Thursday, April 27, 2017

MARKETING: Instagram & Desktop Pics

Before I started using a smartphone, which has replaced my plan to get a tablet, I tried to upload photos to Instagram from my desktop. Contrary to what some have said, there is no Instagram-authorized way to do this. All of the search results that I received discussed workarounds. Read what Louise Myers said in her article, Can You Post to Instagram from Desktop? 10+3 Options to Try, in June, 2016. The phrase 10+3 Options, and the word workarounds, are the operatives:
There are a growing number of options, but each has its drawbacks. Instagram doesn’t allow uploads via their API, so all of these are workarounds. Here are 13 options I found. They keep increasing!
Before I started using a multi-functional mobile phone, I downloaded the Instagram desktop app, and tried the Instagram website. Though I could interact with the posts, neither allowed me to upload images from my computer. I was trying to do this because, at the time I had no need for a smartphone. That is when I began to consider getting a tablet PC.

I had read that a crafter uses her tablet to upload pics to Instagram. So, I learned that tablet technology uses many of the operating systems that are used by smartphones. Before I got one, I upgraded to a smartphone though, not to use Instagram, but for other reasons.

A Side Note:  Instagram is so easy to use that it has been taking over my sharing. I've been neglecting my blog more than ever. The Instagram site does allow downloading images. I have tried this, but the images do not look nearly as good on my computer as on my smartphone. In fact, they are not acceptable for listing handmades.

So, it seems that I'm still stuck with taking some duplicate pics with my POS camera. This is because I share quickly to Instagram, but often still want to write about, at my blog, what I'm sharing. I also wanted to be able to use many of the Instagram images at my listing venues. Bummer!


Sources:

louisem.com
instagram.com


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CRAFTING: Quick Tut Bead Bowl



Easy Beading Bowl

A cushioned bead bowl to use along with your bead boards.


Supplies/Tools Needed:

  • Clear, plastic, bowl-shaped lid from cut fruit produce or a similar plastic container
  • Piece of foam or felt the size of the lid
  • Craft tacky glue or any glue that will bond plastic and foam/felt
  • Scissor 

I salvaged the clear, plastic lid from an empty apple pie container.




The square, flat foam piece probably was part of the packing for something I bought. I had salvaged it for later use.







Turned the cleaned lid upside down.



Apply a glue line around the inside of the bottom, in a place that will easily come in contact with the foam. So, don't apply it in a well, indention, ditch or depressed channel in the plastic. It will be hard to cause the foam to make contact with it, and to keep it pressed down into the glue until it is dry. I chose a raised ring in the bottom of the upturned.



Center the foam/felt and press it into the bowl onto the ring of glue. I turned it right side up so you could see how easily my foam piece presses into the glue ring.



Weigh your foam/felt down with a bowl, saucer or small book overnight, or at least for several hours. You can see the corners of my foam square sticking up beyond the edge of my bowl.



When it was dry I snipped them off with the scissor.





And that's it! Enjoy using your simple, little, lightweight bead bowl. I love mine!




Monday, March 13, 2017

SELLING HANDMADES: What Are Customers Seeking?

 

What You're Ultimately Selling Is Something Very Intangible

I once saw life coach Tony Robbins on TV, and he spoke along this line, that customers are purchasing an experience. This means that they are pretty much seeking a feeling or emotion when they shop.

I was purging my files and ran across this gem, on a snipped piece of pink paper. Don't remember from where I got it, and I believe it refers to interaction with potential customers on the sales floor. You will see, though, that it is important to understand for any type of selling:

Selling is a dialogue, sometimes very short and to the point; other times a bit longer because it's a different customer with different wants. It's during these selling conversations that you have the chance to turn visitors into customers and customers into loyal shoppers. However short or long the time with customers, you help them make buying decisions about what they want for themselves, relatives, friends, and their home. What you're ultimately selling is something very intangible.

When customers buy business suits or outfits for casual Friday, what they're really buying is professionalism and self confidence. When a customer buys cosmetics, she wants to feel good and look good. When shoppers buy wedding gifts, graduation gifts or Christmas gifts, they are buying good feelings and goodwill. Customers want to feel good when they shop!

For the creative, no matter how we sell or what, it is important to remember that customers are seeking an ambience, a favorable and compatible environment. That's why branding is so important, as well as business collateral, tone of writing and speaking, attitude, attention to detail, confidence, thoroughness, compassion and the ability to relate, etc. All of these contribute to presenting the experience that your customers are seeking. Learn the difference between shoving a product or service into your potential customers' faces ~versus~ delivering a great experience. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

COPYRIGHTS: Myths Debunked Re Selling Pattern-Made Products

Learn from the So Sew Easy website about myths regarding selling products sewn with patterns. The info is so very interesting, valuable and important for handmades sellers, and anyone else using patterns to create products for sale. You'll be surprised by what you read! I was amazed, but it makes so much sense really. That's why the law supports it!

Sewing pattern copyright law – myths debunked






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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Jobs & Employment: Blogarama

Blogarama has a job board. This is what they share at the site:

The Blogarama's Work From Home Job Board is a job board for bloggers looking for work from home positions and for companies looking for bloggers to hire. 

Here are some jobs that I saw in a recent email from them:

Monday, January 2, 2017

BUSINESS: James At Zest Tea On Business Success




So, what does it take? Business success, that is. Just how do you DO it? Become a success. Well, one of my 3 buzz words is innovate. If you can't find it, create it. If no one has it, build it. If you need it, but can't source it, most likely someone else is searching too.

James Fayal, whose product Zest Tea won Best New Product at the 2015 World Tea Expo, says that his product fulfills a need that his competitors don't perceive.  He has made some smart business moves to carve out his place in a saturated market. Among the ways that he marketed his beverage to get a foothold was through targeted internet campaigns, and building a loyal local customer base.

James was smart in identifying a need for a product that takes the customer in the opposite direction than that of the health-crazed, caffeine-reducing masses. He has labeled his rebel libation as high octane, with as much caffeine as coffee. The BUT, according to his website, ZestTea.com, is that the sipper experiences no jitters and no crash. To learn how they do it you'll have to read at his site.

First, though, read at Entrepreneur.com about his three steps for building and marketing a successful niche business: This Booming Tea Seller Has 3 Business-Building Lessons to Share


Source: Entrepreneur.com





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