Allison PR is an agency that I have a lot of respect for and they represent a bunch of awesome accounts that I know many of you would love to work with. This includes: Toyota, Jansport, Moe's Southwest Grill and more. As a PR Agency they are sort of stuck in the middle (along with most of us honestly). How should brands work with Inflencers, what opportunities for providing value to we represent to their clients. This is a murky space but I - James from ManTripping.com - was honored to be part of the survey that they just released. Let's take a look at some of their results ...
While we do our own campaigns, this organization likes to play friendly with other blogger networks. One of the most frequent questions that I get asked is "how do you get all those cool opportunities?" I've been fortunate that my background was in doing influencer relations for a variety of big brands prior to becoming a full-time blogger and so I built up a good network of people who have helped me out. The following is a list of my favorite blogger networks that work with male influencers.
I'm not going to get into the debate about whether or not you should use marketing automation tools, a virtual assistant, or grind the old fashioned way. The reality is that marketing automation technologies are key to any business today from selling staplers to promoting blog posts and building more connections within your industry. The challenge that I find though is that all too often people don't know how to use the tools and simply assume that they are a way to "cheat" and jump ahead of the line on their way to fame and fortune. Let's take a look at how to use marketing automation tools so the result looks as natural as possible!
I've been a "blogger" for more than 20 years. My first blogs began as video game sites back in the mid 1990's. Back then, anyone who published content online and wasn't part of a corporate media organization was simply referred to as a blogger. Today though, the landscape is MUCH MORE COMPLEX. Despite this, terms like "blogger" and "influencer" are used interchangeably. I'm guilty of not using these terms distinctly as well and in part that's because some bloggers are influencers too. This is either through sheer scale of their reach or that they focus on their expertise and personality more than sharing news and other content provided to them. Over the past year I've started to see not just the clear lines of differentiation, but also the impact that these two types of content creators can produce ... as well as the marketing impact. Let's take a look at the difference between engaging with influencers and bloggers.
Everyone knows the importance of properly hashtaging your posts on Instagram and Twitter, but most posts out there cater to women and cutesy posts about dresses and other pretty things. Today, we're going to share some important Instagram hashtags to help men better categorize their posts. This is designed to be a living document, so please comment below if you have other hashtags that you think we should be including. Now, on to our list of essential Instagram hashtags relating to Whisky, Beer, Wine, and other Adult Beverages!
If you listen to a lot of podcasts and vlogs, you'll start to notice that many of them actually use the same music - so where do they get it? For many of the videos I've produced personally, I've simply used what came with my editing app and that's great ... except that it's limited and often times triggers copyright warnings on Facebook and YouTube. So I decided to reach out and ask a few of my friends where they get their tracks for use in podcasts and videos. Here's some of the top sites for free music downloads that they recommended.
While much of being a great blogger is having something to say and being able to write it down - photography skills are essential too. My hope is that by launching this monthly photo challenge that we can have a fun way to showcase members of the #MenWhoBlog community and improve our skills at the same time. October's theme is "Festive Fall Photos". While some challenges may be more specific and focus on a specific technique, this one is wide open. Simply take an original photo depicting fall in your town or in one that you are visiting this month.
Contests and giveaways are some of the easiest and most powerful ways that bloggers can drive traffic and engagement around a topic. However, it's not always the easiest thing to do successfully. While there are many key components needed for a successful giveaway - such as great prizing, easy entries, clear directions etc. Perhaps the most important way to ensure that you get entries is to promote the sweepstakes properly.
Imagine having a car company dropping off a new vehicle for you to drive every week. Most people are stuck with one car for five years but you get something new a couple times a month ranging from a two-seater sports car to a top-of-the-line SUV to a pickup truck or even a family sedan and drive it for a few days or even a week. All you have to do in return is write about your experiences candidly and thoughtfully, sharing a few pictures of the vehicle on social media too. Does this sound too good to be true?
How many of you have tried to grow your Twitter account to no avail? I have been blogging for 9 years and in that time I have found that Twitter by far was the best platform for social media engagement for my blog. Over the years I had tried numerous strategies to work on trying to build my Twitter numbers but only saw incremental increases. Just as some of you may have felt, for me this was frustrating and somewhat defeating.