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The Friday Blog Round – Up 5/7/10

7th May 2010

The Friday Blog Round – Up 5/7/10

This week I’m thinking I might branch out a bit and touch on some blogs that aren’t directly related to garment decoration.  There are a lot of great business and marketing blogs out there as well, and those are worth a mention too.

First, however, I wanted to talk about a great idea from the GSSA blog.   Everyone knows a picture can be worth a thousand words,  but we don’t often think about how much samples can say.   Jaime on the GSSA blog suggests that you can sell more with samples,  and  gives you some ideas for doing just that.

Second,  in the support another garment decorator category,  I wanted to let everyone know that the Odd Guy Art website launches today.   This company has a quirky sense of humor and some great products, so go check them out and help make their grand opening a success.

Third on the list this morning is this post from Seth Godin’s blog.  I don’t read his blog every day,  but his words about artists not being pushed but leaping instead struck a chord with me.    Embroidery and sublimation (or in my case writing) are all arts, so were you pushed or did you leap into the work you now do?

Fourth is another small business blog I like, Duct Tape Marketing.   There is a great post there about building a local partner team.  Everyone knows that referrals are a great way to increase your business and get the word out about the products and services you offer.  The best part is that a lot of these tips can be used to build an online partner team as well.

Fifth is a blog I love although I don’t sew or embroider.  Anna Maria Horner’s blog is a riot of color and patterns, plus she has an adorable family.   This post features pictures that didn’t make it into her latest book.  How cute are those kids?

Sixth is something that a lot of retailers that do business locally don’t consider, but which should not be ignored.  The Internet can be a great tool to bring in local business, and every local retailer needs to take advantage of it.  The Retail Minded Blog spotlights six web tools that will help you get in touch with your customers.

Finally, I wanted to throw out a plea for recommendations for blogs that I should be reading.   I’m especially interested in garment decoration blogs, whether they be embroidery or sublimation.   I’d love to plump up the blogroll, so if you have any ideas or recommendations, please do let me know.

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