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Instagram has announced newer ways for creators to make money through Instagram Live and IGTV in its commitment to support creators’ community given the uncertain circumstances many are facing today.

While it's also adding new digital 'badges' for IG Live, which will enable viewers to donate money to their favourite broadcasters, it will run advertisements in IGTV while sharing that revenue with creators for the first time.

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Apart from introducing these two new features, it is also trying to make it easier for creators to grow with shopping and branded content while having recently announced Live Shopping via Facebook Shops, which will let creators and brands tag products during their live videos. It has also expanded access to Brand Collabs Manager, which helps creators find potential brand partners.

In recent months, the platform has witnessed creators embracing its ‘Live’ feature in new ways, leading to a 70% increase in views from February to March. With badges, the platform feels that creators can generate income from the content they’re already creating.

During the Covid-19 crisis, as people continue to support their favourite creators in Live with comments, likes and donations, to give fans another way to participate and show their love, viewers can purchase badges during a live video.

“Badges will appear next to a person’s name throughout the live video. Fans who purchased badges in Live will stand out in the comments and unlock additional features, including placement on a creator's list of badge holders and access to a special heart. Badges will begin testing next month with a small group of creators and businesses. Over the coming months, it will expand across the US, Brazil, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Spain, and Mexico,” the platform explained.

Starting next week, ads in IGTV will also be introduced. The testing will begin with a small group of creators and advertisers in the US, and will expand slowly over time as it improves the experience.

IGTV ads will initially appear when people click to watch IGTV videos from previews in their feed. The video ads will be built for mobile and up to 15 seconds long.

It stated, “We’ll test various experiences within IGTV ads throughout the year — such as the ability to skip an ad — to make sure the final result works well for people, creators and advertisers.”

Both the updates from the platform’s end can be considered significant as it can make both IGTV and Instagram Live much more of a relevant consideration for big multiple broadcasters or celebrities. And as a lot of influencers and creators lose their sponsorships amid Covid-19, the update becomes more radical and apt.

Also, this might lead to more content flowing on the platform as influencers need newer ways and avenues for revenue. Thus, a perfect timing for the platform to capitalise on both the features.