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What Is Pinterest?

   

If you haven't heard about Pinterest yet, you might want to double check that you don't live in a cave. Even my mother uses Pinterest!

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

"Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests."

The Mission Of Pinterest

"Our goal is to connect everyone in the world through the 'things' they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests."  

Is Pinterest Addictive

Short answer.

Yes.

Everyone who talks about Pinterest at one time or another talks about the way it can pull you in for hours. All those pretty pictures of fun things to see and do! Of course it is addictive!!! However, it can spark creativity in your brain too.

Often we get so wrapped up in all the things we have to do that we have a hard time slowing down so that the creative part of our brain kicks in to create. Browsing Pinterest is relaxing to help us slow down, but exciting enough to hold our attention.  

What Can Pinterest Do For Me?

Not only is browsing Pinterest enjoyable, but it can also help you:
  • Meet new people - Networking
  • Find great blogs to follow
  • Host the memorable party
  • Redecorate your home
  • Plan a wedding
  • Pick up more traffic for your website or blog
  • Grow your business
  • Advertise your blog or business
  • Find your style
  • Save money by making things yourself
  • Save your inspirations
  • Save your patterns and recipes
 Seriously, if you haven't logged on and checked out Pinterest yet, give it a try. I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised. I'm over there too and all you have to do is click on the button below to see!


The Redhead Riter

Our Own Felt Chore Chart


felt


Contribution by Kennith Griffin


I thought it was so funny a few weeks ago when my daughter came home talking about a play date that she had at one of her friends' house. She was telling me about all the things that their family had in their house, including a chore chart. She thought it was so neat that they had a chore chart and wanted for us to make one. I thought it was too good to be true and told her I'd make one, which would mean that she had chores to do.

I decided to jump on that as soon as possible and make one. So I went online with our ISP to find some directions on how to make one. I found some to make a felt one that sounded really easy so I decided to go with that one.

My DIY felt chore chart turned out really well and my daughter was still surprised about it when I was through making it. I'm curious as to how long her excitement about doing chores will last.





MI was compensated by my friends at WildBlue.com for this guest post.

#5 Laws of Advertising


Who is in your market? What type of person do you target for your business?

Knowing your market is vital to the success of your business. Let's think about this for a moment...

Would you market golf balls to new mothers?

Would you market cloth diapers to deep sea divers?

Would you market paperback books to the blind?

sales person

Look at your product. Does the general population know that they need your product? Catch the wording...Do they know they need your product? This knowledge can result in two actions.

1. You market your product to the right audience, the general audience sees it and then buys it
2. You are a fantastic sales person and are able to convince the audience that the product is worth buying (example: the Pet Rock)

First step in advertising is to learn and know your product inside out, upside down and backwards. Here are a few questions to ask yourself about your product:

• What is it?
• What is it made of?
• How does it work?
• What is required to make it work?
• What are the dangers and precautions?
• Why do I need it?
• How will it improve my life?
• Why should I buy it from you?
• Why is it better than another product?
• How much does it cost?
• Where can I buy it?
• Can I buy it online?
• How much is shipping?
• Can I return it hassle free?
• Can I get my money back quickly?
• If I need help, how do I contact Customer Service?

When asking these questions, try to think of yourself as the customer. What kind of answers would you want to hear if you were being approached with this product?

Next, think of the people that make up the audience:

• Who is your target market?
• What is their age?
• What is their gender?
• What is their station in life (mother, widow, child)?
• What is the income of your market?

Will you need to change any of the answers to your product question based on the target audience questions? Thinking about the audience will help direct your answers to all the product questions. It is important for businesses to design their online sites with the target audience in mind. Not only should the graphics, color, font and navigation be applicable to the product, but it also must be directed towards the target audience. You must appeal to the senses of the people you want to buy your product.

Always keep your target audience in mind not only when choosing a product, but also throughout the entire selling process be it face-to-face or online.

The audience is the key.




The Redhead Riter


Sending Out Christmas Cards Early



Guest post written by Abigail Truman

One of the things that comes with preparing for Thanksgiving is getting our Christmas cards ready to send to friends and family. I always like to put them in the mail the Monday after Thanksgiving so that I at least have that huge Christmas responsibility out of the way.

This year though, I thought about sending out some DIY cards instead of just some store-bought ones. So I went online to figure out how much trouble DIY-ing cards would take me. As I was getting some ideas online, I ran across this website www.clearwirewimax4g.com/clearwire_coverage_maps.html and decided to sign up for one of the internet packages that were featured on it.

Well, in the end I decided to send out DIY holiday cards and got to work on them at the beginning of November. I actually got all of them made in time for addressing and stuffing them in envelopes before Thanksgiving and had them ready to mail out on the Monday afterward. I'm not sure that I saved much money by making instead of buying them, but I had a lot of fun doing it.







MI was compensated by my friends at Clearwire for this guest post.

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