How To Work With Brands You Love

Blogging Tips: How To Work With Brands You Love on Waketon Road Blog

A couple of weekends ago I had the opportunity to takeover the LOFT Instagram Stories for a day. If you have followed me for a while, or just poked around the blog you will notice that I #loveloft. It was such an honor that they reached out to me to be part of the 97 Days of Summer campaign. As a relatively newish blogger, being able to work with one of my favorite brands seemed like something that would only happen down the road. The fact that I was able to work with them on such a fun campaign this young in my blogging journey just confirms a few things for me. So I wanted to share my thoughts on how to work with brands you love.

Blogging Tips: How To Work With Brands You Love on Waketon Road Blog

As I said, I am a relatively new blogger meaning I am not an industry OG, and this is not my full-time career, but I have been blogging consistently for over a year. I’ve picked up on a few things along the way that have helped me to work with brands that I truly love. I don’t think that numbers mean everything. There are plenty of people out there with much larger followings than mine. What I do believe in is trust. I made the decision early on to only work with brands that I personally like, and not accept every opportunity that comes along.

Blogging Tips: How To Work With Brands You Love on Waketon Road Blog

The trust my readers have in my opinion is more important to me than “free stuff”. If a brand or an item isn’t something that I would personally use, buy or do then I would rather pass. Instead I create content around brands and products that I am excited about. Clearly I shop at LOFT often. It’s a brand that I believe in. They have quality clothing, great price point and fits my style. When a company looks at my account or blog, they can see that I align with their brand because I am already one of their customers. It’s a natural partnership!

Blogging Tips: How To Work With Brands You Love on Waketon Road Blog

Whether you are a blogger, run a personal business, or are in the corporate setting, being professional is key. I do view my blog as a business. Therefore, I have the same professionalism when handling the blog that I do at my full-time job. It can be hard to juggle the schedule with both, and there are times where I don’t respond to emails the same day. But I always maintain a professional tone in all of my communication with brands.

Blogging Tips: How To Work With Brands You Love on Waketon Road Blog

I’m going to be honest here and say there is a part of the blogging community that puzzles me. There are some influencers that feel like they are doing a brand or company a favor by working with them. This is the complete opposite for me. I feel honored to work with brands so I make it a point to do my best work for them. It’s important to read their guidelines, understand their vision and combine that with your own creative spin. Meet the deadlines and communicate with them throughout the process. The same can be said in any job, communication is so important and goes a long way. Let them know you received the product, when you plan to shoot, when the post will go live, what other areas you will be promoting the content and when you have completed everything.

Blogging Tips: How To Work With Brands You Love on Waketon Road Blog

In order to work with brands that you love, make sure that your personal brand aligns with theirs. LOFT reached out to me because I am constantly tagging them in my photos because I genuinely wear LOFT all the time. It would be weird for me to suddenly be partnering with Hot Topic (is that still a thing?). So just be true to yourself and opportunities will naturally unfold.

Blogging Tips: How To Work With Brands You Love on Waketon Road Blog

Lastly, and probably most importantly, believe in yourself. That sounds cheesy, but it’s so true. We are always our own worst critic. It’s so easy to start believing that you don’t have anything to offer or you don’t have enough Instagram followers. Wherever it may be that holds you back, just know that everyone has something to offer. Blogging aside, everyone deals with this. As I get older and more comfortable in who I am, believing in my capabilities gets easier. But I also have to push myself. I know what I am capable of so far because I’ve taken a risk and landed on my feet. But what’s next?!

Blogging Tips: How To Work With Brands You Love on Waketon Road Blog

When I am creating content on my own there is less pressure. I want my readers to connect with what I am sharing, but there isn’t the added pressure of a brand. It can be scary to work with brands because you want to perform! They are placing confidence in you to represent them well. This pressure has made me hesitant to take on projects in the past. But we never grow if we don’t challenge ourselves. Taking on partnerships that push me has helped me grow as a creative, which I love!

Blogging Tips: How To Work With Brands You Love on Waketon Road Blog

If you have stuck with me this long, thank you! Whether you are a blogger or just curious about how to work with brands, I hope you found this helpful. I am no expert and I am constantly learning, but I believe in sharing experiences. I am proud of the partnerships I have had want to encourage you to work with brands you love, too! xo Bryn

Shop the Look:

Stripe Tee, Shorts, Earrings, Scarf and Sunglasses all c/o LOFT, Hat: Urban Outfitters, Tote: LOFT, Shoes: Zara

18 thoughts on “How To Work With Brands You Love

  1. Lorna

    Very well said! I found your blog via Margo & Me, when you left a comment on her ‘sponsorship post’ and thought it was extremely thoughtful. I’m a full time blogger after working in the industry for around 9 years. I started mine in 2010 and finally became self employed 2 years ago. I hope you’re able to have yours as a career too! It’s definitely good enough 🙂 🙂

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      That’s amazing that you have been in the industry for so long! I’m sure you’ve seen it change over the years! And making it a career is definitely the goal, so I appreciate that! I’m so glad you stopped by and thank you for the kind words! xo Bryn

  2. Taylor Cannon

    Such a great post Bryn! So exciting that you were able to work with a brand that you love! You are creating such a wonderful space with Waketon Road and I love following along!

    Taylor | http://www.livingtaylored.com

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you Taylor! That means a lot, and so happy we connected! I enjoyed your Monday Motivation today! xo Bryn

  3. Jenn Lake

    Yay! Congrats on the takeover!!!

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thanks so much Jenn! xo Bryn

  4. Katherine Swain

    I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging a year! To be honest, your blog is such an inspiration for me because I know that you’re new(ish), yet your content truly stands out. Congrats on such an amazing opportunity with Loft! You are so deserving!

    Katherine | http://www.oneswainkycouple.com

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      That is the best compliment Katherine! I really appreciate that, thank you!! You are doing such great work with your blog and I am so happy to follow your journey! xo Bryn

  5. Mary Powers

    Such a great post, Bryn! You are my #goal and that’s not a joke. I aspire to be a great blogger like you! I vote for a Hot Topic and Waketon Riad collab 😂🙋🏼

    – Mary
    http://www.MissMaryPowers.com

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you!!! You always inspire me Mary, I seriously don’t know how you do it all! Also, I totally laughed out loud at the hot topic comment! xo Bryn

  6. Emily

    This post is awesome! As a new blogger I found this to be extremely helpful and motivating! Thanks for sharing, Bryn!

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Yay! I’m so glad! That was my goal so I’m glad you found it motivating! Thanks for reading! xo Bryn

  7. Tamara

    Congrats on that collab babe! Keeping it real is key and collabs will come organically.

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

  8. Rach

    Love everything you said in this point! I don’t consider you a newbie at all! I love your professionalism (and style!)in this industry. When I discovered your blog last year, I knew you were definitely a new blog I love to follow 🙂

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  9. Dana Mannarino

    So well-said, my friend! I truly adore your content and love seeing you succeed! When you did the LOFT takeover, I was SO happy for you – it was really a perfect fit.

    Pink Champagne Problems

  10. Courtney Hardy

    This was a really good post. I’m a blogger myself and I get opportunities that come my way, but I turn down most of them because it costs money, or I just don’t like the brand. The reason why I have to worry about money is because I’m a highschooler who does not have a job. But anyways tmi about my situation. I enjoyed the post.
    https://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

  11. Lauren

    What an amazing opportunity! You go girl!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  12. Maggie a la Mode

    I’m definitely loving this!! I agree 100%!

    http://www.maggiealamode.com

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