Monday, July 27, 2009
Before we post any reviews I want to take this opportunity to thank Jerry Emerson of Art of Caricature for the fabulous job be did drawing each of us Blogger Mommies and creating that fun heading for us. He was able to accommodate our individual insecurities and hide our little imperfections, that I am sure only we see, while still making our caricatures look enough like us that my 2 year old granddaughter could easily identify each of us. He also kindly gave us all great figures that we wished we really had. Jerry has all the qualities you would hope for in a caricature artist...totally reasonable prices, the patience of Mother Teresa, and the attention to detail that would make any perfectionist jealous. Thank you Jerry!
The other person I would like to thank is Sheila of Blog Designs by Sheila. She created the page as you see it now, and she made it look so simple...although I know for a fact it isn't that easy. I considered building the page myself because I consider myself adequately knowledgeable about such things but I soon discovered I was in over my head. Not to mention that I had a bit too much on my plate with organizing the administrative part of setting up a review blog. After looking at her impressive portfolio I decided it was time to delegate the task of creating this page to someone who was better qualified for the job. I am so happy with that decision.
She walked me through the process with such patience and skill. I felt like our page was in good hands. I didn't have to worry about anything. She gave me samples of colors, textures, layouts, and asked me all the right questions that she would need to know to build the page, then she just got busy. I know that she works around her husband and children's schedules but she was able to get the page up and running even before I was ready. She was always available to answer any of my silly questions and concerns, that I am sure she has heard a million times. We are very impressed with her professionalism and just Love our new blog...Thank you Sheila!
Sheila and Jerry will forever remain on our Fave's List!
Anna D, Anna L, Jennifer, Katy, & Whitney
A brief history...I am the administrator of this group and owner of The Baby Store Plus, a baby & maternity shop located in SW Colorado. I formed a Focus Group to help me decide what products should be carried in the store. The Mommy Focus Group quickly realized that we could help other mom's by making our product reviews public...and the review blog idea was conceived. After much discussion and behind the scenes labor, the BloggerMommies was born.
The benefit of our retail roots is that the product suppliers can get more than just a review by and for mommies, because they also get the bonus of feedback about their product packaging, presentation, retail price point, and general sell-ability. Plus, if our mommies just love the product and feel that it is a must-have item in our community, then I may want to place a wholesale order myself.
In order to bring as much attention and publicity as possible to the great products that we review, we use every outlet available to us, some of which is our two Twitter accounts (BabyStorePlus & BloggerMommies), Facebook, LinkedIn, Mom Blog Directories, our weekly emails to our store customers, and various mentions on our store website. We include free ads with each review and also host Giveaways to bring more excitement about the products that we review. We also encourage the product suppliers to offer special discounts to those who don't win the giveaway, that way everyone wins!
Blogger Integrity has become a hot topic lately, especially for bloggers like ourselves who receive free products in exchange for a review. Let everyone hear me loud and clear... We only post our honest thoughts and opinions in our review posts. Yes, it may be possible for us to be 'slightly' influenced by the fact that we get the product for free, but that will in no way make us write a positive review for a negative product. The point of this blog is to bring you news and reviews of great products that may make your life a little bit better so posting a negative review would be counter-productive. We have had products that did not meet our minimum rating requirement and we have refused to post a review for those products. My grandma always told me, "If you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all", and that is our position with regard to reviews also.
We hope that the BloggerMommies blog will be a valuable resource for parents everywhere!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
"K.I.S.S. (keep it simple silly)"
The following is an outline of the review submission, acceptance, posting, and giveaway policy by and between the manufacturers, sales reps, product owners, and/or suppliers and the BloggerMommies group and should be read thoroughly, as completion of Step 1 serves as an "implied" agreement with the policy in it’s entirety.
Getting BloggerMommies to review your product is quite simple. Just follow the outline below.
Step 1) Send an email to BloggerMommies@gmail.com to request a review of your product. In this email please include a picture of the item, a brief description of it’s purpose, a link to your website, and your contact information.
Step 2) I will reply within approximately 7 days to let you know if we decide to review your product.
Step 3) You will need to send us the following:
A) at least one, full-sized product (or full access to your service) for at least one of our mommies to test. Send the BEST example of your product, not a "substandard, irregular, demo model" because a substandard product will most likely result in a substandard review.
B) Complete product information materials.
C) A button-sized digital image ad of your product or logo and the URL of the site you would like linked to this button ad.
D) A note to let us know if you would like to also offer any discounts for moms purchasing your products through a link from our site with a discount code or by mentioning the review on our blog.
E) Let us know if you would like the entrants restricted to the US only, US & Canada only, or Worldwide. If you currently offer your product to countries outside of the US then you will want to also open the entries in those countries also, as it will bring more attention to your product in a larger area. However, remember that you will be responsible for shipping the prize to the winner, in whatever country you allow to enter.
Our Mailing address is:
The Baby Store Plus
28 W Main Street
Cortez, CO 81321
Step 4) Once we receive the items specified in step 3, our mommies will begin to test the product. We should have our testing completed and a review prepared within 3-4 weeks.
Step 5) Once our review is prepared we will email you a link to the live review post. We will NOT modify our review to please anyone, so please do not ask. If the review is less than positive we will not post it on our blog.
Note: If we decided to Not post the review due to it not meeting our minimum rating requirement, then our business relationship will be terminated and there will be no further obligation on either parties part.
Step 6) We will post your review (if it meets our minimum rating requirement), your button-sized ad, and any specials that you offer our readers, within 2-3 weeks after we complete the review process. The review will include contest rules & instructions.
Step 7) At the end of the approximate 14 day run of your Review, we will close the contest and pick a winner using random.org (or other similar random selector service). The winner will be notified by email and given 48 hours to reply to claim their prize. If they fail to respond within that time period a new winner will be selected.
Step 8) Once we email you the name, address, and the color, size, pattern, etc choices of the Giveaway winner, you have 2 weeks to deliver the item to the winner. Please ship promptly (by a trackable method) because an unhappy winner will not be pleased if they don’t receive their prize and negative publicity spreads faster and farther than any positive publicity.
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9.) If you have positive experience with this product please share your story!
*NOTE: Your comments will not immediately appear because they are subject to verification and approval. Any post containing 'SPAM', outside links (other than what I have asked you to include) or unacceptable language or images will not be posted.
At the end of the contest period (specified in the review) a random comment will be chosen using Random.org or some other similar random selector program. The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to reply with their name and shipping address. If a response is not received within 48 hours that winner will forfeit the prize and a new winner will be selected. Sorry, no exceptions.