As a blogger occasionally a company will reach out to me to collaborate with them. Let’s just say now, I haven’t collaborated with any of these companies and here’s why…
Collaboration means working together to produce something, I think this is something you should really keep in mind when considering to work with people and companies. Most collaborations I’ve come across, the company has just contacted me to buy their product at a “discounted” price or their using me as free advertising.
I’ve had jewellery companies wanting me to make a moodboard of their products and put it on my blog, and what would I get out of it?– Nothing, except wasted time. They literally just wanted me to advertise their products which I’d never tried just out of the goodness of my heart, I obviously declined this bizarre offer. Another nuts offer I had was from a lingerie company, who wanted me to pose in my favourite lingerie or swimming costume (not their pieces) on my blog, to then talk about their own pieces and send a link to their site. First of all I would never talk about a product I have never tried, I don’t lie here on my blog for views. I purely want to inform you of what I liked and what I would recommend you didn’t waste your money and time on. Secondly, what the f*** do I get out of this collaboration??-Absolutely nothing!
A while ago I was approached by a upcoming app, they wanted me to appear on their website and they would advertise my blog on their newsletter as well as giving me some money for a giveaway on my blog. As the emails kept going back and forth, the giveaway soon vanished but the other offers still were available so I was still interested. Then I downloaded the app… It was so creepy and downright stupid. It was basically a live YouTube which you had to pay to tune in for each stream. It made me think of a web girl site! I quickly declined.
One of the shadiest of them all and you’ve probably heard of them, is Mirina Collections. Selling nasty cheap jewellery at massively inflated prices, giving people rashes and breaking within minutes of wear. The company approached me on several occasions to be a Mirina Girl, luckily I did my research and avoided getting involved with this terrible company. Hilariously, this company was one of the few who actually offered to give their collaborators something in return for working with them.
When should you collaborate?
-Always check out the companies site, is it a legitimate company.
-Always check out/try out the app they want you to advertise.
-Read reviews of the site, I did this and avoided joining the dreaded Mirina Collections.
-Make sure you know what is expected of you by collaborating, email back and forth so you know what is involved.
-What are you getting out of it? Don’t let yourself be used!
I don’t like ending on a negative note, so I’m just going to remind you that there are some great companies out there who do legitimate collaborations and are wonderful to work with, but the only ones I’ve collaborated with I contacted them first.-So that’s something to maybe keep in mind.
Have you collaborated with a shady company and it didn’t work out? Or have you worked with an amazing company?- Be sure to comment to let me know!