Succulent By Design

Social Networking Exploration

This next post is going to talk a bit about the top two Social Networking tools that I like or wish to have going for my business.  Any feedback on this post would be immensely appreciated, especially regarding Twitter!

FACEBOOK

Facebook has taken the reigns in managing social media these days.  Almost everyone has a FB page and almost every business has one now too.  I personally love FB for several reasons.

1.  It’s a great way to promote yourself via likes.  For instance, you can run a free contest or giveaway based on hitting a certain number of likes or getting people to like and share your page on their wall to be registered to win a free product.  I did this for Valentines Day and tripled my likes in 2 weeks time.  Not bad!

2.  It’s a great way to showcase what you are doing with your business and keep people really informed.  People are always checking FB for the next upcoming event and you can be hosting one of them!

3.  It can take the place of a blog and get more exposure.  You can put snippets of information up immediately from anywhere without having to sit down and create an entire blog post.  Plus, it will get more attention and viewed by more people than your blog is likely too.

4.  Versatility and cheap advertising.  Facebook offers businesses the opportunity to advertise on FB for really great rates and per click advertising.  Not only will you reach tons of people this way, but I feel that you will reach more people than with most other advertising because lets face it, people are addicted to their hand held devices.  I bet that FB gets more activity than any TV, newspaper or radio will ever see on a daily basis.

 

TWITTER

Twitter is a great resource I feel, but I personally have not really gotten into it all that much.  I admit that I tried, but seemed to be left in the dark about how a lot of it works and wondered if it actually works for my particular business.  Maybe this post can get me some info!

1.  Twitter seems to be the place to post pics and get a good feed of information and in particular followers.  I noticed that it was easier to get more followers on Twitter than on FB, it is just now knowing what to do with all these followers and how to get them to interact with you.

2.  Fast news feed.  Twitter seems to run at a pace double or even triple of that than FB.  Which I think is good, if you know how to utilize this.  Again, I personally became overwhelmed by my tweets and have since set it on the back burner, but I want to get into it!

 

Small Business Advertising Class

The next series of blogs that are going to take place on my site are a direct result of my Small Business Advertising class that I am taking at my local community college, so bear with me and feel free to scroll if you want!

I took this class in hopes to learn about better ways to advertise myself and have truthfully been a bit disappointed that there wasn’t more time spent on online advertising.  Most of my business is not conducted locally and the internet is the big way that I reach people.  Hopefully the research that I do in the next coming week about Social Networking will help me more than the class did!

Thanks to all for reading and reaching out and I look forward to seeing more orders roll in on Etsy as the time passes!

Congrats to all you beautiful brides!

Ashby Confections

With the wedding season picking up in full swing, we have decided to add to our blog the various local and online vendors that we find to help you create the most of your special day.

Introducing Ashby Confections in Aptos, CA.

Jennifer Ashby is a chocolate goddess guru with her fun, delicate and delicious truffles and confections that can be made especially for you and your occasion.  Check out some of the yumminess!

 

 

AC Wedding Favor

 

 

You can find Ashby Confections online at www.ashbyconfections.com

 

 

 

 

Coastal Wedding Magazine

Check out our two page article on page 8 of the latest edition of Coastal Wedding magazine! The article covers the basics of succulent arrangements and features lots of great photos from our website. Enjoy!


The Kind Life

We made it onto The Kind Life!  One of our bouquets was featured on Alicia Silverstone’s website thekindlife.com for eco friendly fall weddings. We also LOVE the cute twig rings featured as well.  This is a great site to find lots of info on eco friendly living and event planning, recipes and more. Check it out and thank you Katie for your blog!

http://thekindlife.com/blog/post/alicia-silverstone-kind-bride-planning-a-fall-wedding

Pastel Succulent Bouquet

Pastel Succulent Bouquet

Fall Inspiration

Just picked up the next palette of inspiration for the upcoming season!  Fall bouquets in rich deep reds and vibrant oranges and reds accented with fuzzy green.  So excited to get started on these.  Look for a full bridal display at our upcoming event the Succulent Extravaganza in Castroville, CA and also posts on Etsy to inspire and add to your treasury lists!  Thanks everyone for your interest orders and favorites!

Succulent bouquet

 

Forget pressing, just plant!

We got married in July and I still have my bouquet! Imagine that!  While on our honeymoon I talked to several other couples who spent so much time pressing their flowers or paying to have them pressed.  It was so great to be a ble to just unwrap my bouquet and plant it.  In fact, if you let your bouquet sit a week or so, some of the succulents begin to already take root.  I plan on replanting every year into a bigger container on our anniversary.  I potted up all my bridesmaids bouquets and gave them to them as gifts also.  Now they will have something to remember as well.

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