Starting today, Offbeat Home & Life has a new third-party advertising partnership with a great San Francisco-based company called Federated Media. I've known about these guys for years, and have a ton of publishing industry colleagues who've worked with them. My friend Choire over at The Awl referred me to Federated this spring, and after lots of conversations and obsessing over traffic and schemes, I've decided to bring Federated Media on as Offbeat Home & Life's advertising partner.
This is Offbeat Empire's archive of Business development posts.
Here's a mind-blower for you: Offbeat Bride's weekly reach on Facebook is now about 370k people. Our weekly reach on our own website is about 250k people. This means that Offbeat Bride is now reaching more people via Facebook than we are via our own website.
Last week, I sent an email to all the Offbeat Empire staffers with the subject line: Required reading. The email contained a link to this post: State of the blog union: how the blogging world has changed. This post was written six months ago, but whatever: it's a big fucking deal. It spawned this enormous post.
January and February 2014 were super exciting crazy times for the Offbeat Empire, with a year of schemes culminating in the six Lovesick Expos nationwide. There was a obscene amount of planning that went into the Offbeat Bride/Lovesick Expo partnership, and it was one of the most complex business partnerships I've ever launched. Making this leap was a very intentional choice I made both for business reasons and personal reasons…
Do you want to listen to me talk for an hour about the Offbeat Empire? Glenn Fleishman interviewed me last week for his podcast The New Disruptors, and you can listen above! I talk about everything from humbling failures to recent commentroversies to my revelations this last year about how I was doing Facebook all wrong. Oh and Metafilter. And putting all your eggs in the Google basket. And how the web keeps me young with its shiny new toys. It's a pretty dense interview, but for those of you who really want to get into the nuances of how I run the Offbeat Empire, feel free to listen in.
So you're a wedding photographer. Or a wedding planner. Or a florist. And you have something that you think your favorite wedding blog might love — a photo from a recent wedding! A new product you just released! A promotion you're getting the word out about! You turn to your favorite form of social media (Facebook! Twitter! Instagram!) and you get ready to make your pitch to your favorite publisher.
Now stop for a second.
I've had a couple readers write in this morning to report that they're seeing what's known as "wrapper ads" on both Offbeat Home & Life as well as Offbeat Families.
This ad behavior is completely expected on Offbeat Families. BUT! Wrapper ad are absolutely NOT a part of the strategy for Offbeat Home & Life.
Last week on Offbeat Home & Life, we published a sponsored post about gender-neutral baby clothes, angled toward the gifts market. Within a couple hours, several readers commented on Facebook and the post itself that the products featured were out of their budgets — which I totally understand and respect. I'm less understanding toward readers feeling the need to post insulting comments when they can't afford a product.