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Tips For Working With Brands

By Nov 5, 2018 18 Comments

Working with brands is a great way to monetize your blog. As a new blogger, or someone who’s never worked with brands before, you might have some questions regarding working with brands. How do I know when I am ready? How large does my blog need to be? I’m new, will brands work with me?

With the right approach and attitude you can possibly land more partnerships, make more money, and position yourself as a brand ambassador. Let’s get started on how to spark collaborations with brands.

Working With Brands

Tips For Working With Brands

1. Create an Engaging Audience

Before you can begin partnering with brands, you will need to grow your blog to have some sort of audience. Yes, I am talking about numbers here, but not in the way you think. Your blog doesn’t need to be large in order to have an engaging audience. While having large numbers might help, these days most brands also look at engagement not just numbers.  Having an engaging audience means that people are leaving comments on your blog and/or your social media accounts.

Tip: It also helps if YOU are engaged on your social media pages and respond to your blog comments. Being engaged on your blog and social media helps create more engagement.

2. Create a Media Kit

A media kit is a document which shares everything a potential brand would need to know about your blog. They’re a quick and easy snapshot of what you and your blog are about. There are a few things I highly recommend including in your media kit:

  • An introduction of yourself
  • Information about your blog
  • Statistics including subscribers (newsletters and social media), your monthly page views and monthly unique visitors, and your blog’s demographics.
  • Your accomplishments
  • Your partnership options

If this information is all together in a media kit, you’ll be more prepared when it’s needed and it can save you lots of time.

3. Make A List

Once you have your media kit created, it’s time to make a list of the brands that you want to work with. Don’t just pick random companies that you love. Choose companies that you love AND that fit perfectly with your blog. When it comes time to write your sponsored post, you want it to fit well with the things that you normally write about on your blog.

Tip: All brands want exposure. Don’t always go for the obvious choice; national brands. There are plenty of smaller brands and companies that are willing to work with bloggers for exposure.

4. Your Pitch

Once you’ve made a list of brands you want to work with that fit your blog, it’s time to reach out to the companies. Companies receive many emails per day from bloggers wanting to partner up with them, so make sure your pitch stands out from the others.

What should you include in your email? Here are some tips:

  • Address the person by their actual name and not sir or madam
  • A short introduction about you and your blog
  • What you can do for them
  • Be honest – don’t inflate your numbers
  • Be professional
  • Include your media kit

By implementing all these techniques, I’ve been able to land some awesome opportunities I would have never imagined! I have a company that I work with multiple times per year, and our partnership all started from a pitch letter. Don’t be afraid to reach out and start that conversation.

5. Building a Relationship

Once you’ve secured a collaboration with a brand, you’ll want to build a relationship with that brand. It’s great to set yourself up for working with brands again and again.

Here are some tips on how to do that:

  • Stay engaged with the brand throughout your collaboration
  • Be on time with your work
  • Keep record of the results from your collaboration and send to the brand 1-2 weeks afterwards.
    Example: your click throughs on the sponsored post, how many comments the post received, how many people visited the post, how many giveaway entries, etc.…
  • Give Feedback
  • Follow the brand on social media and stay engaged

Do you have any questions about working with brands? I’d love to answer them for you in the comments!

About Laura Gelnett

Laura resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and their 3 daughters. Laura is addicted to social media, online window shopping and all things mint flavored. She’s also a Pretty Little Liars addict and will probably need therapy when the series ends. Laura was a home business owner for over 7 years and left that income to become a full time blogger. She shares her tips on how she did it over at her blog, Laura Gelnett. She also blogs over at The Mom Who…, where she also talks about parenthood, recipes, DIY, blogging tips, saving money and more. Connect with Laura on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

18 Comments

  • Mary Brice says:

    I started blogging because of you. You are such a inspiration for me just like a Brand.

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  • Stacey says:

    Thanks for this very useful info! I have a question – I do respond to all blog comments when I’m able to find the writer’s email. The responses do not show on my blog though. Do you think that’s necessary? My goal has always been to be conversational the blog…that’s the fun of it! 🙂

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    • WPVILLA says:

      Hey Laura,

      We started reaching out to Brands few weeks back but didn’t get a positive response. Now I must say we should focus on these practical tips.

      Thanks a lot for the valuable post..Will definitely try to Implement these in the best possible manner.