Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Do You Sample?

I'm not talking about you throwing a few scraps in with an order, I'm talking about participating in sample boxes. They're a great way to get your name out there, and you don't have to spend a lot of money-if you plan wisely. I make a lot of soap. Sometimes I make batches to specifically give as samples with orders. Sometimes I cut up perfectly good bars that my not sell as well as others. The point is, I give the pubs a taste of my goodies with the hope and the expectation that they'll be back for more.

I'm participating in two sample box programs next month. The first is an up and coming program named Snowberry Creek. One of the owners is Julie who owns Candles and Woodcrafts. I bought my prized log soap mold from her about a year ago, and I can't live without it. We're also Divapreneur sisters.

The second sample box program I'm participating in is the very popular Little Black Boxes-the grand dame of the sample box. This is my second time participating with LBB. It was such an honor to be invited the first time around. This time, I sort of invited myself. LBB is well known on Etsy as well as You Tube. Folks actually vlog about their LBB and that can be priceless publicity for you. This go round, Kim, the owner of LBB, is hosting a contest for the participants. Whoever has the most clever packaging, wins a $100.00 pre-paid Visa gift card. Hell yeah! Do you know how much oil and butter I could buy with that? a lot! I would show a pic of my samples, but I don't want to give the competition any ideas.


BlossomingTree said...

I'm participating in one this month. I hadn't thought about it before I was approached. I sell samples in my Etsy shop but I like the idea of pooling with others to get my name out there.

Heather@Twin Birch said...

Great post! Thanks for all of the resources! I've been toying with the idea & you've put me over the top (not the edge... that's what my kids do! lol.)

Love your blog and your soaps are lovely!

The Crazy, Crafty Chick said...

Why thank you Miss Heather! I'm a fan of yours too:-D. I visit your blog regularly, and I blast Peg every time!