Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Art of Doing Business online

Every since I launched my online business back in July, I've been continuously learning the do's, dont's and must's of having an online shop. I've also learned that there is an awful lot I don't know;but, there are some terrific people online who are willing to share the tips and tricks of running and online shop.

Recently, as I've been signing up for competitions and trying to do some link exchanging, and advertising, I've learned that I need what are called banners and avatars. Sounds like a science fiction character or scene right? Well, banners and avatars are used for marketing your business online, when you can't talk for yourself. It's another way of showing off your products, logo and business name, especially if you have an online shop, or thinking of opening up a shop in one of the craft communities, or even on ebay!


I had the pleasure of networking with Tara of KMT Graphic Designs. Tara does customized banners, avatars and backgrounds for website businesses. Tara says that "a professional graphic design can transform your small start up store into a recognized brand in the eyes of your buyers."


So, She took me on as a client along with all of my silly questions and innocense. It wasn't until she was just about finished that I finally got up the nerve to ask.."I get the banner thingy, but what exactly is an avatar?"...you see, I also learned that Tara is very patient with newbies. Basically, its the square image you see below, and most people use it on social networksites as their profile image....duhh, I got it! So, previously where I had been just using an image of my jewelry or my boring photo, I can now replace with a snapshot of my business that includes, name, logo and jewelry photos! How cool is that? Very cool to someone new to learning the ropes around the internet marketing.

In case you haven't figured it out, all the graphics floating around this post were designed by KMT. So, if you're in the market for a graphics package for your online business, check out KMT Graphice Designs site and look around. Contact her with any questions you have. She's a great communicator and will answer anything you need to make your final business decision. Turn around is very quick, I had samples back in less than 12 hours! Tara will work with you and listen to your ideas or vision and customize a package just right for you. Right now, until May, they are offering 25% off banner purchases to anyone who follows her blog at KMT Grahics Design Blog. What are you waiting for?

I love my new graphics, leave me a note and tell me what you think!

Unveiling another layer,
Dee

5 comments:

Lori Anderson Designs said...

I particularly like the 3rd one down, with the pink backgroud? I really think it pops and is lovely!

Runako Designs by Dee said...

Thanks Lori, I think the pink is really pretty also, was having problems getting the pic on that one though. But as you know with this stuff its every evolving, may go through 3-4 before the final :).

Vicki Bensinger said...

I love your new graphics as well Dee. I could use someone who is very patient to help me. Especially since I'm one to ask lots of questions.

I always tell my students no question is a stupid one, which is how I use to feel as a child when I asked questions. If you don't know the answer chances are someone else doesn't either.

This is one gal I need to look up. Thanks for sharing that information with us.

I think your logo is wonderful! Great colors and design.

kMT graphic design said...

Hi Dee! Thank you so much for your generous post!! It was such a pleasure working with you and getting to know you. And thank you to Vicky and Lori too for your comments!

Runako Designs by Dee said...

Thanks Vicki...Tara's your designer! And, thank you Tara, you did a GREAT job!

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