Thursday, June 18, 2009

Apron,Cherry Print - Great for Summer

Apron, Cherry Print in red and soft crean/yellow. the bottom maes a very girly, girly apron with lots of gathers.

Summer time is barbeque time and a cute little apron makes it just that more fun and brings back memories of summers gone by. If you enjoy this apron you are invited to visit: to see other styles.

Aprons give a fresh, crisp, feeling whether you are entertaining friends or preparing a great barbeque for the family. Putting on a fresh summer apron brings out the hostess in you!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Another Question - Have you benefited from doing Blog contests, give-a-way, product reviews?

Question? Do you benefit from doing reviews, contests give-a-ways?, product give-a-ways? These are just a few of the products I have given away to have my product promoted on blogs for reviews, free give-a-way, etc.

The reviewers all did a great job, the pictures were great. I have no complaints with the write up or how the reviews were handled. All in all I have given away a total of 14, yes 14 products since the beginning of the year ... that means the cost of making the product, (I am not counting my hours which were considerable considering I had to spend time picking out, ordering the fabrics, cutting out, sewing the aprons, and then paying for the postage for sending the aprons to the contest winners).

I know the idea is great, I appreciate all the hard work and energy of the Blog owners in writing the reviews, setting up the photos, running the contest, and notifying the winners. I do not have a complaint of how the give-a-ways were handled; everyone has done an excellent job of handling things.

My concern is that perhaps give-aways may not be the best for me. I have had my website looked over for content and pricing -- everything seems to be in line. But I have not had one sell from any of the contests.

I am just curious, has anyone had the same experience or has the Give-A-Way contests worked for you? I would love to hear from you and any advise, positive or negative, what has worked for you, if you have some better approaches to promoting? I feel, looking back, that for me it would have been better to take the $200 I spent for the give-a-ways and put it into paid advertising? what is your opinion?

I would love to hear from you, I am very open to learn from any suggestions you have to offer as far as paid advertisement vrs. "free" reviews/give-away-contests, product review with a product for promotion Looking forward to any and all ideas!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Social Networking ... what is your favorite site?

Social Networking - What is your favorite site?

Social network analysis (from Wikipedia)
An example of a social network diagram. The node with the highest betweenness centrality is marked in yellow.

Social network analysis (related to network theory) has emerged as a key technique in modern sociology. It has also gained a significant following in anthropology, biology, communication studies, economics, geography, information science, organizational studies, social psychology, and sociolinguistics as well as a popular topic of speculation and study.

People have used the social network metaphor for over a century to connote complex sets of relationships between members of social systems at all scales, from interpersonal to international. In 1954, J. A. Barnes started using the term systematically to denote patterns of ties that cut across the concepts traditionally used by the public and social scientists: bounded groups (e.g., tribes, families) and social categories (e.g., gender, ethnicity).

What Social Networks do you belong to and would you mind sharing what your favorite is? There are so many sites available ... new ones coming up each and every day it is difficult to decided which one to get involved in.

So, some basic questions?
1. Which is your favorite and wy?
2 How many are you involved in and how often do you participate?
3. What is your purpose for being involved; friendships, prompting a product?, promoting your blog?
4. If any of this is too personal - just disregardl

Thanks This will be a very interesting and helpful survey to many of us involved with Social Networking.

Thanks for your comments and congtribution