FILIP ŠARIĆ ☓ FOUNDER OF POPULAR INSTAGRAM PAGE @MENSTYLECHANNEL TALKS BUSINESS

Filip Šarić is a 20 year old from Zaprešić, Croatia and the founder of popular balkan street style instagram page, Menstyle Channel. Flip first saw financial potential on instagram after opening @richclass_lifestyle with friend Jurica, a page that focuses on luxury and motivation. While family were reluctant to believe that money could be made from social media, particularly instagram, Filip continued to experiment with instagram pages, often buying and selling other already popular pages, declaring this as “easy money.

With @MensstyleChannel now the primary focus and increasing in popularity daily, Filip is looking to start a blog that will hopefully lift the street style game in Croatia and also be an informative portal for those looking for inspiration.

WE ASKED FILIP A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS BOOMING INSTAGRAM BUSINESS & ONLINE PRESENCE, HERE’S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY..

How did you get started on instagram with Menstyle Channel? (KAKO SI ODLUČIO ZAPOČETI SA INSTAGRAM RAČUNOM MENSTYLE CHANNEL?)

I started @MenstyleChannel intentionally because I always wanted to run page about style. 

 Otvorio sam @MenstyleChannelprofil za željom koja je postojala još od prije; voditi profil o modi i muškim stilovima.

How old is the page? (KADA SI OTVORIO PROFIL?)

The @MenstyleChannel page has being around for 5 months

@MenstyleChannel postoji nešto više od 5 mjeseci.

Do you actively look for content or does it come to you? (TRAŽIŠ LI AKTIVNO SADRŽAJ KOJI OBJAVLJUJEŠ ILI SADRŽAJ PRONAĐE TEBE?)

Yes, I actively look for content but I also get a lot of messages every day from other influencers, models, bloggers etc. me to repost their photo. But I can’t just do to that for everyone, I repost when I see that they put in an effort and really thought about the image such as styling and setting. I also enjoy meeting and talking to them about their ideas to help them build their pages.

Tražim sadržaj aktivno, ali svakodnevno dobivam poprilično veliki broj poruka od raznih influencera, modela, blogera i svih ostalih koji bi voljeli da se baš njihova fotografija pronađe na mom profile. Nažalost, ne mogu repostati baš svaku fotografiju jer imam određenu viziju kako profil treba izgledati, te biram fotografije na kojima se primjeti pažnja posvećena detaljima na stylingu ili okolini. Također, volim razgovarati sa svima koji me kontaktiraju kako bi im pomogao izgraditi još bolje privatne profile.

What do you look for in a photo to repost on your page? (KAKO TREBA IZGLEDATI FOTOGRAFIJA KOJU BI REPOSTAO NA SVOM PROFILU?)

 When I’m reposting, I look for good quality photos. These days we have a lot of people starting instagram pages and they just copy others but to really stand out,  you need to be yourself and post what you think is best.

Najprije, kvaliteta fotografije mora biti što bolja. Nažalost sve više fotografija je uslikano na istu foru i svi kopiraju jedni druge. Tražim osobe koje se ističu iz mase, te osobe koje su svoje i objavljuju svoj stil, a ne kopiran.

Do you get offered money by influencers in exchange for exposure? (DOBIVAŠ LI NOVČANE PONUDE U ZAMJENU ZA REPOST?)

 Yes I get a lot of offers for paid posts but I dont charge influncers yet, just  brands or products for now. I prefer to build a rapport with other bloggers and talk with them about Instagram and I’ll most likely  post them if I see that they trying to do their best.

Da, dobivam puno ponuda za plaćene objave, ali ne želim uzimati novac individualcima koji grade svoje profile, nego naplaćujem brandovima i proizvodima. Repostat ću svakoga tko se trudi i radi na sebi te svaku fotografiju koju pošalje napravi boljom od prethodne.

What types of strategies do you use for a wider reach? (KAKVIM SE STRATEGIJAMA SLUŽIŠ ZA VEĆI REACH NA OBJAVAMA?)

I now don’t have a lot of strategies because there are a lot of page owners on IG right now and Instagram is always changing their algorithm. I just post quality photos with simple caption, I tag 20 other instagramers/pages on pic and I use 29 hashtags about style/fashion on every photo.

Budući da Instagram konstantno mijenja algoritam, strategije se mijenjaju. Visoka kvaliteta fotografije + jednostavan opis + tagovi 20 ostalih stranica + 29 prikladnih hashtagova čine dovoljno velik reach na svaku objavljenu fotografiju.

Where do you see the page in 3 years? (GDJE VIDIŠ PROFIL ZA 3 GODINE?)

Three years is a lot of time but I believe that @MenstyleChannel can be the best page and blog about men’s style on in the Balkans.

Tri godine je dugačak period ali vjerujem da @MenstyleChannel može biti najbolja stranica i blog o muškoj modi i stilu na Balkanu.

What do you think about influencers spam botting and buying followers? (ŠTO MISLIŠ O SPAM BOTTINGU I KUPNJI FOLLOWERSA?)

I think that buying followers and likes is bad for your page and you can’t do much with that. I’ve seen a lot of bigger pages worldwide “killing” their engagement by doing that.

Smatram da kupovina followersa i lajkova može uvelike naštetiti profilu is a time ne možeš zapravo ništa. Bio sam svjedok velikih stranica koje su to napravile i doslovno su ubile sav dotadašnji engagement stranice tim potezom što nitko ne želi.

What does it take as an instagramer to stand out and succeed in the Balkans? (ŠTO TREBA NAPRAVITI DA BI USPJEO KAO INSTAGRAMER NA BALKANU?)

These days on IG you just need to be you and love what you post, people will notice that and that is the best way to stand out. You will get a lot of hate too but that is even bigger motivation for me to show them what I can do and will do #hatersgonnahate– I’ve  noticed there’s a lot of narrow minded people in Croatia but we are here to show that they are wrong.

Definitivno moraš biti svoj i voljeti ono što objavljuješ i reklamiraš. Ljudi polako primjećuju da je to najbolji način, a ne kopiranje. Također, hejtera će uvijek biti ali to svima treba biti još veća motivacija #hatersgonnahate. – Također, u Hrvatskoj još uvijek nema dovoljno hrabrih ljudi da budu drugačiji, ali zato smo tu mi da im pokažemo što sve možemo.

Which instagramers in the balkans do you believe are doing a great job with their instagram profiles? (TKO SU PO TEBI NAJBOLJI VLASNICI INSTAGRAM PROFILA NA BALKANU?)

The balkans is starting to have a lot of good instagramers but I will stay in “men style niche,” the following are doing a good job in my eyes: @thatkris@matkohud@joeykonyit,  @horvat_cagalj@stanestax. I’ve also added two girls….

Na Balkanu je sve više jako dobrih profila, ali kada bih izdvojio one koje najradije objavljujem na stranici to su: : @thatkris, @matkohud,  @joeykonyit, @horvat_cagalj, @stanestax ( dodao sam i 2 djevojke za koje smatram da imaju dosta dobar stil)

Any advice for aspiring influencers? (SAVJET ZA ONE KOJI ŽELE BITI INFLUENCERI?)

Like I said, just be yourself and post what you enjoy, people will like that and respond. On instagram these days we have too many influencers and bloggers but to stand out you need to do what you love, find yourself, be motivated and one last thing- believe in what you do and don’t let haters destory your dreams.

Budi svoj i objavljuj ono u čemu najviše uživaš, ljudi će to primjetiti i lajkati. Na instagramu je sve više influencera i blogera ali da bi se odvojio od mase moraš voljeti to što radiš, pronaći sebe, ostati motiviran bez obzira na hejtove kojima ne smiješ dopustiti da unište tvoje snove.

I like people who don’t need everyone to like them.

“Don’t be afraid of being different. Be afraid of being like everyone else.”

 Ne boj se biti drugačiji. Boji se biti baš kao i svi ostali.”

#liveyourlife #thinkbig – Great advice, bravo Filip! ❤️

 

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