Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Pet Bloggers Influence

   As I pondered what today’s post would be about, my e-mail dinged with incoming mail.  It was the Blogpaws Influencers Group infographic for March.  I am proud to be a part of this group.  We show the world what type of force the pet bloggers are in educating, promoting products, and helping the causes that are dear to our hearts.
   Each week, I complete a short survey and send it in where it is meshed with the other bloggers that are a part of the Influencers Group.  At the end of the month, the results are compiled into a spiffy infographic that shows how everyone responded to their survey.  The March questions related to Bloggers & Brands.
   I'll go through each topic and explain my answers. 
Do I buy products after working with a brand?  YES!  I have been very fortunate to be able to work with some fabulous brands.  I am now a big fan of John Paul Pet Products, Louisiana Alligator treats, Damien’s Best Dog Toys, Barkworthies, Indigo FreshDental Bones, Sticks, and Sauce, Purely Personalized Pet, Petbrosia, and Little EatzCookies.  Bentley and Pierre never recommend products that they don’t believe in and use themselves.  Obviously, I am not alone in this because 75 out of 100 other pet bloggers do the same.
Am I the main pet purchaser in my home?  I say that I am but in reality, my husband and I usually shop together, so we make the decisions together.  That seems the norm with 97% of the bloggers make the pet product buying decisions.
How much on average do I spend each month on pet care, supplies, and food?  This varies but I’ll admit to spending a bit over $100 monthly on the boys.  If we have to visit the vet, or get Pierre groomed, that price will be higher.  Again, I am in the 55% of blogging parents.
Is working with brands a part of my blogging strategy?  That is an unequivocal yes!  Being able to work with brands is a great way to grow Barking from the Bayou.  I enjoy sharing new products along with well-known brands with you, my readers.  It gives me a great opportunity to meet brand representatives and promote them.  As you can see, 85% of all pet bloggers hope to work with brands.
Do you donate to any shelter/rescue/shelter causes?  I help by posting information each week concerning my local PetSavers no-kill shelter.  It would be great to be able to donate tons of cash to great causes, but that is not in my financial budget at this time.  My plan is to donate time helping this great shelter as soon as I finish my current book.
Where do I shop for my pet products?  I like to support my locally independent pet
store.  Although I do enjoy my trips to Petco and Petsmart, it is important to me that I give some of my pet monies to a local store.  Pet Zone is a friendly shop with a great variety of products.
How do I use my Pet Blogger voice?  My goal is to introduce great pet products to you, give helpful tips, recipes, or warnings, and help find homes for shelter pets.  I want all of you to leave here with a smile, a chuckle, and a bit of knowledge.
What type of retailers would I like to work with?  I would be thrilled to work with a combination of businesses.  Just like the other 82% of bloggers, it would be terrific to collaborate with local, national, and online retailers.  I also enjoy bringing small family-owned pet businesses to you.
   I hope that you learned a little more about Barking from the Bayou’s hopes, dreams, and plans.  If there is a subject or product that you would like us to discuss, please don’t hesitate to suggest it in the comments. 

Today is another terrific Pet Parade blog hop brought to you by Rascal and Rocco, Basil the Bionic Cat, Jan’s Funny Farm, Love is being owned by a Husky and me.  You’ll enjoy all these blogs and we would love to have you join the Pet Parade.  It is a great way to grow your Social Media.  We urge all participants to follow you and your photo is pinned to various Pinterest boards.  Don’t be shy; join the Parade!


  1. Interesting to see how you answered these questions! Love this infographic and thought it gives some good insight to pet bloggers. Donating tons of money is also not in my budget. But I do occasionally donate $5 here and $10 there when I can. Mostly at nipclub but I've been to busy to attend lately :(

  2. I thought it was interesting to see a lot of the answers, too!

  3. Great post! I love that they send us these infographics to blog about! Such great info
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  4. I like you answers and I like the idea of product reviews. I learnt a lot and I found some really good things! Have a great friday!

  5. I really like your answers to those questions, M.K. I feel like I know you and your blog a little better now. :)

    Thank you for co-hosting the Pet Parade!

  6. I also spent over $100 monthly on a single cat. They're worth it, right?

  7. Great post. Mom doesn't want to know how much she spends on us, for sure more than $100, but it is what she wants to do except for the vet bills ;)

  8. What a wonderful post! As a longtime blogger, but recent member of Blog Paws I am learning bunches that I never even thought of in conjunction to dog blogging!

  9. What a great idea for a post! Happy Friday & Pet Parading! ~Rascal and Rocco

  10. Great post! I'm part of the Influencer group too but I haven't had a chance to really go over this month's infographic yet. Very creative use of the infographic and I love the way you gave insight into your answers.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Great post - good summary of the survey findings and your plans. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Thank you for explaining your answers to the survey. I must of missed that email or it got lost in cyber space as I didn't see it. Come to think of it, I don't think I filled out a survey in a while.

  13. I'm so glad you shared the infographic, I hadn't even had a chance to look at it yet. I also enjoyed hearing how you answered the questions. I always like to shop locally when I can, but unfortunately, living in a rural area, we don't have a lot to choose from. One local pet shop sells puppies so I won't shop there, and the other one is larger, doesn't sell pets, but is just not very nice. So mostly I shop online, but I'm always happy if I find retailers within New England that way (like Damien's Best who I found through you!).
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets


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