Why I Turned Down My First Sponsored Post

 

 

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We all have goals in life.

Our goals will vary greatly – from having a family, to a great career, or even just having that home we’ve always dreamed of. Our goals will change over time – mine have changed so much over the last few years it’s been hard to keep track. But we all have one thing in common – we all dream of achieving something and when it happens, we’re elated.

I started blogging years ago, but have put my heart and soul into it for the last 8 weeks. I’ve fallen in love with blogging again, with writing again, and it’s been my go-to place when things got really difficult. It’s been a welcome relief from every life and struggles, so my goal quickly became to work with a brand.

I researched heavily into approaching brands, being in the mind set that one definitely wouldn’t contact me yet. I was realistic – I knew that the PR team from MAC wouldn’t rock up at my door with a bag full of foundation and a high five. But then a brand did get in touch and I was ecstatic! I eagerly read into it and awaited my items, but found although the items were nice, I wasn’t thrilled with the results.

Whenever I buy items online, I have an open mind. Especially when you’re an avid eBay user, sometimes bigread204 isn’t going to send you a book in mint condition as promised. But I do expect the item to reflect the price I’ve paid and I feel like this time, it didn’t.

I was then thrown into a dilemma. As much as I would have loved to have raved about the items and received retweets and praise – I couldn’t lie. I couldn’t promote something to the (few) people who read my blog with a clear conscience if I wouldn’t buy from them myself.

I know that if I had been influenced to buy a product, and found it was not to standard, I’d have unfollowed that blogger within a second. I wouldn’t trust them again. And I didn’t want any of you to feel like I’d lied or misled you.

I do wonder if maybe I’m being picky. But like most people I have a budget, so if I’d spent my hard earned cash, I wouldn’t be happy. So I emailed the brand, politely thanked them for the opportunity and explained I wouldn’t be reviewing.

It wasn’t an easy decision. I won’t slander anyone and won’t name or shame, but it makes me wonder how many people have decided to overlook a flaw because they’re eager to impress or make it big. But could I blame some of them? Maybe to these people, the goal is to be successful, regardless of honesty.

Have you ever been offered a brand that you were unsure about? Did you turn them down? I want to know more!

4 Comments

  1. 29th May 2016 / 11:03 pm

    Absolutely bang on with this one. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Which is usually true.

    In this case, however, if you *shouldn’t* say anything nice, then say nothing at all. Nobody is going to thank you down the line for recommending and putting your name to a product that makes your face rot off, simply out of obligation because you were sent it free.

    Stay classy – get in touch with the brand or PR, explain that you’re very grateful, but for x/y/z reasons you can’t recommend it. You never know, a new opportunity to work with the brand on the development of a new product may come out of it!

    Great piece!

    Nathan

    • whitedaisiesbluejeans
      29th May 2016 / 11:07 pm

      Thanks for commenting! I got in touch with them once I’d had time to try the products – it’s definitely best to be honest with everyone involved, including the brand! They may never have had the honest feedback and so don’t know what has to be changed!
      X

  2. 26th October 2016 / 3:50 pm

    I love this – it’s so important to be honest with the reviews that you give, and I don’t feel as though enough people are. Eventually bigger things will come from turning these initial reviews down, as the more people that trust you, the more followers you will get, and eventually MAC will turn up at your door!

    • whitedaisiesbluejeans
      21st November 2016 / 9:34 pm

      I completely agree! I just don’t have it in me to pretend to love something! Fingers crossed Mac will show up at my door soon! 😉

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