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Dear Public Relations Firms, Please Read My Blog Before You Pitch Me

In the blogging world, one of the big complaints many of us have is that PR people pitch us all the time without reading our blogs. They pitch us with products we just have no need for (like pacifiers for parents whose kids are in college.

I recently blogged on here (like last week did this) about my upcoming surgery. I will be having an ablation. That means my childbearing years are over. (For those who don’t know, an ablation will burn out the lining of my uterus). I am okay with this. However, if I wasn’t, I recently received a pitch that could have really upset me.

What was the pitch? I am not going to call out the company but it was for a kit that would help one to conceive. Included in it are pregnancy tests and ovulation tests.

If I didn’t know how this world worked, I would have thought it a tad insensitive. Instead, I laughed to myself and decided I needed to write a post about why it is soooo important to know the blogger you are pitching! I realize that PR people aren’t going to use something like MyLife.com to figure out what is going on in my life, but I do expect a little research on their part!

Feel free to leave your bad pitch stories below!

9 thoughts on “Dear Public Relations Firms, Please Read My Blog Before You Pitch Me”

  1. Last week I got pitched for a review for a bunch of baby products. I wrote back and informed them a) my kids are 17, 17 and 19 and b) I had a hysterectomy in February and if they looked at my blog before pitching me they would have known at least one of those facts.Ugh!

    1. Baby products? Wow. It is just annoying when people don't develop a relationship with us and know when products like that are such a bad fit!

  2. It's horrible! At this point, I pretty much take it for granted that I'm on many lists that are not good fits for me and those lead to inappropriate pitches. For higher level outreach, programs that involve a longer commitment or paid ambassadorships usually, the companies typically look a bit closer. But even in those cases, a blogger outreach list may be finalized a week or two prior to outreach, so even then there can be tacky mishaps.

    Good luck with your surgery!

  3. my situation is similar but different: i clearly have listed on any pages with my contact info that i am not currently accepting review requests. yet they pitch me anyway.

  4. Geez, that's pretty lame. I'm with you, if I didn't know how the Internet marketing world worked, it would have come across as being horrible rude and insensitive. Oh, wait. It *is* rude and insensitive. Anyway, at least you have a sense of humor about it. =) Hope your surgery goes well and that you have a quick recovery.

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Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin

In April 2006, Lisa began blogging to stay connected with distant relatives and friends. As she delved into blogging, she discovered the potential to assist others by sharing her experiences. Lisa has actively engaged in numerous exclusive media ventures. Notable among these are her participation in events such as the Sony Mommy Bloggers Event, the Pampers Mommy Bloggers Event, the Epson Event in Chicago, the Stouffers Event, a memorable yacht excursion with Lands End, collaborations with 1-800-Baskets, an exclusive tour for bloggers by Mrs. Prindable’s, partnerships with Hallmark, PopCap games, Chicago Cubs Mastercard Priceless Events, and Rug Doctor. In addition, she has collaborated with Nutrisystem on a weight loss initiative, teamed up with Buick and Chevy, and served as a brand ambassador for Sprint. Lisa's collaboration portfolio also extends to Disney, where she has participated in press trips for significant movies such as Frozen, Guardians of the Galaxy, McFarland USA, The Good Dinosaur, The BFG, and Cars 3. Notably, for projects like Frozen, The BFG, and Cars 3, she was granted the privilege of walking the red carpet and conducting interviews with celebrities. The impact of Lisa's blog has gained recognition, with The New York Times referencing her content. Moreover, she has been featured in interviews by respected publications such as the Southtown Star, The Chicago Sun Times, and inside.View Author posts

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