Sunday, January 5, 2014

Building YOUR Small Business - The CraftStar Social Media BootCamp

Happy 2014 to you and yours!  

2014 is going to be OUR year and we're kicking it off helping you build YOUR small business on The CraftStar - The CraftStar Social Media BootCamp.





As an e:commerce small business owner, using social media isn't a "I dabble in it here and there" type of thing ... it's a MUST.  With so much competition in the e:commerce world, proper use of social media will REALLY help you stand out.  And here's the great news:  when used properly, it's actually fun and you can see the results very quickly.

Over 6 weeks, we'll break down the why's and how's of the major social media routes you should be engaged with.  At the end of the program, you'll have a personalized social media road map to help you build YOUR small business.

The BootCamps will be on Tuesdays at 5pm PST / 8pm EST.  On Thursdays, we're going to get even more personal with "BootCamp Breakdowns with Brandon."  You'll be able to join us in the event, and ask questions pertaining to Tuesday's show.  We want to make sure EVERYONE gets it and is ready to move on to the next week!  

Here's the rundown.  Click on the "Show Links" to make sure you can watch the events, and from these links, you can easily add the dates and times to your calendars.

January 7 Week 1: Basics of Social Media
Show Link:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103642489195745052292/events/cg7g6qerktr6cc19kpcvf138m8c

January 14 Week 2: Pinterest and Instagram
Show Link:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103642489195745052292/events/ce4kr783geku8au722lo1r8iq34

January 21 Week 3: Blogging
Show Link:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103642489195745052292/events/cvgjkecn2t4vk5cbu0oh0lp8nac

January 28 Week 4: Facebook / Twitter
Show Link:  
https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103642489195745052292/events/cg52lmiqg1l0ob8o1js37v6rfkc

February 4 Week 5: The Basics of Google +
Show Link: 

https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103642489195745052292/events/cotvj8hr3lb9og6r79cjtrjocf8

February 11 Week 6: Google + Deeper / Brands and Social Media For Your Small Business Round Up
Show Link:
khttps://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103642489195745052292/events/cu81onfkr9jppmq1ouri0u4eb9k

We're very excited about this 6 week BootCamp because we can track the small businesses who use social media properly, and see them growing.  As community, if we're all on the same social media page, we can make a HUGE impact ... and you'll see the results in your shops on The CraftStar.

Remember, you can always keep up with what's happening on The CraftStar by clicking on the EVENTS link at the top of the front page:




While The Social Media BootCamps are running, The CraftStar will be broadcasting LIVE, four nights a week!  There is method to this madness, and if you missed the show we did last week about how important moving images are to e:commerce, you can catch up here with The Magic of Moving Images.  We had two very special guests who are pros in the field of video marketing.






We'll also continue to pump out "video business cards" for your shops which are GREAT for your visibility.  As the video above explains:  moving images = YouTube = your shop on The CraftStar = Google search.  Soon, we'll also have the ability to attach moving images to every single item on site!  This is really exciting, as The CraftStar is the first site to truly embrace the principles of of video marketing and we intend to keep the lead on it!

If you want to take advantage of all we're doing to help creative small businesses grow, but don't yet have a shop on The CraftStar, now is a great time to sign up!  

Thank you and see you soon!

Bethan and The CraftStar Team



As you know, The CraftStar is VERY active in social media promoting you and your shops, so please make sure you're following us:

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103642489195745052292/+Thecraftstar/posts  (make sure you have The CraftStar in your Circles)

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/thecraftstar

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/thecraftstar

The CraftStar Blog:  http://thecraftstar.blogspot.com/

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/thecraftstar/small-business-community-board/

YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/user/CraftStarTV/