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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

    Just to show you the effort I am putting into getting LIFE branded with my store. Here is a simple little business sized advertisement going into the program for the local high school fall production of Grease. We also always frame up a cast picture or program for the kids to present to their director. This year we will be doing something similar to the Playbill in the ad. Except all the cast will sign on the mat as they won't have their programs printed in time.

    [​IMG]

    I never expect a huge return on this type of ad, but it is about community support.

    Check out the LIFE website! Or better yet, do a search with terms such as local framer, or framing expert or independent framer or the like, bet you you find the website. Why not join with us, what do you have to loose?

    Oh, while I'm at it, here is our Ad for the Toledo Opera program. This one is a full page color advertisement and we do expect a little more return on it. Mainly because we will be doing really nice presentation framing for the corporate sponsor for each opera this year. When the presentation is done from the stage, we will be featured. And the best part is we traded our services in-kind for the years worth of advertisement and season tickets.

    [​IMG]
     
  2. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Maureen & Frank, of Innovate Frame & Design are getting their LIFE buttons at the PPFA meeting this evening in Kent, Oh.

    [​IMG]

    For those of you who may be reading this thread for the first time, let me cut & paste an earlier post that explains a little bit about LIFE.

    First of all, let me say I am no marketing guru, with no formal training. I’m just a small independent retailer like most of you. I have an idea, that hopefully will continue to evolve with positive imput from those that care to work together. As I mentioned earlier, we have been using



    LIFEsm on all of our printed material / TV spots for some time now, and people are taking notice and comment on it. (For those that do not embrace the idea, that is fine. Respectfully though, start your own thread, or better yet marketing plan)
    • My vision for the LIFEsm, is that each individual independent frame shop can promote themselves as the Local Independent Framing Expert.
      [*]This is not a co-op advertising campaign. (If you can / or decide to work with others in your area, more power to you.)
      [*]If you have followed the evolution of how the
      LIFEsm came to be, you are aware of the many tag lines that you can use it with. (Do a search on the G) Dave and I came up with quite a few. (For example: Bring your memories to LIFEsm)
    • My hope is that as you successfully promote your own business usingLIFEsm it will become a recognizable brand. As consumers become aware of the LIFEsm brand it will begin to have real value for all of us.
    • I feel that one important aspect of turning LIFEsm into a recognizable brand is the exchange of links on each others web-sites. (For those that don’t have a web-site get one. There are many that you can do for free. Again I am far from a web-site guru, but mine is a FREE site and certainly better than none at all. I am getting hundreds of hits a month.)
    • As you become a licensed member of LIFEsm, do a press release to your area. If we get enough people on board as it appears is going to happen, hopefully our trade journals will pick up on this as well.
    For more information, visit the web-site or feel free to contact me.
     
  3. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

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    In these tough economic times, I am happy to say that the price of LIFE is still Free!

    Join together with dozens of other framers worldwide in promoting yourself as the Local Independent Framing Expert in your area.
    Along with other free benefits of being a LIFE member your website or contact information will be included on the LIFE website.
    When people are searching with terms such as expert framer or local framer or the like our site does come up, it pays to be listed there.
     
  4. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

  5. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Although business has been steady this year, we always can take in more orders right up until the end.
    That is the advantage of being an Independent Framer and having material and production In-House.

    I have this Ad posted on my Home Page, and yesterday it brought in a $400. last minute order.
    [​IMG]
     
  6. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    For those of you that asked for more information on joining LIFE the other day, please be patient. Been a little busy around here the last few days and I haven't had a chance to send it out. Will get to it after the rush.
     
  7. Music Row Picture Framing

    Music Row Picture Framing Grumbler

    Thanks

    Thanks J Paul
    We love what we do, its always exciting around here. Things are finally starting to slow down around here. I plan to start looking into more ways I can use the LIFE info. I will let you know what I come up with.
    Thanks, Rebecca Sterling :thumbsup:
     
  8. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    A BIG WELCOME to Bridget Hanley of Little Conestoga Picture Framing, Elverson, Pa 19520

    Bridget's contact information for Little Conestoga is on the LIFE site.
     
  9. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another BIG WELCOME to Terry Williams owner of
    Williams Custom Framing Shoppe in Spokane Valley, Wa.

    You can find his contact information on the LIFE website
     
  10. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    I just realized that both Terry Williams (Williams Custom Framing Shoppe) and Dawn Stendin (Art Sollutions) are both LIFE members in Spokane Valley. This would be a great opportunity to do some joint advertising promoting your shops, over the many others.

    There are two other LIFE members in WA. but don't know how close they are.
     
  11. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Since there are two LIFE framers in Spokane Vallery here is just a quick fun example of how you might advertise together.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Welcome, welcome

    Yes another BIG Welcome is in order.

    Louis Zaccagni of Ashtree Framing, Westchester, Pa is the newest member of LIFE!

    Ashtree Framing website is on the LIFE site.



    A rhetorical question. What's stopping you from embracing LIFE?
     
  13. Kev@Frames

    Kev@Frames CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    welcome to life :)
    just a thought. many local business organisations in the UK have got pretty keen on the "shop local" theme since the downturn. Good time to take advantage.

    We joined a year ago, and are pleased to be a part of it. You never know where it may lead.
     
  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 Framer 4 LIFE

    Welcome Sally Dallas of Newberg Gallery as our newest framer to LIFE

    Newberg Gallery is in Newberg, Or. and a link to the website can be found here
     
  17. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Don't go it Alone!

    [​IMG]

    It's time to get aboard!
     
  18. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another Framer Joins Us!

    Welcome to Ian MacDonald of Silvercleave Framing, Metherell, UK.

    Ian has decided to get in the LIFE boat with others independent framers as we sail through these turbulent times together.

    Visit Ian's website from the link on the LIFE site / Find a Framer
     
  19. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Welcome to Rolf & Sam Lawson from beautiful Northern Ireland, Tandragge Co Armagh as the newest members of LIFE

    As always you can view their contact information on the LIFE site.
     
  20. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Spring is the time to promote yourself

    Talked to several grumblers about LIFE this weekend. Remember spring is a great time to promote yourselves.

    [​IMG]
     
  21. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    SIGNING UP EASIER THAN EVER!

    With the help of a friend here on the Grumble we have figured out how to put a sign up form for LIFE, directly on the website.

    So if in the past you have gotten an agreement emailed to you and it was to much hassle to fill it in and scan or snail-mail it back, please try again.

    http://localindependentframingexpert.com/contactus.aspx

    It's really simple now, just fill out the form and hit submit, thanks to rick :smiley:
     
  22. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Still working out a few bugs on the new sign-up form

    I had two framers sign-up last night and some how I must have deleted one of them with all of the test forms we were doing. I have looked everywhere.

    One of the sign-ups was from A Framer's Touch and the other _______________ is the one I lost. So if that was you, please resubmit and let me know in the comments box.

    For anyone else wanting to sign-up the new easy on-line submission is here
     
  23. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Welcome aboard to Framers Market & Gallery and also to
    A Framers Touch.


    Framers Market & Gallery / Vickie Sheridan of Prescott Az

    A Framers Touch / Kristen Ling of Forest Grove, Or

    Both of these new LIFE members have websites and their links have been added to LIFE.

    [​IMG]
     
  24. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Michael Mixon of Hanging Around Hoover Inc. / Hoover, Al has decided to get into the LIFE boat also. Way to go Mike

    Mike's site is linked in at LIFE
     
  25. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Laurie Miller of Slear Glass Shop / West Bend, Wi has sprung into action.

    Contact information for Slear Glass Shop is on LIFE!

    [​IMG]
     
  26. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Two more for LIFE

    Gumby aka: Jim Cook of Cook's Art Supply & Framing Inc. / North Canton, Oh

    Bob Macchione of Frame Station Gallery / Berwyn Pa


    [​IMG] to join LIFE yourself it's easy peasy.
     
  27. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Whew, I've been busy.

    OK! A really BIG mass welcome to the following framers for joining LIFE.

    • Mark Wallington / Eight Bells Gallery /Gloucestershire, UK
    • Mike Sutton / Silver Eagle Gallery & Framing / Katy, Tx
    • Judy Price / Frame It & Etc / Fort Morgan, Co
    • Steve Nichols / Frontier Picture Frames Ltd / Bath, UK
    • Kathy Kerchner / Kathy's Custom Framing / Washington, Pa
    • Bob Friscia / Classic Framing and Gifts / Fanwood, NJ
    • Virginia Heath/High Cotton Custom Framing /Alexander City, AL
    There information will be on the LIFE site as soon as I catch my breath or in a day or two, whichever comes first!

    [​IMG] to join LIFE yourself it's easy peasy.
     
  28. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    A welcome goes out to

    • Dan Lodan / Lodan Fine Art / Midlothian, Va
    • Franchesca Hobart / Granchesca's Fine Framing / Lake Arrowhead, Ca
    Dan & Franchesca's info will be on LIFE shortly.

    [​IMG] to join LIFE yourself it's easy peasy.
     
  29. Twin2

    Twin2 SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Wow, John. LIFE seems to be really busy for you lately! Thanks again for all the time and effort that you've spent on LIFE for the framing community.
     
  30. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    LIFE has been very active the last few days Karen, thanks to our easy button, [​IMG] to join LIFE

    Welcome a few new members

    • Gary Laywood / King Street Picture Framing / Alfreton, UK
    • Philip O'Byrne / Emerald Art / Cork Ireland
    • Dan Perlea / Four Corners Framing and Art Gallery / Folsom,Ca
     
  31. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Nicole & The Cool Kids!

    Welcome to Nicole Ohme / Black Iris Gallery / Sandwich, Ill

    Nicole has finally seen the light and come over to LIFE. :D
    The # of framers is now well over 60 members strong.

    [​IMG]
     
  32. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Two More

    Welcome two more Framers to LIFE

    • Mike Dye / Metropolitan Framing / Ellenbrook, Western Australia
    • Ed McLoone / Stabane Picture Framing Service / Tyrone Co, Northern Ireland
    [​IMG]
     
  33. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Welcome to
    • Jerry Uttz / Capture Your Blessings / Fort Worth Tx
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  34. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Welcome to LIFE

    • Carol Thompson / I've Been Framed / Jackson, Mi
    We now have framers from 26 States / Canada /UK / Australia

    [​IMG]

    ps. please check your listing for accuracy has I've done a lot of cut/paste as I have organized all listing according to state. If you find an inaccuracy please use the contact form on the site.
     
  35. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Welcome to LIFE

    • Mel Lambert / The Beveled Edge / North Augusta, SC
    Mel is our first framer from SC, and that now brings us up to 27 States / Canada / UK and Australia

    I had an inquiry from an industry supplier about joining and promoting LIFE. Yes we will be glad to list suppliers
    for our industry on the LIFE site, at no charge. Contact me for details.


    [​IMG]

    Only states not yet represented are
    ALASKA / ARKANSAS / DELAWARE /IDAHO / INDIANA / LOUISIANA / MARYLAND / MASSACHUSETTS / MISSISSIPPI/ MISSOURI / MONTANA / NEBRASKA / NEVADA /
    NEW HAMPSHIRE / NEW MEXICO /RHODE ISLAND / NORTH DAKOTA / OKLAHOMA / SOUTH DAKOTA / UTAH / VERMONT / WEST VIRGINIA / WYOMING

     
  36. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Welcome another smart framer to LIFE
    • Lisa Peterson / The Total Picture / Uncasville, Ct 06382
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    Only states not yet represented are
    ALASKA / ARKANSAS / DELAWARE /IDAHO / INDIANA / LOUISIANA / MARYLAND / MASSACHUSETTS / MISSISSIPPI/ MISSOURI / MONTANA / NEBRASKA / NEVADA /
    NEW HAMPSHIRE / NEW MEXICO /RHODE ISLAND / NORTH DAKOTA / OKLAHOMA / SOUTH DAKOTA / UTAH / VERMONT / WEST VIRGINIA / WYOMING
     
  37. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Julie Walsh of / The WorkShop Gallery / Toronto, Canada is our newest LIFE framer

    Welcome Julie!

    [​IMG]

    We're over 70 shops now but we are still looking for a few good framers: Only states not yet represented are
    ALASKA / ARKANSAS / DELAWARE /IDAHO / INDIANA / LOUISIANA / MARYLAND / MASSACHUSETTS / MISSISSIPPI/ MISSOURI / MONTANA / NEBRASKA / NEVADA /
    NEW HAMPSHIRE / NEW MEXICO /RHODE ISLAND / NORTH DAKOTA / OKLAHOMA / SOUTH DAKOTA / UTAH / VERMONT / WEST VIRGINIA / WYOMING
     
  38. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    I want to welcome another Canuk to our group of LIFE framers

    • Dianne Brice / Country Custom Framing & Gallery / Saskatchewan, Canada
    [​IMG]

    We're over 70 shops now but we are still looking for a few good framers: Only states not yet represented are
    ALASKA / ARKANSAS / DELAWARE /IDAHO / INDIANA / LOUISIANA / MARYLAND / MASSACHUSETTS / MISSISSIPPI/ MISSOURI / MONTANA / NEBRASKA / NEVADA /
    NEW HAMPSHIRE / NEW MEXICO /RHODE ISLAND / NORTH DAKOTA / OKLAHOMA / SOUTH DAKOTA / UTAH / VERMONT / WEST VIRGINIA / WYOMING
     
  39. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Welcome to LIFE

    • Jeanne Bergelin-Murphy / The Frame Factor Inc. / Big Rapids Mi.
    [​IMG]

    We're over 70 shops now but we are still looking for a few good framers: Only states not yet represented are
    ALASKA / ARKANSAS / DELAWARE /IDAHO / INDIANA / LOUISIANA / MARYLAND / MASSACHUSETTS / MISSISSIPPI/ MISSOURI / MONTANA / NEBRASKA / NEVADA /
    NEW HAMPSHIRE / NEW MEXICO /RHODE ISLAND / NORTH DAKOTA / OKLAHOMA / SOUTH DAKOTA / UTAH / VERMONT / WEST VIRGINIA / WYOMING
     
  40. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another framer for LIFE

    • Paul Saadeh / Mirage Frame Company / Santa Ana, Ca
    [​IMG]

    We're over 70 shops now but we are still looking for a few good framers: Only states not yet represented are
    ALASKA / ARKANSAS / DELAWARE /IDAHO / INDIANA / LOUISIANA / MARYLAND / MASSACHUSETTS / MISSISSIPPI/ MISSOURI / MONTANA / NEBRASKA / NEVADA /
    NEW HAMPSHIRE / NEW MEXICO /RHODE ISLAND / NORTH DAKOTA / OKLAHOMA / SOUTH DAKOTA / UTAH / VERMONT / WEST VIRGINIA / WYOMING
     
  41. JbNormandog

    JbNormandog SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    jPaul, Thanks for all the hard work you put into LIFE.



    Bob
     
  42. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    THANKS BOB!

    Another new member for LIFE

    • Shawn Allen / Shawn Marie Framing Etcetera / St. Augustine, Florida
    [​IMG]

    We're over 70+ shops now but we are still looking for a few good framers: Only states not yet represented are
    ALASKA / ARKANSAS / DELAWARE /IDAHO / INDIANA / LOUISIANA / MARYLAND / MASSACHUSETTS / MISSISSIPPI/ MISSOURI / MONTANA / NEBRASKA / NEVADA /
    NEW HAMPSHIRE / NEW MEXICO /RHODE ISLAND / NORTH DAKOTA / OKLAHOMA / SOUTH DAKOTA / UTAH / VERMONT / WEST VIRGINIA / WYOMING
     
  43. rocknrollron

    rocknrollron CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    just signed up....thanks for your hard work!
     
  44. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Two More For LIFE

    Well Ron, you beat me to it but welcome to LIFE

    • Ron Douros / Ron Douros Framing / Wantage, NJ
    • Lea Ann Bernethy / The Frame Gallery / Johnson City, TN
    [​IMG]
     
  45. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Our First Wholesale Supporter

    I want to thank Lois Bauby of Superior Acrylic for becoming our first wholesale supporter of LIFE.

    I had a very nice conversation with Lois this afternoon and she is very excited about LIFE and will be promoting it to her contacts.

    If you are a Wholesale to the Trade Only company and would like to offer your support to LIFE and in return be listed on the LIFE site as a supporter, please contact me. Wholesalers are welcome to sign up for FREE just as it is to our members.

    [​IMG]
     
  46. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Another welcome to a framer from across the pond! :smiley:

    • Steve Baxter / Anything Framed / Peterborough, Cambs, UK
    [​IMG]
     
  47. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Open invitation to all LIFE partners.

    I am going to be adding a gallery page to LIFE as time permits. All partners are welcome to provide a jpeg file of a framing project of their choice. If you have any that you have won an award for I would suggest you use that. Include a brief description with the photo. I will link them back to your website. We want to give those finding the LIFE site an idea of what we can do and at the same time be providing relative content for the search engines.

    LIFE partners should have my email where they can be send. If not either contact me with a PM or through the LIFE site.
     
  48. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Framers Gallery Page

    OK LIFE partners, I have the beginnings of the Framers Gallery page on the site.

    Please submit your image at aprrox 200px x 200px or so. I will resize if necessary. Write a brief story/discription. Let me know where on your site you wish it to be linked.

    Here is an example


    Have you been thinking about joining LIFE? Now is the time. [​IMG]
     
  49. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    [​IMG]




    Have you been thinking about joining LIFE? Now is the time. [​IMG]
     
  50. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    Framers Gallery on LIFE

    Bridget Hanley / Little Conestoga Picture Framing / Pa

    has added two photos of framing projects to the Gallery Page on LIFE.


    Don't procrastinate send me your pictures.








    [​IMG]

    We're over 70+ shops now but we are still looking for a few good framers: Only states not yet represented are
    ALASKA / ARKANSAS / DELAWARE /IDAHO / INDIANA / LOUISIANA / MARYLAND / MASSACHUSETTS / MISSISSIPPI/ MISSOURI / MONTANA / NEBRASKA / NEVADA /
    NEW HAMPSHIRE / NEW MEXICO /RHODE ISLAND / NORTH DAKOTA / OKLAHOMA / SOUTH DAKOTA / UTAH / VERMONT / WEST VIRGINIA / WYOMING
     
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