Does wedding blog advertising ACTUALLY work?

We'll start with this statistic: 80% of our Vendor Spotlight clients get a return on investment. But we want to share a few of the hundreds of happy success stories from our sponsors. Feel free to contact any of these businesses directly to ask them about their experience advertising with our wedding blog!

Advertiser testimonial: Mike Allebach of Allebach Photography

Advertising on Offbeat Bride has been the best thing for my business. Dollar for dollar, Offbeat Bride has consistently proven to be the best way to spend my advertising budget. Several other potential advertisers over the years have contacted me asking "is it worth it?" and every time I say definitely. I see the most return on Offbeat Bride ads than any other source of advertising I do. More than half of my brides come directly from Offbeat Bride. Don't believe me? Here's a screenshot of my current clients, with their wedding dates and how they found me listed.

Advertiser testimonial: Crystal, Cherry Blossom Planning Factory

The weddings we book from Offbeat Bride are always memorable. Our Offbeat Bride couples tend to be more tech-savvy and full of fun ideas (crocheted "yay" flags, a "book + whiskey" theme, for example). They tend not to care about the so-called obligatory details, and just want to have a great wedding!

Advertiser testimonial: Stephanie Gatton Events

I have had several inquiries directly from Offbeat Bride, and have booked four 2017 weddings from that referral alone. All four of those bookings were completed in under ONE MONTH from the date my Vendor Spotlight was published. I've MORE than recouped my initial advertising investment, and it's been terrific to have a place (in addition to my website) to direct potential clients to learn more about me.

Advertiser testimonial: Stacy, A Flippin Good Time

WOW! Amazing reach!! When I turned on my iPad today, the new followers from our Instagram promotion with Offbeat Bride took over my lock screen — out of control!! So exciting.

 

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Advertiser testimonial: Ixi of Ixi Photography

Holy crap, this shit works! I don't pay for advertising, ever. I'm an ad skeptic and my business is too niche…or so I thought. Every single couple that has found me through my vendor listing on Offbeat has booked me. You'll actually get clients. Do itttt!

Advertiser testimonial: Amy of Zeita Studios

All of our custom dress builds this year came from Offbeat Bride. The website is such an incredible resource!

Advertiser testimonial: Paulette of Novella Photography

OH MY GOD. What I can say? WE LOVE OUR SPONSORED POST SO MUCH. It couldn't be better — wow. I am actually tearing up a little. Seriously, it was WELL WORTH the spotlight fee — it's beyond worth it. Thank you so much. I'll be sharing it everywhere!

Advertiser testimonial: Ailea Sneller of Cads About Matrimony

We knew we loved Offbeat Bride, so we did an ad there in the first week of our Kickstarter campaign. Within 24 hours of the ad going live, both our number of backers and total dollar value pledged more than DOUBLED.

Of all the web ads we tried (and there were lots), nothing came close to the results we saw from Offbeat Bride. We never would have made our Kickstarter goal without them.

It's no exaggeration to say that we owe our product's existence to Offbeat Bride.

Read more of Ailea's testimonial

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Advertiser testimonial: Lori Foxworth of Black White & Raw Photography

I firmly believe that as a wedding photographer, it’s not about how much money you put into advertising, but identifying your ideal client, and finding the perfect place to attract them. We knew from the moment we decided to focus on shooting weddings that we wanted to attract more interesting, offbeat, unique weddings, and that Offbeat Bride was the perfect home for us.

I truly consider Offbeat Bride to be the most value for my advertising dollar, and is the only place that I advertise. Roughly 75% of our clients find us through Offbeat Bride.

Read more of Lori's testimonial

Advertiser testimonial: Liz Washer of Makeup Artistry by Liz

Has advertising on Offbeat Bride benefited me? In a word (OK, two words): hell yes!

First and foremost, the ad pays for itself and then some every year (it’s reasonably priced so even just one booking will cover the cost and still put money in my pocket).

The brides that find me on Offbeat Bride are excited to work with me right from the start (it’s like fast-forwarding over half of the sales cycle!) and easy to talk to, since we already speak the same language. And they invariably have the kinds of weddings that I can’t wait to be part of: creative, colorful, and deeply meaningful.

Read more of Liz's testimonial

Advertiser testimonial: Karina Picache of Oh Karina Photography

When I got into the wedding business, there was a big push for not paying to advertise. There are so many other avenues, they said. You don’t have to spend a penny, they said. Blog, Facebook, distribute table cards, word of mouth. And it’s not that that doesn’t work… But target marketing can be a tricky thing.

Enter, Offbeat Bride.

The month I quit my job and went into 100% freelance, single girl business-ownership, I bit the bullet, and applied to advertise as an Offbeat Bride vendor.

I booked 20 weddings my first year — and 17 of them right from Offbeat Bride.

Read more of Karina's testimonial

Testimonial: Dressmaker Tova Mark of Wedding Dress Fantasy

We have been advertising with Offbeat Bride for three years and are extremely pleased with the results.

We get at least 2-3 inquiries from Offbeat Brides weekly — and about 50% of the inquiries turn into sales."

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Ok, so does advertising on Offbeat Bride ACTUALLY work?

As you can see from the stories above, yes it does… But we've got even more success stories from small business folks like YOU, in YOUR FIELD. Feel free to contact any of these businesses directly to ask them about their experience advertising with our wedding blog!

Wedding blog advertising on Offbeat Bride"I had an editorial feature on Offbeat Bride in November and booked two weddings from it, which was great. But I did a vendor spotlight last week… and had about 50 inquiries from it this past week. Big difference!!"
Carrie Swails

Now, how about cold hard number from one of our advertisers. Here's the spike in web traffic delivered by a vendor spotlight on Offbeat Bride:

Ala Carte Albums says: "This is what my referrer stats looked like 3 days after launching my site via offbeatbride.com. I will definitely buy ads again!"

Want to know more? We think our advertisers can say it best…

Does wedding blog advertising work for designers?

"My Vendor Listing Visibility Package got me about 100 new Facebook followers and two immediate inquiries for wedding dresses." Diane-Marie Brache-Smith, Miss Brache's
Within one week, I had already made back TWICE as much as what I paid for my Vendor Spotlight. The ad EASILY paid for itself and then some. –Azrael's Accomplice Designs

"Our Offbeat Bride Vendor Spotlight got us more traffic than any other promotion we have tried! Not only the thousands of hits from offbeatbride.com, but hundreds more from Offbeat Bride's social media presence on facebook, twitter, stumbleupon, and the many other wedding blogs that look to offbeatbride.com for ideas. Our average hits were around 200 a day — now we are closer to 1500+ a day." –Brent & Jess Fingerprint rings

"Buying an Vendor Spotlight on Offbeat Bride was a huge business risk for me. I spent all of our rent money on it — but almost immediately, I was inundated with orders and I had my first profitable month. I STILL get brides contacting me, saying they found me through Offbeat Bride — and my Vendor Spotlight was almost a year ago! Now my business supports both my husband and I, and I know I couldn't have gotten to this point without Ariel and the support of her readers." –Princess Lasertron

"I will admit, at first I was a bit hesitant to spend the money on advertising, but in 5 days I have already gone into profits. I have been on Etsy for almost 8 months, and in the week since my Vendor Spotlight was posted on Offbeat Bride my sales have doubled and my views jumped from the hundreds to the thousands." –Centered Ceramics

Our Vendor Spotlight on Offbeat Bride did exactly what we had hoped for, namely catering our particular style of design and printing to folks looking for quirkier invitation options and old timey craftsmanship. 80% of our wedding clients this season are Offbeat Bride referrals, including a few from the UK, and we're still getting a fair number of hits to our site daily. –Starshaped Press

"The response to my Vendor Spotlight has been awesome. Since I had such a great experience, I decided to see if there were other popular wedding blog advertising venues that fit my products where I could do something similar. Unfortunately my experience has not been as good. The other blog owners lack visitor stats, are asking outrageous prices for little in return, or don't even respond to inquiries. I will not be supporting these other wedding blogs (I will let the big corps with money to waste do that), but I WILL be advertising with Offbeat Bride again." —Autumn Wyda, Modern Girl Invitatons

The first day our Vendor Spotlight appeared on OffBeat Bride, hits to our website increased ten-fold and even now, almost 7 months later, the average number of visitors to our site is far higher than it was before we placed the ad. For the price, it is possibly the best return on our investment that we could have hoped for. Offbeat Bride is by far one of the most effective, affordable bridal advertising opportunities out there. –The Cotton Bride

"After doing a social media campaign with Offbeat Bride, we immediately got 5-8 bride price inquiries."
-Dress designer

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Accessory-makers love Offbeat Bride

Two fascinator inquiries, one earring inquiry, one fascinator sale… Pretty good, considering it's only been 30 minutes since my my Vendor Spotlight went live. –DaniAWESOME

We love launching businesses! Figgie Shoes credits an Offbeat Bride Vendor Spotlight with boosting her exposure when she was just starting out:
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Photographers love Offbeat Bride

"In less than three weeks from the Offbeat Bride Vendor Spotlight, I've booked 12 weddings… and I've got more coming! Advertising through Offbeat Bride is always incredible! Thanks for everything!" – Carrie Swails

"Offbeat Bride is the best advertising decision we've ever made. Seriously. In the first day, we made four times the amount we paid for the Vendor Spotlight. We have booked 20 weddings (I'm not kidding, 20 weddings) in the last three weeks. It's crazy. Thanks to our Offbeat Bride ad, we went from a fledgling start-up to a successful business in less than a month. Photo Pink

"Our Offbeat Bride vendor listing brings us more business than any other source AND it brings us the most kickass couples. We get between 3-5 inquiries a month and typically book at least 2 of them. We cancelled our listings on all other sites… Offbeat Bride is all we need." –Mike L Photos

"If you booked me for a wedding in last year, there's a 99.9% chance you found me through Offbeat Bride. They basically created my wedding photography business for me this year! Seriously. I'd probably be stuck in a tiny cubicle slinging car warranties or security systems or Amway soap right now if it wasn't for them." –Jonas Seamen

"Hot damn, my Vendor Spotlight paid for itself in less than 36 hours. I had a $38,000 return on investment." — Angie Gaul, Milestone Images

At first I was a little skeptical about paying for an Offbeat Bride Vendor Spotlight, simply because I'm based in Alabama and am fully aware that we are not exactly known for our "offbeatness"… but I figured it wouldn't hurt to benefit from Ariel's mad SEO skills and to have a long-term vendor listing.

I knew the Offbeat Bride editors would talk me up in my post, but they exceeded my wildest expectations. Although I haven't booked any local weddings yet, I have booked some pretty amazing ones all across the US, from Pensacola to Palm Springs. I'm excited for the variety that my 2012 wedding season will offer thanks to getting noticed by Offbeat Bride's fantastic readers. If you're on the fence about buying an Vendor Spotlight but you're looking to shake up the type of wedding inquiries you're receiving, I say GO for it! –Morgan Trinker

"I can't say enough good things about Offbeat Bride. They're affordable, your Vendor Spotlight post is guaranteed to remain up on the site, and Ariel does most of the work for you (optimizing keywords, writing copy, etc). My average site hits increased 500% after my Offbeat Bride Vendor Spotlight post, and I booked two clients in the first week. One of the best things about advertising with Offbeat Bride is that the reader is exactly the kind of client I want; creative, fun and not afraid to take risks." — Jenny Jimenez, photojj.com

"I just booked another client off of my Vendor Spotlight post that ran four months ago! Thanks to Offbeat Bride, I have had a steady flow of clients coming my way, which means that my one time Vendor Spotlight post investment has had a way bigger return than any of the other sites that I advertise with. The fact that my ad stays up forever makes the Vendor Spotlight even MORE valuable. The weddings I get though Offbeat Bride are usually more visually interesting for me as a photographer, and the couples have always been awesome to work with. –Lauren McGlynn, UK Photographer

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Wedding blog advertising with Offbeat Bride worked for these guys too…

"Got to say, we’re delighted with the response we had. We included a discount code our Vendor Spotlight and Vendor Guide listing, and five weeks later, it’s been used by 49 different couples — so that’s a roughly $2500 directly-attributable ROI on our vendor listing + sponsored post combo." -Andrew Green, buy-our-honeymoon.com

My latest Vendor Spotlight post brought me an amazing caliber of inquiries from potential clients — nearly every inquiry that comes my way has booked! I made back the money spent within a week. Offbeat Bride clicks have one of the highest amounts of pages per visit and amount of time they spend on my website. I still receive and book weddings from my first Vendor Spotlight, too — and it ran over two years ago! –Jessie Blum, Eclectic Unions

"We had fantastic results with our Offbeat Bride Vendor Listing Visibility Package — it literally paid for itself in about 2 hours! A great experience. We will definitely be back to do some more advertising soon!" -Jamie Austin, Edible Weddings and More, LLC

On a recent promotion, we did wedding blog advertising with five sites — and Offbeat Bride brought in the most conversions! –Evergram

"From our two Vendor Spotlight posts and one banner ad, we have gotten 25 orders worth about $10,000. Not a bad investment!" – Storymix Media

"I was still a little skeptical about how much success my little start-up company would have with an Vendor Spotlight, considering we offer such an inexpensive service. I figured it would be a while before we broke even let along profited, if we did at all. Boy was I wrong! Everything that everyone else has said is the absolute truth! We made all of our money back in less than 3 days after our Vendor Spotlight ran. It has been the best money we have spent since we launched our business and the most successful promotion of our website to date! Ariel not only ensures that you get a wonderful write-up, but she also continues to follow your progress and CARE about how your promotion is doing. I am looking forward to working with offbeatbride.com many more times in the future!" –My Wedding Binder

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