This is a continuation of yesterday’s I would NEVER query for a product first and then ask, “How important are you, anyway?”

Let me just say this, I was NOT looking for a sequel, in any way, shape, or form today.

Nope, I wasn’t. Then… Along came another query today, but this one was well ORGANIZED! What a difference a day makes, and what a difference a solid company makes for an impression.

So, here it is, see for yourself. How to get what you want, by simply approaching it honestly, no deception included, and well thought-out questions.



Thank you to those of you who have already contacted us about the VinoVision invitation opportunity.

As a reminder, VinoVision Paris 2018 is going to select one American wine influencer, journalist or blogger. The winner will receive a round-trip economy flight to Paris, entry badge to VinoVision, and 2 nights’ hotel in Paris during the show. In return, we would ask you to post/Tweet/publish both before and from VinoVision.

In order to apply, if you could write two paragraphs:

About your readership and number of followers on the social media you’re active on.

About the coverage you could offer… it would help if you can tell us how many posts/Tweets/whatevers you would be willing to guarantee before and during the show. Because VinoVision is so new, we’d love to have at least two posts before the show to help with the online buzz and make Americans especially aware about the event. And if you have any creative ideas (video posts, podcast mentions, handing out VinoVision invites at a meeting of a wine association, etc), of course we’d love to hear those!

I’m happy to answer any questions you have. Look forward to hearing from you soon!


Elizabeth Meaney

VinoVision Paris : The International Cool Climate Wine Exhibition

February 12 – 14, 2018

I responded…

by giving Elizabeth more info than she asked to have, in a positive way. I was willing to share, and even put a plan together of what VinoVision would receive in exchange, if I were chosen.

It’s all in the approach: Straight forward, no hidden agenda(s). At least she knew I was the blogger to whom she sent her query. It’s such a relief to know there are some excellent levels of how great PR people and companies approach their intended person of interest.

The difference between the two days of queries was the difference between night and day… Failure and success…

And, if you’re interested in submitting information so that you will qualify, I suggest that you Email Elizabeth Meaney at this link. Tell her Jo Sent you…

And good luck! One of us may actually have that honor…