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This time I was spontaneously inspired to this post. I had not planned to write it, but then came this one mail and yet I sit here and type all my thoughts.
The idea for this post has been slumbering for a while in my brain, and I’ve been wondering if I should write it. But in the end I find such posts from others always very interesting and above all amusing.
Today’s post becomes ironic, it gets somewhat hateful, but most importantly, it is honest.
I would like to anticipate that I already had some really great cooperation. There are black sheep everywhere, and they amuse me very much: P
Top 5 sins of the blogger
With the following 5 tips nearly every cooperation will be yours. You will be flooded with all the packages!
# 1 Be open
If you really want to take all cooperation, you should be open to everything. I mean, why should you only promote fashion, if you like to write something about your kitchen. This does not fit into your layout and probably only 20% of your readers will be interested, but hey the kitchen machine was for free!
# 2 Be shy
Anyone who is too self-assured will certainly not get any job. Imagine you were actually negotiating?!? This might lead to a cooperation slipping through your fingers. Better make it all for free or for a product worth 20 euros.
# 3 Be dependent
Anyone who wants to have a cooperation again should best not mark it. After all, this is the desire of the company and that is why you should omit it. If the company wants you to write only good, then do it – no matter how the product is!
# 4 Be jumpy
Whoever does not have a new favorite fragrance every week will quickly notice – there is a lot slipping through the cracks. Just imagine you would actually reject a cooperation just to avoid the 20st make-up introduction. Scandalous!
# 5 Be quiet
Who actually dares to say one’s own opinion is out anyway. So just think your own part but never say when you find something unjust. No matter what comes, you are always enthusiastic about the company, the products and also your mail contacts. Absolutely awesome!
Yes, perhaps you already noticed how the irony jumps for you. I am writing it better again – not that we misunderstood each other.
Top 5 sins of companies
Maybe the text looks hateful, but you’ll immediately understand why, because here come my top 5 of the best cooperations.
# 1 No Names needed
Super great are mass mails. In the best case not even your name is exchanged and you are called Sabrina or Katrin. When I approached the companies, I always get the same excuses as “I was slipping in the line” or “Ups, I’ve probably had the wrong business card in front of me” or it just is not even addressed and diligently continued written. Some companies miss this problem and write only Hi bloggers! : D
# 2 Wrong language
Yes, some companies are very knowledgeable and write me in French, Spanish or English. Of course I can speak English, but it is funny when I get an English mail from a German company. If I then answer in German, than usually comes a “oh cool, that you can speak German”. Quite cool that I can my mother tongue or: P With French or Spanish only Google translator can help me any further: D
# 3 Come on!
It was only recently that I had a cooperation in which I was constantly pushed. If I had not replied within a few hours, a mail came with a lot of “!?!?!?” after each sentence.
Yes, I have some other things to do besides checking my mails every hour and every minute. I check regularly, let’s say 3 times daily. Is this too rare in today’s world? How often do you check your mails? :O
# 4 Talk to my hand
Yes and there comes the next doozie. I have agreed with a company a giveaway. The company then wanted to send the winner the product itself. I have applied for the product, I drew a winner and gave the address to the company. And you guess what comes now. The company has never reported again, neither with me nor with my winner. Well, that’s the reason why I always leave such products unused and wait. The winner is still getting the product, but from me.
# 5 Tell your secrets
So, last but not least, we come to the said tour operator, the straw that broke the camels back. I asked this organizer for a cooperation – why not? One should think that self-initiatives are also in demand. So I wrote a friendly and polite mail and also received a quick reply. However, this response was more detailed than I expected and the company wanted it: there were some internal mails as an encore. In these mails they bitched about me, my blog and actually the whole blogger world in detail.
This mailing has shown me how important it is to check twice what exactly one is actually sending. In this sense: Thank you!
And here comes my favorite quote from these internal mails
“What do they all have for a self-confidence that they think they represent a value for a company? Incredible…”
What liberties do we all take? Pretty brazen, isn’t it?
Of course, there are much more super cool cooperation than the bad ones mentioned above. Nevertheless, all these bad inquiries are also important. This is a good way to learn to appreciate your own work and to stand up for it.
What do you think about these cooperation requests? Did you have similar experiences? I’m curious about what you’re reporting.
P.S. You can find more No-Go’s at Yulia and Andy
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