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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Networking Saturday; Free to Promote Your Shop, Social Sites, or Blog 12

Many of us have Etsy accounts and use them as our primary shop.  I myself find that while their pricing is quite prohibitive at times, my best success is maintaining my Etsy shops.  I receive a much higher pay off for the time I put in on Etsy vs Artfire.  But with that being said I still have moved most of ButterflyInTheAttic to Artfire and plan to some how get this turtle moving.

A couple of weeks a go we started to talk about the psychology of marketing.  One of the most basic methods of using marketing psychology is to create a brand.  This is so very important and if you have any doubts think of all the products that we use everyday and how we misname them by their brand names rather than their actual name.  Example: how many people ask you for a facial tissue?  Not many, they ask you for a Kleenex, it doesn't matter what brand you hand them a Kleenex is a Kleenex in the American mindset but in actuality Kleenex is a brand.
How about Band-Aid?  most of us ask for this rather than the correctly calling it a bandage.  These are all evidence for the strength of Branding.  Where is your Branding?  While having a photograph of yourself is nice and friendly, are people going to ever ask for a Debra or Lucy?


Most Mondays I do a meet and greet for my Etsy team the Pacific Postcards Team.  I like to show off our team members' shops and will copy their Leader Board, the Seller Picture and their bio that they write.  While using these does make it easier for me to quickly write the post, it is a way for them to also sell themselves on my post.  But what I have noticed is how many people do not complete these key areas of their shops.  I am not sure why, time is limited but if you are going to be successful invest the time.  If you are a serious seller you must have your brand out their and be consistent with it across all of your materials and advertising. 

When Etsy just recently took away the control of our shop appearance I was devastated.  I use my headers, logos and how I arrange my shop to advertise me, my store, my space.  Without this distinctive look I am just another lady selling postcards.  I think of my shop as an actual physical storefront; I have my store signs to draw people, I try to have my shop isles neat, tidy and friendly and I am their to greet my customers (my bio.)
From http://imgfave.com/view/1536915
So now use your imagination and pretend that your shop is an actual physical brick and mortar store; Does your sign say "Come on in, We're Open" "Sit a spell" etc or does it say "I'm a junk store that is full of dust, debris and cobwebs (we've all have experienced one of those at least once in our lives and personally I walk out as soon as I walk in.)  I ask those of you that really intend on staying in the race to create your banners and branding.  Also for Etsy shops please let Etsy know that while there were some features we liked about the new format, they need to let us keep control over our shop's appearance.


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Friday, May 30, 2014

Twitter Tree


The Twitter Tree© will is hosted by a different shop Monday, Wednesday, and Friday:

Instructions:
Only 2 Items per person

Each Tweet must contain the hashtag #CCFRNDS

(NOTE:  Important only use #CCFRNDS for Twitter Tree Tweets!)
Only 1 other Hashtag may be used.

Include your Twitter Id, mine is @ButterflysAttic 


Please include a brief description of your item in the tweet.

Keep your Tweet under 140 Characters (including spaces).


No Mature Items


Tweet Everyone’s listings. (It is not fair to others if you do not fully participate. Team Leaders do watch who is tweeting and who is not.)


Help us get more visitors to this post and tweet this post (I made it easy with the button below)

 


 Here are Mine
Antique Postcard Street Scene 8th Avenue Calgary Alta
http://etsy.me/Tb03Zs 
@ButterflysAttic #CCFRNDS #EtsyBot2
Antique Postcard Street Scene Barcelona Cobblestone Streets Horses
http://etsy.me/HTCMoa
@ButterflysAttic #CCFRNDS #EtsyBot2

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Happy Wednesday!! 2 Days and Counting

Happy Wednesday!! For those of us that had to work on Monday we are Half Way There!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Wait A Minute Mister Postman Postcard Party 34

Smoking was such a normal part of life 100 years ago; it is amazing how our society has changed.  I am a nonsmoker and believe that it is very detrimental to your health but one phrase that comes to mind when I see these lovely cards is "Ignorance Is Bliss."  Oh the time when we didn't know what we didn't know ;)

https://www.etsy.com/listing/190814203
https://www.etsy.com/listing/190811631
https://www.etsy.com/listing/90154424
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I love the following entry from last week.  It is a video of an Australian lady discussing her postcard collection.  Thanks for submitting, Great way to summarize why we love our postcards:)! 
For a better quality video go to the original site at: 
 http://vimeo.com/95829796

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And now for our featured Pic from Gossamer Tea Room

Check out her awesome Digitals at VelvetRevived

A Perfect Springtime Download!

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Now it is your turn to share your favorites: I would love to have you join my Postcard Lover's Linkup Party! Want to show off your prize postcards? Then Link up below...
There are a few rules before you link up (but not many.) Please help promote since that will make this so much more fun!

Rules:
Most important: Must be Family Friendly
1. Follow my blog via GFC, Bloglovin, or Network. If you are new please leave a comment so I can follow you back.

2. Grab the button and post it on your blog. Either on your blog or a specific post (if you do not have a blog you are excused from this step.)



Postcard Lover's Tuesday

3. Post from your Blog, Shop, Website, basically anywhere that you can link from.

4. Post your favorite Vintage Postcard, Handmade Postcard, Art made from old Postcards, Digital Art from Postcards, Ephemera, Antique ads... You get the picture ;)


5. Limit 3 Post per person per party (usually weekly)


6. Have fun and enjoy the Postcards


STOP BY NEXT WEEK AND SEE WHICH GREAT PIECE OF EPHEMERA I CHOSE FROM THE LINKY COLLECTION TO BE THE FEATURED CARD OF THE WEEK. MAYBE IT WILL BE YOUR'S

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day

A Heart Felt Thank You to all who have served to protect my freedoms.  God Bless
U.S. Navy

From FB Page 95.7 KJR:
I didn't know this.. Did you? Have you ever been in a cemetery and saw coins laying on a tombstone? There is actually a reason behind it.

COINS LEFT ON TOMBSTONES

While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.
These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.
A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect. Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.
A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together, while a dime means you served with him in some capacity. By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he was killed.
According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.
In the US, this practice became common during the Vietnam war, due to the political divide in the country over the war; leaving a coin was seen as a more practical way to communicate that you had visited the grave than contacting the soldier's family, which could devolve into an uncomfortable argument over politics relating to the war.
Some Vietnam veterans would leave coins as a "down payment" to buy their fallen comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally be reunited.
The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men and women can be traced to as far back as the Roman Empire.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Weekday Mixer 13

The 12th Weekday Mixer was a great success! We had a record-breaking 131 blogs linked up and numerous social media link-ups! We hope that you all had the opportunity to mix and mingle and make some awesome new buddies!
Weekday Mixer 
Welcome to the 13th week of The Weekday Mixer Social Media Link-Up! As you know, it is a brand new social media link-up for all to join! This mixer is all about networking and making connections. Also, you can gain exposure and increase your social media following! Link up your social media accounts and mix it up with some of the other linkers. Each week, the Weekday Mixer will start on Sunday nights at 8:00pm and go on until Friday night at 11:59pm. One linker will be chosen from each host and guest host each week and featured in the following week's link-up! If chosen, a brief summary about yourself and your blog/website and all of your social media accounts will be featured. It's a great way to stand out among the crowd!   

We have a big announcement this week!!!!!

Social Media Sunday is going to be merged with The Weekday Mixer Social Media Link-Up to bring you a brand new social media link-up, the Social Media Mixer, that is sure to be awesome! Pulling in all of the great aspects of both link-ups, the Social Media Mixer is sure to be fantastic and help all of us to connect & network with others, and ultimately grow our following.

Make sure to join us next Saturday for the Social Media Mixer!!! We're going to have a big giveaway to launch this great new link-up.

If you'd like to sign up to be a month-long guest host of the Social Media Mixer, or be considered as permanent co-host, please complete this form. And if you have any questions, e-mail Natasha at 1EpicMommy@gmail.com.

Now let's get started on our final Weekday Mixer!

Meet your fabulous hosts...

WEEKDAY MIXER HOSTS
Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Angel from Sew Crafty Angel | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | Cece from A Chicago Mom | Shana from Organized Chaos | Liz from Look by Liz Lewis | Kaitlyn from Three Sisters and Us | Julia from Minivan Dreams

and your awesome guest hosts for May!

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Cole from Peace and Chaos | Katy from Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide | Kristin from Sounds of My Pitter Patter | Kim from Life in a House of Testosterone | Brittany from BrittanyBullen.com | Shana from Technotini | Colleen from Butterfly In The Attic | Bonnie from LadyBlogger

Now meet this week's featured bloggers...

Krafts & Kiddos

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 "Hello...I'm Heather, welcome to my blog. Here’s a little me about me here at Krafts and Kiddos.  I am a married mama with two spunky kiddos ages 4 and 6. Those munchkins truly are my heart. My son was diagnosed with speech delays after turning 2, because of this I focus my time and energy into educating myself on ways to encourage the love of learning into our home. We also just adopted a rescue dog who is 2 years old, this was after we had to say good-bye to our 11 year old furry friend, due to old age."
  Blog | FacebookInstagram | Twitter | Google+ | Pinterest
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A Town Girl's Life

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 "I am a very random person. For instance, here are some of the things I like....Crazy socks, books, movies, rain in summer, crocheting, spray paint, my truck, pies, going on picnics, sunflowers, wedding dresses, Chalk board paint, pianos, watercolors, horses, old chairs, music, vintage Pyrex.... and the list goes on..... and on....I really love though, My husband (Josh) who is really wonderful and a great support. My family, both blood and my in-laws, who are really great, and my Church Family. Photography has recently become a passion of mine, I love everything about it. I love learning new things, either from my mistakes or from other photographers. I hope to really create my own style and have fun along the way."
  Blog | Facebook | Instagram | Bloglovin | Pinterest | Flickr
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Single Parents Survival Guide

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 "The Single Parents Survival Guide is and online publication for single parents around the world. Our publication seeks to fill in where other parenting sites and publications leave off."
  Blog | Facebook |  Bloglovin | Pinterest  | Twitter | Google+
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Baby Doodah

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 "Jillian is a proud Buffalonian and wife to a talented web developer and mother to a gorgeous baby boy, Emmett. In addition to all of the hard work she spends as a mom, Jillian works full-time as a supervisor at a health insurance company in their managed care department. With the birth of her baby, Jillian has a new found interest in healthy eating and exercise; she wants to instill a healthy lifestyle onto her little boy and any future children. Being a first time mom, everything is a new and different experience for Jillian, but she is so excited to watch everything unfold. She can’t wait for trips to the zoo and family vacations. In her free time, Jillian loves shopping for anything and everything, blogging about her sweet baby boy and family life and reading anything she can get her hands on. She is also working hard to make exercise a permanent fixture in her life."
  Blog | Facebook |  Bloglovin | Pinterest  | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram
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Diary of A Southern Shopper

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 "Hey y’all, I’m Darci.  Yup, I’m from Texas, San Antonio to be exact. I was raised in a smaller town right outside of San Antonio and feel as if it was fate growing up in a place called Schertz (pronounced-shirts) and wanting to be a part of the ‘fashion world’. I created DOSS as an outlet for me to express my personal style outside of my Monday-Friday ‘corporate world’. I work in the field of criminal justice so my style can range from chic and business casual to a weekend look that is a bit more laid back or edgy. I love shopping, and finding great deals, while being able to create outfits on a budget (my bank account thanks me). To say I’m obsessed with shoes is an understatement and my wardrobe screams with color and prints. I hope you join me on this stylish journey as I continue with my shopping habits and daily outfits. Thank you so much for reading..."
  Blog | Facebook |  Bloglovin | Pinterest  | Twitter | Instagram
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Brepurposed

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 "Hi, I’m so glad you’re here! I’m Bre and this is Brepurposed. I’m a newbie blogger trying to make my mark on this crazy world of DIY and share my love of turning the old into the new. This journey all started after I got hitched last July to my amazing hubs, Dan. I made practically everything for our wedding and after it was over I knew I wanted to keep creating. I decided to give this whole blogging thing a shot and here I am! I love transforming old furniture, because lets be honest, who can afford the stuff they sell in the stores? Def not me..."
  Blog | Facebook | Pinterest  | Instagram | Google+
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Taylor-Made Ranch Homestead Blog

taylormade "I’ve heard the phrase “Bloom where you’re planted” and I’m so blessed to have been planted here! On this blog I hope to share a wide range of posts. There is of course the joy of a new calf and the worry of droughts and floods, but I’ll also share a glimpse into daily life on the ranch. So sit back & enjoy the ride – we love it and so will you!" Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Travel Parent Eat

TPE-Header-8   "Why Travel, Parent, Eat? These are our passions. Travel Parent Eat is about life. And making the world a better place. Where better to start than in our own homes? Whether it is over a shared meal in the dining room, or a shared experience across the globe, we want to build family and community." Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Congrats to all of the Featured Bloggers this week! If you haven't already, please follow our Featured Bloggers on all of their social media channels. Featured Bloggers - feel free to add this button to your sidebar and claim your recognition!
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  • Show some love to your hosts and guest hosts simply by following them on social media and leaving a comment so they can follow you back.
  • Link up all of your social media accounts!
  • Check out some of the other links and make some new friends!
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Laughter Is The Best Medicine 26

But First A Heart Felt Thank You To All Who Have Made Our Freedom To Laugh, Love, and To Simply Enjoy Life Possible...
The Veterans Site's Page
979 CPR Rocks's Page

Now....

 Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones
Mandatory
Stephen King Lovers
Republic of Astronomy (Ireland)
moonit.com
The Animal Rescue Site

Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive.
--Bill Cosby

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Networking Saturday; Free to Promote Your Shop, Social Sites, or Blog 13

Good morning friends,  I am going to post the linkup but due to the Holiday weekend I am going to skip our normal information since most people are either going to be travelling or having fun.  I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Memorial Day!


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Post any of your family friendly sites (blogs, shops, FB, etc.)  What ever sites you would like to share. 

Please help promote this post using your social networks.  Here is an easy one:


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Friday, May 23, 2014

Twitter Tree


The Twitter Tree© will is hosted by a different shop Monday, Wednesday, and Friday:

Instructions:
Only 2 Items per person

Each Tweet must contain the hashtag #CCFRNDS

(NOTE:  Important only use #CCFRNDS for Twitter Tree Tweets!)
Only 1 other Hashtag may be used.

Include your Twitter Id, mine is @ButterflysAttic 


Please include a brief description of your item in the tweet.

Keep your Tweet under 140 Characters (including spaces).


No Mature Items


Tweet Everyone’s listings. (It is not fair to others if you do not fully participate. Team Leaders do watch who is tweeting and who is not.)


Help us get more visitors to this post and tweet this post (I made it easy with the button below)

 


 Here are Mine
Beautiful Swallows & Purple Violets decorate this Antique Postcard from 1910 http://etsy.me/1vEOZ6W
@ButterflysAttic #CCFRNDS #PPTFRNDS


1908 Antique Postcard Whirl Pool Rapids Niagara Falls New York
http://etsy.me/1vENfdX
@ButterflysAttic #CCFRNDS #PPTFRNDS

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