Keeping up with products and services in your interest area can be hard work for bloggers or journalists. I’m forever on the lookout for new ideas to engage my readers.
That’s why I was thrilled to hear news of a new online service called The Media Bag which will make it much easier to find new products and services without me spending all my time researching.
It’s founded by Rebecca Derrington who runs the extremely useful (and free) service SourceBottle, which connects journalists with experts, and gives people opportunities to ask for products for events and fundraisers.
I’ve used SourceBottle as a blogger, an expert and for putting out calls for my organisation m.a.d.woman – making a difference, to help us provide support to many charities.
Derrington says the The Media Bag was developed to match products and services to journalists and bloggers keen to get a ‘heads up’ on recent innovations and to sample a product or service first-hand.
While the service is free for journalists or bloggers, you must satisfy eligibility criteria to be able to use it. “This is to ensure only credible and influential journalists and bloggers receive the products or service vouchers,” she says.
A journalist or blogger signs up and nominates their areas of interest and will soon start receiving emails with a comprehensive description of relevant products or services and an option to be mailed a sample or voucher to review.
“Anyone wanting their product or service reviewed can pitch it to a database of relevant journalists and bloggers and send a sample or voucher to those interested in trialling the product or service,” Derrington says.
There’s an obvious and very real need for a service like this for journalists and bloggers. I currently write regular blogs for sites including MYOB and m.a.d.woman and am really pleased to have a new tool literally at my fingertips.
Oh, and it’s awesome to be first with the news of this service – can’t wait to see what else I will soon be able to bring you news of first!