What is Whitelisting in Social Media?

If you’re a brand—or if you’re an influencer and you’re scrolling through socials…

You might notice something interesting.  

A sponsored boost from a content creators’ page. But yet, something’s off. The promoted link leads to the promoted brand’s page. Yet, it’s the creator’s account.

What’s going on? A simple whitelisting on social media is what’s going on. 

And it’s a powerful tactic brands and influencers use to get the most out of their returns—including us. And now we’ll explain what it is and why you should use it as well. 

What Is Whitelisting In Social Media?

Whitelisting in social media is an effective method that allows brands to run ads through an influencer’s account giving them complete control over the content.

This strategy can help creators expand their reach, audience, and revenue by tapping into new audiences and opportunities.

For example, let’s take a content creator from the photography industry whitelisting his social media account for image production software.  

Here’s what it would look like: 

As you see, the account is owned by the creator—but is essentially “borrowed” to the brand to run ads to. 

In return, this offers a plethora of benefits that we’ll tap into later. 

But before we do, let’s break down whitelisting on different types of social platforms.

Whitelisting on Facebook

Facebook whitelisting is probably the most prominent type of social media whitelisting.  

That’s because, on this platform, brands gain access to an influencer’s page to run ads seamlessly—but it

BOX: Trust is vital when it comes to influencer whitelisting on Facebook. That’s because a creator gives the reigns of their Meta Ads Manager account to the brand or an agency representing it. 

It’s a method that ensures a wider reach and precise targeting options, maximizing engagement and conversions. 

Plus, Facebook has a robust set of advertising tools, which makes whitelisting a potent strategy for boosting brand visibility and credibility. 

Whitelisting On Instagram

Instagram whitelisting functions much like its Facebook counterpart—it’s the same Ad Manager after all.

The only difference is that influencer content you’re choosing to whitelist might work better on Instagram than on Facebook—simply because the platform is better suited for influencer content. 

Both approaches leverage the influencer’s authentic connection with their audience, driving higher engagement and trust.

With Instagram’s visual-centric platform, whitelisting can significantly amplify brand visibility and foster genuine connections with potential customers.

Whitelisting on TikTok

TikTok’s feed and recommendation algorithm make it a perfect place for influencer and brand collaboration—the platform is dynamic, viral, and creator ads look as native as they come.

This makes TikTok whitelisting a powerful strategy for brands, especially those that are aiming to capture the attention of Gen Z and younger demographics.

Plus—TikTok provides a Spark Ads service—which is essentially a way brands can leverage organic social posts by other creators—with their authorization. 

So yes, whitelisting is becoming a big thing, recognized b social platforms as well.

But we’ll talk more about it later.

The Difference Between a Regular Social Media Ad and a Whitelisted Social Media Ad?

A regular social media ad is typically created and managed directly by the brand through its advertising account on the social media platform. 

If you’re running ads it’s your typical “sponsored ad” that appears as sponsored content in users’ feeds. Or alongside other content on the platform. And it’s under your brand.

On the other hand, a whitelisting ad involves the brand collaborating with an influencer to promote their content on the influencer’s account directly. 

You get access to the influencers’ ad account—which you can use to leverage the creators’ credibility and connection with their audience. 

The main difference between the two is the source of the placement. If it’s a regular ad, the brand will control the ad placement through its own account. In whitelisting, however, the ad is placed through the influencer’s account—which can result in higher engagement.

Here’s a very good example of how it looks like:

Source: Insense

What’s the difference: For starters, the influencer account is now promoting a brand advertisement—which will not only look more native, but will also reach out to a wider audience and an influencer-specific demographic.

It’s a big win, isn’t it?

How to Whitelist a Social Media Post?

Different platforms have different methods when it comes to whitelisting. 

The first thing you should know before starting to whitelist a post is how to find your influencers or brands to collaborate with. You can read the linked guides to get more information on that.

The next thing to understand is how much to charge for whitelisting services. 

Typically, influencers can charge from $100 to $3500+ for a single post, depending on the account following and engagement. So it’s good to know whether you’re overpaying or underpaying. 

Whitelisting a Social Media Post as a Brand

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to effectively whitelist a social media post:

  1. Choose the Right Influencer: Identify influencers who resonate with your brand values and have an engaged audience that matches your target demographic.
  2. Negotiate Terms: Discuss and agree on the terms of the whitelisting, including duration, content type, and compensation. It’s crucial to have a clear contract that outlines these terms to avoid future misunderstandings.
  3. Gain Access: The influencer will need to grant your brand permission through their social media platform. For example, on Facebook, this is done by adding your brand’s Facebook Business Manager as a partner to their page.
  4. Create Authentic Content: Develop content that stays true to the influencer’s voice while promoting your brand. This balance is key to maintaining the authenticity that the influencer’s followers expect.
  5. Launch and Monitor: Once the content is live, monitor its performance closely. Use the insights gained to optimize future campaigns. Effective monitoring helps in understanding what resonates with the audience, improving both reach and engagement.

Follow these steps and you can effectively whitelist social media posts, creating campaigns that are not only authentic but also highly targeted and engaging.

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Whitelisting a Social Media Post as an Influencer

Here’s how you can effectively manage whitelisting as an influencer:

  1. Understand the Agreement: Fully comprehend what whitelisting entails, including how long the brand will use your image and content, and the specifics of what they intend to promote. Remember to small print.
  2. Set Clear Terms: Negotiate terms that protect your interests and outline exactly what content will be used, for how long, and in what manner. Make sure these details are specified in the contract. Know your worth.
  3. Grant Access Carefully: Use the platform’s specific procedures to grant advertising permissions to the brand. For platforms like Instagram and Facebook, this usually involves settings in the Business Manager where you can control the extent of access. This is a sensitive process so it’s sometimes best to consult an influencer whitelisting agency (like us!).
  4. Monitor the Campaign: Keep an eye on the campaign to ensure it aligns with the agreed terms. Regular monitoring can also provide valuable insights into how your audience reacts to branded content, plus you can report to the brand. 
  5. Feedback and Adjust: Provide feedback to the brand on the campaign’s performance and suggest adjustments if necessary. This will help in refining the strategy and ensuring the content remains true to your brand identity.

The Benefits of Social Media Whitelisting 

The benefits of social media whitelisting are many:

  • Approximately 51% of marketers report that influencer marketing has helped them acquire better customers, highlighting the strategic value of influencers in reaching more aligned and engaged audiences​ (source: The Goat Agency)​.
  • TikTok influencers with fewer than 15,000 followers have an engagement rate of 17.96%, significantly higher than the average across other platforms​ (source: The Goat Agency)​.
  • 30% of marketers stating Instagram whitelisting offers the highest ROI compared to other social media platforms.​(source: Socially Powerful)​.

And besides acquiring better customers, higher engagement, and pinpoint targeting, social media whitelisting provides numerous benefits for creators as well.

Not only can you monetize content that you yourself pick, choose, and control—but can also help you foster positive relationships with brands, and grow your audience, and your portfolio.

Time to Whitelist!

And there you have it—a little peek behind the curtain of social media whitelisting. 

Whether you’re a brand reaching for the stars or an influencer rooted in authenticity, whitelisting can turbocharge your social media strategy. 

If you’re looking for some advice, or brands or creators to collaborate with, you can always reach out for free and we can set up a call to discuss your next move.

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