In the past, I've tried advertising on craft cult, craftopolis, project wonderful and a couple of different blogs. None, were all that successful and I can not track one sale to using any of those advertisement venues. Sure, I probably got some increased exposure, but without co-existing sales, what is the point?
Last month, I did return to a blog for advertisement. The blog I chose this time was a little different. One, I had personal experience with visiting/reading the blog well before I chose to advertise on it. In fact, it wasn't until right before the holidays that I realized this blog offered advertising. PixelBerryPieDesigns was offering a bloghop/shophop that I had been a regular participant in. When I saw advertising was offered, I jumped! For one reason, I liked her layout. My advertisement would be clearly visible and not lost amongst a lot of others. She had many regular visitors to her blog, and it was affordable. I am just about half way through my advertisement period on her blog and I can clearly see that I am getting regular views from my advertisement. Please visit the link here to check it out for yourself!
(you can view my advertisement to the right side bar)
(this is her advertising information)
Well, maybe advertising on a blog isn't all that odd. However, my next two advertisements are more unusual. They are both geared at gaining some more local exposure and customers. This spring my eldest child is participating in a show band, affiliated with our high school show choir. They are hosting a large competition in March. Local businesses can purchase advertisment space in the program for this show, that will run an entire Saturday and include participants from many schools. Show Choir is a big thing here! Many, many students participate and bring their families and friends to watch them perform. For just a small amount of money, I can put an ad for Carol's Jewelry Orchard in the program for the competition our school is hosting. The ad has the potential to reach many, many people. It is a print ad that can be taken home, and people can visit my shop by referring to the information in the ad.
I am excited about trying that. The difficult part was choosing which piece of jewelry to put in the ad, since it will be black and white. I finally finished it last night! It appears above and I am very excited to get it in the program!
Lastly, I will take a similar advertisement out in the High School Spring Musical production program. I ran an ad for my jewelry shop in last year's program. Again, I'm not sure that I got any direct sales from the advertisement, but with this year's production being Wizard of Oz, we are sure to draw some large crowds....roughly 400 people a night for four nights! I don't think I mentioned the fact that my business was local last year, so I will make sure that piece of information is with my advertisement this time!
My ad with Pixel Berry Designs runs through March. The show choir ad will run the first week in March and the play ad will run the last week in March. You can be sure I'll be following my Google Analytics in March!
These advertisements were less than $20.00 each. They will serve as 3 months of advertising. It is really not a lot of money to get increased exposure and hopefully, a few sales!
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