How Bloggers Develop and Maintain Relationships with Brands Part 1 of 3

Thursday, May 8, 2014

For bloggers, developing and maintaining relationships with brands is vital for success. Master these five techniques and get big brands in your corner.
She successfully works with brands and shares 5 techniques for developing and maintaining relationships with brands.

Over the last 12 months, I've been fortunate to have worked alongside a number of brands--from start ups to established businesses and all sizes in between.

Working with brands to endorse products is a fun and rewarding way to log: while providing my readers with heads up on new products or services, I also get firsthand use of these products or services ... and in some cases, I even get to keep them! 

And although keeping products is nice, it's not necessarily the best thing about working with brands. For me, when a brand approaches me, it proves that I'm doing my job as a blogger. I'm creating eye-catching, noteworthy content that people are taking notice of. Looking at it one step further, the types of companies and brand that approach me also reiterate that I've made it clear through my content and social media marketing what niche my blog fits into. 

Although I'm not an expert, I have worked with a fair share of brands, so I'm going to share with you five core techniques for attracting brands, developing a relationship with them and maintaining that relationship. To make this easy to digest and not overwhelming, we'll look at these three areas over the next three weeks. To kick things off, we'll begin with attracting brands. I hope that you find them helpful.

How Bloggers Develop and Maintain Relationships with Brands

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How to Attract Brands

  1. Be Consistent
    Because no one's required to pass a test before they can start a blog, anyone can have a blog. But a brand doesn't want just anyone to help spread the word about their products. They want someone trustworthy and someone who meets the specs of their target audience. Be consistent in your blogging; you don't have to blog every day, but you should stick to some type of loose schedule. Show that you're willing and that you'll constantly deliver so that brands know what to expect when they contact you. If you blog sporadically and your content is hit or miss, you might be less likely to be approached by brands.

  2. Be Relevant to your Niche
    You don't have to always blog about one thing (look at Anyonita Nibbles; it's primarily a food blog, but on Thursdays, I blog about blogging tips) but you should make sure that you stay relevant to your niche. If you're a food blogger then 90% of your content should be about food. Ninety percent of your ads should be related to food (when applicable). Consider how confusing it would be if you came to my blog and only found one food related post a week. Stay relevant.

  3. Speaking of relevance, I'm in a competition to win a trip to cook in Paris & I need your vote! Please could you take two seconds to go vote for me? I'd really appreciate it!

  4. Be an Authority
    Brands are authority figures on the products they produce. If you wanted statistical information about the number of burgers consumed in your country, who would you go to: McDonald's or the car manufacturers BMW? When looking for bloggers to work with, brands want to be sure they're looking at an authority on a given topic. You may not know everything about your blogging niche, but you'll know enough.

    Brands rely on blogs to gain access to potential audiences they may have been unable to reach. That in itself gives you an edge and makes you an authority in your niche. If you're getting the pageviews that attracts brands to your blog, you already know how to reach your readers; be confident in your ability to reach them. Be aware of the content you write and your position in search results as both of these help to determine your authority on a particular subject.

  5. Be Yourself
    The people behind a brand's PR team are just like any other reader. They'll resonate with someone who is consistent, warm and open. Think about your favorite blogs. Why do you read them? Most times, it's because you are able to gleam a true sense of the blogger(s) behind the blog. You know things about them; you understand them. You read their words and it's like you can hear them speaking to you. They have made themselves or a version of themselves known, accessible and relate-able. Those are qualities that everyone looks for in bloggers, whether they're general readers or PRs.

    And for the bloggers who choose to remain anonymous: you can still achieve that consistency, openness and warmth. Just find a voice and stay true to it. It doesn't matter if you're blogging behind a persona or using your actual name: consistency and relate-ability are key.

  6. Be Open
    If you want contact with businesses and brands, then you need to be sure that you make it clear in your marketing:
    ++ Be sure that you have a media kit (Here's mine! If you like what you see, contact me about hiring me to create one for you that reflects you and your blog.)
    ++ Be sure that you state on your media kit or your media page that you are welcome to being contacted by brands and companies.
    ++ Be sure that you mention on your social media tat you are welcome to being contacted by brands and companies.
    ++ Be sure to showcase any previous work you've done with companies as this is the best form of marketing and clearly shows what you're capable of and what companies can expect from you.

Do you work with brands? How did you start working with them? Did you contact them or did they contact you? 

Previous Posts on Working with Brands:
Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3

4 comments:

  1. Great post with lots of good info Anyonita! I voted for you to cook in Paris and you're right, it only took a couple of seconds. Hope you win!!!

    Heather
    MySweetMission.net

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  2. I love your blogging posts! They're so informational!

    Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week!

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  3. This is excellent - thanks for sharing. Pinned.

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  4. Thanks for the info, I'll be checking back on Thursdays from now on ! :)

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