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The Friday Blog Round – Up 4/13/12

13th April 2012

The Friday Blog Round – Up 4/13/12

Ooh,  it’s Friday the 13th!  Are any of you superstitious about this day?

First up to day is a post from Bonnie at My Two Stitches.   I’m always fascinated by the way an artist’s mind works,  and this post is a great discussion of what sort of thought goes into creating a great digitized design.   Plus,  there’s an adorable picture of a dust bunny, complete with ears,  and who wouldn’t like that?

Second on the list are some tips from Retail Minded about how to shop a trade show.   We all know trade shows can be overwhelming and the best way to get the most out of the show is to go in with a plan.    This post will give you some ideas on how to make your plan.   Also,  while I’m talking about Retail Minded,  did you know that they now offer a magazine?   If you have retail space,  you definitely should check this out.

Third on the docket is another “this is so cool” project from Urban Threads.   This is a different version of the Baroque Jacket made by a customer.    I always love the stories behind why people choose the fabrics and designs that they choose and this post offers some great insight.  Plus,  the jacket is just plain cool.

Fourth at bat is a series of posts I wrote for the SubliStuff blog called “The 5 W’s of Sublimation” .  While I know the Friday Blog Round-Up is usually embroidery centered,  I figured that some embroidery shops also do sublimation and might find this series of posts helpful.    So far the series has discussed who should sublimate, what can be sublimated, why a company should sublimate, and which markets will buy sublimated goods.

Fifth in the countdown (or is it the count up) is a post from John Morgan about what moves your prospective customers to buy.   He makes a terrific point about the fact that you need to know who your market is before you can figure out what makes them purchase from you.   He also has a line in this post that I love ” Smart marketing isn’t blasting your “please buy my stuff” message to the masses”.  Every one who does marketing should have that line tattooed on their brains.  It would save us all from a lot of bad marketing.

Finally,  I wanted to mention a post that, while I didn’t write it,  could have come straight from my heart.    I’m well aware that it’s the fact that people take the time to read what I write that allows me to do the work I love and I’m so grateful for that.    The post that Erika from Redhead Writing wrote talks about the death of a devoted reader, which thankfully has not yet happened to me so far as I’m aware,   but the sentiments she expressed are ones I totally agree with.  It’s a great post.

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