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Alright i was watching the news it was a rerun at 2 in the morning so i did catch everything, but wow I must say what an impact a celebrity makes on consumer taste. They were talking about baby fashion a store who wasnt selling shirts well has been selling out due to angelina jolie and a couple other celebrity babies. After a magazine which features some of the new celebrity babies in the shirts they were in high demand selling for 70+. Same was with a stuffed bear. Now what does Myspace have to do with it? I made a myspace couple weeks ago not for friends but to network. Contacted an artists whos well known around here sent him a design asked him if he liked it i could send him a free one, said he liked it and would like one. One of the people with that label said if I could help them in future shirt design and possably print them... guess thats the power ofa free networking community such as myspace.
 

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Alright i was watching the news it was a rerun at 2 in the morning so i did catch everything, but wow I must say what an impact a celebrity makes on consumer taste. They were talking about baby fashion a store who wasnt selling shirts well has been selling out due to angelina jolie and a couple other celebrity babies. After a magazine which features some of the new celebrity babies in the shirts they were in high demand selling for 70+. Same was with a stuffed bear. Now what does Myspace have to do with it? I made a myspace couple weeks ago not for friends but to network. Contacted an artists whos well known around here sent him a design asked him if he liked it i could send him a free one, said he liked it and would like one. One of the people with that label said if I could help them in future shirt design and possably print them... guess thats the power ofa free networking community such as myspace.
http://www.t-shirtforums.com/showthread.php?t=3740&highlight=belly

Dane Cook sold over 1 million DVDs which he credits to his Myspace page.

Just the other day I saw a commercial for a movie and instead of the usual www.insertthemovie.com here I saw myspace.com/themovie.

Myspace can really make a big impact on your sales if you are selling things that the younger generation would be interested in.
 

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Myspace can really make a big impact on your sales if you are selling things that the younger generation would be interested in.
Could someone explain this a little further? I haven't used MySpace, and was hoping to get an explanation of why a site hosted on MySpace will drive so much traffic. I know MySpace is popular, but I'd like a little more insight into the dynamics at play here.
 

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I have a question too: my target market is moms 28 to 42 or so. Is there any point for me to use myspace? Or is it mostly for teens?

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All types of people use myspace. Its not for just lids anymore!

Om myspace, you can create a blog, send a post to everyone of your friends, leave comments on other peoples profiles. In every one of these places you can drop html code as well, post your link on a real popular bands profile for instance can net you any where from 10 to 100 hits in no time. Or chose a popular celebrity, it doesnt matter. Mostly depends on what kind of stuff you sell.
 

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normsbrand said:
Add me to your friends.
Hey Norm ... can I be your friend, too? I feel like I'm back in grade school.

Alicia said:
I have a question too: my target market is moms 28 to 42 or so. Is there any point for me to use myspace? Or is it mostly for teens?
Heck yeah. Use it. It's free advertising. Think of celebrities (or movies or bands) who represent your niche market and send them a friend request. It's mostly their publicists - not the actual celebrity - who are managing their MySpace page and they are usually very eager to add you. When you get listed as their friend, you are then exposed to their whole network and there's a good chance they'll be interested in what you have to offer. Just remember to occasionally leave them a message to maintain your exposure. It doesn't have to be anything deep ... just say "have a good weekend" or something like that. It will put you at the top of their messages where people will see you.

I have noticed that a lot of people have disabled the HTML option for leaving a message. It's probably so their page will load faster. So I made my main pic an animated .gif showing some of my designs. Some people will also remove your message if it's overtly advertising so don't go overboard.
 

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Alicia said:
I have a question too: my target market is moms 28 to 42 or so. Is there any point for me to use myspace? Or is it mostly for teens?

Thanks,
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yes, indeed and ill tell you how. i bought a friend adder program for $18 about 3 months ago. i now have 2 myspace different acounts with a friend total of 15,000 people. the thing thats cool about that is these are "targeted" friends. with the program, you can choose to add only females between the age of 28-42 with the word "mom" in the profile. or whatever word you want. theres different ways to search out your target demographic and add only them. so when my shirt sites are up and ready for mass consumption, im gonna have have a boatload of people to market them to immediately. check out botreviewer.com for more info. its the only site that really covers all adder bots and reviews and explains how they work. i got lucky and bought a good one before i found the site. a warning: it does take a small amount of time each day to fuss with your bot and constantly add friends, but i think its worth it for the free exposure. later

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Rodney said:
Wouldn't adding a bunch of "friends" via a bot and posting commercial announcements be considered a type of spam?
yes. i cant argue against it being spam, except that my myspace page is very popular with certain people and fills a niche that im trying to specifically market to, so im not spamming the crap out of random people. a bulletin once or twice a week and a blog isnt in bad taste i dont think. maybe against TOS techinically, but its a networking site for pete's sake.
 

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so im not spamming the crap out of random people.
That's actually what it sounds like. If you get a robot to get a bunch of friends and then send those "friends" commercial bulletins and announcements they didn't ask for, sounds like "spamming the crap" out of random people.

a bulletin once or twice a week and a blog isnt in bad taste i dont think. maybe against TOS techinically, but its a networking site for pete's sake.
I think networking and marketing can be done ethically and within a site's terms of service.

Nothing against you personally, but I would recommend to others that they follow the terms and don't spam people (via myspace, email, forums, newsgroups, or whereever) for the sake of marketing their business.
 

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The very first promotions I have done have been on Myspace with mixed results. I do not think that just adding friends will work out very well for you. I have found that a personal message sent to someone that fits your target group (in my case its a small niche) as well as a friend request works better. Get to know someone a build it one sell at a time, one relationship at a time. I realize that this flys in the face of quick success, but I feel that you have a better chance at selling to someone you know (even just barley) than to a total stranger that is overwhelmed with a million imprersonal requests from bands and porn sites.
 

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Rodney said:
I think networking and marketing can be done ethically and within a site's terms of service.
I'm very much with you on this one.

This came up on another MySpace thread on the forum a while ago, where another member was doing the same thing (spamming via bot). His justification was that within the myspace culture friends are a desirable commodity, so people didn't object. From my little experience with myspace that may well be true.

Personally, however, I don't draw any distinction between spamming on myspace via a bot and spamming e-mail via a bot... or leafletting carparks, telemarketing, most junk mail, and door to door sales. Frankly I hope that any business who engages in such practices goes bankrupt so they can stop making all our lives worse.

Rodney's philosophy of website design is that a website should be designed with the customer in mind, and the rest (SEO, your bangs and whistles, etc.) is secondary. Personally I apply that to all aspects of the business - you should always ask "will this help my customer?", because if you're doing your job right helping your customer will ultimately help you. Does spam help your customer? No.
 

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So building your customer base slowly with Myspace as an option then. I wouldn't really want 100 strangers who werent actually interested in my company or my designs adding themselves to my Myspace account. But would you set it up in your name or the company name?

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I have set it up as a company name "Ferverwear." The cool thing is that I made a small slide show (complete with music I composed) that consistantly runs my top 12 products. You can also use the bullatin to send out anouncements to all of your "friends" at once telling them about a new promotion or product. I have the url that goes directly to the store all over the place. If you would like to see how my page looks, let me know and I'll give you the url to the myspace site. Or just type ferverwear into the myspace search. Good luck and take your time and I think you will be pleased.

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Rodney said:
I think networking and marketing can be done ethically and within a site's terms of service.
while it may be against the TOS, id have to disagree that ive done anything unethical. my myspace page provides a service to the regulars that use it everyday to converse with each other and receive entertainment. ive sent out two bulletins that resulted in 3 sales. Im sure several people deleted me as their friend (i noticed i was less 2 people within a half hour of the first bulletin) which is great. The shirts i sell are directly related to the subject of my myspace page. I dont see anything wrong with it.

p.s. rodney, i tried to add you to my personal myspace account a few months back and you didnt accept. now THATS unethical. jk.
 
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