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9 Tips to Create Your Own Publicity

Posted On July 10, 2015

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Great tips to gain exposure for your small business.

Kennedy Robinson, Public Relations

What is the easiest way to get publicity, build trust and gain visibility for your business? Promoting yourself is the answer. Yes paid PR can guarantee results but self-promotion never hurt anyone! If you don’t do anything, you won’t get anything.
So use one of these tips today,everyday if possible and you’ll see how easily you can create publicity for your company, both online and offline.

  1. Create your content usinggraphics and photos.Use websites likeCanva or PicMonkey to create graphics. Gather (or take) your best product photos or photos showing you in action with the services you provide. Use your content on social media to drive traffic to your website.
  2. Obtain testimonials from your customers or clients. This is pretty easy if you already have a website like Etsy, Amazon, Thumbtack or Fiverr where you sell your services or products. Most of the time websites such as these have a…

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Fibered Up: The Tasting Room Ardmore Welcomes Handmade Philly (August 1)

The evening will include a trunk show featuring member Bonnie MacAllister’s works, and Handmade Philly members are invited to lead and participate in fiber demos including weaving and spinning. The public is invited to bring their current fiber projects (crochet, knit, woven, sewn squares of about 2 feet wide) that they are willing to contribute to decorate Ardmore and leave their creative mark in fiber. The event will culminate in live “yarn bombing.” All ages and skill levels are encouraged.

Details:
Friday, August 1
5:30-8:30
The Tasting Room
8 E. Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003

MacAllister led similar community building fiber events last year in Germantown.
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Read all about the event here.

Facebook event here

Photo Recap: Handmade Philly + West Elm = Etsy Craft Party!!

Cupcakes + Embroidery + West Elm + Etsy + Handmade Philly = Tons of Crafty Goodness!!

We had a wonderful time at West Elm, as we teamed up to host a workshop for this year’s Etsy Craft Party. This time around we focused on embroidering photos, and tons of people made it out to the event. Thanks everyone!!

If you were unable to make it out on Friday, or if that event just left you yearning for more, fear not! We are having another meet up this afternoon, from 4-6 pm!

Note: if we mislabeled your work, or missed crediting you by name, leave a comment and we will gladly correct the image. 

 

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June Meet Up: Make 3D glasses & experience a 3D member show @ Flying Carpet Cafe & Bar

Hosted by our member, Bonnie MacAllister. Learn how to make 3D glasses and use your new glasses to see her 3D art show at the Flying Carpet Cafe & Bar featuring fibers, painting, fabric prints, and more!

Bring one of your own works in progress to share with the group. 

The Flying Carpet Cafe & Bar features a full bar and full menu including but not limited to vegetarian options, small plates, specialty teas, and brunch items. The curried carrots are incredible!10299080_451928318284549_2565652561968721307_n images

RSVP here at our Facebook event.

Follow Bonnie on Instagram here.

Sunday, June 8 from 4-6 p.m.
at the
Flying Carpet Cafe & Bar
1841-43 Poplar Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 235-2525 (restaurant phone)

 

 

 

Handmade Philly’s March Meet Up!

March’s meeting will be held at the Clay Studio.Handmade Philly events are open to the public and are free of charge.
Date: March 9th
Time: 3-5 pm
Address: The Clay Studio, 139 N Second St., Phila.This meeting is being hosted by Handmade Philly member Meg Perine. Thanks Meg!

Details: “The good people of the Clay Studio have agreed to us having the next meet up in the gallery space.

The Curator, Garth Johnson, wants to be involved so he is giving us a tour of the whole building which includes the Resident artist floor, the School, and the Associate floor (where I share in the communal rented studio space). You can look at the Clay Studio website to see which exhibitions will be in the gallery by then.

Decal activity planned! Bring an item of smooth, shiny, white ceramic (or choose from pre-bought thrift store items from Ruth and me) and decorate it with decals! Decals will be in the form of colored paper so you can cut out a design and put it on the item to be fired, and it will be a permanent surface decoration. If anyone has stencils or things, feel free to bring them too!

Here's a look at the items Meg and I scrounged up at the thrift store.

Here’s a look at the items Meg and I scrounged up at the thrift store.

The Clay Studio is very near the 2nd st MFL stop in Old City. The street parking is so-so in that area, but there are several lots around. There are 3 doors, which can be confusing for first timers, enter through the gallery double door entrance.”

(Call for volunteer): We are looking for someone to take photos at the meeting, and to post about the meeting afterwards, on our blog.

Bring a snack to share!

If you are on FB, please be sure to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/688938881154352/

 

Indigo Bleu Design & Culture Center

In the Fall of 2013, Philadelphia-based marketing and management firm, Indigo Bleu Design Concepts will launch their most new brand project the Indigo Bleu Design & Culture Center (IBDCC).

IBDCC

IBDCC

Conveniently located in the Parkside section of West Philadelphia, IBDCC, will serve as a creative anchor for the shared use of established and up and coming artists, designers, and the surrounding community. Located at the tip of West Philadelphia’s Centennial district, IBDCC will be a centralized location for creation, social and professional networking and the celebration of the Arts and Culture.

As launch pad for creative professionals and independently operated entrepreneurial firms IBDCC will feature a shared co-op workspace, office suites, design studios, and an open layout gallery/event space.

Indigo Bleu Design Concepts provides business development services, professional coaching and mentoring, design and marketing services to start ups and non-profits.

By providing diverse leasing options on work and office space and networking and retailing opportunities for tenants, IBDCC hopes to serve as enriching resource to its tenants, enhance the vibrancy of the Parkside area by revitalizing the Arts scene and hosting public Arts & Culture events and activities and increase the revenues generated for and through Philadelphia’s creative sector.

Tenants will enjoy the following amenities:

  • Flexible and reasonable leasing options
  •  A secure work space with 24 hour access
  • A convenient location with access to public transportation just 15 minutes outside of Center City
  • Onsite event space and catering services
  • Discounted tenant-rates to event space rental
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Free lot and street parking

Please note: Spots in the co-working space start at 300/month (utilities included) and office spaces start at 500 + utilities.

Niesha Kennedy-Robinson is a lover of things handmade.  Besides being a wife and a mother, she is the owner and operator of Wee Bit Trendy, a small online shop that provides Handmade Faux Treats for Baby.  She loves DIY (why buy when you can DIY), and doing PR for Sharp with Art Group and West Park Arts Festival.

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