This week I'm writing about Pinterest's audience, creating Pinterest boards and making a hover pin.
I've been reading articles about pinterest and thinking more about our Pinterest audience. I can identify two men that are using Pinterest. A couple of weeks ago; Jerry was looking at some Pinterest boards of fish lures and decoys. Around the same time my daughter told me that her boyfriend was using Pinterest to find some things for his apartment. Do you know any men using Pinterest?
According to 90 Amazing Pinterest Statistics (September 2015) 85% of Pinterest users are females. GlassEyesOnLine's Pinterest audience is a reflection of that statistic. 15% of our Pinterest audience was male last month. This article is packed with information that could be useful for marketing a small business. For example, I've been having some conversations with my husband and daughter recently about how to reach men using our products through social marketing. A few weeks ago I acted on some recommendations from 2 articles I read about Pinterest. It will be interesting to see how the changes I made influence our Pinterest audience and sales over the coming months.
Simple Pin Media recently posted
5 Things you can do in 15 minutes to make your Pinterest page look awesome!
You know that I had to read that post. I started working on getting my Pinterest page organized and refreshed. This is what I did in 15 minutes- Well maybe it really took 60 minutes. You know how it is when you get in that creative zone.
Hello Society Blog
Pinterest For Business
7 Tricks All Bloggers on Pinterest Should Know
Now that I am writing a weekly blog; I needed to know about those 7 tricks, right?
This article reminded me that I wanted to put hover Pins on our customer creations weebly site. I love to find the hover pins on photos and articles I'm reading. It makes it so easy to pin the articles and photos I love on my boards to share with others and refer to over and over.
I had procrastinated long enough. It was time for me to get those hover pins on our customer creations site.
How'd They Do That: Pin It Buttons
I followed the video tutorial instructions for making a hover button for my Weebly page.
One important thing I learned and want to pass along is that you need to add the code to Each Page of your Weebly Site. It was definitely worth the time and effort. Now anyone can place the mouse over a photo anywhere on the customer creations site and see the pin it button to add the photo to their Pinterest page. It also saves me valuable time because I can post photos to the site and pin it at the same time.
The 2 articles I described, snowballed into more how to articles about Pinterest for business and social marketing. You'll find the articles pinned on my Lifelong Learning and Growing Pinterest board. I use this as my reference board for any thing I want to do or use or try out.
I'm thinking more about how I can increase the number of men visiting my Pinterest page. Any ideas or suggestions?
Have you started a Pinterest Page yet? If you have; you can share a link to your pinterest page with us in the comments below. You can also share articles, ideas and information about how you use Pinterest. If you have not started using Pinterest; what is holding you back?
A friend mentioned Pinterest to me a few years ago and showed it to me on her phone. I immediately saw the potential for using Pinterest for the business. Today, I realize that my use of Pinterest has evolved. Creating a board and posting pins gets my creative juices flowing. I collect things I like and share information and resources. I am having fun with Recipes For Eyes and hunting for Funko Pop crochet and sew patterns to pin. Read on to find out more about it.
Eye Poppin Deals is the first board I created. I'm sure that Jerry gave me that title because He is creative in that fun way. Initially, I posted photos of products with links to purchase the product. I progressed to posting Seconds Auction photos on this board.
What is a Seconds Auction?
In the past, we trashed eyes with imperfections like pupil distortions, bubbles, chips on the edges, and color variations that we found while packing orders. Now we put them into buckets to be included in future Seconds Auctions. When the bucket is full; I create a listing for a 7 Day Auction in thejncshop eBay Store.
Some buyers use Seconds for prototypes, craft projects with children, practice and teaching, outdoor art, and projects where the product does not need to be perfect. If you are interested in the 7 Day Auctions; follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram to get alerts when the auction starts and ends.
When I started using Pinterest; I was already posting customer creation photos on the GlassEyesOnLineCustomerCreations
It was a natural stretch for me to start Pinterest boards with names like Teddy Bears, Dolls, and Fantasy Characters, Creatures, and Monsters.
I now include photos from customers with their permission or re-pin items I like when I am searching within Pinterest or on the internet. You might say those boards are are my collections.
I installed a Pinterest browser button that I use to easily pin things I find on the web. Easy directions for adding the Pin it button to your toolbar are here: Add the Pinterest Browser Button
Using Pinterest has become so much more than advertising a product for me. I love to collect things I like; share information and resources, be creative, and learn new things.
I've had so much fun with two Pinterest Boards that I started recently. The first board is Recipes For Eyes. I started it one day when I found a photo of cookies with eyes on pinterest. Believe it or not; I have a collection of 17 Pins of recipes with eyes at this time. Check it out for some
fun food for your halloween party!
The second board is Funko Pop Whaaat inspired by a visit with my daughter, Joy. Joy tried to explain it to me and I kept saying Whaaat? She showed me on her phone of course ! It has been a real challenge to find crochet, sewing, and knitted items and patterns that are Funko Pop. Mario in the photo above is also available at the RunawayGirl Etsy Shop
I'm on a hunt for more pins for the Funko Pop Whaaat??? Board. If you know of any Funko Pop patterns or handcrafts; please comment or share your link below. I'd be thrilled to find more pins to add to this board.
More about Pinterest coming next week!
Our meeting with Conrad Hartz with photos, podcast links, and 2 mini-videos.
One of the things I enjoy so much about our business is the opportunity to meet artists and crafters and learn how they create their art work. In this article, I'm sharing with you a recent meeting Jerry and I had with Conrad Hartz.
Conrad hand carves ventriloquist puppets (also called dolls or dummies) out of wood and uses the 14mm doll lens in the moving wooden eyes. He is well known for his high quality hand crafted puppets in the world of ventriloquism.
Conrad met with us at GlassEyesOnLine and then we followed up with a visit to his wood working shop. We saw the intricate work that goes into his wood carved puppets. Conrad uses multiple skills including wood carving, sculpting, painting, sewing, and working with mechanical principles. I've never seen anything quite like it! I'm so excited to share what we learned along with some photos, podcasts, and two mini-video clips.
I was curious about the history of ventriloquism so I did a little research and discovered that written records of ventriloquism go as far back as 1500 years BC. By the eighteenth century; ventriloquists performed in traveling fairs and festivals in Europe.
This form of entertainment came to America and became popular on Vaudeville in the United States. One famous American artist, Edgar Bergen with his ventriloquist dummy, Charlie McCarthy, performed on a popular radio show from 1937 to 1957. Ventriloquists still entertain today in all venues including stage, screen, and online.
The ventriloquist puppets that are used have changed. In the past, the puppets were made with papier-mache or wood. Many are now made from fiberglass, neoprene, resins, urethanes, and latex molds.
Conrad hand carves his puppets from wood with simple hand tools the way it was done in the past. He was interested in puppets as a child; but did not pick up wood carving until he was 31 years old. He wanted to make a certain type of ventriloquist puppet that he could not find so he decided he would make it himself. To this day, he uses the same German hand tools - a mallet, scoop, exacto tool, and chisel to make each puppet out of Basswood. He estimates that it takes about 100 hours to make a ventriloquist puppet.
Jerry and I watched him at work and recorded him demonstrating how he carves the head as you can view in the videos. We are convinced that this is a unique, rare, and historically significant folk art that will become more difficult to find in the future.
Conrad not only carves these works of art. He also occasionally performs with his ventriloquist dolls and marionettes at street fairs. He has been performing for many years at the Irish Festival in Savannah, Georgia. He is also quite proud of his past experience as a clown with the Barnum and Bailey Circus.
Tom Crowl recorded eight podcast interviews with Conrad in 2013 that make for fascinating listening. Each podcast is between 3 and 4 minutes long with information about how Conrad makes these intricate wood puppets that are reminiscent of the classic Charlie McCarthy dummy used by Edgar Bergen. You can listen to each part at the links below:
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8
Conrad also started Worldvents, in 1999. This yahoo group currently has over 1200 members. Worldvents has an Archive full of information and advice about puppetry and ventriloquism collected through e-mails since the group was formed.
Conrad shared some of his favorite websites with us.
Cybervent website for ventriloquists
puppet makers workshop
Recently Conrad was awarded a plaque
in Recognition of Years of Faithful Service to the Ventriloquism Community.
You can follow Conrad's work on his facebook page
We are so grateful to Conrad for sharing his knowledge and expertise about hand carving wood ventriloquist puppets.
Jerry and I both think that wood carved ventriloquist puppets (dolls or dummies) are a significant historical folk art that will become more rare in the future.
We are curious. What do you think about it? Do you consider this folk art? Are you familiar with other artists that work with this medium? We'd like to read about what you think !
Tip #1: Follow Dory's Advice; Just Keep Swimming
In August, I wrote about some of the dread I was feeling about writing a newsletter in my post,
Blogs Newsletters and Mailchimp... Oh My!
I had postponed starting a newsletter for over two years simply because I did not know where or how to begin. I finally dived in last month and started working on my first newsletter that was mailed out on October First. That is a huge step for me and our small business.
I am sharing with you, 4 tips gained from my experience with writing my first newsletter. If you are thinking of starting a newsletter or using MailChimp, you'll find some of these tips helpful. In spite of my best efforts; I made some mistakes and broken a rule or two for writing newsletters. I'm not alone; everyone does when they are beginning and some of those people give up on writing newsletters. I'm for following Dory's advice. Now that I'm in the water; I'll "Keep on Swimming". It's another adventure in Marriage with a Small Business to Raise!
Tip #2: Follow Abby's advice; Subscribe to and Read Newsletters.
I spent the last few months reading articles, books, and newsletters. I was looking for any information I could get my hands on and wrap my mind around to help me build a newsletter that people would enjoy receiving and reading. I am glad I purchased
"How to Create A Powerful Newsletter". I did subscribe to some newsletters as Abby recommended and kept a running list of my likes and dislikes as I was reading each newsletter. I'm still experimenting to determine what works for me so I will be referring back to Abby's e-book again and again in the months ahead.
Tip #3: From Me;