Sunday, August 24, 2008

New rosary and more Marketing Tips!


This rosary was designed by my customer after many emails back and forth between us. We needed to dial in exactly what he wanted with what I thought would look good and work within a budget. I think we did it! The wire-wrapping of the center beads in each decade give it personality with looking feminine, all components are gold filled and the beads are hematite. I sent pictures for approval before shipping and my customer is extremely pleased and anxious to receive them. Shipping them today~

Marketing tips:
When you give gifts to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers etc. make sure you give them gifts from your own company! These allow other people to see & touch your gift meaning FREE business exposure for you! (Plus, you bought the gift from yourself so you are saving money!)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

New to Etsy today...and Marketing Tips!


I learned a new weave that I absolutely love! It is called Tucuman Braid. This weave originated in Argentina and was used to make horse reins. The clasp is usually the focus of this particular bracelet but I spiced it up with some freshwater pearls and peridot beads (thanks AnnaLee!). I really enjoyed making this piece and am planning on my next to be silver with some yummy ruby beads… GaHooleTreeSupplies .


Marketing tip:

Contact small local area businesses such as hair \ nail salons, boutiques, banks etc. See if you can set up a table for a week or two where you can display catalogs, fliers, coupons and your business card. Keep a basket on the table for any customer orders which you can follow up on after you return back to pick up your display. Offer the store owner or manager a free gift for allowing you to do this.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Strawberries and cream dangle earrings and Marketing tips!

New to my Etsy shop this week are these lovely dangle earrings. These pink topaz beads are expertly faceted in India, and so sparkly! They are uniform in size, each measuring about 8mm wide and are the centerpiece of these fabulous earrings. Heart shaped and wirewrapped in sterling silver they are suspended from hand-fashioned ear wires that are lightly hammered sterling silver. Finished off with two freshwater pearls one on each side.These are so pretty and versatile they can be worn for any special occasion, including that special wedding day or everyday with jeans and a T.These earrings measure 3 1/8"(8cm) from the top of the ear wire to the bottom of the pink topaz bead.

Marketing tip:
Network with others in your community who are in home business. Find out what events and activities that they participate in. They are usually "in the know" and can help you get started in networking in your community!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Personal Milestone and more Marketing tips!

This week I broke into the 200’s…. hearts that is….in my Etsy store. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Etsy, it is a system set up to show your approval or liking of a certain shop or item within the shop. Does it mean more sales? Not necessarily, but it is nice to know there are more than 200 people that have visited my shop and have liked what they see!

Marketing tip:
On occasion, I have received letters from charitable organizations asking for auction item donations for a worthy cause. Your donation can be written off as a tax deduction plus you will get FREE Advertising & Business Exposure for participating! Or, donate a Product to your local area Radio Station, they have numerous contests and they are always looking for sponsors!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Marvelous, Mystical, Malachite & Marketing tips~

This was my new addition today at my Etsy store. A gorgeous stone, Malachite is worn by many to detect impending danger. This beautiful green stone offers bands of varying hues and is believed by many to lend extra energy. It is believed that gazing at Malachite or holding it relaxes the nervous system and calms stormy emotions. Malachite is said to bring harmony into one's life. It is also believed that malachite gives knowledge and patience. Malachite is used as a children's talisman to ward off danger and illness. It is attached to infant's cradles.



Marketing tip:

Contact your local area Welcome Wagon or Welcome to the Neighborhood Group! Ask them if you can leaving mini catalogs, fliers, business cards, discount coupons, freebie mini gifts, etc with them. They are always looking for additional items to place in their Welcome Bags!

Monday, August 4, 2008

How is Blogging working for you? More marketing tips!

I have been keeping this blog for less than two months now. At first, I didn't know what to expect from taking the time to "talk" about my jewelry. I really didn't think that it would be of interest to anyone. I've got to tell you that in the past few weeks I blogged about "Got the world on a string" SOLD.... "Needles aren't always bad" SOLD.... and I promoted that I was going to put my "Catch a wave" bracelet on sale and that SOLD this weekend! Coincidence, I don't think so! So my eSMArts friends...keep up the blogging it does work!

I made this cuff bracelet this weekend...just putting the finishing touches on it and up to my Etsy site it will go! Copper is lightly hammered and the lovely blue beads are from Szarka http://www.magpiegemstones.com/ ~Wholesale Gem Bead Store~ Szarka has some very lovely pieces that make designing jewelry easy!

Marketing tip:

Get a vehicle banner made for your automobile. I recommend the vinyl window clings or vinyl cling ones that stick to your automobile but don't scratch or remove the paint. You can easily remove them when washing your vehicle!

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