I was recently approached by Man Crates to be apart of a Video Game Nostalgia campaign.
It sounds like a fun topic to talk about, if you forget about the fact that Man Crates wants you to talk about their product, link back to their website and do it all for free.
Bloggers, YouTubers, do you see anything wrong with this picture?
I feel if you are being approached by a company to talk about their product, be it for a name mention or for a review, there should be some sort of compensation in store for you, be it keeping the review product, trying out the review product first hand, or some form of monetary incentive.
Am I wrong in thinking this? Or should companies realize that bloggers and youtubers time has value?
Think about it. If you are covering an event like a comic convention, you are given a media pass for the weekend, saving you money for your time covering the event. If you are doing a review on a game for a company, they will provide you with the game so that you can talk about it. Its only fair that if a company wants you to promote them in your blog, that you should be compensated somehow.
That being said, that doesn’t mean everything you talk about on your YouTube channel should be because you were paid to talk about it. If you see something cool or inspirational, you should share and talk about it! But if a company directly approaches you for promotion, they obviously realize there is value in your words, so why shouldn’t that value be matched by an actual monetary value?
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