Reaching Canadian Consumers Through Niche Bloggers ©

Bloggers can gain an impressive, loyal following on the social Web through excellent content, communication, and trust built through fellowship and familiarity. Their value to brands is in their influence over consumer purchasing, often in a very specific niche.  A nod of approval from the right blogger can seriously increase sales, and having one as a brand advocate is invaluable.  Successful Canadian bloggers are that much more valuable because they’re rare and often come with an impressive Canadian following.

Bloggers can have a significant impact on the success or failure of your products in this country and beyond.  The benefits of appearing on a blog include actual or perceived endorsement, traffic directly from the blog post, and social media mentions.  Working with bloggers is a remarkably cost effective way to reach your target market bullseye.  Some big brands are even bringing their advocate bloggers into their TV commercials because their opinion is so trusted and valued by consumers.

Managing several blogs (both Canadian and international) has placed me on both the marketing and publishing side of blogging.  I receive inquiries from companies every day and I have established relationships with other blogs for marketing purposes.  Building relationships comes easily to me but that doesn’t appear to be the case with most people in sales and marketing.  They may have a difficult time relating to bloggers on the proper level, instead addressing them as they would mainstream media, retailers or even customers.

Finding Niche Bloggers

Finding suitable bloggers in your niche can be tedious and time-consuming, but the right outreach tool will make the task much easier.  Ninja Outreach is our favourite outreach tool for a number of reasons. It offers the most options to help you find bloggers, content influencers and social media influencers. None of the other top tools offer social media outreach and that alone makes this one of the most valuable. Ninja Outreach also boasts location search filters, outreach templates, prospecting browser plugin, outreach scheduling, auto follow up, and basic reporting data.  They have a number of affordable options to suit any company size and you can try it free to ensure it’s the best option for you.

We have a growing list of PA30+ Canadian-Owned Blogs for Blogger Outreach and Guest Posts to help you find bloggers in this country.

Reaching out to Canadian Bloggers

Approaching bloggers isn’t difficult, it’s just different.  The most effective approach is to offer them something of value.

Product Testing & Reviews

If you’re launching a new product or if you would like to have a product reviewed by a blogger, ask them.  Don’t tell them you’re sending a product sample like you would with a retailer, ask if you may send them some products to be reviewed on their blog.  Keep in mind that testing and writing reviews is time consuming and most bloggers aren’t willing to put all of that effort into reviewing your $4.99 product for the freebie. Offer extra products or company swag (promotional products) for bloggers to use for a contest or simply as a thank you for their effort.  There may also be an administrative fee involved. Be prepared for negative product points to be included in the review because most bloggers value their readers’ trust above all else.  You’re not buying a good review, you’re asking for an honest review.

Prize Donation

Bloggers quite often hold small contests that can be widely promoted over the period of a week or more. Offer your product as a prize (at least a $25 value) or double it up and have the blogger review your product at the same time. Company swag, such as branded clothing or products, are popular prizes as well.  I have found that small prize donations rarely offer much benefit to the sponsor or the blog, so I recommend a prize value of at least $100 with a negotiated longer contest run.  Consumers will be more interested and the contest will be promoted for a longer period, which results in a higher ROI (return on investment).

Guest Posts on Blogs

First and foremost, remember that a guest post is not a press release or an opportunity to promote your products.  It’s also not a job for your average marketer.  Even a Masters in Marketing does not mean a marketer can write effectively for blogs and social media, because both require talent as much as knowledge.  Have a proven online writer research and compose useful content for blogs and offer each article to one blog exclusively.  It is critical that you and your writer check the blog for guest post guidelines and follow them to the letter if you want them to accept your blog post.

The majority of bloggers allow a link in the author bio and that’s where the value for you is.  If you want to feature a link within the article itselfReaching Canadian Consumers Through Niche Bloggers, you may have to pay a nominal fee.  Purchasing “do follow” links will actually have a negative effect on your search ranking these days so we suggest you not go there. If advertising information isn’t published on the website, write to the blogger and explain what you’d like to do and ask for rates.  Some bloggers have very creative options for advertisers.  For example, a few will write a guest post for you and include the link for a fee.  This is one of the most valuable methods because it appears as any other post on the blog, as opposed to being a designated guest or sponsored post.

News Releases

Traditional press releases usually don’t fly with bloggers, unless it’s truly news that their readers will be interested in. When sending a press release to a blogger, tell them briefly why you think their readers will appreciate the information.  If you can’t come up with anything more substantial than “we’re providing content for you at no charge”, it’s not something you should be sending to a niche blogger.  All bloggers see through that “free content” thing, by the way, so don’t insult their intelligence.

Interviews

Invitations to be interviewed are usually extended by the blogger, but it can’t hurt to mention that you’re available.

Advertising

Blog monetization through sponsored links and banner advertising isn’t practiced by all bloggers.  Look for advertising information on the blog or send a polite email detailing your requirements.  Bloggers can get creative with advertising so don’t be afraid to discuss other ideas with them.  For example, some bloggers are paid to appear in their videos or at events wearing a branded shirt.  I know one blogger who drives a luxury car that was given to him by a sponsor to show off at the many events he attends.

Blogger Etiquette

Your initial correspondence should be professional, direct, polite and appreciative of the blogger’s time.  It’s your job to work with the blogger and accommodate his or her style, scheduling and goals.  Remember that they’re doing you a favour, not the other way around, and check any arrogance or condescending attitudes at the door.

Once you’ve been mentioned on a blog, promote it with pride via social media or on your corporate blog. A note of thanks to the blogger is also the kind of gesture that promotes good will and keeps the door open.

I’ve enjoyed each and every interaction with bloggers that I’ve had as a marketer.  As a result, I’ve built countless relationships with quality bloggers across a wide variety of niche topics. They’re a reasonable, intelligent, and a pleasant group overall.  Using these tips as a guide will help your brand score similar, mutually-beneficial arrangements with many influential niche bloggers, resulting in valuable, inexpensive marketing and PR.

Comment on Canadians Internet BusinessHave you promoted your products on niche blogs before?  Please share your experience or questions in the comments below.

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6 Responses to "Reaching Canadian Consumers Through Niche Bloggers ©"

  1. Sandra  October 17, 2013

    Bloggers are so generous with their sponsors. Most of them will publish a blog post and share it all around social media and sometimes in their newsletter if they have one. All other media would charge you more for more exposure.

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  2. Lyndon  October 16, 2013

    I can’t say enough good about working with bloggers. It’s cheap, easy & pays off.

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  3. Ted  October 13, 2013

    Blog advertising in different ways is our top sales generator. Long live blogs!

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  4. Nadine H.  October 12, 2013

    This is a post that should be spread far and wide! Mny bloggers are just waiting to partner with businesses but all they get are low quality guest post submissions or insulting offers. We have so much to offer and we should be valued for it.

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  5. Bryan (Toronto)  October 10, 2013

    An opp for a blogger to review a product for a company I work for kind of fell in our lap one days o we thought what the h-ll? Soon we were saying WHAT THE H-LL???!!!! We didn’t only get traffic but made several sales the day it was published and we still get traffic from the post. Now we work with bloggers all the time and highly recommend it to others.

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  6. Salinder  October 7, 2013

    I’ve discussed blog promotion a lot with business people & they seem to be intimidated or treat bloggers like idiots they can take advantage of. None of them know exactly how to work with them. You’ve written a very valuable article here that I thank you very much for.

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