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Saturday, January 10, 2009

New Scents and Samplers Available Plus a Contest for January!

We are gearing up for February orders. Today we made soap, with lots of Heart shaped Sample bars. Our newest scents are Rose, and Sensual (one of my favorites.) Next week we plan to make two more scents. Please be sure to chime in if you have a favorite scent that isn't listed.
I don't particularly like 'flowery' scents, but the Rose is incredible. My house smells like I have bouquets of fresh roses everywhere.

We are offering a Sampler Package too for those who just can't decide. All sample bars are Heart shaped, except Lavender and Energy. And best of all, when you order the sampler package you'll get a coupon for free shipping with your next order. I'll post a picture soon.

Watch for the announcement for a new contest. We are brainstorming for ideas. Maybe THAT should be our next contest! Okay so this IS the announcement for a new contest!

UPDATE ON CONTEST
Please read carefully - additional ways to garner entries have been added.

Here are the rules:
You leave us a suggestion on how to increase our traffic. We'll ask some of our savvy blog friends to help us choose the best suggestion. The winner will receive a Sampler Package with one of *every* scent we have available. Also in your comment tell us which scent you like best, and if there is one you like that we don't offer.
Though it isn't a requirement for this contest, You might want to follow our blog. This is the first of many give-aways, and we want you to know about all of them.

You can also enter to win a Grand Prize by:
actually helping us drive traffic by sharing our contest with your friends. The more friends you send to enter, the better your chances of winning!

You can twitter, link back from your blog, facebook page, stumble, digg, etc. Just leave us a comment with the link showing us how you are spreading the word. Only one entry per day, per method.
When you refer your friends or post about it, tell them to mention your name when they enter - that will be worth a double entry for each of you.

And since our main goal is not to just increase viewers, but ultimately increase sales - You'll get 10 entries for each purchase (and matching entries for any friends you refer that purchase - as long as they mention your name in the comment they leave us.)

The Grand prize will be a Spa in a Box - including a full size bar of soap,a soap holder, bath salts, a loofah sponge, and a sugar scrub, with scents of your choice. Get those creative juices flowing, and tell all your friends to enter the contest too (which will net you more entries!)

Contest ends Jan 31st or when we get 200 qualifying comments, whichever comes first. (I am sitting here thinking about the mental challenge of calculating entries, and decided to cap it lest it become more than my feeble brain can compute.)

110 comments:

carogonza said...

I find that a good way to increase traffic is to announce the contest on twitter, stumble, facebook etc. As part of the contest, you should probable say that the entrants get an extra entry for doing one of those things. I know that I check twitter for contest announcements.

There are several websites that list your contest as well. One I recently saw was COntest Machine. It gives you an entry form format for the contest. These get a lot of entries as well.

Hope you get traffic!! I will tell friends about this contest.

silverhartgirl said...

I blogged about it here
http://winningmommys.blogspot.com/2009/01/handmade-soap-giveaway.html
I do find monthly giveaway increase traffic a lot just watch and see. Good luck

mindy said...

a giveaway like this will always increase traffic

liane66 said...

I agree giveaways increase traffic. Also you could try submitting an article about soap marking to Associated Content

Tammy said...

What you are actually doing is one of the best ways to increase traffic! People tend to gravitate to a website to find giveaways.

Another way to do it is to send a sample to another blogger to try, have them review it, and then they'll host a contest by you on their blog-- I know I always look for reviews on a product before I buy it!

Good luck to you and your shop!

divaqueenie said...

I think you're doing the right thing...I know I came for the giveaway! The better the prize, the more traffic!

Angie said...

I think that a giveaway is a great way to increase traffic. I think that part of it should be have them put a link back to your blog should be one of the requirements.

valerie2350 said...

Giveaways!!!
And give extra credit entries for blogging or twittering about it. And there are other forums and giveaway sites where it can be advertised for free.
You can either run the giveaways yourself......or you could have another blogger (such as myself ;) ) run it for you. hint hint nudge nudge wink wink. Let me know if you're interested ;)

valerie2350 said...

and....twittered about it here:
http://twitter.com/valerie2350/status/1111983142

valerie2350 said...

and.... posted it on my blog here:
http://sweeps4bloggers.blogspot.com/2009/01/hannahmadesoaps-giveaway.html

MJ said...

I search Twitter for "giveaway' and I also search on Google blogs. I end up purchasing something about 25% of the time - usually for gifts. I like "different" items , like your soaps, that can't be purchased in the ryral community where I live.

MJ said...

Tweeted! http://twitter.com/sumrthyme/status/1112033765

HopelesslyDeb said...

The best way to increase your traffic is wide coverage of your giveaway. I'd suggest online-sweepstakes.com

Also, make sure that the entrants need to spend some time on your site instead of just doing a hit and run entry. This could be as easy as picking their favorite scent or a simple question with the answer available on your site. If you choose this option, add the rule that entrants need to find the answer themselves and not to share. Sweepstakes sites often post answers but will respect your request not to share if you ask.

Right now this giveaway has 12 comments. I expect mine will be comment 13. If this was listed on online-sweepstakes.com, the number would be closer to 200, if not more.

Send me an email if you have any questions. I would be more than willing to list this on a few sweepstakes sites if you would like me to.

Deb

HopelesslyDeb said...

Woo Hoo! Took another look at the post and missed the part about posting a link.

Here ya go!

http://www.online-sweepstakes.com/sweeps/243018/

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

VANILLA Would be the scent.

Ok the best way to get traffic is ask people friends to blog- or ask them to review your product- smaller bloggers too, they go to sweeps sites and post and mention it too and drive traffic. You could over a product to review and a giveaway- even a small candle or soap. These days people want to try things. I would go to contest sites and post in the contests, and in the craft and homemade sites sections anything you can do to drive traffic- when you join the sites if it is not against site rules put a signature linking to your shop. I do not twitter but heard that is popular. You can also go ad get together with another shop and make gift basket prizes that are bigger and still get advertising. Great luck to you!

Caligirl said...

I would love, love, love to win this!!!

theolotto said...

I also like rose scents or fruity scents. Get your contest listed on several sweeps sites will drive traffic. I know a lot of people who went to enter a contest and became regular customers. Exposure is key.

lisagee said...

Now this is a giveaway!
luv all these products :o)

lisagee said...

one day I will tweet.

cdziuba said...

I found you via onlinesweepstakes.com, and I think your traffic would hugely increase if you got your contests onto their list of daily entries. Contests are the best way to bring traffic!

PrissyGreen said...

posting on Prizey.com is a huge way to help business, also do you have a button that people can post on their blogs? that way people will see it and click it and come by that way? i would love to put one on my site.

I think I would like either the energy bath salts or the relaxing. I love citrus and I love lavendar!

karissag at gmail.com

PrissyGreen said...

http://twitter.com/kagey10/status/1112910403

twittered!

karissag at gmail.com

peg42 said...

I think that by offering giveaways, that is a great way to increase traffic.
The scents that I love are vanilla, the citrus scents and gardenia.
Thanks so much and good luck.

lisacna said...

Handmade soaps are the best,,,and I love giveaways

wendy wallach said...

To increase traffic, give contest info to prizey.com website, which drives traffic and advertises contests on blogs. You can also submit contest to sweepstakes sites which will also greatly increase traffic.

madamerkf at aol dot com

thinkingbrain135 said...

I think a great way to increase your traffic and your business would be to sell your wonderful items on etsy! http://www.etsy.com/

I'd love to see you make and sell the Nourishing Goats Milk Soap in coconut or a combination of coconut and another scent.

thinkingbrain135 (at) gmail (dot) com

diesel51 said...

Contests both online and in local places like the supermarket. Radio has a lot of contests and this would be a great way for free advertisement. Contact eprize and other large companies that handle contests and they will do it for you.

joe said...

Avoid contest sites like Online-Sweepstakes.

The members on that site are VERY clear with thread after thread about how stupid blogs are and how your measly prize isn't worth their time.


Real traffic suggestions are Etsy, Twitter, Stumble, asking other bloggers to post your contest, etc.

Bloggers are a good way to increase serious traffic. Sweep sites are only good for numbers but not buyers.

Traffic isn't about getting a bunch of sweepers trying to win, it's about selling product.

bavaria said...

contest,sweepstakes,Bloggers, Ebay,Facebook. Good Luck ! Great Site & Products :)

susan1215 said...

I agree that giveaways are a great way to promote your company. I found your site because it was posted on Online Sweepstakes where we have a large membership and there are a lof of members who love blog contests (like myself) and I also like finding new products to try.

Tina12312 said...

Having a giveaway just about guarantees more traffic for your site and products. Everything looks wonderful and I am a fresh kinda girl, so I'd have to say my favorite is Peppermint. Thank you for the great giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I love handmade soaps and buy from sites like yours...I also recommend to my friends and that's the best way...word of mouth. ruthing73 at hotmail dot com

Christina G. said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/cmg94538/status/1114160529

Christina G. said...

I blogged: http://wutgivs.blogspot.com/2009/01/hannahmade-soaps-scrubs-spa-in-box.html

Christina G. said...

I posted on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?id=1195001489&ref=profile

Carolsue said...

My favorite scent here is Oatmeal and Honey. Other scents I like are "foodie" scents like Sugar Cookie, Vanilla, Creme Brulee, etc.
I posted this on my blog here:
http://carolsbloggys.blogspot.com/2008/10/contests-from-our-bloggy-friends.html
I think offering a contest is the best way to drive traffic here also. If you offer extra entries for posting your contest elsewhere, that helps also. Try submitting it to Bath, Body and Candle's contest listings.
http://bathbodycandle.blogspot.com/
I am also going to post it on two of my private contest groups, which should bring in a lot of traffic!
Unfortunately, they are private so I can't absolutely prove I did it, but if you start getting a LOT of entries, that might be the reason.
digicat{AT}sbcglobal{DOT}net

donnac36 said...

This contest has generated a lot of word of mouth. There are many contest sites out there. If you get them to post your contest just think of all the traffic you will get! Then of course many people will want to buy and try out your great products! Good luck!

Stacey said...

I think just having a contest will increase your traffic!

hannahmade soaps said...

Great suggestions. Some I'll have to get my head around (like Contest Machine.)
Also, wanted to be sure everyone knew they could get one entry per day for every tweet, facebook post, etc.
Keep the ideas coming!

DePro said...

Nice prizes. Count me in!

Ingrid said...

Prizes seem to attract people from everywhere. When they come, most will read about your products and hopefully will buy something. I love homemade soap, especially the fragrances of flowers. Thanks and best wishes for HEAVY traffic to your site.

Charles Opperman said...

NICE PRIZE

DEBIJOT said...

I like fruity scents. All of the above suggestions are great. The only one I have is to be more concise in entry options and who wins what prize and how many. I read through all the ways to enter and got more confused with each reading. This alone would turn off many potential readers. Thanks.

HopelesslyDeb said...

Tweedily Tweet! http://twitter.com/HopelesslyDeb/status/1115153489

I really love citrus scents. They seem to be the soaps I become addicted to!

HopelesslyDeb said...

I added your giveaway to Thrifty Jinxy's Contest Corner. You are #20. It's a popular site and I hope it generates some customer traffic for you.

http://thriftyjinxy.blogspot.com/

Carrie said...

Great job on your button! It looks fabulous! I'm so glad you were able to use my instructions!

Sponsor contests on high-trafficked sites like Tip Junkie or SITS.

coachmombabe said...

I never thought a soap could improve the condition of my skin. I have very dry skin and always tended to avoid soap except for the "necessary" parts.

Then DeeDee sent me a sample of her Hannamade Goats Milk Soap! I selected the Energy fragrance. Not only do I love the scent, but it's creamy texture and not the least, how it makes my skin feel! I've order 2 full size bars!

Thanks Hanna and DeeDee!!!

Katmagick said...

I agree with the suggestions posted above.
Nothing brings more traffic to your site than a giveaway or sweepstakes.
If not for this giveaway, I would never have known about your site!

Sunnyvale said...

Exposure in whatever venues come to mind.

Carla said...

Word of mouth is huge. You could try posting flyers in laundromats or regular bullentin boards around college campuses. You can post on myspace. You can get bumper stickers.

dominican757 at gmail dot com

clynsg said...

I haven't read all the suggestions (will leave that to you!) but have you thought of putting info up on something like Craigslist?? That would reach an entirely different set of web surfers that don't read blogs, enter contests, etc.

clynsg at yahoo.com

llinda29 said...

Decrease the time it takes to load your site

Jason said...

Look up Social Bookmarking web sites on google, subscribe to those sites and submit your links to these sites. This will increase your presence on the internet. I like your site

jason@allworldautomotive.com

coachmombabe said...

I'm sharing the information about your soaps on my facebook page!

Beverley said...

I like receiving newsletters in my email. It always prompts me to go to the site and see what is new.

Sydney said...

Giveaways are great, but also you can do a recession proof your mood - a percentage off for you and the person you refer. If you feel a little pampered, it holds the worry at bay.
tosyd@One.net

silverbele said...

Colorful site is great

vmkids said...

count me in to win

Carolsue said...

This is my second entry. Thanks.
digicat{AT}sbcglobal{DOT}net

Jacqueline in Atlanta said...

1. I think having the contest is a great way to drive people to your site.
2. I like peppermint anything - whether to eat, drink, light, rub on me, soap up, etc.
3. I have a friend who makes soap and she makes a terrific knock-off of the Apple Jack scent.
4. Frankly, I don't think you should cap the contest entries at 200 if the whole point of the contest is to drive traffic to your site. Looks to me like you are shooting yourself in the foot if just when things get really hopping you put out the stop sign. What's up with that? If you don't want to judge the entries, then just choose the winner by random number. It isn't like anyone really cares who wins. We just want a shot. That's just my suggestion, but I am a marketing specialist.

Best wishes and thanks for having the giveaway!

CJOPPERMAN said...

THIS WOULD BE A NICE WIN.

StamperMarge said...

I think a good o give a You Tube demo video showing your saps and possibly tell about Hannah. You could put it under crafts, etc., that seems to get lots of hits.e.

By the way,I love the rose scent, my favorit

hannahmade soaps said...

Jaqueline in Atlanta has a good point. We do intend to post another give away after this one though. I like the idea of having decent odds of winning.

Anzelyka said...

Love your site - I can almost smell all the wonderful products as I was browsing through :-) Regarding the contest, I would highly recommend checking out this website:
http://Forty.LeadAttractionWizard.com . It is a simple training system about increasing traffic to your website - they show you exactly how to do it in step-by-step videos, in gazillion ways! Best wishes!
P.S. My favorite sent is "exotic".

pricegirl#seven said...

I really am loving the soap! I started using the mochalatte on my face and it feel wonderful.
I love the exfoliation and it leaves my skin feeling clean, soft and not at all oily as I thought it would because of it's ceamy texture.
The few breakouts I had are clearing up as well.
I know it’s only been a couple of days since I started using it but it seems to be doing very well for me.
I think the give away is a good incentive. It gives the customer a chance to actually see, touch and smell your product. I am so confident in your product that I also just posted about you on my own site.
Good luck with traffic!

MJ said...

I love anything lavender!

info said...

My favorite scent is always lavender. Delicious and refreshing.

How to bring traffic to your site: I am also a small business owner. On a regular basis, I offer up ebay auctions and give all the proceeds to a non-profit cause. For myself, I pick animal shelters to receive the monies form the auction. This not only gets the word out about my product and website, but I get to GIVE to a worthy cause! I like to believe my customers are happy to bid for a worthy cause. And I'll tell you what, people bid more when they believe in the cause. More for the cause and I feel pretty darned good at the end of the day.

Nanci said...

I told my friend that she could win a spa in a box. This is all it took, she will check her email later for the link.

beautiful product photos!

Debbie Criss said...

Would love to win. Please enter me, thank you

Donna said...

I would love the rose. I cn't think of anything else. The social media sites are good for marketing.
donna444444@yahoo.com

Donna said...

I tweeted.
http://twitter.com/donnak4/status/1125614154

rosannepm said...

If it is put on online sweepstakes or any other sweepstakes site it is seen by thousands of people
rosans4@comcast.net

rosannepm said...

I follow your blog
rosans4@comcast.net

Wren said...

This is such a great idea to boost traffic. I posted about this on my blog, I hope it will help, although my blog is fairly new so not much traffic except my family but they are consumers too! http://wrenstradition.blogspot.com/2009/01/13-yr-old-daughter-of-friend-of-mine.html
This is Samantha Cashen, btw. Now I'm off to order some of that peppermint foot scrub...

Kimberly said...

This looks like a wonderful product to try & the scents sound so relaxing. I would love to try the Sensual, that sounds so peaceful. Thank you for letting me enter the contest. I hope I win!!

KentuckyGal said...

There are always folks looking for "contest sponsors". Your spa items would work well in Valentine's Day and Mother's Day themed contests...also wedding or anniversary themes.

Veronica said...

I definitely would agree with the other above about increasing traffic to your site by advertising Giveaways on Twitter.

minishoes said...

contests is always a good way to increase traffic,cause they can tell their friends about the contests.Vanilla lilac is fav. You should have pepperment choc that would smell good.thanks jacquecurl@gmail.com

Pamela said...

great giveaway...I am following you now and my favorite scent is warm vanilla..love your products.
your doing the right thing to drive traffic to your site, I always post on twitter all my giveaways and have rules for people to follow the first being what is your favorite product at the site I am featuring and for extra entries ask them to twitter, stumble it, etc...I also go to Online Sweepstakes and list my giveaway, that site goes all over the US and Canada and its free to sign up.
I also belong to several other social networking sites and I post a blog about my giveaway with a link to the giveaway it really helps
Good Luck hope I helped some
check me out anytime at

Aunt Pam's Closet

Pamela said...

I found this you said you where looking for a blog make over here is a link to try and win one...

http://downsgang.blogspot.com/2009/01/new-look-and-giveaway.html
good luck
and I am twittering this @Pami22

Elizabeth said...

A good way to increase traffic is to give extra entries for people who post your contest on twitter or blog about it. This way you will reach others who don't normally come to your blog.

I think your rose scent sounds wonderful!

itzabitz[dot]blogspot[at]gmail[dot]com

Roguepuppet said...

You should create a Facebook Fan Club. Then we could join and recommend you to other facebook pals.

Roguepuppet said...

Have you considered an affiliate program where you have a badge that others can post on their website and a code to enter with the order? Affiliates might receive free samples in return for X number of people using their code when they buy. Or perhaps affiliates get a discount percentage with every X number of sales passed on.

Croasla0 said...

i am in college and i know the powers of facebook, give it a try!
lauren
croasla0(at)sewanee.edu

Jennifer said...

Network, network and more networking. It takes time, but pays off.
I hope you get more traffic.

Scents: Lavender. I would love to see a Rosemary Mint scent.

knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

dolls123 said...

Giveaways

luckydolls123[at]verizon[dot]net

Tina said...

You may want to try putting your stuff in the little black boxes! http://www.thelittleblackboxes.com/

Dave Weinberg said...

posted to twitter: http://twitter.com/weinberg81/status/1139599670

Tammy Marshall said...

Love this contest!


layDeeBugLove@aol.com

Hollister Sutton Family said...

It might sound crazy but this is a great fundraiser idea! My daughter and husband take tae kwon do and we are looking into different fundraisers for their studio's booster club. It would be great buisness increase and get the word out one bar at a time:-)

Jacqueline in Atlanta said...

Here I am again, for another entry. I still think your contest is a great idea for getting the word out. Just wonder where all it has gotten exposure.

I also like cinnamon anything.
I think most gals like vanilla stuff. My friend makes a pear scent that is very mild for those who don't like super sweet fruity stuff.

Thanks again for having the giveaway!

Beverley said...

I like receiving email newsletters. It reminds me to re-visit the site.

- Marybeth I. said...

I would say you may want to redesign your blog - the products are great but it would be nice to click on each one instead of the drop down boxes.

This giveaway should increase traffic. Not sure if you have an Etsy shop also but those are very popular and they get more traffic than individual sites can. I have bought homemade soaps from there before.

Donna said...

I love rose scent. Giveaways and posting on social networking sites such as twitter is great. You might consider giving a sample to a blogger, and she can have a giveaway. Several companies do several giveaways around the same time.donna444444@yahoo.com

Donna said...

I tweeted.
http://twitter.com/donnak4/status/1148439009

Ashley said...

Have you heard about google.com/analytics ? It is wonderful. You sign up your website and put a code on your site. This way to know where people are coming from, what time they are coming- to know when to put items up, and how many people are visiting. It tells you EVERYTHING!!!
I also love Project Wonderful for ads. You don't spend much on advertising space and you place your ads on like-minded sites. It's great!
Hope this helps!
Lavender anything is my favorite.

Ibreak4glass said...

The best way so far to increase traffic is to be an active twitterer.
Tweet often, mention your blog, put funny sayings before your URL to get people to click, and get featured in great blogs like Plus size mommy. :)

MJ said...

I use Twitter and I search for "giveaway". My favorite would be Lavender. Id like to see a combo...Lavender and Lemon..or maybe Mint!

Donna said...

I tweeted.
http://twitter.com/donnak4/status/1151375136

Sarah said...

Join up with sites that offer samples and offer samples of your scents on your business cards. I twittered you and am following you Sarahj4077 on twitter

NMLady said...

Join the quartery blogging giveaway carnival and you'll get lots of exposure to your site.
http://www.donttrythisathome.typepad.com/bloggy_giveaways/
It is probably too late for this one since the giveaways end on the 30th but you could find out when the next one will be and offer some of your soap there as a prize.
Have people then explore your site to pick an item they like and tell why. That way, people will learn even more about your products.

JenReg said...

I find the best way to increase traffic is to personally visit as many blogs as you can and comment. People tend to come back to your blog to check it out, follow, etc. Also asking blogger friends to list a link to your site, or link to your contest is really helpful!

mandjregan[at]gmail.com

JenReg said...

I twittered your contest:
http://twitter.com/mtejen/status/1153179665

mandjregan[at]gmail.com
http://eightymphmom.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I love lavender! I love to use lemon and grapefruit soap. A way to get traffic might be to post on freebie sites. My skin would thank you.
Sue brooke2day@yahoo.com

skena said...

he warm vanilla is my favorite . but I like them all

A Family Completed... said...

I thin the best way to drive traffic to your site is through giveaways. Through other bloggers who have more foloowers and frequent readers who connect a link to your site they also offer a outside opinion to your products ( of course you think their great but having someone not affiliated with them saying their great goes along way!) They also work to get the people tot he site posting the giveaway through other sites which ultimately leads to more traffic.
Your products look fantastic and are affordable!
Thanks for the entry
Tonyamcrain [at] aol [dot] com

chromiumman said...

would love to win this

Denise said...

My traffic tip for you is to get a video camera and record a video showing how to make a very simple soap product. Something that won't give away any of your "trade secrets". Then upload it to YouTube. Make sure your video page has a link back to your site. YouTube has tons of people visiting their site. :)

Dierdra said...

I think you did it by having a contest but you could try swapping ads with other sites. Post there add on your site in exchange they do the same with your add. :)
Any scent is fine because I love so many!

Bakersdozen said...

I agree with the giveaway concept. That is how I have found many websites and, yes, I have purchased from many of them. I also am really interested in beauty products and love to read beauty blogs. Many of them post reviews of products that are sent to them and I personally have checked out the products after reading about them. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com