Back when I was sort of new to blogging, a new program came around that changed the way bloggers managed their sponsors. Before, they used Paypal and had to manually insert and take out a bloggers button each month. It was hugely inefficient and basically a waste of time.
Passionfruit came around and totally changed the game. They were the only service – at the time – that would automate the ads for bloggers and take the headache away from the blogger offering the sponsorships. It was fantastic…until it wasn’t.
I have nothing against Passionfruit at all. They are good at what they do – minus their customer service – and I have never had a huge issue with them. But I do know that some bloggers have had issues with refunds and getting in touch with Jason.
I had heard of bloggers switching to Adproval. I didn’t really know what this option was all about and I was skeptical to switch from Passionfruit. I know Passionfruit. I understand it. Switching to another company could be a huge headache (it wasn’t hard at all).
After talking to Cassie, I decided to just do it. I wanted the extra perks that come with Adproval, and I was willing to make that leap for myself and my blog.
Here are my reasons for switching to Adproval:
They put you in contact with Advertisers.
This is the biggest thing that made me want to switch. Adproval is actively working to help bloggers build relationships with brands. They have an Advertisers page, and you can easily express interest in particular brands you want to work with. It’s so easy to use and pretty seamless as well.
Their customer service has been amazing so far.
I had said above that I didn’t have any issues with Passionfruit. And that is true. But reading my Twitter feed will tell me, and you, that many people have had issues in the past. I don’t have that problem with Adproval. You can easily send Matthew either an email or a chat message, and he will get back to you – usually within a business day.
Matthew also has a great team to work with that will answer any and all questions (and I had a ton of them when I switched). Getting emails quickly from Matthew reassured me of my decision to switch.
They only take 10% of each sale.
While Adproval doesn’t charge a monthly fee like Passionfruit – and there probably will never be a monthly fee – they do take 10% of your sales. This is only based on your sales and it includes the admin charges for Matthew and the team. I originally thought this was pretty high, but if you think about the monthly charge plus the fees Passionfruit tacks on, this is actually cheaper.
I have gotten confirmation that Adproval does not see a monthly charge in their future. I asked Matthew about this because I was nervous to switch if a few months later they introduced a monthly fee.
Adproval uses Stripe for payment.
Because Passionfruit uses Paypal for their payments, your payment was delayed until Fridays and getting refunds was that much more difficult. Stripe allows the payment to come directly to us instead of going through Adproval to distribute to us.
I had never heard of Stripe before, but it is just as safe as Paypal and easier on the blogger. Lyft and Kickstarter use Stripe, so why not us? If I don’t have to go through Paypal’s support to give a refund, I will do that. Essentially this is what happens when a blogger requests a refund in Passionfruit. They have to go and talk to Paypal about it. No thank you!
They also have a marketplace for bloggers.
Just like the marketplace for Advertisers, they have a marketplace for bloggers (they call us Influencers). This easily and quickly can put you in touch with other bloggers you might want to sponsor. I love that they have this feature because it was something I relied on heavily with Passionfruit. And knowing Adproval had this option made the switch that much better.
I also love that you can include your pageviews or social media numbers on your profile. If you submit these, they will automatically show up on your Advertise page.
Adproval wants your input.
Even though I am a new user to Adproval, Matthew has made it clear that my input and concerns are important to them. I’m not the biggest blogger on the block either, but that doesn’t matter to him. He wants to make sure that my experience is a good one and that my concerns are heard.
This was evident when I sent Cassie – who sent it to Matthew – an email about my concerns. He not only reassured me that what I was concerned about wasn’t going to happen. He also has included me on other emails about what could be good for all bloggers on Adproval. It’s a win/win, right?
Would you consider switching now?
*I was not compensated for writing this post. Matthew doesn’t know that it’s even being posted. I just wanted to share reasons why I am loving Adproval for anyone on the fence about switching.