Breaking Into Product Reviews and Giveaways
Product reviews and giveaways have been an interest of mine for awhile; however, I never really did anything about it. I just kept thinking how nice it would be to do them. Recently, I started getting busy around this blog again and made up my mind to get serious about it.
I figure, I’m obsessed with giveaways already, I should be hosting my own! I want to review cool stuff! (Well, I have cool stuff that I bought that I can and will review too, but you know what I mean.) I talk too much to those around me about anything and everything baby related… I even have my sister-in-law thinking about trying cloth diapers! Wooo hoo! Oh and a former coworker who’s trying to conceive asked me to help with CDing when she gets that far.
I wasn’t even trying to convert these people.
But I digress.
What I want to talk about today is about breaking into the PR&G scene. Or, at least, how I’m breaking into it (ok, attempting to break into it. Stop nitpicking me already! :P)
At this point, I’m too much of a small fish to get much of anywhere by cold contacting companies and asking for review products. I definitely can’t sit here and wait for them to come to me. So where can I find a happy medium?
I have to start somewhere, even if I am low mommy on the blogger totem pole. I mean, you don’t build a house by starting with the roof, right?
Join up with places that help bring bloggers and businesses together. I’m sure it’s more efficient for many businesses this way – they let a few networks know what they are looking for and those networks can connect them with the appropriate bloggers. Voila!
I have been keeping an eye on what networks other bloggers belong to, especially if I frequent their site. I’ve bookmarked several networks and recently started to join a few. Some I’m not sure I feel comfortable joining yet because they seem to be expecting bigger numbers (followers, fans, visitors).
The first place I joined up with was the Blogger Outreach Directory managed by Little Yayas and Simply Stacie. I saw a post about it and signed up. I’m glad I did! I’ve gotten a few newsletters with opportunities and this connected me with my upcoming review and giveaway.
Over the past couple days I joined:
1 – Gig Coin (I completed a short survey sponsored by Gig Coin, earned $5, and was able to cash it out to PayPal right away)
2 – Tomoson (I applied for 2 review opportunities, waiting to here back)
3 – Mom Bloggers Club (I didn’t sign up for the programs part yet)
4 – My Blog Spark (Signed up and confirmed my email)
5 – Business 2 Blogger (Signed up and confirmed my email)
I don’t have much else to share about these yet, since I haven’t been with them long enough to formulate an opinion beyond initial impressions.
Have any of you worked with these networks? Do you work with different ones? What have you experienced – helpful or waste of time?— Image courtesy of zhurnaly @Flickr Tags: blogger outreach, blogspark, business to blogger, gigcoin, giveaways, little yayas, mommy blogger community, networking, networks, paypal, reviews, Simply Stacie, tomoson