Instagram today revealed that, at long last, it?s rolling out a few ways for its
creators to earn money directly from their posts. The platform is currently
testing both ads for IGTV and a subscription service for those who use Instagram
Live. It?s a start, at least.

Ads on IGTV have been in the works for a few months now ? we first heard of
them?back in February. The ads will be about 15 seconds long, and will appear
after you click the ?Watch IGTV Video? button from a preview. The company will
test various ad formats in the coming months, including the ability to skip
them, to see what everyone responds to. It?s not a surprise to see IGTV?getting
its first ad-based feature, given how much experience Facebook has with that on
its own platform.

The second feature Instagram is testing is Live badges. If a follower wishes to
support a creator directly, they can purchase a badge that will mark them out
during Instagram Live broadcasts. Badgeholders will have access to special emoji
and ?placement on a creator?s list of badge holders.? It sounds a bit similar to
Twitch?s subscription tiers, though I?d have to see it in action before properly
comparing them.

While the announcement itself was somewhat vague on details, Instagram COO
Justin Osofsky gave The Vergesome of the exact financial details
[] . Creators who run IGTV ads will get 55 percent of the revenue, while badges
will be available in tiers ranging in price from $0.99 to $4.99. Osofsky adds
that IG won?t collect a percentage on the initial test of badges, but will once
they roll out to more creators.

One of the sticking points of Instagram has always been that there?s no way for
creators to make money directly from what they post or livestream to the
platform. Influencers can make money from sponsorships and brand collaborations,
but not directly from their own work. Besides the fact that a creator who
doesn?t want such partnerships is left with no real options, leaving potential
revenue at the mercy of third parties also opens up-and-coming creators who
don?t know any better?up to potential scammers, hackers, and other such scummy
people. Instagram?s tried to curtail some of that with its Brand Collabs
Manager, which provides insights from a creator to partnered brand ? this
eliminates the need for shady analytics sites, a major source of said scams.

So now Instagram?s myriad creators can start making a buck without having to
deal with such things, though it won?t be for a while.?Instagram will test both
IGTV ads and badges with small groups soon.

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