Techie Tuesday: Blog Marketing & A Giveaway

*The MOO business card giveaway is over.  Thanks to everyone who entered!  The winner is #13 (gasp!), Care!!  Congrats.*

I’m dipping my toes into something new today–a weekly feature called Techie Tuesdays.  The idea is for me to share a bit of techie knowledge in layman’s terms.  Essentially, I’ll share helpful websites or will distill technological information into user-friendly terms that you can apply directly to your blog (and daily life).  I gave it a go a few months back it was relatively successful, so I’m going to try it for a month and see how it goes.  Your feedback (including topic suggestion) is welcome and appreciated. 

During last year’s BEA, I remember reading about a few book bloggers who had business cards printed for the occasion.  They distributed their cards to publishers and other bloggers, an effective and professional marketing strategy. 

Then I started to fret, as I so often do.  Questions popped into my mind:

  • What if I don’t want to order 500 or 1,000 business cards? 
  • What if I don’t like traditional (read: boring) layouts?
  •  I love variety!  Could I stomach 500 of the same business cards?   
  • In this economy, who wants to spend a ton of money business cards?  

I scoured the web in search of a printing company with reasonable prices, ease of use, and design flexibility.  I kept returning to MOO, an English company that  just opened production in Providence, RI.  MOO has a terrific website–colorful, simple to use, and above all, it’s FUN!  I spent an easy hour designing business cards, postcards, holiday cards, and mini-cards.

My favorite thing about MOO?  For $21.99 you can order 50 business cards, each with a DIFFERENT design!  That’s right, 50 unique cards.  Say farewell to staid designs.  Bid adieu to uniformity!  Upload photos from Flickr, your computer, or a few other places, add your text, and presto!  Individualized and professional-quality cards!

To help celebrate the inaugural Techie Tuesday feature, I’m happy to announce that one lucky commenter will win one FREE set (50) of business cards or mini-cards (100) of their own design and choosing!  Simply leave a comment with the name of your favorite dairy product or recipe (MOO!), and you’ll be entered!  Winner (US or Canada only, sorry!) will be chosen at random and the entry deadline is Friday, 11/20 at 9pm EST.  For the record, I’m a fan of macaroni and cheese, myself! 

*I did not receive payment or free product to endorse MOO; I just LOVE their stuff. 

21 Comments

  • At 2009.11.17 10:26, Meg said:

    Oh my goodness, I’m completely in LOVE with MOO! They’re awesome. As you mentioned, I had blog business cards made up earlier this year — and I’ve actually given out a startling amount of them! I linked to them from my Flickr account and have 100 cards with 25 of my own photos on them. Seriously, they’re awesome… and, as you mentioned, I’m not an affiliate! LOL. This is true, uncompensated gushing!

    I’d love to be entered — I’m running low 🙂 My favorite dairy product would have to be chocolate milk. It’s chocolate — and milk. How can you go wrong there?

    Thanks, Nat! 🙂
    .-= Meg´s last blog ..Book review: ‘If I Stay’ by Gayle Forman =-.

    • At 2009.11.17 10:41, Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit) said:

      No need to enter me, but MOO is where I go for all my business card needs! I love their mini cards also! I cannot tell you how much I love their products. Also, if you are an enviro-girl or guy like me, you’ll love that they have earth friendly business cards too!
      .-= Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)´s last blog ..The Michael Jackson Tapes by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach =-.

      • At 2009.11.17 10:42, Kathy said:

        What fun!
        It is mighty hard to pick just one favorite dairy product. I love so many! I guess I’ll say ice cream and go eat a bowl now for my mid-morning snack!

        • At 2009.11.17 10:46, Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit) said:

          Psst..add the giveaway to my sidebar.
          .-= Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)´s last blog ..The Michael Jackson Tapes by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach =-.

          • At 2009.11.17 11:04, Heather @ Book Addiction said:

            This is awesome! Totally count me in.

            My favorite dairy product is definitely ice cream. I cannot live without a delicious cold treat every now and then. 🙂

            I’ve never had business cards made for the blog but now I’m starting to think I should… since everyone else seems to! 🙂
            .-= Heather @ Book Addiction´s last blog ..New Blanket from Reading Comfort =-.

            • At 2009.11.17 11:21, Lu said:

              Mmmmm, thanks for the giveaway. My favorite dairy product (moo!) is CHEESE.
              .-= Lu´s last blog ..Review – Under the Skin by Michel Faber =-.

              • At 2009.11.17 11:28, Dana said:

                My favorite dairy product is cheese! I’ve heard of the mini Moo cards but I didn’t realize that did other stuff. Off to check out their site…thanks for the suggestion. I look forward to more Techie Tuesdays!
                .-= Dana´s last blog ..Blog Hop Winners… =-.

                • At 2009.11.17 11:30, Chris@bookarama said:

                  What a great contest! I love the look of MOO cards.

                  As for favorite dairy product- ice cream of course!
                  .-= Chris@bookarama´s last blog ..Louis Riel, A Comic Strip Biography by Chester Brown: Review =-.

                  • At 2009.11.17 11:40, Jessica Kennedy said:

                    Very cool giveaway! I’ve looked at MOO a few times. I need to order some new business cards. I’ll most likely get some mini-cards. 🙂

                    I love me some strawberry yogurt with granola! 🙂
                    .-= Jessica Kennedy´s last blog ..Contest Roundup: Nov. 15 – 21 =-.

                    • At 2009.11.17 12:04, vivienne said:

                      I have never thought about having business cards printed for my blog. I think I prefer mine to pass around by word of mouth.
                      .-= vivienne´s last blog ..The Day I Met Kate Mosse! =-.

                      • At 2009.11.17 14:46, Beth F said:

                        I’m in LOVE with Moo cards. I fully endorse them. I’ve been using their mini cards for my business. Then they came up with bigger cards, which I use for my blog. I would love to get a set of bigger cards for my business. For anyone a bit hesitant — don’t be. Moo cards are great and I’ve been a happy customer for at least 3 years.
                        .-= Beth F´s last blog ..Review: After the Moment by Garret Freymann-Weyr =-.

                        • At 2009.11.17 14:48, Hayden Tompkins said:

                          MOO! Wait, I meant ME!

                          This is so awesome. I’ve been eyeballing Vista Print and haven’t been thrilled at all.

                          Ok, so my favorite dairy thing is chocolate milk!

                          Ingredients:
                          1 glass
                          1 gallon chocolate milk (chilled)

                          Instructions:
                          Set glass out on counter top. Shake jug. Undo lid. Carefully pour milk into glass. Take a sip and then breathe through nose. Savor.

                          Voila!
                          .-= Hayden Tompkins´s last blog ..Marriage on The Brink =-.

                          • At 2009.11.17 16:12, Care said:

                            I’m thrilled to read this and excited to check out this service. FABULOUS. and I love ice cream.
                            bkclubcare at gmail.
                            .-= Care´s last blog ..Books in My Future =-.

                            • At 2009.11.17 16:58, Becky Workman said:

                              What a cool website! I found lots of things that I’d like to have! I’ve never been there, so thanks for the heads up!

                              Favorite dairy product would have to be ice cream!
                              .-= Becky Workman´s last blog ..Tuesday Teaser =-.

                              • At 2009.11.17 23:09, Jonnie H said:

                                My favorite dairy product would have to be cheese, the sharper the better. It’s just so versatile!
                                .-= Jonnie H´s last blog ..Giveaway (or My computer had the swine flu) =-.

                                • At 2009.11.19 10:52, randy russell said:

                                  Favorite Dairy Recipe:

                                  Ingredients: Ice Cream, any flavor.

                                  Instructions:

                                  1. Open carton.
                                  2. Apply spoon.
                                  .-= randy russell´s last blog ..MUSICAL MESSENGER GHOST (in the Aires) =-.

                                  • At 2009.11.20 08:34, Anna said:

                                    What an awesome giveaway! Thanks!

                                    All I have to say is that cheese is good for the soul. 🙂
                                    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Interview With Laura Brodie, Author of THE WIDOW’S SEASON =-.

                                    • At 2009.11.20 13:19, Jena said:

                                      These days, my favorite dairy product is chocolate milk. After I get back from the gym, there’s nothing quite so satisfying as a tall, cold glass of chocolate milk. Mmmm…
                                      .-= Jena´s last blog ..Unforgettable: Sex with Kings by Eleanor Herman =-.

                                      • At 2009.11.23 10:58, Care said:

                                        Thrillsville to be Luck #13! ThANKS SO MUCH
                                        .-= Care´s last blog ..Off to Wrap Holiday Gifts and Unplug =-.

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