31 days: Branding your biz or blog

  • 31 Days: Be inspired to stay branded

    Be inspired to stay branded! I love my GOC branding, then I see someone else’s site …oh, I love their logo…oh, maybe I should switch to pink…oh they did this better than me…oh, oh. And then I waste *way* too much time, re-thinking and over-thinking every visual decision I’ve made. Is this ever you!?!?!?! So some small encouragement today to

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  • 31 Days: Adding products or services to your business

    Adding products or services to your business Being the creative entrepreneur that you are, new ideas are bound to lead to business expansion.  Over time you may learn new skills or develop new ideas that should be incorporated into your business or blog! But be careful, you’ve worked too hard educating people on who you are to let it all

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  • 31 Days: Your 10 second introduction

    Your 10 Second Introduction Hey! I’m Christine, I own a graphic and web design shop called Great Oak Circle, specializing in design elements for handmade shops, small businesses, and bloggers. What do you do? umm….I….well….one time I found this door by the roadside and painted it and now….well I paint junk I find…but I also carry this line of chalk paint….but it’s

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  • 31 Days: Hiring a Designer

    Hiring a designer First off, this is not a plug for you to hire me.  It IS a plug for you to consider hiring a designer to get your 31 days of madness in a tight, well-branded box…  I just felt it was necessary after hurling graphics and print items and websites your way. Things to consider: 1. Be sure you

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  • 31 Days: Designed items with your logo

    Branding your biz or blog with designed logo items HEY! Sorry to take a few days off, I was out of town for a beautiful family wedding. I’m going to try to catch up before the end of October…no promises:)  So let’s talk today about branded items for your blog or biz.  We’ve talked about all the print materials you

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  • 31 Days: Banners and craft shows

    Branding with banners and craft shows I know this totally leaves some of you out, but I think this topic is important enough that it deserves some space here… Craft shows/festivals with booths are really difficult.  Sometimes your time + money + energy = very few sales.  You need to do some homework to determine which show has a good

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  • 31 Days: Creating a business card

    Branding your biz or blog with a business card Hey, welcome back friends! I trust yesterday’s post helped narrow down your print must-haves, and I hope it includes a business card.  We’ve grown up around business cards, haven’t we? Every store, service and sales person has one, which can leave most of us with stacks and stacks of them stuffed

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  • 31 Days: Print materials to promote your biz or blog

    Print materials to promote your biz or blog Today’s pretty easy actually, we are going to brainstorm and make a list of all the print materials you need.  I create more and more print for bloggers who don’t sell product, it’s just handy, so if that’s you, don’t tune me out today:) Ok, so put pen to paper and start listing

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  • 31 Days: Branding with Instagram

    Branding your biz or blog with Instagram Confession: I really really really love Instagram.  This one is a little different than the previous social media sites in that it’s pretty much only for mobile devices.  You can login to your account online, but posting and browsing photos happens from your iphone, etc. General tips: 1. You can run a photo

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  • 31 Days: Branding with Pinterest

    Branding your biz or blog with Pinterest Pinterest is an online cork board that allows you to pin ideas from anywhere on the Internet, and organize them by topic. You can find and follow friends to share ideas.  Pinterest is made up of 2 basic pages, the news feed as seen above and your profile page as seen below. So

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  • 31 Days: Branding your business with Twitter

    Branding your business or blog with Twitter Who’s ready for more social media?? Who’s totally overwhelmed?? I’m going to take your silence as an indication that you are on the edge of your chair for today’s topic:) In brief, twitter is a social media site that offers 140 characters to say, scream, link…or tweet whatever you want. You can follow

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  • 31 Days: Branding with facebook

     Branding with Facebook Welcome back friends! I’m excited to spend the next few days talking about 4 big social media platforms, facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram. Are there more? YES, but these are the biggies that you need to be in on. What is facebeook? Facebook is a social media site aimed at connecting friends and sharing pictures, links and

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  • 31 Days: Branding photos with your logo

    Branding your photos So you’ve slaved over your latest DIY blog post or fun new shop item…but you aren’t done yet! It’s time to brand those photos!! Why?  In the land of instant photo sharing through pinterest, facebook and the like, you don’t stand a chance of getting proper credit for your work.  You need credit so you can build

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  • 31 Days: Taking Good Pictures

    please, please, please, please, please, please… Take good pictures!!!! This is me {flying a big banner in the sky}… TAKE GOOD PHOTOS!!!! I promise it will change your business. I know what you’re thinking. 1. I don’t really have time…uh…if you want to be successful you better have time. 2. I don’t have a good camera….we will take care of

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  • 31 Days: Branding your email signature

    Branding your email signature Can I be honest? I am totally done talking about websites…and I guess email…done done done.  At least this is the last day right? We are talking about pictures tomorrow! So let’s talk today about email signatures, the friendly little love you have at the bottom of an email message.  The one below is from gmail.

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