I had to share this with all of you because it was the first time I tried to get a company to send me free shit. Also, I love this company and I think you will love it too if you’ve never discovered it. I thought it would be a fun find on the week I shared, Shit I Bought During a Pandemic.
First published April 12, 2013
I did a “thing”.
I think I discovered a company.
Okay, maybe not “discovered”.
I found them through another blogger on Instagram.
Don’t be jealous of my threads.
Even if you don’t blog, Raygun has really cool stuff.
When my tee-shirt came in the mail THREE DAYS after ordering it, there was even a handwritten note on my receipt.
No, YOU GET THE F***K OUT!
That was their first mistake. Making handwritten contact with me. Because I took this as a friendly gesture; a getting-to-know-you tactic.
So I emailed the company in my first-ever attempt at a pitch email.
Look at me using big words.
I even sent them my brand spanking new media kit
Media kit = information about my blog that some blogger told me I needed to have at some stupid blogging event. I created mine in a Word document and it looks like a terrible history paper.
So I told them in the email I wanted to offer a giveaway to all of you. (You want a tee-shirt. GO WITH IT)
I also told them that part of the giveaway rules could be that the readers (who knew you’d be so busy today?) could like their Facebook and Twitter sites in order to win the giveaway. (did I sell your souls or what?)
Like clockwork, I get a prompt response email from Mike, the CEO of course.
2020 note- by the way, Mike still must be the CEO over there because when I get mass-generated emails from Raygun, they come into my inbox not from “Raygun” but from “Mike”. Guess who also has the name “Mike”? My husband. Last fall, they had THE best debate/election/end of the world tee shirts and I thought my husband was sending one he planned on buying to me. So I responded to the email saying, “OMG, are you getting that? SO FUNNY!”. I got an email back from RAYGUN telling me, I don’t think this email was for us? They are still running a pretty magnificent show over there.
Note to self- don’t answer any emails from “Mike”.
thanks for the e-mail, Kari! what do you mean by “give away” on the blog?
roger, I’m picking up what you’re putting down… we’ll probably pass on the giveaway to readers part. we are pretty persnickety with that kind of stuff, and so never use the product to get people to follow our Facebook page, etc.
2020 note- I was so stupid in 2013. He is essentially telling me, I DON’T SELL MY SOUL TO INSIPID BLOGGERS TO GET NUMBERS. BUT HERE IS SOME FREE SHIT TO GET YOU OFF MY BACK. God love him.
I love a CEO that says “roger”.
Surely you are not calling me Roger.
Don’t call me Shirley.
So I said, I will love anything you send me.
2020 note- Meaning, send me free shit. Eye roll.
And that they can’t stop me from “pimping them out at an upcoming blog conference”.
Is it unprofessional to tell a CEO you will be “pimping them out”?
2020 note- Yes, very.
And four days later, this arrived in the mail:
2020 note- YOU KNOW, this was in their clearance section. YOU KNOW IT!
Take it all in.
By the way, I’m sending that beer/bacon cozy to my brother.
It’s like they know who he is.
2020 note- Only the best for Uncle Bubba. A free, clearance section, pimped out, bacon/ beer cozy. Looks like Kari is movin’ on up!
And I got Suzanne’s autograph!!
2020 note- “Checked out your blog” is such a LIE. I am laughing so hard.
Just between you and me, I want to work there.
I would even sell all our belongings and move to Des Moines if I knew the weather would be better than Chicago.
It’s tropical there.
2020 note- I would still work there. And by the way, the weather is better there. It’s sunnier in Iowa than any other place in the Midwest. It’s a fact.
And I really want to meet Jess.
Because she has spirit fingers.
If that is anything like Jazz hands, we will be besties.
I can tell.
2020 note- GAG besties? GAG.
So here is the thing.
I would really, really appreciate it if you go to their site and look-see.
Because this is the first company I ever sent a media kit to.
And they didn’t laugh at me.
Or my little blog.
2020 note- Oh honey, they totally laughed at you, but it’s okay. There, there.