3/9/17 – Here is a review opportunity for a fitness tracker bracelet from moreFit that I am passing on. I don’t have all the particulars of what is required or what social media they want the review to be posted on, for that you will need to contact Emma at moreFit to get the details to see if it interests you. You can contact her via email here. Please refer to the fitness tracker review opportunity in your email subject line.
- Built in USB Plug
- Light weight
- Tracks steps, distance, calories and active minutes
- Sleep tracker
Our family recently got to try out the new Alienware 17″ i7 (7th gen core) gaming laptop. (model AAW17R4-7002SLV-PUS). This machine is all that and then some. Alienware, if you are not familiar, is an off-shoot from Dell and is considered the ultimate in gaming computers.
Specs on this bad boy:
- Graphics Processor NVIDIA GTX 1060 processor
- 8GB RAM (a bit low, I would have preferred a beefier 16GB)
- 1 TB HDD (Unfortunately not a SSD, but still GREAT size)
- 17.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits Display
- Windows 10 Operating System; Silver (we upgraded ours to 10Pro)
- 3 USB ports
- Weight, a very chunky 9.7 pounds
- Dimensions 13 x 16.7 x 1.2 inches
I have used Wish and it’s amazing. Low prices, and an easy shopping experience make this site really fun to use. You can even download a mobile app. It seems like they have an ever changing, and increasing product offering, there is really something for everyone. I encourage you to check it out.
This week I was requested to do something a little different from reviewing. I was asked to make a product demo video, the only stipulation being that it must be under one minute.
The product in question was an ocean wave projection light, that also doubled as a sound machine / speaker. It also came with a remote control. PLUS it had two cords, and an sd card reader. Whew, that’s a lot.
Try as I might I couldn’t adequately describe the item and all it’s features in just a minute. Turns out I really needed closer to 3 to 4 minutes. What I did to try to make the most of short video time I had is that I shot two separate videos, one demonstrating the product and one talking about the product. The first video of the light projection I muted and put as an inset video in the second one where I explained the features. Still, that was not enough to get across all the details. So I added some still shots of the controls, labeled them and slapped those in the video too. There is a lot packed in to this one minute video, and I think it might be the busiest 1 minute video ever.
I hope they like it!
My original post about how to get into reviewing was (and remains) quite popular but it occurs to me that I should write an update, as the reviewing world has changed drastically since that post with Amazon’s TOS changing.
If you have not done so already, familiarize yourself with Amazon’s new reviewing policies if you are going to review primarily on Amazon.
There are still other sites you can review on besides Amazon. Xberts, Fat Wallet and Slick Deals come to mind. And probably the best way to review is on other social media or your own blog. Admittedly, getting into reviewing now is hard if you don’t already have a large audience or a solid reviewing reputation. Everyone has to start somewhere though.
Here is my advice then for starting out:
- Review all items you bought where you bought it (if you bought it on Amazon, review it on Amazon). Amazon now limits the number of reviews per week you can do for items not purchased through your site. You can review 5 items per week, but it might be worth it to do that. I focus a lot on Amazon, because it takes so much of the retail spotlight these days, who DOESN’T shop at Amazon?
- Review your items on other social media, as well as the place you bought them. The point of this is to begin to build an audience. If your reviews are good, and enough people like them you will succeed.
- Start your own review blog in addition to your social media channels.
- Seek out the myriad of groups on Facebook and elsewhere that are geared towards reviewers with free giveaways or super low cost items. If you were going to buy items anyway why not get them at a discount?
- Contact retailers directly and ask for samples to review. Mention your website or number of followers if it is relevant. You will get a lot of rejection, but every once in awhile you will get someone interested.
- There are also review groups out there that you can join and get free samples, although since Amazon’s TOS has changed the numbers have reduced. But doing an online search you can find others out there. Green mom’s review is one that would appeal to a niche audience, for example. Some of these review outlets have stricter requirements than others so do your research. Amazon continues their own reviewer’s club, but it is strictly invitation only.
- Work as hard at building your audience as you do at leaving reviews. Consider being a niche reviewer of one type of product and become an expert in that arena.
I like reviewing on Instagram because it’s such an easy way to review. I use Instagram as a supplement to my other Amazon Vine reviews or my YouTube reviews. I don’t have a huge following on Instagram, but it’s so easy to send photos there that I already have on hand from the main review process I don’t know why you wouldn’t consider it.
The main advantage/drawback to Instagram is that you can only post to it via mobile device, which can be a bit limiting. At first this was a huge mental hurdle for me, but now I am quite accustomed to it, and I have even linked other social media outlets to Instagram via IFTTT, so posts I make to Instagram can auto post across the rest of my platforms. You can also do this kind of thing with Hootsuite which I am a HUGE fan of as well. Hootsuite works with Instagram, but you still have to manually post all Instagram via your mobile. Still, using these tools is a huge time saver, and I highly recommend employing one or both of them.
Gaining followers on Instagram is not as easy as it is on Pinterest or Twitter, but if you spend time on there on a regular basis, you can gather a following. It requires a lot of liking other people’s posts, posting regularly, commenting on other’s posts and befriending other people. Basically networking! I don’t have the kind of time to spend on my own Instagram, but I do manage other Instagram accounts as part of my job, and with those I do put in the effort and it does show.
Instagram is also the most visually appealing of all the social media outlets. I like it even more than Pinterest which sometimes seems a bit cluttered looking. Instagram is very simplistic and clean looking. Definitely worth a look I’d say!
I got this message in my inbox this morning:
I had written a blog piece a few weeks ago comparing Amazon’s Prime and Walmart’s Shipping Pass. Prime won that head to head match up, but now it looks like Walmart has changed tactics and is offering anyone free 2 day shipping with orders over $35, no fees required. It’s not hard to find $35 worth of items to buy, but I was using this service quite a bit and all my orders were under $35. I guess people like me make the program not profitable.