Amy’s Creative Corner

Here’s a blog post we wrote recently for one of our best clients, Waggers Professional Pet Sitters…

Custom Painted Pet Portraits by Amy’s Creative Corner

Searching for the perfect Christmas gift for your pet loving friend? Not sure what to give the pet lover on your list? There’s still time to give someone the gift of having their pet’s portrait done, it’s unique and fun at the same time!

Dog portrait artist, Amy Yeager; showcased at Woof Gang Bakery Six Forks Rd Raleigh,
Dog portrait artist, Amy Yeager; showcased at Woof Gang Bakery Six Forks Rd Raleigh

Amy’s Creative Corner was recently featured in a Cary Magazine Feature
during a promotion of local business in Cary, North Carolina.

Here at Waggers Professional Pet Sitting we recently had the opportunity to meet Amy Yeager and speak with her about a cross marketing promotion that our Waggers marketing manager was planning.

Quickly things became too busy to plan our client event, but then it dawned on me, I can easily promote Amy’s Creative Corner right here on the Waggers website. As for the event, we plan to hold it in the future. Below is a description of the custom pet gifts you can contact Amy Yeager for;

“Here’s an explanation for you about Amy’s Creative Corner…I specialize in custom painted pet portraits and handmade gifts including pendant necklaces and stationery. My paintings are made with love and last a lifetime…not to sound cheezy. Ha! But really people can feel confident in giving gifts that are meaningful and unique. I love hearing stories from customers about their pets and seeing how happy they are with my products. I am a local Cary artist, but I can ship my wares anywhere
in the world. Does this help a little?” -Amy Yeager

Why YES Ms. Amy Yeager, it helps ALOT!!

These will help you even more – watch the videos below to learn how Amy’s Creative Corner began and then view some of her recent work!

How Amy’s Creative Corner began…

One more question for you Ms. Amy, does my pet need to have a sitting to be painted?

“I work off of photos that can be emailed to me. If they don’t have it digitally, (if it is a pet that passed away and they don’t have any digital files, etc.) then they can mail actual photos too. My Etsy shop is where people can see all the different sizes and prices of portraits, handmade gifts and other misc. art I do. This is also where they can make their purchases as well. Let me know any other questions you may have. Thanks!!” -Amy Yeager

Some of Amy Yeager’s work..

Amy’s Creative Pet Portraits also has gift certificates you can purchase and give as a gift! Unbelieveably the gift cards themselves are hand painted! Let them pick out exactly that they want this holiday season!

You can also see Amy Yeager’s work locally in several places where it is displayed such as, Woof Gang Bakery in North Hills. Woof Gang Bakery has several pieces available for consignment, or for viewing before placing an order for your own custom pet portrait.

If you are headed to downtown Raleigh anytime soon, feel free to drop by the recently opened Kindred on Wilmington St in Raleigh. Kindred is a boutique geared toward helping local artisans grow their business, make sure you have time on your hands if you go, they have over 20 artisans on display.

Amy’s Creative Corner also has work on display and a mural at All Dogs Together in Cary, and other murals at the Mosaic Church in Cary.

You can visit Amy’s Creative Corner and get started on completing your shopping list right here!

We hope to hear from you soon!
Waggedly Yours,
Allison Smith
919-616-5242

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If you know Allison Smith and Waggers Pet Sitting, get in touch with me – she and I LOVE to promote business’ she collaborates with on her blog, web pages and more!

Yours to Count On,

Erika Madsen
Madsen Avenue Promotions
602-849-6576 cell
P.S. Madsen Avenue Promotions will customize marketing to fit YOUR business (business planning, social media integration & website design!)

Ratings on Google have soared to regular first page placements

Ratings on Google have soared to regular first page placements

Thanks to Allison Smith for her awesome review of our services below, we LOVE helping Waggers Professional Pet Sitting!

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As a small business owner I find myself making a lot of decisions on a daily basis. One of the most important components of growing my business is zeroing in on the most beneficial and cost effective marketing strategies.

Madsen Avenue Promotions has helped me reach my goal of spreading the word with door to door flyer delivery. Erika also manages our social media pages & extensive marketing plan.

With Madsen Avenue Promotions in charge, my ratings on Google have soared to regular first page placement. I am beyond impressed with all of Erika’s handiwork! ~Allison Smith, Owner of Waggers Professional Pet Sitting

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If your business is in need of getting Google tools up to speed, call us we will counsel you on the steps involved and then allow you to make the correct decision for you!

Yours to Count On,

Erika Madsen
Madsen Avenue Promotions
(602) 849-6576 cell

P.S. Madsen Avenue Promotions will customize marketing to fit YOUR business; No matter what your need! We specialize in social media integration, business planning, event coordination and even website design)

Pinterest New Feature

Pinterest New Feature

Yes, I realize this email below did not just come to me, there are currently over 20 million Pinterest members – whew! That translates into a HUGE number of eyes that could have read this information… but honestly did you see and read your message from Ben at Pinterest?

Did you think of any fantastic ideas you could do with a secret board? Christmas ideas, Birthday gifts, secret suprise parties, small and large event planning those are the easy ideas to come up with.  Don’t forget you can still share these boards between people which means some of your friends can be “in” on the planning of secret events!!

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Hi, Erika!

I had two thoughts driving home from the hospital with my wife, Divya. The first was, “I can’t believe I’m a Dad.” The second was, “I hope I can get our new baby, Max, out of that new car seat when we get home.”
During the first couple weeks, we started to figure out all the little things that are second nature for experienced parents: changing diapers, swaddling a wriggly infant, and doing every household task with one arm. As usual, Divya was a few steps ahead of me. When our doctor suggested we buy a humidifier she said, “Oh, I already have one!” When I was getting Max ready for his first bath, she pulled out a neat homemade bath kit, complete with a tiny towel, comb and toothbrush. I felt like I’d forgotten to read a secret New Baby Instruction Manual. In an exasperated moment, I remember asking Divya, “How did you figure all this stuff out already?!” She looked at me and and cheerfully replied, “I just follow other parents on Pinterest!”

Over the last year, there have been so many ways, big and small, that the Pinterest community has made my life better. I’m happy to say that I’m not alone. We’ve heard from teachers who use Pinterest to plan lessons, chefs who share recipes, and museums that pin their archives. We’ve also heard from millions of people who’ve been inspired to pick up an old hobby or try something new. It’s honestly more than we ever expected when we started Pinterest. We’re humbled to be part of such a positive, warm and creative community.

Today, we’re excited to continue this tradition with a new feature we hope will make Pinterest even better—secret boards. Secret boards give you a place for things you’re not quite ready to share yet, like a surprise party, special gift ideas, or even planning for a new baby. We’re testing out the feature by giving everyone 3 secret boards. You’ll find them at the bottom of your profile. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

On behalf of our team here at Pinterest, thanks so much for pinning, inviting your friends, and sending us ideas for how we can improve. Most of all, thanks for sharing your inspirations. With your help, we’ll make Pinterest a little better every day.

—Ben & the Pinterest Team

Happy pinning!

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If you would like some more reading material on this topic, here’s a great article from Technorati.

Here’s my best idea so far… secret boards between my marketing clients and myself! These will let us share pieces I have created for them and ideas that I have for upcoming marketing. It will also allow us to collaborate and then effectively plan out marketing campaigns! I’m off to create one right now for one of my clients (hope I don’t get lost in the Pinterest world all afternoon).

If you need a marketing assistant who will help to inspire you to use the next level of social media in your business, I am your gal! Just call us at Madsen Avenue Promotions so we can give you some specific ideas for your independent business.

Yours to Count On,

Erika Madsen
Madsen Avenue Promotions
(602) 849-6576 cell

P.S. Madsen Avenue Promotions will customize marketing to fit YOUR business; No matter what your need! We specialize in social media integration, business planning, event coordination and even website design)

How What I Learned in Girl Scouts Helps Madsen Avenue Promotions

How What I Learned in Girl Scouts Helps Madsen Avenue Promotions

I’m going to imagine for a moment that I was never a Brownie, Junior or Cadette girl scout. I will also imagine that I also never became a Troop Leader for my oldest daughter’s Brownie troop or later her Junior troop. That would mean I would also need to forget that my youngest who is currently a Daisy hasn’t afforded me time to enjoy troop events within the Apex area of NC.

Why would I try to forget these precious times of my life?

As I began to write this I realized that anyone who visited this page would automatically wonder, how could Girl Scouts have helped me in my business life? Those who HAVE been in the Girl Scout program would surely understand how my years as a scout & leader helped me in my business life (or would they?)

Here is the most simplest reason why… when you truly LOVE scouting and all it stands for these words become part of who you are as a person. I wholeheartedly believe them and do my best to honor them on a daily basis, even and especially in my business life!

The Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

The Girl Scout Law

I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

If you want a business owner who exemplifies these characteristics – I am a phone call away! If you have any questions, please call us, we return ALL phone calls!

Yours to Count On,

Erika Madsen
Madsen Avenue Promotions
(602) 849-6576 cell

P.S. Madsen Avenue Promotions will customize marketing to fit YOUR business (door to door flyer delivery, business planning, social media integration & website design!)

Happy November!

Happy November!

I can not even begin to fathom that we are already in November… where has this year gone?

To make things fly by even faster this month always begins to get extremely busy with events, get togethers, holiday fun and so much more!

If you haven’t begun to think about 2013 and plans for your business, now is a GREAT time to start collecting your sticky notes of what you would like to accomplish. We would love to help you get organized to take on 2013 with excitement!  Simply call me and we can schedule a time to get together, brainstorm and then carry out the rest of the planning steps.

Yours to Count On,

Erika Madsen
Madsen Avenue Promotions                                                                                                                                                                                      602-849-6576 cell

P.S. Madsen Avenue Promotions will customize marketing to fit YOUR business (door to door flyer delivery, business planning, social media integration & website design!)