shop door sits quiet
waiting for the bell to ring
senryu by M. LaFreniere
I’ve created a blog shop. Producing is easy for me. I can write and photograph all day long. Marketing, now that’s tough. In an internet world where there are literally millions of websites, helping people to find your teeny tiny one is difficult. In fact it is a pain in the butt.
So I’ve been taking a couple of online classes. I’ve resisted for about a year because I thought there are a lot of tutorials out there which there totally are. I find that taking a class helps to keep me more focused. Marketing is tough for me because I’d rather be writing poems, taking pics or playing with my cats.
In a couple different free online courses, several people mentioned Pinterest as a great way to increase sales. Okay, I’m not ready to take on another class. Right now I’m taking an Instagram course because I’d like to get my Instagram where I have 5,000 followers — I still want to go on a poetry road trip with my cats and I can’t afford an RV. I am hoping that Instagram will not only drive traffic to my store but when I get enough followers, that I can convince an RV manufacturer or sales lot to lend me one for a few months. I’ve gotten to 200 so far but it’s tough. See why it’s hard for me to do marketing? I really want to go on a poetry road trip instead. Ah well.
Back to Pinterest. So I read an article on optimum size 600×900 and made my first ad today. I am posting it below along with the text. Even though Zazzle is having a 50% sale on cards, I can’t put that on because Pinterest images last forever and are often repinned. Time-limited events don’t really work if someone sees it next year.
Let me know what you think of the ad. Do you like it? Or not? I put the little text bit from my description under it. Does it work or does it need to be jazzed up somehow? I plan to do a series. I’ll make a new one like this with each new set of 3 cards I make.
Cool coffee blank notecards from Cactus Dreams. Each Coffee card comes in a choice of 3 styles: no text on the cover, a Daily Dose Coffee Haiku, or with customizable text so you can write your own words in the haiku space.
The Ragtag Daily Prompt now has it’s own blog site called the “Ragtag Community“. Each day of the week a prompt is presented by a different person. Come and participate by posting writing or images evoked by the word and add your pingback