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When I spoke at the Engage 08 Conference, I mentioned that vendors shouldn’t spam blogs and boards and leave their urls at the end of every comment they leave.  A lot of vendors came up to me after I spoke, and admitted that they were totally guilty of this, and were just trying to build their business.  I realized that what may totally obvious to a bride may not necessarily be obvious to a vendor!

So I thought I’d write a series on how vendors should and shouldn’t participate on blogs and boards, and how they should and shouldn’t go about contacting the people who run these type of sites.  I hope it proves to be helpful to any vendors out there who are trying to navigate the online bridal world. 

These are the topics that I have in mind:

  • Part I: As a vendor, how do I participate on wedding blogs and messageboards?
  • Part II: What do I do when there is a negative review of my business online?
  • Part III: Should I be blogging?

Before I get started, thought I’d check in with the vendors and brides out there.  Do you have any questions about marketing to brides that you’d like to see addressed?

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8 Responses to “Vendors and Internet Etiquette”

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jesi haack weddings

this is awesome. I totally need answers to these questions. Can you address this really specific one? When you say that vendors shouldn’t leave their website address on the end of a comment, do you mean in the spot that we are asked to put in our website? Or just adding it to the end of the comment portion…
thank you and I cannot wait to read this blog post! You are a lifesaver!

 
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Mrs. Bee (message)  117 posts, Blushing bee

@jesi haack weddings: hi jesi!

it’s totally fine to put in your website url in the field where it asks you for it. i’m referring to when vendors leave a link to their website at the end of their comment on a blog post or messageboard post.

 
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princess lasertron

this is going to be awesome! no particular questions, but I can’t wait to read.

 
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Loren @ I Do Monday Morning

Hi Bee. Looking forward to this series. There’s a lot to learn in the blogging world!

 
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kylydi

It has irritated me, to no end, that bridal show registries aren’t reviewed by vendors in some way that prevents constant spamming of brides that have already mentioned that they aren’t interested in their services. I’ve been to ONE bridal show. Somehow, my information appears on multiple show registries and I’ve gotten the same form email from one vendor five times AFTER replying that I am not interested and would like to be taken off his distribution list.

Sorry for the mini-rant, but the consequence for that vendor is that I’m not using him and I’m telling my friends not to use him because of the irritating emails.

 
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adias.angel

Love this! I would love it if you could also talk about the should and shouldn’t for a bride who wants to talk about their vendors. We have an awesome photographer that I love to tell people about. I just don’t want my posts to be a detriment to my amazing photog.

 
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Mrs. Smith

I agree with Adias. I had a few negative experiences planning my wedding and sometimes see the vendors I had a tough time with - I want to be honest about my experience and warn other brides to be, but I don’t want to hurt anyone.

 
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ms tofu

I am glad you are addressing this! It bothers me to read a vendor answer a post with their own plug. It means a lot more when the vendor can answer the question sincerely, and we make the decision of whether or not we want to find out more about them (via their profile).
Can you also discuss vendor and non-vendor use in the Classified sections? Thanks!

 

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