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Easy Incentives to Attract Customers

You've got a product listed at the same price as your competitor. So how's a customer going to decide which company to go with?

You need customers now but you've waited until the last minute to start an advertising campaign. How are you going to get customers at such a late date?

One word: perks.

Use these perks to help you turn a potential customer into a paying customer.

Free Shipping:People love the convenience of shopping online. But they don't like paying for shipping. Offer your customer free shipping and you'll generate more sales than you'll lose in shipping costs.

Tip: When developing your free shipping special, consider a minimum order amount before the free shipping offer kicks in.

Who says 10 percent doesn't go a long way? Discounts can help you obtain long-term customers the easy way.

If a customer orders an item you specify or a minimum amount of products/services, give them a special gift. The gifts you give don't have to cost too much. They're just a way for you to show your customers your appreciation for their business.

Having different specials every month gives customers a variety of reasons to keep coming back. Give your specials a variety so they can appeal to all customers. For instance, you wouldn't want to offer a free coffeemaker with every dishwasher purchase month after month after month.

No Payments:
If you can offer financing or delay someone's payments for a period of time, this is an excellent way to get people in your store. Be sure you have the proper financing restrictions and policies in place before offering this option to your customers.

Easy Billing:
Splitting your billing into two or more easy payments for your customers gives customers more of an incentive to make expensive purchases.

Giving away products drives people to your store with little to no cost to you. You can require customers to have to fill out an entry form for your giveaway in person to get them in your store.

The most basic of advertising opportunities is often the most overlooked. Having a sale requires advertising through outside mediums but if your sale is good, customers will flock to your store with wallets in hand.
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A Gift worth Giving



Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act ofcaring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. LeoBuscaglia


During this Christmas season many people stress themselves out and may become depressed due to their inability to provide what they wantfor their loved ones. Often times we allow this to be the season ofbeat down. Yes, I said that and what I mean is that you may beatyourself down because you’re unable to do better than you did last yearor you can’t get that special gift that you know your loved one desires.

Don’t feel bad it’s a human feeling, however, we are responsible for our actions. Are you responding this year the same way you respondedlast year? Are you allowing this season which is a season of giving tobecome a dreaded time of year? It is the season of giving not simplybecause of what we give but rather what God gave to us, “His gift” Hisonly Son Jesus Christ.

Don’t forget the true meaning of Christmas. It is a time that we as Christians celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Itis then and only then that you can remember and take to heart themessage in the above quote. There is power in the things that we deemvery small. Sure it’s good to give tangible gifts, however, in themidst of your busy endeavors to fulfill the wants of your loved onesdon’t forget passers by or that sister that was put on your heart whomay be going through this year because her loved one is no longer herethis Christmas. Place a phone call, send a card. If you see her atchurch take an extra minute to greet her with an endearing look intoher eye and embrace her with a hug. This can turn a life around.

Give the gift of Authentic caring this Christmas and always. That’s a gift worth giving.


Merry Christmas!


Robin aka The Empowerment Diva


Creator of Empowerment Success Songs

Author The Dynamic Power of Focus for The Unstoppable Woman - 2011

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You have to keep your sense of humor being self employed. I completed a 30 day Blog A Day Challenge. (Yay ME!). Then some nefarious virus high jacked my computer and would not let me connect to the internet unless I paid $69.99 to add their bogus Microsoft Think Pad. My computer is at the shop now. (I'm at the library. Time for a Mac.)

I could have handled this one of two ways. 1) I could have freaked out and got nothing done or 2) I could do what I did. After I was unable to remove it (not using Norton but another software program) I had a good laugh and crocheted a cap. Why stress over something you can't change at the moment. Stress takes a physical toll on your body so don't give into it. Rechannel that stress energy into something else.

Regarding the blogging my stats went up; I had people join; click to my sell site. By me being consistent people were coming back on a regular basis to check out my blog, so if you're not doing it get started. Smile.

How would you have handled the situation?

I would love to provide your handmade unique gifts for the holidays.



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Cyber Monday Deals at Inspirational Expressions

Cyber Monday One Hour Deals at Inspirational Expressions

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Cidne Wallace Collection --
50% off 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Bible Covers/Organizers --
50% off 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Children's Books & Bibles --
50% off 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Dorothy Allen Collection --
50% off 10:00 - 11:00 p.m.

ALSO - All other items are 25% off TODAY with FREE shipping on USPS Priority shipments!
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Just a way to move some of your online products:

At 12:00am THIS WEDNESDAY...start posting your links to where people can purchase items for CHRISTMAS1





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Product Showcase-- African American Luxury Totes

Product Showcase-- African American Luxury Totes

We are so excited to share our new arrivals with you! These beautiful African American Luxury Totes absolutely took my breath away when they arrived a couple of days ago. Not only are they beautiful, but they are quality made. The images shown on my website can't come close to describing how awesome these totes really look. I am so impressed that I made a video on our new luxury totes just for you. I want you to know that when I say they are beautiful, you know it. Now please understand making videos is new to me, so don't be too critical, just focus on the totes.

Interior is a brown nylon liner with a supported bottom. Includes a padded pocket large enough to accomodate a small notebook computer, ipad, your favorite book, or Bible. Also contains one zippered pocket, cell phone pocket, and key ring.

Tote Size: 15"W x 6.5"D x 13.5"H
Inside padded pocket measures 9.5" x 7.5" x 0.75"D
Straps Measure 15"

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Tote to church, tote to the gym, tote shopping, you can even use as a diaper bag. Tell me what you think about the totes. Can you see this as a Christmas gift this year?
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Dorothy Allen Collection

CUSTOMER REQUEST: Can you put Dorothy Allen's artwork in one section of your website?

ANSWER: Done! And we thank you for your request. Gift items with Dorothy Allen's artwork can now be viewed in one section. And yes, items will still be available by theme.

10744050859?profile=originalWhat an honor to enjoy or display the artwork of Dorothy Allen. As one of America's most adorned artist, Ms. Allen's work speaks volumes to many who have come to know and love her art. Her signature phrase Too Blessed to Be Stressed can be found on most gift items today from calendars and Bible covers to journals and even address books. Ms. Allen captures the African American culture in a very unique way. Her vibrant and full of life characters include preachers in the pulpit, and ushers prancing and praising. Inspirational Expressions will be adding to this collection soon.

Thank you Ms. Allen for art that makes us all smile.

Do you have a product or website request or suggestion? You win a free gift if we use it. Send requests to
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Are You Registered?

Ladies, we are the wave of the future. We are momas, sisters, grandmothers, nieces and CEO's! It's time we take our business to all the the levels that our male counterparts do. Why not? We do everything else together..AMEN, wives??

As the wave of the future, we need to register our business with Registered Black. Am I knocking our sisters of another nationality, race, creed, or color? No, but its time we stand at the head of the LINE!

I ask you, are you registerd?

What if there were a way to put those Social Networks, Micro-Blogs, and YouTube Videos to Real Life Use by creating Real Customers, Affiliates, and Business Partners that could pay you an Instant Income for each new registration?

Now MLM is one thing, but effective networking is another. My recent saying in the business industry is you GET what you pay for and if you expect everything to come to you for free, well you are going to get spam, weirdos, fake customers and many headaches.

What does registering black mean for you? It means you are stepping up to the front of the line in your blue business suit, with 5 inch heels, carring the word and standing on it.

So, lets get on this together; 2010 is half over....what are you going to do differently?

Well, register black today.

Mrs. CEO (Christian Encouragement Officer) aka Coach Dana aka Serial Entrepreneur!

Dana Marie

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Aromatheraphy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volative plant material, known as essential oils, such as oil of clove, ethereal or simply as the "oil of" the plant from which they were extracted, "essential" in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant. Essential oils do not as a group need to have any specific chemical properties in common beyond conveying characteristic in fragrances, such as lavender, peppermInt, eucalyptus are distilled.
Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation. Other processes includes expression, or solvent extraction. They are used in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps and other products for flavoring food and drink, and for scenting candles, incenses and other household products.
Aromatherapy has become the buzz word of the contemporary times. Owing to the manifold benefits that the aromatherapy essential oil offers, it has been witnessing mushrooming growth in demand. It is known to fulfill therapeutic, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of humans. The aromatherapy essential oil is also of great value in meditation. Aroma therapy essential oil massage is sure to rejuvenate you.
Aromatherapy essential oils work wonders in giving relief to the sore muscles. When you are stressed out, there can be no better remedy than to go in for aroma therapy massage. It is just apt to revitalize your energy. Most of the Aromatherapy products make an extensive usage of essential oils. When applied to the skin, the essential oils head their way towards the bloodstream, which aids in maintaining the physical and mental health soundness.

Aromatherapy essential oils are available in stores, that specializes in natural products. If you are not able to take out time specially for massaging your body with the aromatherapy products, you should seek a massage therapist, who can provide you with a relaxing massage. Seeing the positive response of people towards aromatherapy, the number of parlors and massage centers specializing in aromatherapy are on a rise. Aromatherapy essential oil massage has been able to earn great business.

Aromatherapy is known to bring about a healing effects of essential oils that serves as one of the best means to isolate onself from the hustle bustle of city life. The whole experience of going in for aromatherapy massage is so refreshing and energizing that it will sooth each and every nerve of your body. Aromatherapy massage provides the best of all; on one hand, it heals the body and makes it stress free and on the other hand, contributes in bring back the glow to the skin.

Treat your mom or someone special to a beautiful Aromatheraphy bath and body gift set for Mothers Day and get 20 percent off your purchases!! That is gently, refreshing,moisturizing, revitalizing with all natural organic essential oils and scents, that is both smoothing and calming after a stressful day:



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Grand Opening!!!!

Hi Everyone:

Just recently, I started my own gift basket and flower business.

I'm enclosing my website so that you could see the baskets and flowers that I carry. I'm so excited about my new business because Iactually help people save money on their gifting needs and I receive anopportunity work at home and own my own business.

As my friend, I'm asking for your help. Can you take a look at my website and see how we can help you with your gifting needs.

Would you please do two things for me.

1.) Just take a moment to consider the holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions when you could use my gifts .Then, just send me the approximate dates. I'll put them in my birthdayalarm and send you a reminder a few weeks before just so you can lookthrough my online catalog to see if something fits the occasion. As myfriend, you know there is no obligation to buy anything---I just want toremind you to look.

2.) Refer me to someone else. It would mean a lot to me if youwould refer me to a few of your other friends in case they need what Imarket. Since they are referred by you, I'll make sure they are 100% satisfied! Please copy me on the email so I can follow uplater with them directly since I know you're very busy.

You know I wouldn't be asking you but I'm so excited about my business and I'm excited to get if off the ground very quickly! Pleasetake just one minute to respond to my email with your potential giftgiving occasions and send also send this on to a few friends.

Thanks very much. If there's anything I can do now for you, just let me know.

Your friend,

For great gift baskets and flowers visit my website at:

Tamesha Salim

Basket Consultant


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WDGP Radio

Hello everyone. I am the Station Manger and Programmer for WDGP radio. If you haven't yet had an opportunity to check us out, please visit us at WDGP

I have always believed and shared that each of us has a path to follow and if we follow that path we can not fail. Since I have put that into practice, it has been an amazing journey. I started out as a blogtalk radio host and then went on to have a show on Internet Radio and from there to having my own 24 hour, 365 days a year Internet Radio Station.. It is so true that networking helps you get to where you want to go, even if your not exactly sure where that is. This is where the path comes in. All I really know is that I wanted to help people, because helping others is the real secret. I have always been taught from a child on ( and it has proven true time and time again ) that if you help others you really help yourself and doesn't it make the world a more beautiful place when we help each other?

I help the Independent Musical Artists, Author, Spoken Word Artist and Poet get the word out about themselves and their projects as well as the the business owner get the word out about their business, product or service. Ah, the satisfaction of knowing that I am helping so many others is sometimes overwhelming but, it makes all my efforts worthwhile.

On WDGP we play the best of Independent music from all genres including but not limited to Gospel, Hip-Hop, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Neo-Soul, Old School, Pop, Top 40, Blues etc. WDGP will not be put into a box, if the music moves you and poetry makes you feel something, it can be heard on WDGP Radio.The music and the interviews are done at no cost to the Artist. We are supported by donations (you can contribute to us through Paypal via link on our website.) and advertising. Advertising on WDGP is very affordable. We air your advertising spot of 30 - 60 seconds at a much more economical price then traditional radio or print media.

If you are an Independent Artists with a project to be promoted you can go to our website and click on Submissions to find out how to get your project heard not just on WDGP, but many other Internet Radio stations.

If you seek advertising, please contact us at

I am looking forward to networking and assisting you in any way I can. Thanks for reading and please check out WDGP radio.
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The Entrepreneurs Prayer

As I awaken with the gift of yet another day and prepare for the tasks at hand, Ioffer up this most ardent prayer:

I pray for continued clarity of purpose so that I may hold my vision steady andkeep my focus on the needs and success of others, which in turn shall bring memy success.

I pray for the wisdom to expect abundance in my life, that it surrounds me and isavailable for the taking and to be shameless and unapologetic upon its receipt,for I deserve abundance.

I pray for a cheerful countenance, be it clear or cloudy skies and that I mayradiate and infect others with my positive attitude.

I pray for the trust of others that they may recognize my sincerity and trueintentions so that we may move forward together.

I pray for the strength to fend off adversity and use my desire and determinationas both weapon and shield.

I pray for the courage to carry forth my convictions during the battle ofbusiness and to resist temptation to a quicker monetary result when such temptationcompromises these things for which I stand.

I pray that I may be used as a lightning rod to collect the amazing ideasalready present in the universe and when blessed with such inspiration, that Imay be able to apply my talents and abilities to turn the power of thought intomeasurable advancement of my goals.

I pray to retain my childhood wonder so that I can recognize and revel in thesmall miracles of each day that others may miss.

I pray for an infinite supply of self-confidence for it alone fortifies faith,strengthens my resolve and conquers the largest enemy I will ever face - fear.

I pray for a compassionate spirit and the patience to offer those who seek myadvice and my help, my full and undivided attention.

I pray for good health and a feeling of well being, and the continued desire toimprove those areas of my physical life I may be neglecting in the name of myspiritual and entrepreneurial advancement.

I pray that today is a day of excellence and at its conclusion I can acknowledgeand be grateful for the forward motion I have made and the growth I haveexperienced.

I pray most of all for the understanding and support of those closest to myheart, my family, that they will equate what may seem like endless hours ofapparent pre-occupation with affairs of business to what is at the very core ofmy being, that which drives me, for once I achieve what I have set out in itsfullest, I will become that more complete being I strive to be.

It is for these things that I pray, for I am an entrepreneur.

I pray in the name of Jesus Christ.


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Holding a Kwanzaa Event?

If you are holding a Kwanzaa event, please send me the details privately and I will post them on my website.Click here to read the Kwanzaa listings I have compiled.For great books on Kwanzaa, Black history, Black achievers, plus children's books, music and more, go toAfrican American Holiday Shopping.check out my free African American Holiday Gifts Guide:Have a great day!
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"My Holy Bible" for Children

Finally... it's been a long time since I've seen a Bible created that embraces the African-American Christian culture-- with children in mind. When I first saw the cover I was excited. When I received my first shipment, I was thrilled beyond words. I could not wait to offer this brilliantly designed Bible to my wonderful customers. Especially during the season on which we celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.The "My Holy Bible" features 32 full-color pages of artwork from award-winning African-American illustrators. Illustrators include: Pat Cummings, Nancy Devard, Shane Evans, Cathy Ann Johnson, Anna Rich, Javaka Steptoe, and Michele Wood. Each display their own unique, brilliant style of creativity that grabs the attention of young readers. The illustrations of Bible Characters is simply awesome not to mention the color pages referencing the Faith of the African American community as well as the African American Worship Experience.This Bible's NIV translation in large print type allows an easy read for children ages 7 to 10. It contains study attributes such as the introduction and outline of contents at the beginning of each book and the dictionary-concordance to help with understanding.Although this hardcover Bible retails for $24.99, I can't help but lower the price on this one simply because it gives me great pleasure to see a child growing in Christ. Don't let this one get away... you and your children will be very pleased.Melvina GarciaInspirational ExpressionsSpiritXpress Blog
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Finding Your Passion

What does it take to find your passion. Four years ago I got serious about this, I walked away from the co-operate world to find my passion and make a living doing that. I have have had speed bumps, I have had detours, I have had disappointments, I have had failure, I have wanted to give up on pursuing my Dream.People have laughed at me, asked me what in the world was I doing why did I leave the comfort and stability of a paycheck? All of this was needed for me to reach where I am today. If I did not go through this I would not have found my Passion.Everyone wants to do what they love to do, there is no doubt about that, but how many are willing to go through all the the ups and down to get there. well if you want to be fulfilled in life you will take the risk. Risk it all to get to a place that you can truly look back and say it was all worth it. "CAUTION !! NOT EVERYONE HAS TO QUIT THEIR JOB" Calculate your risk! Be smart about it.Being true to yourself and following your Dream takes work. You have to be willing to work on yourself. Relationships in life are the tools that are used to help you navigate your life and find the true meaning of life. Look around you, which relationships are causing you pain? When you take the time to review those relationships and take inventory of what is really going on inside of you, you will find that this is your moment to face life's obstacle so that you can reach your destiny. Once you take the time and work on the most painful relationships, you will come out a winner, whether you have to let go of that relationship and move on, or make it more healthy is all the work you need for personal growth.Now you are ready to move into personal development. You will find that you are becoming more energized to start working on the things that you have always wanted to do. There is no more hindrance, you have worked on the most difficult tracks of life. You are now ready to go and rise up to your full potential. You can face anything, nothing will move you as long as you keep your head up!Start with thinking about what comes naturally to you, what do people say, you are so good at? I love to write, I write and write and write, I always have something to write about, I always have to write a shopping list even when I will not follow through with it, I just enjoy writing. People noticed and they always told me you are a writer. I had to one day say "yes I am a writer", then I started writing stuff that I could share with others, other than writing a grocery list or writing in my journal. I took the time to share my talent, and gift.Once you open one gift, the other gifts in you will start screaming to be opened too. You will start to realize there are so many boxes that needed to be unwrapped, you might not necessarily like some,but they are still yours to keep. DO what ever you want to do with them, you can give them away, keep them, or sell them.What gifts are you willing to give away today? Those are the gifts you are willing to give back for example doing Volunteer work. What are you willing to keep, those are the ones you use to enjoy your past time. What are you will to sell? Now these are the gifts you use to make money. Are you with me so far?Follow your heart and Find your passion.
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Get Your Holiday Shopping On!

Looking for gifts that reflect you culturally?We have loads of great gift ideas for all the family:• African American books for young children, older children, biographies and more• Music – CDs, DVDs and mp3 downloads• Toys, games and activities• Electronics• Game consoles• Michael Jackson musicAs well as articles, ideas for free online family fun, and lots more.Looking for Kwanzaa crafts you can make?How about African Christmas recipes?Click here to download your copy now.
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Breast Cancer Awareness

Please go to the above link... my goal is to sell 40 of these within the next 2 weeks!The Page speaks for itself...Please feel free to forward to EVERYONE you know...If you can't see the link, please go to Parties Cares!!Thanks for your support,Traci
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