Brandcation: It’s The Destination, Looking for Sponsors!

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I am very excited to announce that I will be attending my second Brandcation event!  This one is taking place in Destin, Florida from May 9, 2013 through May 12, 2013 and it is being put on by MomDot and Brandfluential.  This is a smaller event with just 36 women attending and we will be spending 3 fun filled days touring the Destin area, networking and talking a lot about brands.

How can your company get involved and have your brand front and center? Well I have several sponsorship levels for you to take advantage of to help cover my costs and get your brand in front of 36 very influential women!

  • Brandcation Ticket:  $125.00
  • Lodging: $200.00
  • Food:  $125.00
  • Fuel:  $300.00

The approximate total of this Brandcation event is $750

Sponsorship Options

I have four sponsorship options for you to choose from or please feel free to contact me with your own sponsorship suggestions!!  I’m always open to ideas!

Full Sponsorship:  $750

  • One original post about your company that will be a minimum of 300 words, published before the event.  Each post will have 2-3 links with keywords of your choosing and any images you provide for the post.  Your post will be shared on all my social networks.
  • An ad on my sidebar for 6 months.
  • Acknowledgment of your sponsorship in all posts I write before and after the event.
  • Facebook updates and Tweets done weekly announcing your company as my sponsor, leading up to the event.
  • Your business will be presented and marketing materials will be passed out to each member at Brandcation.
  • Optional:  Promotional item(s) that you provide will be included in goody bags handed out to each member at Brandcation (36 in total)

Tier One, Partial Sponsorship:  $500

  • One original post about your company that will be a minimum of 300 words, published before the event.  Each post will have 2-3 links with the keywords of your choosing and any images you provide for the post.  Your post will be shared on all my social networks.
  • An ad on  my sidebar for 3 months.
  • Acknowledgment of your sponsorship in all posts I write before and after the event.
  • Facebook updates and Tweets done weekly announcing your company as my sponsor, leading up to the event.
  • Your business will be presented and marketing materials will be passed out to each member at Brandcation.
  • Optional:  Promotional item(s) that you provide will be included in goody bags handed out to each member at Brandcation (36 in total).

Tier Two, Partial Sponsorship:  $300

  • An ad on my sidebar for 3 months
  • Acknowledgment of your sponsorship in all posts I write before and after the event.
  • Facebook update and Tweet announcing your company as my sponsor, prior to the event.
  • Your business will be presented and marketing materials will be passed out to each member at Brandcation.
  • Optional:  Promotional item(s) that you provide will be included in goody bags handed out to each member at Brandcation (36 in total).

Tier Three, Partial Sponsorship:  $100

  • Acknowledgment of your sponsorship in all posts I write before and after the event.
  • Facebook update and Tweet announcing your company as my sponsor, prior to the event.
  • Your marketing materials will be passed out to each member at Brandcation.
  • Optional:  Promotional item(s) that you provide will be included in goody bags handed out to each member at Brandcation (36 in total)

Please contact me if you are interested in one of these sponsorship opportunities.  I look forward to working with you!

Check out where we will be staying:

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Reebok Toning Shoes Class Action Settlement

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Reebok Settlement for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’ve posted several times in the past about different brands of toning shoes and I have a pair myself that are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn.  You may or may not have heard that Reebok recently settled a lawsuit alleging that they violated certain state laws regarding the marketing and sale of their toning shoes and apparel.  Although Reebok denies all wrongdoing, they have settled the lawsuit for $25 million and if you’ve purchased any of the eligible toning shoes* or apparel* between December 5, 2008 and October 12, 2011 then you may be eligible to receive payment from the class action settlement.  You can read more about the Reebok settlement here or view the full press release below:

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Call their toll free number at 1-888-398-5389 or click here for more information on the EasyTone Settlement and the Reebok refunds.

*Eligible Shoes:

EasyTone, RunTone, JumpTone, SlimTone, EasyTone Flip, TrainTone, and Simply Tone

*Eligible Apparel:

EasyTone Capri, EasyTone Shorts, EasyTone Sleeveless Shirt, EasyTone Pants, EasyTone Long Bra Top and EasyTone Short Sleeve Top

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Savvy Saving: Couponing Secrets from the Stockpiling Moms

My friend Melissa and her blog partner Shelley from Stockpiling Moms have written their first book, Savvy Saving: Couponing Secrets from the Stockpiling Moms”  and I’m thrilled to be able to share the news with you! 

You’ll find expert coupon strategies, menu planning, and other household management skills, and the Stockpiling Moms’ best-loved tips and tricks in addition to all six of their classes in the book.  You can pre-order the “Savvy Saving: Couponing Secrets from the Stockpiling Moms”  book now from Amazon for only $11.99 and be among the first to get it when the book is released on January 8, 2012, plus you get the pre-order price guarantee – if the price goes up you still pay the low $11.99, but if the price goes down you’ll only pay the new low price.

Congratulations ladies – I can’t wait to get my copy!

Disclosure: This post contains one or more referral links that may yield commissions for Shopper Strategy without any additional cost to you. See our disclosure statement for more details.

 

Huge Sale On New Ad Spaces!

I’m excited to reveal our new Featured Sites section in the right hand sidebar and to celebrate I’m offering a 15% off discount when you purchase your ad space through October 15th using promo code NEW15.

Your family friendly ad will be displayed above the fold on every page at ShopperStrategy.com!  Regular prices are $30 per month for a 125×125 ad (supplied by you), or get a 17% discount and pay just $150 for six months – basically you get a free month for paying in advance.  That’s an extremely low cost per impression of $0.001 (or CPM of $1) with our current stats at over 30,000 page views per month and growing!  Those great prices are BEFORE applying the 15% off discount code so you may want to hurry on over and reserve your space.

You’ll have the ability to view your statistics reports in real time, and you’ll also get a shout out and a link back in a monthly “meet our sponsors” post.

 

Interesting Look at Pop Culture Trends Over the Years!

A Look at the Young American Market
Pop Culture Trends source: Deals.com

 

New WalMart Coupon Policy Allows Overage

 

WalMart has just come out with an updated coupon policy and there are a couple of interesting items in the list!  The most exciting thing I see in the new policy is the statement that “Coupons may exceed the price of the item. Change may be given or applied toward the cost of the basket purchase.”  Although some other stores do consistently give overage, I’ve never seen it explicitly stated in a coupon policy.  I’m very happy to see WalMart spell it out this way because they do get the entire face value of the coupon back (plus 8 cents each), no matter whether they mark it down or not, but I’m not going to get too excited until I actually witness my local store doing it this way.

I’m also happy to see that they will accept “Checkout coupons … (also called “Catalinas”) that are printed at our competitors’ registers, have “Manufacturer Coupon” with specific requirements printed on them, a valid remit address for the manufacturer, valid expiration date, and a scannable bar code.”  This means that they SHOULD accept Walgreens Register Rewards like they do at Publix and at most commissary stores, but again I’m not going to hold my breath until my stores figure out their interpretation of the policy.  I highly recommend printing a copy of the policy and carrying it with you!

Thanks a bunch I Am That Lady!

 

Blissfully Home From Blissdom ’11

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I got home late last night from the Blissdom conference and it feels wonderful to have slept in my own bed, but I’m already missing my fabulous bloggy friends!  Thank you for a great time and a wonderful experience, I’m looking forward to seeing you again next time.  Here I am with (from left to right) my mom, Heather from Inexpensively, and Kay Lynn from Bucksome Boomer – you guys are Oz-Some! 

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The theme this year was Brains (wisdom), Courage, Heart and Home and the Blissdom founders put on a great presentation dressed as the characters from Wizard of Oz.  My favorite part of the conference was the opening keynote speech from Dr. Brene Brown about courage, shame and vulnerability.  She was wonderful, her speech was very inspirational and I look forward to reading her book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are.  I was also proud to have taken part in “dropping a love bomb” on a person in need of some support and learning more about the wonderful things they’re doing for people at LoveDrop.us

I learned a lot of terrific stuff for making this blog better for you awesome readers and I can’t wait to implement all the new plans that are swimming around my head.  In the meanwhile, I’d like to apologize for the minimal posts and excessive tweets while I was away at the conference!  If you’re not already overly annoyed at all the talk about the trip, check out the photographic evidence in the Facebook photo album.

 

I’m On My Way to Blissdom!

 

Hey guys!  I’m in the car on I-65 right now with my mom on our way to the Blissdom conference at the Opryland Resort in Nashville.  Isn’t it beautiful?  I’ve never been there before but the pictures are absolutely stunning.  I can’t wait to take some of my own to share with you!  We’re very excited about the opportunity to take a couple days away to see some old bloggy friends again, make some new bloggy friends, and oh yeah – we hope to learn something too!  I won’t be making my usual Publix trip and post this morning, but I’ll be back on track with the hot deals for you next week.

 

More Than $1 Billion in Coupons Printed This Year

In a new press release out today, Coupons.com announced that they have served over $1 billion in printed coupons so far this year!  For the first 9 months of the year there was a 57% increase over the $543 million for the same time frame from the previous year, and this is the first time ever that the company has had over a billion dollars in printed coupons.  Additionally, they had more than $128  million of printed coupons in October 2010, the largest amount in a single month ever recorded by the company.

According to the report, the most popular coupon category for the year so far is ready to eat cereal, followed by yogurt and refrigerated dough.  Here’s the list of the top 10:

  1. Ready to eat cereal
  2. Yogurt
  3. Refrigerated cookie dough
  4. Portable snacks
  5. Vegetables
  6. Baby needs
  7. Soup
  8. Nutritional snacks
  9. Lunch meats
  10. Cheese

This industry milestone, and the rapid growth of digital coupons, is attributed to several key factors such as continued consumer adoption of online printable coupons and the increased use of digital coupons by manufacturers and retailers.

 

Smart, Rich & Hip People Use More Coupons!

A new study from Deals.com indicates that people who are more educated, make more money, and are more socially responsible are more likely to use coupons.  On the other hand – angry, insecure procrastinators who make less than $50k a year are less likely to use coupons.  I’m certainly not rich but I don’t mind being called smart or hip 🙂  The pollsters questioned 8,500 people in August and say they were surprised because “we expected to find more online coupon lovers in low-income households and more abstainers in high-income households. We were astonished to discover that the exact opposite is true.”

Some of the key points reported by the survey include:

  • People with household incomes in excess of $100,000 per year are roughly two times more likely to be coupon lovers.  
  • Women are 67% more likely than men to be coupon lovers.
  • College-educated people are 78% more likely than the non-college educated to be coupon lovers.
  • Parents are 48% more likely than non-parents to be coupon lovers.
  • Northeasterners are 66% more likely than West Coasters to be coupon lovers.  
  • The middle-aged are more likely than younger generations to have a strong opinion about online coupons.  
  • People who identify social responsibility as the most important element of a good work culture stand out as 151% more likely to be coupon lovers than abstainers.  

Click here to find out more about the coupon study and its results.