|Remedy Metal - Metal Magic Kits at it's finest|
I was recently contacted by Joshua, creator of 'Remedy Metal - The metallic solution to plastic problems ™' who received a number of emails after I posted up my article on tips and advice for bloggers on how to create, run and maintain their blog - from modders wanting to sample review his kits. He was happy that he was made aware of modders he didn't know of and some of these sites showed a lot of promise he is following them closely.
Joshua took the time out to write up a little guide on what he expects from modders contacting Remedy Metal, and what it takes to work with him on product sample reviews:
"Hey MLD readers!
The NIC is populated with some really energetic, ambitious, and creative people. New Nerf sites go up every week, new product reviews and mods on Youtube daily, leaked product images months ahead of time, and 3rd party developers changing the game every couple months. The community is very active. It's a good time to be a Nerfer!
Sites, channels, and blogs that provide news, reviews and present new ideas are the life blood of the NIC. There are some really outstanding productions out there, and everyone wants to stand out.
I would like to offer some suggestions for those who would like to approach 3rd party companies about product reviews. While I can only offer suggestions about what my company like to see, I
believe it will serve as a good general direction on how to contact others.
1) Do your homework!
You should know all the latest stats on your site or channel, how many impressions a week, how many interactions do you get per post, what is your demographic, who is your audience, what is your exposure, what outlet can you provide that is different than what others can?
You have to be educated about the company you are going to approach. I can't stress this enough. You need to familiarize yourself with the products they offer, associations, partnerships, and follow them on Social Media for development notes. Nothing gets an email closed faster than when I see a question that clearly indicates that the author has not done their research about us. If your wanting to do reviews then you're wanting to inform people, you have to be informed yourself.
2) Be professional
3) Find a niche and fill it
This motto is how my company came to be, find an unfilled niche and fill it. There are a couple of niches that I see needing filled in the NIC. I'd personally like to see someone who does destructive testing of products. "there is no sniping in Nerf" well, someone get on that, I'd like to see someone who specializes in getting the most accuracy out of blasters. I'd like to see a "brotherhood of the traveling parts" kind of reviewers club. If a club could be set up to trade stuff for review, I know my shop would be inclined to supply units to review, as its a bigger bang for the marketing buck.
4) Support the community
I have had a ton of interactions with the NIC, everyone is pretty cool. I believe anything that that we in the NIC can do together, we should. If you see a good article from someone, promote it. If there is a good site that is doing cool things, suggest it to your viewers. No one looses viewers by recommending additional sites to check out. I try to practice that with my company, so long as a product doesn't compete with something we or one of our partners produce, I'll plug the crap out of it. As such you guys should totally check out Limey Tactical
5) Blasters & Safety
Blasters not guns. You need to erase "gun" from your Nerf vocabulary. We as a hobby have to distance ourselves from real guns, paint ball, and Airsoft. Those industries are heavily regulated because of justified safety concerns. If we want to continue playing with these high powered blasters, we have to be responsible for our actions and be safe. It won't matter what kit is in your blaster, if you shoot someone's eye out being dumb, were all gonna pay. Promote safe play, don't encourage stupidity."
Got to say, an awesome guide with brilliant tips for the modding community. I think a type of modding kits federation is a fantastic idea. Perhaps it's best moderated by the creators themselves? They can then keep track of decent and trusted modders? Interesting! Think i'll send an email or two out to get something moving ;)
I hope this guide has been helpful to you folks, please give your feedback and your own experience of contacting hobby kit specialists and a type of trusted modders hub for kit reviews? If this has inspired you to learn more, check out my article on tips and advice on blogging