Posts Tagged ‘Social Media’

Funny #Parenting Tweets!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 @ 09:06 AM
posted by mrscaz

As parents we must, must, must keep our sense of humor. If you don’t, it can get pretty ugly. With that in mind, take a moment to have a laugh reading some short, sweet and funny tweets from parents recently posting to Twitter.

A.A. White @YesIAmAmes
Yes child, I see your hand under the door. No I’m not coming out until I finish this Snickers bar.

Lurk @ Home Mom @LurkAtHomeMom
If anyone needs me, I’ll be frantically doing head counts of my children over and over until all the pools are closed again. twitter-1183719_1280

Grace and Champ @GraceandChamp
Sometimes I think my kids listen to me periodically because they know it’ll throw me and they like to keep me on my toes.

Tiffany Hunter @lifeattiffanys
It’s an hour past bedtime and somehow I’m laying in my kid’s bed alone… I don’t think I’m doing this parenting thing right.

Missy Collingsworth @SurvivingMyBoys
I’m completely open and honest with my boys.
Unless they ask me if I have any chocolate in the house.

Kristin @FeralCrone
Usually, dropping my son off at school goes smoothly. Today, however, he called after me “Wait! What if Santa dies? What happens then?”

Sara Says Stop @PetrickSara
I told my son he could invite the neighbor kids over for a swim and now there are no less than 35 kids in our pool.

Danielle Herzog @martinisandmini
My son told me he likes my hair pulled back because it looks like a zebra with all my gray hair. So I threw out all my ponytail holders.

Ramblin’ Mama @ramblinma
When your kid is a baby: “I can’t wait til they learn to talk!”
When your kid is 2+: “OMG ENOUGH, PLEASE MAKE IT STOP.”

mark @TheCatWhisprer
My toddler slept in 15 extra minutes today to ensure she could stay awake the entire 3 day weekend.

the Mom TruthBomb @momTruthBomb
Mom Truth #37: There are certain articles of children’s clothing that will never be worth folding.

 

Tweets are courtesy of each person and www.babble.com

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com - MarcoGonzalez

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5 Tips to Increasing SEO for Mompreneurs

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 @ 11:04 AM
posted by mrscaz

You have a website. A beautiful website that you are so proud of and that showcases your product amazingly (sort of like our stunning kids belts site). You sit around and wait and wait… and wait… and nothing. You spent all of this time and money to produce not only a great product but also the time and money to produce a rock solid, professional website, so where is everyone? It’s like you sent out invites to the party, but no one knows how to get there.

That, my friend, is where SEO (Search Engine Optimization) comes into play. According to Wikipedia, SEO is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in search engines via the “natural,” or un-paid (“organic” or “algorithmic”), search results. Makes sense, right? Basically you have to make sure that the search engines see your page.

This is the simplistic list of “to do’s” to  get the search engines to see you and to see you as relevant.

  1. First, you want to keep your content fresh. If it is constantly changing, search engines will keep crawling back to see whats new. A stagnant page will move down the list. 
  2. Second, you can use a keyword or phrase (specific to your product or service) and link back to other important pages on your on your site. For example, I would use the keywords “kids belts”, so I would write something like “As I sit here at my desk designing kids belts, it occurred to me that I should share with you some SEO tips for my fellow bloggers and mompreneurs!”
  3. Speaking of keywords,the third thing is to use your keywords in your meta tags and meta description. This is more on the web designer’s side, but you should ask them to have your keywords listed. Generally, you don’t want more than 20 keywords and no more than 500 characters.
  4. Fourth, Blog about it. That’s right, write. Even if you don’t think you are that great at it, do it. There are quite a few resources out there to help with topics. Why does this work? Refer back to number 1 & 2, if you blog daily, you are keeping your content fresh and you also have more opportunity to link back to the important pages on your site.
  5. Fifth (and finally, at least for now), get other sites to link back to your site using your keywords. How do you do that? You can do that with press releases and with blog campaigns. Getting your product into the hands of other bloggers, who are going to sing it’s praises to their readers and use your keywords, is a win-win situation. You will start to see your numbers (Alexa rating) decrease (yes, that’s a good thing) and your search engine ranking increase.

This is a simple (and cheap) list of ways to start increasing your SEO. These are steps you can take that aren’t going to cost you a boat load of money in advertising.

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

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Heartfelt

Monday, July 2, 2012 @ 03:07 PM
posted by mrscaz

Thank you!

I want to extend a heartfelt “Thank You!” to all our friends, fans, and family for all your love, encouragement, and support. I know I get annoying sometimes with fundraisers and “vote for us” campaigns, but you’ve stuck by us through everything. And yesterday, we got to celebrate our 4th birthday for Dapper Snappers kids belts. It’s been an amazing ride so far and we couldn’t have done it without you. I can’t believe it’s been 4 years already. Wowza!

Speaking of “vote for us” campaigns; I would like to thank all of you who voted for us to enter the Mission: Small Business drawing. In the end we were 11 votes short, but it’s okay. The process of submitting Toddler Tech USA for the award has taught and reminded me so much of that which I had lost sight; that my little business is doing what I originally set out to do – support America. It seems so appropriate that while I’m slightly crushed we didn’t make it to the next round (there’s a matter of discrepancy between what the time clock said and the rules said – got 3 automated replies about the issue and not happy about the lack of customer service but not going to dwell), we are celebrating the victory of freedom – and of the small business that could – this week. So I want to share with you my entry so you can read what we are all about.

Mission: Small Business entry

I wish you a happy Independence Day. Please be safe!

 

Blessings,

 

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

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Run My Blog Campaign Review

Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 08:03 AM
posted by mrscaz

In my search for ways to increase SEO and brand awareness using keywords, I have found that one of the best (inexpensive) ways to do this is though a Blog Review Campaign. I have blogged about it before (here, here & here), and while I love the results, I have found that they require a great deal of work. Seeking out bloggers, researching bloggers, following up, policing the reviews and so on, an average 15 blogger campaign can take up to 25 to 30 hours of my time. I’m not sure about you, but I have other pressing matters at the kids belts factory than to sit online for 25 to 30 hours stalking bloggers for a blog review campaign.

That’s why I was thrilled to find RunMyBlogCampaign.

This company does all of the leg work for me. All I had to do was choose the number of bloggers I wanted, supply some product pictures and approve the copy. Also, some of the packages that they offer even include sending the samples and prizes out for you for no extra charge (depending on the size and weight of your product). The blog review campaigns that I have done with them have been the best and easiest by far.

The really great part is that when they were running the campaigns, traffic to our retail site increased and we definitely saw an increase in sales. I can’t say for sure that they came directly from the bloggers themselves, but I know it’s because they found us easier through a search on Google because we were now listed on page one thanks to the keyword links!

I loved the fact that they searched out bloggers that were a good fit for Dapper Snappers and didn’t just choose the first 30 bloggers that applied. They really took the time to pick bloggers that had children in the right age range and whose social media numbers and site ratings were great. They also researched past reviews that those bloggers had written for other products and if their past reviews weren’t up to snuff, RMBC didn’t choose them

I highly recommend RunMyBlogCampaign for your next blog review campaign. I promise you won’t regret it (and you’ll never do a blog review campaign on your own again)!

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

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Okay, So Sometimes I Get a Little Cranky…

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 @ 10:01 PM
posted by mrscaz

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Sometimes, especially when it’s late and I’m tired, it’s really easy to get on my bad side. My number one pet peeve is bad customer service. Number two is dishonestly, cheating, or trying to take advantage of a kindness. I think I can lump those 3 together, right? Well I’m going to anyway. At least for this story.

To rewind just a bit; I’m in charge of all the marketing and PR, customer service, media relations both social and print, photography, graphic arts, trade show coordination, and online sales, as well as a myriad of other things. I wear so many hats I can’t keep track of them. All this on top of being a mom makes for one busy me!

This story is about my latest blog campaign. Part of my social media/PR duties is to keep Dapper Snappers Kids Belts fresh in everyone’s minds. This means that I organize a blog campaign, beg for bloggers to review Dapper Snappers Kids Belts on their blog, send out samples to said bloggers, and wait patiently for their review. Normally this process woud be tracked in a series of emails with colorful labels to keep me apprised of the current status with each blogger, painstakingly entered into the system one line at a time with their pertinent information, and each step verified several times. All of this is fine if I am just working with a couple bloggers at a time. This campaign however, is the largest one I’ve run so far with almost 50 bloggers! With this many to track, the old system is just not feasible.

In an effort to save some time on my part, and because it was getting late, (very, very late) I emailed Gift Certificate codes to each blogger so they could put in their own information and pick which color they wanted. The normal cost to them would have been around $13.17. Our system only allows gift certificates to be made in increments of $5, so a $15 code was sent to everyone along with instructions that it was “good for 1 Dapper Snapper plus shipping.” You’d think that was plain enough, right?

But I guess seeing that leftover $1.83 was too much for one of them. She saw fit to find a coupon code to get another 15% off so she could also get some add-on clips for free. She got the Dapper Snappers and the clips AND shipping all for FREE. Thankfully, we are our own distributor for online orders. I went into the shopping cart system and voided her order. I also sent her an email expressing my displeasure:

“Thank you for your interest in reviewing Dapper Snappers. We have voided your sample order. The gift certificate was for a Dapper Snapper sample only and not for any additional products. By using a coupon code, you have taken advantage of our generosity and therefore we are rescinding our invitation to do a review.”

The reply I got back was with an attitude of “Well I’m too good for you anyway, so there!” Actually her words were: “If you look at my blog, you’ll see that I mostly do high end reviews, and this is one of the least expensive products I have chosen to review. I don’t fall all over myself to review just any product – I’m very selective so I would consider myself the generous one in this situation, not you.” Same difference.

There were a couple bloggers, one of whom asked first and the other who later apologized frantically after receiving my mass email clarifying a couple things, both paid the extra $1.84 to get the clips. I’m okay with that. I didn’t want it to happen with all of them, and most of them did exactly as I instructed in the them email. But what the too-good-for-me-blogger did was inexcusable. What she doesn’t know is how very wrong she is. She doesn’t understand that she is one of 50 bloggers getting FREE product. That’s money that comes out of our pockets to pay for materials, labor, packaging, and shipping. She doesn’t understand that our little company, although it is growing, is still struggling to make ends meet day to day. She doesn’t get that I stay up until 1 am to get work stuff done I couldn’t do after getting the kids from school until they went to bed. She doesn’t see the sacrifices my family and I make so that she can have something for free.

So by all means; don’t do me any favors. I think I can find a suitable replacement and I’m pretty sure they won’t be so blatantly greedy. So thanks but no thanks…

Have I ranted long enough? I think so.

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So, how was your day? lol…

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Queen of Kids Belts


PS. No, I didn’t write her back and I don’t intend to. I’m not interested in starting a fight with someone who doesn’t get it.

New Year, New Rules 1: The Fellowship of the Tweet

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 @ 11:01 PM
posted by mrscaz

You know you want to Follow me!

I’ve been trying for a while to put into words my Twitter philosophy. It’s hard to explain when, where, why, or how I decided to follow someone. But I came across this article by Mitch Joel of Twist Image which lists most of the reasons I wouldn’t follow someone. Here’s a part of the story as quoted from Mitch’s article:

The type of people I will never follow on Twitter…

  • No bio. If you can’t even bother to write 140 characters about who you are and why anyone should connect with you, then ask yourself, “why would anyone follow me?”
  • No picture. This is baseline stuff. It’s an online social network. I’d like to know that I’m connecting to a fellow human being and I’d like to know what you look like.
  • Not in the same language(s) I speak. While I can appreciate that you are competent in English and interested in following me, I simply don’t have the skills to follow someone who tweets in a language I don’t speak.
  • Playahz. Anyone who changes their “s” to a “z” doesn’t get followed. I’ve seen bios like: “followz me for the goodz.” And all I can think is, “ummm… no.” I get that it’s friendly and fun… it’s just not my style.
  • MLM. I’m sure there are many happy Multi-Level Marketers who see the Internet and Twitter as an amazing business opportunity. More power to you, but it’s simply not an area of interest to me and the majority of tweets are self-serving.
  • Get rich quick. From helping someone get more followers to making millions online, I’m simply not interested in these types of tweets.
  • Life coach. Tweets filled with inspirational quotes and peppered with “buy my system” messages are real turn-offs. While I value those who work in professional development, the majority of life coaches I come across on Twitter are pretty snake-oil salespeople-like.
  • Motivating women to be their best. I’m all about equality. Period. From race and gender to sexual preference, but I’m not interested in tweets to empower women… though I am sure that there are many women who will be. I just don’t happen to be one of them.
  • I’m a nice person. If you have to say – right off the bat – in your bio that you’re a nice person, that’s a personal red flag. I’m sure you are very nice, but use the limited space to tell me what you’re about and what you’re up to. It’s like a business saying they have “integrity.” If you have to say it, you usually don’t have it.
  • If you follow me, I will follow you back. I see this more and more in bios on Twitter. That’s a turn-off. I want to follow people of quality not quantity. I’m not looking for more followers or to follow more people. I’m looking for quality people to connect to. Not number jumpers.
  • Social Media Guru. So much has been written about the “Social Media Guru.” I’m fine following people who have self-anointed themselves like this. That being said, I won’t follow any guru, expert or specialist who only has 40 followers. If you’re an expert (in whatever industry you serve), you should have more people interested in what you have to say… especially if what you have to say is about how to engage people using Social Media.
  • Realtors. No offense to the realtors of this world, but the majority of them are just leveraging Twitter to post their listings or scour for more opportunities. If that’s working for you, then great. I’m not looking to buy a home or a commercial property. There are also a slew of realtors who are interesting and use Twitter to connect in a more human way to the mass populous (those folks are great and should be followed!).
  • If you don’t follow anyone back. If you don’t follow anyone back (we see this with a lot of celebrities and television personalities), it’s hard for me to be interested in following you. The message I’m hearing is, “this is a one-way broadcast” and I’m not interested in any interaction. As with everything, there are exceptions to this, but if you’re on Twitter, it would be wise to look at it as something more than another blow horn.

While this explains how I feel for the most part, there’s more to it for me. I’m a consummate researcher. I want to know if the person whom I’m following is going to tweet junk all day and clog my Twitter stream or if it’s someone worth connecting with. I, like many of you, want to make new friends and share the trials of parenthood or entrepreneurialship or driving behind the really slow person. So I’m adding to the rules!

I will not follow you if:

  • You only tweet links of stories. Whether you’ve written or read them, I am not going to follow someone who won’t be bothered to interact with me. Which brings me to the next rule:
  • You don’t interact with anyone else. As I said, I like to do my research. Twitter has a great feature where if you are looking at your followers and you click on a name, it will show the last 3 tweets for that person. If you haven’t interacted with anyone (replied to a tweet or retweeted) in the last 3 tweets, I probably won’t follow you. But I like to research, so I most likely will click on the “more tweets from” link to make sure I’m not missing anything. I want to give you a chance.
  • You have a low follower to following ratio. If you are following the maximum 2,001 tweople and you have 36 followers, it ain’t happnin!
  • You are following and being followed by an insane amount of people. Obviously, if you are following 20k+ tweople and are being followed back by just as many, you won’t be interested in anything I have to say and vice versa. You can’t have any meaningful conversation like that.
  • You retweet horrible things. I don’t watch the news for a reason. I am not interested in hearing about horrific things that should have never happened but they are only talking about to get viewers. That means if you tweet a lot of that crap, I’m not following.
  • You unfollowed me. I mean…c’mon! If you follow me and then unfollow me the second I follow you back, I will know. I’ve got resources. I get alerted when these things happen. Plus, every once in a while I do a good Twitter housecleaning.
  • You never tweet. That’s just…well…dumb.

Well, that’s my take on it. Follow or don’t. :)

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama signature


PS. I follow Ellen and she follows me back!!! HA!!!

PS.PS. I forgot to mention Kids Belts!