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Want Some Free Publicity From Me? This is What it Takes.

I’ve told you before that I get a lot of emails from people wanting me to promote their product for free.

I swear, some of these folks beg as hard as Rumpy does!

Some do more than just send a mass email; they send an email just to me, then in a day or two send a follow-up email just to be sure I got their first email.

Some emails I delete before opening. I can tell by the subject header I won’t be interested.

Some I read and then delete. Nope, not interested.

But sometimes, and especially lately, I reply back. 

If you want something from me, here’s the right way to go about getting it.

For instance, I got an email asking if I’d like to talk to an “expert” on what to do when Blah! Blah! Blah! happens. I dunno. Maybe. Who does your “expert” work for and what company are you trying to promote? Full disclosure, please!

And then there was the offer to send me an apparel item for women that included pics of tiny women squeezed into said apparel item. My response? Do you make that for women of all sizes, or does your company believe that only skinny women buy things?

So to those of you who have my email address on your hit list of blogs to get free publicity from, here are some helpful hints on what it takes to get my attention:

Since you’re not paying me, I am under no obligation to like you or even respond to you. Now, if you want to send me a paycheck? That’s a different story. I will be nothing but nice- once the money’s in the bank. Want something for nothing? Show some damn respect!

I only promote products and services that interest me. I do NOT promote items that are harmful to animals, so shock collar peeps, go ahead and remove me from your email list. However, if you have a vacuum that’s great on pet hair pick-up, a vehicle that promotes a smooth ride for silly dogs, or are a company that manufactures scratch-proof furniture, we need to talk.

I’m an inclusive kinda blogger, so if you sell apparel, it should come in sizes for all sorts of women, not just a select few. Oh, and if your photos are only of white middle class people that look nothing like me, forget about it. I don’t live in that fantasy world, and I’m tired of seeing only that world being promoted by businesses. Market to people of all sizes, shapes, colors, and ages, and maybe I’ll be impressed.

If I don’t write about you, it doesn’t mean I don’t like you. I have to earn a living, and I can’t spend all my free time in front of a computer.  So animal cruelty crusaders, senders of cute animal videos, and the service department at John Lee Nissan (those folks are amazing, by the way): I love ya, but I ain’t got time for ya right now. Maybe later.

If I don’t respond to you, there’s a reason. One follow-up email is more than enough. Piss me off and I WILL write about you, but maybe not the way you intended, and it will probably happen on Twitter. There are plenty of other bloggers out there. Go bother somebody else.

So yeah, I know I’ve got some nerve. But if companies are paying big-name stars thousands of dollars for one tweet, I don’t see why I should have to put up with you bugging the shit out of me wanting something for free.

The takeaway is this: make me happy and I’ll throw you a bone. Otherwise, there’s plenty more where I came from. Keep looking and maybe you’ll find a better fit.

About Jen and the Furries

Hello and welcome. I’m a 50 something woman who’s probably awake when she should be sleeping. Oh, and there are animals, because who doesn’t have pets?


32 thoughts on “Want Some Free Publicity From Me? This is What it Takes.

  1. This. ALL of this. Drives me crazy. So agree.

    Posted by Mel | July 17, 2015, 12:41 PM
    • Get a clue! It takes more than a free can of dog food to make us happy!

      Posted by rumpydog | July 17, 2015, 12:44 PM
      • Although a free can of dog food does make us a bit happy sometimes. 🙂

        Posted by nissetje | July 17, 2015, 12:55 PM
      • Maybe, but one can of dog food requires a half hour photo shoot (if I’m lucky), another hour getting the blog post written and posted, and then time responding to commenters. That’s a lot of my time that I got paid approximately $.50 an hour for. Rumpy is happy. Me? Not so much.

        Posted by rumpydog | July 17, 2015, 12:57 PM
      • Waaaaa! That’s not “free”!!!!! That’s definitely “strings attached”!!! Although it sounds like Rumpy thinks your efforts would be worth it. 🙂

        Posted by nissetje | July 17, 2015, 2:11 PM
  2. Great post, and really beautiful close up!

    Posted by Donna from MyOBT | July 17, 2015, 1:20 PM
  3. yay and yahoo! and what else I love is when people want to be promoted or endorsed but forget to return the favor? this is great writing!!!

    Posted by murphysmission | July 17, 2015, 2:02 PM
  4. and I responded

    Posted by murphysmission | July 17, 2015, 2:04 PM
  5. Glad I don’t get bothered too much. I do blog for the kennel club, but they give me tickets for stuff. BOL! (And i like them)

    Posted by seasideshelties | July 17, 2015, 3:21 PM
  6. “Make me happy and I’ll throw you a bone” is a good motto! Way to go Rumpy! That’s our kinda slogan, wag wag.

    Posted by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | July 17, 2015, 3:26 PM
  7. Tell it like it is!

    Posted by corkscot | July 17, 2015, 5:14 PM
  8. love the closeup and we completely agree!! (though Karma is easily food motivated, mommy not so much :))

    Posted by Embracing Karma | July 17, 2015, 5:37 PM
  9. Why is no one offering me GF cookies to blog or dog bones? I’d take dog bones. Marble would LOVE them, and have you seen the price of those suckers?

    Posted by southerndreamer | July 17, 2015, 6:25 PM
  10. Well said.

    The ones that make me craziest are for products that are absolutely inappropriate. For example, somehow Something Wagging ended up on the PornHub PR huckster’s email list. I recently got a pitch for the $1000 twerking butt sex toy.

    For real?!!

    The crazy thing is these people get paid for wasting their time at work. Because I thought their job was to make appropriate matches with people who can get their message out.

    Posted by somethingwagging | July 17, 2015, 7:43 PM
  11. We SO agree with this! You go, Jen! Way to tell it like it is!

    Posted by meowmeowmans | July 17, 2015, 7:50 PM
  12. Hi Y’all!

    They do send some ridiculous emails. Still BOL about the twerking toy Somethingwagging was emailed about!

    Y’all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

    Posted by Hawk aka BrownDog | July 17, 2015, 8:36 PM
  13. I never get those emails. I suppose they could get annoying but I would be flattered just to be asked.

    Posted by Charles Huss | July 17, 2015, 8:44 PM
  14. There’s one other thing here too – I trust your judgment. You’re careful about what you like / don’t like and if you write about it, I’m likely to pay attention because I know you do a good job of picking through stuff. So if someone thinks you’re going to try it and then write it up just 1-2-3, well I know that you don’t.


    Posted by dogear6 | July 18, 2015, 6:35 PM
  15. A vacuum that’s great on pet hair pick-up and a company that manufactures scratch-proof furniture….hmmmm….we are interested in them, too….

    Posted by eripanwkevin | July 19, 2015, 6:38 AM

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