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7 Tips for Being a Freakin' Amazing Dog Brand Ambassador on Instagram

By Ripley + Rue

7 Tips for Being a Freakin' Amazing Dog Brand Ambassador on Instagram

Hey guys!! Katie Carlson here! I am a full-time wedding photographer and dog mom, and I run Dude the Doood’s Instagram account! The Instagram dog community is seriously the best. We love how many people/dogs we have met and we are so thankful for all the amazing companies we rep! The lovely ladies at R+R asked us to speak about becoming a brand ambassador and our experience with it, so we thought we would share a few tips and tricks about becoming the best freaking brand ambassador you can be! 


 Always 100% believe in the product the company is wanting you to promote before agreeing to become a brand ambassador for the brand. Something we always ALWAYS to do is try out the product ourselves before we ever agree to become a brand rep. We check shipping times, we check quality, and we check customer service. I actually don’t think we have ever repped someone without trying the product first. It comes off way more authentic instead of you just trying to push a code and “make money”. We love to see and feel the quality and make sure that ever single person, brand rep or not, is getting the same product. Our top priority when a company reaches out to us is making sure their stuff is good quality, I honestly don’t care about price point. I would rather spend more money and get a higher quality product, than spend a little amount and it be destroyed in a couple days! I know that’s not how everyone is and that’s totally fine, just sharing what we do and how we determine if we want to represent that company!

7 Tips for Being a Freakin' Amazing Dog Brand Ambassador on Instagram

Make sure the companies you are repping are uniqueI love that every company that we rep, is different in some way. Dude’s thing is bandanas, so we rep a few bandana companies, and I can honestly say, no two are alike. We love that we can create unique content with each company, but still stick to our same style on our Instagram feed and everything flows nicely. When we post a picture, we love that 95% of the time, people already know the company without looking at the caption! 

 


Be sure your styles/values align with the company you represent. If you love to put your pup in super colorful bandanas with crazy patterns and you have super bright edits, don’t rep a company that only sells black and white bandanas and tends to edit their Instagram with a more moody feel! Don’t be afraid to own who you are, there are brands out there that will be attracted to your style and it will be a much better fit than those who don’t. And don’t be afraid to turn a company down if you aren’t impressed with their product or don’t find anything that is your style. Also, what are their values? What are they doing for their community? Are they giving back, so they volunteer? Are they donating supplies to local shelters? We love repping brands that give back!

 

 

 

 

 


Know what the brand is expecting of you, and how you will be compensated for the work you put in. Do they want you to promote twice a week? Twice a month? Only posts or do Instagram stories count? Do you have to send pictures? Leave a review? Do they promote your page? Do they pay you? Or give you free product in return. You have to know what the company is expecting of you and make sure you can commit to what they are asking you to do. Every company is different, so before you agree, make sure they are being transparent and upfront with you about their expectations of becoming a brand ambassador.


Take Great Quality Pictures and always tag the company when you post. This one is pretty self explanatory! The main purpose of becoming a brand rep is to promote their product, and if you take low quality blurry pictures in a darkly lit room, chances are that isn’t going to make the viewer check out said product. Make sure your pictures have a clean background, with nice natural light. Also, make sure the product is visable! Sometimes, Dude will lay down and relax when I ask him to sit, and sometimes it will smash the bandana and make it hard to see. I hardly post these, unless it’s realllllll cute, because you cannot clearly see what we are promoting, and that does no good for the brand we are representing! It also is so important to tag the company in the picture AND the caption! It makes it so much easier for your followers to find the product if it’s linked in two places! 

Be sure to engage with the companies you represent! You need to establish a good relationship with the company and it’s owner/owners. We are constantly engaging with the brands Instagram posts, stories, and comments. Shout them out on your story, share when they have new and exciting products, and tell them they are doing an ahhhmaazzinhgg freaking job when they deserve it! Most companies (all that we rep) are small businesses, and we help them feed their dogs/children/family, so we also need to tell them they are kicking ass! We love to rep girl bosses! 

 

Keep it FUN. Remember, it’s supposed to be fun, not stressful! At the end of the day, it’s just Instagram and it’s supposed to be a fun place to watch your dog grow up and become a part of an awesome community of other dog moms and dads! Don’t overwhelm yourself! We have turned down brand deals, not just because their products didn’t align with our style, but because we didn’t want to overwhelm ourselves with having to post and promote something on every single post. We want our Instagram to be a fun place, and I find it’s less fun when you are restricted to promoting 7 days a week. That leaves little room to show your dog chomping on an ice cream down if you left his bandana at home! Have fun, be yourself, and brand repping will be as easy as pie!

I hope these tips were super helpful! Thank you so much for the ladies at Ripley + Rue for asking us to be a part of this blog post! We absolutely love what they do for the community! 

Much Love!
Katie Carlson ( and Dude) @dudethedoood

 

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Perfect Gifts for Obsessed Golden Doodle Moms

By Allison Aikman

Perfect Gifts for Obsessed Golden Doodle Moms

Looking for the perfect gifts for the obsessed Golden Doodle Mom in your life? Look no further, we've got you covered! Having Doodles ourselves, we know that they will LOVE our line of Ripley + Rue Dood Shop Products. Now you just have to choose which one :) 

1.) Doodle Dog Hat $27.99
Embroidered Doodle Dog hat is the perfect Summer hat for a day out at the dog park and this cute doodle design is designed by Ripley + Rue. 

2.) Doodle Dog Mom Short-Sleeve Unisex Tee with Dog Tag Name $35.99
Add their Doodle's name to the dog tag on this adorable custom t-shirt. Unisex tee fits true to size.  

3.) Doodle Dog Custom IG Handle Mug $25.99
Add their doodle's instagram handle or name and choose from 5 colors for their doodle dog!  15oz large mug holds a lot of coffee. 

4.) Doodle Mom Hat $28.99
Doodle Mom Embroidered Baseball hat! Choose from black or white hat.

Doodles Custom Breed Retro Shirt

5.) Doodles Custom Breed Retro Shirt $32.99
Tee feels soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It's comfortable and flattering for both men and women. Heathered Gray. This unisex fit offers a more comfortable and relaxed fit. 

 

6.) Custom Doodle Shirt with Name or Instagram Handle
Doodle Dog Custom IG Handle Unisex Tee. Add their Dood's insta handle and choose from 4 colors for their doodle dog! T-shirt comes in white, navy or pink. 

 

Shop our Entire Dood Shop Products!

 

 

ABOUT R + R: Who run the world? Dogs. Inspired by owner Jeannie North’s two doodles, Ripley + Rue is girl-owned, dog accessories boutique. All products are original designs by Jeannie made in the U.S. by the R + R team. To learn more, or catch up with R + R on Instagram @ripleyandrue and Facebook fb.com/ripleyrue.

 

 

 

 

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Ripley and Rue Featured in the Midlands Business Journal

By Jeannie North

Something really exciting happened this past holiday season…

Among the CEOs and CFOs and other really important acronyms of million dollar companies in the Midwest, me Jeannie North, the owner of my little online dog boutique got a full feature in the Midlands Business Journal, a newspaper publication featuring businesses in Omaha and nearby cities 💛

As a business owner it’s easy to be hard on yourself and your work. You often look past the smaller daily successes (which are most important) and concentrate on the failures. It’s always nice to be reminded that the work you do does matters, and I am so thankful to have received this honor as a daily reminder that there are a lot of doggos and humans out there that love Ripley + Rue. So thank you! Not only is this honor mine, it’s also yours, because you keep our small business a BIG success.

This year the Business Journal, new year entrepreneur mag right? I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Unfortunately this article is only available with a subscription so I had to snap shot it with my phone, haha! Enjoy

 

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Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday Deals!

By Jeannie North

XX Black Friday Deals XX

X BOGO Bandanas! Buy any 2 bandanas, get one FREE!

X Select Human Clothing Marked Down 15%

X Extra items marked down in SALE section

The early bird gets the worm on these! This sale will start Thursday Night 12am and will only last until Friday afternoon until 12pm! Get there before they sell out!

 

XX Small Business Saturday XX

Free Shipping US, $5 Canada (no code needed)

X Extra items marked down in SALE section

 

XX Cyber Monday XX

Free Shipping US, $5 Canada (no code needed)

X Extra items marked down in SALE section

 

READ THE DETAILS: The FREE bandana does not show free until the CHECKOUT page, not the cart page! No code needed! Just add 3 bandanas to your cart and the least value bandana will show as free on the checkout page.

 

More details: No maximum usage on BOGO, get as many bandanas as you like while they last!  Excludes sale bandanas. Friday Sale only valid 12am -12pm on 11/23.  CAN'T COMBINE WITH OTHER DISCOUNTS. If you add 3 bandanas to your cart, the discount section will not work.

 

Expect Orders Placed on BF to take about 2 weeks to arrive. Will be delivered by Christmas (or as much as we can control, we’ll get them out in time).

 

**International Deadline has past for Christmas Delivery with the exception of Canada (11/23).

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Meet, Allison and Ivy! Our new event and wholesale specialist.

By Jeannie North

The R+R team has grown by 4 paws and 2 hands! Ivy’s mom Allison is now our event + wholesale specialist 🙌 you’ll see her smiling face and Ivy’s out at our events and helping me around the shop. Welcome Ivy and Allison!

 

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Meet the pupscout collection

By Jeannie North

Meet the pupscout collection
Fall Premiere❤️ 🍃☕️ Not only do we have a few new releases for fall, we also have an introduction to a new collection! ✖️Meet the pupscout collection✖️, where adventure meets fashion. This is our first line that also has its own cute label! The buffalo plaid is classic and must for every pup’s wardrobe, and the adventure fabric is detailed with (new to the shop) copper foil or you can also choose from pink foil as well. shop the pupscout collection at RipleyandRue.com

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LIMITED EDITION: Pink Sprinkles Birthday Babe Bandana by Ripley + Rue

By Jeannie North

LIMITED EDITION: Pink Sprinkles Birthday Babe Bandana by Ripley + Rue
LIMITED EDITION: Pink Sprinkles Birthday Babe Bandana and fur bow 🍩 In honor of Ripley + Rue turning 2 this month, we’ve released this cute and delicious Birthday Babe bandana and bow 🙌 We have a limited stock of these, so once they’re gone, they’re gone! Happy Birthday to all the August Birthday Pups! #ripleyandrueturns2 .
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Special thanks to @beingbaileydoodle for helping create this bandana! She will be wearing a similar one her upcoming birthday 🎂 .

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Happy 2nd Birthday to Us!

By Jeannie North

Happy 2nd Birthday to Us!
Happy August!! August is a very special month for us as it’s our Anniversary month! 2 years?! Since a girl decided to start a bandana business inspired by her two pups ❤️ A LOT has happened in those two years!! Thank you to the best customers (ever). Cheers to two years 🥂 
#ripleyandrueturns2 .

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