Dear PR

Dear PR,

Hi. I’m the humble blogger you asked for a review, or the one you invited to an event. The one you send gazillion of press releases to on a daily basis. Yeah, that’s me. I really want us to “click”, you know. We could really work well together. 

You see, bloggers are not “just bloggers”. We work hard for our sites. While most blogs started out as a hobby or a journal, at some point it evolves to something else (especially if the blogger is very passionate). A blog post is not just about writing or telling a story. We do a lot of stuff before we hit publish. We take photos. We edit photos. We test products. etc. So I guess what I’m trying to say here is that we also want to be treated fair (not event treated “well”, just fair). 

Here are some points I want you to take note. 

  • There is only one kind of SPAM I like.  I personally do not like receiving press releases (especially if it does not fit the theme of my blog). However, I could, probably, post your press release IF we are very very good friends. You know, the kind that I can’t say no because you know too much about me? πŸ˜€

  • We do honest reviews. We are not after free stuff. But if you want your product to be featured on the blog (and on social media), product samples won’t hurt.
  • If you’re launching a new product and you want me to blog about it, please tell me in advance. Like a week or two before the launch, NOT after. That just makes sense, right?
  • On events, I usually ask if I could bring +1 (because, hey, who want’s to eat alone?) The point is, I ask. If it’s strictly media and bloggers only, I’m ok with that. BUT if you say I could bring +1, then that’s an extension of my invite. Don’t tell me to review something and then my companion would have to pay for his own (after we are seated!)
  • Please be clear what you want/need from us. Don’t say you’re inviting us over for something and that’s it. Be clear that you want live social media updates on the event. Ask if it would be possible to do a blog post. Be prepared with your own hashtags. etc. 
  • Don’t ask me to publish about an event that you did not invite me to. That’s just weird. (And don’t be pushy, I mean you did not even invite me!). πŸ˜›
  • It won’t hurt if you mingle with us. We could be good friends, you know. (see first point) πŸ˜›

I hope you won’t hate me for saying this. And thank you for your time. 

xoxo 

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PS. I wrote the above not to annoy anyone or to sound like a diva. I just think we could all work together if we all know what we want from each other. I would love to hear from you, bloggers and PR. Leave some love on the comments. πŸ˜€

 

PS2: This is mostly blogger experience in UAE PR. *peace*

Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom ... and everything else in between.
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16 Comments

  • Tarana

    I can’t believe you were told to bring a +1 and then asked to pay for them! How unprofessional!

    November 2, 2014 at 4:34 PM Reply
    • A B & Me

      I know right?! They agreed at first then at the resto, they said that our guest have to pay. I am not after the free food, not at all. We can easily pay for the meal, its just that we were told that we can bring +1.

      The norm is that +1 is an extended invite. It’s a plus 1… not plus 100 — I would understand if they refuse entry if I brought the whole clan. LOL

      November 2, 2014 at 4:42 PM Reply
  • Dear Blogger

    […] I’m the PR rep that is always called out by viral Dear PR posts. The one who sends you gazillions of press releases, and the one who invites you to events […]

    November 2, 2014 at 9:06 AM Reply
  • Pinay Flying High

    Lol

    October 26, 2014 at 5:41 PM Reply
  • Carla

    that’s the mere essence of blogging, to share experiences not copy paste press releases. Most people now rely on blogger reviews because it is the hands on experience of the blogger, you get the info direct from the horse’s mouth not the kutsero! (jockey) πŸ˜€

    October 22, 2014 at 12:49 PM Reply
  • gigi beleno

    i totally agree, how can you honestly write about something you did not experience at all.

    October 22, 2014 at 8:33 AM Reply
    • A B & Me

      Gigi, so true! Most of the time, our posts rely on personal experience, right? πŸ˜€

      October 22, 2014 at 8:38 AM Reply
  • Mommy Pehpot

    In my recent post: 3 Reasons Why I Don’t Post Press Releases For FREE
    I mentioned that one of the reasons why I post press for free because I am friends with the agency handling the product πŸ™‚

    While reading your post, I thought, you’re talking about PR in the Philippines.. because this happens here too!

    PS I love Spam too! That kind of spam in the photo hahaha

    October 22, 2014 at 8:30 AM Reply
    • A B & Me

      Hi Mommy Pehpot! I guess it happens everywhere?! Do they also send out mass emails with press releases? Those go directly to MY spam folder. LOL.

      October 22, 2014 at 8:36 AM Reply
      • Mommy Pehpot

        they do! and most does not even know how to use BCC!! waaaah

        October 23, 2014 at 1:15 AM Reply
        • A B & Me

          same same here! πŸ˜€

          October 23, 2014 at 7:52 AM Reply
  • mico santos

    What a strong statement. She is right

    October 22, 2014 at 7:57 AM Reply
  • Earth Rullan

    OH i can relate this things happen here in the Philippines too. Kudos for writing this in a classy manner πŸ™‚ Love it! Thanks for saying it. I hope the PRs read it!

    October 22, 2014 at 6:37 AM Reply
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