Yelp Elite Are Becoming Obsolete - When it comes to wielding real influence, Instagram is taking over — but much like Yelp reviewers, they are also facing major backlash


According to some professionals, focusing on Instagrammers is a much better investment for restaurants. In 2016, NYC restaurant Springbone Kitchen estimated that posts by Instagram influencers were responsible for five percent of its new customers each day, on average. A recent study shows that influencer marketing is the fastest-growing online method of acquiring new customers, beating out organic search (e.g. Googling something), paid search (the ads that show up in said Google results), and email marketing (the reason you’re constantly clicking “unsubscribe” links).

Jenna Ramirez, influencer marketing manager for PR firm Bread + Butter, says she doesn’t typically encourage her clients to host Yelp Elite events as part of their influencer marketing strategy unless the business owner suggests it themselves.


They had a good run!

Hmph. Between that article and watching the Fyre documentary on Netflix last night, I want to crawl in a hole.


A recent study shows that influencer marketing is the fastest-growing online method of acquiring new customers

And humans have the nerve to make fun of lemmings :thinking:

( When they’re they’re not too busy tossing real ones off cliffs to make kiddy movies, that is.:roll_eyes: Though upon further reflection, perhaps there’s an instructional metaphor in there somewhere…:grin:)


. The writer Ruby Tandoh — always comfortably unfussy with her cooking — recently extended this approach to her Instagram, posting slideshows of in-progress messes (garlic skins, emptied cans in the sink).

As Tandoh wrote on Instagram:

“there is an art to making a kitchen into a photography studio, and i havent mastered it nor do i have any intention of trying. however, i’ve turned a corner and realised that if i can’t make my cooking look cute, i might as well lean into the ugly and use that camera phone flash and be honest about this space that i cook in and the realities of using it and the truth of how things end up looking.”

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I also came across this article and was struck by how accurate the experiences they discussed were with my current experiences on Instagram. It’s really interesting to consider how more authentic photography or at least the aesthetic is becoming popularised as the platform shifts towards videos. Do you think this shift towards the messier aesthetic will last? Or is this just a phase?

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Hi Milly,

I think that the more casual look in food photography has legs. One of my favorite photographers is William Eggleston who took vivid pics of dishes in sinks and sloppy fridge freezers over 50 years ago.

With smartphone photography, decline of DSLRs, filters, styles have changed. Even Cartier-Bresson said that sharpness was a bourgeois concept. Personally I use mostly 5 or 10 MP pocket cameras and camcorders from 10 years ago without flash that fit in a coat pocket and they work for me.

From NPR 12 years ago.

A quick search for images using “William Eggleston food kitchen” might be interesting.