Why you probably won't get verified on Instagram (Sorry!)
I recently had a conversation with a friend who was disappointed she didn’t get verified after applying in her IG settings (which is something IG rolled out last year). I wasn’t surprised-I’d applied for verification on Instagram before and gotten denied, even with 14K Followers!
What I’ve learned is that verification is really for the elite. Those with over 100k followers. A public figure on the radio or tv. Someone in the community that has a voice. But instagram won’t ever say that. Maybe if a celeb or large company has a smaller number than 100k but is newer to Instagram, or generally well known in life, it’s easier. You need connections to Instagram. Have a manager to pull strings. They’ve added the “illusion” that you can ask to be verified, but I find it’s only for those who have multiple accounts pretending to be them or at a certain follower & power level in the world of media & business. That’s just the honest truth. As a verified account you receive
-Longer time limit on IGTV videos
-Comments that are higher on accounts
& other perks.
They won’t hand verifications around like candy. It’s a privilege and something they want to award to those who are actively building a large audience. Just like the swipe up is for those with 10K followers or more. People who have proven they have something to say & aren’t just salesy and sending people to spam websites.
But I know of no one in the Twin Cities with a verified blue sticker that has under at least 15-20K.
Are there exceptions?? Yes I’m sure. Just don’t hold your breath for the approval to happen
But you can grow your instagram & get new business without the blue checkmark!
Jenna is the founder of Twin Cities Collective. She loves to help small business owners overcome the fears and struggles they have around social media marketing. She hosts the Twin Cities Collective Podcast weekly. Learn more about coaching services from TCC!