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Tuesday
Oct192010

CONTEST TIME! (And a word to my friend, Belinda...)

Sometime last Spring I had a contest for some cool wedding signs in exchange for a little marketing feedback. We were working with one of our designers, Belinda Miley, on some potential wedding goodies! I must say, that feedback was super helpful! So helpful in fact, that we're launching some really cute Belinda Miley wedding signs come January 2011 (not that I care since I will no longer have my job come the end of the month...)! OK, well I do care about Belinda being successful, so I guess I can't be too spiteful.... Anyway, what ended up being developed is super cool and will be in groovy little gift shops sometime early next year. Be on the look out!

Until then, I have a few of her pieces that she has given to me as freebies for the blog!! And what does that mean? Well, it means freebies for YOU and your wedding! Woot!

However, before I get into the contest details I need your help again. I need for you, my readers, to explain to Belinda the importance of the internet, the importance of technology, the importance of ETSY for crissake! The backstory is this: Belinda has alwasy worked with other Project Managers at my company. I never even really met her until a few years ago. I ran into her in the hall at America's Mart in Atlanta and we immediately started trash-talking - she was a bit of a soul-matey from the get-go (I mean she's currently hobbling around on a BROKEN FOOT after tripping on the stairs! My stairs and my BROKEN HAND feel her pain!). And then we realized we were about the same age AND that we had both worked at The Limited back in the day. For those of you born after 1980? Oh, you really missed out, dude. The Limited was where it was at; Forenza, Outback Red, Krizia - oh, it was divine. And they had this employee thing called PDLA: Properly Dressed Limited Associate. We would get these packets twice a year, like booklets, that had certain items that the company wanted you to buy and wear. The great thing was that the items were CRAZY discounted. I mean CRAZY. I remember getting $480 worth of clothes (hey, that was a LOT for a 16 year old in 1986) for about $70. It was awesome and anyone who worked for The Limited back then loved it like we loved Michael Hutchence and John Taylor.

*SA-woon*

Anyway, me and Belinda like to reminisce about our old Limited days like we're freakin' teenagers or something. But here's the thing, I swear the woman like, still lives in the 80's when it comes to technology. She has a cell phone, but it's the size of my head and she uses it only under duress. Email is tolerable, but only because she needs it to do business. She reads this blog and maybe a few other things online, but I'm going to guess her computer is like a Commodore 8050. The last time I saw her I gave her a stern and lengthy lecture about the importance of social media marketing and Etsy and all that crap. She told me that if you Google her name, you can't find anything! And she said this like it was a good thing. So for this contest, it is your job to convince her why that is bad.  And she doesn't just do these signs. She does all sorts of cool shit, focusing on Swarovski be-jeweld and be-dazzled framed crosses and fleur de lis. For you long-time readers, you might remember the super-duper crazy awesome gift my now-roomie Jan asked Belinda to make me for my wedding present. It was one of two wedding presents we got that made cry (the other was a simple recipe book that took time and care and thoughtfulness and I love it Abby!).

So back to the contest...here's what's up for grabs...a Ceremony sign and a Wedding sign. I'm giving away BOTH! Eachis signed by Belinda herself on the back!

OR 

 

So here's what you gotta do:

1. First, you must leave a comment and tell me which one you want. Included with this, you have to tell Belinda what social media venture she should jump into first. Facebook? Blog? Twitter? Website? Etsy? That gets you one entry.

2. TWEET and include @T30SB so I can find ya easy-peasy = another entry.

3. Blog it and leave me a link = another entry.

4. Facebook? That'll get you another entry - and hey, leave me the link! Oh, and while you're at it, make sure you go and "Like" me on Facebook. I'm quickly approaching 500 Likes and I wanna hit the mark!

5. Google "Belinda Miley" and see if you can find where she's originally from. If you get ti right, that'll earn you a fifth entry!

 GOOD LUCK!

Contest is open to U.S. folks only. Apologies to my international readers!

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Reader Comments (18)

I clicked on the link to the commordore 850. I REMEMBER those things!!! :)

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMom

I love the Ceremony Sign. She should definitely try Facebook.

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDarlene

Oh! These are so pretty. I need a wedding sign for our reception. Also, can I just say that we seem to have a lot in common (including sharing a name -- Louise is my middle name)? I can remember dragging my dad to the mall so that he would buy me a long a-line brown suede Outback Red skirt from The Limited when I was in high school. I lived in Outback Red and was really disappointed when the clothes changed.

I started my social media with Facebook, which is a really easy way to get your toes wet. So, now I'm off to tweet about this contest because I never win any damn thing, but I keep on trying.

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

i love the "wedding" sign these are so beautiful!!!! i love them!! i think the easiest thing to get the word out is facebook. everyone is on facebook. its super easy to use and can reach millions with one status post. Social Networking is actually an amazing thing. I was separated from my sisters when i was 6. my adopted mom hired a private investigator for my 18th birthday to locate them. He never could find them. i was bored on myspace one day typed in thier names and i found them! imet my sisters and, neice, and nehew last summer. so i am all for social media!

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria Castelo

i also "liked" 30 something bride on facebook!

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria Castelo

I would LOVE to have the wedding sign for my Sept. 2011 wedding. :)
I too would suggest Belinda gets her toes wet with facebook. Its a pretty easy lay out and possibilities are endless as to what you can do and who you can find on there.
Per google Belinda Miley is from Louisiana
And I "like" you on facebook.
Have a great day!

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTammi Vaughn

Would love the Wedding sign for the beach house we are renting for the wedding. Also, Ms. Belinda Miley is from the Great State of Louisiana. I think Etsy is the best outlet for her craft. Etsy is HOT with brides to be right now.

Thanks
Karen

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Black

The wedding sign would be quite adorable for my brother's wedding! I think Belinda should create a website/blog first. She can get related SEO from that!

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChic 'n Cheap Living

Belinda - your signs are fab. They don't match my wedding but they are fab. So, even if I'm not entering the contest, I'm chiming in. Because for weddings, sales are becoming online-driven. In fact, for everything merchandise related, sales are becoming online driven (trust me on this. The futher hubby works in e-commerce and has data coming out of his ears.) If you're not on the web, those of us shopping at lunch or at 10pm (because we're too harried to find time to physically shop in stores) won't find you. If you don't have a presence, you can't move beyond your little locale. If you don't have an online presence, then no one can link to your full portfolio of fabulous products for additional shopping or email it to their friends who might love it. Etsy is easy peasy and low investment. You don't even need to design the storefront. Etsy does it for you. And then, you have a place to link and a "store" do display. Etsy won't sell your work for you: you need to create great stuff and hustle to get eyeballs and get the word of mouth working for you, just like old-school selling... except your work can go viral now. But now you'll be legitimate. And you can build a side business on your own that doesn't depend on product placement in stores or designs for other lines.

Also, I cannot stress enough all the recent studies that show more women than ever are planning their weddings themselves, entirely online. It's why bridal magazines are failing. It's why the Knot has been thriving and now the more independent bridal online sites are thriving too.

You go. You can do this. I have zero web-tech savvy and that's why I use ready-made platforms like blogger instead of pretty websites like this one. I go for easy. I like easy. I have no time for complicated. This can work for you too.

October 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

I love the ceremony sign.

About the social media [Deep breath] All of the social media strategies have to happen kind of together...but if you're going to start with one manageable one, I would say a blog is a great start...without a blog, you won't have enough original content to share on Twitter/FB/or any other platform. As interactive as all of the social media outlets are, it's still all</I> about original, "sticky" content - stuff worth sharing.

If you need any help getting started...writing out a very simple social media strategy - with a simple mission statement of what you hope to accomplish from being on the web, can tell you a lot. Researching the platforms to find out their strengths as well - E.G. Facebook is for communities with an emphasis on groups - can tell you a lot.

It's not too scary...find out what you hope to gain before you start..writing out a simple editorial calendar can help as well - plan your blog posts out in advance at first, to make sure you don't hit a dud day/week/month.

We can't wait to see you on the web!

October 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie [Ten Thou Bride]

Liked you on Facebook! (Lizzie Smithson)

October 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie [Ten Thou Bride]

Tweeted it! @TenThouBride

October 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie [Ten Thou Bride]

She's from Louisiana!

October 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie [Ten Thou Bride]

i love the wedding sign. FB first everyone is on FB!

October 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterashley

i liked 30something on FB

October 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterashley

blogged it! http://rookieyearforanewmom.blogspot.com/p/great-giveaways.html

October 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterashley

@Becca - I must chime in on the complication of this website. It is ZERO. It's all point and click, drag and drop. It has a few limitations, but I don't have to know a word of CSS or html to run it. Nowif I DID know CSS, then it's probably be off the freakin hook cool. However, I've come to accept the fact that I'm not a member of The Geek Squad, regardless of ho many snippets of code I try to manipulate. :)

October 25, 2010 | Registered CommenterLouise

My vote is for facebook. Pretty quick and easy setup plus they have some nice tracking features.

I blogged this contest here: http://heartsandwhimsy.blogspot.com/2010/10/sample-sale-giveaway.html

October 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeisha

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