And you, and you, and you.
I am a blogger, and this means that I am often asked to write product reviews. Where do these reviews end up? They are read by you, my readers, and I of course thank you for reading. Otherwise it is entirely likely that I would not be asked to review products.
Now comes the tough part. When a company and/or PR firm approaches us (bloggers) and asks if we are willing to write a review they have to understand that we are not always going to like the product. Enter a very unpleasant scenario I recently exprerienced with a PR company that shall remain nameless.
I am not in the business of lying to my readers. You read this blog because (I hope) it offers something of value. I will not tell my readers (you) that something I tried was great, worked great, did what it said it was supposed to do when it didn’t. If you are a PR company reading this please understand that we as bloggers have to uphold our credibility. If a product has short comings (and let’s face it, sometimes they do) don’t expect a rave review.
So, this experience I had recently left a very sour taste in my mouth. I have been working with PR companies for years (since I first started blogging) and luckily, I am happy to say, this is the first such experience I have had. Thank goodness.
I think that we, as bloggers, need to maintain our honesty. If I don’t like the product, I will not say I do. I want my readers to respect me, I want them to know that I think too much of them to write anything that doesn’t reflect what I believe, because I know that they they visit my blog to read my opinion.
I would like to hear from you, what have your experiences been? Has a PR rep ever gotten incredibly nasty with you simply because you expressed yourself in a manner that wasn’t praise about a product they represent? And if so, how did you handle it? I would love to hear what others’ experiences have been, so please leave comments.