Well aren’t I silly. Yes, statement not a question.
When I was told I was one of three bloggers being given the opportunity to interview Nikki Gemmell – who was lovely by the way – I was really excited. Being an avid book lover I thought it was a great opportunity to have a light-hearted delve into the mind of an author.
I also went to great effort to craft an interesting post to read while promoting the kindle competitor That Shall Not Be Named.
However, I am a personal / mummy blogger, not a book blogger, so I asked if it was possible to get a product to give it away on my blog to make my efforts relevant to my readers.
I wasn’t too surprised when I was met with a no; it was worth a shot.
So imagine my surprise when I found out that the other two, yes TWO; not TWO-ZERO TWENTY, not TWO HUNDRED, but TWO bloggers running this promo not only got a product to giveaway, but a product to keep as well.
The message I get? My time is not important because I only get 200 readers per post? Maybe, but why pitch to me in the first place?
What baffles me is that the account manager actually thinks it’s ok that I get nothing to giveaway for promoting The Product That Shall Not Be Named whereas the other TWO people do. If I was to get the same treatment as the others, the PR company would be distributing a total of SIX PRODUCTS to bloggers. Not SIX-ZERO SIXTY, not SIX HUNDR…. oh you get the picture.
I wouldn’t have minded if I was one of 20 bloggers to interview Nikki and only two bloggers got a giveaway. But to be the only one of three who is stupid enough to promote a product for absolutely nothing – well, I feel like an ass.
And guess what – I don’t like feeling like as ass. You’re messing with fragile new mama hormones, Mr PR Company. I have a two month old – sitting down to make a phone call and write a post isn’t as easy as picking up the phone.
And here’s the kicker – I work in PR. Perhaps I should have been more wary, but I have ethics and as a result I would never take advantage of a blogger or a paid member of the media. If I expect someone to write about my product I would be courteous and thank them for their time; I would either pitch an exclusive story to one outlet or send everyone on my list media release and product.
And if one of my employees treated a contact the way I’ve been treated, I would take them off the account. I would be embarrassed to have an employee like that. Good contacts are gold, regardless of circulation, and messing with relationships is just not on. If I was Sony, I would be embarrassed by the way I’m being represented by an agency I pay a LOT of money to.
So if you want to win a Product That Shall Not Be Named, visit the lovely Eden at www.edenriley.com or Mrs Woog at http://www.woogsworld.com, because this here portion of the interwebs is not important enough to offer you one.
Okay now please excuse this stupid mummy blogger – I have another nappy to change.
Oh and if you want an eReader – buy a kindle!