Thursday, January 14, 2021

Bumper Stickers, Facebook, Tales of Lost Profit- One 2020 Wench In The Wheel

 

Elect Sanity Holographic Bumper Stickers

So... 

Story really goes that I created (AND COPYRIGHTED) this design in 2014.  It was a midterm election year. Things were starting to get loco on the political frontier of the U and S, and I was feeling crafty : )  I designed three versions, printing one, but didn't go about seriously selling the sticker until 2020.   

Elect-Sanity.com Bumper Sticker in Holographic Silver

Elect-Sanity.com Bumper Sticker in Holographic Blue

So...  

I went about reprinting the sticker, this time twice as holographic silver and blue (with accents!), setup an e-commerce website, and paid, PAID Instagram for ads to promote the sticker for a week. THIS SHOULD HAVE WORKED.  Yet, Facebook (IG) assumed my site was a hack or something, took my money but didn't lead viewers to the elect-sanity.com website!!!  Instead, the first 6,000+ onloookers were directed to a blank page or back to Instagram. I was given no notice of their suspicions about the site at all.. I discovered the redirect while viewing the ad on my other IG accounts.



I tried in so many many ways to contact Facebook about the error on their part, but this oh so very ethical corporation has a very active and unhelpful contact method to avoid direct customer service -to paying customers.  

Deflated and over-minded by Friendly Corp., I retreated the project to a drawer in the living room. I didn't have a lot more money to spare on marketing, and I had already spent $1000 +/- on the stickers. Pinterest was given a try will a great deal of pins but no purchases.  I ended up making a few via the 1300 AD and before that manner with word-of-mouth.

So... Long story short, these stickers are still around and available your favorite car, truck, boat, or RV... Just click on the pics to go straight to a purchase link.  And if you do, I will send them with hugs and kisses.

P.S.

I am not a supporter of the current standards of social media, and that’s possibly another reason why it failed to go as planned.  Maybe if I would have been able to pay someone to do this, it would have been big. I’ll never know, but it’ll be here on my page forever and forever. 


Try Again.




 “ If at first you don’t succeed/
you can dust it off and try again/
dust yourself off and try again
try again”



How many of you know where these lyrics come from??? If you don’t, take this.  


I admit to not caring enough about my blog portfolio. To the point of severe time-neglect.  It’s not that I don’t like it, or didn’t want to do more, or wasn’t very happy with my work and the feedback from friends & clients… Just that being grown is hard, and I was working all the time (designing, teaching, Uber-ring even (never no more)) instead of being what I should have been - in business.


To a degree, I’ve been intrigued and somewhat good at business: I have skills and can talk the talk.  But my financial business acumen was not there.  When I was a munchkin, they just never taught us in school.  The other times I was tapping on the door of entrepreneurial-ship, I was flatly discouraged because I was direct competition and didn’t have enough keen to know that.  As an adult, after a career move that gave me mad skills but could have caused me my life (this is literal); in addition, almost made me crazy, I went about this the wrong way.  How?


1. I went to COLLEGE-
Everything people tell you about college is true.  Unless you are into nepotism, a degree won’t get you a good job, then or now. Social Media is going to make it worse, please believe me.

2. Bad relationships-
Sad but just a fact.  Your partner isn’t your partner if he or she is jealous of you.  Believe what you see the first time; let that sh*t go.  Add the word “friend” to this observation as need be.


3. Family Deaths-
After my Aunt Florita died in 2017, my father Rickey Pierre passed away that following October.  It was too much, along with the other top sections above stated.  I think I cried every straight day for about a month.

 

4. NOT ENOUGH MONEY-
The metaphor is true, you must pay to tourney on this real world board of Chess and Monopoly.  And back then, I could barely get a car loan, let alone a business one. 


Yet, it’s all good because I am still here and back to my blog to give you all panchromatic realness.  Changes have come to set me into better patterns, and I have the capital and knowledge to succeed. -I will do that.  


I will be back to post some more; my 2018 thru 2020 compilation.  Leave some feedback, shall you?  Why, thank you then… Alright.