Friday, May 11, 2012

Congrats to the Winners

We'd like to thank everyone who entered our 30,000 Fan Appreciation Giveaway.

The winners of the drawing selected by random.org are:

3 Month Banner ad


 A lifetime listing in our Shopping Directory.


 One Week Promotion


One Month Promotion


 

Friday, May 4, 2012

30,000 Celebration

Giveaway

The Craft Show is sneaking up on the 30,000 fan mark. WOW, how amazing this is! We never even remotely believed that we would grow this large in one short year. To celebrate this milestone we are going to show our appreciation by giving away one each of the services we provide.

1. A 3 month Banner Ad right here on our blog.
 The banner shows on every page of this blog, so it's great exposure for your business. It may be linked to your fb page, website, blog, Etsy shop, etc. Your choice. (a $25 value)

2. A lifetime listing in our Shopping Directory.
The directory is located on our website at www.thecraftshow.org. This is where we refer all the emails we get asking for specific items. ( a $25 value)

3. One Week Promotion
5 shout outs on Facebook and Twitter. A great way to get exposure for your FB page. (a $10 value)

4. One Month Promotion
 A combination of shout outs, feature page on our networking cruises, featured business posts, etc on Facebook and Twitter. A great way to get exposure for your FB page. (a $25 value)

That's 4 lucky winners. (each person can only win one giveaway).

To enter for the drawing:
Comment on this blog post with your name, exact link to your Facebook page and email where you can be reached if you win.
example:
Don

please comment like the example above with no other words.

The drawing for all four of the giveaways will be held one week from today, 5/11.

Thanks for entering and good luck!

We appreciate you :)
TCS

Saturday, April 14, 2012

How to Network Your Business with The Craft Show

Lot's of new people and businesses join The Craft Show every day. Because of this we like to revisit from time to time, the best ways to network your business with us.

Our Facebook Page

We have nearly 30, 000 friends, fans and business on our fb page. It's a great place to get your business seen. Networking on our page is free and easy. There are multiple ways to meet others and grow your businesses fan base.

1. Post your business page on our wall for others to see.
2. Visit others that post and introduce yourself and your business.
3. Like and comment others that post (people love to see this).
4. Be social.
*TCS Tip: numbers 2, 3 and 4 are the absolute best way to network.

5. Join our networking events.
 We post feature businesses daily.
 Feature pages are paid sponsors that keep our page open. We also feature pages for free from time to time that we see participating by liking and commenting on the pages we post.

Other events include our famous "Networking Cruises".
 (see how to cruise on the FAQ page on this blog). Our cruises have brought hundreds and even thousands of fans to pages since we opened in April 2011.

Shout outs.
We do random shout outs daily for people that are active on our page. Its our way of thanking people for participating. Our shout outs are posted on Twitter as well as our fb page, giving 2 venues for businesses to get noticed.

Our Blog and Website

This blog along with our website www.thecraftshow.org receive lots of pageviews each month. We occasionally have events where we do blog posts that feature businesses and have Banner advertising as well. These banners show on every page of our blog and are another great way to get your business seen. (click on the Our Services tab above) to see how you can add your banner.
On our website, you can become a member (free) and be friends with hundreds of others. There is a members blog there as well where you can post specials or general news about your business. We have a cool feature on the main page of the website as well. It's a create your own ad feature. Very inexpensive with 2 sizes. The small ad is $2 a week and the large is $2.50 per week.

Some do's and dont's of networking.
DO be social
DO like and comment others posts
DO always tag your business page when commenting
DO be active
DO follow rules when using others pages to promote your business

DO NOT post negative comments
DO NOT expect to get something for nothing- Be fair to others
DO NOT use other pages to advertise your business that aren't designed for it
Remember, what you say on a social network cannot be taken back, so always think before posting.

Last but not least
Businesses need networking pages. Besides ours, there are lots of great ones out there to use. Use them wisely. Pick one to use or pick them all. It's your business and you do whats best for you. But remember, networking pages need you to participate by being fair, following the rules, be active and have fun while building your fan base. People notice the difference between someone who is fair and honest and someone who isn't. How we all act is a reflection of our businesses. And as always, networking isn't easy, but we try to make fun ways to do it. And it takes all of us to do it correctly to make it work.

Have a great day and week ahead,
TCS



Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Facebook Timeline for Pages


Have you switched over to the new timeline format for your business page yet? This Friday is the deadline according to Facebook for everyone to switch over. We changed at the beginning of the month to get used to it so when everyone is changed over we would be ready. It's definately a BIG change from the current format. We've taken polls and asked how many like it and how many don't. There is a huge majority that said they dislike it. Since we switched, all of our insight stats have gone down. The number of new likes, the reach, the number of people talking about us, etc. We expected this to happen. Our biggest pull for people was to allow them to post ads on our wall. We still allow this, but with the new format you have to click an extra button to actually see the full post. There is a "Highlight" box to click and from there you can click 'posts by others" or "posts by page" to filter what you want to see.

 Another big change is you can now add a cover photo as long as you follow Facebook guidelines. We've seen some great ones that people have added to their page. Frogjunkiee's Creative Creations made a great one for us, but after some though we've decided to not use a cover photo. The reason being, it takes up a good amount of a page and we decided that since our page is about giving exposure for businesses, we will save the room for that. Having said that, A BIG thank you to Shannon for making ours. We will use it somewhere in the future.

A nice feature that has been added is the "pin to top" option. Now you can take one of your posts and "pin" it as the top post on your page. This comes in handy when you have an event or sale, etc. You can leave it as the top post and continue to post underneath it.

Don't give up on Facebook to promote your business just because of this change. We believe that when people get used to it, that we'll still find this a great tool to get exposure for what we all do. Think of the time before facebook. How many people knew of our businesses then? And, how many know of it now?

We also, believe that networking pages such as ours, will still be important. People will still go to networking pages to find new fans and hopefully potential customers for their businesses. If not for networking pages, imagine how hard and long it would be to attract new fans. We know the answer to this because when we started there were only a couple other networking pages.

In closing, always remember to get your business out there wherever you can. Make sure the pages you post on allow it. Never post an ad on a page without asking if it's ok. Most networking pages allow it. And remember, getting a new like is only half the battle. Keeping it is the other half. Most people that like our pages (we estimate about 90-92%) will never come back. So, make sure to take care of the 8-10% that do :)

Have a great week ahead,
TCS


Friday, March 23, 2012

Fan Appreciation Week Day 5


In celebration of The Craft Show turning one year old this week, we thought it appropriate to do by introducing some of the great businesses that we've been associated with since TCS was born.
 Posts this week will include "shout outs" for people that have supported our facebook page, our website and this blog.
 
 
 I design unique and personalized gifts. Kids stools, photo frames, custom family signs, love story maps, silhouettes, lots of things!!

glass artist is currently creating works of art in blown glass. I work with hot glass to create blown glass bowls, drinking glasses, and vases. Posting on Facebook current art work, and where to see and buy my blown glass.

 very personal gifts rather than mass produced items. High attention to detail and requests, baby blankets are a speciality and rag dolls will be making an appearance very soon!

Bakehouse is a homebased business selling custom cakes and desserts. We also have an amazing baking blog with full color photos and how to's for all your baking and party decorating needs.

 Hand stamped jewelry & gifts! Coastal Collection includes wire wrapped sea glass pendants.

Handmade timeless Jewelery and Wedding Accessories.

 - A FREE and vibrant website for artists to sell their crafts and for buyers to shop for handmade items!

- we are artisans of handcrafted jewelry. We work with wire, semi-precious stones, and Swarovski's.

Tutu's and clothing for all your princess's needs. Most hand made, at reasonable prices.

 Create a locket to tell a story about your life.

Thank you for supporting The Craft Show!






Thursday, March 22, 2012

Fan Appreciation Week Day 4


In celebration of The Craft Show turning one year old this week, we thought it appropriate to do by introducing some of the great businesses that we've been associated with since TCS was born. Posts this week will include "shout outs" for people that have supported our facebook page, our website and this
blog.
 
 In Flair Form Design Co.
Custom-Designed Jewelry ~ Specializing in Bridal Party Jewelry ~ Hand-Made Jewelry & Keepsake Boxes ~ Showroom opening April 2nd in Downtown Butler, PA


Handmade scrapbooking pages, decorative painted items, and unique fabric creations.


 Baking up dessert inspired SOAPS everyday!


Unique jewelry, sock monkey kits and little girls hair accessories. Gifts you won:T want to give away after to see them for yourself!


custom tutus for your girly girl, mommy n me rhinestone bracelets, headbands, room decor:)


-Unique custom made name blocks for babies, home, holidays, photo's.....


bespoke clothing, toys and accessories from Devon and Cornwall :) ALL colours decided by you!


Home and personal decor mostly embellished with buttons. Something for everyone!


- Handmade fun assortment of hair bows and accessories for little girls. You'll find basic everyday bows to special occasion and character bows, including holiday items and bows made to match your favorite clothing lines.


Original artwork, custom paintings (especially pet portraits) and a variety of highly scented soy candles with regular and wooden wicks.


Thank you for supporting The Craft Show!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Fan Appreciation Week Day 3

In celebration of The Craft Show turning one year old this week, we thought it appropriate to do by introducing some of the great businesses that we've been associated with since TCS was born. Posts this week will include "shout outs" for people that have supported our facebook page, our website and this
 blog.


Animal chalkboards & embroidered home decor and accessories.


- teaching and inspiring people to use coupons to help themselves and others.


provides confident trendsetting Fashionista's with inexpensive jewelry, handbags and accessories. We are always keeping up with the latest trends in fashion!!!


  We specialize in Organic & Wildcrafted skincare for the whole family.


~ Handmade silver jewellery, personalised gifts, keyrings and so much more. Now offering girls jewellery making parties too!


Have you got a special wish? Tell Flick the Friendly Redheaded Witch ~ If she gets the goosebumps when she reads your email she will try to grant it using her Local Heroes Directory at www.flickwillfixit.com.au

Handmade Jewelry and more.

for all your interior and giftware - we source pretty chic (not shabby) items for you and your home at very competitive prices.


Unique treasures for the unique you! Fun hair accessories and jewelry.


Beaded serving pieces and other entertaining accessories made with lampwork and swarovski crystals...add some BLING to your table!


Thank you for supporting The Craft Show!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Fan Appreciation Week Day 2

In celebration of The Craft Show turning one year old this week, we thought it appropriate to do by introducing some of the great businesses that we've been associated with since TCS was born. Posts this week will include "shout outs" for people that have supported our facebook page, our website and this blog.


Sincerely Yours by Tracy we offer a custom greeting card service that helps you remember everyone throughout the year...one of kind card designs just for that special someone!!!


 Artsy Pants Boutique, Making one of a kind, personalized gifts for you and your loved ones.


 Lovely bits and pieces make completely 100% handsewn items, most custom made, we love buttons, ribbon, owls and campervans


 Vicki's Bargain Buys For all your handmade jewellery & gift needs... Perfect for all those special occasions.

Nature's Secret LLC provides a natural pain relief formula and natural bath & body products for the whole family.


Laura Jane's Creations Jewellery, Charms, Keepsakes ,Cards & Illustrations - All hand crafted by Laura Moran, Ireland.


Flutterbye Dreams evolved with a love of crafts using felt and ribbon!


 Stylin Mamas ~ Buy and Sell Homemade Crafts! Become a Consultant and earn money! Host a Craft Party! Giveaways & Advertising Plans!


 Little Lovlies offers handmade tulle dresses and tutus from newborn to 6. We also offer bloomers, crib shoes and so much more!


The Gift Factory Bespoke Handmade Gifts tailored to suit every budget :) Specialising in Nappy Cakes & Towel Cakes


Thank you for supporting The Craft Show!

Monday, March 19, 2012

One Year Celebration

In celebration of The Craft Show turning one year old this week, we thought it appropriate to do by introducing some of the great businesses that we've been associated with since TCS was born. Posts this week will include "shout outs" for people that have supported our facebook page, our website and this blog. 

Our top 5 supporters over the last year:

 
Cake pops are delicious bite size candy coated cakes on a stick. Get ready to experience cake as you've never seen or tasted before. Cake pops can be made for any occasion, whether it's for a Birthday, wedding, baby shower, upcoming holiday or simply just because. Serve your guests a treat they will remember, cake pops with be a sure hit at your next event or party.

Fine Art Photography, Creative Expressions and Candid shots.
"I have had a camera in my hand as far back as I can reme...mber. I have a huge passion for photography, but I also am passionate about poetry and inspirational words . This love gave birth to my ever popular "Expression Series" My work evolves like I do. One things will always stay the same and that's how much I LOVE what I do."

 Cathy's Creations of Roseville, MI
All about Soy Candles, Melts & More.
Add elegance with a personal touch to any event, wedding, showers etc... with custom favors we can discuss the color, scent and style along with the container and packaging to meet your event needs.
Wired Hanger is all Refreshingly original pieces. You'll fall in love with our dramatic and tantalizing designs. When you wear pieces made by Wired Hanger you will feel sensuous and vibrant. Our splendid collection is Finely crafted Unlike any other . When wearing Wired Hanger you will be a delight for the eyes and the talk of the town. Mother/Daughter team it's a Family thing !!!!

I custom make almost every order, from flowers, to bows, fabrics to feathers, and dress' to tu-tu's!! I love creating new things, and would be honored to make something for you!!

More great businesses will be shared throughout the week.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Fashion Week Day 4


This weeks featured craft show is Clothing.
Day 4
To show our appreciation to the many talented individuals that support The Craft Show,
we are showing some of their products here. If you see something you like, the business links will be posted under each picture.
 

Custom Rhinestone Swimwear
https://www.facebook.com/purpledaisydesigns

Crochet Easter Dress
http://www.capricecreations.com/

Baby Girl's Clothing
http://www.lolamyer.com/

Bella's Tutus
https://www.facebook.com/TutusByBella

 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fashion Week Day 3


This weeks featured craft show is Clothing.
Day 3
To show our appreciation to the many talented individuals that support The Craft Show,
we are showing some of their products here. If you see something you like, the business links will be posted under each picture.
 

Sassy & Sweet Baby Boutique
http://www.sassysweetbaby.com/

Handpainted Children Clothing
https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/ABC-and-123-Handpainted-Infants-and-Childrens-Clothing/192732887428544

Petti Romper Set
https://www.facebook.com/bloomsNblossomsbowtique

 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fashion Week Day 2


This weeks featured craft show is Clothing.
Day 2
To show our appreciation to the many talented individuals that support The Craft Show,
we are showing some of their products here. If you see something you like, the business links will be posted under each picture.
 

70's Chic fashion
https://www.facebook.com/beautyisgenius

Personalized Baby Hat
http://mrsmckenziesmonograms.com/

Zombie Bunny Hoodie
 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Always-Alternative-Jewellery-Accessories/352643884745617

Tiny tot dot tutu
https://www.facebook.com/kateeskreations

 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Fashion Week Day 1


This weeks featured craft show is Clothing.
Day 1
To show our appreciation to the many talented individuals that support The Craft Show,
we are showing some of their products here. If you see something you like, the business links will be posted under each picture.
 

One Shoulder Lace
 http://www.rockprincessfashions.com/One-Shoulder-Black-Lace-Blouse_p_92.html

White Floral Shirt
https://www.facebook.com/pages/BLL-Creations/343596852339453

FireRed Velvet Cloak
 http://www.etsy.com/shop/DelightfullyDeviant

Wool Felt Jacket
http://heartfelt4kids.com/

 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Jewelry Week Day 6

This weeks featured craft show is Jewelry.
Day 6
To show our appreciation to the many talented individuals that support The Craft Show,
we are showing some of their products here. If you see something you like, the business links will be posted under each picture.


Ready For Spring
http://www.etsy.com/shop/GHdesigns

Antique Fork Bracelet
http://www.etsy.com/shop/HandMarkedMetals

Mama's Blooming Garden Teething Ring
http://www.etsy.com/listing/89571215/mamas-blooming-garden-nursing-neckla

Freshwater Pearl Set
 http://www.moseleysgiftware.co.uk/jewellery/jewellery-sets/sterling-silver-oval-pearl-cluster-necklace-and-earrings-set

Raven Coral Bracelet
 http://www.crazyhotcouture.com/


Friday, March 9, 2012

Jewelry Week Day 5

This weeks featured craft show is Jewelry.
Day 5
To show our appreciation to the many talented individuals that support The Craft Show,
we are showing some of their products here. If you see something you like, the business links will be posted under each picture.


Minnie Mouse Ring
http://www.etsy.com/shop/AshzillaCreations?ref=si_shop

 "Swarovski Chainmaille Bracelet"
 http://www.gotmaillebychristy.etsy.com/

18K Gold Plated Cubic Zirconia set
 http://stores.ebay.com/EvesRUs

Macrame Bridal Cuff
 http://www.egyptianinspirations.co.uk/


Wild About You
https://www.facebook.com/SUBLIMEDESIGNSBYMARI


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Jewelry Week Day 4

This weeks featured craft show is Jewelry.
Day 4
To show our appreciation to the many talented individuals that support The Craft Show,
we are showing some of their products here. If you see something you like, the business links will be posted under each picture.


Animal Print Necklace
 http://www.etsy.com/listing/91773296/animal-print-necklace

Pink Crystal Gunmetal
http://cindyscreationsandcrafts.weebly.com/

"Sexy Sophistication"
 https://www.facebook.com/BlessYourSouthernHeart

Linked to My Heart Bracelet
http://smcgowan.mymarkstore.com/

Seashore Waves Bracelet. 
http://www.knotjustmacrame.etsy.com/

River Shell
http://www.vickievans.co.uk/


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Jewelry Week Day 3


This weeks featured craft show is Jewelry.
Day 3
To show our appreciation to the many talented individuals that support The Craft Show,
we are showing some of their products here. If you see something you like, the business links will be posted under each picture.
 

Pink Pearl Swarovski Bracelet
https://www.facebook.com/lovebugsjewelryandaccessories

Pink Butterfly Necklace
https://www.facebook.com/pages/BlackRose-Jewelery/140900486029668

Beautiful Blues Necklace
http://www.etsy.com/shop/dcastle

Bottlecap Eye Necklace
 http://www.etsy.com/shop/GhoulieDollies

STERLINGSILVER SWAROVSKI NECKLACE
 http://www.ulinai.com/index.php/special-items/luna-necklace-1

FauxPearl Swarovski Chain
 https://www.facebook.com/StyleDivaDesigns

 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Jewelry Week Day 2

This weeks featured craft show is Jewelry.
Day 2
To show our appreciation to the many talented individuals that support The Craft Show,
we are showing some of their products here. If you see something you like, the business links will be posted under each picture.


 'Aqua Seas'
 https://www.facebook.com/bubbasbeads

Purple chrysanthemum ring
 https://www.facebook.com/Frimble

Lampwork Bracelet Set
https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Jess-Handmade-Fashion-Jewelry/242338059161508

"Lucky For Me Bracelet "
http://hipfusiondesigns.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=74_56&products_id=477

 "Blue Crystal Hoops" 
http://www.razzfunfashionboutique.weebly.com/

Dalmation Jasper Cross
https://www.facebook.com/debsmadewithlove




Monday, March 5, 2012

Jewelry Week 3/5

This weeks featured craft show is Jewelry.
Day 1
To show our appreciation to the many talented individuals that support The Craft Show,
we are showing some of their products here. If you see something you like, the business links will be posted under each picture.


Red Rose Ring
http://www.etsy.com/shop/foreverandrea

Lucky Momma Necklace
https://www.facebook.com/JourdansHandmadeJewels

Handforged and sculptead Heart pendants
 https://www.facebook.com/tksjewelry

Spring Clean Feeling
 https://www.facebook.com/AthenesJewels

Swarvorski Sparkle Bracelet
 www.etsy.com/shop/UniquelyDainty

Purple Bird Necklace
 https://www.facebook.com/pages/CherryKole-Designs/101161099991747


Friday, March 2, 2012

TGIF Friends

Good Day my friends!

Facebooks new timeline for pages.
Facebook has given those of us with a business page until March 30th to play around with the new "timeline" format. On that date if you haven't switched over, the will do it for you.
This is a HUGE change for all of us. And it's human nature to reject or be leery of changes. If we could all keep in mind that most of the time, changes are for the better. We here at TCS said "what the heck" and went live yesterday. It's definately a different beast to deal with, but, we think it's going to be better when everyone get's used to it and learn what the new tools can do to help our businesses. Here's a link to a facebook tutorial on how to set up your page on the timeline:
Jump in, play with it, learn it and we think you'll see it has a plus side to it for your business. And, please bear with us as we learn it, as well. We are still holding our events and doing shout outs. And, we have some new plans in the works, as well.

Looking for featured businesses .
We have a few openings for Featured Business banners here on our blog. If you look on the right side of this blog you will see a few of these banners:
These are spots that are open for your business banner. We'd love to fill these up with great businesses. To get your spot, go to the right side and click on one of these banners.

Happy networking and have a great weekend,
TCS