Have you always wondered how to become a toy tester? Look no further because this article has all the details on how to get free toys!
Did you know that toy companies want kids to be toy testers? Yes, that’s right, they will send you free toys just to see if your kids enjoy them.
For the last two years I’ve been able to get free toys right around the start of school. Fall is the biggest time for toy reviews because all the companies are gearing up for Christmas. They want real moms to have their kids play with the toys and then write their honest reviews on their website. Crazy, right?
Last year I was able to test out a bunch of VTech toys that my kids absolutely loved.
Can you believe we got to review all of those toys?
The next shipment of toys was from Bright Starts. I hosted a play date and got feedback from other moms.
Since I love testing out toys so much, I figured I should write a step by step tutorial on how to become a toy tester. It’s a lot easier than it sounds!
How to become a toy tester
Follow your favorite brands on social media
Head to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to follow your favorite brands. When they have toy testing opportunities they will usually post them on social media. For example, Step2 always asks their Facebook followers to review their big Christmas products. Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom suggests these Facebook pages too:
Contact your favorite brands
Sitting and waiting on social media isn’t easy. Plus there is so much on social media that it is easy to miss a post. Go ahead and email the PR/ media contact for your favorite brands (a quick Google search of “favorite company PR contact” will get you this info). When I’ve done this in the past they almost always get back to me with steps to test their products.
Be active on social media
Lots of companies will work with anybody regardless of their social media impact. However, a large social media presence can’t hurt! It makes you more valuable. Read this post to learn how to become a social media influencer.
Start a blog
You don’t have to be a blogger to review items, but it certainly helps if you can post about your experience. Not a blogger? Check out my tips for starting a blog on a budget.
Fill out forms
A lot of the toy companies keep a list of potential tester emails on hand. Fill out as many forms for testing opportunities as possible. Search on social media or Google to find some. Here are a couple that I’ve used this year:
B2k Media Marketing sign up form (they work with Munchin and other big brands)
MomSelect registration form (they gave me the Bright Start toys last year)
What are you waiting for? Sign up to test toys today!
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