I’m not ashamed to admit that one of the great things about the BlogHer conference was the swag. I was ready, willing and able to take whatever the various exhibitors wanted to give me. I was also ready, willing and able to blog and/or tweet about it. Of course, much like a job interview, when I went up to the booths, I told them what information I wanted them to know. One of the key things I never brought up was my familial status, but maybe I should have lied about it…
I had heard that most brands fall all over themselves if you are a “mommy blogger.” Have I mentioned how much I dislike that term? I don’t know why, but it just seems so demeaning. Maybe it’s just me…
Regardless, I might not have 5 people in my household purchasing power, but I can influence WAY more than that not only with my blog, but also just chatting people up…including my family. Yes, I know this might come as a shock to some people, but single, childless people do actually have a family. I have a set of parents, a sister, a brother in law, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and even grandparents. Not to mention all of the friends and acquaintances as well as coworkers I interact with on a regular basis. I haven’t even mentioned the 100 or so people a month who regularly visit my blog.
You see, what I have built up with this sphere of influence is something priceless…it’s trust. They trust my word. If I really like something, I have seen people decide to join my enthusiasm and want to purchase whatever it is I am fluttering on about. Also, they heed my warnings if a product isn’t up to snuff.
So, what did I get for free?
|Even singles need TP|
One of the ways various brands enticed me was with a coupon for free stuff. The other day I went to the supermarket and got over $30 worth of free stuff. The cashier called me an extreme couponer as she rang up my free 12 pack of Charmin. I told her that I was merely a blogger and was lucky enough to attend a conference where the toilet paper, Pine-Sol, Sun Chips, Stacy’s Toasted Garlic Bagel Chips, Bailey’s Coffee Creamer in chocolate, and Dannon Greek Yogurt were all part of the giveaways.
You see, I might only buy $50 to $100 per week at Target or whatever grocery store isn’t annoying me at the moment, but I can help to sell a product that I believe in or just enjoy.
Heck, there might be some random person who wants to know what the Philosophy Red Velvet Cake lip gloss is like and does a Google search for said beauty products. I will tell you that it smells just like cake. Sort of tastes like it too. It’s really dark red in the tube, but it goes on a hell of a lot lighter. In fact, I could barely tell I was wearing it. It’s a little sticky, but it wears well over time.
|More beauty products, please!|
I’ve also been using the Miracle moisturizer and the Be Somebody moisturizer. While I haven’t seen any miraculous wrinkle reduction, I also haven’t experienced any irritation since I started using it two days ago. The Be Somebody moisturizer is water lilly scented and let me tell you…it’s quite a strong scent when it goes on. It’s also a little oily as you can see from the photo, but the scent and the oil fade away nicely after a few minutes.