Often the best posts come from comments and questions.

Savvy PR Pro:

How do you approach bloggers that can help you with a PR campaign? Should you only reach out to those who you know? What is the etiquette?

Me:

Hi Susan!

You have just asked the million dollar question when it comes to attracting enthusiastic support from the blogging community. If I had a dime for every complaint I’ve heard from bloggers on this subject I could afford to take us to the beach for a week.

Here’s the skinny: It’s perfectly normal to email a blogger you’ve only just visited but don’t know personally. Every serious blogger has got to understand that when they put their work and opinions out there that a certain number of people are going to respond with PR related requests. I get tickled with some of the “I have no idea who you are or what you write about but will you promote this for me?” genre, but it’s not a huge concern.

Here are some proven tips to get you in the proverbial door:

– Communicate via email.
– Be personal if at all possible by checking out their site and seeing if it’s a good fit for your message.
– Use a friendly, respectful tone just like you did here. (You clearly don’t fit this demographic, but for the record some people write “PRESS RELEASE” in all caps in an attempt to allure…)
– Appeal to their curiosity and interest in breaking news with your message, rather than marketing so that they can feel ethical in their decision making.

I hope this starter list helps. Thanks for stopping by and please ask away if you have any more social media or blogging questions!

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Lori