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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 03-20-2013 08:55 PM 1374 views 1 time favorited 54 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RussellAP

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03-20-2013 08:55 PM

You all know how hard it is to make a buck doing woodworking. Last summer I tried to sell Adirondack Chairs with no luck.
In November I added a lathe to my tool inventory and it seems to be my little money maker. It’s sold more than anything else I’ve made. Which is good because I can hold on to the larger stuff like blanket chests till I have an opportunity to perhaps market that to someone in person.

Last night I decided to take the plunge with Facebook. I’ve had a business page there since May of last year. I decided to advertise my page.
I set a limit of 10$ per day. They only take money for driving traffic, so if you end up actually paying 10$ day you got some awesome traffic out of it. To give you an idea, I set a limit of 10$ per day and have only been charged about 6$ today and have been visited 2200 times already. I’m planing to lift the limit a little if this keeps up.

My total possible reach with this ad is about 10 million people.
This morning my page had 154 likes, and now its on 179 likes. Thats a months growth in half a day guys.

I don’t know how it will pan out for sales yet, but one thing is for sure, you cant sell if no one sees you.

Comments?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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#1 posted 03-20-2013 09:48 PM

great idea russell,sounds like your getting alot of lookers and that should make you some good returns soon.
hope everything works out for the best for you.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 03-20-2013 10:24 PM

That is a great idea Russell. When I get to a point when I am able to start selling on a more regular basis then I will give this idea a shot!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#3 posted 03-20-2013 10:47 PM

Wow! That’s great Russell, Thanks for the heads up!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#4 posted 03-20-2013 11:21 PM

Well? What is it so we can like it too?

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 03-20-2013 11:49 PM

Sorry Dallas I thought you already knew. https://www.facebook.com/OutdoorFurnitureDesignByRussell

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#6 posted 03-20-2013 11:51 PM

It will be interesting to see how this turns into sales, keep posting on your success. Myself I make pens and sell word of mouth and take no orders. My run of production is 2 1/2 months during the winter and when those are gone, they are gone. Rarely have more than 5-8 pens left after any season but manage to make enough profit to pay for other items I want to expand the shop. While I can make lots of things rarely has anyone been willing to pay a fair price and I am not into that charity thing when it comes out of my mad money. The salesman gene passed me by I am guessing. (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 03-21-2013 12:03 AM

@woodbutcherbynight. I have sold a couple bowls, one went for 125$. Most are from 50-80$ and I give 20% discounts to returning customers. I just have to stay up on the inventory, because this page is taking off, it’s at 211 likes now. When I hit about 300 likes, I should start to see some sales. When I get to 1000 I will be hard pressed to keep up. All in all, I’ve sold more clocks that anything so far, but that will change this week I have a feeling.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#8 posted 03-21-2013 12:10 AM

There, I helped! I liked it too, that gives you 222! Good Luck!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#9 posted 03-21-2013 01:15 AM

I’m #224

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#10 posted 03-21-2013 12:11 PM

Interesting comment about the lathe work.

I’ve seen a couple of jobs posted online requiring lathe work. I’m guessing it’s a specialized skill.

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#11 posted 03-21-2013 01:24 PM

Russell, I think that it sounds like a great idea. I’m #240. One thing I’ve seen some other FB businesses do is post something like “Once we hit 1,000 likes” (or some other amount), one person will be selected at random to receive a free X” where X is an item you determine. Doesn’t have to be anything pricey, but it may generate some traffic and get some word of mouth going, especially if the lucky person talk about their free X on FaceBook.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#12 posted 03-21-2013 01:33 PM

Ed, that sounds like a great idea, its just so hard to do that in the chaos that is FB. I do have an offer out for 10% off the price for new friends to the page.
The main thing I’m targeting these ads for is to get Likes on the page.
Once you get to the 300 friends mark I believe you’ll start seeing sales generated from the page.

I had an old friend from HS invite me to lunch next week, he owns and ad agency here in town. I’m hoping he isn’t trying to just make some money off me, and perhaps even help an old classmate up the ladder. I know the main thing I’d love to do if I ever became successful at this, is to help others achieve their dreams.

As a true American with true liberal and somewhat progressive tendencies, I think it’s incumbent upon us to help those less fortunate or that are struggling to make it. If we all helped another person reach their goals and dreams, we have improved the world.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#13 posted 03-21-2013 02:05 PM

Russell … Where are your customers coming from? Are they local, regional, etc.?

Do you set up at craft fairs, swap meets, etc.?

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#14 posted 03-21-2013 02:29 PM

Gerry, I haven’t had enough sales to make a determination, but I can tell you that sales come from some strange places. I was on a blogging site for years and I revived the blog after a couple years of doing nothing and started posting my work there. I sold a bowl for 125$ to an old friend there and she has driven business to me via her blog. This is one of the main reasons I quit trying to do outdoor furniture, even though I’ll make some for locals, it can’t be shipped. So with the addition of the lathe, I have a product that can be easily shipped and I’ve opened up a market that is much larger than just the locals.

I fear that if I do not sell well, I may have to do the craft fair stuff even though I’d prefer not to. It’s a lot of work and expense. Some guys love it though. But you have to do something when you have 50 bowls made.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#15 posted 03-21-2013 02:51 PM

But you have to do something when you have 50 bowls made.

Start having “Tupperware” style parties! Oo}

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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