We’ve all read or been told to wait until we have upwards of 1,000 page views per day before reaching out to a brand to review a product, right? If you’re like me, you’ve been busy doing your homework: researching on Pinterest, stalking other successful bloggers, eagerly searching for tips to monetize your blog. And like me, you’ve probably been a little disappointed that the big bloggers suggest waiting until you somehow manage to score 1,000 page views a day. Some may call that success, but not me.
Granted, I’m like you. I’m new to blogging. My blog went live January 1, 2016. I have 24 email subscribers, 342 Facebook likes, 251 Instagram followers, 169 followers on Twitter, and 154 Pinterest followers. If you’re new to social media, those aren’t exactly WOW-factor stats. Considering I grew these numbers in six weeks is awesome but still, they certainly don’t have that wow-factor that most bloggers tell you brands are looking for.
I’m expecting my second child in three weeks and my husband and I have been working tirelessly trying to get our almost three-year-old to sleep in his new big-boy-room. This has been an arduous task, to say the least, so I thought if I brought in something really cool and creative, maybe he’d be more willing to change rooms.
For Christmas last year, I purchased a toy from a company. You can read about that post here. My son loves it and the quality of the product is awesome! I went on the company website and found a product I know my son will equally LOVE! I was tempted to quickly purchase it, but instead, I sent an email to the company. I explained how much my son loved their toy and how much joy it brought him (and me). Then, against all odds, I made a pitch.
I explained that I was redoing my son’s room and asked if they’d like to partner with me. In the email, I explicitly stated what I would give the company in return for working with me (i.e. blog post, Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest updates). I never asked for the product and I didn’t ask to be compensated for my time. I just asked if they’d like to partner with me.
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— Debra Richardson (@the4bliss) February 16, 2016
And guess what? They responded within 24 hours AND they offered to provide a giveaway to my readers as well. How awesome is that?
If you want to know how I found an email for the company or what my email contained, then subscribe to my weekly newsletter (I don’t spam and I only send out newsletters once a week, I promise) and I’ll send you all you need to know to help you pitch your own request to partner with a company of your choice.