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Ambassador. It’s an important sounding word, and companies want you to think that it’s an honor to be their ambassador. But what exactly does that mean? Do you get special access? Should you be paid? Will your status keep Danny Glover from shooting you at the end of Lethal Weapon 2? (Um, no.)
Getting asked to be an ambassador can be flattering, lucrative, and full of insider experiences that are priceless. Or it can be a big waste of time where the company is basically using you. Go in with your eyes open.
We also talk about how (and when) to ask for money, and what not to do if an ambassadorship goes sour (do as Angel Amy says, not as she does!).
So, you want to be popular, do you? You can get online awards, make top ten lists, even get paying jobs for being popular. But what happens when you annoy everyone who follows you in your quest to win those popularity contests? Is it worth it? And is begging your followers for votes for days on end any way to prove to a company that you deserve a job?
This week the Blogging Angels discuss all those pleas on twitter, facebook and blogs – “Vote for me, pretty please?” “I hate to bug everyone, but I need your vote!” and how they’ve handled them (or in Angel Amy’s case, completely mishandled them) in the past.
Conferences, junkets, trade shows…what do they all mean? And when you go to one, which parts do you share with your readers? Is it OK to blog about swag? Tweet about the awesome food you’re being served? The special treatment you’re receiving? What do your hosts expect of you? And what happens when twitter gets jealous and accuses you of bragging?
This week the Blogging Angels tackle this confusing area, using the recent Disney Social Media Moms Celebration as a jumping off point.
Whether you blog to make money, influence people, share your writing, or a combination of all of these, there are some tools you should have in your toolbox to help you make the most of opportunities that come your way. In our latest podcast we talk about the business of blogging: rate cards, press kits, media kits, contracts, headshots, and more.
Should you post your ad rates on your site? What should go into your media kit? Which blog stats should you share with potential advertisers? The Blogging Angels – Nancy, Amy, Rebecca, and Heidi – answer these questions and more. And we bitch a little about Facebook, just because.
Mobile etiquette: is that phrase rapidly becoming an oxymoron? Are the little devices we carry with us everywhere turning us into anti-social jerks? Or are they just amplifying the jerkiness that already existed in some users? We discuss this and much much more on our latest podcast!
Here are some links from this week’s podcast:
Three of the four Angels attended a mobile etiquette event hosted by Intel, during which mobile habits were discussed.
Did you know that you can set your child’s iPod so that it can’t go over a certain volume? Directions are here.
Very exciting: Nancy and Rebecca recently launched KidzVuz, a video review site for kids.
Angel Rebecca gave horns to an article on BNet.com attacking mom bloggers, specifically mentioning “friend of the podcast” Momtrends. Go read Jennifer James’ response, but don’t give the original article any more traffic!
Angel Nancy had a big horn for the government wanting to shut down Planned Parenthood. Boo!
So that’s it for this week! What do you think about giving your kids mobile devices to play with in restaurants? And why is it considered so much worse to sit on a bench in the playground with your BlackBerry than with a newspaper or book? Chime in on Facebook.
Please note: the Windows phones mentioned during the podcast were given to the Blogging Angels free of charge by Microsoft.
If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. And if you do giveaways on your site, you’ve got to listen to this podcast.
We love answering listener questions, since it gives us a chance to act like know-it-alls. So please, keep those questions coming! You can tweet us, @BloggingAngels, or email us, BloggingAngels@gmail.com.
Nancy Horn, of TheProductMama.com, asked a question about what happens when a pr contact leaves a company.
Our second question comes from – we think – @MoreThanMommy: What do you do when a brand switches agencies?
Then, we moved on to a topic that affects a lot of bloggers, and we’re guessing that most bloggers don’t do enough to protect themselves: giveaways. Nancy and Rebecca attended a seminar run by a law firm dealing with giveaways, and shared their knowledge.
The Blogging Angels hit the Toy Fair at the Javitz Center in New York, and came away with some good info about business in general – because as much as we like to think of toys as happy products having to do with happy kids, it’s actually a 22 billion dollar a year business. Toy fair is a trade show, similar to CES but with more women (who are wearing more clothing), and happy primary colors.
With Blissdom behind us, the Blogging Angels are discussing conference take-aways: what do you hope to get out of a conference, and just how does a blogger decide which conferences to go to? Amy got some very solid takeaways from Blissdom and has already started making changes to her blog. But do all conferences provide that kind of concrete, take-action info, and should they? Or is the social aspect just as important?
This week three of the Angels had Golden Halos to give out, and one had Devil Horns:
This week The Blogging Angels talk about…well, a lot.
We start off talking Blissdom takeaways: what did we learn in Nashville, anyway? And end up talking about this week’s big AOL/Huffington Post takeover and the mounds of cash that must now be piled on top of Arianna Huffington’s desk. In between, we talk hits versus views, versus uniques (hint: nobody who’s anybody uses hits anymore); building a community profile (you’ll have to listen to understand what Heidi means by that), when guest posting for nothing is really worth something, Rebecca’s just about viral post on education and how it got that way (hint: it starts with a T and ends with an R), and we even manage to get a reference or two to Justin Bieber in there.
And there’s no link for this one — just had to put it in – my favorite quote from Angel Amy on shameless networking: “If you don’t leverage your real life friends, what do you have them for?”
We also gave out Golden Halos:
Angel Amy gave hers to Should I Work for Free, a website that offers a funny – but surprisingly useful – flowchart to help you determine… well, you can guess that part.
Angel Rebecca gives her Golden Halo to AVC.com, venture capitalist Fred Wilson‘s intelligent, well written blog about… well, just about anything tech that crosses his mind.
Angel Heidi - who may be the only one of us who really does have wings – gave a Golden Halo to CatchaFire.org, a non-profit that asks you to devote time and skill rather than money to help a variety of causes.
Angel Nancy (that’s me!) gave a Golden Halo to 3moms3photos.com, a website that’s exactly what the title says: three moms takin’ photos. Simple, beautiful.
Lastly: we want to hear from you! Come on over to our Facebook page, and join the conversation. Or start one. Or whatever. You comment, we’ll respond. You ask, we’ll answer (as long as it’s not math. I hate math). Come on! We can’t be the only ones with something to say!
The Blogging Angels – or at least three-quarters of us – were in Nashville, TN last week for the Blissdom Conference, an annual gathering of (mostly) women who blog. With incredibly informative sessions, dynamic speakers, and great sponsors, Blissdom is three days of learning, fun, and inspiration.
The road to Blissdom was not easy, however. After an incredibly bump-free trip to Las Vegas for CES, the weather did not cooperate last week, getting Rebecca and Nancy into Nashville two days late. Heidi wasn’t able to make it due to prior commitments, and we missed her so much! We also missed the Yeti Pro omnidirectional microphone we recorded with at CES. At Blissdom, we were huddled around a microphone from my XBox RockBand game.
We were thrilled, however, to have Kim Moldofsky as our very special guest. Kim blogs at Hormone Colored Days (including the hilarious house-hunting video series Property Sluts) and Mom Impact, which specializes in connecting bloggers with brands. She tweets as @KimMoldofsky.
Some of the things we talked about in this episode: