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Subject:Newsletter article: 2009-11-03 01

Date:Tue, 3 Nov 2009

We love to print, November 2009
In this issue we:
It's the MOOsLETTER!
Using MOO cards to wow art directors

Jonny Wan It's a tough world out there for freelancers right now, making it more important than ever to get your work seen by the right people. Illustrator Jonny Wan's got some good ideas on ways to use Business Cards, Postcards and MiniCards to catch the eye of art directors and increase your chances of getting commissioned. We caught up with him to find out his tips and tricks.

On the cards: improving your web presence

Business Cards with url How's your web visibility? Own a website, blog, accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn? Is your branding cohesive across your various web platforms? Is your SEO streamlined? Or do all these words just make you want to bang your head on the desk shouting for help?

If so, you're not alone. For every organised self-branding expert, there's a confused newbie. And if that's you, there are several companies we’ve spotted who can help you get started.

Building your first website:

We like Moonfruit, who feature easy-to-use drag and drop editing (no coding required!) and can help you add social networking (Facebook, Twitter et al) to your site at the touch of a button. Best of all, MOO users can claim 20% off a premium package until December 31st by entering MOO3 on registration.

Online Branding for beginners

Once your site's up and running and you've got yourself a bunch of Facebook / Twitter / Linked-In URLs, it's time to take them into the real world by adding them to your Business Cards. Hold on a sec, though – before you do that go grab yourself a 'vanity URL'. It's a way to incorporate your business name into your URLs, as explained by our Online Marketing Specialist Simon in this blog post . Now print your new URLs onto some MOO business cards and you're all set to network with the best of 'em!

Taking your brand on the road

MOO booth October was a busy month for the MOO Road Warriors. First we were in Las Vegas for Photoshop World, then to the Big Apple for Photo Plus Expo and now we're in the US capital for the InDesign Conference. It was a great opportunity to meet so many of you in person (not to mention see the country). We really appreciate your feedback on how we can make MOO and our products better. Keep the ideas coming!

We also learned the true meaning of the event planners motto: "Be Prepared for the UnExpected". In fact, if you're attending an event or fair with your business, Pete (from MOO's marketing team) has shared some of the things he's learned on the blog. We'd love to hear your tips as we plan next year's events. Leave your ideas in the comments.

Where are YOU exhibiting? We want to know.

Lately, there's been a flurry of orders for postcards and MiniCards in preparation for upcoming Holiday & Christmas Craft Fairs. Why not share the details of your exhibitions with the rest of the MOO Community. Over the next month, we'll be posting and updating a list of fairs on our blog. So, if you're selling your creations at a local Holiday or Christmas Craft fairs, please email us the details (date/time/website) of the show to craft@moo.com. Then keep your eye on the blog for the ultimate in MOOster Craft Shows, an answer to your Christmas shopping list.

Meet the team – Customer Service

Customer service As you may know, we opened an office in the US earlier this year. This means we now have two Customer Service teams – one based in London, UK, and one in Providence, Rhode Island.

As a result we've taken on a few more staff to help ensure that our customers on both sides of the ocean have a good experience with MOO – say hi to our newest additions, Meir in the UK and David in the US! If you have a problem with any part of our service, or just want to ask a few questions, just get in touch – they've very friendly and here to help.

And that's all for now,

See you soon,
The MOO Crew

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