How to Work with Brands as a Small Blogger

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Hey my loves! Sorry for my absence, again. I’m trying to focus on school, my mental health and my future career in graphic design – I’m sure you all understand! I’ve been blogging for 3 years now and I’ve learned that working with brands isn’t easy and getting them to notice you is even more difficult, however, I’ve also learned some ways to score those awesome opportunities and I’m going to share them with you today! If you’re interested, keep on reading 🙂

Join an Influencer Community/Site

I didn’t even know that these existed but they totally changed my blogging game when I found out about them! Brands are always looking for people to try out their products and to review them and joining these sites can up your chances of trying out new products.

Influenster is a site where you can answer quick surveys/snaps and review products for your chance at getting a VoxBox full of samples or full sized products, I personally haven’t gotten anything from Influenster but I do know quite a few people who have – so if you definitely keep up with it, I bet your chances would be better!

Brandbacker is the first influencer site I joined and it’s been one of my favorites. I’ve landed some campaigns through Brandbacker and I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to work with some of my favorite brands through their site! Campaigns randomly go up and close within a week. You apply to the campaign if you think you’d be a good fit then the brand chooses the influencers, if you’re chosen you’ll get the chance to use their product, review it on your social media channel of their choice (usually blog, but can be YouTube, etc) and just post your link to Brandbacker. It’s THAT easy!

• Some other sites that I’ve used in the past are the Dealspotr marketplace, ShoppingLinks, TheBloggerProgramme, and BloggersRequired. I’m sure that there are a ton more out there but these are the ones that I’ve personally used and I know they don’t have a number requirement to sign up like some do.

Become an Ambassador

One of the easiest ways to work with brands is by becoming a brand ambassador or brand rep. Usually, you can earn money by becoming an ambassador and making sales with your promo code. Some brands that I know that do this are Pura Vida bracelets and SandCloud, I’m sure there are more out there!

Pitch yourself!

I was definitely afraid to pitch myself to brands in the beginning, however, the worst thing that they can do is say no! Pitching yourself can be scary but can be worth it in the end. Check the FAQ pages of your favorite brands and see if they have a blogger inquiry tab, see what kind of info they want from you so you’re prepared when you send them an email about your inquiry. Some brands even have forms right on their websites to contact them about inquiries, but if you don’t see that – don’t be discouraged! Some brands don’t want to advertise that they are looking for bloggers/influencers to try out their products or maybe they want you to approach them about it. Send them a nice email explaining who you are, what you do, your blog and other social media sites and why you would like to work with them – it’s worth trying to get their attention! Some brands want influencers with huge numbers but I’ve found that isn’t always the case. It’s a good way to get noticed and get yourself out there. (If you’d like me to write an in-depth post of how to approach brands, leave me a comment saying so!)

I hope you enjoyed the post and that it helped you out if you were feeling a bit lost in the huge beauty/blogger community. Don’t get  discouraged seeing these huge influencers getting PR packages every day, that’s not what it’s about by any means but if you want the opportunity to work with brands  – I hope this post helped!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

 

 

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