When I first started blogging six years ago, blogging was a relatively new type of media.  However, over the past few years, I’ve noticed many new bloggers interested in reviewing products. With all of the blogs out there, it is very easy to get lost in the shuffle. Brands, public relations companies and blogging groups receive many links to reviews.  If you want to be remembered for the next campaign or product, it’s a good idea to make sure that your review stands out.

How to write a review that stands out

How to Write a Review that Stands Out

So, how can you stand out from all of the other review bloggers? Here are a few tips that have worked well for me.

  • Let your contact know when you’ve received their product. They will appreciate that you keep in touch and will remember how easy it was to work with you.
  • Be original.  A review doesn’t mean you should copy information from the product description page or the press release.  Be sure you write your own content for the review.  A review should reflect your options about the product.  How does it taste, smell, feel, or sound? How did your skin react to it when you used it? Did it wash well or fall apart? Did the outfit fit or did it run small?  Think about what your reader might want to know about the product. 
  • Taking your own pictures is always the best solution. Show the product being used.  Pour the cereal into a bowl, add milk and a spoon and take a photograph.   Wear the shoes and show off a cute outfit. Have your child play with the toy and show the various options it has. Pour some shampoo in your hand or show how well it lathers. Create a recipe using the food or cookbook you were sent.  Put the food on a cute plate with a napkin and fork in the background.  
  • If lighting inside is an issue for your photographs, take a picture of it outside. I take all my food outside to photograph since my home doesn’t have good inside light.
  • Make the photographs as large as the width of your posting area. No one wants to squint at a tiny little photograph. You want your photos to be eye catching.
  • Before you publish your post, PLEASE check your post for typos, punctuation errors, and grammar mistakes. Check to be certain that your links work and go where you intend them to.  Double check the correspondence from the company and make sure all the information they asked you to include is included. Add links to their social media sites so your followers can connect with them in the future. Let your readers know where they can purchase the item.

Now that your review is posted,  email a link to the person you have been working with.   Share your review on the company’s Facebook site or tag them so they see it.  When you share your post on Twitter, make sure you include the company in your tweet so they notice it. Remember though, just because the PR company sees your review, doesn’t mean the company will.

To keep in touch with your contact, look for their social media information in the signature of their email.  Like their company on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.  The more you stay connected, the more likely they are to notice you in the future.  Keep working to make your posts the best that they can be.   Even the best blogger can improve what they do!

Do you have any tips for writing a review that stands out?

 

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February 17, 2014

How to Write a Review that Stands Out

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  1. Jamie

    February 17th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Great tips!! I always try to make sure that everything looks great – sometimes it’s just a bit hard however, depending on which host people are viewing it on. Saving these tips!!

  2. Ellen Christian

    February 17th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    That is so true, Jamie!

  3. Felissa (Two Little Cavaliers)

    February 17th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Great reminders. It is so important to take really good pictures. Not only does it allow your readers to see the product in action but it make the post more shareable.

  4. Ellen Christian

    February 17th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I agree, Felissa! It can really make your review stand out!

  5. Melissa Miller

    February 17th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Fantastic tips! The tips about photos are of utmost importance. My content width is a little over 600 so I always make sure the photos are 600 wide, plus using your own pictures is important. I never thought as far as showing the lather of my shampoo! This is a great post.

  6. Ellen Christian

    February 17th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks so much, Melissa! Glad it was helpful!

  7. Marielle Altenor

    February 18th, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Great article! I like reading reviews from bloggers that are genuine! They take the time to post their own pictures and such!

  8. Ellen Christian

    February 19th, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Thanks so much, Marielle! I agree. Photos can make a huge difference.

  9. diane

    February 19th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    These are great tips! It is important to act professionally if we want to be taken seriously as a real media outlet!

  10. Ellen Christian

    February 19th, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    I agree, Diane. Being professional is very important!