Resort announces it won’t collaborate with ‘influencers’, suggests they find a job

A resort in Siargao recently made an announcement that it won’t collaborate with so-called ‘influencers’ and went as far as suggesting that they actually find a job! The post has gone viral, with many netizens actually taking the resort’s side in the issue.

Social media is really a big thing these days, what with most people having an account on at least one of the giants in the industry. It could not be denied that there are people who hold so much influence on their followers that whatever they post, many of their followers would believe and also want to do.

This culture gave rise to influencers, people who are often paid by companies or brands to promote something. Much like models, these influencers have photos taken at the resort, for example, or while using the product.

Brands and companies are often the ones who contact the celebrities they want to become endorsers, yet a lot of ‘influencers’ ask them for a ‘collaboration’ in exchange for something, a free stay at the resort, free entrance fees, free products, free food, etc.

White Banana Beach Club in Siargao has become so fed up with many ‘influencers’ asking them for a free stay or stuff that they recently posted an announcement that got a lot of netizens clapping their hands in amusement.

Resort announces it won’t collaborate with ‘influencers’
Photo credit: White Banana Beach Club / Facebook

“Help out there.

We are receiving many messages regarding collaborations with influencers, Instagram influencers.

We kindly would like to announce that White Banana is not interested to “collaborate” with self-proclaimed “influencers”.

And we would like to suggest to try another way to eat, drink, or sleep for free.

Or try to actually work.”

The post has received much attention on social media, with most netizens agreeing with the resort.

“Lol! Real ‘influencers’ don’t send email to ask for collaboration. Businesses ask them if they need them,” netizen Tanner Smith pointed out.

“Never were impressed with these freeloaders and I have my own mind, only sheeple follow these kind of people. Get a real job like the rest of us, 😆” Michelangelo Midel Miguel agreed.

But others felt that the resort had gone too far and could have made the announcement in a polite manner.

“Whoever is your Social Media Manager, sorry but there is a better way of stating your opinions. And that is not by shaming people or profession online. ;) so if there are people who wants to collaborate with you BUT NOT OPEN TO IT AT ALL, reply to their email or message instead,” Marjorie Liwag commented.

After the resort went viral, the resort issued a clarification.

“Good day everyone. Our post went viral. But we want to clarify that we are not against INFLUENCERS. Just against freeloaders.

A REAL influencer is called as such by the rest, he does not address him/herself as an influencer. They are bloggers. We have actually collaborated with a few of them, in different terms and conditions, and we support them.

There are real influencers, that in case we will contact them and pay or offer something. But look, they’ve never contacted us, as they don’t need us. We need them.”

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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