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How do you pitch to influential bloggers?
By Kim Harrison,
Consultant, Author and Principal of www.cuttingedgepr.com
With the advent of social media, how important are bloggers to us?
According to the June 4th issue of the US Ad Age, “about 15 million active blogs are read by 57 million people, a number that gives bloggers great credibility, power and influence as sources of information for everything from news to corporate reputations to product purchasing.” However, that means each blog on average is only read by 4 people! The math doesn’t seem to add up here.
In a further observation, BL Ochman estimates that only the top 5,000 bloggers are greatly influential, which represents around 0.03% of all bloggers. Therefore the odds are against you knowing any who are influential.
If you become aware of a blogger writing on a particular relevant topic, what makes them important to you? A blogger need to write about interesting topics in a way that motivates readers to return regularly. Here are some characteristics identified by Ochman as comprising an influential blog:
If you think a blogger may be influential, you can check to see if their writings are picked up by monitors such as Technorati and commented about by other bloggers.
What can you do to initiate a constructive relationship with an influential blogger?
But firstly do your homework. Read any of their current and previous posts on the topic you’re pitching. Check the general categories they usually display in the sidebar on their blog page. Address them by first name. Don’t send unsolicited email attachments or long winded pitches. In fact it is better not to pitch, or seem to pitch, but inform them as in a conversation. Restrict your first approach to a couple of paragraphs to test their response. Try to give them first go at the story angle.If you are responding to criticism that doesn’t appear to have been picked up much by others, don’t respond, because responses will only fan the flames. If their comments are negative and are picked up by others, keep your cool. Respond with facts without being aggressive. Provide links to third party supportive comments and to other websites that support your case. Ensure your website has material that provides an effective response to the criticism without actually acknowledging that criticism has been made
About the Author
Kim Harrison is a recognized authority in the public relations field. His website, www.cuttingedgepr.com, provides a wealth of informative articles and resources on public relations techniques and management.
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