According to Meta Blogs, Instagram has recently announced updates to its policies on affiliate marketing, a popular method of earning commissions by promoting other companies’ products. As part of these changes, Instagram is also renaming its “Branded Content Ads” to “Partnership Ads” to more accurately reflect the collaborative nature of these sponsored posts.

The aim of these updates is to ensure that influencers and creators are transparent with their audiences about any sponsored content they produce, as well as to provide clearer guidelines for brands and advertisers. Instagram’s evolving approach to affiliate marketing and sponsored content is aimed at promoting transparency and authenticity on the platform.

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As detailed in this new pop-up, Instagram will now allow marketers to promote more sorts of user content in the app, not only the posts that utilize the Paid Partnership label, with the new name change.

As per Instagram: “Advertisers can now boost more types of organic Instagram content as partnership ads, including branded content with the paid partnership label, Instagram Collab posts, @mentions, people tags, product tags, and other content without the paid partnership label.”

This move is set to create additional avenues for brands to generate revenue from user-generated content (UGC) and offer creators more chances to establish business collaborations. Furthermore, it expands the potential ad partners that can reach out to creators based on their posts.

The approval procedure for Partnership Ads stays the same; creators can enable the “Allow brand partner to boost” option, which will enable businesses to use their content for ads if they so desire. Brands will then be able to start the campaign process, and creators will be able to authorize particular collaborations on any content the brand has decided to use in a paid promotion.

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Using real-world experience and actual examples in Instagram posts can be an effective way to promote products and services, particularly as DIY content becomes more popular on the app.

You can read more about Instagram’s updated Partnership Ads process here.