Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Duct Tape Marketing

Investopedia.com defines marketing as, "the activities of a company associated with buying and selling a product or service." "Duct Tape Crafts Marketing" refers to a method of reaching your customers that comes from within your organization. What a great idea!

Many times, what works is very non-traditional.
Here are some unique marketing ideas that are sure to get your company noticed. The following ideas provide a more personalized approach to marketing.

1. Send thank-you cards and hello notes to keep in touch with clients.
2. Birthday Marketing. Send birthday cards and/or sing happy birthday to your customer...they'll never forget it!
3. Refills.
4. Banner Trivia.
5. Famous People's Birthdays. Use Bob Barker's birthday to offer a "Price is Right" discount.
6. Customer/Client Profile. Highlight your clients' products by creating a Client Profile on your website.
7. Battery Baskets.
8. Beat the Telemarketer.
9. Blogging.
10. Clever office gadgets. If your budget allows, purchase a clever office gadget with your company logo silk-screened onto it. Maybe supply a small mirror for your clients to place near their phone. Whatever marketing method you choose, be sure it is right for your business.

Pallets: For More Than Just Shipping These Days

Of course, if you look in any shipping truck or in the back of any retail store, you are likely to see pallets. Pallets ensure that all of the product can be moved together with ease. Today pallets are used for a wide variety of things, and shipping is not something that most people will ever do with a pallet on their own.

Many are using second hand pallets, those that have already been used for shipping purposes, to build different furnishings. Pallet furniture are not just used to make outdoor furniture; some people are even making indoor furniture with it. Side tables, platform beds and even coffee tables are being made from pallets. Furniture is not where unconventional use for pallets stops. Many people are people using pallets for gardens. Instead of having to weed a garden and space all of the plants apart just so, the pallets are used as freestanding gardens.

DIY Holiday Crafts


The holiday season is upon us! October means the beginning to the holiday marathon that is Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For me the holidays also mean arts and crafts. The holiday season is a perfect time for crafting! Perfect for creating homemade gifts or just making your own holiday DIY crafts, holiday crafts, or holiday cards.

Halloween: So the first holiday on the horizon is Halloween; probably one of the best holidays ever invented by anyone anywhere. Halloween brings a lot of DIY crafting opportunities. Carving pumpkins is probably the #1 Halloween craft. You can create your own Halloween mask or costume, Halloween card, Halloween scrapbook page and more. I love that there is now downloadable and printable scrapbooking layouts, paper piercings, and digital stamps for all my crafting needs. This holiday also brings great opportunity for the craft lover. Thanksgiving cards, fun and artful decorations, and of course who can forget the good old Thanksgiving turkey hand. Christmas: As soon as Thanksgiving ends the Christmas lovers start all things Christmas. People are crazy. So anyways, Christmas brings more crafting opportunities thanks to the added present aspect to this holiday. Decorations, scrapbooking, Christmas cards, and Christmas party invitations are just some of the many crafting opportunities during the Christmas month.



The Real Estate Coach

This text entitled The Real Estate Coach with the subtitle A Story of Real Estate Investment Success, is written by Bradley Sugars, a renowned entrepreneur, author and business coach who has helped nearly a million clients around the world to achieve business success. Sugars is the founder of Action International, a global network of business coaches with nearly 1000 offices worldwide. Sugars says you should stop working for someone else and start living the dream of working for yourself. The only sure way to achieve real wealth and the attendant freedom is by letting your investments work for you, asserts Sugars.

Structurally, this text is divided into 12 parts. Sugars says real investment must produce an income stream while it is increasing in value. This author stresses that the investing rules for buying a new inner city unit are quite different from those that apply when buying an existing house in an outer city suburb. He adds that there are rules for property you intend living in yourself; property you intend renting out; property you want to buy and sell again quickly; property you intend holding onto long term; property you aim to get capital gain from; property you are buying for a rental purchase plan and property you are buying through vendor finance deals. Sugars educates that there are about 27 different types of residential real estate categories.

According to this author here, most people understand only two basic philosophies for investing in real estate. Sugars illuminates that a property item that has relatively low capital growth usually has a higher rental flow, while investment property items that generate a greater cashflow can usually be found in lower socio-economic areas, outer suburbs, country towns and in some high-density housing areas.

This author says property offers investors excellent tax advantages in many countries around the world. In parts three to eight, Sugars discusses concepts such as buying land value, not houses; buying residential real estate; buying, renovation and redrawing; profit at purchase; buying on the numbers; and cosmetic only, not structural.

Part nine is entitled "Buy where you are an expert".

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Four DIY Crafts For Dried Flowers


It can be hard to throw away a vase full of cut flowers. I suppose that's why I hang them upside down to dry out in my garage. But now I can use this as DIY Pinterest Crafts.

1. Card stock. You've probably seen those insanely high-priced greeting cards made from handmade paper with leaves and flower petals meshed into it. Simply distress some pre-made paper or card stock (rub it with coffee grounds, stain it with tea bags, and crumple it a bit) and then rub on a little tacky glue and carefully press the petals on.

2. Wall art. Old-timey hand-drawn flowers torn from the pages of flora and fauna guidebooks have recently made their way into home stores everywhere in the guise of chic, framed art for your powder room.

3. Hats. If you're one of the many women who appreciate a good chapeau, then pretty up your brim with some dried blooms. Probably the best method for drying them is to use glycerin (which leaves the flowers slightly malleable and lasts longer than other methods).




Monday, 14 July 2014

DIY Despicable Me Minion Costume

To prep the trashcan you have to tape the rotating flap closed, cut off the bottom of the can, cut arm holes in the side of the can, and cut a hole to look out of (we used a jig saw to do that).  Lastly we drilled sets of holes in the front and back on each side to use to loop ribbon through and create shoulder straps to hold up the costume DIY on Chase's shoulders.

- We used spray adhesive to cover the trashcan with fleece.  We did two layers (a white layer and then a yellow layer).  - The hair is pipe cleaners stuck through the holes in the trashcan.

- Accessorize with black shoes, black mittens, and a yellow long sleeved shirt underneath.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

How To Make a Minion Costume Free


Despicable me minion costume
    Denim shorts or pants
    Black suspenders ($6)
    Black gloves ($5)
    Black headband ($3)
    Plastic foam cups ($1)
    Pins ($2)
    Black and silver markers
Despicable me minion costume supplies
Transfer

You can create your own Gru minion logo by simply searching images on Google. Goggles

Despicable me minion costume Step 2: Goggles cut cup

Start with your black headband, plastic foam cups, pins, and silver and black markers.

Despicable me minion costume: Step 2 Goggles paint cup

Despicable me minion costume: Step 2: minion eye


Then, take a black marker and draw a black circle in the center of the white surface to resemble the pupil of the minion's eye. Despicable me minion costume: Step 2 goggles pin to head band

3. Bottoms

Your safest bet to best resemble a mischievous minion is to find a pair of old-fashioned overalls.