Think about your online connections. Have you felt a little bit disconnected lately or stuck in a rut? Is there a certain blogger out there you’ve been wanting to connect with, but can’t seem to get their attention?
Let’s say you have researched their site or blog, commented, reached out on Twitter, followed up on your comments and even went out on a limb to send a direct message to the blogger – and still, nothing works…
It’s time to get personal. That doesn’t mean to get creepy, but the sooner you realize that there is an actual person on the other side of the screen, the sooner you will make connections. Here are 5 simple ways to build blogging connections by finding the gift they want.
Create A Recipe At IFTTT
If This Then That is an online service that allows users to create powerful connections through a wide range of channels. Two common reasons people use IFTTT is to automate certain web tasks or to reach out and make connections with others.
A recipe is something you build and it consists of a “trigger” and an “action”. For example, you can build a recipe so that whenever someone posts a new tweet on Twitter that includes a specific hashtag or keyword (“like”, “wish” or “want”) you can choose to be notified via text, email or other options. See it in action by viewing my shared recipe.
Google Shopping With Their Interests
So you’ve received some notifications from IFTTT, but they’re too general (chocolate, flowers, shoes, etc.) Take your ideas to Google Shopping to discover local shops and tons of product ideas. This will help you hone in on some suitable products because it allows you to sort results by location, price, shipping and more. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the search page to see the related searches section to get even more ideas.
This also works if you have found some of their interests from some of their social profiles or author bios from blogs they’ve contributed to.
Look At Their Pinterest Boards
This seems really obvious now that it’s written out, but looking at their boards is an incredibly easy way to gather information about their interests and things they’re crazy about.
Email Guesser + Amazon Wishlist
To use the Email Guesser tool, all you need is their name and website. It will generate a number of email possibilities for you. It cross checks the information with Gravatars to see if there is a match.
After locating their email, put it into Amazon Wishlist and find out what they’re wishing for. If you aren’t able to locate an email, you can use their first nad last name in the form. Just make sure you are seeing the right wishlist before you buy!
Use Facebook Apps
Although this doesn’t work for initial outreach, it helps a ton the minute you become friends with them on Facebook. When you get to that stage, there are two apps you should definitely know about.
Etsy will recommend gifts for your Facebook friends. Give it a whirl, you may be surprised to know that Etsy knows your friend(s) better than you!
Shopycat helps you discover awesome gifts for your friends by analyzing their likes and dislikes.
Time To Be Personal
A little research can help make a much more personal connection and leave a stronger impact. It can also help you take gift giving to another level. For example, have you ever heard of a gift experience? Neither had I until I stumbled across Samba Days. It’s not just a gift, it’s a memorable experience. Think about it. Instead of sending someone a bottle of wine, you send them on a wine tasting adventure. Who do you think they’re going to remember, Joe Blogger who sent the wine, or the person who sent them the experience of a lifetime?