Katie Barnes
Katie Barnes

Inside look: The power of nail creators & importance of crediting them

By Katie Barnes | 26 March 2024 | Expert Advice, Feature

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The nail industry is a dynamic and fast-growing industry, with creators and ambassadors playing a crucial role in shaping trends, showcasing products and inspiring millions of nail professionals worldwide.

These talented individuals invest their time, creativity and expertise to produce exceptional work, yet often their contributions go unnoticed and uncompensated.

Here, I highlight the power of creators and ambassadors in the industry and emphasise the importance of recognising and valuing their work.

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Creators and ambassadors are the driving force behind the thriving nail industry, using their artistic talents, technical skills and personal styles to captivate and engage audiences across various platforms. These creators are invaluable to brands, as user-generated content (UGC) is at the forefront of marketing trends. From designing unique nail creations to sharing expertise and product recommendations, these individuals have a significant impact on consumer choices and brand awareness, making the core of a nail brand’s business. Therefore, recognising and compensating creators for their valuable contributions is critical to creating a supportive and sustainable nail community.

Brands should acknowledge the time, effort and expertise invested in creating content and representing their products. This not only validates the creators’ work, but also ensures a mutually beneficial relationship that encourages creativity and positions the nail industry for long-term success.

Transparency is key when using user-generated content in brand promotions. Brands should strive to credit creators appropriately when they share or repost UGC on their social media pages or other platforms. By crediting the original creators, brands show respect for their work and create a positive environment that encourages creators to continue producing outstanding content. Moreover, respecting copyright laws and obtaining permission from creators to reprint their work, especially when using images for profit in commercial materials, is critical. This approach creates a culture of collaboration, fairness and recognition, promoting ethical business practices within the nail industry.

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Compensating creators for their work further promotes a fair work environment. This includes payment for each post or collaboration, as well as fair payment for presenting live events and moderating discussions. When we refer to compensation, we don’t mean a few free products or a reshare, we mean cold, hard cash that pays the bills! Products should be an addition if they are required to promote these, and creators shouldn’t be expected to pay for these themselves or receive payment in just products. By compensating creators for their contributions, brands demonstrate their commitment to valuing talent and expertise, establishing an environment that promotes creativity, innovation and growth.

Does exposure pay the bills? Learn more about this in a previous article, here.

The nail industry’s creators and ambassadors are the driving force behind its success. They deserve recognition and value for their work. Brands must recognise the importance of compensating creators for their valuable contributions, transparent credit, respecting copyright laws and creating a fair work environment. By embracing these practices, we can create a collaborative and thriving nail community that benefits everyone involved.

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