4 Smart Ways To Promote Your Online Shop Locally

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Diy felt soap class chicago

Whether you run a small online jewelry shop or a local web based woodcrafts store – you’re always on the lookout for ways to market your shop. Right?

Without customers you don’t have a business – there’s no way around this one. Customers are your lifeblood. And unless you run completely on repeat customers (should you be so lucky! right?) you have to keep looking for more.

We have a few ideas for you that should help with finding new patrons for your awesome online shop. And locally.

See them below.

1. Dabble Event – have you heard of Dabble? Basically this is an event platform – for teaching and hosting events. Yes! even events that help promote your online shop. What I see people doing through Dabble is creating events that tie into their business. Lets say you sell soap online which you just happen to make as well – you’re PERFECT for Dabble. Because not only do they offer you the opportunity to create, manage and market a local event; you can also teach an event. So what you could do is come up with a fun, smart event idea that on its own will also inadvertently promote your shop. Lets keep going with the online soap store category, the type of events you could host or teach include: soap making 101, easy DIY soap at home, felted soap (this is a real class taught by a local Chicago soap lady), eco soap how to, etc. Everything is handled through the Dabble site – event creation, event management and event promo. Give it a try yourself and see how it works for you.

Links: Felted soap lady – https://dabble.co/chicago/felting-wet-and-dry/classes/soaping-101-hand-felted-soap-with-patty-heinze

2. Expo Event – this is similar to our idea mentioned above but the costs might be higher. Usually to host a booth in an expo the fees go anywhere from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars. But depending on the type and size of expo event, you could potentially net a nice return on those dollars. It all depends on your goals and strategy. Another thing to keep in mind is to (browse local smaller expos) in your area that won’t be as expensive; but if picked right – could also garner you leads and or sales. At the very least, expo events are a fantastic way to collect emails for follow up marketing

3. Chamber of Commerce Event – the thing with Chamber of Commerce events is that they’re usually highly promoted by the Chamber and attended mostly by locals. A great opportunity for you to get the word out about your online shop locally. I believe there are a variety of ways you could become part of the event; such as by sponsoring the event itself or sponsoring a specific activity, hosting a booth or table, volunteering as your company (meaning be sure to wear a t-shirt and hat that has your business name or logo front and center).

4. Facebook Buy/Sell Groups – have you heard of or been to the many buy and sell groups on Facebook. You name the product and I bet there’s a group out there for it. Search for your niche group, join and become an active member. Many of these groups allow promotion only on certain days, others everyday and others not at all – but have a files or members profiles section where you can describe yourself and your online shop. Take advantage of these awesome and very active groups; as they are all FREE to join.

Hope this article has provided a few good ideas to market your online shop further and grow, grow, grow that business!!! 🙂

We ❤ online entrepreneurs and as such; are always on the lookout for tips, tricks and tools that help you. Feel free to reach out to me if you happen to know of something awesome out there for me to share.




Dollar Tree Spooktacular #Halloween Sale

**I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Do you love dollar stores as much as we do? Particularly Dollar Tree.

Cute Glittery Felt Halloween Wall Decorations

If so, we have a sweet treat for you. Dollar Tree is having their annual spooktacular Halloween sale; which includes party decorations, Halloween supplies and more. Whether your planning a frightfully delicious themed family party or simply decking out your home with awesome Halloween decorations – Dollar Tree is the go to place to find fun decor and or party supplies – not too mention save a bundle of money.

From fun craft supplies and entertaining Halloween treats to Halloween candy and Costume accessories galore; give Dollar Tree a visit today. Try your local store or shop online.

You can literally decorate your entire home and have fab party supplies on hand; for probably less than $50. Sound good? We think so.

To find the (Dollar Tree) closest to youclick here.

To view the (weekly) Dollar Tree adclick here.

For the (Halloween Specials Page) at Dollar Treeclick here.

**I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Opening Day – Chicago Cubs Home Opener Is Today

Chicago Cubs 2017 Gold Collection Gear

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for – The Chicago Cubs Home Opening Game.

It’s here.

Game starts at 7 pm (CST.)

And it all happens at the friendly confines – Wrigley Field.

Coach Joe Madden will be there along with most of the World Champion players from last year including:









Almora JR

and most others…

Free shipping on all orders over $30 at Fanatics.com with code 30SHIP

Chicago is beyond excited and it’s been well worth the wait for the return of our World Champs. 🙂

How about you. Do you have tickets – will you be watching from Wrigley or from home?

Reader Questions:

  1. Who are you most looking forward to seeing at tonight’s home opener?
  2. Did you watch game 7 of last seasons World Series?
  3. Score prediction for tonight’s game against the LA Dodgers
  4. Fave snack during a Cubbie’s game? at home or the ballpark?
  5. Who will sing tonight’s 7th inning song? who would you like to sing the song in the future?

Good luck Cubbies. 🙂 🙂

6 Awesome Apps for Android To Try This Month

There’s no shortage of (awesome apps for Android) or for your iPhone. But which apps are worth downloading and which ones don’t cut the mustard. That’s where we come in. Our upcoming (awesome apps for Android round ups) will mention mobile apps which are not only worth downloading but a MUST TRY.

See our first round up below and if you find any of these super useful; please come back here – or to our FB page – and give us a shout out. 🙂

1. Lyft –

This awesome app for Android is all you need for cheap local rides on the fly. In many areas of the city and beyond, Lyft is a better alternative than riding the bus or hailing a cab. Plus a new! feature recently added to the Lyft app is that your ride cost is now listed up front BEFORE you book your ride. Great for those in a hurry and…on a budget. Right. And who isn’t on a budget nowadays. Are you new to Lyft? Have yet to try this awesome Chicago ride sharing service – here’s a coupon code (LYFT BLOG POST) worth $10 off your FIRST ride. How do you sign up? Just download app, enter code above and book your ride. That’s it.

Lyft coupon code: LYFT BLOG POST (click here for app!)

2. Uber –

You’ve most likely heard of Uber, as it has been around a bit longer than Lyft and has a much bigger budget in which to advertise. We personally prefer Lyft, but Uber is good too and definitely serves its purpose. Works the same as Lyft in that you download the app, enter in a coupon code to save on your first ride and then book your Uber driver. Why should you try Uber? Because again as mentioned above, depending on your area and intended destination; using Uber might save you both; some big bucks and definitely time.

Uber coupon code: 4jt7e (click here for app!)

3. Postmates –

Have you heard of Postmates? They’re a local on demand delivery service that many use to get eats to them. Lots of local restaurants use Postmates and if they’re located in your area; this app is a must try. Why? Because you can have your fave food delivered to your door inexpensively, quickly AND via a delivery person who may sustainably walk or bike to your place. Some drive, but many walk or bike their food order deliveries.

Postmates App: (click here for app!)

4. Time Out App –

Time Out (the magazine) is a treasure trove of goodies when it comes to listing local events, new! happenings and or chronicling the latest and greatest in Chicago. The Time Out app also delivers fresh content but in the palm of your hand via their awesome Android or iPhone app. From the newest plays to the best places to wine and dine and a splendid most useful calendar of events; the this local app is a must download.

Time Out App – (click here for app!)

5. Stand In –

This is a newer app from a local Chicago resident that aims to bridge the gap between Craigslist and paid apps for finding dates or friends. The Stand In App is about helping you find a “stand in” for that event you have coming – and need someone to take the place of friend or family member. I quite like the concept behind this awesome app. Hopefully it takes off, becomes wildly successful with lots of new members and becomes a go to app for finding local peeps to hang with.

Stand In App – (click here for app!)

6. Figo –

Figo is as you might have guessed is a pet related app. But not just any pet related app, it’s a pet insurance app created right here in Chicago – by Chicago tech peeps. The new! app basically lets you find insurance for your furry friend; be it Fluffy or Fido. Whether you have a dog or cat; the Figo app is great for finding affordable and comprehensive health insurance for your beloved pet. Shout out to Tails Pet magazine, where we found out about this awesome, free and local app for Android.

*The Figo app is set to be released late April to early May.

Figo App – (click here for app information, see Q&A #10)

Ride Sharing and Ride Share Industry Link Round Up – #1

If you run a ride share or ride sharing blog and want to be part of the 1st ever ride share posts link round up, this is YOUR chance. 🙂

Join our first round up, by linking up your best ride share blog post with us. As long as your blog or post is on topic, well written and from 2017 – you’re in.

Deadline to submit your article is: Feb 20th by midnight for inclusion. The round up is meant to introduce our readers and visitors on this *hot* and in demand topic.

According to a recent article from (Ride Share Apps) the ride share industry is only going to grow in 2017 and over the next few years. And lots of consumers are curious about what this ride share stuff is all about. That’s where this unique link round up comes in.

Also a few days ago when I was doing some research on LYFT, I ran into a mother load of blogs dedicated entirely to the industry. I had no idea. Till now.

@The Ride Share Guy
@Ride Share Report
@Ride Share Connection
@Ride Share Apps
and more…

Well to make a long story short, that’s how this ride sharing blog post round up was born. Please join in! 🙂

Submit your post today. Deadline is this Monday 2/20 at midnight.


3 Surefire Ways To Refer New Passengers to Lyft

Lyft referrals

Are you wanting to increase your Lyft income by referring new passengers? If so, we have a few good ideas for you.

As you may or may not know, Lyft will give you $10 for every new referral you send their way. And a cool $100 for every (Chicago) driver you refer. That’s a very good amount of coin for simply spreading the word about an awesome new! company. Right?

Right on. So let’s take a look at three ways you can earn some additional cash by referring new passengers to Lyft.

1. Sporting Events –

Chicago is a SPORTS TOWN which makes it a blessing for you. You can pick which sporting event to attend or which sport arena to visit to promote your Lyft code. Are you a baseball fan – then you have the option of either the Chicago Cubs or the Chicago White Sox. Each one has an awesome park with (tons of fans) who could very well use a ride to and from the game. This is perhaps one of the best ways to get the word out about your Lyft partnership. Also keep in mind the season, in the Summer; is when you would best be able take advantage of Cubbies fever and or Sox fever. In the Winter, we have the Chicago Bears (football) the Chicago Bulls basketball and of course, the Chicago Blackhawks (hockey). We have other teams as well, but these are the most popular and most trafficked. Try this idea and see your Lyft referral income skyrocket.

2. College Papers –

College students love to try the latest and greatest tech and Lyft is definitely HOT right now, not only as a ride share service but as an innovative tech company. So why not introduce students near you to all that Lyft is by offering them a FREE ride. Share with them your unique promo code and let them know how easy Lyft works.

3. Local Laundromats –

You’ve seen them, those huge “worlds largest laundromats” popping up all over the city. I know I’ve seen them. They’re usually jam packed with people, especially nights (and weekends). I went to a local laundromat a month or so ago during the day (like on a Tuesday at 11 am) and it was packed to the brim with people. Packed. No! I didn’t have any promo cards with me, because if I did – you can rest assured everyone in that place would have gotten a card of mine. But you can try this. Find the large laundromats in your local area and then stand outside or do your laundry and just talk to people. Ask them if they’ve heard of Lyft? If they need a ride to their house? If they want to give Lyft a try, etc. Just talk to people and take it from there.

These are three simple (and local) ideas you can try this week, today – like now! to refer new passengers to Lyft and earn yourself a sweet $10 per peep.

If you try any of these – please come back here and let me know how it went. 🙂

FREE Lyft Credit For New Users: 5 Ways To Score Them

lyft free credit

lyft free credit

If you’re looking for free Lyft credit for new users, in this article we highlight a few ways to score some.

With free credit from Lyft you can ride for a few dollars or yes! even free. (But please do tip your driver!) Tips are welcome and appreciate. 🙂

Ok. See our list of ways to net some free Lyft credit for new users. (these tips are not for existing users, that’s another article)

  1. Friends –

Reaching out to friends is one of the fastest ways to score Free Lyft credit. Call or text your buddies who you know use the popular ride sharing service and ask if they have any promo codes available. If they’re Lyft users, chances are – they WILL have codes. As the old saying goes, “Ask and you shall receive”. So ask.

2. Social Media –

Another great method to find codes for Lyft is via social media, especially Facebook and Twitter. You can post an update that you;re looking for Lyft credit and then wait about a nano second for a reply. Most likely if any of your friends use Lyft; you’ll get a code asap. Another way is to visit the Lyft FB page itself and see if any are posted for members.

3. Bloggers –

Bloggers (like me) usually have codes for many different companies and brands, including Lyft and Uber. Just reach out to the bloggers you know or follow and search on their blog. Search for Lyft codes, Lyft discount code, Lyft promo code, Lyft credit, etc.

Yes! We have one for you, see it below.

Code: BLOGPOSTCODE (in caps – all one word, no spaces)

4. Coupon Sites

Coupon sites also have Lyft promo codes although many times they’re not the most recent. Having said that we still feel this is a good place to check. Try Retail Me Not and Coupon Cabin.

5. Local Flyers –

We see flyers, business cards and postcards all the time posted locally; such as in coffee shops, bars, laundry mats, auto repair places, grocery stores,  etc. These usually have good codes on them, just always check the expiration date of promo.

As you can see there are quite a few ways to score free Lyft credit for new users.

If you’re still having trouble, contact me ASAP as I always have promo codes available. 🙂

Get your ride on today!

10 Fun Facts About Lyft

lyft local rides in minutes

Have you been hearing a lot lately about this new ride sharing service called Lyft?

Basically it’s like Uber, but different.

I was curious about this company as well, so decided to do some quick research and found the following facts. If after reading the list, you feel like giving Lyft a try.

Please use this code: LYFTBLOGPOST (one word, no spaces)

Ok. Below are 10 quick and dirty fun facts about Lyft – the cool new! ride sharing service/app.

  1. Lyft is available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices
  2. Free Lyft app is available online via their site, through Google Play or iTunes
  3.  No cash needed for rides, pay with your CC (credit card)
  4. You (book a ride) with (one click) on your mobile thru the Lyft app
  5. Local rides average less than $10 in cost (approx)
  6. Drivers are friendly for the most part and tend to pick up quickly
  7. Tipping is welcome (and always appreciated)
  8. Everything is/can be done with your mobile – from booking, looking up destination routes in GPS, paying for fare, reviewing and rating your experience, etc
  9. Lots of #FREE rides available – in the form of (promo codes) like the one mentioned above and below
  10. Lyft has a cool Facebook page – that discusses all things (car sharing) but also city specific content and yes! discounts galore as well

If you have questions on Lyft or have yet to try it but want to – reach out to me. I’ve recently become a Lyft Brand Ambassador (yes! that’s a thing) and can help you with sign up, get free rides, send you a link to the app, show you how Lyft works and more.

Don’t forget to use promo code: LYFTBLOGPOST (all one word, no spaces) when you FIRST sign up. *Not valid with existing users.

Questions, comments, feedback – Contact me here. (Thanks!)

What Did You Do During Weather Warm Up This Past Weekend?

We like to run informal fun polls on the blog now and then to get a pulse of what our visitors and readers like? This is the first one on the site, please do join in and have some fun with us.

This week the weather here in Chicago has been super great; with it being unseasonably warm, like this past weekend but especially Saturday. It was 61 degrees. Yes! 61 degrees in the middle of January.

With this sweet weather comes all sorts of outdoor activity, right?

Well we didn’t go bike riding or do anything sporty but did clean out the garage and yard – a little Spring/Winter clean up at the house and basically took advantage by going (and staying) outside for a quick minute. It was great to spend a  little time outdoors on the yard/garage and not freeze! 🙂

Aside from that, I did play a bit with my nephew as well and that was sweet. I should’ve taken a pic, boo! to me for not doing so.

How about you? What did you do this past weekend. Did you enjoy the warmer weather – did you stay inside. Share with us below in the comments. (pretty please!)

Did you clean house, like me ? Or go walking, biking, hiking, rock climbing, running or other. If other, what.

Tell us below.

Happy #OatmealMuffinDay (Plus Recipe)

Image via (Food Network)

Did you know today is Oatmeal Muffin Day. Well, yes it is.

According to the (Holiday Insights) calendar website, today is the day.

Oatmeal is known for its cholesterol lowering propertiies along with its many flavored variations. Do you like blueberries? How about honey?

You can add either or both to your breakfast oatmeal or include in your oatmeal muffin recipe. Speaking of recipes? Below is one we found on our fave food and recipe site – Food Network. Check it out.

Oatmeal Muffin Recipe.