Prepping for Blogher: Proofing Your Materials

This week marked a very important week in our Prepping for Blogher sessions with Debba from Girlfriendology and The UPS Store. Remember, you can find all of the sessions over on the Lovin Logistics site. I am absolutely grateful to be a part of this program; I think we’ve all learned so much about not only preparing for Blogher but about presenting ourselves as professionals.

So, what did we learn about this week? We learned about proofing materials, such a necessary step within professionalism. Last week we talked about actually writing and designing materials, but proofing is the next step. I myself wrote up and designed all my materials, but I can tell you that I read and re-read over every single word probably 50 times. I even had my husband look at them for that second eye, that second opinion. Debba says that it’s important not only to look at the placement and spelling of words but your overall message. Is it easy to read? Can brands/bloggers easily identify you and what you do? What about your grammar, your spelling? Not only all of that, but have you included all of your necessary information? For business cards, we talked about including name, business logo, blog url, email, social media, phone number, address (seems to be a bit controversial), photo, QR code, etc. As for address, just a reminder: at The UPS Store, you can get a mailbox with a real address, not just a PO Box; that way, you don’t have to worry about safety.

So, just to give you an idea of what The UPS Store can do for you in terms of printing services, check out my shop where I go from start to finish, finally handing my materials over to them for printing.

I will say that The UPS Store went above and beyond. When we noticed a slight mistake in our 1-sheets, they were quick to reprint them, same day, quick and easy, free of charge. I really want to give props to Megan who helped us with this and even cropped everything for us. For awesome service and quick printing services, I would definitely recommend The UPS Store; I’ll definitely be using them in the future for printing needs that arise because it’s so convenient. It’s a local, no hassle way to print flyers, business cards, media kits, or whatever you may need. I honestly can’t recommend them enough. The service can’t be beat; they are friendly and helpful, treating me the way a customer should be treated. I wasn’t just another number. I’ll stop gushing now, but this is truly how I feel. From start to finish, I loved that it was local, close by, and the services were easy to access both online and off.

Next week, we’ll be talking about Printing, Shipping, & Packing for Blogher. Be sure to hop on over to the other #Print4Blogher bloggers, and read what they have to say about proofing materials….you can learn right along with us.

Amy Lowe – http://www.dealusional.com

Shelby Barone – http://www.feltstories.com

Sara Blake- http://www.supersavingsense.com/

Wendy Limauge – http://sweetiessweeps.com/

Amidst the planning and prepping, we’re also hosting weekly live sessions, which anyone can attend. Be sure to follow the hashtag #Print4Blogher on Twitter, so you can join in. You can also find the weekly sessions on Lovin Logistics.

(Disclosure: Thank you to Collective Bias and The UPS Store for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the #Print4Blogher campaign. I am receiving compensation for participating in this campaign, but all thoughts, opinions, and decisions above are mine and solely mine. The decisions expressed here have been given careful consideration by yours truly and only me.)

Mel Lockcuff

Mel is a wife and homeschool mom to 2 boys, as well as a lifestyle and travel blogger residing in Northwest Arkansas. Mel is also the founder of MamaBuzz Media. You can find Mel on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter @MamaBuzz, or contact her via email at info@mamabzz.com.

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