Sunday, March 6, 2011

Gearing Up For Our Next Gala!

Due to the overwhelming success of our first huge blog/Facebook event (our Facebook February features from a week ago), we have plenty of interest from both sponsors and readers as to when we'll hold our next gala.

I'm happy to announce that in about a month's time, we plan to have yet another fun, informative gala of networking, community, and--of course--plenty of great prizes! At this time, we are gathering sponsors for the big event.

Information for Potential Sponsors:

Our "Beyond Bums" event is geared toward shops, vendors, and manufacturers who specialize in both cloth diapers AND other items. It is easy, in the cloth diapering community, to spread awareness about your diapering products and accessories, but it's not always so easy to promote awareness and excitement about other types of products you might carry. That is where the "Beyond Bums" event comes in! By partnering with us, you are setting yourselves up for free business exposure, PR, and networking opportunities amongst our 1000+ fans on the blog, our Facebook page, and our Twitter stream.

How it Works, In a Nutshell:

By entering into a partnership with us, you will agree to send us one or more non-diapering-related products for review. We will photograph and fully demo the items we receive, and each item will receive its own featured write-up on the blog. In addition to the product write-up, your business itself will be featured as part of what is published on our blog. Links to your site and social networking accounts will be shared. A partial business biography or owner's profile will be integrated into your featured post in order to facilitate interest and access to your business.

After all the product reviews for the event have been featured, the event will culminate in a huge Facebook gala. For this component, you can expect hundreds of eager participants to come chat, network, and play along for fun prizes. You as a sponsor will agree to give away (to a winning fan) the same item that was up for review (or an equivalent store credit). Fans will be directed to your Facebook page as they play along. Each fan may enter only once, and will enter here on the blog only after he/she has read your product/business review and can leave a relevant comment on the post.

Why Participate?

This sponsorship opportunity:
- generates increased "buzz" about your business
- expands your potential fan-base through social media connections
- creates a positive reputation for your company
- informs people about products they may not have known you carry

How Broad of an Audience Can We Reach?

Cloth Diaper Contests & Giveaways was established very recently on January 4, 2011. Since its onset, we have gained:

- 13,769 hits on the blog
- 550 Facebook fans
- 350 Twitter followers
- 407 blog followers
- 313 RSS feed subscribers
- 109 email subscribers

(information accurate as of 03/06/11)

What Types of Products Are We Looking to Review?

At this time, we would consider reviewing the following types of products, which would be helpful and relevant to our family as well as our readership:

- appropriately sized clothing or accessories for baby or mom
- baby carriers
- nursing accessories
- blankets
- eco-friendly household products
- baby toys/books/music
- baby bathtime gear
- nursery or decor items
- eating and drinking gear
- infant potties
- bibs

* Please note due to health & sensitivity concerns, we will not be willing to review any food/beverage/vitamin/medicine/hygeine products at this time. Thank you.

Testimonials from Sponsors of Last Month's Gala:

"Working with Lisa from Cloth Diaper Contests was truly a pleasure. From the first email to checking to make sure I had received the winner's information, Lisa stayed in constant contact with me. Her thorough but personal interview with each sponsor for the giveaway was especially nice. I loved the professional, hassle free way all details were handled and the giveaway brought lots of traffic to my page as well as a few sales. I would honestly work with Lisa 1,000x over and have asked her to review an item of Cow Patties and to keep me at the top of any giveaway sponsor lists."
- Megs, Cow Patties Cloth

"Participating in Cloth Diaper Contests & Giveaways Facebook February gala as a sponsor was one of my best PR decisions so far in 2011. The profile she wrote on me and my company was much better than anything I could have done myself, and her idea to ask each participant what they respect the most about the sponsors was great: I went through all the comments (90!), and it gave me that extra little something needed to confirm that the choices I made since the beginning were the right ones. Thank you Cloth Diaper Contests & Giveaways, working with you was a pleasure and you can count me in for sure for your next event!"
- Sophie, MiniMaestro Pocket Diapers

"Being a sponsor for Cloth Diaper Contests and Giveaways' Facebook February was great for me and my business in so many ways. When the event took place, I was a new business and was hoping to get some more traffic to my facebook page. Not only did I get the traffic I was looking for, but the response from those who took part in the event was so encouraging and inspiring. They came looking to win some great prizes, but they walked away with nothing but great things to say about me and my business and the other sponsoring women/businesses. I walked away from the event so uplifted! On top of all that, I was able to make some good connections with other women who are interested in what I do and wanted more information. Overall, I benefited greatly from sponsoring this event and would highly encourage others to participate if given the opportunity. Lisa is great to work with!"
- Katie Palladino, Consultant, Diaper Parties by Everything Birth
How to Proceed With Questions, Inquiries, and Requests:

Please contact us to arrange the full details of our potential partnership.

We look forward to having you on board as a sponsor for this fantastic upcoming gala!