Blogging is no longer the domain of Internet junkies and angst-ridden teens on LiveJournal, one of the oldest online blog communities around. It has now become an omnipresent element of the Internet. In fact, businesses big and small have joined the blogosphere and are regularly posting new content.
Clients often ask us when paying a blogger for placement is appropriate, and my answer is — it depends. The landscape has changed dramatically over the past 2-3 years with more and more bloggers demanding fees or free merchandise in exchange for writing about your product or service. Bloggers can be a powerful tool in your media outreach arsenal if you have clear objectives and know what you want to accomplish.
We recently attended the BlogHER conference in New York City and were surrounded by social influencers like Gwyneth Paltrow (check out her blog, GOOP), and Christy Turlington Burns (check out her non-profit, Every Mother Counts).
Social media is everywhere. There’s no escaping it. You fall down the stairs in the library, and in five minutes the video is posted on Facebook (and tagged, of course). You meet your favorite musician and forget how to spell your name (or maybe that’s just me), and the whole 140-character tale enters the Twitter-sphere within seconds. Your date night outfit is on FLEEK, and naturally the selfie is prepped and primed for Instagram perfection.