If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. ~Bob Hope

Monday, January 9, 2012

Thinking it through:The Giveaways

I have been a bit preoccupied with ten different things the past couple of days. I do think though that I fleshed out a plan for my giveaways but not a concrete start date.

I will probably personally sponsor the first several just so that I bear the brunt of the disappointment with the build up. It's not really a big deal. I have my Clever Container and my Do You Bake? to draw from for prizes. Plus, I am in a Swap Group so now I know what to do with the product when it's a company I don't need anything from, and then there is the stack of CDs that could be used.

I think for starters the prize minimum with be $25. It seems a reasonable cost to a sponsor and of enough value to interest people. There's about one place I could see an exception to that and it involves a project of my husband's and that stack of CD's. I know a lot of sites charge for the sponsorship but I do not plan to do that for at least the first year. It all just depends on demand really and if the readership is supporting the site like I think they will.

Anyone can, of course, offer a bigger prize but I think it's counter-productive. Just my observation that a big prize sometimes detracts from drawing genuinely interested traffic to the business.

I know this is kind of a boring post, but I was hoping by putting some of this hear it might prompt someone to ask a question or make a comment that will help me smooth things out.

I should have an online form together for sponsorship by the end of the month. Creation takes time, and I have a pretty full dance card this next couple of weeks. Being sick last week through me off a bit...a great big huge bit...so any time frame I give right now is purely preliminary.  What can I say plan your and work your plan but never underestimate the power of flying by the seat of your pants.

So whaddya think?

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