Monday, March 30, 2015

Promoted Pin Experiment

A few days ago I decided to give in and try promoting a few of my pins on Pinterest since it gives me much of my blog traffic. I chose an image of the Easter jar I made from last week's post since I loved the image of the final product and I figured people would currently be searching for Easter projects on Pinterest. I chose my key words and set my budget. I felt like I was going in blind because they didn't give me any parameters for budget so I set a $5/day limit for 3 days. A small enough budget but one where I thought it may be possible to see some results.

Upon first investigation it seemed to be a dream come true. My pin was repinned 75 times in the first hour but then significantly slowed. I'm figuring maybe I met my budget for that day. Over the three days I spent a total of $15 and had 234 repins. A definite win in my book since those repins led to a huge spike in blog views and we all know the more repins your image has the more likely it is to be repinned again and again.

I jumped on promoting some other pins but unfortunately did not have the same results. I promoted a pin of one of my favorite boho wrap bracelets from my shop with hopes of driving traffic to my Etsy shop. I did $5 budget for one day. This was highly disappointing with only 4 repins. Granted I only ended up getting charged $0.49 so nothing lost.

I decided to play around with this a little more due to the large discrepancy between the two promoted pins. I decided to promote a pin that was the cover photo for my post talking about the Disney Memory Maker. Again I did the $5 for one day. These results were better than the bracelet with 20 repins and 200 clicks on the article.

It appears that this obviously works better for some posts as opposed to others. I think the Easter one did so well because it had to do with the upcoming holiday and many people on Pinterest are looking for holiday projects. I definitely plan on trying to promote several other kinds of pins to see what else may do well especially since you aren't charged if there aren't any repins or clicks. I have a suspicion that fashion pins may do well but I do not have many fashion posts to test this theory. Have you tried promoting any pins? Was it beneficial for you?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Super Exciting News

I am super excited to share some amazing business news with you. I am proud to say that Hole In Her Stocking Designs will be participating in the GBK 2015 MTV Movie Awards Gift Lounge in association with The Artisan Group. What does this mean?! My bracelets will be one of the items in The Artisan Group's swag bags given to celebrities at this event! I will also have a few bracelets on display at The Artisan Group's table at this event so there is a possibility celebrities could be trying on my bracelets while walking through this event. Eeeek!!

I have been working my tail off getting all my bracelets complete and display finalized and am relieved to say everything was shipped and received and now all I have to do is sit back and wait to see what happens.

My display for The Artisan Group's table
For the swag bags
Bracelets all lined up and ready to be packed...
Packed and ready to go...
I cannot wait until The MTV Movie Awards are here on April 12th. And you know I will give you any updates on the possibility of my bracelets landing on some famous wrists. So fingers crossed!! xoxo

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Easter Jar

Every year I like to make some sort of Easter basket type thing for some family and friends. This year I decided I wanted to do something a little different. I found these adorable chubby jars in the Target dollar spot for $3 each and they inspired me to make Easter Jars. So I grabbed as many of the jars as I could and picked up some of my favorite Easter candies.

I put the kisses on the bottom and arranged the peeps around the perimeter. I continued to fill the jar with the rest of the candy from largest at the bottom to smallest at the top. This was incredibly easy and I am in love with how it looks. Hope everyone enjoys their treats this year!!

My Ipsy Glam Bag: March

I am obsessed with my Ipsy subscription. For only $10 a month (which includes shipping) I get a super cute cosmetic bag along with 5 sample size or very often full size beauty products.  Even if the products stink one particular month you have an adorable cosmetic bag. And honestly for $10 I am not really sweating it, it's not like it is a $40/month subscription.

Well, let's talk March. I loooooove the cosmetic bag for this month. My favorite yet. The colors just pop. Honestly I loved the bag so much I didn't even care what was inside but i'm sure you'd like to know.

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Creme Oil - I am excited to try this Argan Oil Blow Dry Creme. I have given up on straightening my hair everyday but when I do I cannot wait to put this to use.

Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in Lucky Penny - Another win for me! I love eyeshadows particular in browns and bronzes so this coppery bronze-ish shadow is a color I will actually wear often.

Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in Luck Penny
Dr. Brandt Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion - Bleh. I am not too thrilled with this product. Nothing against the product itself but I don't really use anti-aging products. I know I should but this is nothing to get excited about.

Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Crayon - Good to have. Do you I use highlighters often. Not really but this will come in handy when I am actually doing a full makeup on myself for a special occasion.

NYX Butter Lipstick - I was so excited for this product but super disappointed in the color. I need like wine and burgundy colors when I am actually going for color on the lips. I tried it and it went on so smooth so that's why I felt extra bummed that the color was no good for me. But at least I know it's a brand I would want to try.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Little Susie
Overall I was very happy with this month's glam bag. If you are a makeup junkie like me this is definitely the subscription for you. xoxo

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dark Cloud

My girl waiting in her Gramps' hospital bed
I was going to have a very stressful week due to lots of orders, a deadline for an exciting event for my jewelry (which I'll be talking about next week), doctors appointments for myself and my father plus normal everyday stuff but apparently it wasn't going to be stressful enough. I actually made arrangements for St. Patrick's Day for someone to sit with my dad so myself, Joe and Liv could go to Joe's family's house for their annual St. Patrick's Day dinner. I was really looking forward to this since I don't get out much lately. I almost canceled because myself and Liv were getting over being sick and still were quite under the weather but I was desperate for a night out so we went anyway.

When we got home my dad decided to get ready for bed. Long story short, he collapsed and was completely out of it for a good two minutes. He wasn't unconscious but completely unresponsive. I thought I lost him too. I kept thinking this cannot be happening. I cannot be losing both my parents in a 3 month span. I called 911 immediately and they were here within five minutes. Luckily by that time he became coherent again. They took us to the hospital where they ran tons of tests.

After being in emergency for 24 hours and finally getting moved to an actual room we are still waiting for the last test results to trickle in. Thankfully, everything has been coming back good. They are thinking he just got the bad stomach bug myself, my daughter and hubby all had. And of course because of his age and other medical conditions it just hit him harder. We are hoping on him getting released tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

I just feel like all the horrible stuff I've been through the past few years has to be some cruel joke. I truly feel like I have a dark cloud over my head. I know many who like the good old expression "God only gives you as much as you can handle." Well , I'm there. I cannot handle another friggin' thing. Can I please have a break? Can I please have a boring year? That would be fabulous!! Thank you!! xoxo

Me and my girl before all the drama of the week

Monday, March 16, 2015

3 Ridiculous Things I Believed As A Child

As children many of us were gullible especially myself. Because of this fact there were more than a few crazy things I believed were true as a wee one.

1. Underneath all roads was a huge vacant hole to the center of the Earth. I would always panic when I saw a crack in the road. I was afraid it was going to get larger and that people and/or cars would fall down into the center of the Earth. I guess I envisioned the Earth as an egg and it's surface was as thin as an egg shell and and any cracks or holes were direct routes to an unknown abyss.

2.  If I stayed still for too long I would turn to stone. I blame this on my mom and grandma. They told me this when I was little and I believed it until early adolescence. I think their intention was to keep me active but I think it was a harsh thing to say especially since I believed it.  I would be sitting on the couch watching a movie and all of a sudden I would remember I was sitting still for a while and would quickly flail my whole body before I would turn into a statue. I constantly looked like I was having seizures thanks to this little lie.

3. That if perfectly placed in a circle around me in my bed my stuffed animals would protect me from monsters and other evil things. I suppose I had a touch of early OCD. Every night my stuffed animals needed to be placed around me in a certain order to protect me at night. If one fell on the floor while I was still awake I needed to pick it up or I wouldn't be able to relax and fall asleep. I'm embarrassed to say how long this went on for.

I sure hope I'm not the only who believed some nutty things as a child. Did you believe anything ridiculous as a child? If so, please share!! xoxo

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Blogging Break-Up

I love sponsoring other blogs. I think it's a great way to get yourself out there and to have someone promoting you even when you forget to do it yourself.  And my favorite bloggers to sponsor actively read and comment on your posts so you feel like you have your own personal blogging cheerleader.

This is all fabulous but then it just stops. It seriously feels like a blogging breakup. I'll look forward to your daily comments then in the blink of the eye you no longer comment, you no longer sing me praises on twitter, you're just gone. I know I only paid for 30 days of this treatment but it kind of gets my brain churning. Was it disingenuous? Did you really think that post was that great or were you grasping at straws to to find something appropriate to promote?

Many of the bloggers I have sponsored will still come and comment once in a while and it makes me feel good to think they still on occasion check out what I've been up to. This makes me feel as if their promotion was a bit more genuine. They must have liked me because they still read my blog. But on a few occasions I have had someone comment on every single post and then they never return after sponsorship ends and then I feel as if I've been played. I feel like it was all a lie.

Now are they bad bloggers because of this? No. You paid for a service and got what you asked for but something just doesn't sit right with me, especially if I am an active reader and comment"er" of this blog even after my sponsorship is over. I feel like maybe you could drop a comment a month or something of the sort.

I know it is a business and it may sound as if I am taking this too personal but blogging is personal. Someone reads all your thoughts and has active conversations with you about it but then when your paid time is up they're gone. I don't like it.

Will I stop sponsoring blogs? No way. I love it and it gets me a lot of traffic but this whole strange world of bloggers sponsoring other bloggers will continue to pick at my brain. So I am dying to know what are your thoughts on this subject? Am I taking this way to personal and should just view it as a business transaction or have others taken the sponsorship breakup hard?