Monday, February 15, 2010

I love Vintage silver and Jewelry

Here at the left are just some of the interesting vintage items that I am getting ready to add to my online store.

The silver spoon has a windmill that really turns when you push it with a finger.  The broach has multicolored stones that really sparkle!

I do enjoy hunting for interesting vintage items - and I always wish I could unravel the mystery of their existence!  Who designed it - what were they thinking about?  Who owned it and what kind of adventures has it already been a party to?
Such fun - it makes you want to make up a mysterious storyline  for each item- or you can just get it and have your own adventures....

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Having issues leaving comments on blogs?

 For the past few weeks I have had problems leaving comments on some blogs- I finally googled it and found out that if you use the newest version of Firefox as your browser you will not be able to leave comments unless the comments section of someone's blog is set to be a pop-up, or full page, instead of it being embedded. I changed mine in settings/ comments and it will work that way -  but to all of you who have it set to embed- there are lots of folks who can't leave you comments until they fix this!  Anyone that knows of another  fix- please leave a comment!

Zula May: Shop Critique: Divine3Designs

Zula May: Shop Critique: Divine3Designs

The link above takes you to a critique of my shop that I feel has some excellent advice on branding! The pointers this very talented and knowledgeable woman made will be taken to heart and help me to make valuable improvements to my online presence! Thank You Zula May!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Marketing Your Small Business - 1

I took a short hiatus from my small jewelry business the past month, to give myself time to evaluate if what I have been doing has been effective or not.  Many times we get so caught up in the frantic drive to have our business be successful that we forget why we started the business in the first place.  Sometimes it is necessary to step back and take a hard look at what we are spending our time on and whether or not that is really what we want to be doing.

If I evaluate what it takes to be successful in marketing my business I quickly see that it is really easy to be drawn up by the opportunities that the  internet offers for getting exposure and drawing views.  With twitter, facebook, blogging, seo optimization, etc. it is easy to get so busy keeping up with them all, finding the newest and best sites to join, posting in forums etc. to spend hours each day that we tell ourselves are "productive".  It gets daunting trying to figure out which ones really are! It seems like there is a huge community of internet sellers - targeting other internet sellers as their customers - because who else is at all these places?  I plan to do a series on this blog about marketing opportunities and would love to have your input as to what you think your best venues have been.  Which ways are you finding bring about the best results for your business?
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