‘Tis the holiday shopping season. It is in full swing, whether you like it or not. Although the holidays are extremely fun, they can also be extremely stressful. I tend to worry to much about what to gift people with or how much money to spend, by the time it’s all said and done my bank account gets down there, in an uncomfortable zone I hate being in. But hey, that’s the holidays, right?!
I am thankful that I have the opportunity to gift my friends and family but sometimes it’s downright draining. To relieve some stress from work, blogging and holidays I decided to gift myself with a few massages in Orange County. My favorites are deep tissue and hot stone, it hits the spot every time. If you have never gotten a massage, you really should. You will not believe how zen you feel afterwards. You could be running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off and after your massage you will completely forget all about your stress.
Santa will be here in just a few short weeks, are you ready to track him online? There is nothing more exciting to kids than knowing that Santa will be making a visit to their house. Make it even more exciting by tracking Santa online. It’s pretty easy to do and there are several websites you can use to track ole Chris Kringle.
1. NORAD - North American Aerospace Defense Command (I have used this one before)
2. Google Santa Tracker – of course Google has their own Santa Tracker. Get a behind the scenes look here!
3. Social Media – NORAD and Google Santa will be active on social media all Christmas Eve. Check out the Facebook page here.
I am a social media guru, I love playing around on the sites and expressing myself. My favorite sites include product driven, such as Pinterest or Polyvore. I have also been loving Wanelo and We Hear it. If you love image based social sites where your able to see unique items and share your interests via images, these are the sites for you to be on, if you aren’t already. I read an article on Mashable about Wanelo and how it gives the user a different experience than most sites, also promoting conversion more frequently which is always at the top of anyone’s list.
Wanelo, which stands for want, need, love, is a content driven site. Rather than having annoying ads around the screen, you will notice a really simplistic site focused on products. What I love about the site is that you get to follow who you want and see the content you want. By following your favorite stores (mine are Free People, Forever 21, Asos, Urban Outfitters) you will be exposed to only their items. You can add your own products and browse around at new stuff too. If you love to shop get on Wanelo!
When it comes to Facebook marketing, there is a right and wrong way to do it. Working online, I’m looking at Facebook business profiles all day every day. I see what works and what doesn’t work. What works? Pull marketing, posting original content that is sharable. What doesn’t work? Push marketing, pushing your customers with sales posts. Remember the reason they are on Facebook in the first place. To connect with friends and family, not to be given a sales pitch.
I just finsihed reading this interesting article from Social Media Examiner. There are some good tips showing how you can keep your Facebook followers to keep coming back to your Facebook business page. Many times, you create that business profile and people interact with it when it is fresh and new but then they slowly fizzle away. Make sure to keep things interesting by posting original content on a regular basis, reaching out to customers by replying to them or giving exclusive deals to your Facebook followers. Read this article to find even more ways to keep them coming back.
I know I talk a lot about online shopping, being active online all day has it’s perks. I used to enjoy going to malls to shop, more than shopping online, but lately I have really been leaning more towards online shopping. Although shopping in a store has benefits, such as trying on and seeing the product physically, online shopping also has it’s perks, no lines or dealing with huge holiday crowds.
I usually won’t go shopping unless it’s during the week, in the evenings or online, especially for the holidays. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday next week, the sales are better than ever, and most of the time the same deals are also available online! Why would you go out in the Black Friday madness when you can get the same deal with the click of a button at home? I just found the cutest discounted Coach handbags online, at home in my pjs! Most times stores will have exclusive deals for online shoppers, which is how I got my Coach bags. I just haven’t’ decided if I will keep them or give them as gifts, like my plan was