Regardless of what you think about blogger and PR relations, as a blogger you are kind of entering into an agreement…
I get sent alot of different products to review. Sometimes they are easy to write about and sometimes you need to get a bit more creative. I appreciate when PR people send stuff my way. I feel an obligation to review or post about it, especially when they email me first asking if I’d like to receive it and I respond saying yes. Regardless of what you think about blogger and PR relations, as a blogger you are kind of entering into an agreement there. There is an understanding that you are accepting something in exchange for a review.
That said, you may not be a huge fan of the product you are sent. That is totally fair. No PR person in their right mind would ask a blogger to lie about how they felt about the product. That’s just wrong. Most bloggers just don’t mention the product at all if they don’t like it. I’ve done that and explained to the PR person who sent it to me that it wasn’t really up my alley. That’s respected.
If you don’t have any inclination to work with that PR company again, you may feel such explicit hatred for a product that you decide to bash it on your site. That’s fine too. But you’ll probably be flagged by the PR company who sent you that product and the next time they have something amazing that you’d be perfect for, well, they’ll probably just pass it on to another eager blogger who loves amazing stuff and opportunities and isn’t an ungrateful brat. Remember bloggers, PR companies help keep you in the “review” business, so play the bloody game.
Last part on this tour of Sidetrack Cafe, PR companies, don’t harass bloggers for stats. It’s annoying and rude. Unless you’re paying me in cold hard cash and not candy, I don’t have to reveal anything.
Whoa. Where am I going with all this? This started out as a post about the new Calvin Klein Push Positive Bra and it turned into something completely different. I’d say its a build-up of frustration that has occurred from playing both sides of the fence recently.
Before I bore you any further, let’s move on to my review of the new Calvin Klein Push Positive Bra, who’s PR company, BTW, is a joy to work with. They pre-qualified me by sending an email asking if I’d like to receive the bra and have never harassed me or have been pushy for stats or anything else. Just a pleasant and happy relationship.
Obviously I said yes to their email. Most guys don’t realize, but a good bra is NOT cheap. And there is also a difference between a good bra and a sexy bra. Most good bras are not sexy and most sexy bras are not good (by good, I mean actually useful in supporting your boobs, what bras were made for in the first place).
But I’m not a nun. I want an attractive bra that makes me feel sexy and one that also still does its job. So I was thrilled when the new bra arrived.
It’s a pretty dark green colour, and it is so so comfortable. Also, the push is definitely positive. I’m well proportioned to begin with and this bra takes me from Jennifer Love Hewitt to Pamela Anderson (boobwise of course).
So that’s great. I can tell you about the results. But I was struggling with how I could actually demonstrate them. I’m not at that phase in my life yet where I want to start posing in bras on my site. So I decided to do a test.
I wore the bra out on a Saturday to hang out with my gay friend and three girlfriends. At one point in the conversation, one of the girls said, “Val, I’m sorry, I just cannot stop looking at your boobs”. I started talking about the bra and because we were all tipsy at that point, let Marie snap a photo and tweet it. Within minutes, I had a ton of girls asking where they could buy the bra.
The Push Positive Bra is a product I totally recommend. It’s comfortable and still sexy and does the job. The Push Positive is available at The Bay and is also really affordable.
Thanks for listening to my rant. Happy Tuesday xo