What is the best way to reach out to bloggers?
Knowing a little bit about what bloggers want from marketers and what is considered “blogger outreach etiquette” can greatly improve the success of your blogger outreach campaigns simply because your pitches will be considered instead of deleted right away.
In honor of the bloggers who provide invaluable word of mouth marketing for your brand, here is a list of things bloggers wished everyone knew before they pitched them.
Keeping up With A Blog is Tons of Work. Compensate!
There is a bit of a controversy about whether or not to pay bloggers and you can read about it in this post.
But, it seems that the consensus is that bloggers expect compensation for their brand mentions. It makes sense if you think about it. They’ve spent so much time curating and keeping the interest of their audience.
Not to mention the time it takes to craft a post…
Whether you have a budget and can offer a monetary amount for a post or your compensation is free product from your brand, be up front about how you plan to compensate a blogger if they decide to work with you.
If budget is an issue offer exclusive information or a guest post.
If you’re a GroupHigh user, you can see which post tactics (sponsored posts, guest posts, product reviews, etc) the bloggers actively participate in so you can know which bloggers to reach out to.
Bloggers want to be handpicked
Blogger outreach doesn’t work in bulk. Meaning don’t mass email a bunch of bloggers who you think are a “decent fit” with your campaign.
Find bloggers who have written about the niche your campaign falls in to. For example if I’m reaching out to bloggers to promote a line of organic yoga clothing, it would admittedly be tempting to reach out to bloggers who have simply written about yoga clothing. But, organic yoga clothing is more pricey so I’d have better luck with the both the response rates and the success of my post if I reach out to bloggers who have written specifically about organic yoga clothing in the past.
After you’ve handpicked your influential bloggers and compiled your list, make it apparent to the bloggers that they’ve been handpicked by crafting a personalized pitch to each one.
Press releases are black listed
Bloggers have declared a war on press releases and they wish everyone knew that you don’t sent a blogger a press release.
Have a clear plan
When crafting your outreach email, keep in mind that bloggers get a ton of pitches a day. So, make it short and sweet while being very upfront and specific with what you want from a campaign or relationship with them.
Give the blogger any time frame you are working with, your campaign goals and tactics, hyperlinks to information about your brand and what it is you want out of a post if they decide to take you up on your offer.
Personality is great
If your own inbox is one of those things that just can’t be kept under control then you probably understand the importance of a friendly email with a little bit of humor or personality.
While I’ve advised to keep your pitch short, sweet and to the point—I don’t want this to seem like the pitch should come across as formal or dry. Make your pitch sound human and conversational, it will stick out.
Do you have any tips you’d like to add about the best way to reach out to bloggers?