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This way you can provide the best possible content for your audience. To make your brand memorable, aim to pin at least five times a day. What is the best time to email hotels? The earlier the better, but a year ahead of time is probably a bit much. I would say anywhere from six to two months before your stay. If your stay is coming up faster than that: But accept they may not be able to arrange something for you. All the little bits help: I would personally follow up two weeks after sending the email.
If you want to though, you can use one that outlines what both parties are responsible for in this collaboration. This post by Alicia can get you started. What are the minimum visitor numbers you need to get a complimentary stay at a hotel as a blogger? There really is no set rule for this! The more the better obviously. If you have either, you have to really stress that.
The hotel may have very good reasons to say no to a collaboration, and if they do, please be graceful. Always take the high road and stay professional. Click below to buy it! Can you tell me how I can get this template?
Have you tried a different browser? Let me know if you continue to run into issues! The email address you used for the comment is not in the list of buyers, which means payment has not come through and the sale was not completed. I would try again if I were you. Once payment has come through you will automatically receive it in your email.
If you used another email to make the purchase, let me know, so I can double check that against the purchasers list. This method got me 3 hotel stays in Amsterdam and Budapest. I am planning a trip to Amsterdam and would like to pitch some hotels. Which hotel did you pitch for a stay? I looked at some of the pictures from the Dutch hotels…wish I could read them!!
The hotels look amazing!! From my experience emailing the general email address of the hotel is usually a waste of time unless the hotel is very small. Your tip about PR agencies is good too, although most of my contacts have been direct: This is a perfect and super helpful post, thank you so much for sharing!
Have a great week! Thank you for sharing your expertise knowledge on how to pitch to brands. As a newbie blogger based in Florida, I know I still have a lot to learn. BUT pitching to tourism boards and companies is on my list of things to do for this year.
However, I am working on that. Again, thank you for sharing! This is a very helpful posts! Thank you so much for putting this together! Ik ga me ook aanmelden! Ik heb zelf een eigen template die ik gebruik maar ben heel nieuwschierig naar hoe jij het aanpakt! Straks als ik thuis ben ook je volle artikeltje lezen! In iedergeval heel trots op je babes, keep up your good and hard work!
I send a link to my Media Pack uploaded onto Dropbox and the link shortened using Bit. Thanks so much for such an informative post, Milou! These are greats tips!!
I hope I once will be able to work together with one!! That would be such a dream of mine coming true. Thanks for sharing this, I will try with a budget friendly hotel in Cebu Philippines. Wish me luck and all the best to you too! I have sent out a few queries similar to this without success, but I will keep on trying. What is your success rate? Also wondering if you ever ask for and receive complimentary flights or travel within a country? I would never ask the hotel to pay for my flights or transport, but in general you could use the pitch for that too, yes, for flight or transport partners!
Milou, this post is awesome! Thank you for taking the time to go through all of this! This is such a great post! Can you please point me in the right direction? Hi Riselle, Thanks for getting in touch! You will find the template in my free library: The password is in the confirmation email. That would be impossible for us to do.
Maybe I need to plan each country like a military operation if we want to free stays. Hmmm…something to think about. We have a Google number 1 for SriLanka, so they come knocking. Thank you so much for the information! I am looking to do the same thing to enhance my blog for my readers.
I love traveling and I would love to turn it into my career! I can not thank you enough for this post. It was extremely informative and effectively helpful. This is very helpful!
Thanks so much for the tips! We do it the same way: We are always a little bit short on timing but hey it works a lot of time and we have good contacts over the world because of it. Very helpful post, I was researching how to approach hotels and this looks like a way to go: Thanks again for all the helpful tips!
Thanks for this post! Can you share what email subject you use when you send these pitches? Thanks a million in advance: Milou, thanks so much for sharing the great ideas outlined in your post. Thank you so much for your tips!!!! Net dit artikel gevonden, bedankt voor de goede info en de template. I had bookmarked this page a while ago to revisit later to get some tips. I read it again now and just realized that it was the Dutchess, who wrote this: Thank you for the great tips.
Hopefully this will help me break through the barrier. Hope it works out for you: Thank you so much for this post! Our blog is still a baby but with these tips I managed to organize our first complimentary stay. Singapore, here we come! I think this can help me a lot. Just what I was looking for. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your knowledge. My blog has been around for years, but I am just starting to take it more seriously.
Hope I am not wasting my time! I want to start pitching but I want a solid base… nice post and very helpfull.
I have signed up to the newsletter, but to no avail! You should have received confirmation emails that hold the link to the page where you can find the template.
Can you let me know if you did? This is so awesome and so helpful! Im new at this but travel is my passion and this is what I want to do!!! I dont have a blog or website yet, but its in the works! How many followers you you suggest I get before I approach hotel?
Hey twana, probably at least 5, But he most important thing is: You have to have actual influence to be able to help a hotel.
Or else you are basically scamming the hotel if you know no one will be reading the post or booking the hotel: But sometimes it works. Thanks for your additional tipps and your nice post. I signed up but the links just take me to newsletter signup.
I was really after the email template? Feel free to email me at info at explorista. Your article was extremelly helpful. Hi Milou, Great post! Do you think it makes sense to contact the hotel when I already booked a night there? Should I mention it in my email? I would like to hear from your experience…. Always use your blogs email address! Thank you so much for this! Let me know if anyone of you are visiting Singapore and we can definitely collaborate on something. Thank you very much for your post.
Your post is very helpful. This post is a life saver!! Hey, thank you for this post. Any suggestions would be welcome: The second option is to just send them to an example of your general work, and describe in detail what you would deliver for them! I am currently working with my friend Giulio Aprin giulioaprin on Instagram , in the hope of starting to progress his blogging into travel as currently it is more photography and lifestyle based.
Any chance you could email it to me? This post helped me so much. Big success for the blog! THank you so much for this post! I have a question: Thanks for your comment: I would simply email them back saying: Such a great post!
I am new at this, but I am sure your post can help me. Thanks for this information. The companies behind them ranged from startups to digital agencies, media companies, cloud service providers, game developers, and everything in between. If I could choose any job I wanted, my priorities looked more or less like the following:. That was about it. Pretty high demands for a rookie one might think. But note that a high salary was not part of the criteria nor is it today, with 6 months of professional experience.
After a while I was noticing a few patterns:. Firstly, most companies on paper required way more tech skills and experience than I could offer. This came as no surprise. That many companies considered it too expensive to spend the valuable time of senior developers on mentoring rookies.
Which was why they prefered hiring senior developers, which are in very high demand but extremely low in supply. The big paradox here is of course that if no one takes it upon themselves to foster and teach junior developers, how can we ever patch the shortage of senior developers on the market? Secondly, I saw that the hotter and bigger the company was, the more likely it was to include requirements of some computer science related degree and professional development experience.
Thirdly, that almost every single job ad mentioned React. Despite all the hype around it online, I was still amazed by its crazy high demand. So amazed that I actually decided to spend a few hours a day building a small React web app, using React. Except for the fact that I could put React on my resume, the biggest benefit from this experience was getting comfortable with building a web app using components as opposed to controllers and views, as is the Rails way , and working with props and state.
With new insights like the ones above, I could develop and refine the criteria I already had to determine whether a certain job should be added to my shortlist or not. Soon enough I had a list of some 50 job openings, and it was time to actually start sending out applications. This might have something to do with me being the kind of person that writes one generic cover letter that I send to everyone.
Got some pretty flattering feedback on it, just saying…. Make sure that the names of all the technologies you know or want to pretend that you know are included in both.
After sending all the applications, a week or so went by without me hearing anything from any of the companies. That actually turned out to be a well-needed period of rest for me. The first reply came from a really young startup. The email was from the CTO, and he was inviting me to my very first developer interview. Aware that the positive responses will always come before the rejections, I tried to keep a cool head and not get too excited.
Oftentimes, bootcamp alumni and self-taught coders with more practical experience will fail the technical interview due to their lack of knowledge in fundamental computer science theory. Just like CS grads will often fail due to their lack of experience with building apps with modern technologies.
Why would the technical interview be any different? So I accepted the invite, and a few days later I walked into the lobby of their office. They were waiting for me by the reception desk. The place was a dump. They told me it used to be an office for a big auditing company, remade into a cheap interim coworking space for the time left until its planned renovation. We stepped into a conference room and sat down by a big wooden table.
They started off by telling me a lot about themselves and the company. But they were still pre-launch, and most definitely pre-revenue. After about an hour of what felt much more like a sales pitch than an interview, the CEO left and I was told that the CTO and I would continue for the technical part of the interview. My heart skipped a beat. Instead, the CTO starting asking me all these very open-ended questions. Like what technologies and frameworks I liked. If I could choose any new technology to learn next, what it would be.
If the internship went well, however, they were very open to offering both equity and decent pay. An offer is still an offer, I thought, and can always come handy when negotiating with other companies later on. The second response I got was from a slightly larger startup called Teamtailor. They were a Stockholm-based company with a mission to digitize the recruiting and employer branding industry, currently ruled by quite non-technical recruitment consultants and HR managers.
Not a bad idea. Not bad at all. To top it all off, their instagram account revealed their office: Everything pointed towards the fact that they were in that sweet spot of the company life cycle. Again, it was the CTO that wrote to me. After a few messages back and forth we settled on a first interview in their office a few days later. I was told that both he and another co-founder would be meeting with me.
Before even meeting with any of them, I had a really good feeling about the whole thing. At least in my head. Because now I would enter the interview probably wanting them more than they wanted me, I thought.
After walking up the stairs of the old beer factory, I finally reached the door to their office and stepped right into a rather special scene. First, a big pink poster right in my face, with bold white letters screaming at me: In front of me a bigger room, where the table closest to me was filled with developers, casually hacking away on big crisp screens. And all around me, soft hiphop beats pulsating from Sonos speakers.
This place was awesome. You can say a lot of bad things about the typical Silicon Valley wannabe office. But in my opinion, even the worst office of this kind will still be a thousand times better than the typical corporate counterpart.
So for me it was heaven. Which was really bad for my attempted coolness for the interview. A tall skinny guy with a baseball cap smiled at me and got up from his chair to greet me. It was the CTO. We stepped into a conference room with glass walls and green fake grass covering the floor. The other co-founder joined us and we kicked off the interview. Unlike my last interview, they started off by telling me about the process I was in. The purpose of this first meeting was mainly to get to know me better.
If I proceeded, the second step would be a technical interview. I was so relieved to hear that. The imposter syndrome was real. Finding business-minded developers was rare, and finding developers with business degrees and experience from both business development and finance even rarer.
So why had I decided to hop off my path to pursue this totally different one? So I basically told them what I told you in the beginning of this article, that I hate selling, love technology, and wanted to transition into the creative side of things. From this point forward, the conversation sort of got its own life.
To my surprise, the CTO was surprised by this remark. He laughed and asked me why. He let me off the hook, and told me that he was also a self-taught developer. I was a bit shocked by that. But there was more to it. As a matter of fact, none of the 10 developers at the company had a real CS degree. A few of them had taken a year or two of some private web development program, but most were actually self-taught. Hearing that from this guy made me so happy. Immediately, their faces lit up and they straightened in their chairs, nodding me on.
The first embarrassment was that it literally took 20 seconds to load the home page. The last thing I wanted was them to think my app was slow. When it had actually loaded I took some time to explain the idea behind the product. It was basically a service for creating virtual lines, allowing organizations like airlines, banks, and hospitals to set up queues online instead of in their physical locations.
Then came the second embarrassment. When I tried logging in on my account using Facebook authentication it failed. So Facebook was expecting requests from an http: I finally managed to log in manually instead, and demoed some of the main features without any issues. But then came the biggest embarrassment of them all. Then I basically gave up. Because just a few hours later, I would realize that the chat worked perfectly fine. We said our goodbyes and they told me they would be in touch.
I left the interview feeling angry and disappointed. It had all gone so smoothly until that last part. Nevertheless, not even an hour would pass until David wrote me again.
He told me I had proceeded to the next step of the process. But of course, also a bit scared about taking on my first real technical interview.
Already in the invite email, the CTO told me that I would be meeting with two of their senior developers, and that they simply wanted me to show off one my apps more thoroughly, along with the code behind it.
The main purpose would be to get a grip of how well I knew their backend framework Rails , and how fast I could be able to learn their frontend framework Ember.
It was perfect for two reasons:. Soon enough the big day came, and I was back in their office in another of their fake-grass-floor conference rooms. I started off showing the UI flow of the app. It was sort of like Product Hunt, but more like a market place strictly for apps. So any user would be able to browse the home page for apps for sale and for purchase.
And if they created an account and logged in, they would also be able to search and filter the app items, rate them, and write stuff in the comment fields.
That was basically it. But fortunately for me, it was enough. The two senior developers apparently liked what I showed them so much that they gave the CTO the thumbs up. They later told me a few things that they liked specifically:.
I accepted on the spot and started my new job the next week. In parallel with the whole Teamtailor process, I interviewed for 4 other companies as well. I saw it both in the much more thorough recruitment process they had 5 interviews! But I was so obviously not prepared for them. Just like with the other companies, the first interview was all fluff and soft skills. Why do you want to work as a developer?
What technologies do you like using? The second interview, however, would turn out to be a quite traumatic experience. It all started with me sitting down in a conference room with two of their web developers. And then I got the biggest sucker punch of my life.
Out of nowhere the guy across the table handed me a huge white A3 paper and a pen. He told me they wanted me to draw a sketch of the data flows and processes involved in the following scenario:. This really caught me off guard, but I hesitantly nodded and accepted the challenge. Then the guy said something like: Was that a joke? But time was already running out and it was too big of a risk. So I decided to give it a shot. But I did none of that. In my state of panic, I skipped ahead several steps, and started trying to sketch the database model of the user account, with a table, columns and foreign keys I assumed that they used a relational database.
When I was done with that, I had about 30 seconds left to map up the other components of the architecture. I was so stressed that I got all philosophical, and started questioning what the actual roles of the API and server were. Not a good sign. One to the left, representing the database, and two to the right, representing the web and mobile app clients. Of course, I failed the interview miserably. However, they let me down easy, telling me that they liked me and that I should apply again when I had one or two more years of experience.
How to approach hotels for a complimentary stay as a blogger (with e-mail template!)
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