending on their goals, budget, campaign, and product, brands will want to collaborate with very big influencers like Casey Neistat, or they would rather work with small Instagrammers with only 1000 followers. It’s all about finding a good match.
Pro-tip: your media kit will look less cluttered when writing 8K followers or 8000+ followers, instead of 8273 followers. Both tell the same story, but the former looks easier on the eyes.
Don’t know what your engagement rate is? It is the percentage of followers or viewers that like or comment on your posts.
5. Audience demographics
For many marketers, audience demographics are the most important part of your media kit.
(We’re going to repeat this sentence once more to make sure everyone heard us.)
For many marketers, audience demographics are the most important part of your media kit.
Once you have piqued the interest of a brand, they will want to know whether your followers are the type of people they want to reach. Brands want to be sure that there is an overlap between your followers and their target market.
That is why the more specific you are, the better. List where your followers are located, how old they are and what percentage is male or female.
Or include screenshots of your Instagram Insights.
Don’t know where to find this data? Or don’t have access to it? This is why you need to switch to an Instagram Business Profile today.
6. Past collaborations
If you have already worked with brands in the past, you should definitely include some examples in your media kit.
Sharing past collaborations gives prospective brands an idea of how you work with brands and what you can do.
You can share some examples of sponsored posts or content you created for a campaign. Or share a shortlist with logos of brands you worked with.
If you can, include some results of your campaigns. How many comments or likes did your sponsored post or story receive? Including these stats will show a brand how professional you are, and that you care about making an impact for them.
7. Anything else that makes you stand out
Do you have a good-looking website? Have you been featured in the press recently? Do you have other social channels where you have built an engaged audience? Do you have your own product line? Are you a good writer? Are you an expert in your niche? Do you have relevant certifications?
Consider adding any skills or additional channels you have to your media kit that can add value for prospective brands.
However, do not include extra info just to include extra info. Make sure to only include additional info that is relevant for brands and that will increase your value as an influencer.
While you might enjoy putting videos of your holiday trips on Youtube, it is probably not interesting for brands to know that you have 15 subscribers on Youtube (of which one is your very hip and tech-savvy grannie. Go, grannie!).
8. Collaboration options and pricing
Good news! If marketers get to this part of your media kit, it means they are really interested in collaborating with you.
That means they will want to know which services you can offer them. And at which price.
Collaboration options include – but are not limited to – event attendance, content creation, seedings or barter campaigns, ambassadorships, CPI deals, affiliate programs, brand mentions, sponsored posts, sponsored stories, IGTV, product reviews, giveaways, and social media takeovers.
If you have more creative ideas on how to work with brands, make sure to mention them! Marketers are always looking for fresh and new ideas to cut through the noise.
Give brands enough options to choose from, but don’t include collaborations options you don’t enjoy doing. It will show in the end product when you are less enthusiastic about a collaboration, making both you and the brand unhappy.
Mention for every collaboration option how much you charge. While this might feel uncomfortable at first, brands prefer to know what to expect. So it is best to be upfront about it.
If you are just starting out with brand collaborations, it might be hard to know how much you can charge.
Pro-tip: always make sure you keep some room for negotiation. If brands want to get a package of multiple posts and stories, they will expect a discount on the total price. When you list your absolute bottom line in your media kit, this will be impossible.
Bonus pro-tip: be specific! Does your rate include tax or not? How about travel expenses?
9. Terms and conditions
Do you have specific terms and conditions for collaborations? Then it is best to mention them straight away.
Mention if you want to keep the intellectual property rights of content produced, you want to delete Instagram posts from your feed after a certain time period or you have specific requirements in terms of payments.
This way, you are sure not to waste your own time or the brands’ time, and you are both on the same page if you decide to collaborate.
10. Last updated
Last but not least, include a “last updated date” in your media kit, mentioning the month and year you last changed your media kit. This way brands know the information in your media kit is up to date.
Pro-tip: make sure to update your media kit once in a while 🙂
6. What should you never include in your media kit?
1. Fake information
Whether it is fake follower counts, inflated engagement rates or collaborations that never happened, lying on your media kit is always a bad idea.
With tools like Social Blade, it takes brands only seconds to check if you are faking your stats.
In the long run, dishonest practices will seriously hurt your reputation. Marketers might blacklist you, or you might get kicked of influencer platforms.
Or as your mama might have said: “The truth will always outrun lies.”
2. Too much or irrelevant info
Media kits should be concise, to the point, and most of all relevant for marketers who want to work with you.
Don’t bury the good stuff under a pile of irrelevant information.
While you can definitely mention that you already collaborated with 27, there is no need to list every single brand. Rather, pick the two collaborations you are most proud of, and show what impact you made for these brands.
Pro-tip: after you have written all the copy for your media kit, read it again and think critically whether every single sentence is helping you build your personal brand and convince a brand to work with you. If that’s not the case: cut it out.
Yes, this might make us sound like Captain Obvious – or even worse, your English teacher – but we will tell you anyway: make sure to check your media kit for typos and grammar mistakes.
As with resumes, typos are a big no-no in media kits.
Pro-tip: ask friends or family to do a final check before you send out your media kit into the world.
7. How do you create a media kit that will get read?
The easiest way to make sure marketers will never read your media kit is by using an unprofessional, cluttered or messy design.
First impressions are everything, and this is no different for media kits.
Consider your media kit as an extension of your online personality. It needs to look professional and feel like it is made by one and the same person.
The easiest way to make your media kit consistent with your overall Instagram aesthetic is by using the same style, tone, fonts, and color palette as on your Instagram feed.
You can get as creative as you want. There really are no limits, as long as your media kit reflects your personal brand and style.
8. What are the best tools to create your media kit?
Now that you know what should go in your media kit and how it should look like, it’s time for the fun part: designing it!
There are multiple options, depending on your skillset, patience or how much time you have.
1. DIY: design it yourself
If you are gifted with design skills, Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator are great tools. They allow you to completely personalize your design according to your personal brand and style.
Don’t own Photoshop or Illustrator?
No worries, there are plenty of free tools out there you can use!
The good news? They have freemium versions that let you export your work to pdf for free.
Or you can use a program you probably already have on your computer: PowerPoint or Keynote.
While these programs may not be the most versatile tools, they will get the job done. And they can even get the done job beautifully. No one will guess you made your media kit in PowerPoint if you use a custom slide size and custom fonts.
The best part? No need to waste time figuring out how everything works, as you probably already know how to use them!
2. Use a template
A quick google search will yield many results for media kit templates – some free, some for the price of $10 to $30.
If you decide to go for a template, make sure to choose a template that will fit with your overall Instagram aesthetic.
And make sure to personalize the template as much as you can: you won’t stand out from the crowd if a brand receives a similar-looking media kit from another influencer!
Pro-tip: don’t use templates from the first page of Google results, as those are the templates everyone uses!
You can also have your media kit professionally designed. This will ensure your media kit looks professional and polished, and will make you stand out from the competition.
A quick google search can put you in contact with designers in your area, or you can use an online designer marketplace such as 99 designs.
Whatever option you choose, make sure you will be able to update your media kit easily in the future. There’s no point in having a designer make you a beautiful media kit in Photoshop, if then you have to use Paint to update your stats because you cannot edit Photoshop documents.
Pro-tip: no matter how you create your media kit, make sure to export the final version to pdf-format, so everyone can open your file.
9. When to use your brand new media kit?
Hold your horses! Once you have finished your media kit, it’s first time to celebrate. We recommend a bottle of champagne for these types of occasions.
And then it’s time to get back to work: turn that media kit into money!
So what’s next? First of all, upload your media kit to your Dropbox or Google Drive, or email it to yourself, so you can access it anywhere. You never know when an opportunity may arise.
Then, send out your media kit to potential collaborators when they reach out to work with you. If you have an account on a marketplace for influencers, you can also upload it there.
Finally, you can also proactively send your media kit to brands you would like to work with. But that’s a whole ‘nother topic.
10. Real-life Instagram media kit examples
So what does a great media kits look like?
This is the media kit of @carriepylelawrence.