You may wonder why a product review and/or giveaway would benefit you and your business. The main benefit is that consumers, moms specifically, really want to know what a real person thinks about something before they try it themselves. I can assure you that I am in fact a real person. I am a stay-at-home mom of three very active boys. I have a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor is Psychology. My personal interests include reading, scrapbooking, cooking, gardening and party planning. My family is very active and always willing to try new things. If you feel that I would be a good candidate to review and or host a giveaway for your product or service and your item falls into one of these categories, please feel free to read on about the procedure.
- Novels, Non-Fiction, Cookbooks, Self-help, Fitness and Educational books are ok. I try to stay away from politics.
- Sorry no eBooks at this time (unless you want to include an eReader =)
- Library Services
- Book Marketing items – signed copies, bookmarks, posters, clothing, etc.
- Items related to reading – bookplates, bookmarks, e-readers, magnifiers, book covers, etc.
Review and Giveaway Procedure
There is no charge for product reviews. I ask that a full sized/complete item be shipped to my home address and I will take a maximum of 10 days to use the items (unless otherwise agreed upon or required by the design of the item). I will also need a quality digital image of the product, and detailed description of the item as well as your companies “blurb” to include in the post. At that time I will write up a review of your item and submit it to you for final approval before posting to my blog. Please note: This request for final approval is only to ensure accuracy of logistics (company contact info, product descriptions, images, etc.) within the post. I am 100% honest regarding product reviews and I will not change my opinions to suit your company. Once you have agreed to participate in a review on my site you are subject to my honest opinion. Each review will contain multiple links to the sponsor’s websites, facebook pages, twitter accounts and any other avenues you use to attract patrons. If you would like include an interview with an author, we can arrange a phone, chat room or written interview.
Giveaways in conjunction with a product review are strongly encouraged but not required. Let’s face it, people love free stuff, and maybe even more so, they love to win. Creating that sort of buzz around your product is a great way to attract traffic for your business. The terms of the giveaway will be outlined prior to posting the blog.
Demographic guidelines can be structured as the sponsor sees fit. However, I require all winners to be at least 18 years of age. Location restrictions are strictly based on the sponsors willingness to ship internationally. Restricting to US only or US/Canada Residents is perfectly acceptable.
Giveaways run for a minimum of 15 days, unless otherwise requested. Entries are placed in the form of comments on the giveaway post and are monitored to ensure that they comply with the giveaway rules. I require one mandatory entry task – usually a question regarding the main topic of the book. This is a flexible component. Additional entries can be gained by following me or you on blogs, facebook, and/or twitter. You can also request one entry for market research. This means asking a question regarding improving your product. I advertise all giveaways Daily on a wide variety of giveaway submission blogs (for a minimum total of 30), as well as websites such as The Product Review Place, TwitterMoms, and Prizey.net. I also use the popular social networking sites Facebook and Twitter to draw attention to all giveaways every other day.
Once the giveaway is completed, I use Random.org to randomly select a winner. I email the winner and they are given 48 hours to respond to me with their mailing address. I also post the winner in a separate post on Busy Moms Who Love To Read. If the winner does not respond in a timely manner a new winner will be selected. I will send the shipping information to the sponsor within 24 hours of receiving it from the winner. Unless otherwise arranged, the sponsor is responsible for shipping the prize directly to the winner. I request that the sponsor ship out the prize within 7 days, as I inform my readers to expect their prize no later than 4-6 weeks from the completion of the contest.
If you wish to run a giveaway without a product review, you have two options. You can pay $5 (via Paypal) to receive ALL of the benefits listed above. Or you can select a limited coverage giveaway for free. This means that I will post your giveaway to 1 site each day and 2 times (total for the length of the giveaway) on facebook and twitter.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about my PR guidelines! I look forward to working with you. Contact me at polsen11[at]Comcast[dot]net if you would like me to do a review and/or host a giveaway of your product!