Problem: You Have Limited Travel Budget but You Don’t Know Who is Nearby

When we created BloggerBridge, we created it to make our lives easier and yours. We kept running into a series of problems and thought, there must be a better way.

Problem: You Have Limited Travel Budget but You Don’t Know Who is Nearby

The email invited me to visit their resort this weekend. That all sounds well and good but the resort was on the end of Long Island and I was in California. No, they weren’t offering to fly me to their destination. They didn’t have a budget for that. What they had were empty rooms.

Solution

You do what this hotel did. You email everyone you can and hope some of them will be in the area. This is not a great solution but I see companies doing it everyday. Hotels, restaurants, day tours and local tourism boards contacting people all over the country and hoping to reach the right people. It is a great way to get your email on a spam list.

You search the web or the internet for people blogging about your city. The problem is that if you do find people you are likely to send this email:

“I see you just went to ______, I wish I had known you were going to be in town because I would love to have you ______. Let me know the next time you are in town”.

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BloggerBridge Solutions

BloggerBridge Location Search

With BloggerBridge Lite or Premium you can create a location search and we will let you know when bloggers and other content creators are planning a trip to your city… or to the nearby city.

So instead of the “next time you are in town letter” you can have this:

  1. My wife and I decided to travel to Washington D.C., we booked a flight
  2. I emailed my flight confirmation to plans@tripit.com which created an itinerary in TripIt.
  3. Every night BloggerBridge contacts TripIt and updates the schedule for bloggers who have associated their TripIt profile with their BloggerBridge profile.
  4. When a blogger schedules a new trip (either manually or through TripIt as I had) BloggerBridge looks through the location searches. In my case it found City Wonders who had a location search for Washington D.C.
  5. City Wonders received an email with a link to my profile and a brief description of me.
  6. City Wonders contacted me and offered me a free tour of the Air and Space Museum in exchange for a blog post. I got a great tour. They got the word out about their product without having to pay my airfare from California to Washington D.C.

If you get too many emails from BloggerBridge you can add a user filter to only be notified for certain types of bloggers, bloggers with x many followers, bloggers who have at least y page views, etc.

Problem – You Need Good Content – How Bloggers / BloggerBridge.com Can Help

When we created BloggerBridge, we created it to make our lives easier and yours. We kept running into a series of problems and thought, there must be a better way.

Problem: You Need Good Content

He worked for a well-known travel company, he worked with their partners and he had a problem. Google had changed their algorithm to punish people who published bad content. Some of his partners had literally lost half of their traffic over night. Millions of dollars of revenue had gone away because someone had saved money by buying content on the cheap from overseas writers with bad english skills writing about destinations they had never seen. He wanted to find good content creators.

Content is increasingly important. People are skipping the ads on their TVs… if they watch TV at all. Newspapers and magazines are losing subscribers. People are spending more and more time on the internet from their desktops and their phones. And your content is competing with everyone’s content. It had better be good. You might want to get help.

Solution

If you want to connect with bloggers, it’s not that hard, you just need some time. Start by searching in google for particular keywords. Look for phrases like “top travel bloggers” or “top food bloggers”. Collect a set of blogs and task an intern with tracking down the contact info for all these bloggers, track down how many followers they have on particular social networks and contact them to find out their traffic and would they like to work with you. Of course if you need someone who is located in a specific city or will be in a particular place, that’s not as straight forward.

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BloggerBridge – Search

BloggerBridge Premium offers search of our database of content creators. That search is more effective as you will only be searching blogs and specifically a database of bloggers who are looking to work with companies. Not all bloggers are. Bloggers can specify what type of work they do, which can save you a step. Also your search results will provide you with all the blog’s stats. Many of the bloggers have also made things simpler for you by adding samples of their work.

You can do searches like:

  • food bloggers who accept guest posts
  • adventure travel bloggers located in New York
  • business bloggers who will be in Chicago on May 3rd
  • parenting bloggers who have a lot of Pinterest followers (or twitter, Google+, Facebook, instagram, youtube, or a certain Klout score)
  • blogs with the word ‘ski’ in the description
  • food blogs in Spanish
  • bloggers with good SEO value (Moz Domain Authority), or who started blogging more than 5 years ago, or who have at least 10,000 page views a month

TBEX Europe 2015 Bloggers Report

One of the uses of BloggerBridge.com is to facilitate speed networking at conferences like the recent TBEX Europe 2015 in Lloret de Mar in Costa Brava in Spain. This report gives you some idea of the blogger attendees at the conference.

Not all of the attendees who are bloggers who are eligible for speed networking take part, but enough do to get an interesting picture of the attendees. All numbers below except the total count of bloggers and blogs come from the 254 bloggers who took the time to fill out their profile.

The other thing to be aware of is that the country report is what country the blogger has expressed as their home base. This gets tricky with travel bloggers as they move around a lot. So some “US” bloggers are based in Spain, Vietnam, etc. and some “UK” bloggers in France, the U.S., etc.

Bloggers 446
Bloggers with profiles 254
Bloggers with Schedules 147
Blogs 499
Gender – Male 61
Gender – Female 183

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Ages
20 1
21 0
22 1
23 3
24 4
25 5
26 9
27 6
28 9
29 17
30 5
31 9
32 16
33 11
34 6
35 7
36 5
37 7
38 3
39 2
40 8
41 6
42 0
43 2
44 2
45 3
46 0
47 5
48 1
49 1
50 5
51 1
52 4
53 5
54 2
55 1
56 2
57 2
58 1
59 0
60 4
61 4
62 1
63 0
64 1
65 0
66 0
67 1
68 0
69 0
70 1
Social
Twitter Followers 2768390
Facebook Likes 1402061
Google+ Followers 5513470
Instragram Followers 659440
Pinterest Followers 973995
Blogs with Tags 221
Tags
Travel 201
Travel > Adventure 119
Travel > Arts & Culture 109
Travel > Culinary 104
Travel > Photography 103
Travel > Luxury 86
Travel > Solo 81
Travel > Women’s Travel 79
Travel > Budget 76
Travel > Backpacking 62
Travel > Walking Tours 62
Travel > Couples 61
Travel > Hiking 59
Travel > Eco-Travel 57
Travel > Flashpacking 51
Travel > Spa Vacations 44
Travel > Family-Friendly 41
Travel > Cruising 40
Travel > Hostelling 39
Travel > Voluntourism 31
Food and Drink 27
Travel > Bicycling 21
Arts & Entertainment 19
Travel > Business Travel 19
Society & Culture 12
Food and Drink > Restaurants 10
Travel > Wedding Destinations 9
Travel > Consumer Issues 9
Food and Drink > Recipes 9
Food and Drink > Food Photography 8
Food and Drink > Wine 7
Food and Drink > Regional / Ethnic Cooking 6
Food and Drink > Food Product Reviews 6
Arts & Entertainment > Art 6
Food and Drink > Beer 6
Parenting 5
Travel > People with Disabilities 5
Arts & Entertainment > Photography 5
Fashion/Style 4
Technology 4
Business 4
Society & Culture > Pop Culture 4
Travel > LGBT 3
Society & Culture > Current Events 3
Education 3
Food and Drink > Special Diets 3
Business > Marketing 2
Food and Drink > Cocktails 2
Technology > Mobile Web Technology 1
Technology > Apps 1
Arts & Entertainment > Music/TV 1
Arts & Entertainment > Sports 1
Business > Entrepreneurship 1
Business > New Media/Social Media 1
Religion & Spirtuality 1
Politics 1
Countries
US 114
GB 58
ES 55
Unknown 44
DE 20
NL 20
CA 20
IT 18
FR 11
AU 9
IE 6
CH 6
TR 5
BE 5
CZ 5
NZ 4
BR 4
PT 3
AE 3
AT 3
ZA 3
GR 3
DK 2
HU 2
MA 2
MT 2
KE 1
CY 1
SK 1
BG 1
ID 1
RU 1
HR 1
FI 1
TT 1
NO 1
SI 1
LT 1
BZ 1
PL 1
EG 1
PR 1
MX 1
AZ 1
ER 1