Urban Bliss Life is a personal lifestyle blog dedicated to promoting a creative, modern, fresh and fun approach to a life of bliss. If your FOOD, WINE, or TRAVEL company, product, event, attraction, or destination seeks professional, high quality content that reaches a socially savvy, well-educated, sophisticated audience to build fresh brand loyalty, Urban Bliss Life is the place for you!
Urban Bliss Life has the BEST, most awesome, loyal and social savvy readers and social media followers ever. EVER! They are honestly the bees knees. They make me smile each and every day with their emails, comments, and shares, and I love sharing my personal faves and new discoveries with them because they do amazing things like visit the places I write about and try the recipes, wines, and entertaining ideas. If you are looking for a savvy audience with high engagement, this is it. It’s because of them that I am so picky about who I work with on the official sponsorship level, and what I include on this 12-year-old blog.
Please e-mail info [at] urbanblisslife.com to discuss sponsorship ideas.
Sponsored Food + Wine Posts & Social Media Rates
I do not accept guest blog posts or product samples. Please pitch at least 2-3 months in advance of a holiday/season. For example, if you’re pitching a sponsorship idea for July 4th, it is ideal if you contact me in March or April in order to work it into the editorial calendar.
Standard sponsored blog post rates start at $550 per post; does not include social media.
Sponsored recipe development + blog post rates start at $750 per post; does not include social media.
Sponsored social content rates start at $150 per tweet, Pinterest pin, or Facebook post; $200 per Instagram post; $300 per Instagram story (usually 3-10, 10 second clips together but can be a series on different days).
Sponsored videos start at $800 per video.
E-mail info [at] urbanblisslife.com to discuss brand sponsorship ideas. I’d love to chat!
Sponsored Travel, Press Trips
All travel stories on Urban Bliss Life are first-hand experience stories gathered from press trips or sponsored media visits. I happily travel all around the globe, with no limited location boundaries, but I do place preference on destinations with a strong culinary travel presence, since that’s what my audience is most interested in.
All expenses – flights and/or mileage & gas, lodging, attraction admission, and meals – are usually covered entirely by the hosting visitors bureau or agency. For local day travel in the Portland area, gas/mileage, meals, and day rates may apply. Every press trip receives coverage on Urban Bliss Life in at least three blog posts, usually more, and social media coverage -both live and post – is included.
Please e-mail me for more information. I would love to work with you to help promote your fabulous destination!
As a former Public Relations Director, Urban Bliss Life editor Marlynn Schotland is a communications expert who understands how to boost buzz and elevate brands; meanwhile, her work as a current freelance writer and former broadcast news anchor & reporter brings well-crafted, organic content and compelling photography to each post. For the past 12 years, since 2004, her audience has come to rely on the Urban Bliss Life blog, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest accounts as valuable resources for top food & wine, travel, and design tips, trends, products, and event information. She lives in Portland, Oregon technically (but geographically just outside of Portland in the suburbs – right next to Oregon wine country! Cheers!) with her college sweetheart husband (go Emerson College!), two kids ages 10 and 12, and furry dog child, Bliss Dog.
Site launch: 2004 as Maternity to Madness
Rebranded as Urban Bliss Life in 2012
Audience: Majority of readers are college-educated, professional women, ages 25-45, with children (who do NOT need to know about the latest baby carrier), residing in the United States. We have a readership that spans across the country, with the majority of our audience based out of major cities and large suburban neighborhoods in California, Oregon, Texas, Washington, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Florida.
50,000+Average Monthly Page Views
40,000+ Average Unique Monthly Visitors
Some of the BLISSful Brands I Have Worked With:
Daiya Foods // Draper Valley Farms // Kroger // Smithfield Foods // Franz Bakery // KitchenAid // OXO // Blue Diamond Almonds // Horizon Organic // Whole Foods Market // UDI’s Gluten Free Bakery // Minute Rice // Cape Cod Chips // Foster Farms // Grocery Outlet // McMenamins // KIND snacks // WearEver cookwear // Feast Portland // Tillamook // Pepperidge Farm // Pompeian Oils // Grocery Outlet // New Seasons Market //
PLUS: Many BLISSful restaurants
Rodney Strong Vineyards // Vovetti // McMenamins Distillery // Willamette Valley Vineyards // Dobbes Family Estate // Stoller Vineyards // Durant Vineyards // Argyle Winery // Gallo Family Wines // Columbia Crest Winery // 14 Hands Winery // The Wine Road – Sonoma Wine Country // Starbucks // Thirsty Girl // Snoqualmie Wines // Skinnygirl® Cocktails // Budweiser/Anheuser-Busch
Kauai Visitors Bureau
Port of Portland (#NextStopAMS – Amsterdam)
Outrigger Resorts – Hawaii
Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Hotel Europa – Sorico, Italy
Hawaii, the Big Island Visitor’s Bureau
Sonoma Wine Country
New Orleans Visitors Bureau
Seattle Visitors Bureau
Idaho Visitors Bureau
Western Montana Visitors Bureau
Glacier County Visitors Bureau
Whitefish Mountain Resort
The Wine Road – Sonoma County
Yakima Craft Beverage Tour
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Oregon Coast Aquarium (Newport, OR)
Lava Hot Springs (ID)
Visit Park City (UT)
Visit Walla Walla
Macy’s // Minted // ACE Hardware // RedEnvelope // OXO // Seventh Generation // Uncommon Goods // Drive Shop // Blurb
and many more BLISSful lifestyle brands!
E-mail info [at] urbanblisslife.com to discuss brand partnerships.
“Marlynn was by far the best Influencer I’ve ever worked with! I worked with her on an Influencer Tour from Portland, Oregon to Amsterdam for Sparkloft’s Social Media Client – The Port of Portland. From the first out-reach to the follow-up blogs and deliverables post trip, Marlynn was easy-going, fun, savvy, and highly dependable. I would highly recommend Marlynn to any person looking to gain influencer and work with a professional.” – Alexandra, Sparkloft Media
“Marlynn is wonderful to work with. It’s been a pleasure getting to know Marlynn and working with her on a number of client campaigns (Macy’s, Whole Foods Market). She’s well-known and respected in the community, and always delivers great content. It’s been fun to collaborate, and Marlynn is so easy to work with, it makes the partnership a breeze.” -Chelsey, CuratorPR
Q: Do you accept guest posts?
A: No, not currently, but thank you!
Q: Do you do product reviews?
A: In general, no. However, if you have a food, drink, and/or travel product that is of high quality and retail value of $150 or more, please contact me with a package proposal for a sponsored post and giveaway. Note: yes, I AM a mom, but I do not write about baby or toddler products. Nope. Been there, done that, and DONE with that phase, thankyouverymuch ;)
Q: Do you do giveaways?
A: Yes, but currently only with sponsored posts (see starting rates below).
Q: Will you post my client’s recipe with our press photos?
A: No. All photos on Urban Bliss Life are original photos taken by me; I do not post stock or press photos, except for the rare occasion that it is required within a paid sponsored post. All recipes posted on the food blog/drink blog are recipes developed by me – or they are recipes of drinks or food from a restaurant or bar I have visited in person and have permission to post their recipes alongside my original photos.
Q: I’ve sent you five emails in the last five days. Why haven’t you answered my emails?
A: First: I adore you, and the brand you represent/blog you hope to launch/event you are planning! I am sure if we had the time to connect, we’d be fast friends. For real! Unfortunately, due to the volume of daily emails I receive and a disappointing lack of clones, I am unable to answer every email I receive…or, sadly, even a majority of them. If I did not respond to your email, chances are the brand/product/idea/event is not a good fit for my blog in terms of audience, quality, value, timing, or interest. Or, if you have emailed me more than twice within one month and I have not responded, your email automatically goes to my SPAM folder… so there’s that. :) I sincerely thank you for your email, because I do know how hard you work (remember: I was a PR Director in a former life! I totally get it!) and I do save many emails that might be a good fit in the future.
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by Marlynn Jayme Schotland. For questions about this blog, please contact info -at- urbanblisslife.com.
This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.
This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may or may not influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.
The owner of this blog is often compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner of this blog may receive compensation for our posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.
This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.
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