Posts made in November, 2013

Join us each week with #ThinkCreateReflect as we allow ourselves to think about what we’ve done, create something new, reflect on a topic and dream toward the future.

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This week we’re getting out our cameras or phones and going on a pictorial safari around town!
The next time you’re out around town, find a public sign that applies or appeals to you in some way (road sign – if you’re not driving! – or sign posted on a street or in front of a shop) and snap a photo of it. Come back home, post the photo on your blog, Instagram or Twitter account and give it a caption to explain what interested you.
As always, share your responses on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ThinkCreateReflect so we can all see the signs together!

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Dude Gift Bags: #ProjectWednesdays

Dude Gift Bags: #ProjectWednesdays

Posted By on Nov 27, 2013

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Being an engineer, I spend a lot of time with guys.  I also have an excessive enjoyment of putting together gift bags.  I love going to Etsy or Amazon and searching for small things I can put together.  It’s a challenge and I get to find such cool things!

For some of my guy colleagues, I put together a Beer & Mustache themed gift bag, including felt mustache beer markers and mustache bottle openers.
What do you buy for those hard-to-buy-for people? What are you making this week? Share your current creations on Twitter & Instagram with the hashtag #projectwednesdays so we can all see them!
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Today’s Round ’em Up topic is all about getting press for your small biz. If you own a business that does a lot of in-person sales or local events, getting a feature in your local newspaper or on your local TV news station can give you a big boost in publicity and sales. If your business is mostly online and not-so-local, there are still plenty of ways to get press, from being featured by a prominent blogger in your field to guest posting and Etsy featured seller spots.

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Of course, if you do manage to get the attention of someone in the media, it’d be a good idea to be ready for that attention. Below, read our selection of articles that will help you prepare your business for public attention and then scout out that attention wherever it may be:

  • As a guest poster on Oh My! Handmade, Nanako O’Donnell suggests getting your product photography up to snuff before asking for any attention. She sought inspiration from several top Etsy treasury curators to put together a list of four things you can infuse into your product photography to make your pictures stand out from the crowd.
  • If you’re planning to create a press release, PR Web has several tips to help your release stand out in the eyes of an editor. One big piece of advice: “Having an active interest and insight in your community and your industry gives you more fodder for creating excellent press releases with excellent content,” (PR Web).
  • The Etsy Seller’s handbook has an article including The Top 5 Tips for Getting Press. The focus of this article is how to impress an editor or blogger; so if you already have a site in mind on which you’d like to be featured, this article can help you pull off the sales pitch that will land you the exposure you desire.
  • If you’re not sure where you’d like to be featured, just that you want some publicity, Dave Manzer at PR Over Coffee has several ideas for getting press. His out-of-the-box thinking includes working with local organizations, making the most of the holiday calendar and leveraging your specialty to create an event worth publicizing.

If you aren’t sure where to begin with getting your business featured in the media, these articles should point you in the right direction. Remember, having a press-worthy web site or shop with high-quality photos and clear branding is the first step in the process. Once you’ve got that covered, your future 15 minutes of fame awaits!

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Welcome to another edition of #ThinkCreateReflect, where we take time out of our busy, business-y schedules to think about life + biz, create something new and reflect on past + future. Join us, won’t you?

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This week, get out your journals or just a blank sheet of paper: it’s time to get real about this busy holiday season. What do you REALLY want out of the holidays? Are you getting that, or are you so wrapped up in the “To Dos” that you forgot about the “I Wants”? Let’s change that, shall we? If your holiday season is full of more STRESS than MERRY, write down and fill out the following sentence and let yourself let go of guilt and embrace some joy. Think of it as an early holiday gift to yourself.

“This holiday season, I have permission to let go of _________________. Instead, I will do ____________________.”
photo credit: kevin dooley via photopin cc

photo credit: kevin dooley via photopin cc

What are you letting go of? What will you embrace before the end of 2013? Take a photo of your permission slips or post it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ThinkCreateReflect so we can all have permission to enjoy life!
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Everyday Love: #ProjectWednesdays

Everyday Love: #ProjectWednesdays

Posted By on Nov 20, 2013

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Many of us are trying to practice more gratitude in our lives.  I’ve been trying to write down things I’m grateful for nightly.  But I also think it’s good to articulate that gratitude.

The morning after my husband squashed some bugs for me, I decided to bust out some of my black pug stationary from African Grey and leave him a little love note.  It says: “You’re the best bug-squashing husband in the word!”
Who do you want to show gratitude to? Share your current creations and tag them on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #projectwednesdays so we can all share in the love!
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