Social Nature raises $1M to promote natural products with influencer marketing

We write about a lot of influencer marketing companies at TechCrunch, but Social Naturehas a unique focus — natural products.

The company is announcing it has raised $1 million in seed funding from investors, including Shopify co-founder Scott Lake, the Pereira/Wharton family, the founders of Pomme Natural Markets and Simon Whitfield (the Olympic triathlete) and Brenda Irwin of Relentless Pursuit Partners.

Founder and CEO Annalea Krebs insisted that she doesn’t see Social Nature as limited to a specific niche.

“An entire generation wants better products,” Krebs said. “We are the platform for progressive brands who want to reach the millennial consumer.”

The Social Nature model works by connecting businesses such as Lightlife (plant-based meats), GoodBelly (probiotics) and Derma-e (skin care) with consumers who might be interested in trying their products. Those consumers can agree to receive free products and coupons, then they can post reviews on the Social Nature, which can then be shared via social media.

To be clear, Krebs said users aren’t paid for posting, and they aren’t required to leave positive reviews. The Social Nature team supposedly vets every product and its goal is to match people with things they’ll actually like, but, “We are not prompting them to say that they loved it. We’re asking them for their honest opinion.”

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