Yesterday, I received one of those typical approaches from a business in Sydney called Polka Dot Cookies and Cakes. Being a Sydney based business I thought it a bit strange they approached a Melbourne based blogger so I took a look at the stats to see how they found my site.
Well, they spent about a minute on this site, enough to land on the home page and move straight to my contact page. What brought them here was a list of Australian Female bloggers, so I don't think it would be too much of a stretch of the imagination to say that if you're on that list and write anything about food you've probably received the same email.
I wrote back to them, the same reply as I give to hawkers - not interested.
This morning, I awoke to find that Polka Dot Cookies and Cakes had replied to my email with this gem
So because I'm not interested in their product or using my site to promote their product, that makes me a goose? The reply was sent to me by someone called Libby which I can only assume is the business owner Elizabeth, so we can't pin this behaviour on an employee.
Apart from being a ridiculous reply, this is a poor display of maturity and very bad business behaviour. It's especially nonsensical when she's written to me in the first place asking that I mention her product and business.
I wrote back thanking her that I now had something to write about to which she replied with this classic:
When I first saw this reply, I had to laugh. Showing it around the office it was met with "Are you serious?" and a shake of the head.
So here's my question for the general public:
If you're a blogger that has been approached by Polka Dot Cookies and Cakes and are considering promoting her products, are you happy to be associated with this type of behaviour?
If you're a customer or contemplating being a customer, is this type of attitude something that fills you with confidence?