While influencer marketing skyrockets in popularity, many marketers are left swimming in its murky waters, trying to figure out how to do blogger outreach, how to double up with engagement on social media, and how to track all of their efforts. Here’s how to combine blogger research, tracking, and social media engagement all at once.
I’ve seen the following scenario play out over and over again. Marketers make contact with a blogger who is seemingly enthusiastic about posting and working together. They send the blogger a free item but the blogger never posts. Where do you draw the line between being needy or pushy and following up tactfully to score an earned post?
According to a 2013 Technorati study, blogs are one of the most important online sources of purchase influence. In fact, they ranked third after retail and brand sites—well above online magazines and news sites.
There has been a lot of buzz around Microsoft’s blogger outreach fail and let’s face it, it could have happened to a number of different brands. Microsoft is just unfortunate in the fact that they are a big name and their fail got heavily promoted.
It’s my goal for everyone reading this post to never be called out publically on Twitter for composing a horrible pitch. The following “short stories” are stories I’ve gathered from both PR pros and bloggers telling me about their experiences with blogger outreach gone bad.
"Dear Socially Stephanie, I'm getting ready to open my new restaurant and I want to make sure that the opening gets a lot of buzz. Do you have any suggestions on how I can make a big splash with the locals and get the press excited to try my food? We have four weeks."
Though there is no industry standard on measuring blogger outreach, there are still many metrics at our fingertips that tell us whether or not our campaign was a flop or a success. And it all starts with defining a goal so we have something to measure.
Identifying important influencers before you start going through the slow, patience-requiring process of blogger relationship building is going to save you a lot of time. The last thing you want is watching all of that time spent commenting and re-sharing and looking for reciprocal action is not to pay out – your time is important, right?
I've long been an advocate of the power of blogging, but when you're posting three times a week — or even trying to muster up something original once a week — it can be hard to consistently create compelling content for your blog posts. We all have ‘off' days, times when the creative juices aren't...