Saturday, February 12, 2011

Facebooks latest Improvement to fan pages? WHAT?

Okay so facebook decided to once again mess with the millions of people in the world who were pretty happy with their Fan Pages. And Oh what a pain in the butt it has been in some respects. The pros in my eyes so far are I like the pictures being across the top like the profile pages. I like that you can switch from business page and personal profile to comment.  Cons are Our shop links are hidden in our INFO section which is stupid  and I have yet to figure out a way to make them visible again. And the biggest PAIN IN THE BUTT AND HEAD at this point for most people is the re liking issue... This is my take on it. The likes only count if they are made from your personal page, which makes no sense to me what so ever! Hello when we go to a fan page to LIKE someones page we leave our fan page for them to return the like not our personal page. therefore it makes more sense to have your likes on your Fan page where everyone is going to.. that way they are visible to everyone. A lot of people don't want to take the time to go and re like everyone and that is their right but to me that is pretty selfish. For the ones who have taken the time or will take the time to re like everyone and give their fans all the exposure they can is very honorable and I say Thank You to those who take the time to do this. To those who don't well that is something I guess you can live with. After all I know that without the support and encouragement of my fans I would not be where I am today. I was only one person that struggled to do this on my own then I got a fan then another  and another and so on then we became a family( yes I feel like we are all a creative family) working to support each other and encourage each other. Share in each others good fortune and build each other up in the down times.

For those of you wondering how to re like as your business page here is how I did it.

If your personal  page is set to private undo it first.. then log in as your fan/business page then go to your personal page click the Info section on the left hand side go to INTEREST AND LIKES section you might need to look in SHOW OTHER PAGES if you don't see your likes at first.. put arrow on page name don't click on the page a pop up will come up then click like at the bottom left hand side then go to the next page name and so on til your all done.   After you've done that all your likes will appear on the left hand side of your Fan page.    After you've re liked all those pages and if you happen to be logged in as your business page and find a page you want to like go ahead... then when you switch back to your personal page all you have to do is go to your fan page click on likes a pop up will appear and you can like the pages from there and it is so much easier and the pages you are liking get their #. :o) Phew I hope this helps if anyone even stays awake long enough o read it all. LOL
I'm still not sold on the new page but I wasn't asked for input so I guess I will deal with it til they change it up again..... :-/  

Til we meet again


Friday, January 28, 2011

Giveaway Prize Package For February

Alright folks here it is... a peek at what you'll be able to win if your photo gets the most likes.. but first you have to submit a photo... yes yes I know there is always a catch.:o)
Item #1 is a combo of white and maroon glass pearl necklace with white glass pearl earrings.(approx. 19 inches)
       #2 blue and green twisted beaded bracelet with toggle clasp. (approx 8 inches)
      #3 blue and orange beaded wine bottle cork
      #4 set of 6 wine glass charms (silver charms with colored chips)
     #5 Key chain with green, copper, white and brown pearl finish beads on black leather
     #6 glass swirled beads in blue, pink and purple with silver split rings used as spacers for a unique look with toggle clasp.(approx. 8 inches)
     #7 copper fish hook earrings made with wire wrapped green stones
     #8 Swarovski blue and clear crystal flower earrings
  The value of this package is high as you can well imagine. It's yours to do with as you please. Keep what you want give away to others... use some as thank you gifts what ever. This is my THANK YOU to you for supporting and participating in Sandman Jewelry's giveaway.

Good luck and thank you for your support not only for me but for all the other creative people out there!


Monday, January 24, 2011

Promote Promote Promote

Okay now that you've decided to start your own business whether it be a store front or a online shop,here comes the fun part... PROMOTING!
First off I am not in any way an expert on the promoting of businesses I have not training.. I am merely throwing a few ideas out there that I have used, or will use in the future to promote my business. With that being said let's get down to the nitty gritty....  First you should have some professional business cards with ALL your information on them. You can get these done for a little of nothing by a Home Office Supply Store or do it yourself at home with a good Avery business card program. Spend a few extra bucks on a business card carrying case that way you always have your cards handy. You never know when or where the opprotunity may present its self to plug your business. Some places have cork boards hanging up to leave your business cards on or even fish bowels. Pin 'em up and drop 'em in! Take out a ad in your local paper it doesn't have to be huge, just big enough people will see it and not skip right over it. Some people advertise by putting their website on their car windows, nice ideas, but you have to be stopped for people to write the info down correctly. It's still a good idea along with a magnetic sign on your car... they can be easily removed and reapplied. If your a handmade crafter, Craft Shows/ bizarres are great! Networking is endless at these business cards with the vendors are you, make sure to have business cards laid out randomly on your table for people to pick up. When you make a sale be sure to stick a card in the bag with their goodies. Word of mouth is by far the most powerful advertising bit there is out there. Bottom line you have to get out there and meet people and talk to get the ball rolling. Handmade Crafters should also get in touch with their local Library, sometimes they have space set aside to feature local Artists.
Internet advertising: Facebook fan page is a good start. Get involved with the Link Love on there as well. Your online venue forums are a good place to advertise, network with other business owners.
These are just what I can think of off the top of my head right now.. I am sure I will think of some more and pass them along to ya.

'til next time


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Ladies Night Out Event

I have been invited to be a vendor at a event March 8th, 2011 at the Little America Grand Ballroom to bring awareness to Women Business Owners and also to be a fundraiser for the following  CLIMB Wyoming, Latina Youth Conference, Chrysalis House, and Safe House. The funds will also support multiple college scholarships for women in our community. This event has been going on for 5 years and every year it is growing and doing more good .It is by invitation only and the vendors are limited to 45. I am very honored to have been invited to be apart of such a worthy event.  The number of people who are attending is around 400, not counting us vendors.  Now that's a lot of people and potential business contacts. :o) 

I encourage anyone who is serious about building her business to get involved with your local Small Business Groups, craft shows, school fund raisers. whatever. Every event is a chance to get your name and products out there for the public to see. Promotion is a must, it's hard work but one day it will be worth it. There are endless ways to promote.. which I will address in a future blog(soon).

Anyhow, I just wanted to share my news with y'all. I'm living proof that just when you think all the doors are nailed shut... the window is open. ;o)

'Til next we meet


February Giveaway

                                       Sandman Jewelry's February Giveaway

        To be entered in our giveaway all you have to do is submit your favorite picture, it can be of anything. Submissions need to be made in our PHOTOS BY OTHERS section on Sandman Jewelry's fan page. The winner will be determined by the number of likes the picture receives. Winner will be announced on February 15, 2011 @ 6p.m. MST. Winner has 24 hours to respond, failure to do so will result in alternate winner being announced. The prize will be revealed Friday Jan 28, 2011.

Looking forward to seeing some good pics!


Friday, January 21, 2011

New to blogging

Well here I go into the great unknown... Blogging! Talk about scary...  I'm not certain what is experience will be like but all I do know is it will be something new to add to the long lists of things i thought I would never do.

So if your here then I have published this blog publicly and am willing to bare my soul and whatever else for all to to speak.
I have 4 online shops.. the links are posted on this blog page so feel free to click on them and check them out.
Sandman Creations is the non Jewelry items at this point it consists of cloth napkins/napkin rings(economical),the napkins are not your ordinary everyday ones found at the store. They are wild. bold, colorful and ooak(one of a kind). I also have beaded wine bottle corks, yes they can be used in other bottles. I also have economical wine glass charms, which can also be used on coffee mugs. These are gifts that can be used everyday of the year not just once a year or for one occasion. WOW! How cool is that. What are ya waitin' for go on go check it out for yourself.
I don't believe in overcharging people for quality products, like some people. Heck a hand shake is a binding deal to me. :o) After all your only as good as your word.