[editor's note: it's baaa-aaack!! the happily handmade giveaway changed the face of my business in more ways than i can count when i participated in 2005 & 2006 – from exposure to sales to contacts to indie friendships. i was jumping up and down in my seat when i heard they were bringing it back! i've invited the creative team behind the happily handmade giveaway to post on scoutie girl with updates and such throughout the event. please welcome Nicole Theis-Demoss (funky utopia), Lindsay Landis purr design / pattern & paw) and Lilie Wells (a planet 4 creation).]
After a two-year hiatus, the Happily Handmave Giveaway is back and looking for sponsors! The Happily Handmade Giveaway, if you haven't heard about it before, is a massive giveaway created in appreciation of indie shoppers everywhere.
A quick backstory:
The Happily Handmade Giveaway began in 2004 as the result of a brainstorming session among a handful of indie artists looking for a unique way to promote their businesses and reward their customers. Since then, it's grown to surpass our wildest expectations. Our last event gave away nearly $15,000 worth of indie merchandise to 51 lucky shoppers around the world. This event, our 8th, is shaping up to be incredible for all those involved.
The goal of the HHG is twofold:
– To promote indie businesses with an affordable promotional opportunity, allowing them to reach new customers and build their mailing lists.
– To reward shoppers for their continued support of indie business, for making the conscious decision to purchase from an independent crafter and not a big box retailer.
We've got a new domain, a spiffy new website, and a team of fabulous volunteers ready to make this giveaway bigger and better than ever before. Even in trying times like these, we are confident that this giveaway will be more popular than ever. I mean, free stuff? No one can resist the prospect of that. And the cost to participate is minimal. It’s a small investment for a huge return – I think past participants will agree, there is no other tool more powerful to grow a mailing list than the Happily Handmade Giveaway.
Want to participate?
We're currently in our sponsor registration period, which lasts through March 20th, and are looking for indie businesses who'd be interested in sponsoring the giveaway. For a small fee (only $20) and a donation to our prize boxes, Sponsors will be listed on our website as an official hhg entry site. Contestants can enter the giveaway beginning April 1st by visiting any the participating Indie Shop Sponsors' websites. Each website will feature a separate entry form, allowing entrants to increase their chances of winning by simply visiting more of the Indie Shop Sponsors. Each Sponsor will also have the full list of sponsors on their entry page, creating an active stream of traffic from site to site to site. Businesses participating in the giveaway report a huge increase in traffic to their site and subscriptions to their mailing list (often a requirement for entry).
Jan has so graciously offered us a guest-blogging space here on her lovely blog, which we'll be using throughout the giveaway to feature our sponsors and the wonderful prizes that will be up for grabs beginning April 1. If you've got an indie business, we encourage you to visit the HHG website for instructions and more details on becoming a sponsor of this event.