I have friends ask ALL the time what benefits I get from being a Mommy Blogger...A lot of them ask me "Oh, you get lots of FREE stuff, right?" Well, the honest answer to that is NO...It is NOT free! Sure, I don't have to pay out of pocket for things I review, but I put 40-60 hours per week into this blog, often when my family is asleep. I have to juggle the housework, my family, and the blog, which requires the occasional sleepless night on my part. So why blog? Smart companies see the value of advertising with bloggers. Moms trust other moms, and like seeing in-depth product reviews and giveaways. I know when I am in the market for new products, I always check out what other moms are saying about a particular product. So being a Mommy Blogger is a wonderful asset to companies around the world who want to cost-effectively gain exposure to their products and services. Rather than spend THOUSANDS on advertising campaigns, they can work with bloggers and for the cost of a product or two, can reach thousands of readers and gain new customers! So no...The products I receive are NOT free, per-se. I work hard for them, even though a lot of my compensation is not monetary. What kind of work goes into having a blog? Whether it be doing research, pitching and communicating with sponsors, testing products, taking notes, and collaborating with my family to get their honest opinions, joining blog hops, sharing, tweeting, adding to linkys, taking about a zillion photos to find just the right one, doing video reviews, writing articles, etc...Blogging is a LOT of work! (And I love every minute of it!)
There are some awesome programs out there to support bloggers. One of my absolute favorites is SocialMoms. I have been a member for about 6 months now, and have gotten many awesome blogging opportunities with major brands, such as Coca Cola, Alamo, HOP the movie, Cottonelle, and many more! I get to participate in fun blogging assignments and get rewarded with things like gift cards, Amazon codes, and more! They have a special e-mail with RAMBO alerts that show the latest opportunities to engage in. They even have great weekly commenting contests where you can win $100.00! Not only are the rewards fantastic, the staff is friendly, helpful, and goes above and beyond to make their bloggers happy. Any time I have had a question of concern, someone on the SocialMoms team has quickly responded and assisted me. I LOVE being a member of SocialMoms, and you will, too!
SocialMoms is a network of moms who are active in social media. We bring our members opportunities to grow their personal brands and showcase their expertise through sponsorships, media opportunities, advertising programs and networking activities. The company's staff is dedicated to bringing its members high-integrity opportunities to engage with each other, media outlets, and the world's leading brands.
How cool is that?! To check out SocialMoms for yourself and see what they have to offer, click the SocialMoms banner above or visit them HERE.
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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