Why It’s Time to Sell your Selfies to These Apps
Some people are naturally born with a face that looks good from all angles. Their pictures look like curated images for display in a digital museum.
Remember that ridiculously photogenic guy? He became an instant celebrity for being so, well, ridiculously photogenic while doing a marathon. With his good looks, he became the face of memes circulating online. And yeah, he probably takes good selfies too. But okay, maybe not as good as the selfies of the famous Kardashian sisters.
It’s no secret now that celebrities are paid a huge sum of money for their perfect selfie posts captioned with the name of products they’re using, which they swear are so good you should try one.
In fact, there’s a whole new niche industry for social media management just to make sure we, the common folk, get our daily sneak peek into the life of a celebrity. And selfies are a part of this emerging lucrative industry. People pay for the perfect selfie look. And it’s no longer just celebrities who get paid for the shot. The ordinary guy, that’s either you or me, can make money now out of the photos we take.
Selling selfies is no different from doing stock photography. It’s been decades since people began supplying photographs for specific uses. People have been selling photos they took to microstock websites, which in turn charge customers micropayments for using those images. It’s a form of buy and sell, but now the focus is regular people doing regular things. So here are examples of companies that pay guys like us for our photos.
Submit Pics For Cash
This is a site that offers to pay people as much as $5 per snap as long as they submit their pictures. They will ask individuals to sign up and complete a legal contract they call a Model Release form before one can begin uploading photos.
The agreement permits Submit Pics for Cash to purchase and use the images for commercial purposes. The only rules they have for you is to submit photos that feature only yourself being natural without using the same facial expression, outfit, pose, or location in all the submitted photos.
They also prohibit people from submitting pictures of other individuals who have not signed their model release form nor do they allow people to submit copyrighted photographs or images that have a logo on them. Other than these ground rules, they encourage people to be creative with their shoot and to continue submitting heaps of images for public consumption.
This is another leading digital platform that buys photographs from people for them to sell to companies interested in consumers posing with their products or looking for something they can use in their next advertisement.
Scoopshot, established in Finland back in 2010, is generally crowdsourcing photographers to provide photographs or professional services that will cater to a client’s request. If the order is specific, Scoopshot photographers will send pictures that fit the order.
The fun thing about Scoopshot, and what makes it inviting for selfie-lovers, is they have daily contests like #selfiesundays. These photo and video challenges encourage people to submit photographs using the Scoopshot mobile app. Every image or video submission is advertised in their online store and once sold, the person who sent it will instantly receive $5 USD that is paid in his or her local currency, which means everyone around the globe may join in on the fun.
And since these contests require user-generated content, the Scoopshot community determines the daily winners through votes. One participant even won a whopping $1,000 for a selfie, paid by a cosmetic company. A fast food restaurant also gave away $20 for food-related selfies. It’s amazing how much we can earn for something we do on a daily basis, right?
Pay Your Selfie
The Pay Your Selfie makers directly describe their product as an app that will pay us cash for our selfies. This is another fun way to earn while taking selfies since the app is freely available for download on iOS and Android.
Similar to the two selfie buyers we mentioned, Pay Your Selfie is another platform that does stock photography. They basically provide consumer insights to their partner brands through the images they gathered.
Once you download the app and have it installed, all you have to do is tap the distinct red pig found in the corner to view the list of selfie offers currently available. Then select a selfie to check the full details. What makes this app, and earning through selfies even more enjoyable, are the tasks with sets of directions and varying difficulty levels.
After selecting a task, you take the selfie, smile, and just say “pork!” Completing a simple task will earn you around $0.20 to $1. Over time, your piggy bank balance will grow as you take more and more selfies. Upon reaching $20, you can choose to cash out, and the team will send you a check.
Last on our list, but surely not the least, is an app that thrives on and creates a shopping lifestyle for users. Stylinity encourages people to take “shop-able selfies” to which they’ll tag items, clothing brands, and other merchandise for other users to browse through.
When someone makes a purchase after checking the selfie, the brand that made a sale will reward the user with points they can redeem for either cash or merchandise.
Social content is relevant for Stylinity which works mainly by connecting bloggers, social media influencers, brands, and consumers.
For Stylinity, the digital and social media should be more than just getting likes. It’s also about making a particular lifestyle and fashion sense accessible to people living with the same vision and creating relations in the online community.
The Global Phenomenon that is Selfie
Distinguished digital marketing strategist and consultant, Jasmine Sandler, explains that sites like the ones we mentioned above are a popular tool nowadays given that change is driven by digital media and the internet on the way the world looks at modeling and advertising as a whole.
Anyone with access to the web and social media platforms, which basically is almost everyone, can now become a model, endorser, advertiser, and celebrity in his or her right.
Dr. Mariann Hardey, a Durham University lecturer, specializing in digital social networks explains that selfie revolutionizes the way we gather autobiographical information. She adds that taking selfies is creating an extension of ourselves. The way one constructs oneself is now changing as influenced by the way he or she creates the image of a selfie. It’s about capturing ourselves the best way we can and presenting that image to people for their consumption and to gain knowledge about the kind of life we’re living.
The selfie phenomenon is also on a different level from the self-portraits that have been around way back when since living in a digital era, we are taking advantage of quick and easy exchanges. It only takes a second to post and share something nowadays. Hence it becomes much easier for people to capture their day-to-day lives and what they are doing on an exact time of the day.
Today, we make connections online in an instant, and we thrive on a constant updating and remaking of ourselves. The selfie then has become a current and well-known way of sharing a piece of our lives with other people.
But then, there are some people who would say that selfies are only turning into the ultimate symbol of our narcissism. At one point, some people see selfies as something that encourages superficiality and creates unreasonable beauty standards. With all the rules for taking selfies, the constructed metrics for beauty the phenomenon perpetuates, and for encouraging the it-just-happened competition for the photo with the most number of likes and shares, it’s not hard to see why some think that selfies are nothing but a means to feed the ego.
Yet this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We are, after all, social beings. And whether we admit it or not we have been influenced to a certain degree by the need for self-affirmation and approval. We have been representing ourselves for thousands of years now since humans have learned how to draw. And selfie is just nothing more but another self-representation.
For reasons like we do not value the function of selfies or we just don’t like the way we look from that angle, or maybe we just don’t know how to take a good one, we can either hate selfies or just be neutral about it. What we cannot deny, however, is the fact that many of us are simply drawn to taking pictures of ourselves and sharing them with our friends and families or even to the general public.
For the people who enjoy sharing their images and would like to profit from something they love doing, then there are plenty of apps and sites available for this since brands and companies are always on the lookout for contributors willing to share their face with the whole wide world. There’s no denying the selfie game is turning into a flourishing industry all on its own. People can either ignore this or join in on the fun and start making money too.
December 7, 2016