UPDATES: May 9, 2017: Weekly Updates

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UPDATES: May 9, 2017: Weekly Updates

Blythe Klipple

Weekly Updates 2017 Week 19

Weekly Updates

May 9, 2017

New this Week

Be Ready for the New Catalog!

Need to find dates and important information about the 2017-2018 annual catalog? Visit the Catalog Details page for all your vital information needs.

How to Use Commercial Videos in Your Business

What are some ways to use these videos?

  • Post and share on any web platform where potential or new customers may be found
  • Email the link or video (depending on size) to your customers to help them get excited about the upcoming product, promotion, catalog, etc.

What are the benefits of using commercial videos? Here are just a few!

  • Commercial videos have the potential to appeal to a wider audience.
  • They can be fantastic for new customers by introducing them to Stampin’ Up!’s products and company culture.
  • They are great for sharing a particular message with customers.
  • They can help generate excitement about the products.
  • They can be fun, thought provoking, emotional, relatable, etc. These quickly grab the attention of potential customers.

These videos are created to help you connect with anyone from new and potential customers all the way to avid crafters. The videos can give someone who has never even heard of Stampin’ Up! a good sample of what we do. Every video is created with a goal in mind, but generally, we want these to appeal to a wider audience. Be sure to utilize these videos and grow your business today!

Creativity Starts Here!

Beginning May 11, our Creativity Starts Here promotion will offer first-time Paper Pumpkin subscribers an introductory 25% discount on June, July, and August kits. Not only will they like saving money, but they’ll also love starting a new creative journey. It has never been easier to skip to the fun! Click here for details!

Announcing the 2018 Artisan Design Team Opportunity

Each year, Stampin’ Up! invites demonstrators from around the world to become members of the Artisan Design Team*; selection is based on projects and content found on demonstrators’ DBWS or personal blogs.

If invited to serve, demonstrators have the unique opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity throughout the year; additionally, they can look forward to influencing trends and crafting all over the world. Here are a few of the perks for those selected to represent this elite team:

  • $500 US** cash
  • $500 US** Stampin' Up! shopping spree
  • Exclusive Artisan Design Team memento
  • Blog badge noting this elite achievement
  • OnStage announcement with an invitation to stand and be recognized
  • Current Stampin' Up! products delivered to their home throughout the year

The application period begins May 9, 2017 and ends May 31, 2017. To see how you can apply to become a member of the Artisan Design Team, please check out the following:

*The Artisan Design Team opportunity is not open to demonstrators in Québec, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands, and may be restricted on US military installations overseas.
** International Artisan Design Team members will receive the monetary equivalent, as determined by the exchange rate at that time.

The “Celebrating 15 Years” Logo is Now Available (CA Only)

You can find this new logo in the “From the Home Office” section of the Print Lab. Include it on your advertisements, flyers, and even your emails! Be sure to review the Logo Usage Guidelines as you prepare to use the logo (also in the Print Lab).

*As a reminder, demonstrators may use the logo in advertising and promotional materials. Demonstrators may not place the logo on any other items such as t-shirts, pens, or other merchandise without prior approval.

System Maintenance

We wanted to remind you that whenever we need to make an update to our systems or servers we do so on Saturdays between 5:00 AM and 8:00 AM (MT). While you typically won’t notice any difference on our websites during these times, it’s possible that you might experience delays or might not be able to place orders while we make updates. We’ve chosen this time because it’s consistently the lowest usage time across all of our markets.

Fraudulent Order Requests

We receive occasional reports from concerned demonstrators about fraudulent order requests. While we do not think this is a widespread problem, we remind you to protect your personal information and proceed with caution if you receive a suspicious email. When sending mass emails to your customers and/or team, consider pasting the email addresses in the BCC line so only the sender can see the recipients of any given email. The blind carbon copy option prevents the spread of valid emails to fraudulent individuals, thus protecting you, your customers, and your team.

The fraudulent order usually comes in the same basic email format. First, they want to place an order and explain that they will send payment using a cashier's check or money order. Then, they ask for your personal information (full name, telephone number, address, etc.) and claim that they will send payment before you place the order. If you receive a request like this, be cautious! You should never give out your personal information or send an order without collecting payment--no matter how legitimate it may seem. A real customer should only need your email address or telephone number and will always pay you first.

In an age of technology, these scams are more clever and deceptive. While it may be impossible to identify and avoid every scam, you can increase your awareness and learn to recognize the indications of a fraudulent order. Since this is a complex issue, please refer to the forum on Stampin' Connection as a central location for you to discuss and share information on the matter.

We remind you to stay vigilant, protect your personal information, and proceed with caution if you receive a suspicious request. Until you get to know your customer, consider only accepting credit card purchases in order to protect your personal information and guarantee payment for an order.

This Week’s Succeed Weekly

If you missed it in your inbox, take a look at this week’s Succeed Weekly email here!

New Paper Pumpkin Logo

Chances are you’ve already noticed the fun, new Paper Pumpkin logo on the back of the 2017–2019 annual catalog (or maybe you saw it at OnStage!); on Monday you may have noticed it popping up again as we started releasing posts to reveal the logo slowly changing from old to new on our Paper Pumpkin Facebook and Instagram pages. Tomorrow we’ll release the full, official logo to the public via Facebook and Instagram, and shortly after the old logo will be replaced by the new one on paperpumpkin.com. With this fresh, new look happening at Paper Pumpkin, we wanted to make sure you were in the loop!

UPDATE FROM Blythe:  I’m in the process of putting the 2017-2018 WORDS onto an Excel spreadsheet (Numbers for us Mac users) and it’ll be finished by the end of this week.

Blythe Klipple
Updates Coordinator