How to make a Facebook post with a "send message" button

How to make a Facebook post with a "send message" button

I LOVE this feature...and I happened upon this by chance, as I think it's been around for a while but not used that much, and had to share it with you all.

You can now create Facebook posts with "send message", "call now" and "sign up" buttons at the bottom for FREE on Facebook.

This used to be available only in paid for ads so this is BIG news my crafty one.

They look like this one below....neat, huh?

Inspiring stories from kitchen table to Oscars goodie bag

Inspiring stories from kitchen table to Oscars goodie bag

Today I’d like to tell you about Kim.

Kim was a normal 30 something mum who had a creative side, who was busy with life throwing her odd socks and a bad hangover after just 2 glasses of wine.

She started to make microwavable pillows as gifts for her kids’ teachers in 2001, assembling them at her kitchen table, using a corn kernel filling. Around the same time, her husband lost his job, prompting her to consider turning her pastime into a source of income.

FREE online tools I couldn't live without

FREE online tools I couldn't live without

I like things that make me look better than I actually am. Or that hide the bad and only show the good. 

Like spanx and a push up bra.

And red lippy to divert attention from my grey roots.

And instagram filters.

But there are a few things I love even MORE and they are apps which make managing my online business easy.

Here I've listed my favourite FREE online resources which I simply cannot live without - and confession - you're now realising I'm not a natural graphic designer or photographer.

Struggling for sales? Ask yourself this

Struggling for sales? Ask yourself this

If you ever met my Mother you would know where I get my sass from.

She is a true maternal mother, you know the big busomed old fashioned type who wears an apron to cook and who's sole ambition in life was to be a great Mum.  

She takes no prisoners but is soft and empathetic, she can cook a mean roast dinner, iron a shirt in 14 seconds flat and she gave me one of the best gifts she could ever give me.

The confidence to stand out. 

To be unique and embrace it.

To not be afraid to look different, sound different, be different.

Let me tell you a quick story.

[video] Watch me review two crafter's Facebook pages

[video] Watch me review two crafter's Facebook pages

This week, in my Facebook group, I asked if there were any crafters or artists who would like a helpful and honest review of their Facebook biz page.

This post proved very popular and I quickly ran out of time to review everyone's pages. 

So, me being the overachiever I am, I thought "how can I provide more help? Is there a way for me to show my thought process when reviewing a FB biz page which could help more?"

Hence this video was born!

The dirty little secret of "overnight successes"

The dirty little secret of "overnight successes"

Overnight successes.....do they really exist?

I used to think so. In my early online business days I totally bought into these "six figure" coaches and gurus. Spouting their pearls of wisdom about running an online business from the beach with professional lighting and make up making their skin look iridescent (or is that just the natural glow of being so filthy rich?)

I looked up to them. Used to say to myself that they weren't smarter than me, they'd just gotten on this gravy train earlier than me. I wanted what they had. Or what they appeared to have. It seemed so easy. So glamorous. So far away from the corporate grey and blue desk I was sat at (yes, that colour combination is as horrid as it sounds).

One simple step to guarantee repeat customers (from a 6 figure biz owner)

One simple step to guarantee repeat customers (from a 6 figure biz owner)

Steve Chou was a microprosser designer and now, together with his wife who also quit her job they make 6 figures selling handkerchiefs online......I know......like how does that happen....?!??

Steve talks on the latest podcast from Social Media Examiner about how to market your products online and I simply had to share this with you all as it is so JAM PACKED full of ideas and inspiration.

Steve is hot on systems and using automation, so some of what he talks about may be slightly advanced, but I urge everyone to read or listen to this article as you can implement his winning strategies in your own way.

When do you need a website for your handmade business?

When do you need a website for your handmade business?

I think we're all in agreement that having your own website is a good idea. But I think the more important question is knowing when it's important to have one, and when it's a distraction.

Let's remind ourselves of some key reasons why it's a great idea to have your own website.

  • You own it, there is zero risk of fees increasing or algorithms changing which affect your business negatively
  • Increased branding opportunities, you're not restricted by the proprietary platform's rules

My jaw dropping & slightly smug response to “I can make that cheaper” or "It's too expensive"

My jaw dropping & slightly smug response to “I can make that cheaper” or "It's too expensive"

You’ve got your huge pageant practiced smile on.

You’re feeling enthused and proud of your table presentation and glad you bought those extra battery lit candles and helium balloons.  

You are wearing your jewellery range with pride and anticipation and hope that you’ll make at least 5 sales today.

You are excited and ready to rock this craft show!

Signs your treating your craft business like a hobby

Signs your treating your craft business like a hobby

What is the difference between running a business or a hobby online?

Surely if you're making money from selling crafts online it's not a hobby?

A hobby is where you simply do it for fun, right?

Um....well.......that's incorrect.

These people have a successful hobby, but it's not a business.

A business requires strategic thinking, learning, growing, marketing, sales, branding, copy-writing, photography skills, self development.....it's so so much more than owning a Facebook page and posting in craft groups for sales.

How to be "valuable" and "relevant" with your Facebook fans to get seen.

How to be "valuable" and "relevant" with your Facebook fans to get seen.

Following on from my previous post here, where I dissected several Facebook myths, I explained that to be seen on Facebook you need to be providing content that is valuable and relevant.

But how?

How do you write posts about your hand knitted kid’s cardigans that provides value? How can your hand dyed scarfs be deemed relevant enough for Facebook? How do you take your creative craft and talents and talk about them in a way that ticks Facebook’s “show this in the newsfeed” box?