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Discussion in 'Picture Framing Business Issues' started by j Paul, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Here is another option for LIFEsm Partners who sell prints and posters
    And of course as before, the file will be made available to you so you can have your own website/contact info inserted.
  2. Jerry Ervin

    Jerry Ervin PFG, Picture Framing God

  3. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    LIFE Affiliate

    I want to welcome Grumbler: jarby as an affiliate in our LIFEsm Partnership.

    Glen Butler: aka"jarby
    Optima Creations

    Details are forth coming and will be on http://localindependentframingexpert.com/examples.aspx, but Glen is working out some very favorable pricing for full color banners for all LIFEsm Partners. Another reason to join.
  4. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Here's a peek at one display window, with a couple of our LIFEsm Posters. Too much reflection on the window, but we have a
    50" x 70" Photo Tapestry / original photos / Several types of Plak-it examples / photo restoration / photo conversion to oil and other photo processes.


    Need some FREE marketing materials? Join LIFEsm
  5. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Jerry, I like your new signiture line! :thumbsup:
  6. Jerry Ervin

    Jerry Ervin PFG, Picture Framing God

    Anything to help with the search engines.
  7. Framar

    Framar SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    j Paul, no offence but that huge baby in your window gives me the willies.....
  8. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Mar, his name is Jackson, not Willlie. He's my firstborn grandson. :eek:

    But I'm not offended. It is a woven tapestry blanket. I guess when you see the whole display with the snapshot, photo to oil , plak-it and other items you get the point better.
  9. Framar

    Framar SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Oops - in the photo it just looks like this HUGE BABY peering out of the window!!! And the expression on his face - like he will eat the next person who walks into the shop! Oh MY!

    (cute kid!)
  10. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

  11. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Frame Back Sticker

    Another discussion regarding Tru-vue stickers being too large lead me to this.
    Here is a Frame Back Sticker that is avail. to LIFEsm Partners.
    Still room to put your own info sticker on as well.

  12. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Welcome, John Cooper of Merlin Framers, Helston , England as our newest LIFEsm Partner.

    Going international, with a members from USA, Nova Scotia and England. I've always loved that Aussie accent, who is going to be the first from the land down under.
  13. Twin2

    Twin2 SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I've been slowly revamping my website to add LIFEsm to it ;). I have the LIFEsm catch phrase/logo/link to the website at the top of various pages.

    Besides updating my website, I've created a new version of my gift certifcate that I use for donations to charities (see attached file).

    Being a home-based framer, space is quite limited so putting up a 12 foot banner isn't really an option. However, posters would probably be a good alternative, which I'll will be looking into.

    This just seems to be the tip of the iceberg in ideas where LIFEsm can be used.

    Keep up the great work, John. Your time and effort put into this concept is appreciated! BTW, nice looking label.

    Attached Files:

  14. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

  15. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

  16. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another partner in LIFE!

    Welcome to Ken Appelt! Ken the Picture Framer / Muskegon Mi. 49442 our newest LIFE partner.

    Ken's contact info is on our site www.localindependentframingexpert.com
  17. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    And yet another new partner for LIFE!

    Welcome Joel Cohen (Seido) of Gallery Custom Framing / Palm Beach Florida, 33480.

    You can visit Joel's website by visiting www.localindependentframingexpert.com

    :thumbsup: Thanks for joining Joel,

    Want to join Joel and others in LIFE? Are you wondering what LIFE is all about?

    This really is all about self promotion of your Local Frame Shop. Hopefully as you promote yourself using LIFE we can build a brand that people will recognize when ever they see it. We encourage your creativity as you use LIFE in promoting your business. We will develop marketing ideas together as the program builds. We encourage you to share your ideas with other members.

    You are also encouraged to invite others that you know to join as well. Some independent framers have a problem with the idea of cooperating with other local framers. I encourage you to think of it like this. Many car dealers will co-advertise together to get the reach and bang for the buck. The idea is to cooperate until you can get the customers in the door, and then you have a chance to impress them with your skills and selection. You first have to get them in the door.

    The #1 objective of LIFE is to make consumers think of their LOCAL INDEPENDENT FRAMING EXPERT instead of the Big Box, Always On Sale (Never Really On Sale) framing stores.

    Mission Statement to Retail Customers

    What can a LIFEsm Framer do for you!

    Besides giving you unparalleled frame designs and everyday fair pricing. ​

    • Your Local Independent Framer’s genuinely love what they do, and have the ability to go above
    and beyond to make sure you are a satisfied customer - saving you time, money and stress.​

    Local Independent Framing Experts contribute to your community's economic success.​

    • More money stays in your community when you patronize locally-owned businesses than when you
    go to a national chain - money that is used to employ local people, support local non-profits, and buy
    local products. ​

    • Independent retailers reflect the values and interests of their communities, where you can interact
    with the owners of the business. ​

    • Local businesses and organizations offer goods and services that you might not find anywhere else,
    making your community a vibrant, authentic place that is different from other communities. ​

    • Local independent businesses sponsor and participate in events benefiting the community,
    and donate goods and services too local non-profits. They live here, work here, play here.​

    • Local business owners directly see their businesses' impacts on our environment and community,
    and have the freedom to implement innovative programs to address these impacts. ​
  18. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Welcome Scotland

    May Case GCF and Grahame Case of Blackhall Framing in Edinburgh Scotland are LIFE partners.

    You can view their web-site at www.localindependentframingexpert.com

    Welcome Mary & Grahame
  19. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Two New Members of LIFE!

    Welcome to Ken Schwarzberg of Sierra Frameworks of Placerville, Ca.

    Welcome to Maureen Innocenzi of Innovate Frame & Design / Solon, Ohio

    Ken & Maureen are the newest LIFE partners, to view their contact info please click: http://localindependentframingexpert.com/find.aspx
  20. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

  21. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another member of LIFE!

    Welcome to Carla Bates (BatesMotel ) of The Frame Shop of Conshohocken. Conshohocken, Pa.

    View Carla's web-site by going to the "find a framer" page on www.localindependentframingexpert.com
  22. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another one for LIFE!

    Welcome, welcome, welcome Mar Penner Griswold, CPF
    (aka Framar) of State of the Art , Buffalo NY as a LIFE partner.

    You can visit Mar's homepage at the link on www.localindependentframingexpert.com
  23. Jerry Ervin

    Jerry Ervin PFG, Picture Framing God

  24. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another member of LIFE!

    Welcome to Tammy Lewis of Lewis Picture Framing, Amarillo, Texas as the newest LIFE partner. :thumbsup:

    You may view Tammy's web-site at: http://localindependentframingexpert.com/find.aspx

    We would welcome your shop also, as a member of LIFE!
  25. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    How are you using LIFE?

    I've had 4x6 photos printed (17 cents ) and made up little display easels featuring some of the previous themes discussed using LIFE.

    Here is one example, promoting prints & posters. I mix them in, with other items thru-out the store.

  26. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God


    Someone sent me a request for more information regarding LIFE, on 3/24/08. It got sent to my bulk folder and accidentally deleted before I could respond. If that was you, please resubmit.

    Thanks John
  27. Karen

    Karen CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    I think it was mine that got deleted. I sent an e-mail to you with all my info..

  28. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    I sent you, and several others the information today, Karen.
  29. JbNormandog

    JbNormandog SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Can you add me to that info list?


  30. Keith J

    Keith J True Grumbler

    J Paul,

    What a terrific idea! I just sent our application for Soho North Gallery & Framing, here in the beautiful Rochester suburb of Victor, NY! I look forward to being a LIFE member. Thanks for all you do!:thumbsup:
  31. acrompton

    acrompton MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    We just sent you our agreement! Fun!
  32. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another One For LIFE!

    Welcome to LIFE, Angela

    Angela Crompton of Frames of Mind , Louisville, Ky is our newest LIFE partner. To view her website click on this link: http://localindependentframingexpert.com/find.aspx

    We have sent out several other info packets in the last few days, so we hopefully will see several more new members, soon.

    Thanks to all that have joined together so far, John
  33. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    How we are promoting LIFE

    We won the $250. Digital Custom March Promotion by default, since no one else entered. We decided to take our winnings and give it to our customers. This is one way we are promoting it on our web-site and in an email to existing customers.

  34. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

  35. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Can I Change the COLOR?

    I have a few inquiries regarding being able to change the color of LIFE to go with individuals web-site / store color schemes. While the original colors of LIFE must be used ( unless in grey-scale) I have no objection to your using LIFE within a box or frame of your using, such as the following examples. Be creative if you want, you are a framer after all.

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  36. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

  37. pictureframingpro

    pictureframingpro MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Is there a fax number to send the registration to, or do I need to send it snail mail? or is there a way to do it on the computer? I am not a computer wiz! I printed it out and filled it in.

    Lauri Bray
    Frame Outlet
    Bremerton, WA
  38. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

  39. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another LIFE partner

    Welcome Laurie Bray of the Frame Outlet, Bremmerton, Wa. as our newest LIFE partner.
  40. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Welcome Another Framer to LIFE!

    Welcome to Keith Jokinen and his brother Phillip Hilden of
    SOHO NORTH ART GALLERY as our newest LIFE partner.

    Keith is our grumbler aka: "Keith J"

    You can view their web-site at http://localindependentframingexpert.com/find.aspx

    I appreciate all of the folks that request information on LIFE , who take the time to respond and let me know what they think. Even if you choose not to join, your feedback is important.
  41. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    ATTENTION: Kathy Kerchner

    I have been trying to send you the requested information but the email address provided on the form request keeps getting kicked back to me as a failure. Perhaps you typed it wrong.

    Please try again, or you can click on my name (to the upper left ) and send me a pm with your email and I will get this out to you.
  42. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

  43. Twin2

    Twin2 SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    A couple ways I've been using LIFEsm...

    I've been slowly, but surely, implementing LIFEsm to promote my framing business. John asked me if I'd mind sharing, so here goes:
    • I've updated a lot of my website pages to include the LIFEsm logo and link to the www.LIFEframer.com.
    • I volunteered this year to be part of the organizing committee for the WALK for ALS, which is being held on June 7th. My mom passed away with ALS in 2000 and my family has participated in the walk since 2002 (raising almost $14,500!). At the last organizing committee meeting, it was suggested to try to get coupons from local businesses to hand out to the participants at the WALK. I thought it would be a great opportunity to help out the ALS Society of N.S. (by donating a % of the sales) and promote my business at the same time. I used the LIFEsm logo in this coupon (see 1st attached file).
    • I've also added the LIFEsm logo to my gift certifcate design (see 2nd attached file)
    Please excuse the fuzziness in the attached files. I used Microsoft Publisher to create these files as .pub and then just saved as a .jpg to upload to the Grumble, so the text is a bit blurry.

    Attached Files:

  44. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another Partner for LIFE!

    Welcome Ken & Mellissa Herren of Your Art's Desire, Minnetonka, MN. 55305 as partners of LIFE.

    You may view their contact information at www.LIFEframer.com on the find a framer page.

    PS. :thumbsup: Good job Karen!
  45. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another LIFE Partner

    Welcome to Karen Sergent-Rakers of Karen's Custom Frames in Goldsboro NC, as our newest LIFE partner.

    You may view Karen's web-site at: http://localindependentframingexpert.com/find.aspx

    PS. if you want to see a picture of Karen, she is featured in Wizards Ad in the May 08 Decor Magazine
  46. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Binging this back to the top for our new Grumblers and Visitors.
  47. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

  48. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    With the new features of the Grumble, I have started a LIFE partners group, which is by invite only. Here LIFE partners may share with each other marketing ideas that they might not wish to share publicly. I have extended invitations to those LIFE partners that I know their Grumbler name. If you haven't gotten an invite please pm with your Grumbler name and I will add you to the list.
  49. Framar

    Framar SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Thought it would be useful to mention that it was only after I clicked on my "User CP" at the top of the page that I found the invite from j Paul to join the LIFE group.

    Unlike private messages, these invites are not immediately visible - you have to seek them out - same with this whole "friends" thing - sheesh I am starting to feel real old.

    BTW - "CP" stands for "Control Panel." ;)
  50. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God


    Expanding on the idea that Paul Cascio had regarding a Frame Trade-In Sale! I just had this sign printed at 20x24 for about $10. and it is on my outside easel, I also printed an 8x10 counter card, as well as having posted it on my home page.
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