It is hard to believe that it is already the middle of September and that in a month we will be closing our Korcula based shop for the season – remember our jewellery is always available via our website, www.sebasilver.com and that we will be regularly updating our facebook page, Seba Dizajn.
Our store is located on a small side street, Ulica DePolo, in Korcula, Croatia – an isolated location and one that can be very hard to find in this town of many similar looking cobbled lanes. We are now approaching the end of our second season at our store, Seba Dizajn and our website has been live for approximately 18 months.
It has been interesting and rewarding to learn that some of the time we have been putting into our ‘Social Media Campaign’ has paid off – I have been blogging, updating our facebook page and using Twitter and Pinterest to promote both our business and Korcula/Croatia.
This year we have had the pleasure of meeting a number of our facebook fans and twitter followers. And we have also had some customers find our store via our website, brilliant for a small business in a town full of jewellery shops. Now that the season is a little quieter I have time for a little more social interaction and have asked a couple of recent customers how they found us – via a google search was the reply from a Canadian filigree fan and also via google for one couple visiting Korcula from San Francisco
Our first twitter visitor for the summer came via the UK when Sharon Howard who we had ‘met’ via facebook and twitter visited Korcula.
Sharon and her Seba Silver collection.
We enjoyed meeting Sharon, especially as we had been regularly sharing tweets (you can follow us on twitter via this link @SebaDizajn) and Sharon and I had also written guest blog pieces for each others blogs. You can find a link to Sharon’s blog and to our other bloggers HERE on our ‘Guest Bloggers’ page.
We have also met Lynda Milina who organises and hosts painting and photography courses to Korcula, and had the pleasure of meeting one of Lynda’s groups here for a painting course. Lynda lives in Canada and spends the summer months here with her family in Lumbarda so she is very well connected and organises excellent tours. We look forward to catching up with Lynda again soon now that the season is drawing to a close and our time is a little more flexible. Follow this link http://www.slikamilina.ca/, if you think you would like to learn more about Lynda’s business.
A twitter introduction via a mutual friend led Joanne of Act One Parties to Seba Dizajn - Joanne and I shared tweets while Joanne planned her families Croatia holiday. We enjoyed a glass of wine together as the sun set and continue to share tweets now that she is back in the UK. You can also find Joanne via our Guest Bloggers page where she shared a little about starting her business and why she loves organising children’s parties.
During the same week that Joanne was in town we also met Ivona Novak of Dubrovnik.com – Ivona and I had also been sharing tweets and we shared a guest blog piece here on our blog, So Many Reasons to love Dubrovnik talking about why Dubrovnik is so great and how Ivonka can help you during your visit. Ivona and I shared a sunset cocktail and talked about the things we each love about our respective towns, we look forward to eating at some of the great sounding restaurants she recommended in Dubrovnik and to catching up again soon.
We have also met several of our facebook fans here in the store and look forward to welcoming Marie on Thursday for an in store jewellery making experience. Marie has found her way to us via Alan Mandic of Secret Dalmatia- Alan organises unique and personal holidays in Croatia. I met Alan in Split earlier this year and he has kindly booked several people for exclusive jewellery making experiences here in our store.
I still feel like such a novice with all aspects of social media while at the same time as I contemplate what I have written I feel delighted that we can make it work for our new and slowly growing business. I would like to thank and recommend NikkiPilkington and her series of 30 Day Challenges for providing a lot of guidance along the way. You can also find Nikki on facebook and twitter where she will happily answer your questions. Thanks also the ‘support groups’ started by Nikki on facebook and all the members who have helped us by answering all sorts of questions from Korcula.
We would love to meet you too, please stop by if you are in Korcula.
Do you have any experiences of meeting your Social Media followers? Leave your experiences below, would love to hear from you.
“A friend is one who walks in when others walk out”
I have been contemplating what to write that might appeal to our readers; jewellery or something else?
To date my ‘something else’ posts have been the most popular so I am going to go with another one of those today and maybe try to alternate jewellery:non jewellery posts after this. Let’s see what happens!
So, I have decided to write something to thank all our friends who have been so supportive of our endeavours to date, be it a LIKE on our facebook page and feedback on photos there, a jewellery purchase or a voice on the phone/Skype. Thanks! It means a lot to both Doka and I to know we have the support of our friends and families.
Having recently moved to Croatia to start a new business with my husband and still knowing very little Croatian, I am finding myself spending more time on-line than ever before. The majority of this time has been focused on this blog or our new facebook page, (SebaDizajn) and learning about how I can use social media to promote our business. Most recently I have opened a Twitter account to help spread the Seba Dizajn word on a new level – you can click on the links at the side of the blog to join us on Twitter or Facebook if you are interested.
I have found a strong and supportive network of on-line friends, many of whom I have not yet met but their help and encouragement warms my heart. How nice to find people so willing to help when they don’t even know us.
I grew up in New Zealand and although I left home 12 years ago I still have many good friends there, we may not get to see each other often, but when we do it’s the best thing. The internet allows some of us to catch up more often than others, yet there are many who I have no regular contact with and that’s ok too. We will and do meet again and pick up right where we left off, magic!
This is a group of friends from my University years who gathered together in March this year to help us celebrate our recent wedding in Croatia – this photo was taken at the NZ version of the celebrations.
I have lived away from NZ for 12 years, although I am not sure how this happened! I left in 1999 for a year or two, with a visa to work in Canada and an onwards ticket to the UK and a visa to work there for two years. Now I am married and living in Croatia! The latter two pieces were not part of the puzzle when I left home – I am not even sure I would have been able to locate Croatia on the map when I left NZ in 1999!
My two years in the UK somehow turned in 10 part time years, managing a Fair Trade business based in the highlands of Scotland where my passion for Fair Trade grew and flourished with the opportunity to travel regularly to Nepal and meet a lot of fabulous people there.
I feel so blessed to have been able to meet so many wonderful people in my travels and know that I now have friends scattered around the globe who mean so much to me. You are constantly in my thoughts, this short piece is dedicated to all of you.
Thanks for being a part of my life, can’t wait to meet with you again!