Woohoo!!! So here is my first newsletter for Southwold Tourist Information Online. It's been created using MailChimp which I have used before with a client so I was pretty confident using all the elements... actually it's pretty similar to creating a blog... just drag and drop. Add your links, and Bob's your Uncle or great great Uncle Bob in my case (warning: one crotchety old fart coming up!).
Naturally the first thing I did was to look up some tasty domain names and couldn't believe no one else had registered them... I figured it was a good sign and that I was meant to do it, so registered a small selection (including both www.ilovesouthwold.co.uk and www.southwoldtourism.co.uk), which currently all point to the main site. What started as a simple idea has grown into quite a selection of information. Of course there are already a number of websites for Southwold (you only have to Google the town), but the difference with my new site is that it doesn't just display those businesses and attractions who pay to be displayed... it has the same principle with the old office in that the information should be freely available even if just a basic entry. Of course advertising still helps pay for my costs.
There is still a lot of work to do with the site but it is live and working, and doing exactly what I intended.
Recognise the logo? It's based on the window sticker which I had previously designed as stock for sale.
Of course me being a fan of all things 'social networking' I set up accounts with Facebook, Instagram and Google+.
Next came the business cards... again based on the same logo design...
... and right now I'm busy managing the information, keeping it all up to date and letting people know it's here. See you in Southwold :D xxx
Ok so I haven't actually parked in Southwold (because I can't drive)... instead I had a really busy day yesterday creating various samples: car window stickers, bumper stickers and leather bookmarks; all to be produced as stock for selling at the TIC.
I've been asked so many times "Do you sell the 'I parked in Southwold' bumper stickers?" (Southwold is notoriously difficult to find a parking space especially during the summer season); or "Do you sell leather bookmarks" (I've discovered many people collect these from all over); that I decided to create our own stock as I was unable to source these items elsewhere.
All items were created using my trusty Serif DrawPlus X5. The stickers all use CMYK colours and although I have shown the bookmarks in colour here, the actual bookmark designs are created black on a white background as these will be foil blocked in silver on dark blue bonded leather.
I also spent quite a bit of time sourcing where to get the items printed, the best value for printing in various quantities (which also provide the most profit); and also the various specifications that different printers require for submitting work.
It was definitely not a five minute job - it took me the best part of all day, but I feel I was very productive. I can't wait now to place the orders and see the final items on display and available for sale!!
Since early June I have changed my job yet again... previously I was working at a local printers but unfortunately I didn't feel I was right for the particular job I was doing, and really felt that I was missing working with the public. So when a position came up at a local Tourist Information Centre I absolutely jumped at the chance and knew I was suited for the job.
I actually applied for a part-time assistant's position but was offered the chance to cover whilst the supervisor is taking maternity leave.
There is still loads for me to learn but I have such a lovely team to work with, they have been fabulous and made me feel very welcome.
And wouldn't you know it? I've still been able to be creative and produce a flyer to show the location of the new premises. These have now been printed and I've been handing them out to the local shops and businesses as I introduce myself as well.
I'm just a country girl from Suffolk living with my beautiful daughter, 2 guinea-pigs, 3 cats: EAP The Demonic Moggy, 'El Bandito' and 'Her Royal Highness Princess Pickle-Lily Fuzzy Britches' (yes that is her actual name).
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