Are you a digital entrepreneur, coach, retreat leader, course creator, blogger, or travel lover?
Then LEAN IN…
I’M GOING TO TELL YOU HOW TO CONFIDENTLY GROW YOUR BUSINESS, EXPAND YOUR REACH
TRAVEL THE WORLD BY SPONSORSHIP!
If you’re ready to take your digital business to the next level, travel and work with brands in exchange for accommodations, meals, tours, products, and activities then read on to learn how you can incorporate sponsored travel into your digital business.
Having engaged social media channels is the key tipping point that will allow you to leverage your digital business, market to your social media followers, and attract sponsors to build your brand. It’s likely that you’re already doing the work to bring attention to them.
Digital entrepreneurs with engaged social media networks are who travel brands turn to for advertising. They understand the “global stage” we stand on when it comes to exposing their services and products to the world.
Here’s what you might not know
If you’re lucky enough to have a great social media following (good for you!):
YOU CAN COMMAND SPECIFIC SPONSORSHIPS
Even if you’re happy with a small stay at a hotel/resort, an appetizer at a restaurant, or a tour in a particular destination, once you know exactly what sponsors are looking for you can customize a sponsorship instead of settling for just “what you get”.
YOU CAN SIGNIFICANTLY BOOST YOUR BUSINESS AND SOCIAL MEDIA STATUS
Offering exciting and valuable coverage to your sponsors makes you the no-brainer digital entrepreneur to work with. (Doubly so when sponsors are considering dozens of others)
YOU CAN INSTANTLY RAISE YOUR NICHE CELEBRITY & AUTHORITY
This can lead to valuable partnerships, paying clients, marketing connections, and all sorts of exciting and unexpected opportunities that add new revenue streams to your digital business.
YOU CAN GENERATE CONSISTENT, RELIABLE SPONSORSHIPS
Understanding your sponsor’s needs puts you in complete control of your travel. You’ll no longer have to rely on hustling for your sponsorships, giving more than you get, or receiving more no’s than yeses.
Instead, you’ll bring in predictable and sustainable sponsorships that give you the freedom to monetize your digital business and social media channels and confidently capitalize on new opportunities for growth.
Even though the reasons to pursue sponsored travel are obvious, the path to doing it successfully is anything but.
GET SPONSORS TO WORK WITH ME? AWESOME!
But where the heck do I start?
Maybe you’ve looked through your social media feeds and seen other digital entrepreneurs and bloggers bragging about the beautiful destinations they are enjoying on sponsorship.
You’ve made a list of places that you want to travel to, restaurants you want to try, gotten all excited about the safari that you added to your bucket list, and maybe even researched how to get sponsorships.
If you’re super determined, you might have even found out who to send a pitch letter to assure yourself that you’d use it in the mystical, yet allusive, someday.
But, even with the best intentions, most digital entrepreneurs end up abandoning their desire to travel in exchange for their expertise allowing other digital nomads to swoop in and grab those coveted sponsorships while they remain sidelined.
Here’s why most digital entrepreneurs abandon their desires.
Without a super clear, step-by-step project plan, most digital entrepreneurs get completely lost.
They fall victim to paralyzing business and social media hang-ups (the experts make it sound so easy!) time-sucking sticking points, or lack of clarity over exactly what they need to do next to get sponsorships.
Here’s why this is irreversibly crippling.
As an already busy digital entrepreneur with new content to come up with, social media channels to keep fresh and interesting, and maybe even a day job to get to, you literally can’t afford to veer off course.
And the moment you get lost in the research of how to get sponsors, it’s almost impossible to recover.
Therefore, getting sponsorships is one of the few things in your digital career that you NEED to get right the first time.
And luckily for you, there are actually VERY FEW people out there doing it right.
In all likelihood, your competitors have either failed in attaining sponsorships or been ineffective in sustaining their travels through sponsorship.
Even if you’re late to the party, there’s still a golden opportunity for you to jump in, clean up the mess, and convert your efforts into a life of traveling longer and farther.
That is…if you can avoid the same deadly entrepreneur mistakes that your competitors are making.
The 3 Reasons Most Digital Entrepreneurs Fail At Getting Sponsorships
Getting sponsorships isn’t particularly hard or complicated. But there are MANY moving pieces and potential failure points along the way.
How to build an organic following? How to find the right people to pitch to? How to pitch and get noticed?
These are just some of the MANY questions you’ll have to answer along the way.
Most digital entrepreneurs approach their sponsorships as just another “thing to learn”. But the thing is you can’t treat your sponsorship acquisition as just another “strategy, “tactic” or “system”. It’s an immensely valuable (and fragile) project that, when done right, can earn you travel opportunities over the course of your digital lifetime.
Time to respect it for what it is – a PROJECT – and approach it accordingly.
HERE’S AN INTERESTING LITTLE SECRET…
Even though online marketing for sponsors is a MASSIVE and quickly growing industry – it’s not an evenly distributed one.
A few people will get a HUGE piece of the pie, while many others fizzle out.
And the main reason for this, as you’ve likely seen by now, is that while the barriers to entry are relatively LOW…
…the barriers towards EFFECTIVE EXECUTION are fairly high.
But as long as you can avoid the biggest blunders that sink most digital entrepreneurs, the path is paved for you and your first sponsorship.
One that allows you to achieve bigger sponsorships, create more travel, and offer you the opportunities to monetize your business.
The key ingredient to all of this is getting those multiple sponsorships.
And with your permission, that’s what I’d LOVE to show you how...
Mastering Sponsored Travel
With Marie Hernandez
The Complete A-Z 5-Week Self-Study Program for Confidently Receiving Your First and Multiple Sponsorships
I’ve taken everything I’ve learned from my 10 years of traveling on sponsorship (with over $300 THOUSAND + DOLLARS in sponsorships) and channeled it into a comprehensive, step-by-step implementation program that not only teaches you the high-level theory but the actual EXECUTION of how you can do the same.
MASTERING SPONSORED TRAVEL
Is the first program of it’s kind that…
IS BUILT WITH FOCUSED, RAPID IMPLEMENTATION IN MIND
No filler. No unnecessary modules, and no extraneous or premature strategies that look sexy on the surface, but do nothing but overwhelm you and sabotage your progress.
FOCUSES ON THE “NITTY GRITTY”
Since Mastering Sponsored Travel is an implementation program, you WILL be getting your hands dirty with marketing. Not only do I make it dead simple, but I take nothing for granted, and really go step-by-step to make sure you build your brand and pitch to sponsors with confidence.
MASTERING SPONSORED TRAVEL ISN’T SO MUCH A TRAINING PROGRAM AS IT IS AN IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAM.
Yes, you’ll learn the strategies behind everything you do, but more importantly, you’ll have a meticulous, step-by-step, project plan that leaves nothing out and takes nothing for granted as you implement it.
The end result: The valuable knowledge and confidence to pitch and receive almost every sponsorship you desire and even profit from for the rest of your digital entrepreneur career.
HERE’S HOW IT ALL BREAKS DOWN
MODULE 1 – Sponsored Travel 101
In this first module, I go into detail about exactly what sponsored travel is, the benefits of sponsored travel, who sponsored travel is for and the importance of mindset.
Here, you’ll get a deep understanding of the many companies that you can work with. You’ll also discover the many benefits of sponsorships and how they can go on to build your brand. In this module, you will get an in-depth look at who sponsored travel is for. (this is often surprising for many students.)
As with any endeavor, mindset is part of learning and achieving and I go into how that mindset can set you up for success.
>> Understanding and seeing yourself as a professional and respecting the role you and your sponsors play with each other.
>> Truly comprehending what sponsored travel is and why sponsors love digital entrepreneurs.
>> Understanding exactly what a sponsor is and how they relate to your digital entrepreneur career.
>> Learn how you can get a sponsorship regardless of your niche.
>> Understanding how sponsorships mutually benefit your sponsor and your business.
>> Implementing your social media channels, and niche choices to attract sponsors.
>> Dive deep into the expectations of sponsors and how you can attract them with your social media channels and personality.
>> Implement my proven belief and mindset strategy that will keep you focused and excited while building your online presence.
Module 2 – Preparing For Your First Sponsorship
Now that you have a full understanding of what sponsorship is, who sponsors are, and what will be expected of you as a digital entrepreneur representing a sponsor, it’s time to dive deep into getting the attention that sponsors seek.
In this module, you’ll learn the difference between Press Trips, FAM Trips, and personalized influencer sponsorships.
I’ll also discuss the importance of networking; where and how to network like a champ and how it can open doors for you to monetize your business.
I’ll also provide you with several bonuses and templates that will shortcut you to local, regional, and international guest posting opportunities and widen your reach getting you noticed in the digital world.
>> Implementing networking opportunities to grow your online presence and get you noticed.
>> Extending your reach by teaching you how to attend local conferences and events relevant to your niche.
>> Learn the difference between Press, FAM Trips and Personalized Influencer sponsorships and how to land them.
>> Understand when and how to pitch for additional coverage and guest posts and why they are important for you and your sponsor
>> Learning how and when to use my proven pitch letters and who to send them to.
Module 3 – The Perfect Pitch
This is one of the most important modules in the course. In this module, I give away my secrets for researching and pitching to sponsors, how to get guaranteed acceptance, and how to create and present a media kit.
As the first line of communication, knowing the who, what, where, when, and why is the difference between getting a yes and not being taken seriously.
You’ll learn the exact method I’ve used for 6 years to travel to more than 52 countries and gain 221 sponsorships worth more than $100 thousand dollars + in sponsored travel, meals, tours, hotel/resort stays, and products.
I’ve also provided you with the secret sauce – all my pitch letter templates that you can use as is or edit to fit your needs.
>> Research and understand your sponsor and their marketing needs BEFORE you pitch to set yourself apart from other bloggers.
>> Implement the techniques and elements of a perfect pitch letter and how to ensure a yes
>> Understanding and dealing with rejection and how to use it to get accepted the next time out.
>> Comprehending the importance of a media kit, creating your own that attracts sponsors, and what elements are important to include.
Module 4 – Landing Your First Sponsorship
You’ve done all the right things and have landed that first (or most desired) sponsorship – now what? I go step-by-step into what is (and what isn’t) expected of you on your sponsorship.
From designing your agreement to setting up meetings and site tours, to before, during and after marketing and everything in between, you’ll discover every aspect of how to handle and drive a successful trip that your sponsor will love.
I’ll go into why it’s important to schedule downtime and how to incorporate it into your media visit.
I’ve even made it stress-free by providing you with my professionally designed media visit agreement template and examples of what to post on your blog and social media channels.
>> Implement strategies and habits that will get you noticed by your sponsors even before you arrive on site.
>> Understanding why a media agreement is necessary and why you should always have one no matter how small the sponsorship is.
>> How to set up meetings and delivering on your promises before and during your visit.
>> How to handle emergencies and broken agreements
>> Understanding the importance of scheduling downtime for yourself
Module 5 – The Follow Up
Your job doesn’t end after you return from a sponsored trip. In fact, it’s often just begun.
In this final module, I take you through step-by-step how to write the perfect review. One that will have your sponsors singing your praises.
I talk about your voice, the importance of note-taking, which details to include, why photos are important, and when and how to post to provide the most exposure for your sponsor.
I go into detail about following up with your sponsors by providing important analytics that will prove your reach for their ROI, and how to develop a relationship that will provide you with future connections and opportunities to monetize your digital business.
We’ll discuss the various ways to find opportunities to monetize your digital business and sponsorships and I provide you with my eBook, “16 Ways To Monetize Your Blog” as well as example reviews for inspiration.
The last lesson in this course is one of my favorites. I discuss the importance of remaining positive and believing in your dreams and desires.
>> Step-by-step instructions with examples of the perfect pitch letter and what your sponsors are looking for.
>> Understanding what your sponsor’s customers want and need and how to write a pitch that will attract them.
>> Implementing your sponsor’s demographics and how to use them on social media to gain maximum exposure for your review and social media posts.
>> My popular eBook detailing 16 Ways To Monetize Your Blog
>> I dive deep into following your dreams, keeping a positive mindset and staying the course to ensure success.
Let me say this upfront…
Mastering Sponsored Travel is the most comprehensive, step-by-step implementation program for digital entrepreneurs who are excited and COMMITTED about traveling longer and farther through sponsorships.
Our community is highly curated and filled with helpful, motivated, and super-supportive members who are working towards their sponsored travel goals. When you join, you will be part of this special group.
Now here’s the kicker.
By the end of these 30 days, you’ll have received my proven pitch letter as well as the first 4 modules.
Meaning, you’ll have had the opportunity to validate your sponsored travel efforts BEFORE making a final commitment.
If you don’t feel totally confident and motivated by your sponsored travel possibilities (and your ability to get them like a pro), simply reach out, show me you’ve put in the work, and I’ll refund your investment. Full Details Here>>
Here’s what you’re getting when you enroll today:
Mastering Sponsored Travel – $697 Value
Bonus #1 – Instant Lifetime Access to the Members Only “Mastering Sponsored Travel Facebook Group” $997 Value
Bonus #2 – My Proven Pitch Letter Templates $597 Value
When you add it all up, that’s a value of $2,291.00
But when you enroll today, you’ll get access to everything for just:
Payment Option 1
Single Payment of $497.00
Payment Option 2
6 Payments of $108.00
I really love this course! Marie is easy to understand and very engaging. She takes you step-by-step as you learn how to navigate starting and growing your b...Read More
I really love this course! Marie is easy to understand and very engaging. She takes you step-by-step as you learn how to navigate starting and growing your blog and social media presence. Marie gives you the exact templates she uses to get sponsored travel. I basically copied and pasted the wording, tweaked it with my stats and sent it to the places I wanted to visit. Within 2 days, I scored a 3-night stay in a lush jungle lodge in Belize, meals included! A couple days later, I received word that my request for a stay in Santa Cruz was granted as well. What I love the most is that Marie is so generous with her time and available to answer any questions I have in her private group (for students of this course only). I highly recommend Mastering the Sponsored Media Trip!Read Less
Marie and I were in a FB group when her name first popped up into my existence. It could have been that I was feeling discouraged and so (so, so, sooooo....)...Read More
Marie and I were in a FB group when her name first popped up into my existence. It could have been that I was feeling discouraged and so (so, so, sooooo....) tired of marketing, funnels and courses that claimed to give all the answers to my "dream lifestyle" that her simple comment stood out like a beacon as humble and authentic. My initial summary of her 'comment voice' as kind, considerate, professional and encouraging was confirmed, as I found this was not a once off and quickly realized Marie as truly authentic and genuine in her approach, not only with people and business, but also in representation of herself, in that she walks the walk she speaks of. I am truly blessed to be a student of Mastering the Sponsored Media Trip. The gentle explanations of industry requirements, extensive information and solid foundations of support from Marie herself, are nothing short of exceptional. Marie has extensive knowledge that covers Sponsored Media Trips and so, so much more! (The bonuses alone are worth membership!) I cannot recommend this enough, at whatever stage of entering blogging and sourcing sponsored trips/ meals/ experiences (I'm a complete beginner!) this course definitely provides the foundations for success. The proof is in the results, of which I've seen firsthand in the building success of the MTSMT students as they implement the best practice techniques that Marie teaches. It has really helped with my own confidence to see that regardless of what stage of achieving sponsorship you are at, this truly works. With Marie in your back pocket, the only chance of failure is in taking no action! Thank you Marie, I can't wait to really launch my travels and see where this takes me!Read Less
This course has been one of the only courses I have finished! If you are wanting to start sponsored travel you need to do this course. I just recently starte...Read More
This course has been one of the only courses I have finished! If you are wanting to start sponsored travel you need to do this course. I just recently started pitching, and I have had people respond to me already. I haven't landed any trips/activities yet, but I literally have only sent a few out, and I am still waiting for some responses. You have to send out the pitch letters if you want to hear a yes! This course is a must! Marie has everything you need to start pitching and more. Plus she is always available in the group she has specifically for this course!Read Less