Join the Launch of CHA’s Paper Arts Section at the CHA 2014 MEGA Show!

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The newly-introduced Paper Arts Section (PAS) is excited to announce that they are hosting an engaging welcome booth at the CHA MEGA Show.

They’re bursting with enthusiasm and they’re sharing it with you through a MEGA Show Celebration!  The PAS team has put together a fun, interactive contest in their booth with an amazing prize package.

In order to enter you should:

  • Bring your mobile camera-enabled device,
  • Hop into their festive Paper Arts Section “Step and Repeat” and have your picture taken,
  • Post the photo on your favorite social media site (facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest) with the hashtag: #PaperArts.

That’s it!  Our team will compile the entries and pick a random winner of an amazing prize package: a complimentary registration to the 2014 CHA Paper Arts Show in Atlanta, Georgia this July, INCLUDING hotel accommodation!  Wow!

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Responding to demand of the seasonally-driven paper arts industry, the Craft & Hobby Association has embarked on the NEW initiative to produce a vibrant mid-year CHA Paper Arts Show.

  • Attend the all-day hands-on, not to be missed, workshop experience on July 29
  • See the latest products in paper arts including paper, stamps, dies, inks, embellishments, adhesives, stencils and more – everything you’d expect to find in the Paper Arts world
  • Enjoy time to catch up with friends, network and unwind during the Tuesday night Welcome Reception, held right in the exhibit hall
  • Shop and find incredible bargains at one of the most spectacular ‘cash and carry’ events of it’s kind, just for you: The Open Market.  Participating vendors will feature close-outs, promotional goods, samples and more.  It’s cash and carry, so bring your empty suitcases!  Don’t miss this incredible one night only, extravaganza!

Want to expand your online exposure through the PAS contest at the CHA MEGA Show?  Have your photo taken with your newest associate, latest creation or design debut and add an additional hashtag to your post: #CHAShow.

What a wonderful way amplify the visibility of your “next best thing!”

We look forward to welcoming Paper Arts Section enthusiasts to Booth #541 at the CHA MEGA Show, January 10 – 14, in Anaheim, California. It is the hub for Paper Arts professionals where you can:

- Learn more about the section
– Receive latest information about the inaugural CHA Paper Arts Show
– Take advantage of the chance to win the opportunity to go to the CHA Paper Arts Show with FREE admission AND hotel included!*

*Please note: Winner must qualify as a buyer and the hotel is a 3 nights stay. Non-transferrable and no cash value.

An Update From the CHA Social Media Section

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The Steering Committee for the new Social Media Section was formed this fall with the initial task of creating the Sections’ Vision and Mission Statement. Below is the completed Statement, which we’re incredibly proud of and excited to share with you!

Our Vision
We support an interactive community where all CHA members are encouraged to explore and employ social media platforms and strategies in order to more meaningfully engage with each other, with our customers, and with fans and followers. In doing so, we are working together to enhance and expand all of our businesses, as well as the craft industry at large.

Our Mission:
Resource
We will establish a network of Social Media professionals who can consult with CHA members (companies and individuals) and show them how to successfully incorporate social media outreach into their overall marketing plans.

Education
We will work with CHA to provide relevant educational tools and programs for CHA members, as well as opportunities to share best practices, in an effort to keep everyone informed about the ever-changing social media landscape.

Awareness
We will champion the social media marketing campaigns developed by CHA and its chapters and sections, in order to nurture the CHA brand, advocate membership, and continuously promote the benefits of crafting to all of our audiences.

Collaboration
We will work to build partnerships between members and help them develop new ways to jointly use social media to build their brands and engage with their customers.

Heart
We will bring passion, joy and creativity to our work. We will commit to continuously sharpening our skills, broadening our collective range of expertise, and building our integrity within CHA so that our section continues to grow and sustain itself for as long as social media remains a viable business tool for our industry.

Steering Committee Members:
Amy Bowerman Stucki, Carmi Cimicata, Lisa Fulmer, Eileen Hull, Vicki O’Dell, Taylor Usry, Kristi Parker Van Doren, Laura Weed
Our CHA Contact:  Paula Jones

Next Projects:
We are currently working on our Membership Criteria document and sub-committee definitions.  We will post those on the CHA website when they are complete.

Have you signed up for our meeting in January?
Social Media Section Meeting at the 2014 CHA Mega Show
Monday, January 13, 2014
E406 – Event
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Please do not hesitate to email me if you would like more information.

~ Carmi Cimicata
Social Media Section Interim Leader
carmimail@aol.com

5 Tips for Exhibiting Success: Turn Product Demos into Sales

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Exhibiting at CHA Conference & Trade Shows allows you to showcase your products in person for your customers. But how do you turn those product demonstrations and make-and-take projects into orders on the Show floor? Veteran exhibitors Advantus and iLoveToCreate share some tips for success.

1. Do a project over a demo. “Projects are typically more impactful than a demonstration, because creative people need to feel the product and make a personal connection with it,” says Alyson Dias of iLoveToCreate. The more impactful the experience, the more likely the customer will be to make a purchase. Choosing projects over demos also allows for more face time between the demonstrator and the customer, time that “fosters relationships and builds brand loyalty,” notes Dias.

2. Let the product speak for itself. By nature, craft and hobby customers are visual and/or hands-on learners, so seeing products in action will do more to convince them to buy than a hard sales pitch. “Customers don’t need to be told how wonderful a product is—they want to create and determine that themselves,” says Rana Coggins of Advantus. The more they determine how wonderful your products are first-hand, the more likely they are to buy.

3. Keep it simple. “Keep your projects simple and timed under 10 minutes,” Coggins warns. This allows you to make an impact in a short amount of time where a customer can walk away feeling inspired—and more likely to make a purchase.  “We love seeing the ‘a-ha moment’ when someone creates a project that was quick and simple but looks amazing!”

4. Make it fun. If customers enjoy making a project at your booth, they will be more likely to not only make a purchase but become loyal customers. “Have all the necessary tools and supplies kitted so they can be easily distributed,” suggests Coggins. And make sure the person in charge is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the products, so he or she can be informative while making the experience fun.

5. Let everyone join the fun. It may be tempting to only make your project open to buyers, but remember to include bloggers, designers, and members of the media as well. “Their positive experience with products will translate into inspiration and education via magazines, websites, blogs and social media—which then inspires consumers to purchase at retail,” reminds Dias.

Using projects and demonstrations will help you have even more success at the CHA Conference & Trade Show. Sign up to exhibit at the 2014 MEGA SHOW today!

Walnut Hollow: Success Secrets of CHA Show Exhibiting

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Walnut Hollow has been a leader in the craft industry for 41 years and a member of the Craft & Hobby Association since its inception. This inspiring company supplies fine wood surfaces, tools and accessories for hobbyists and crafters, and exhibiting at Craft & Hobby Association Conferences and Trade Shows has yielded them successful results for many years. Why do they have such successful results? Here are two secrets.

Success tip #1: Make personal connections.

Exhibiting at CHA shows gives you the opportunity to make personal connections with buyers, distributors, and other industry professionals. Face-to-face connections allow for optimal business and networking opportunities.

Walnut Hollow uses their exhibiting connections not just to make personal connections with buyers but to create partnership opportunities with other manufacturers for cross promotion. “Over the years we have built successful relationships with a variety of manufacturers to cross promote our products together,” says Christine Wallace, Marketing Communications Director for Walnut Hollow. “Buyers understand that their customers will not shop their stores for only our tools and wood products, but include other products in their projects.” Cross promoting with other manufacturers allows for extra exposure, as Walnut Hollow’s products can be showcased in partner booths as well as their own, so these personal connections really pay off!

Success tip #2: Showcase your strengths.

Exhibiting at CHA shows allows you to showcase your products in person directly to buyers, instantly inspiring them and answering any possible questions in the moment.

Walnut Hollow suggests you spend ample time considering various ways to showcase your products, narrowing down your ideas to what makes the best impression on the buyer. In order to sell their new and innovative products to CHA show attendees, Walnut Hollow makes sure knowledgeable staff members are on hand to demonstrate them and answer questions. “Sometimes interaction between those selling or demonstrating products and a buyer influences the buyer to help him or her understand why their customers would want to purchase Walnut Hollow products from their stores,” says Wallace.

Join Walnut Hollow and hundreds of others at the CHA 2014 Show. Make valuable business connections and showcase your products – exhibit today!

The 2014 CHA Hot 20

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Be among the first to get your hands on the BEST NEW
PRODUCTS at the 2014 CHA Mega Show!

We’re talking Creativity . Originality . Ingenuity . INNOVATION! And the CHA 2014 MEGA Show is the ONLY place you can see all of the newest and most innovative products to hit the marketplace – and all in one place! You won’t want to miss the NEW Product Preview VIP Event (open only to Buyers and Media), on Friday, January 10, 2014.

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Let’s talk CHA Hot 20!

What’s the CHA Hot 20? Just the hottest new items of 2014, hand-selected by an esteemed panel of industry experts, from this year’s new product submissions. Attend the New Product Preview VIP Event and you’ll be among the first to get up close and personal with a select number of never released, newsworthy products, and the companies that created them. You’ll also have an opportunity to speak with the innovators and trendsetters who are shaping the craft industry.

CHA is dedicated to providing you with the tools you need to help you grow your business! Don’t miss the New Product Preview VIP Event. Space is limited. Be sure to get your tickets when Education Program Registration opens on November 5. .

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P.S. Exhibitors: We want your new items! If you would like to participate in the 2014 New Products Program, please click here to enter product/product line(s) that will launching to consumers in 2014. Please note that any product available for sale in 2013 will not be considered for display or for the Hot 20). In order to be considered, entries must be received by November 29, 2013.

Social Media Section Update

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This summer I proposed that CHA consider a new Social Media Section.  This idea was warmly received and space for an inaugural meeting was facilitated and advertised by CHA at the Las Vegas conference in July.

Over 80 people signed up to attend the first meeting of the Social Media Section! Clearly there was interest so now we are moving forward with the creation of a new section.  We are looking for individuals who are content creators for CHA member companies who work daily to promote craft in one or all of the social media channels. So if your job responsibilities range from Social Media Manager to Blog Design Team Manager, the Section would be perfect for you! To read more about the Social Media Section, click here.

At the first meeting in Las Vegas we discussed our roles within our companies and went around the room describing various ways we share content through social channels for our companies. After the meeting we distributed a brief survey to the participants, which over 50% filled out. The survey was a simple one designed to just get a sense of who was interested in a proposed section and to gather information about areas of interest.  These are just a few highlights.  The whole survey will be available in the Social Media Section on www.craftandhobby.org by the end of the month.

This little block tells you about some of the social media roles participants were a part of.  92% are Facebook contributors.

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Most survey responders work part-time creating social media.  We do have full time managers however!

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Ongoing education and training was the number one recommendation for future activities.

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We have over 15 volunteers who offered to join the new Steering Committee for this section.  If you would like to join them, please send me an email.  I hope to set up our first conference call by the end of the month.

~ Carmi Cimicata
Social Media Section Coordinator
carmimail@aol.com


Participation in one of CHA’s new Chapters or Sections provides opportunities to interact with peers who share common interests, network at events and foster discussions on topics of professional and personal interest. CHA’s Chapters strive to create a welcoming and stimulating atmosphere for their Members based on geographical location, while the Sections are targeted to individuals who share a common interest in a particular segment of the industry. Chapter and Section Members do more than compare notes on business issues – they help establish lasting relationships community-wide.

 

CHA Behind the Scenes: Planning the 2014 Conference & Trade Show

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Be a fly on the wall for this meeting of CHA decision-makers to learn what they have in store for the 2014 “Mega Show”!

Badge Registration Opens: October 1, 2013
Education Program Registration Opens: November 5, 2013

Visit www.craftandhobby.org for more information.

CHA Exhibitor Spotlight: FabScraps

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Over the next few months leading up to the CHA 2014 Conference & Trade Show on January 10-14 in Anaheim, C.A., we’ll be profiling our exhibitors – giving you exclusive access into their business and how they benefit from exhibiting at trade shows.

FabScraps is the largest manufacturer of paper crafting and scrapbooking supplies in South Africa. This dynamic manufacturer creates trendy papers, spray inks and embossing powders, book- and journal-making kits, fibers, embellishments, and more; and next spring they will host their own scrapbooking event. We chatted with this fast-growing company about how participating in Craft & Hobby Association Conferences and Trade Shows helps build its business.

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Why does FabScraps exhibit at CHA trade shows?
CHA shows are the largest craft shows in the U.S., and specifically target the trade. As a scrapbooking manufacturer, our customer base is the retailer, and having a platform such as CHA shows to directly target them is a hugely worthwhile marketing and promotional opportunity.  Seeing our products in person on display and used in projects in our booth helps retailers see their subtle designs more clearly, which really convinces them to purchase.

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What are the top benefits you receive from exhibiting at CHA trade shows?
We get direct access to most U.S. craft stores, have an excellent forum to successfully launch new products, and take many orders at the shows.

What advice do you have to help manuf be prepared to exhibit for the first time at a CHA show?
Make sure your booth is designed well to enable maximum traffic flow. And ensure you have enough staff on hand to cover order taking, demonstrating product to prospective buyers and meeting with suppliers.

FabScraps booth design makes it easy for customers to see their products up close.

FabScraps booth design makes it easy for customers to see their products up close.

Visit FabScraps’ website to see more of their exciting products and find out more info about their upcoming 2014 event. And join them and other companies in exhibiting at CHA shows to help your business grow!

Download a copy of the CHA 2014 Exhibitor Prospectus today.

Click here for more information about the CHA 2014 Conference & Trade Show.

Celebs Got Crafty at the #CHASwag Gift Suite – Teen Choice 2013 Recap

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We’re back from Los Angeles and just wanted to recap what an awesome time we had at the Connected Gift Lounge at the Teen Choice Awards! Together with our Sponsors: Spellbinders, John Bead Corp., and Kalmbach Publishing Co., we were able to promote crafting and creativity to a very welcoming Hollywood audience. Here are some of our favorite memories:

The Spellbinders team setting up their make-n-take table. Guests who stopped by combined creative fibers with a charm and a bezel for a fabulous bracelet!

The VIP’s all wanted to wear Fernando DaSilva’s jewelry from the Metal Complex Instant Glam by Fernando and Dazzle-It signature programs, part of the John Bead Corp. make-n-take table.

The teen celebs loved learning how to make their very own pair of trendy earrings using a metal riveting technique from the team at Brea Bead Works at the Kalmbach Publishing Co. table.

The Spellbinders team along with Dave from DCWV striking a pose!

Fernando DaSilva and Stephen Glickman from Big Time Rush on Nickelodeon. Stephen was a huge fan of Fernando’s work!

Everyone that stopped by the Spellbinders table loved embossing leather bracelets.

Jayden Maddux, who played “Young Buster Bluth” on Arrested Development, stopped by the Kalmbach Publishing Co. table to create some fashionable earrings.

Lauren Potter from Glee stopped by to participate in the make-n-takes and share why living a creative lifestyle is so important to her!

Rowan Blanchard from the new Disney Show, Girl Meets World, showing off her #pureMichigan “urban-coursage”, made by Detroit area children. Designer Sarah Hodsdon designed the bracelet and the children created them at Maker Faire at The Henry Ford museum. Many kids, not just the ones from Detroit, are in schools where the art program has been cut. By creating/designing hands on projects that integrate math and science concepts, we are able to “sneak” in the arts, and in doing so, safeguard that the next generation of minds will know the wonders of building with their hands and the incredible creativity that is fostered through the arts and crafts. The kids who built these will most likely never have a music class or an art class in school yet, their heroes, these teen choice presenters and award winners, touch them through the language that is universal…. art and music. When we #CRE8TIME to build, we connect in profound ways.

RJ Mitte from Breaking Bad stopped by to sign our marble-dipped surfboard donated by Peachtree Global. This surfboard will later be auctioned off to benefit the CHA Foundation, whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for the purpose of enhancing life through creative expression throughout the world.

We had a fantastic time and want to thank all of all of our wonderful sponsors, the celebs for stopping by,  and to all of you for following along and sharing in the fun! You can view more pictures from the event in our CHA Connected Gift Lounge Photo Album on our Facebook Fan Page.

CHA Members Getting Crafty at Teen Choice!

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled weekly activities for an important announcement: CHA will sponsor crafty make-n-take tables at an exclusive event to kick off the Teen Choice Awards this Saturday, August 10, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. PST. Countless people involved in the awards show (which airs Sunday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m. EST on Fox) will have the chance to drop by the Connected Gift Lounge, where they’ll get crafty trying out techniques to make trendy jewelry projects sponsored by CHA members.

Here’s a sneak peek of the make-n-take projects Hollywood-ites will get to create.

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Bezel Bracelet by Spellbinders

Guests will combine creative fibers with a charm and a bezel for a fabulous bracelet stopping by this table. All guests who share their creations using hashtag #Share5 will be eligible to win one of five $1000 donations to a Spellbinders charity.

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Medallion Necklace by John Bead Corp.

Guests will customize their own statement necklaces featuring a gorgeous medallion. Jewelry components are from the Metal Complex Instant Glam by Fernando and Dazzle-It signature programs.

Filename: BKS-67031-CV_08.psdRiveted earrings by Kalmbach Publishing Co.

Wendy Remmers from Brea Bead Works will show celebs how to create a trendy pair of earrings featuring a metal riveting technique designed by Irina Miech. The materials are from TierraCast.

We’re incredibly excited about this amazing opportunity to promote crafting to Hollywood, and we’d love it if you can help us spread the word. Use the official hashtags #CHASwag and #TeenChoice together when you tweet or post about the event. And follow @CraftandHobby on Twitter as the CHA staff tweets live from the event Saturday, reporting which celebs go into the lounge and what projects they make. We’ll also be updating our CHA Facebook Fan Page as well. So don’t miss out all of the action on our social media accounts.

In addition to getting crafty in the lounge, celebrities who come through the lounge will have the chance to sign a marble-paint dipped surfboard. This surfboard will later be auctioned off to benefit the CHA Foundation, whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for the purpose of enhancing life through creative expression throughout the world. Special thanks to Peachtree Global for donating the surfboard and to iLoveToCreate, Kiki Magazine and Sarah-n-dipitous Designs for donating items for the gift bags of SWAG (Stuff We All Get) that celebrity presenters take home.

With your help spreading the word, we’ll let lots of people know this craft connection to this trendy event. Don’t forget to follow along on social media Saturday and then tune into the Teen Choice Awards this Sunday!