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LIFE for anyone who wants in!

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.



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.

 

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.



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.
 

j Paul

PFG, Picture Framing God


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.
 
Thanks

Welcome to Larry & Rebecca Sterling of Music Row Picture Framing, Hermitage, TN 37036 as our newest partners in LIFE.

Check out their website here. Scroll down to Music Row Picture Framing. Great looking web-site guys, you may be new to the Grumble, but that is one cool site and fun looking business. :thumbsup:
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:
 

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:
 

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
 

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!

to join LIFE yourself it's easy peasy.
 

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.
 

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.




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

 

j Paul

PFG, Picture Framing God
Welcome another smart framer to LIFE
  • Lisa Peterson / The Total Picture / Uncasville, Ct 06382


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
 

j Paul

PFG, Picture Framing God
Julie Walsh of / The WorkShop Gallery / Toronto, Canada is our newest LIFE framer

Welcome Julie!



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
 

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


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
 

j Paul

PFG, Picture Framing God
Welcome to LIFE

  • Jeanne Bergelin-Murphy / The Frame Factor Inc. / Big Rapids Mi.


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
 

j Paul

PFG, Picture Framing God
Another framer for LIFE

  • Paul Saadeh / Mirage Frame Company / Santa Ana, Ca


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
 

JbNormandog

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
jPaul, Thanks for all the hard work you put into LIFE.



Bob
 

j Paul

PFG, Picture Framing God
THANKS BOB!

Another new member for LIFE

  • Shawn Allen / Shawn Marie Framing Etcetera / St. Augustine, Florida


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
 

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.

 

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.
 

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.
 

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.










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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