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How To Increase Your Sales 50 Actions You Can Take Today – PART 1

How To Increase Your Sales 50 Actions You Can Take Today – PART 1

 

How to increase sales of your Online Shop one task at a time.

This post contains affiliate links , But be sure that I do not share what I have not tried myself in the past!. If you have any inquiries regarding my recommended tools dont hesitate to contact me via email admin @aivault.com

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There will be times when you will simply cant find a way to increase your sales. Although there are multiple factors involved and you can be working on each of them incrementally but then there are always times when you dont feel like doing your very obvious next step.

Reason for not working towards your obvious next step for business could be either you have a fear of facing the large task at hand, or you might feel bound by some tech issues OR you simply dont fieel in the ZONE to create something. So what do you do online that will also help you increase your overall sales?

I have got you covered Babe!

Below is a list of the tasks that you can choose from and each is aligned towards your One Goal of Increasing Sales Online.

These tasks will come in handy if you have your own website selling anything online or you are selling your services or digital goods online. Even if you have a third party POD website or your own store, Self hosted or third party hosted store like etsy, zazzle or creative market.

Lets dig right in! But first a nice big stretch to get you outa that unable to move forward zone!

Ready now? Lets do this….

TASKS TO INCREASE SALES

1- Create 2-3 pins for each product

2- Create 1-3 Pinnable long images for your most

popular posts

This one could be huge!
I have been having tricking sales but then I created a few Pinable images of my products (2-3 images for the same landing page), and uploaded them to Pinterst using the upload pin feature.

Click on the PLUS ICON > CREATE PIN > UPLOAD IMAGE > ADD URL OF LANDING PAGE > PIN!!

here is the example images that are leading to either the same product or to the section of the product.

 

For product these images could include
How to use your product, Tutorials that are step by step showing usage of your product or your product in action.

Similarly you can do the same for the same blog post. Create 2-3 images with different headlines that you can pin, these pins are leading to the same blog post but the headlines or text on pins could be different. Below you will see images created for the same product.

3-Find your most visited page of the blog and embed
your newsletter signup form to it.

The tools that I recommend to create your newsletter and optin forms are

Mailchimp
MailerLite
Klaviyo
ConvertKit

You can easily find out the most visited page from your google analytics dashboard. The page that is getting the most hits is the one you should be adding your signup form to first and foremost . Even when you dont  have an enticing offer.
But it is in your best interest that you create a juicy offer or optin that is good enough for a visitor to hand over their email address to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see that my most visited page this month is Kairy Brushes! so I will focus on improving that page for sure!

4- Pin your pins to various group boards

 

5 – Schedule your new pin to go out to different group
boards

Ahhh… the glorious group boards ! you can search for top group boards through PINGROUPIE website OR another tip is to find a person who is either selling similar products as yours or have the same interest as yours.

Now check out which group boards they are posting to and then send out a request to join those group boards. Post regularly to these group boards this will for sure bring in some new eyeballs to your business.

6- Feed your Tailwind to Autopost your pins to different boards

Set some time aside each week to feed your Tailwind so you dont have to waste your time pinning images. For those of you who dont know Tailwind is a tool that I looooooove and recommend for helping you uplevel your pinterest and as a result increase your sales and traffic through pinterest.

GET $15 OFF TAILWIND PLUS USING THIS LINK

7-Feed your boardbooster to loop pins from your
popular boards.

I loved this little handy tool…. sadly it is no more available so just lets move on to the next to-do task.

8- Scroll through pinterest for inspiration and new ideas

I love spending time on pinterest, and sometimes you do need some inspiration to get you started. Keep in mind to set up a timer for you once you are browsing for inspiration and not get carried away wading through pages and pages without any track of time.

9- Create a new Trello board to record your new ideas add images to support that idea.

 

I love using Trello to plan and organize my business. Here is a screeshot of how I use to manage my ideas through Trello. 

 

Although I use Boards to create content calendar , product delivery process and customer service too , thats a story for another day. Right now you can get browsin’ the WWW and gather some ideas and inspirations up in the relevant Lists inside Trello… easy peasy and handy!

I usually create a Main List inside the board where I can dump ideas as I go, I also like to add WHY I liked this idea. The reason why I do this extra step is that almost everytime when I return to my brain dump list, I almost everytime forget why I added it to Dump list in the first place.

Later I move the ideas to relevant category lists on the same board, mine are Art Prints , Products , Sticker ideas and similar while you can create whatever suits your need.

10- Give a deadlines to your top 3 ideas

This one is big! , by BIG I mean some fears will arise and probably they have been there for ages that is why you haven’t been able to accomplish the ideas or products. I have shared the Journal prompts workbook to overcome these fears of success which can be accessed in the tribe library as well.

But the simple step of committing to its completion using a visual deadline in your calendar takes you one step further in reaching your goal. In case you are facing issues reaching your goals now and in the past then I will suggest that you use the Goal Planner System that I use  (psst… its on a special price)

This post is a series of 5 posts filled with tips and tricks to increase your sales. Check back later or subscribe to the blog for the full list as it gets published.

How to Better Streamline Your Social Media Management

if you are a small business entrepreneur like me chances are you are still struggling to streamline different aspects of social media scheduling. While juggling with various business related tasks and most of all some or another unforeseen task waiting to disturb the plan that you have in mind for the day . I can totally understand that how frustrating it can become to manage social media.

I sometimes wished and hoped that I had grown enough to hire a VA who is hired JUST to handle my social media accounts for me . I totally get it , while trying to grow our business we miss on the great returns social media can bring in  if handled methodically and regularly.

Are you a small biz owner hoping that you could hire a VA to manage your social media for you , but cant afford at the moment. I have good news for you , You have a VA for your social media tasks !! err maybe not for free but for a wonderfully manageable cost !. I am talking about my recent new love , a social media and your blog management tool. CoSchedule is an all-in-one marketing calendar that brings your content and social media in the same place. It’s your unified marketing calendar of record!

Some of the key features of CoSchedule are

  • Drag-And-Drop Marketing Calendar

  • Easy Social Media Scheduling

  • Easy Workflow Management For Your Marketing Team

  • Easily Re-Schedule Old Blog Content

  • Works Great With WordPress

  • Manage Google Docs Content

  • Manage Evernote Content

  • Convert Evernote & Google Docs Content To WordPress

  • Lot’s Of Intergrations That Will Simplify Your Life

Lets get a bit more detailed overview of these features.

Drag-And-Drop Marketing Calendar

Yes it is possible ! indeed , with CoSchedule drag and drop feature you can simply re-arrange your marketing calendar. Move around your scheduled posts and the full social media posts control.

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Easy Social Media Scheduling

The best thing about CoSchedule is that as you can manage all of your content using drag-and-drop simplicity. Things get really yummy when you can schedule upto the coming month or say a year! , keep those posts evergreen. Plan them out for the full month and ahead and just sit back and see them rolling at designated times. Good news is there is no limit to number of posts .

In the image below you can see that how it is easy for me to even get an overview of the full social media schedule. You can also assign tasks for your posts .

Easy Workflow Management For Your Marketing Team

Now I dont have a marketing team and that is why I am loving the ability of this tool , but if still however you decide to handover the task to someone else then the whole management process becomes so easy. You can assign tasks from inside CoSchedule and then see which one of your team member is where at his / her tasks.

Easily Re-Schedule Old Blog Content Works Great With WordPress.

And then while you are working on a new post or you want to re-schedule old content you can easily see how well the posts have performed or posts that need to be shared. That my friend is a priceless tool when it comes to creating evergreen content.

With this amazing WordPress plugin, you can save a ton of time and grow your traffic by scheduling social media promotion right from WordPress while you blog! CoSchedule is the the marketing calendar that WordPress has been missing.

Manage Google Docs/Evernote Content

if you are like me , who hates to write inside wordpress ? this clever tool can connect seamlessly to your Google Docs or Evernote content and convert it to your wordpress post.

CoSchedule integrates with WordPress, Evernote, Google Docs, Google Analytics and major social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Buffer, and even Google+ Pages.

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below is an overview walkthrough shared by CoSchedule if you are interested in learning about it more then check this out. Oh ! and if you click through any of my links you will get 14days trial.

Would you like to streamline your Social Media Management? Check out CoSchedule . If this tool can work for me it will work for you too 🙂 . Which tools do you use and recommend I would love to know share in comments below.

20 Free Logo Mockup PSD Templates for designers

Logo mockup templates are layered PSD files that are editable . And are a great way to represent your design to your client. It is best that client gets a visual on how the logo will look when printed. Since Logo iteself is a visual representation of a brand and the client is already expecting a Visual outcome from your side , a logo mockup rightly created increases a chance of being approved.

The best Logo Mockup file should be realistic , well layered and easy to use even for a novice graphic designer. I have complied a list of Free Logo Mockup PSDs that i found very useful. hope this helps you get some projects finalized.

Gold Letterpress Logo Mockup

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Logo MockUps – Paper Edition

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Wood engraved logo mockup

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Paper Letterpress Logo Mockup PSD

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METAL LOGO MOCKUP

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Free Retro Badge Logo Design

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Hanging Wall Sign MockUp

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Free Logo/Text Mock-up – Paint On Wood

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Free Logo/Text Mock-up – Watercolor Painting

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Vintage Logo Mockup

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Close-Up Logo Mock-ups

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Spot UV Logo MockUp

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Embroidered Logo MockUp

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Natural Paper Printed Logo MockUp

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Free Vintage Logo Mock-Up

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PSD Paper Logo Mock-Up

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Engraved Wood MockUp

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Luxury Wedding Logo Mockups

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Close Up Logo Mock-Up

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Vintage Logo MockUp PSD

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My 10 New Year Resolutions as a Struggling Artist

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1- Get inspired 

I know there is sometimes a very thin line between getting inspired and sometimes you are sure to adopt it as is . The aim of an artist when looking for inspiration should be to “LIKE” some “WAYS” another artist works . Then try to incorporate those “WAYS” into their own work but NOT as is. I hope that makes sense!

As for me as an artist “I will get inspired”

2- Create or Develop further on my Style

Defination of “STYLE” can be very confusing just like getting “inspiration” . A style is something which you as an artist feels comforatble doing , and you are best at it . One can not copy or incorporate a style of another artist no matter how hard they try. In my openion a style doesnt come in a day or two it developes and flourishes from inspirations.

As for me as an artist” I will find what i am really good at and will work on it more”

3- Find my Style

Aha ! sometimes or most of the times we are struggling especially when we have just started working full time as an artist. trying to really have that AHA moment. The AHA moment is when you have found your style or maybe part of it . So look out for that AHA moments , stick to them !

Many AHA’s will combine togather to form a style .

As for me as an artist” Find that AHAs”

4-Write a blog post every week.

Well thats a tricky and hardest one for me , when i initially started blogging i had that full time drive to write . I wrote many Tutorials , blog posts and what not . At one time i was managing around 4 blogs in all. I had that drive to write , pasion to share . I lost it 🙁

For me that happened when i got overwhelmed ! dont do it … take one thing at a time to work on , baby steps i tell you … 🙂

As for me as an artist ” Write and publish atleast one blog post every week”

I will try to get back there but this time …. slowly.

5- Read more.

Reading opens up and sharpens a mind. Read often , read more . Not only the blog posts of another artist , articles by Artists but on various subjects. May range from Art in general to religion , philosophy , life sciences , technology and more.

As for me I will try to ” Read and get inspired ”

6- Explore and learn and practice

As Exploration and learning is important for a child growing up , i think in the same way an artist who is struggling is a child new to the world of Art and will only learn through exploration and learning .

Next step would be to incorporate what is learned into practice .

As for me i will “Explore and implement through practice”

7- A new artwork every week

The Exploration and learning has no home until it is put into practice . For an artist putting into practice is both Time demanding , need practice , need patience and needs a Get it Done approach.

As for me i will ” Create a new Artwork every week ”

PS and have it finished too!

8- Get social.

Yes by social i mean not only social on social networking sites , but also reaching out to local galleries , local art groups and more. Make friends on Social networking sites like Facebook , Instagram and twitter. Make friends with people that you can connect with and that connection not only keeps your mind at peace ( a requirement to create art ) . And also this will help you so much to get inspired and create more.

As for me “Get organized plan a social plan”

9- Create and achieve a monthly challenge.

Challenge yourself to achieve a bigger task broken into smaller tasks  . For instance if you are challenging yourself to have an art exhibit by the end of the year . Start acting now! challenge yourself to create 3-4 artworks per month the try to achieve a challenge that is small.

Break your bigger dream into small achievable challenges that you can achieve.

Good to make a list

As for me “Make a todo list of baby challenges that will finalize into bigger Target”

You may follow me on social networks for this i will be posting about my challenges hashtag-ed as #Doneitnow2015

10- Get it done!

I tell you twice while writing this post i was just about to leave it for later and finish at another time , but then , i am committing myself this year to have a Get it Done approach . I held myself up by the collar not to leave the screen until this one gets done .

There are tons of works in my drive that were left in between their progress and believe me 80% chances are there that you will not return back to it , as an artist you will have a new inspiration next time and you will be starting to work on the new inspiration! . So just Get it done Now!

As for me ” Just Get it Done Now” #Doneitnow2015

See my latest posts on social media tagged #Doneitnow2015 Join the conversation!

Believe me with all these in place you will now have a very peaceful sleep knowing that you did your best. Thats what matters the most. Do you agree with me on these? Do you have some points of your own through which other struggling artist like me also can benifit ? dont forget to share your thoughts in comments.

12 Amazing Vintage Public Domain Free Stock Photo Websites

A while back i shared 16 Stock photo websites that you can sell your digital photography or graphic design skills . But sometimes you need graphics for your projects . Below is a list of some of useful free stock photo sites that I have found and bookmarked over the years.

Public Domain Archive Free Stock Photo

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An interesting collection of stock photo images though the site doesn’t have a large database of images but they do post a weekly free image for download. The site has a Vintage images section right from the home page , a Weekly free image link and modern images link.

The British Library on Flickr

12 vintage stock photo image websites

The British Library on Flickr has released thousands of stock photo images into the public domain . There are lots of useful decorative accents and elements for digital collage or such . The sizes are various they can be easily incorporated into your artworks as parts of a one whole artwork. Can be used for adaptive and derivative works.

usa.gov stock photo images

12 vintage stock photo image websites

Here you can get linked to all the photo archives of different US government organizations like NASA, US Fish and Wildlife, and the Library of Congress. It’s a lot to go through and find something perfect for your need as lot of redundant images are posted but it’s going to be one of the more reliable sources out there for finding public domain images

Some of these photos are in the public domain or U.S. government works and may be used without permission or fee. However, some images may be protected by license or copyright. You should read the disclaimers on each site before using these images.

Flickr Common

12 vintage stock photo image websites

A big library of public domain images the site shares hidden treasures from the world’s public photography archives. some of these valuable archives are by public libraries and museums . The images are there as they have expired and fall into public domain. Again you might need some time out to browse the site . Good idea would be to create your own sets of images while you browse.

Public Domain Pictures

12 vintage stock photo image websites

A useful repository of free public domain images , free download high quality HD photos you can even share your own and become part of the community. For Commercial Use , please be aware that some photos do require a model or property release .

PD Photos

12 vintage stock photo image websites

PDPhoto.org is a repository for free public domain photos. Unless something is clearly marked as being copyrighted, you can assume it is free to use. But if you intend to use an image you find here for commercial use, please be aware that standards for such use are higher. Specifically, you should assume no model release was obtained. And pictures featuring products or property should be used with care. The photos are here to be used, but I don’t want you to get either of us in trouble over it.

Old Book Illustrations

12 vintage stock photo image websites

This site is dedicated to providing our visitors with a wide range of illustrations scanned from old books. Most of these vintage pictures are originally wood engravings or woodcuts, fewer are etchings or metal engravings; if you are looking for nineteenth century or victorian clipart, you might just find it here.

Some bonus Links that are equally image rich!

Important lincesing info :

All Images provided on Public Domain Archive are bound to Creative Commons Deed CC0. You are free to adapt and use the Images for commercial purposes without attributing the original author or source. 

Generally, works in the public domain, including images, can be used without restriction. However, determining if a work or image is in fact in the public domain can be challenging,  there is always the possibility, however small, that an image on this site is in fact not in the public domain and has been erroneously included in their collections. So make sure if you are using an image for commercial purpose you do your homework on the image still.

Pinterest Top Picks: Most Pinned and Popular Vector and illustrator Tutorials

Pinterest is said to be gaining more popularity with Crafter or Creative minds .

Just recently trend of Artists pinning boards for their inspiration has started to pop up.

I have found Pinterest to be a very useful tool for information sharing .

As for Graphic Artists and Designers seeking inspiration , i am yet to see a MORE PINNING trend . Anyhow i have created a board with some of the Most Pinned and Popular Vector and illustrator Tutorials.

I will find tutorials with more than atleast 10 pins already to be on this board. You can follow the board or check back this page often to get the latest of trending tutorials. Check it out…

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