Friday, May 1, 2015

Let's #buyfromwomen Today

The day is today. May 1st. Do you remember what today is? Earlier in April I told you to save the date...

It's Woman-Owned Business Day. It's a great day to buy from women!!! Shop small and support women in business. 



You can check out some of our current favorites from women-owned businesses HERE and HERE

Spread the word and share the love by posting to social media all day long using #buyfromwomen. I'll do as many retweets as I can!

And here are some picks from some special blogging buddies:






Side note: aquariann also creates awesome coloring pages with her art too!






Our shop justByou is celebrating the day with a special coupon code too.



Use code BUYFROMWOMEN to enjoy a 20% discount on any order over $5.00. And it's valid all weekend long, so happy shopping!


Do you have a favorite woman entrepreneur that sells online? 
Share with me in a blog comment below!
If you're female business owner, leave me your link so that I can promote you & your biz today and through the weekend. =0)
And if you're on social media, please leave me your twitter handle so I can tag you too.

Also, next week (May 4-8) is National Small Business Week! 
Join the Small Business Association (SBA) all week long on twitter using #DreamSmallBiz and join the conversation on all things small biz. There will be live-streaming on the SBA website and free webinars; lots of great tools for small business owners. Check it out! Learn more about Small Business Week.





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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Answering Your Questions at G+ GrowingCirclesHop No. 1

Let's take a look at one of the questions you asked when we opened up the party for your inquiries! We're going to address the first question  asked, and then our next Google Plus Tip session will also hopefully help with the question more in depth by expanding on some G+ features that are helpful. 


question no.1:




Thanks again for hosting!
My google+ question is about my #GrowingCirclesHop post never showing up on my homepage or on my hashtag search until later that day or sometimes not until the next day. I'll explain a littler better - when I click on #GrowingCirclesHop I never see my own post - why is that?
Thanks
Angie

I don't know if this is happening for anyone else, but it has happened to me just a few times (none recent, though). I thought it might have been just some type of glitch. However, it seems to continue to be the case for Angie from God's Growing Garden. During one of our hops, she emailed me and asked me to see if her post was showing up for me, because it wasn't for her. I did the search for our party hashtag, and I saw her post right at the top as being one of the most recent additions. 

When Angie explained what happens she said, "When I click on #GrowingCirclesHop, I never see my own post." The word I'm emphasizing in that sentence is click.
To search our party hashtag, Angie clicks the actual hashtag within a G+ party post that is using our hashtag. 



Let me tell you how I search our party hashtag, though (because THIS is what can make all the difference). 


To some people, it might look like the same posts pop up for the search results at first glance... 






But there is actually a slight difference. Can you see the differences with the two methods of search in the examples shown above?

There might be one or two extra G+ posts showing or missing from the top of the search results. So why is that?

When you click on a hashtag, it launches the Google Plus Explore feature. The URL looks like this:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/explore/growingcircleshop

With the Explore feature, you won't see your own posts, because you are the user. (I guess google figures, why would you want to "explore" and find your own content?) The search results will also bring up related posts within G+, and some posts might very well be using our hashtag, but they may not be very recent.




When you do a type-search using the search box, it launches a Google Plus search, and the URL looks like this:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/GrowingCirclesHop

Using the search box method, Google+ will search for our party hashtag and only give results that include the actual words of our hashtag. The results will bring up "best of" G+ posts that include our party hashtag. Most of the time, the posts near the top will also be the most recent, and you should be able to see your own posts as well.



I hope this gives you a little bit of insight about how the search and hashtag features work within Google Plus. G+ uses hashtags differently than any other social media platform. In our next Google+ Tips sesssion, we'll be delving further into hashtags and how to use them specifically for G+, so I hope you'll join us!

~ Kim from 2justByou Blog

NOW...Let's get to the party!

And remember: You need to use the party hashtag AND link up for the best benefits of the party. =0) 




*** Don't forget! ***
We have also extended the party. It will stay open until Friday night at midnight, EST! So don't be shy, come and visit on Friday too. Search our party hashtag in G+ to see awesome content for TWO days instead of just one! Share your posts!

Don't forget to use the party hashtag:
#GrowingCirclesHop


To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pagesOR -- you can link up a specific G+ post of yours - but NOT your blog URL. 
3. Publicly share a post - (new or old) on G+ and use the party hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag, or enter "growingcircleshop" in the search box at the top. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 and/or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles! Be social. 
6. Grab a button for your blog, if you'd like. Help us spread the word so we can keep trending on Google Plus each week! (You can edit size to fit your blog in the code).
Check back on G+ and +1/comment on the party posts with our hashtag #growingcircleshop until Friday night.

LINK UP below!!! You can now link up your G+ profile page -OR- you can link up a specific G+ post that you've already publicly shared using our party hashtag!  



See all the posts for our G+ Tips Series:
Week 1: What is G+?
Week 2: Importance of Circles
Week 3: Using Circles
Week 4: Categorizing Circles





And don't forget that tomorrow (Friday) is the last day to enter this giveaway!







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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: LM Mesmer Photography {#Giveaway ends 5/20}

You may remember my good friend Lisa and her Etsy Shop when we collaborated on a previous giveaway. Well, she has more hobbies besides the art of crochet, and one of them is photography.

She has a passion for photography and photo editing. She snaps all sorts of photos as she goes about her days, and you just never know what her camera lens will capture.






Lisa is evolving from her etsy shop and moving on to new things. She created a facebook page for her photography work and a Redbubble account. Redbubble is a creative community and marketplace where creatives share their artistic designs and people can order products with those designs - from phone cases to apparel and home decor. It's a really cool place with tons of options.


Connect with Lisa:


To celebrate the launch of her new ventures, Lisa has teamed up with us again to offer an incredible giveaway!



There will be TWO WINNERS:
One lucky winner will receive an 8x10 Photo Art Print of Naked at Dusk.
One lucky winner will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card.


Giveaway is open to US residents and ends at 11:59 pm, EST on May 20th, 2015.

To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below.
Completely OPTIONAL extra entries:
As an added bonus, you can visit and follow Lisa's photography Google+ Page
*** Important: For this bonus entry option (worth 10 entries that I will manually add to the rafflecopter), you must leave me an additional blog comment letting me know that you are following her via G+ and include your username.
As another added bonus, you can share one of Lisa's G+ posts for yet another 10 entries!
*** Important: For this bonus entry option (worth another 10 entries manually added by me), you must leave an additional blog comment letting me know that you shared via G+ and include your username and link me to the URL of your share.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Good luck, everyone! Happy Wednesday. =0)
Do you like to snap photos? What is your favorite thing to take pictures of? Tell me in a blog comment!




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