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Friday, January 13, 2017

Strange Luck

Ah, Friday the 13th...

(For those keeping track, we'll get another one of these 'round about October.)

A day associated with luck. Well, bad luck. But luck is what you make of it. So, some of us rather like the day and consider it lucky. How about you?

I asked the team about luck, and here's what they had to say...

ElenaMary said...
This bracelet of magical charms will surely bring you good luck...always on the search for charms of magic and here is a collection of unique and lucky.
Magic and Mystery a handmade charm bracelet, charms, mystical charms, buddha,eye, hamsa, semiprecious gems,angel, heart,lantern,magic, stars
Magic and Mystery, a handmade charm bracelet

HannaMade said...
This werewolf is good to have as your favorite cozy over this new year. And not only as lucky cozy, it's lucky for a person to have one and keep your lucky new phone or Nintendo 3DS XL game.
Werewolf for your Nintendo 3DS XL with pocket for extra games , gift for student, werewolf case, Silver Gray and Silver Blue
Werewolf for your Nintendo 3DS XL with pocket for extra games

BobblesByCarol said...
I would have to say my good luck has come in the wonderful online friends I've made since selling my jewelry... They are so supportive and have been there for me in good times and bad... We've laughed and cried over things that had nothing to do with business... I am truly lucky... 
Modern Art Clay Pendant Necklace, Polymer Jewelry
Modern Art Clay Pendant Necklace

We love to hear from you. Tell us a story about your luck in the comments. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Happy New Year

It's that time again. A new year. And with a new year comes thoughts of bringing in the new.

What does the team think about when they hear "new"?

From anniekdesigns:
Each new year, is the time to rest, relax and recuperate after the busy holiday season. What better way than with the calming and relaxing scent of organic French lavender. Flax seed is mingled with the lavender for the perfect recipe for a spa-like get away without leaving your home. Warm in the microwave or freeze. 
Floral and Dragonfly U Shaped Flax Seed Hot/Cold Pack, Dragonfly Flax Seed Cotton Hot Pack, Microwaveable Hot Pack, Cold Pack, Handmade
Floral and Dragonfly U Shaped Flax Seed Hot/Cold Pack

From Love Your Bling:
This is a design that was recently updated to a new design to submit for TV show stylist gifting and was placed on the show. 
Wow, congrats!

Delicate initial necklace in 14K gold - personalized charm - letter necklace - script letter necklace - as seen on Fuller House
Delicate initial necklace in 14K gold

 And a few other finds via anniekdesigns...

Strong Is The New Beautiful  recycled silverware hand stamped spoon
Strong Is The New Beautiful hand stamped spoon by Bella Jackson Studios

New Swarovski Color - Crystal Paradise - Crystal Halo Earrings in Crystal Paradise - Sterling Silver Leverbacks
Crystal Halo Earrings in Crystal Paradise by Beaded Treasure by Sue

Happy new home card housewarming handmade stamped heat-embossed dry-embossed colorful houses stationery greeting home living
Happy New Home Card by Quirkyn Berkeley Cards

And I hope you all have a wonderful 2017.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Instagram Scavenger Hunt

Remember scavenger hunts? Someone gives you a list of odd items, and you go out and find them. The first person (or team) to return with the most items the quickest wins the game.

But now we have Instagram, so there's no reason to bring the items back to anywhere...

Wanna play?

Below is the list of things to photograph and post to Instagram. Use #CCCOEhunt so I can tally points and #CCCOEchallenge to be a part of the November (and into December) social media games (and the challenges that I've been posting since August).

Each item is worth 5 points. The first person to photograph and post the item gets 10 points.

You may combine as many items from the list into one picture as you wish, but you'll only get one first credit per shot. Make sure to indicate which item(s) on the list your picture is of. I may or may not recognize it, especially if you go very arty. (But please, do go arty. That's half the fun.)

The list:
  1. An item for your shop "in progress" 
  2. Your work space
  3. A new listing
  4. An order in the process of being packed up for shipping
  5. A shot from a craft show/marketplace (doesn't have to be your items)
  6. One of your items on/with a person
  7. A repost from another CCCOE shop
  8. Using the black & white filter
  9. The moon
  10. Water
  11. A rainbow
  12. A holiday display
  13. A yellow traffic light
  14. A tree
  15. A wild bird
  16. Your/your friend's pet
  17. A parking lot
  18. Something red
  19. A post-it note
  20. A hand
Good luck!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Facebook Tag

The purpose of social media is interaction. It's a conversation held in public. But, those of us who attempt to use social media to get attention to our shops find that our efforts bring us no benefits. Why is that? Could it be that we're not really interacting?

So, let's interact. What better way to interact than to play a game?

You've been tagged.

Did you follow a link to this post via someone writing on your timeline? Then you've been tagged. Welcome to the game. 

Step 1: On the timeline of the person that tagged you, you can post anything you wish. (Just remember to keep it professional!) Is there an item you wish to highlight? Or perhaps just a link to your shop. Post a photo, tell a joke, or just thank the tagger for including you. (A like for their page might be nice as well.)

Step 2: Tag someone else.
Choose any team member. Like their Facebook page. Then, on their timeline, tag them. (Include a link to this post so they have access to the rules.)

And that's it. If you wish, you can tag more than one shop. Have fun with this. Happy tagging.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Twitter Attack

One way to promote your business is to engage on social media. And instead of costing you advertising dollars, it'll just cost you time. There are all sorts of venues to explore. I've mentioned several of them on this blog in the hopes that you would find one (or more) that you like and engage.

Going on social media and posting "look at my stuff" all the time is the quickest way to get ignored. So, instead of those stogy posts, let's play a game.

I call it Twitter Attack. Anyone can play. All you need is a Twitter account. You can even sign up just to join in.

Step 1: As this is a team event, you'll need to follow the team. I've compiled a list of CCCOE members here. (And you might want to follow me, too.)

I tried to follow the whole team and add them to the list, so if I missed your Twitter account, let me know and I'll include you.

Step 2: Create a Shameless Blatant Promotion tweet. Make sure to use a picture. Include a link. And use #CCCOEchallenge so we can find you.

Step 3: Promote a fellow CCCOEers shop and/or item. For bonus points, talk to them directly--ask a question, pay a compliment, etc. And make sure to use #CCCOEchallenge.

Step 4: Retweet any #CCCOEchallenge tweet.

Step 5: The Attack. To another CCCOEer, "prank call" them. If you're old enough to remember prank calls, you remember the silly jokes. Put it in tweet form and attach their twitter handle. (Feel free to hit me up: @ZiziRho, or the team: @CCCOE.)

If you don't remember prank calls, feel free to just tell a joke. Or make some random comment or observation--the more random, the better. (But keep it nice. This is a promotional event after all.) Use #CCCOEattack so we can all enjoy the fun.

Some Twitter tips:

  • There are several 3rd party apps to help you manage your tweets and lists. Buffer is a way to schedule tweets to post all day without you having to be on Twitter all day.
  • Add pictures to your tweets. A great image is more likely to entice someone to click on a link.
  • Be yourself. People prefer to read tweets of real things written by real people. 
  • Talk to others. If someone asks a question, answer. If someone tweets something that you have a response to, do.
  • Join Twitter chats. Check out trending topics. Almost daily, someone is doing some pun or other. Feel free to join in.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Would You Like to Play a Game?

Welcome to November. Here's where the things start to ramp up for the holiday season.

Last month's Promote-a-thon was a dud. I blame myself. I was down with a cold towards the beginning of the month, and the rest of the month I was playing catch up for all I missed while I was down with the cold.

But it's a brand new month with new possibilities. And I thought we'd do something fun.

Would you like to play a game? Or rather, multiple games? Social media games?

To begin, make sure you're connected:

The first game is starting soon.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Stitches-to-Stones, September Challenge Winner

Our winner for September's Challenge with 191 points was Stitches2Stones. Let's learn a little more about her...

1. Tell us about your shop.
My boutique is a collection of handknit accessories and jewelry. Lately I’ve focused on using rocks and natural stones, and working with wire.

Turquoise Stone Necklace | Wire Wrapped Pendant on Copper Chain
Turquoise Stone Necklace

2. Why did you open it?
I've been crafty forever, but I initially started wire-knitting jewelry pieces and saw a market for them on etsy. However, the process was really hard on my hands. I went back to knitting with softer fibers, but had collected enough jewelry-making tools and supplies that I began repairing and then making my own jewelry. A friend then asked me to re-create a cairn necklace for her, and that took me in a whole other direction that I find really fulfilling.

Cairn Necklace | Stacked Ombre Beach Pebble Y Necklace | Non Metal, Kid Safe Gift
Cairn Necklace

3. How do you create your items?
Right now my favorite supplies are beach stones and crystals. Jewelry items are a collision of expanding stash, experimentation, and inspiration. I tend to work in spurts, as I imagine many creative people do. I only knit in cooler weather, which seems more and more rare here in LA.

Lavender Loop Scarf | Light Purple Hand Knitted Chunky Cowl
Lavender Loop Scarf

4. What is your workspace like?
Most of my knitting happens in a special chair, away from the dogs after the kids are in bed. In temperate weather I take my jewelry stash outside – especially the rocks and natural stones – and concoct new pieces while my youngest plays in the yard. The rest of the time I’m at a standing workstation in my studio. It always looks like my stash has exploded to some degree, but that mess sometimes helps spur some of the most creative pieces.

Spider Necklace & Earrings Set | Bronze, Copper, Gunmetal Creepy Charm Necklace
Spider Necklace & Earrings Set

5. What advice would you give to someone just opening an Etsy shop?
I’m still a baby seller (or maybe a tot…coming up on 200 sales) but here are a few things that would have saved me some time and stress. If you sell items, try to take nice pictures, outside, in the early evening just before sunset. Use your most flattering photos first and last in your listings. Use a hook at the end of your listings (last one, one of a kind, while supplies last, limited offer, or how the item will make customer feel) and either put effort into keyword loading or spend some money on advertising. And finally, customer service really is key.

Long Ornate Gold Vintage Dangles | Antique Golden Brass Earrings
Long Ornate Gold Vintage Dangles

6. Where can we find you?