Marketing – Try It! You Might Like It! :)

Try It! You Might Like It! 🙂

So I guess I’ll show my age here. Who remembers this fella?

This little guy was Mickey and he hated EVERYTHING. Until he tried Life cereal. Then his friends wants some too.

But aren’t we like that? Not sure if we will like something. It’s new. It’s different. Do we really, really, REALLY want to do something else? Then we try it. We find others who are doing the same thing. And then we find more people we know. People we have something in common with. And you know what? It ain’t so bad.

Social media is like that. There seems to be something new coming out all the time. Not to mention the fact that what we already have changes and updates at random. It’s quite easy to become over whelmed and just shy away from it all.

Let’s take a peek at the different social media outlets out there:

BLOGS

Blogs are a great way to convey your thoughts to other people. There are so many blogs out there, that you can easily spend all your time reading and researching. So, how do you make yours… yours? Think of what you want to say and how you want to say it. You have your own story to tell. And who else would be better to tell it than you?

Facebook

Facebook is where you can network with friends and family. You can also create pro pages to promote your business. They do offer the ability to run ads. A lot of people are on Facebook. So that’s a plus. I’ve found friends from New York, other writers and illustrators, other fiber artists, and more. There are also group pages, which is a great way to create a community and share information with other people with like minds.

Twitter

Twitter posts are 280 characters or less. This give a short blast of information to your newsfeed. They have incorporated it now to have a thread. Your thread builds on the previous post, creating an elongated post of several smaller posts connected. There are also Twitter chats and parties. These allow groups of people to come together and post under a hashtag to keep the flow of content together.

Reddit

Reddit is filled with subreddits for just about anything you can think of. There should be a warning of severe rabbit holes ahead. *LOL* You can post under a subreddit. Most will allow you to post a picture too. Then there are up and down votes, where you can help mini-promote or demote posts.

Instagram

Instagram is photo/video driven. When you upload a picture there are various filter you can use to enhance your photo. Hashtags are heavily used on this social media. Hashtags are a great way to be included in a community or to create your own community.

Skype

Skype is a great outlet to speak to others via video. Nothing beats a face to face convo. It’s also great for office meetings, especially if you have business clear across the country.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great site for professionals. It is one place where most know to go look at resumes. There are businesses and professionals in all areas. There are forums for Q&As, and you can post blog posts too.

Tumblr

Tumblr is a microblog where you can find various subjects. Posts can become threads as others comment.

Snapchat

Snapchat can be personal or world wide. Posts are picture driven. You can also create videos, swipes to add links, and more.

Pinterest

Pinterest is visual boards that you create and build upon with your own choices. Many people also sell from Pinterest. Boards vary from crafts to books to cooking to adventures to… the sky is the limit.

YouTube

YouTube is it’s own web browser filled with videos. Movies, tutorials, reviews, singing, anything you can dream of.

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Like I said, a lot of different social media outlets out there. Look around and see what you like. Try them out. See what fits. I definitely am not on all of these. I have tried them all though. HA! I would suggest to take one on at a time. Give it a real shot too. I talking about a week or two.

Don’t forget to learn small things… are there groups to join? Chats to jump in on? Hashtags to post? I have a feeling you’ll be a pro before you know it!

Until next time…

Happy Marketing!
~t

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AVON – Campaign 5

CAMPAIGN 5 is coming up! I will be posting every other week to highlight some of the great products (some new, some old) that AVON has to offer. I’ll include pictures, description, and a direct link for your convenience.

I hope to help you find new products, be better informed, and come to trust the AVON brand.

As always, if you have a question or would like to place an order, you can contact me here, on my AVON Facebook page, or at my online store.

Avon Crave Lip Gloss

Nourish your pout while satisfying your cravings with 12 addictive and decadent gourmand lip gloss scents. .3 fl. oz.

Order your Crave Lip Gloss.

Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick

New Shades Available!

Give your lips some TLC with high-impact color, moisturizing texture and a creamy feel. .106 oz. net wt.

Order your True Color Nourishing Lipstick.

Skin So Soft Original Creamy Body Wash

The Skin So Soft Original Creamy Body Wash will surround your skin in nourishing softness. Give your skin a renewed healthy radiance with this fresh scented body wash formulated with jojoba oil. Now with richer, creamier lather than ever, it leaves skin feeling cleansed and beautifully conditioned with silky softness. 11.8 fl. oz.

Order your Skin So Soft Original Creamy Body Wash.

Serenity Candle

A collection of home fragrances enhanced with essential oils to promote the union of mind, body and soul.

Bliss out with a scent that welcomes calm and tranquil moments.

Order your Serenity Candle.

Avon Kids Superfoam Apple Burst Body Wash

Avon Kids Bath & Body features kid-approved colors, scents and textures that are toxin-free so they’re gentle enough for your child’s delicate skin. No parabens, harsh soaps or tears. Just 100% good, clean fun!

Frothy, instant-foam that’s cheerfully colored and delightfully scented. 8.4 fl. oz.

Order your Kids Superfoam Apple Burst Body Wash.

See what else Campaign 5 has to offer! Visit my ONLINE STORE.

Until next time…

Happy AVONing!
~t

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Beyond The Book – Shaping Up Valentine’s Day

Shaping Up Valentine’s Day

On BTB (Beyond The Book), I would like to look at SHAPING UP THE YEAR. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I use to make my own Valentine cards when I was little. I loved creating each card, making each one extra personal. It’s a great way to use your imagination. Not to mention you can create all different kinds of cards.

How does this tie into the book? Well, your card is a rectangle. You can cut out hearts and stars for different looks. Or you can combine shapes to create other things. A square with a triangle on top could be a happy home. The possibilities are endless.

To help you out, I have an activity page on my website that you can download, print out, and color to give you a head start. You can also find it here: Valentine Card Print Out.

I hope you enjoy making some wonderful cards and memories. Post your cards online and tag me in them. I would love to see what you create! Use the hashtag: #TMCcreates

Until next time…

Happy reading & creating!
~t

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www.youravon.com/traceymcox

AVON – Give Hair Some TLC!

AVON – Give Hair Some TLC!

Cold weather can have your bed head acting worse than normal! Make sure you take the time to give your tresses some extra TLC. This way your hair will remain soft and strong.

Here are a couple of products that you can find on sale during Campaign 4:

Advance Techniques Cushion Brush

Ideal for everyday brushing. Perfect pick to smooth short-to-medium hair. It has firm nylon bristles that are flexible due to the cushioning of the brush.

FEATURES 
• Materials: recycled ABS, nylon bristles, epoxy resin, rubber coating 

Advance Techniques 360 Nourish With Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo

Instantly improve hair’s health and shine with Moroccan argan oil. It helps to transform dry hair and leaves it feeling moisturized. Formulated with argan oil, provitamin B5 and vitamin E, cleanses hair with a creamy, luxurious lather, helping to restore the signs of healthy hair. 11.8 fl. oz.

BENEFITS 
• Cleanses and conditions hair
• Restore the signs of healthy hair
• Instantly detangles hair 
• Fights frizz
• Contains vitamin E and provitamin B5
• Suitable for all hair types

TO USE 
• Wet hair and lather. Rinse. Repeat if necessary.

Advance Techniques Straightening Brush

You’ll wonder how you ever straightened your hair without it. Convenient built-in brush with nylon and boar bristles makes comb-out super smooth. Metal chambers help retain heat, for a fast, professional style straightening. Use the straightening brush alongside your hair dryer (using the vented head), for super straight hair every time. Bristles, nylon, and boar. 

FEATURES 
• Materials: boar bristles, nylon, metal, and plastic

CHECK OUT what other products are on sale!

Visit my online store! Hair care products on sale are on pages 134-135!

Until next time…

Happy AVONing!
~t

FIND ME: 
www.traceymcox.com
www.lefthookcrochet.com
www.youravon.com/traceymcox

Marketing… A Home for Your Name

Marketing… A Home for Your Name

Now that you are beginning to get your game plan down, you will need to have a home to house all your information. The best thing to do? Have a website!

  • But I’m not published!
  • But I don’t have a storefront!
  • But I don’t have any clients!
  • But I don’t have a lot of merchandise!

It doesn’t matter! You NEED a place to call home. You NEED a place to where everyone and anyone can find you. You NEED a place where YOU control the information that is being put out.

Trust me, people will look you up. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE!, Googles everything this day and age. Do you want them to look you up and see ‘the other you’ that you found in your initial Google search? NO, you want them to find you and all the amazing things you have to offer. So give yourself a placed to call home.

It doesn’t have to be fancy either. A landing page works miracles until you are ready to expand. A simple… Hi! You’ve found my page and this is what I’m up to. With a great profile picture and maybe a few social media links is all you need to get started.

REALLY!

It doesn’t have to be expensive either! WordPress, Weebly, and Wix are a few websites out there that are FREE. Yes, FREE!!! And who doesn’t like freebies? No one, that’s who. They all have a learning curve, but with a bit of time… and maybe some YouTube help… you can get a website up and running.

Don’t forget your name!!! Remember looking around seeing if “you” are available? Try to find something consistent across all platforms and then secure them all. I have done this on everything I knew was out there, whether I use it or not. Then when a new social media comes available, I secure that as well. Do I use them all? No, BUT I do not promote the ones I’m not active on.

Once you have a website secured, you are on your way to building a platform with a solid foundation!

Until next time…

Happy Marketing!
~t

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www.traceymcox.com
www.lefthookcrochet.com
www.youravon.com/traceymcox

ANNOUNCEMENT!

I’m in interrupting my normal posts in a way… Well, this news does go beyond the book. Or actually before the book! 😁

Many times you’ll see a small article announcing a book deal in a magazine. But did you know there are hundreds of deals that do not get mentioned. Many small publishing houses do not get a listing. Those deals are big too. After all, every book that comes into this world is someone’s dream. When you hold a book, you are holding hundreds of hours of work, a dream, a piece of someone. I think all of those deserve to be celebrated, don’t you?

So without further ado….

~ANNOUNCEMENT TIME~

Picture book author,Tracey M. Cox has sold her rights to Guardian Angel Publishing for what will be her 11th picture book. The book will be illustrated by Jack Foster, who also has multi-books. This will be the second book Tacey and Jack have collaborated on.

THE GET AWAY DANCE is a picture book that addresses a very sensitive subject, but will empower children. What to do if a stranger tries to take you away? The story will reinforce Stranger Danger techniques. Then it describes what a child should do if the worse happens. What should you do if you do everything right, and yet someone tries to take you? You do THE GET AWAY DANCE!

Thank you everyone for coming over to hear my news! I’m super excited and cannot wait to see the amazing illustrations Jack does!

Until next time…

Happy reading!
~t

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www.lefthookcrochet.com
www.youravon.com/traceymcox

Skin So Soft Bath Oil & 100+ Uses

Skin So Soft Bath Oil & 100+ Uses

***MY NON-OFFICIAL AND NOT ENDORSED BY AVON POST!**

If there is any product that I think of when I think of AVON is it their Skin So Soft Bath Oil. How about you? And I’ve used it for more than just bath oil, but it’s a great moisturizer there of course.

So, what other uses can there be? Well here’s my not-so-official list. Let me know if you have found any other uses.

100+ USES FOR SKIN SO SOFT

  • Mild insect repellent
  • Removes paint from hands (better than turpentine)
  • Removes chewing gum from hair, skin and most non-porous surfaces
  • Wood cleaner and conditioner for cabinets and furniture
  • Cleans ink off most vinyl painted surfaces
  • Cleans paint brushes and keeps them looking like new
  • HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS: To deter bees – try rubbing SSS on the feeder surface
  • It’s a fabric softener in the wash
  • For DOG DRY SKIN: 1 Tablespoon of SSS per gallon of water and use as an after bath rinse, or spritz your dog’s coat once a week
  • Horse hoof polisher without drying
  • Put some on a small washcloth and leave in the car – keeps air fresh and clean
  • Eye makeup remover
  • Cleans ink off the skin
  • Pour a little into your Feet Soaker, helps feet relax
  • Removes glue and gum left from price tags and labels from glass, metals and most plastics.
  • Removes crayon markings from appliances and most surfaces
  • Removes “ring around the collar”
  • Kills spiders
  • FLEA REPELLANT: 1 1/2oz of SSS per gallon of water – sponge dip or spritz.
  • Clean and moisturize all the vinyl in the automobile
  • Bath Oil and after shower moisturizer
  • Cleans grease and oil off the skin
  • Use towelettes around window and doors – keep bugs out
  • Oil lubricant for fitting pipe joints that won’t slip together
  • Removes scuff marks from leather shoes
  • Great insect repellent for your pet (As recommended in “Outdoor Life” and “Field and Stream”) Mix 5 parts water, 1 part SSS and mist on animals. Brushing is easier and coat will “gleam”
  • BLACK FLY SPRAY: 1 cup SSS, 1/2 cup liquid detergent and 3 gallons of water
  • Removes tree sap
  • Cleans off tape marks left on the skin from bandages
  • Kills ants
  • Cleans and conditions leather
  • Put SSS in one of the bottles you attach to your backyard hose and spray your entire backyard. Will cut down on ants and other creepy crawlies and flying bugs
  • FLEA BATH: use after shampooing with a FLEA AND TICK SHAMPOO (your choice of brand)
  • Prior to traveling, rub SSS on headlights and car grill – makes cleaning easier
  • Rub hands with it before washing, hands are cleaner
  • Helps remove lime and water deposits from fixtures, tile, shower doors and windows
  • Great Furniture polish
  • Horse muzzle, eye, and ear enhancer
  • Massage oil
  • Cleans ink off rubber stamps
  • Removes candle wax from furniture, carpets, and clothing
  • Removes tar spots from a car without damaging the paint
  • Soothes light sunburn
  • Use it on the air conditioner filter. Your incoming air will smell fresher and the filter will be easier to clean in the future
  • Tar and asphalt removal on pads of animals feet
  • Put 1-2 cap full in LIQUID SOAP and use it for shaving legs and underarms. Razor glides with no razor burn
  • Spray on flowerbeds to keep deer from eating the blooms
  • Tanning oil (PLEASE NOTE: NO SUNSCREEN/BLOCK!)
  • Removes gum from carpets
  • Relieves itchy skin due to dryness
  • Rub on your hands before and after working with your pets and farm animals. It will remove the strong “odor”
  • Takes fur and animal hair off of clothing
  • Removes soap scum from shower doors, curtains, bathroom, and kitchen fixtures
  • Mix in pet’s bath water for flea removal
  • Cleans Mechanics Hands
  • Original Scent works GREAT on Head Lice! Saturate head and keep it on for 15 minutes. These rinse under an OUTDOOR faucet. LICE ARE GONE! You will need to wash the hair a number of times to remove the oiliness, but lice are gone!
  • After washing, spray on tires for a conditioner and shine

***Please note: I am in no way endorsing this list. While I may have used this product in some of these ways, I have not tried them all. Use at your own discretion.***

OFFICIAL AVON:

Skin So Soft radiant moisture – same beautiful fragrance, now with silk proteins and illuminator technology!

The Skin So Soft Radiant Moisture Bath Oil will uncover your skin’s radiance. Soften your skin with this luxurious, delicately floral scented bath oil. The emollient-rich formula, with argan oil, locks in moisture and leaves skin feeling silky smooth. Can also be used as a leave-on moisturizer anytime. Keep your skin hydrated longer with the larger 25 fl oz. bottle!

BENEFITS 
• Boosts radiance and illuminates skin
• Smoothes dry skin without irritation 
• Luxury bath oil leaves skin feeling amazingly soft
• Contains argan oil 
• Peony musk scent

TO USE 
• Add a small amount of oil to full bath and allow to disperse or apply to arms and legs, or wherever needed after bathing.

Made in the USA

VISIT MY ONLINE STORE:

Want to purchase a bottle of Skin So Soft now? Visit my online store!

Until next time…

Happy AVONing,
~t

FIND ME: 
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www.lefthookcrochet.com
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