Friday, December 21, 2012

Advertising...

I know I need to.  I haven't the first clue how to go about it.  All I know to do is to keep talking about my books on my blog(s) and MyFaceSpaceBook page, but that really feels like I'm doing nothing but spamming people. 

Maybe I need to print flyers?  If so, would it be possible to add those silly little black and white checkered looking squares that smartphones scan like barcodes?

I don't know how any of this works.  If anyone that reads this blog has any ideas, could you drop me a line in the comments?

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  1. Ah-haha! Oh, man, sorry I'm laughing. It's just, oh, the terminology. Okay, caught my breathe.

    You are thinking of a 2-D scanning bar code, and the exact style is a QR code. Encoders can be found everywhere, and there are even a dozen or so readers and encoders available for Android devices.

    Oops. Oh, lol, I apologize for the page title.

    http://gne-nikomaru.blogspot.com/2012/12/holly-chism-is-great-writer.html

    This show what your blogspot address would look like in QR code. Check it out here: http://www.the-qrcode-generator.com/
    Save your new code as an image, then use Word to make a labeling document, then get some sticky labeling paper... you know the rest. You can put all sorts of text in a QR code, and the generator will make it as complex as it needs to be. You could possibly write a story and save it as a QR code, but it'll likely be a bit on the big side. Now just print out a few thousand sheets and go tag everything in site! Just like a graffiti artist :D

    As for advertising other ways... word of mouth. Really. You can't afford a tv spot, probably wouldn't have a good starting point for internet advertising (I mean, where do authors go on the internet to advertise their stuff?), and any big publishers gonna wanna sell several hundred thousand copies.

    I think QR code stickers all over the place is a reasonable start. We could even do it where we live so the code gets out further. You just QR the address you want people to go to, and they'll scan it out of curiosity.

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    1. Even better, you should be able to create a QR that takes them straight to the Amazon buy page, so they can do it all in one sitting without having to fiddle aboot with looking for where to buy it! Also would save a little space on a text only link.

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  2. Thanks, Pat. I've got it, and gotten somebody to test the code (it works). I've got a flyer worked up and saved, and will have a file in Digital Drop Box in a page up top to be printed and scattered around.

    That is, if you and the rest of my blog friends would be willing to do so...

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