April 08, 2011

Can Networking be mixed with Marketing?

Can Networking be mixed with Marketing?

As a website business owner it is absolutely crucial, to get new customers to my site constantly.
There are immense recourses out there that need to be tapped into, but it takes a little clever maneuvering. You probably ask yourself:” What is she talking about?”
Well I am talking about Social Networking…………….!

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I tried many ways to get my beautiful jewelry designs noticed. One way was chat rooms. Chat rooms are the right way if you have a product that is known to all like Avon for instance. Almost everyone has heard of them or Mary K . Have you heard of Beaded Jewels? Hmm………thought so.

So I tried chat rooms did not work too well for me, I had some biz there, but that was because I had known the people for a while and they trusted me enough to take that huge step and buy from me.

You will never be disappointed in my products or customer service, I am old school and believe in 100% Customer Satisfaction and exquisite craftsmanship.

“Did you catch that word I mentioned just two sentences ago?” Trust, they trusted me!!! And why did they trust me ? They got to know me through having spend time together online with me

Where would be a place like that online………hmm……oh yeah……..duh… FACEBOOK! NING networks are also excellent for that and of course Twitter, my Space and of course there are many others, but also a Blog like that.

Beaded Jewels -Unique Custom Designed Rivoli Swarovski Crystal Rings
 Facebook however is the ultimate platform for getting new customers. How do you ask ? You know there is no direct marketing, meaning if you8 get caught….you could get banned.

Now there are many forms of marketing . There is the offensive form that’s like that.

Custom Designed Large Rivoli Swarovski Crystal Rings

”Hey come to my website at http://www.beadedjewels.biz/rivoli_rings.php and buy a beautiful Huge Rivoli Swarovski Crystal Ring starting only at $62.75 ”

Then there is the posting form that goes like that:

Custom Designed Large Rivoli Swarovski Crystal Rings

Breathtakingly beautiful are these sparkly hand-made bead-woven rings with Rivoli Swrovski Crystal, which are only held in place by a unique beaded net out of swarovski crystals ea 4mm and Delica or Toho tube beads . The beaded band which is attached to the crown is made out of Delica tube beads. The tiny sz15 beads decorate the outside of the rings band.

The ring crown measure very close to 1 1/8 inch in width and 1/2 in hight. The ring band is 1/2 inch wide.

Enjoy your visit at Beaded Jewels. If you like what you see please do share.

This is the method that I go by. I post to inform not to push.

Being the social monster that I am I like to talk. A rule of thumb for me is that I wait on facebook till people want to befriend me. Then I know for sure that people want to have contact with me and sooner or later I will find out if they contact me for friendship or because they have seen pictures my jewelry designs on someone else profile.

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Anyway since Facebook is a social network, I take the time to make friendships and maintain them, by talking to my friends, and letting them into my life. Investing in friendship, can not only be good for your business, but is also very good for you. A friendship is an invisible bond, and if your friend trusts you and loves your product , where do they think they will go when they in need of it?

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 Birthstone Bracelets for Moms

That’ right they will knock on your door. That’s how I got many orders from Facebook and continue to get, because people also find out a lot of things, like that I am a fun person to be around, with a great sense of humor, I don’t gossip, I am a great listener….. all this you will discover if you befriend me on facebook. I know this may be a taboo subject for many of my readers, but I will also pray for you and ask you to pray for me. Through friend ship you can find great support when you go through hardships in life and you know you will one sometime in life.

Well I think I just scratched at the surface that is absolute possible to mix social networking with marketing.

I really like to know your thoughts on that subject.

Enjoy your visit at http://www.beadedjewels.biz/  

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Best Regards

Lexi Butler

Owner/Creator of

Beaded Jewels

My Office Hours Mon-Sat 9am-5pm

406-241-4502 MST

April 05, 2011

Facelift of Beaded Jewels - Think Eye-Candy

One day I was visiting my website http://www.beadedjewels.biz/ and got really frustrared because it loaded soooooooo slow. I knew if I feel this way how many other visitors feel that way too. So I made the descision to give Beaded Jewels which is the name of my website a face lift.
Before I tell you what I did to make the pages of my we site load faster, I first want to put outthere, that I have absolutely no schooling in website building, none whatso ever. I am a certified goldsmith and jewelry designer and also self proclaimed Beading Artist. That's it, I am not a website builder. What I know I tought myself and I also go by a lot by common sense. If it does not make sense...well you know, than it probably won't work.

Well when I am talking about a Face lift of  Beaded Jewels I mean of course revamping of our website http://www.beadedjewels.biz/

You can actually call it a Face lift, because that's what I really did. In my web builder WYSIWYG 7.2  which  means "What You See Is What You Get" I have the option to clone a page which is a great thing,  When you clone a page you can take everything of your original page which you want to rebuild, After you done rebuilding the page you can delete the clone. But before you publish the original you can clone that page and make it your templet page. When you erase everything from your page, you always have the clone to fall back on  too. You can select everything that in the clone page and move it back to the original page.  I smoothed out a lot of things like that , which now allows the pages to load a lot faster then before. I got rid of a lot of impurities like broken links. I eliminated a lot of stuff that were cluttering up the pages like for instance images, that really did not belong on the pages.

Having said that I took of everything that either distracted the visitor and potential customer, or  kept the page from loading faster.

One thing that took incredibly long to load was the page size itself. So I searched what the common website width should look like. I found it should be 600-800. Mine was 940 and so was the big purple Beaded Jewels Banner. So the first thing I did was I re sized my Beaded Jewels Banner down to 800.
By the way if your pages loads slower then 2 seconds it is considered slow.

Yeah I know I think thats insane as well, but see the people today are always in a hurry, instant gratification is the word of this generation. So there fore everything has to be there in an instant.

You have exactly 30 seconds to crasp a website visitors attention.

Instead of the purple boxes which were really dominating the pages and were kind of irritating I designed a pattern in purple but gradient into lavender and white. It looks like half round tubes in 3D. It is therefore interesting but not distracting from what I really want you to see, which is my beautiful beaded woven and wiere-wrapped  jewelry designs. As a backgroun I used white and the text colour which was black and white is now black on white, sharp crisp and easy to see and read.

You see there is a big difference in before and after and even so it was a lot of work, the dayly visitors increased 40% and so did the page views.

I like to invite you to visit my website www.beadedjewels.biz/ 

Thank you for taking the time to read it.

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