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The state of earned media blogger outreach

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I’ve been doing earned media blogger outreach as a profession since 2006 and a lot has changed. To be frank, there are a lot of bloggers with their hands out looking for pay to play these days that it can feel a little daunting. Blogger outreach isn’t remotely sales or marketing, either, because the entire analog of blogger outreach is the PR pitch not the cold call.

Trying GroupHigh for Blogger Outreach Campaigns

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I am hereby making the jump from humans to robots for all my blogger research. In And what was I comparing all of these social CRMs, influencer-identification services, and blogger databases to? I was comparing them to the cost of hiring a team of people to do all of the work by hand. For military bloggers, I need lists that are both American and also pro-military and pro-soldier.

The state of the blogger outreach union ten years on

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I stared my first blogger outreach agency back in 2006. Ten years on, the state of the union of blogger outreach is good for brands and agencies but great for the bloggers and online influencers. Tell anyone that you’re a blogger or a podcaster and you’ll know what I mean. Blogger Outreach is Hard. Blogging Isn’t Cool. Blogging is Hard. Groan.

Take your bloggers and social media influencers to lunch

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And, it’s so very rare that anyone who pitches bloggers and expects them (us) to do stuff for free ever asks bloggers (us) out to do stuff IRL (in real life). But you also must remember that most bloggers have very rich lives outside of their blogging life. Both bloggers and online influencers have real relationships with their readers and fans. And tweet it.

The bloggers are the victims of bad blogger outreach

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I just wrote an article , Blogger outreach is earned media PR, isn’t it? wherein I suggested that some bloggers are kinda jerks because they lead any blogger outreach with “here’s my advertising packet.” Bloggers, in fact, are the victims and we digital and PR agencies are the perps. If you’re in your mid- to late-30s — or even 40s, gah!

Earned media influencer marketing demands your awesome

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If you have widgets to hand out to bloggers, YouTubers , Instagrammers, and top Vine, SnapChat , and Periscope rockstars , but you’d better be ready for some serious noes. rate card is generally the way a smart blogger or online influencer says no. Long gone are the days when you can be lazy when it comes to blogger outreach and influencer marketing. That’s cool.

How to engage bloggers down the long tail

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Outreach marketing, formerly known as blogger outreach, is a powerful tool with almost zero barrier to entry — just your time and attention. How to Engage Bloggers Down the Long Tail from Chris Abraham. In a post-Internet world, this is best handled online, for efficiency’s sake. It’s free and online so register ! Now that’s when the magic starts happening.

Today’s online influencers are wicked tough

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Back in 2006 when I started doing online public relations, blogger outreach was a minefield. 2006 was an amazing time: it was both the heyday of blogging — remember the midterm elections of 2006, ten years ago today, and remember how influenced the 2004 elections were influenced by these newfangled things called blogs and bloggers? Landmine? Solid ground? They know the lingo.

Influencer marketing is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration

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Last night I had the honor of dusting off my trusty old long tail earned media blogger outreach deck and updating it for the new world of earned media influencer marketing for the lovely  Brigitte Winter and her Georgetown School of Continuing Studies  students. Blogger outreach tends to focus on only identifying and engaging top-25 influential bloggers. Waiting for class.

Blogger outreach is scary

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Unlike a few years ago, today everyone at least pays lip service to reaching out to bloggers the same we PR people have always reached out to mainstream media. But I am still surprised that many companies don’t do blogger outreach, even today. Simply put, blogger outreach is scary. It is a case of the abuser blaming the victim, the blogger. Image via Wikipedia.

Micro-influencer marketing is the new long tail

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I have been doing long-tail blogger outreach since 2006. Chicago Running Bloggers via Instagram. hope we covered everything — there were so many and not all of our amazing bloggers reported each and every social share with us explicitly. Ten years later, I am still at it in earnest. The rise of ‘micro-influencers’ on Instagram. Candid Belle via Blog Post.

Why most marketers should ignore A-List bloggers

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The D-List bloggers! And those D-list bloggers influence the C-List, who influences the B-List, and then the A-List. The post Why most marketers should ignore A-List bloggers appeared first on Biznology. Admit it. You look at those stories in Huffington Post and Mashable and ask yourself, “Why isn’t my company getting their message in there?” Like this post?

It’s normal to be bad before you’re good

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” You’re your own barrier to entry:   all your favorite bloggers, writers, editors, designers, vloggers, and podcasters were bad at first. attended Ira Glass ‘ talk at Wolf Trap last Saturday and my take-away is :  it’s normal to be bad before you’re good. used to be a photographer and, to be honest, real shooters use the best cameras and lenses they can easily afford.

Influencer outreach is more PR than marketing or advertising

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Almost three years ago I wrote  Blogger outreach is more PR than social media. And, if you can’t convince the blogger or social media influencer that what you bring to the table today, via email or DM, is a win-win-win, then you’ll end up with goose eggs. Ask for too much money (to make ’em go away, though they often pay). Payola, baby! But I sure as hell do now!

Are you taking advantage of B2B marketing data?

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So, perhaps you might think that I didn’t have much to learn when I picked up  B2B Data-Driven Marketing by fellow Biznology blogger Ruth Stevens and Theresa Kushner. Frequent readers know that most of my marketing experience is B2B rather than B2C, and that virtually everything I do is data driven. Wrong. And that was just in the first couple of chapters.). Like this post?

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The art of writing the perfect blogger pitch

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Over the last five years that Abraham Harrison has been pitching bloggers on behalf of clients, we have learned a thing or two about how best to reach bloggers, how to engage them, how to get them to carry our client’s message to their readership. Whether we’re doing an outreach to the bloggers of mainstream media and celebrity blogs or to someone who has just set up a blog for the first time, it all begins with the message model. Bloggers don’t trust PR firms. We We don’t take the blogger’s interest in our pitch for granted. 

Influencer marketing tools of the trade

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So, since blogger outreach is at the top of mind, I thought I would talk a little bit about the tools of the trade — what we use to stoke excitement about our clients! have never successfully sorted out how to use their campaign tools but when it comes to hunting down a lot of topical bloggers that I could either upload to Traackr or GroupHigh or or hand over to my human research team.

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Add For Immediate Release to your podcast queue

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Chris Abraham , digital strategist and technologist, is a leading expert in digital: search engine optimization (SEO), online relationship management (ORM), Internet privacy, and online public relations with a focus on blogger outreach, blogger engagement, and Internet crisis response. So, it was an honor to be included. Will this help or hinder the growth of the category?

Do-it-yourself influencer marketing

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We’ll cover A-list and long-tail outreach, bloggers, journalists, and social media influencers across different platforms, and discuss what does and doesn’t work in earned media and how to pay-to-play if you’re not getting results. Chris Abraham’s latest webinar was about influencer marketing. You built it, where are they? Content marketing is expensive in time and cash.

The Quantum Mechanics of Blogger Outreach

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My long tail blogger outreach strategy is periodically challenged or criticized as being too aggressive. The argument generally goes as follows: if you send thousands of email pitches to topically- and demographically-relevant bloggers and online influencers in one go, you’re spamming. This is not to say this sort of quantum blogger outreach is easy. Image via Wikipedia.

I’m an influencer, pay me more!

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About the panel: Chris Abraham , digital strategist and technologist, is a leading expert in digital: search engine optimization (SEO) , online relationship management (ORM), Internet privacy, and online public relations with a focus on blogger outreach, blogger engagement, and Internet crisis response. Lucky for me, a major focus of our time together was influencer marketing.

Blogger outreach is earned media PR, isn’t it?

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My definition of blogger outreach has always been about acquiring earned media coverage from bloggers and online influencers. My My definition–and my assumption–has always been that blogger outreach is public relations and not paid media. I may well be mistaken. That’s all well and good but it is not blogger outreach. ” (Wikipedia). Right?

What is Social Media Marketing?

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” Previously limited only to bloggers, influence marketing has widened the angle of its lens to realize that there are all sorts of influentials all over the Internet. These days, Influencer Marketing includes Blogger Outreach and even specialties like Message Board Marketing. For years, I struggled to explain to my mom what I do for a living. development (is anyone listening?),

Search + Social = Online Reputation Management

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I have been doing online reputation management (ORM) for clients since 2003. There’s one thing that everyone who comes to my door has in common, whether it was for NMS, Abraham Harrison, Reputation, Gerris , or now for Status Labs : too little content online! When you’re already in the millionaires and billionaires club, privacy and discretion do work — until it doesn’t.

Janet Thaeler & Maryanne Conlin on Influencer Marketing

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For two reasons: 1) you can relate to how shitty being blogger can be, especially based on how crappy a lot of pitchers, brands, and marketers are on a day-to-day basis, especially in your INBOX. 2) you can always lead that you’re a fellow blogger and include all of your mad social media and blog bonafides  in your pitch. Influencers Are Shifting from Blogs to Social Media.

Remember to market to your own influencer network

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Here are some blog posts I have written on the subject over the last couple weeks: Earned media blogger outreach is alive and well! I really love influencer marketing. Too much. So much, in fact, that I often forget to do the sales and business development work required to keep Gerris Corp moving forward. An army runs on its stomach and a company runs on its revenue. What Is Contactually?

Google is a lying liar that lies

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I’m going to get a lot of blowback for this. The following list of Google lying liar lies all have exceptions to the rules. And, Google does make examples of bad actors. That’s all Google has and that’s really all you have when it comes to whether or not someone clicks on your content or not. You still need to write for robots  – Google is smart. And Google acts pretty dumb.

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Influencer marketing should not be about collecting influencers

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Brands consider it threatening to their own equity but it’s much easier for people to connect than a brand and a person even if the person is a citizen journalist cum blogger. And since I have been hawking my wares on the Interwebs since 1993, bloggers don’t have to work very hard at all to check me out verify that what I say is true. ” Influencers are people too.

One person can change the world. Thank you, Internet

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People are transitioning, en masse, from makers to consumers, from bloggers to readers, from YouTubers to commenters. Start with WordPress.com or Blogger and start writing. Top redditors may well hold more power in the world than top YouTubers and bloggers. And another word for lurker is “reader,” is “follower,” is “fan.” Right now.

My PocketCHIP is a portable Linux box

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OK, I feel like I have lanced the boil that has built up from not being a geek since 2006, so I’ll return to the world of blogger outreach, influencer marketing, online relationship management, SEO, and social media strategy. My first job after college was managing a room full of Sun SPARC Solaris pizza boxes. Then I saw that a company called Next Thing Co. But, oh, the PocketCHIP!

Google “mobilegeddon” starts today — are you prepared?

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Blogger. Back on Feb 3, 2015, I told you  why you need a mobile-native website today  — now, it’s more like you need a mobile-native website today ! Literally. If your site isn’t mobile-native today, April 21, 2015, you might lose a little under 50% of all of your search traffic. Starting today. You’re in luck if you’re on the East Coast: Google’s on PST.

Why aren’t you already cross-posting on LinkedIn?

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If you’re already a blogger, do it now. Last week I wrote Medium is the Messenger , where I asked why aren’t you cross-posting on Medium.com ? Well, if you aren’t already, why aren’t you already cross-posting on LinkedIn? On Medium, I have a potential readership of 4.8k Why Wait? Hello, Are You Still Here? The LinkedIn Publishing Platform is Easy to Use. Go Do It Now.

Punch hard through the entire campaign clear through to the final hours

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lucky seven years later one of their top-bananas remembered me and my agency’s amazing blogger outreach and influencer marketing skills and got back in touch. When it comes to contract work, it’s essential that you keep on driving the ball well through the end zone. Never allow yourself to get lazy because there’s a lot of good work to do all the way to the end.

How NOT to pitch a blogger

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Last week, I talked about how blogger outreach is scary , and I talked about why this fear exists for most people before they start talking to bloggers.  In great measure, these fears exist because of the horror stories that have resulted from wrong-headed approaches. Bloggers will always call you out if they sense you’re just calling it in. Tweet This Post.

Your website is wearing mom jeans and shoulder pads

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Reputation management is much hotter than ever, search engine optimization (SEO) is no longer considered snake oil, and blogger PR and social marketing. Too many people in this game have been burnt themselves by the surprised cat named Google, Blogger, Influencer, Twitterati, ending up scratched, bitten, and shamed. The Language of Business is Moving Faster Than You Are.

Advertising methods are too ephemeral

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This is both the sort of thing that Google loves — it is SEO catnip — and it is just the sort of content that flows, both upstream to A-list bloggers and to mainstream media and down to your readers, aggregators, and to other bloggers and other blogs. I tell anyone who will listen to me that the current crop of advertisement methods is too short-lived.

5 of my favorite productivity apps

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For example, if you create this subject line: Subject: 1U App response @gerris #1uapp #1u #blogger #influencer #reply. The note that’s created would be titled “1U App response” and it would be filed under the Gerris notebook and the note would be tagged with #1uapp #1u #blogger #influencer #reply, which could and should help you find that note later. So, here we go.

IF you haven’t THEN you should use IFTTT for social

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IFTTT can stalk your phone, your behavior on Twitter , Instagram , Bitly, Blogger, Buffer, Delicious, Facebook , Facebook Pages, Feedly, Fitbit , Flickr, Foursquare, your iOS or Android GPS location , LinkedIn , Pocket, Reddit, SoundCloud , Tumblr, Twitter, Withings, and even Yo (and so many more, I just cherry-picked). Share new Blogger blog posts to Facebook. Tweet Happy New Year!

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Social Media is a life sentence

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You, neophyte content marketer , beginner business blogger, tiny tweeter, petite Plussers, fascinated Facebooker , will jump-in feet-first, pour all of your time and attention into it, loose yourself into the bottomless pit of want known as social, and then become exhausted, dejected, ignored, unfulfilled, and spent with nothing to show for it — well before your half-year anniversary.

Search isn’t about search anymore, it’s about social

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Bloggers : while they may no longer be the only kings of the kingdom, bloggers have a lot of bang for the buck because not only do they have a lot of SEO mojo associated with their blogs, they tend to be shameless self-promoters and minor deities themselves. Search will never be the same as it was as recently as a few years ago. Instead of only producing one very expensive. Do it!