My goals for September were as follows:
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*Add at least 20 items to my shop Check! I did 33 actually!
*Create at least 2 new journal binding designs Check! My full leather journals & soft cover stab binding books are new!
*Sell at least 4 items Yes!
*Make at least 2 treasuries a week Oops, didn't hit this
*Advertise on at least 3 blogs Yep, Paper & Stitch, Elsie Blaha, and Love Stitched
*Send out at least 2 emails to my email list (you can sign up to receive them in the sidebar!) I sent one
*Take advantage of free advertising in places like facebook, flickr, etsy lush, craft juice, wanelo, etsy carnival
Yep doing this regularly!
I think that I did pretty well. I also got a lot of things done that weren't on the list. I started tracking my advertising so I can see how much I spend on ads & how many views those ads result in, making it more clear where to put my money for the best results. I know this will be an ongoing process, but it's great to have an idea of how these things are doing.
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I also applied to two holiday shows in my area. I already received notice that I got into Flint Handmade's Holiday Market. (Come visit me at the Masonic Temple in Flint on November 24th!). I also applied to another 2 day market that's in December, but I haven't found out if I got in yet, so I'm keeping it a secret 'till I find out :) Although if you follow me on Facebook &/or Twitter I did announce it there when I applied!
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So with that, here are my goals for October:
*Be a little more ballsy & go to a local crafty events. Face to face marketing can be the best kind & I feel that I am totally missing the ball on this one. I'm an introvert, so usually when I hear about events, I get excited about them, but then I have a hard time motivating myself to go. Especially if I don't know anyone else attending. So scary for an introvert! That means I either have to look silly standing in a corner looking at my feet or I have to... actually talk to people *gasp!*
*Add at least 20 items to my shop
*Make at least 2 treasuries a week
*Send out at least 2 emails to my email list
*Figure out a marketing schedule... and implement!
*Research shops to pitch my product to
*Start figuring out my holiday marketing plan
*Start getting ready for the holiday market event(s)!!!
I'm also trying to decided if I want to participate in the Nester's 31 days blogging event. It starts on Monday... I know that my blogging has slowed down lately & I would like for it to pick back up some, the summer has just been crazy busy with races & the new shop & my regular job. I have a couple of ideas of things I could do, but I need to figure out where I want my blog to go & what topic would best fit that I think. Stay tuned..... :)
So what are your goals for October? Anything fun? Anything I should jump on board with? Oh & if you'd like to feature my books anywhere, email me!!! :-)