Travel, Treats, Tips, & Traditions

Let’s work together

highlights along the way media kit

Thank you very much for your interest in working together.  We offer a variety of  advertising, consulting, and networking opportunities!  I love to work with brands and other bloggers!  Below are several ways we can work together.  Please note we have many inquiries to work together so I truly appreciate you taking the time to read through how we typically work before emailing!  Thanks again for checking us out, I hope to hear from you soon!

Website Advertising

Highlights Along The Way offers sponsored post, online campaign, and limited sidebar advertising options.

We also happily consider Brand Ambassadorships/Sponsorships!

Editorial Posts – If your client is looking to share editorial content that is relevant to our audience we have very reasonable rates to provide that coverage. Includes one Facebook and Twitter social media promotion. A rush fee applies for deadlines within 72 hours.  A premium fee applies to posts during October, November, and December (this is the holiday season – people are looking to buy and I have more people asking me to post promotional content than I have space for, it is also our peak traffic season, I would also take the time off…. so for all those reasons my charge is nearly double during those months).  Please email us for current rates.  Here is an editorial post from Energy Upgrade California. Please note – editorial posts are paid on Highlights Along The Way – I do not have the time or desire to post promotional content to benefit a company’s bank account and not my family’s – that’s crazy talk.  Want to offer us the opportunity to give away one of your products? We get that a lot, please read further….

Social Advertising –  We would love to be a part of your Social Media Campaign!  Social media is kinda my favorite and I make sure to represent a brand with all the proper disclosures and I do my best to not sound too ‘pitchy’.  Please email me your offer and ask or I can share our rates upon request.

Round Ups & Gift Guides – Seasonal round-ups are available in themes such as Gifts for Mom, Summer Must-Haves, Stocking stuffer Ideas, Kid’s Gift Guide, etc. A minimum retail value samples or compensation is required for inclusion. Each product will include a short paragraph including key information and an image of the product. Promotion via Facebook and Twitter included.  Here is an example Big Hero 6 Gift Guide.

Have Suitcase, Will Travel – Family and Couple Travel and Vacation Destinations – do you have a Media or FAM trip coming up?  I would love to join you!  I would be traveling from San Diego and require a flight from San Diego or Carlsbad Airport or if in Southern California I am happy to travel via Amtrak (I actually prefer it).  I prefer family or couple travel, but more than happy to consider traveling solo a couple times a year.  We love to share about our travel extensively through Social Media and also in an article (or series of articles).  I happily provide samples of Domestic and International Travel.  I cannot write about your travel destination if I have not been there; so please invite me to check it out!  Check out our series on our trip sponsored by the Costa Rican Travel Bureau and Disneyland – we’d love to add you to our list of travels! Should your client want us to share about their travel destination but do not sponsor trips please see the description above for Editorial Posts.  We’d be happy to share the information on your press release provided it fits our audience…. for a fee.  That’s fair right?

Restaurant/ Attractions / Event Coverage ~

Have an event in Southern California you would like me or my family to attend?  We love to attend special events and get the word out!  We happily consider restaurant and local attractions reviews as well!

Giveaways ~

Have us Host a Giveaway : We happily host a limited number of giveaways on Highlights Along the Way as well as on our sister site SanDiegoDealsandSteals.com when it is part of a sponsored campaign.  When we host a giveaway we have a few guidelines.  Giveaway item must be worth $50 or greater.  Sponsor must mail the winner their prize within 2 weeks of giveaway ending.  Highlights Along the Way is not responsible for mailing prizes.  Giveaway will run for 1 week at no additional cost when part of a paid campaign, add additional weeks for $75; length of giveaway must be determined at the time of the contract as we may or may not have time to extend once the giveaway has started.  Highlights Along the Way pays for server fees and Rafflecopter services to run giveaways.  *Giveaway spots during the months of October – December are at a premium and will include an additional charge. Giveaway example here!

Do you want us to share about your giveaway with our audience?  We have prices for that too.  I mean, because if I am not working for you I might want to enter your giveaway and why on Earth would I make my chances worse by spreading the word right?  That’s crazy talk.

Consulting – We offer web, blogging, and social media consulting services. One time hourly ($50/hr), or ongoing rates are available.  Please contact for details.  Believe it or not, we get far too many invites for ‘cups of coffee’ to pick our brain.  If we are best friends I may consider spilling some information to you over a cup of coffee and I sure do hope you treat.  If you are a business or someone I just know casually and you want to gain knowledge that will help you in these areas I hope you understand I gained this knowledge through years of work, research, conferences, trial and error, and more.  It did not come cheap to me and I could spend every day out for a cup of coffee helping other sites grow and not give my clients the attention they have paid for. Our rates are reasonable, let me know if you want to chat!

Reviews

We have many offers for reviews and simply cannot accommodate all that are offered.  Here is a list of some (but not all) options we are willing to consider and a few stipulations.  Review items are fun, but they do not pay bills so I am limited.  For the most part, items sent are to sample to see if we would like to endorse on our blog in a sponsored campaign – I don’t work for crackers and pizza crusts, I just don’t.  BUT if I sample your crackers and pizza crust and I like them then we can talk about a way we can partner that is mutually beneficial.  Unless otherwise contracted; review items are simply for personal review and if we like them they may get a social shout out. I can assure you, they will NOT get a social shout out if that information is not made available in the packaging, so make sure to include. A promotional blog post will need a paid contract.

Here are some of the things we might be interested in…..

Home Improvement Products, Quality Natural Food Items (Ideally Non GMO verified or Organic, but it isn’t a deal breaker), Gluten Free products (one child has gluten intolerance), Dairy and Soy free products (another kid has a dairy and soy allergy!), Home Goods, Kitchen Gadgets (if you are from Kitchen Aid or any Food Dehydrator company I am IN!), Kids products (not video games), Techy stuff  (again, not video games), etc.  Folks available for review in our house – Male 40ish (into surfing, all things computers, animation, The World Cup, and quality craft beer), Female late 30s (into crafty stuff, boots, fair trade everything, chocolate, organic everything, stuff that makes my skin look like I am 18, etc) , Female 10 (into American Girl Dolls, dance, Little House on the Prairie, musicals, jewelry, and being sassy), Male 10 (Into all sports, tshirts with obnoxious sayings, LEGO everything, all things outdoors, Star Wars, bugs, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books) Female 5 (Into Minnie Mouse, Dora, singing, stuff with buttons, her toy kitchen, bugs, and kindergarten), one pampered Dog (into dog gear, dog clothing, pet treats, and healthy food).

Things we are not interested in reviewing –

Baby Stuff (preschool stuff and up is cool, but we don’t have any babies any more *tear*), anything above a PG rating, anything to do with Tobacco or Casinos or the State Lottery, or any Lottery (Can you believe this is something I have to say?  Because it is.) Junk food that is like not a special treat (stuff for parties – cool, but regular every day snacks full of high fructose corn syrup and words I can’t pronounce – pass), Anything that has to do with sexy stuff or bathroom problems (I won’t even take a paid campaign on this – I’m just not that broke).  Did I mention Video Games?

–          A Review Item must be considered non-returnable, I’m not sending anything back.

–          I will never post a bad review, but I will not lie if I do not like a product.  I just won’t post about it – while I won’t post a good review for something I wasn’t happy with, I will not post a bad review either, so you don’t have to worry about that.  I will email you constructive feedback if interested.

– I typically have a 2 – 3 week turn around from receiving an item to posting (if we have contracted for a post).

I’m also open to other ideas you may have on how we can partner that I have not mentioned above.  Please email me at Kate ‘at’ HighlightsAlongTheWay ‘dot’ com (remove spaces and us @ and .)

Our current social numbers as of 1/2017, I have provided links so you can check how we work and play there and also how we have grown since this update….

Twitter – 9000+

Facebook   4200+

Instagram 6200+

Pinterest 3600+

YouTube 650+

Please email for current site impressions, email subscriptions, reach and advertising pricing that is not already listed.

Looking for to guest blog?

 

Guest Bloggers

We love to work with guest bloggers!  We ask that content is absolutely original and not published on any other sites (including your own).  We will not consider posts that are PR driven and promotional in nature (read : link farmers look elsewhere, I won’t even respond to you).  We do not charge to guest post, guest posts are also unpaid.  We do allow one google no follow link back if you are a blogger either to your blog or a relevant article on your blog.  While not required, we sure hope you will share the article published on our page with your audience as well.  It is required that you follow Highlights Along the Way via any social media channels you participate in.  I don’t ‘need’ an extra follow anywhere, but it just doesn’t make any sense why you would want to share here if you aren’t even a ‘fan’; I mean, unless you just like to take advantage and where are your manners? 😉 It’s all about networking people.  Articles we will consider : Your personal adoption story, original recipes, cute food, DIY crafts, DIY house projects, frugal living, etc.  I am not interested in Travel stories (we only share our own or our contributors), or anything of a promotional nature (we have advertising options for those who want to share their wares with our audience).

 

Please submit your idea or article for consideration to kate ‘at’ highlightsalongtheway ‘dot’ com – again, remove the spaces and use @ and . – you get it!

A couple guidelines –

  • Make sure your photos are YOURS and YOURS only – do not take photos off of a google search/etc – that’s kind of is illegal.
  • Again, please only send articles that are completely unique and have not been published elsewhere (including your site) – that doesn’t do either of us favors in google’s eyes, and that is kinda why you guest post right?
  • Please send photos with watermark on them already; they will otherwise not be watermarked.
  • If you are sharing some kind of DIY or How To type post please make a pinnable image for the top of the post with your favorite photo (or collage) along with text.  If you do not do this, we will ask permission to do so with your photo.  This makes it more pinnable, meaning it is more likely to be shared, meaning more pageviews for both of us – win win!
  • If you are a blogger; make sure to share a short bio and a headshot if you like.
  • If you want to send in HTML you will be my best friend forever.  Body of an email and photos as JPEGS is fine, but peeps who send in HTML are my favorite.  #EasyButton
  • I don’t want to stifle your creativity, but keeping your post around 500 words is a nice ballpark.