Food bloggers: What do they really want?

5 usable advices when pitching food bloggers

The new generation of food bloggers rides on the wave of our striving towards a healthy lifestyle. Through their blogging, they have become icons and trendsetters with the power to influence consumers. As PR practitioners, we can’t ignore the fact that we need their help, if we want the consumers’ attention.

By blogging about certain trends within food, health and their experiences with new products, they provide great exposure for companies and brands. And exposure is exactly what everyone is fighting for. But how can we stimulate them to blog about our clients and their products? What do they really want in return for their attention? Based on my own experiences, I have chosen some usable communication advice, which will hopefully give you a head start in the fight for the much coveted blogger attention.

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The ambiguous segment

Communication professionals consider segments before anything else. We can’t help it. When we begin a new project, conduct an analysis or gather for lunch – yes, it’s almost that extreme – we immediately think of our target audiences.

But something has caught my attention lately: the fashion-culture-eco-music-literature-café-blog-people obviously belong to a certain segment. But their blog behaviour says otherwise.

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Community minded, egocentric or something else?

Culture, ecology and literature are the characteristics of one segment. In Denmark, we call these people “spelt people”. They are the community minded, those who value solidarity and fellowship more than the individual.

But I have noticed them posting pictures of themselves reading books, eating ice cream and promoting their personal, organic beauty products or their new dress. So my question is: are you really community minded when you – in a café with your ‘spelt friends’ – take pictures of the ecological elder flower juice on the table instead of your friends? To me, it tastes a little more like individualism and materialism… 

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