Whether you’re launching a book or introducing a new app, plan to spend time researching and pitching bloggers who do product reviews.
Cision has published its list of the Top 50 New Product Review Bloggers, a great starting point. Authors and publishers, add to this list three more bloggers who review books::
- The Compulsive Reader published by Magdalena Ball.
- MyShelf.com published by Brenda Weeaks.
- New Book Review published by Carolyn Howard Johnson, who suggests this list.
But don’t just click on the name of a blog and start pitching. Take the time to research the blogger.
1. Study the blog.
Read several posts to determine if the blog is a good fit with your product. You should be able to determine the blogger’s target market fairly quickly. Look for an “About” or “How to Pitch Me” or “Contact” page.
If you can’t find this, do a Google search. For example, I Googled “how to pitch the mommyhood chronicles“ which is Number 2 on Cision’s list. I found a very detailed page that explains her Product & Review Policy and her policy for offering giveaways. Skipping this step can cost you a review.
If the blog isn’t a good fit, move on.
2. As you’re reading the blog post, look for personal tidbits about the blogger.
Does she talk about her kids? Does she tell you the name of her dog? Does she mention where she went on vacation? Those are all valuable nuggets that you might be able to work into your pitch.
See my step-by-step instructions on How to find the name of a blogger’s dog, cat or kid in 60 seconds.
3. Write a short, succinct pitch that’s no longer than one screen of type.
Explain the product and the problem it solves. Don’t give all the details, only enough to see if the blogger is interested.
See an example and how Personal details in your pitch is your ticket to publicity.
4. If they’re interested, ship the product.
Don’t send ANYTHING unless you know they want it or you’ll be wasting time and money.
Email them to let them know when you have shipped the sample and ask them to let you know when they receive it.
Keep a detailed list of which bloggers you have pitched, and which ones you’ve shipped to.
5. If you don’t hear anything, follow up to see if they received the sample.
Things fall through the cracks on this end. That’s why I appreciate it when people follow up. But don’t follow up more than once.
6. Create a Google Alert for the name of your product.
Some bloggers who write reviews won’t necessarily take the time to send you the link. A Google alert will let you know who’s writing about you.
7. Thank the reviewer and share the link.
After the review is published, send a handwritten thank you note to the reviewer, even if it wasn’t a five-start review.
Also share the link to the review on the social media sites.
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