Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March 2011 Newsletter

Another month is upon us, SCTeam, and we're moving forward with our Spring Forward Promotion! In this month's newsletter, we'll give you an update on how things are progressing with the promotion, a few ideas that were discussed at the March meeting, and a few quick reminders. So, let's kick things off with this month's Featured Member!

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ARTIST: Dan
SHOP: Oriskany Glass
ABOUT: Dan, from Greenville, is a master craftsman when it comes to stained glass. He's had several other occupations--including publishing, kitchen and bath design, operations management, software developer and business analyst, just to name a few--before he added stained glass to his extensive resume. His shop is filled with the most gorgeous, eye-catching glass pieces you've ever seen!
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN FIVE WORDS: "Adventurous, unconventional, resourceful, workaholic, driven."
HOW DID YOU BECOME A STAINED GLASS ARTIST? "I started working in stained glass a little over a year ago. It was something that I always wanted to try. I bought some used equipment and supplies on Craigslist and a how-to book and made my first panel. I create most of my items at night. The best part of working with stained glass comes in the morning when my items are lit by natural light for the first time."
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT GREENVILLE? "Being close to the mountains and lakes, and my proximity to downtown Greenville is what attracted me to this area. Greenville has a great arts community."
WHAT WAS THE FIRST THING YOU CREATED THAT MADE YOU THINK, 'WOW, I MIGHT BE REALLY GOOD AT THIS?' "A lampshade. When I finished it, and it was actually round and looked so nice lighted, I was hooked and thought I may be good at this."
FEATURED ITEM: Autumn Poplar Branch


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March is the month of preparation for our big Spring Promotion! If you haven't read about it, please visit the Promotions section of the Message Board.

An update on how things are going: we currently have 8 volunteers participating in the Coupon Code Shopping Spree, 10 members have offered to send Donations for the Grand Prize Basket, and 12 have offered to place the Logo in their shop. A big THANK YOU to those who have already volunteered!!!

As thrilled as we are with those who have already stepped up to join the party, we're still looking for people to participate in this promotion. It's super-easy to participate!! Visit the links listed above to read up on how you can join the fun. This promotion will be a terrific way to drive traffic to your shop!

Also, if you don't have the time to participate in one of the ways listed above, we need EVERY member to start spreading the word about our upcoming promotion. Put it in your shop announcement, Tweet it, Facebook it, Blog it---let all your friends, family, and fans know that they will soon have a huge opportunity to win a super-dooper prize! Remember, the "Logo Search" begins April 1, and ends April 4. Only non-members are allowed to enter. They will be given a list of shop links to visit, and will be responsible for finding the hidden logo in each shop. When they're all done, they'll email a coordinator with their finished list of logo'ed items in order to enter. Those who submit a correct entry will be eligible to take part in the SCTeam Shopping Spree! To win the grand prize, entrants will submit the correct list, as well as a link to a blog, Tweet, or Facebook shout out in order to be entered to win the grand prize.

We are also looking for volunteers to help with the actual running of the promotion. There will be an influx of emails with entries, and we need some help to weed through them all. If you're interested in making sure entries are correct, if you'd like to help send out emails of the shop lists to entrants, or would be willing to check links to FB messages, blogs or tweets to determine their authenticity, please contact Abby at simplycharmingsc@gmail.com.

If you have any questions regarding the Spring Promotion, please read about it in the Rules thread, or send any questions to Abby at simplycharmingsc@gmail.com.

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**Due to lack of participation, it was decided at the March meeting that we will no longer have monthly Creative Challenges. Instead, we will have 4 big Creative Challenges a year, with a prize package to be determined. If you're interested in donating to a Creative Challenge gift bag, please visit the message board here.

**We had a long discussion with a few team members in our last meeting about what they're doing to promote their own shops. Treasuries were brought up several times. Consider creating a weekly treasury to get your name out there--and if it's a SCTeam themed treasury, please share it with us here.

**If you know about, or are participating in, an upcoming craft show, please share it with other members on the message board! We've had a few posted recently, so if you're looking for a way to get our there and sell, visit the Fairs, Shows and Festivals thread on the message board.

**SCTeam will soon be getting a major facelift!! Stay tuned as we prepare to launch a new and improved blog, team logos, and team shop. We're looking to become more marketable!

**The team also decided to purchase another ad on Craftopolis, to run during our promotion. Look for it from March 27 to April 2. Team Admin Sandy put up a list of traffic increases associated with our last Craftopolis ad, which you can find on the message board.

**Welcome to our new members!! We encourage each of you to jump right in and partake of all the fun stuff we've got going on right now!

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Administrators:
Sandy (Morgan Alexa Designs)
Rosemary (MinnieMaes)
Comments, questions, or suggestions for upcoming newsletters or weekly emails may be sent to Abby (SimplyCharmingSC)

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