First Impression: Influenster

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Yes, this was made in Canva.

I asked my beautiful blogger friends on Twitter what sites/apps they use to get sponsored posts for their blog.  My friend Michelle (link goes to her blog) suggested Collabor8 and Influenster.  Since I have an Android phone, I can’t download Collabor8 (yet) so I went with Influenster.  I decided to help out others who are thinking about downloading said app, and take one for the team and dive in blind.  Here’s a somewhat play-by-play, except not really because I can’t remember everything that I did.  But here it goes:


What Is Influentser?

Influencer is a website and an app for iOS and Android that you can use to review, ask and answer questions about products.  Basically.  I know that’s a pretty lame description, but honestly, that’s what it is.


The Sign-Up

You can sign in with you other social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), but I like making new accounts.  So I just decided to skip that and start from scratch.

Of course, they need a lot of information.  Name, birthday, where you’re from, height and weight at birth…


Impact Score

Oh yeah, and of course, they want you to connect every social media account that you have.  No seriously, every one of them!  Here’s the list:

  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Tumblr
  • Foursquare
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Blogger
  • WordPress

Every account that you connect adds to your Impact Score.  An Impact Score is basically the number of people you impact.  If your number is high enough, you have a better chance at winning a VoxBox (a box of free items to review).


First Thing’s First:

Alright, so the first thing after signing up is to answer some questions, also called “snaps.”  Snaps are “surveys” that ask you what kind of products you use in each category. Some of the categories are:

  • Makeup
  • Shopping
  • Nails
  • Haircare
  • Home Care
  • Travel
  • Pets

I had 14 when I signed up.  You can hide the ones you don’t want to do.  I hid Alcohol & Liquor because I don’t drink.


A Deeper Look Into Snaps:

The first snap I did was Facial Skincare.  Can I be real with you?  It legit took me over an hour to go through the whole thing.

Let me give you an example of what it asks you:

“Have you used a night cream in the past twelve months?”

If so, then you chose the company(ies) that you’ve used.

Then it gives you a list of products from one of those companies.

You choose the product(s) that you’ve used.  If you can’t find the product, you can search for it.  OR, you can scan the bar code on the product (if you have it).

Then you give it a star rating, and then you give a review.

This goes on and on with multiple different questions (night cream, day cream, lotion, moisturizer, serum, etc.).

It’s kind of tedious if you have to keep looking for the products to make sure you pick the right one.  And, if you pick the wrong one, you have to review it anyway.  I tried hitting the back button but it just takes you to the main Snap page.  When you go back to the snap, it takes you to the review page.  Swiping doesn’t help either.  Of course, you can write the review, then go back and delete it, but again, that’s tedious.

That’s as far as I’ve gotten for now.  It’s pretty much the same thing on every snap.  I just clicked on Shopping and it gave me a list of retailers and asked me which of them do I shop at.  Here are some of the options:

  • JCPenny
  • Sephora Inside JCPenny
  • Ulta
  • Wal-Mart
  • Target
  • Best Buy
  • Dollar General

By the way, it asks you where you live, so the questions are geared toward what’s around you (somewhat).

One thing I like about this app is that you can ask questions about products.  You can also answer other peoples’ questions, which I’ve seen plenty of people do.


So, How Do I Get A VoxBox?

Well, like I said, you need a high impact score.  You also need to do lots of reviews (which I found to be easier than I thought, outside of snaps.  I love the fact that you can scan the bar code and the product pops right up in the app so you can click on it and write a review in no time flat).  You also need to ask and answer questions, and post pictures of products.  By doing these things regularly, you earn badges (which, as the app states, allows you to, “…gain cred towards being featured on Influenster”).  Basically, you need to be active, really.

If you click on the “Home” icon, you might see a “VoxBox Alert” at the top.  The one I found was for Coola’s Sunless Tan.  At the bottom of the article, it says, “Comment below for a chance to receive our next Coola VoxBox!”  So, I guess that’s another way to win?


My First Impression:

It took a while to get signed up, and to get started in general, but now that I’ve got the hang of it, I can see myself walking around my house, scanning bar codes and reviewing everything.  Like a grownup version of Pokemon Go.  I caught a jar of Crisco Coconut Oil!  I need to review it to level it up!

If you like to review things, I suggest downloading this app.  If you like finding out other peoples’ opinions about products you want to try, but don’t want to go on Amazon, YouTube, or Google, I suggest downloading this app.

Thank you for reading!  If you decide to download the app, or you already have it, leave me a comment and let me know what you think of it!  Have you gotten any free products or sponsored posts?  Let me and other readers know!

Thanks again, and I’ll talk to you next time!


12 thoughts on “First Impression: Influenster

  1. deannasstilwell says:

    I’ve heard a little bit about this, but I liked that you included your play by play. I like using other websites to get free things instead of trying to get a box sent to me which I’ll be writing about soon! Although if you had asked me 6 months ago, I probably would’ve downloaded influenster but I’m trying to use technology less unless it’s for relaxing. I hope you get a voxbox soon! I liked your tips though and if I decide to try it in the future I’ll come back to this blog 🙂

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  2. Alice V says:

    this sounds like a pain in the &$(%$)@!!!! Long story short, did you even get paid for any of those reviews?! Kind of sounds like a rip off way of getting free reviews for companies without paying you a dime or a voxbox….confusing and sounds kind of sucky.

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    • Sarah D'Anne says:

      Thanks for commenting! And no, you don’t get paid. And yes, it takes a while to go through the lists.

      I guess the more stuff you review, the better your chance at getting a box. Still, I haven’t gone back on it since, because I don’t really have the time to spend reviewing anything else.

      Thank you for reading!


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