23 January 2016

Blogging Tips: Part 2 - How To Work With Brands

I love how so many amazing people on Twitter can become an inspiration source. The muse for Blogging Tips: Part 1 - How To Get Noticed By Brands and today's Part 2 - How To Work With Brands came to me after reading a message. One lovely blogger sent me a DM and asked if I got an email from so-and-so company because "it looks like everyone else did". I told her that I had been contacted by them but not planning to go any further. While there are many ways we can collaborate with businesses and brands, every blogger needs to establish for themselves what route they are willing to take. While one can "make" you, the other one might "break" you. Some might say there's no right or wrong in the ever-changing blogosphere as it's evolving non-stop. Others might reminisce about the "good ol' times" of blogging. Nevertheless, bloggers today (either one wants it or not) are influencers and our voice matters. Working with brands is almost an essential part of showing that voice - in the most honest and genuine way - with the aim to display your expertise, improve your knowledge and skills, share and help. In my last week's post here I attempted to remind us all why you started blogging and how to go down the road of getting noticed with the right motivation behind it. Next move is to learn how to work with brands and businesses in order to help you to represent YOUR brand better and to be a respectful and trust-worthy professional.


We all have heard the old story about a rude and unprofessional blogger on one side and not the most polite and arrogant PR Coordinator on the other. You wouldn't want to be in either camp or receiving end. Without making any excuses (age, status, popularity, self-confidence or the lack of it and million others), remember that any outreach has to be personal, approached with respect and appreciation.  

We are insanely busy. Period. Even if you're a (very lucky) full-time blogger, you still have other commitments. So far I have personally connected only with one lovely lady who could call blogging her main and only job. No matter what age you are, whether you go to school or uni, work full-time or if you're a wife and/or a mother, there are gazillions other responsibilities on top of that which you probably have to take care of. But! Not only your email has to sound professional (I mentioned it here in Tip #4) but also you need to check it. Daily. Sometimes it's not easy to get back to everyone right away. It's OK to take a bit of time to think an offer over, browse the suggested website, check out the products and evaluate. Make sure your email is included in your contact form and is a part of your Twitter/Instagram/Facebook profile. If no one is reaching out, take the first step and present yourself to the PR world. Next couple of tips will help you to do it in the best way possible.


Before I even start gushing over building your media kit, let's go back to the basics. How do you start or finish an email? Is it formal or informal? The writing style you are using and the words you choose DO matter. Before you address the brand, it's good to do some research. Find out the name of the person you're contacting (if possible) or brush up your knowledge about the company. Look up online how to write formal letters - it should help you get started. Now, as for the media kit, if you don't have one, make sure to start creating it right after you finish reading this post. Media kit is able speak volumes when it comes to brand/blogger cooperation. It should include: 1) brief intro about you and your blog, 2) your social media icons and updated following, 3) blog reach stats such as Monthly Page Views, Monthly Unique and Return Visitors, Average Bounce Rate (Google Analytics is your bestie), 4) previous collaborations and links to those posts, 5) your contacts (blog URL, email, other social media channel links and 6) price list for the services your blog offers (optional). I personally wouldn't include prices but I know some bloggers prefer to get that across right off the bat. Important tip: if you are a new blogger, try to include the stats that will be able to show your progress and represent you positively. Instead of Monthly Unique Visitors you might want to highlight how your Instagram or Twitter following has boomed.


This is probably one of the key tips when you are contacted or when you approach the brand / company / business. No matter how "big" a blogger might be, it doesn't give them the moral right to be rude, ignorant or greedy. Even if you are just starting out on your blogging journey and get contacted by someone about writing a review on a completely irrelevant product - think before hitting 'reply'. No one cancelled respect in 2016.  Always stick to three "P"s: politeness, professionalism and positivity. Not every email you get might be written in a personalized and attractive manner. Sometimes you might even get a sharp response to your email. Or dead silence on the other end. Remain polite: under no circumstances talk about how great you are and how you are to be treated as a queen. It's an exaggeration but you get an idea. Be professional: don't start an argument or push your point too far. You're a businesswoman and the author behind your blog - save face. Stay positive: it's intertwined with politeness - even if there's a "no" on their behalf or something doesn't work for you, make sure to continue with positivity and good attitude. Worst case scenario: if someone is being awfully disrespectful to you, reply briefly but make sure your reputation is immovable.

Either you are getting back to the brand or taking courage to contact them for the first time, writing a brief "cover letter" of an email and attaching your media kit is not enough. But here comes the fun part - IDEAS. That's when those numbers (stats and followers) can easily be overpowered. Your high-quality content and your fresh out-of-the-box ideas get their chance to shine. What is it that attracts you to this particular company? Do you use / Have you ever used their products or services? Are you passionate about the brand? Express your genuine interest and suggest a few fun ideas that still work in sync with your blog.


Now we get to that "make it or break it" point. Keeping it professional, what do you reply to a collaboration offer? While it might sound like a no-brainer, you need to be careful who you agree to work with. As much as it is oh-so-tempting to say yes to a sponsored post, ask yourself these questions: 
1) Does this product interest me?/Have I tried it?/Am I excited about it?/Do I trust it or believe in it?
2) Does this product agree with my blog?/Is it relevant?/Does it represent my blog well?
3) Would this product interest my readers?/Is it something they could relate to or enjoy?
If you answer "YES" to each of these, then go ahead and agree to that offer. If you are in doubt or you know it won't "look good" (aka fake advertising) and you are only doing it for the money, then it might be better to pass. In a case with a sponsored post you lose those few $ now but you don't bring your blog's reputation down. The story is different with the unpaid product reviews: you get a product you know you will love or you take a risk testing out something new. The positive side of it is that you get to share your genuine opinion which would be extremely helpful to others. As for the wishlist, I would only do the one I actually believe in. Avoid false advertising at all cost. Being money-hungry or hunting after freebies won't get any blogger very far. Brands wouldn't want to deal with that kind of person. Followers will be able to tell the difference between a " so you" post and phony promotion. Stick to what you FEEL and KNOW would be ultimately right to do for your blog, its progress and future.

I hope you enjoyed Part 2 as much as Part 1 and that it was helpful in your blogging journey.
Even if you think you got this, it's still a great reminder to "filter" everything that comes your way.
At the end of the day, the right choices ultimately get us closer and closer to our dreams :)

P.S. 
The main aim behind writing these kind of posts is to take us all (newbies and experienced one) back to where it all started, the core reason why you joined the blogosphere - your blog and your voice.
We are the influencers.
On a small or a large scale.
Therefore, I hope I could help us all (especially those new to blogging)
to avoid most common (and often underestimated) traps and mistakes,
to learn the basics of how to connect with brands while being respectful and polite 
and to represent the worldwide blogging community in a good light.
Your voice matters.
<3
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Leave a comment and let me know what you think about these tips.
What is your personal approach when you deal with brands?
Do you often have to turn down a collab offer?
Please share your own tips on how you work with brands.
Happy weekend, loves!
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  1. Another great post, Nadia dear. You've definitely right with your words. Thanks for sharing this with us.
    Have a good weekend. :)

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and your fab feedback, lovely lady :) Hope your week is going great!
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  2. Another great and super helpful post! Your series comes just at the right time for me - I was lucky enough to be contacted by a brand that is a perfect for my blog (as in something I would write anyway). But it's so me new to me and I want it to work out, so reading posts like this makes it easier for me to know what to expect and how to communicate with the brand.
    Hope you're having a lovely weekend Nadia x

    - Anne | annesmiles

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    1. Thank you, Anne :) That is great news a brand got in touch with you and that the potential collaboration suits your blog. I hope I was able to help out a bit ;)
      Hope you're having a great week, hon!
      xox

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  3. Помню своё первое сотрудничество)) Это было волнительно и интересно:) Мне попались отличные ребята. Рr-менеджер была приятна в общении, посылку отправили курьером:) Я была на седьмом небе от счастья)))

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    1. Как приятно читать о таком замечательном первом опыте сотрудничества с компанией!)) Надеюсь, все остальные коллабы тоже были на уровне, солнышко! ;)
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  4. These are super helpful tips! I also did a similiar post except mine was simply my own experience of what I do and how I do it. I love your professionalism tip, but I would say that some brands nowadays just like a simple tweet or comment on their Instagrams. Sometimes I come off too "robotic" when I send all of my info via email so formally, so I'd say interacting beforehand on social is a good call! xx adaatude.com

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    1. Thanks for a lovely comment and your tip, girl :) It does make sense and I have done it informally before. But then again, I get a DM asking to email them with all the info they require. I guess it might depend on the brand. Thanks for pointing it out though ;)
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  5. Hey Nadia, I just found you and I love your blog. This blog post was so helpful and your blog is general is so amazing. Keep going, girl! xx

    http://critic-corner.com/

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    1. Thank you, Shivani! So lovely of you to stop by. So glad you love my blog, girlie. Make sure to stay tuned and come back for the upcoming posts ;)
      xox

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  6. I dont email many PR people haha but your 3 P's are so helpful. Definitely something to think about next time, it's always so awkward when you first start sending those emails, so this helped so much!! Thank you XX

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    1. So glad I could help, Sophie. It's not easy to know how to correctly approach a certain business. Some prefer an informal tweet and some need that formal email with all the stats and ideas. It also depends what you are personally comfortable doing. I'd say stay yourself in all aspects of brand/blogger collaboration :)
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  7. I found this so helfpful Nadia thank you so much for sharing! I have absolutely no idea about any of this kind of stuff but I would certainly love the opportunity to work with brands I love in the future, so it's extremely beneficial to get an idea of what to expect and how to approach it all. Katie xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Katie. I am glad you found this useful :) Sometimes many new bloggers make the mistake of choosing the wrong "strategy" when it comes to brand/blogger collaboration but I guess it's simply a learning process. It's always great to get tips from others, I think. Sharing and supporting one another is important.
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  8. These are such helpful tips to keep in mind when working with brands! I've been contacted by a few brands (that I usually respond no to considering they're just looking for cheap, false advertising) but I've haven't thought of pitching ideas to brands yet! And you've reminded me to get started working on my media kit. I have a template, but nothing actually written. These are great posts Nadia, I really do like your blogging tips!

    Sam | http://mybeautycloud.com

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    1. I am glad I could help with a few new things you could try, Sam :) Let me know in the future how it works out. Hope you get working on your media kit template. It is a useful file to have on hand. Thanks so much for such great feedback on blogging-related posts, hon.
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  9. I haven't contacted any brands yet myself but this post is very helpful on how to do so! Thanks for sharing your tips :)

    Lee - leethrifts.blogspot.com

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    1. So glad you found these tips handy, Lee. I hope whenever you contact a brand or if a brand contacts you, now you will know exactly how to approach them depending on what kind of collaboration is expected on both sides :)
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  10. Another great post hun! Had me captivated all the way through! Love your 3 "p"s rule I completely agree. I also agree that you shouldn't really agree to work with a company if you have zero interest in their products and just after the freebie. You've got to "want to try" something or really like it to be able to write an honest post. I've had a company in the past contact me regarding clothing; offered me 40% off a piece of their clothing to review. Politely turned them down for two reasons: 1) I was unable to find something on their site I "fell in love with, or needed to have" and 2) was simply because I wasn't prepared to spend money (discount or not) on something I didn't have that much interest in. That and the fact I didn't feel passionate about writing a post about it!

    Love Hannah xx

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    1. Huge thanks for your kindness and support, Hannah ;) Glad you liked this post honey and enjoyed my tips, including the 3P rule (I came up with that spontaneously but thought it applied perfectly to what I believe). I had a very similar offer to the one you mentioned you had got. I didn't like a single thing and even though it's a lovely offer on their behalf, I couldn't proceed with that collab. There were so many other instances but I couldn't list or name them all (mostly sue to the fact that I wouldn't want to shame anyone). I absolutely agree with you - writing about something you're passionate about IS the key :)
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  11. This was such a useful post Nadia! I totally agree that you should only work with brands if they fit your niche and would be genuinely interesting to your readers! I have stumbled across some blogs that are literally just a plethora of non-related sponsored posts and it is a huuge turn off!

    As for the media kit, I had never thought of putting links to previous collabs in, but this is such a great idea! I shall add it now :)

    Thanks so much for this post- it was really helpful!

    Rachel xx
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    1. Thank you for your lovely feedback, Rach. I completely agree with you that a blogger should define what they actually love and what brands would be "relatable" and then go ahead with collaborations. Sponsored posts or product reviews can be incredible to read if there's a personal connection to the blogger that I can detect (I hope you know what I mean). It all has to relate though.
      Glad you found these tips helpful, hon. I'm sure your media kit is looking lovely! ;)
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  12. This is a really awesome post (especially for beginners) I personally have not started a media kit (my bad!) but thank you so much for highlighting it's importance. Once I get time I'll definitely have to start on that.
    You've done an amazing job laying it out so simply and I love your style of writing!

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

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    1. Thank you so much, sweetie. I agree, this post applies perfectly to beginners and could also be a great reminder to those of us who have been around for a while. I am sure such knowledge does come with time and by making mistakes or learning from others not to make them :) The point is to filter what we do, be polite and keep working ;)
      Girlie, hope you find time to get that media kit sorted. But then again, there are other ways to get your stats and info across and if they work for you better, that is perfectly fine. I always love to look for new ways to do things :D
      Thanks so much for your feedback, hon. I really appreciate it! <3
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  13. I love the media kit part as it's something I'm seeing more and more advanced bloggers are talking about. Thanks loads for the tips. They really helped!

    Heba xx || The Heba

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    1. Thanks for a sweet comment, Heba. Media kit is an essential part of our "spreadsheet collection" as bloggers :) There are, however, other ways to present your stats and info and every bloggers is unique in that sense which makes it even more fun ;)
      Glad you found this post helpful!
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  14. Such a good and informative post. I only work with brands that are relevant to my blog. I only want to provide 100% truthful content for my readers, so I will turn down a lot of brands simply because they have nothing to do with my blog. Recently I have been contacted by hair extentions company and had to say 'no' to them, because my blog is lifestyle related. Also, I once was contacted by this very rude lady from a brand that wanted me to do a post about their brand. I am not going to promote a brand that treats me poorly and gives me phrases like "what you don't understand?! I already explained you" :/

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. I couldn't agree more with you on the importance of working with brands that are relevant to your blog, hon. You had some very unfortunate experience with that rude lady and it's better to reply politely that you are not able to proceed with the offer and forget about that instance for good. Ironically, as for the hair extensions, that is going to be my next post!! Fortunately enough, this is 100% relevant to my blog and this is something I LOVE, therefore, happy to share my impressions from such a collab :)
      Hope your upcoming contacts with companies will be very successful and interesting for you, Leta <3
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  15. Интересный пост)

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  16. This is definitely helpful especially to bloggers,
    We encounter so much of this and we need to handle it very well.

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

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    1. Thanks lovely, I agree with you. This is the kind of knowledge we all need and, therefore, it's great to be prepared ;) Thanks so much hon <3
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  17. I haven't worked with many brands so far, mostly because I am not interested in monetizing my blog just for the sake of money. I secretly laugh when I sit on my laptop and my bloglovin feed is suddenly flooded with wish lists from a shop I turned down a few weeks ago. You can really see the amount of eMail they write in order to get some covering on blogs.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. I completely understand and support your standpoint, Anne. I wouldn't work with brands for the sake of making something. I do, however, find cooperation with brands, which I am passionate about, absolutely fascinating! Plus, it's always great to share a great product if you genuinely believe in it.
      As for the mass-advertising, well someone has to do it and will do it (even if they couldn't care less about the brand or the product) but that is why we need similar posts to help us make the right decisions. At the end of the day, it's all up to that particular person and their goals for their blog.
      Thanks for pitching in, hon :)
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  18. This is such a great post, hun! You have great points, especially the last one! I got connected by many companies who want me to promote their prom/wedding dresses, which I had no interest on doing. I don't want to write a post just to get some money or a product that I am not interested in. Also I know that my readers won't be interested in, so even though earning money might be appealing, if it is not related to my blog, it will always be "nay"! xx

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    1. Thank you very much, sweetie. I had to leave "best" for last ;) The power of a "no" is underestimated. Earning money is an appealing prospect but ultimately, you're right - if you have no faith in the product and your post will be "pushed", anyone would be able to tell something's not quite right. That's why you're right - if it's not related to what you blog about, then it's a no-go. However, we can't judge so what can be one man's trash can easily be another man's treasure.
      Thanks for your lovely comment, sweetie <3
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  19. These are helpful tips! I've only been blogging about a month so probably wouldn't get approached anytime soon but I'l keep this in mind! x

    Shelise | SHELISES WORLD

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    1. Welcome to the blogging world, girl. That's why there are (or should be) posts like this. My goal is to help in any way I can. Oh, you never know, Shelise. Sometimes a new blogger can easily become an "easy target" and can be taken in a quite "different" direction. But it's good to be educated and ready. The main thing is you make your own decisions about your blog, hon. Stick to that ;)
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  20. 'Polite, professional and positive' are all great things to keep in mind :) I agree it's a good idea to make a media kit too - and as soon as possible! I find the bigger collaborations I've been a part of have all started with the request of receiving a copy of my media kit. A very well written post, Nadia :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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    1. Thanks so much, my sweet Gabrielle. Couldn't agree more about the importance of being those three Ps :) I have really enjoyed every collab you did, hon. You are a great decision maker ;) Thank you for such a sweet comment, really glad you enjoyed my writing style.
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  21. I love these tips! I am just starting out and need to work on my Media kit next. I have actually lucked out and got a couple of responses from brands that I like, just from emailing them! So I think if you are professional and honest, you can get responses, even when you may not have a large number of page views.

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    1. Well done, Mary! That's the first step and if you're professional and polite and know what you can offer, go for it. I agree that there are incredible brands out there that may overlook numbers but see the quality and passion <3
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  22. I totally love this new post! It was a pleasure to check your blog now. Nice theme and design, btw!
    You can help me checking this link
    My blog here
    Kisses! ❤❤❤

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    1. Thank you so much, girlie. It's great to have you back here ;)
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  23. I work for a social media agency who often connect bloggers with brands for projects - found this super insightful and helpful!
    Lucy x

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    1. Thanks, Lucy. I am sure it's an interesting but challenging job. It can be a bit of a struggle to find the right person and pitch them to the right brand. I am glad your found this post interesting. I think both sides (blogger & PR/social media agency/brand) have to have that professional and individual approach with respect and keeping in mind that numbers sometimes don't mean a good quality work. It all really depends on each particular case :) Glad your stopped by & thanks so much for a great comment, Lucy!
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  24. Such a helpful post - thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank YOU, Sarah ;) Glad you found it helpful and welcome to Miel and Mint, girlie <3
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  25. I've just discovered your blog, and this post is so helpful for all the newbies, like me!! Thanks so much for sharing - can't wait to see more from you xx

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    1. Thank you, Frances. My goal was to help new bloggers to make those important decisions easier. I am glad you found it useful and definitely stay tuned for more, girlie.
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  26. Nice tips Nadia! You are really expert. I'm really happy to read your blog! Kisses from Italy and thank you for your visit,
    Eni

    Eniwhere Fashion
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    1. Aww thank you, Eni <3 I am always glad to see you here and thanks so much for your feedback, hon. Muaaaah!
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  27. Привет, солнышко))
    ой, бывают очень странные, порой даже курьезные предложения от пиарщиков))) К сожалению, в Украине пока не так развито качественное сотрудничество с блогерами, а жаль)) мне кажется, для бренда это отличная реклама, к тому же не такая дорогостоящая как, например, в глянце))
    Надюш, приятной тебе недели и отличного настроения!

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    1. Это действительно намного эффективней рекламы в глянце, за которую некоторые бренды платят сумашедшие деньги. Мой муж работает на фирме, которая является одним из лидеров на рынке подобных товаров в UK, но они активно ведут сотрудничество иммено с блоггерами! :) (молодчинки!) К сожалению, это не мой формат, а то бы уже давно был в ними коллаб ;)
      Надеюсь, у тебя отлично проходит неделя, солнышко. Я болею всю неделю, ничего не могла делать пару дней из-за высокой температуры. Надеюсь, выходные пройдут повеселее! :)
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  28. These are great tips Nadia! I personally haven't reached out to any brands yet, but I definitely want to eventually start. I know I want to start working on a media kit very soon after I do some more research, etc. I'm definitely going to refer back to this post when I start writing my media kit.

    Thanks for sharing such a detailed, informative post!

    www.wunderbliss.com

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    1. Thank you for a great comment, sweetie! You have so much potential and I love your posts along with your gorgeous and inspiring style! I am happy to be of help with my tips, hon. Hope you had a lovely weekend & will enjoy your week!
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  29. You know, I've never even thought about creating a Media Kit! This post was incredibly well written and helpful Nadia - going to swat up on part one which I somehow missed!

    Musings & More

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    1. Thank you, Emily! Really glad you found it helpful. I tried to put together tips which I thought would benefit me greatly when I didn't know what I was doing. Hope you enjoyed Part 1 as well and will get to work on your media kit now too ;)
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  30. Great post Nadia, all very god points to keep in mind. I think as well it all depends on what you want from your blog too as to what choices you make. Have a great week. Gemma xxx
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    1. That is a very accurate statement, hon. Deciding what you want from your blog and what direction you want it to go is important. I really like the collaborations you've done on your blog - all carefully chosen and all nicely presented <3
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  31. Интересный пост, Надя! Спасибо, что поделилась!

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    1. Спасибо, что прочитала, солнце))) Очень рада, что понравился пост <3
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  32. This is so helpful! This is something that I have wondered about and want to try so this was perfect timing! I definitely need to get a media kit together!!

    Shannon Sage

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    1. That's so great to hear this post came at the right time for you, girlie. This is the topic that is so underexplored and I am sure there are still a lot of things we can learn along the way. I am glad to share the tips which work for me ;)
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  33. Helpful post dear. Since everyone is different I have found sometimes certain brands that others pals work with is not for me, so it's good to have your own personal approach. I agree with your points.x Happy Monday.
    Style Files

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    1. I couldn't agree more, hon. Some brands just associate with a certain blog so much more than others, and it's perfectly fine. There are no two identical bloggers as well. And if there are, then it's a bit of an issue. Everyone needs to stay true to themselves and be unique :)
      Have a great week!!
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  34. Thanks for the helpful tips! I've never had contact with a brand to work with so far - I'm only a beginner - and I must say I find it quite difficult to find brands/companies who want to collaborate with someone in Norway. (most do UK/US etc) I tried making a mediakit a while ago but still struggling haha. Will try again soonish. :p

    Btw tonight I dreamed about that I was suddenly meeting you on a random place - where I didn't expect you to be, but you posted a pic on insta that you were there and so we met, LOL that was random ;D

    xx Ilse
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    1. Haha I love your dream, girlie. Hopefully we will meet very soon :)
      I can imagine a bit of a struggle if you're based in Norway but then again, don't let it stop you. I have a number of lovely blogger friends from Ukraine and even though there are ZERO PR contacts they have locally, brands from the UK contact them! So yeah, it all depends on your goals for your blog, hon.
      Have a super lovely week, sweets!
      xox

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  35. I've really enjoyed reading this and found it so helpful. I'm going to save it so I can spend my weekend making a media kit ! I like the idea of the thoughts shower because you need you know what you want to do with the company before you contact them :)

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

    http://myhappybubblexx.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Glad you found it helpful, Marianne. How's your media kit coming together, girlie? I think that pitching ideas is so important as it shows the company you are truly interested in presenting their product in the best way possible :)
      xox

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  36. Some more great tips! I think it's really important to be polite and professional too as you can't be there in person so it's good that your email shows that :)

    Velvet Blush

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  37. Thank you so much for sharing this post Nadia <3 I really enjoyed the first post in this series, and I was so excited when I saw that you put up Part 2 today! :D Working with brands is definitely a territory that takes a little more experience, but with time, we'll definitely get better at it! Thank you for sharing all of these great tips!

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

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  38. So true Nadia! Lovely post

    http://www.petalsofbeauty.com/

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  39. Oh my gooosh how useful is this post, seriously! As soon as I saw it I thought 'Ohh here's my bestie Nadia ready to teach me a ton of new things again!' haha! :D I hope you do more blogging tips posts, hun, because they are super useful! I don't have a media kit yet but I've been meaning to start working on one... For weeks... This weekend I'll deffo need to sit down and just get it done, because you are right, it is such a helpful little thing to have and makes you look so much more professional. :) <3 Also, I really like your very last tip. You are right, we are all influencers in some capacity, and I think that once you bring your reputation down by doing false advertising/promoting a brand you don't really believe in (and it usually really shows when bloggers do that, tbh), it's almost IMPOSSIBLE to re-build that reputation. It can be quite difficult to know which offers to go for, though, especially when you're new to the blogging world. I remember my very first blog collab offer I received - it was from one of those Chinese clothing companies. I got so excited! I thought 'Wow, someone noticed me!' and ALMOST went for it, but then I sat down, thought about it and realised that it wouldn't have been a good move. x

    Thanks for sharing another amazing post, hun, and apologies if my comment ended up a little long... Your posts are just so interesting and thought provoking and I always have too much to say, haha! Hope you're having a lovely week so far, love ya lots hun. x x x

    Kay
    http://www.shoesandglitter.com/

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  40. I'm really loving this series! some things I had never thought of, not going to lie the thought of working with brands is somewhat terrifying to me still! But really looking to grow my audience this year, so this has been a great help, thank you :)

    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

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  41. Love this. There are so many helpful tips that are helping me. I never thought about doing a price list in an email, very interesting!
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com

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  42. These are wonderful tips Nadia, this is such a great series and so well thought out and written! I hope you are having a wonderful week my gorgeous friend! XO -Kim

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  43. I LOVE you Nadia... "No one cancelled respect in 2016" right on the money! ;) Thank you so very much for writing these posts, very informative and appreciated!

    http://rainbow-roseblossom.blogspot.co.nz/

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  44. Such a helpful post for a new blogger like me! Thanks for sharing and I'm so happy I came across your blog! I can't wait to continue reading it in the future!

    http://imperfectlyrachel.blogspot.com/

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  45. Nadia I must say, you are the definition of #LIFEGOALS !!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us
    xxx
    http://itsjustwinnie.blogspot.co.uk/

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  46. Great tips! I've had my blog for over a year and a half and it's grown, but I feel like I don't have enough of a following or enough hits (as I'm looking through my own Google Analytics) to garner opportunities to work with brands. I would still like to try though. Should I try and contact the companies anyway? The brands I've been contacted for were usually to promote their software (like a 24 Hour Fall Guide for my hometown to promote the Eventbrite management software) but that was about it. Please let me know. Thanks!

    Hannah
    http://floraful.blogspot.com

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  47. This is such a grear article! I know it can be hard to get noticed and even harder to get noticed by the right companies. I like your idea about a media kit. I have never been asked fr any stats by any company I have worked with but that sounds like a great idea.

    Rebecca
    http://www.winnipegstyle.ca/Blog/default.cfm

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  48. This is such a helpful well written post, thank you!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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  49. Hon this is so good! Thanks for sharing these amazing tips! And you write so well I can't believe my eyes! Love love love it<3 Every blogger should read this!
    You're just the best my dearest Nadia! :)
    PS. Guess what I finally managed to do? You're little pressie is finally on it's way!! Hooray! Like, am I the slowest or the slowest person in this world? :D I'm sooo sorry about the delay with it, but also hope you enjoy it hihi <3
    Emma xxx

    www.wellemma.com

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  50. Thank you so much for writing this post babe! And thank you for commenting on my blog, otherwise I wouldn't have found yours yet! Your blog is so interesting, I wanna stay here and read everything, haha. I could really use some guidance regarding working with brands. I haven't collaborated much yet, but I'd love to soon! I'm clicking through all the links you provided in this post. I'm saving it all to my Pinterest board. ;)

    I'll be back soon hun! ♡

    Love, Layla Rosita

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  51. I cannot explain how helpful this was hun!! Thank you soo much for your tips and all the information. I just thank you because this was really helpful!! So much love for you beautiful <3
    Ramsha | Rose
    xxx

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  52. very useful post, i like it a lot.

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  53. Как бы я была рада увидеть подобный пост, когда только начинала вести блог.
    Отличный пост!

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  54. There must be something about attracting what you have on your mind. I was just thinking where to find some useful informations about this topic, when I discovered your blog and this post. It really gave me the answer to some questions. Thank you for sharing it.

    Daniela
    http://www.smellofjasmine.com/

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  55. Very useful and helpful tips! I haven't set up a media kit yet but that's definitely next on my list. I wanted to get my views and blog better and higher before starting. I definitely agree with answering e-mails in a timely manner but real life can catch up to you.
    Thank you for sharing!

    COFFEESLAG

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  56. Great Post Nadia! Very useful tips that I will for sure be using :)

    x Arwa | cremerose.blogspot.com

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  57. This post was so incredibly helpful!! I really appreciate the tips. This kind of information is hard to come by for new bloggers, but so valuable. I agree that it's important to only work with brands that you truly admire. Do you have any advice for how to say no to a collaboration without seeming rude?

    Morgan | www.monde-et-mode.com

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