#YFEchat LIVE

yfe89-siteGrowing a consulting company or about to leave full time employment for freelance? Jess Estrada shares how she has leveraged networking, her passion for social media, and personal style in building her company, Fresh Jess Media.

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About Jess Estrada, our Guest:
Jess Estrada is founder of Fresh Jess Media, focused on helping brands, small businesses and non-profits alike bring their online presence to life. She created FreshJess.com, a life & style blog, in 2008. Fresh Jess offers a unique perspective on Pacific Northwest style, events, food, music & life in the Emerald City. She is a weekly contributor for the Independent Fashion Bloggers community, and writes for publications, brands, organizations and community sites on a regular basis. Jess has spoken at the University of Washington, Independent Fashion Bloggers conference, National PTSA and various social media, fashion and blogging conferences and workshops. Her work and blog have been featured in Gilt City, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine and on the websites of brands like Quiksilver, West Elm and Microsoft. She has been featured as one of Seattle’s 25 Most Influential Businesswomen by BizTechDay and voted the 2011 Young Northwest Blogger of the Year by DList Magazine. Prior to Fresh Jess Media, Jess was part of dynamic teams at the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Nike and Banyan Branch (now Deloitte Digital.) Jess is a Seattle native and a 2005 grad of the University of Washington Department of Communication.

Connect with the host @jenniferdonogh and our guest co-host @coreyfreeman on Twitter.

About #YFEchat LIVE:
The Young Female Entrepreneurs live stream is a weekly show (Thursdays at 6p/9e) that provides a social viewing experience that allows entrepreneurial women in their 20s and 30s to meet one another over chat while also being introduced to new ideas and resources by our guests and their peers. The show is hosted by YFE Executive Director, Jennifer Donogh with co-host Stacey Harris.

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ep88-siteHow are bloggers getting ready for the holidays? La Petite Fashionista and Local Mom Blog Network owners shared their best tips for getting holiday ready AND how they have established grown their businesses through blogging.

PS. I share a fun little announcement at minute 3:51 too :) -Jenn

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Love Actually online meetup

The Power of Glamour book discussion

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About our Guests

Lauren Felix is a fashion merchandiser by day and blogger & digital magazine editor by night. She started her lifestyle blog La Petite Fashionista in March 2007 with a goal to make fashion, interior design, and entertaining both inspiring, attainable, and affordable for young women. In 2012 she ventured into the realm of digital magazines, launching a quarterly mag with contributors from across the country.

Megan Thomas is the founder of the Local Mom Blog Network, the premier network for local mom bloggers. Local Mom Blog offers a unique opportunity for entrepreneurial moms to start their own locally focused blogs. The network provides moms who join with a custom designed blog, marketing tools, and ample training and support. To learn more visit http://localmomblog.com

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Jennifer Donogh @JenniferDonogh
Stacey Harris @TheStaceyHarris

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yfe87-siteWe just finished reading Thank You Economy in Bootstrap Book Club where Gary Vaynerchuk hits it home with us that the Internet has become more personal.

– We want people to respond back to us personally
– we want want we’re ordering to be quality
– and we want it at an affordable price.

Let’s find out how the founders of Dobbin Clothing are delivering all three of those points at dobbinclothing.com.

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The Power of Glamour discussion kicks of November 22nd (Friday) in Bootstrap Book Club
- Trying out Tuesday/Friday question posting schedule
- Through December 3rd with 7 questions

Find out guests on Twitter @DobbinClothing
The Host @jenniferdonogh
The Co-Host @TheStaceyHarris
The Intern @VenitaAspen
YFE @YFEntrepreneur

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Erin CondrenErin Condren of ErinCondren.com, creator of the popular Life Planner joined Young Female Entrepreneurs to talk about her startup advice, marketing, and how she was able to scale her business from a bedroom printing shop to one that ships thousands of products daily.

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Check out our featured Bootstrap Book Clubbers here: Ali Meehan and
Amanda Shofner

About Erin Condren:
ERIN CONDREN is a true Southern Californian- born and raised! After graduating from UCLA, Condren moved out to the beach and has never left.

After years in the apparel business, designing and manufacturing for major US brands, Condren began designing her own clothing line. That same year she was surprised with a TWIN pregnancy!

Erin found transitioning from working 12-hour days in a sewing factory to becoming a “stay-at-home” mother of two quite challenging and she knew it took two incomes for her family to live life at the beach.

As a busy mother, Erin began utilizing her creativity making note cards and gift labels for friends, birthday gifts, new babies and hostess gifts. A friend encouraged Erin to sell her designs for the first time at a “home shopping party” in 2004, and the grass roots-viral marketing plan was a huge success!

After a year of mentoring her at-home business, Al Marco of Marco Fine Arts became business partners with ErinCondren.com in 2007, and together their companies collaborate in a state of the art printing facility in El Segundo, CA.

Erin’s business has evolved from the initial shopping party to a flourishing internet retail business, along with licensed collections and partnerships with Target, Shutterfly, and TinyPrints.

Features on “The Ellen Show”, “Rachael Ray” and countless magazines and celebrity endorsements, Erin and her team continue to create “happy packages” that ship all around the world each day!

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Where do you work from?

September 11, 2013

Yesterday YFE’s September ACTION Calendar featured YFE, Jacqueline asked us to…

We love co-working at @inNEVation! Where do you co-work? Discover a new space to work with peers today!

YFE asked you where you were working yesterday and we wanted to shout out to a few of you that tagged your Instagrams with #YFEchat.

jackiemjensen Co-Founder/COO of @TicketCake. Producer @DowntownPodcast, Social Media Evangelist @LaunchUpLV, all things #vegastech. Move fast and break things. http://twitter.com/jackiemjensen

Jacqueline records #YFEVegasTech live every first and third Wednesday from Innevation. Many of the Downtown Vegas entrepreneurs she features also work there.

Laura Armenta Bikes, thrift shops, Boston Terriers. Fueled by coffee. I write for a living. Downtown Phoenix, AZ. http://sweetpaperplane.com

YFE began following Laura about a month ago after discovering her on Twitter. Her stationary is sweet and her work place reflects that.

Alisa W. Social Media co. Owner, NPC Champ, Global Physique winnah, Foodie, Wino, lover of all things furry, cuddly and kind.

Like most people, I love Santa Barbara. Taking a closer look into where Workzones Santa Barbara was on the map on Instagram, it looks like Alisa was working just off State Street — not too shabby!

Where do you work from? One of the “perks” of owning your own company is setting the work environment whether it’s for you alone, for a team of people, at home, in a shared space, or in your own- take some time to craft the atmosphere you and your employees will create from.

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YFE in November

November 3, 2012

Happy weekend young, female entrepreneurs! Here is a quick recap of what you can expect in November from YoungFemaleEntrepreneurs.com. November is a busy month for our group and you’re encouraged to participate in the community wherever makes sense for where you are in business right now (and what your schedule will allow for). We hope you’ll make connecting with your peers a priority this month as we head into 2013.

Read on to find out more about #YFEnyc’s first meetup with Marissa, YFE’s first onlince conference (#YFEcon), and what the next Bootstrap Book Club book will be. Don’t forget that YFE has another Twitter chat on Tuesday, November 6th at 11p/2e and this upcoming week (November 5th through the 9th) is Blog it! Week where we are linking up over blog posts.

Attend #YFEnyc’s First Meetup

Marissa Vicario is hosting her first YFE meetup in New York City at Thom Bar at 60 Thompson (The Thompson Hotel) Thursday, November 8th from 7 to 9pm.

From Marissa…
[quote style="1"]Join NYC-area Young Female Entrepreneurs for a night of socializing and networking. This is our inaugural IRL (in real life) Meet-up so get in on the fun early and tell your entpreneur friends! Ticket price includes your first glass of wine and light bites. Come meet other like-minded women who are serious about growing their business and want to have fun doing it — get support, make connections, form lasting friendships and possibly partnerships![/quote]

Thank you to #YFEnyc sponsors!

If you’re in New York City register for the meetup to build community in your city with your peers. Marissa has notified YFE that she would like any proceeds of the event to be donated to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Have you registered for #YFEcon yet?

Find out more & register for #YFEcon. This conference supports the free activities YFE hosts and $10 of every registration will go to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts from today until November 15th.

When is #YFEcon?
It is LIVE via streaming video, chat, and breakouts on Thursday, November 15th from 9am to 3pm PST (12pm to 6pm EST). We will also have an online happy hour the night before and opportunities to meetup with your peers IRL after the conference.

What is #YFEcon?
Young Female Entrepreneurs first online conference is bringing together entrepreneurial women in their 20s and 30s for 6 hours of peer-to-peer mentorship through panels, lectures, interviews, and breakouts utilizing technology we’re familiar with on November 15th.

Who should attend #YFEcon?
Entrepreneurial women in their 20s and 30s who are serious about growing their network through peer-to-peer mentorship and shared experiences.

Where is it?
It is available online for attendees. Register at yfecon.com.

Are you in the Los Angeles Area?

#YFEla will be hosting an IRL Meetup the night of the conference. If you’re in the Los Angeles area join City Coordinator Erin Haslag for a night out with speaker, Emily Greener of I Am That Girl, YFE Photographer Ashley Wilkins, and 40 of your peers at Next Space Culver City. Find out more about #YFEla and register for the event.

The Next Book Club Book Announcement

Young Female Entrepreneurs is partnering with Kickstart Kitchen for a second book now in their Bootstrap Book Club. Bootstrap Book Club is a private Facebook group facilitated by the founders of Kickstart Kitchen. It’s a place where women entrepreneurs gather to read, connect with each other and share experiences, and take action to grow.

From Kickstart Kitchen…
[quote style="1"]Happy Halloween! If you’ve been wondering what we’ll be reading next in Bootstrap Book Club, then wonder no more! Our next book is The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz. Thanks to everyone who suggested it! We’ve still got a few more questions for The End of Men by Hanna Rosin, but order The Pumpkin Plan now so it will arrive by the time we start. You can grab it here: http://bit.ly/TOy1N5. We’ll kick off The Pumpkin Plan on November 13th. [/quote]

Click to buy the book (Kickstart Kitchen Affiliate Link)

Join the book club for free and introduce yourself to get started.

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Read the Storify of our 10/23 #YFEchat: Young Female Entrepreneurs gathered for a smaller chat this Tuesday, gearing up for our once a month night time Mixer (Friday, October 26th at 8p/11e). The subject was on extending our reach. Here are some of the highlights from the conversation…


[note color="#F5F5F5"]About #YFEchat

#YFEchat is a Twitter chat hosted by Youngfemaleentrepreneurs.com that occurs every two weeks where entrepreneurial women in their 20s/30s go to discuss topics related to owning a business as a young female (find out more about what a Twitter chat is here). Follow YFE on Twitter @YFEntrepreneur.

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reach

Do you want more people to hear about your brand? Yes? It’s a common goal when you’re in business. Today we’ll be discussing what has worked for us as far as getting the word out about our businesses over Twitter at 11am PDT/2pm EDT under #YFEchat.

You’re invited to attend as a young, female entrepreneur. Still on the fence? We’ve listed the questions below for you to check out beforehand. You’re welcome to tweet your response now if you are/were unable to attend the chat.

When: Today- Tuesday, October 23rd at 11am PDT/2pm EDT. Add a reminder for yourself.
Where: On Twitter under #YFEchat. Is this your first Twitter Chat? Using TweetChat.com will help you get the most out of it. Find out how to participate in a Twitter Chat.

[quote style="1"]Q1. What is your 140 character elevator speech?… And where are you tweeting from today? #YFEchat[/quote]


[quote style="1"]Q2. Today we’re tweeting about extending our reach. Do you have a more local market, or does it not matter where your customer is located? #YFEchat

Who is your market? Do you have it clearly defined and written out? #YFEchat[/quote]


[quote style="1"]Q3. How are you doing with being found on search engines? Is it important that you rank high? #YFEchat

What have you done recently that has improved your ranking for keywords that matter? #YFEchat[/quote]


[quote style="1"]Q4. What type of traditional print marketing do you do? Flyers, postcards, brochures? #YFEchat

Are you in any phone books, or other form of directory? #YFEchat[/quote]


[quote style="1"]Q5. Have you utilized video in spreading your message? If yes, what was it for and did you hire someone or DIY it? #YFEchat

Have you ever considered/done a traditional commercial or appeared on television? #YFEchat[/quote]


[quote style="1"]Q6. How active are you on social media? Has Facebook, Twitter… Or G+ sent you more website visitors #YFEchat[/quote]


[quote style="1"]Q7. Do you ask people to share your business with others? How do you do this without sounding desperate? #YFEchat[/quote]


[quote style="1"]Q8. Have you collaborated with another business owner to extend your reach to his/her customers? What was that on? #YFEchat

How do you approach asking someone to collaborate with you with the objective of extending your reach? #YFEchat[/quote]


[quote style="1"]Q9. How active in creating content are you? Why do you do it and where do you post it? #YFEchat

What’s your advice on making that content reach more people? #YFEchat[/quote]


[quote style="1"]Q10. Speed round: what resources do you look to for advice on extending your reach, who are “your experts” on the topic? #YFEchat[/quote]


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About #YFEchat
#YFEchat is a Twitter chat hosted by Youngfemaleentrepreneurs.com that occurs every two weeks where entrepreneurial women in their 20s/30s go to discuss topics related to owning a business as a young female (find out more about what a Twitter chat is here). Follow YFE on Twitter @YFEntrepreneur.
PS. Have you checked out #YFEcon yet?
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How do you perfect your pitch? #YFEchat

Read the Storify of our 10/9 #YFEchat: Ever needed to make a pitch, whether it be to investors or to a potential end user or customer? Show up to the chat Tuesday for some peer-to-peer mentorship.

Storified by YFE · Sat, Oct 13 2012 11:23:07

Young Female Entrepreneurs hosted a Twitter Chat Tuesday with hostess Sandy Sidhu (@Sandy_Sidhu). 
Sandy Sidhu, #YFEchat Hostess for Perfecting the PitchYoung Female Entrepreneurs is thrilled to bring you another #YFEchat after the success of our last hosted with CNN International’s Leadin…
Our topic was “Perfecting the Pitch” with 10 questions revolving around: how to pitch then drilling down specifically into what/who you are pitching with topics like investors, sponsors, press, customers, and partners.
Five out of Ten #YFEchat Perfecting the Pitch QuestionsYFE published the chat questions prior to tweeting them out at #YFEchat for the first few months after the chat’s founding, but stopped a…
Read on to check out a few of the tweets that came in for each of the questions. We left Q10. blank for you to answer yourself in the comments. Get involved!
Q1. Tell us about yourself in 140 characters. Then, in another tweet, tell us when was the last time you pitched something & what it was #YFEchat
Q1 We haven’t popped our pitching cherry yet ;-) #yfechatBalance & Life
A1. The last time I pitched was a few weeks ago about to a stylist about doing something for Toronto Fashion week. It was a success #yfechatAngie Tingas
A1 In early start-up mode, our pitches so far are to explain our business to friends and fam. I’m here to learn from all of you! #YFEchatAndrea Merlano
A1. The LAST time I pitched was to write content for a blog that offered a large variety of content. I emphasized my flexibility. #YFEchatLauren Huston
Q2. When pitching anything, how do you initiate the conversation? Via email, phone, at an event? What does the process look like? #YFEchat
Q2. When pitching anything, how do you initiate the conversation? Via email, phone, at an event? What does the process look like? #YFEchatYFE
@imperfctconcept @yfentrepreneur I think the biggest point about pitching is just doing it. Try it and see what happens #YFEchatCarrie Smith
I pitch advertising space to local businesses in #SpringTexas. Typically the conversation starts in person at an event #yfechatMelissa Jebril
A2 – I prefer to pitch in person so that I can properly articulate what I mean get instant feedback from the person’s body language #YFECHATSachkia Barnes
A2. The process is VERY client-centric & has to make the perspective client feel as though they’ll get very particular attention. #YFEchatLauren Huston
A2. Depends what I’m pitching and how well I know who I’m pitching. Email and phone usually work best #yfechatMarissa Vicario
A2: Depends on the company or publication. If they are located in the same city then in a one on one meeting. Otherwise and email. #yfechatImperfect Concepts
Beside personal contact at an event, email is my next favorite format. #YFEchatReardor
Try and try again RT @jenniferdonogh: @laurenhuston its so hard to find a person accessible by phone today! #yfechat #yfechatOlga Valentin
A2: I think most people are forced to pitch via email but all prefer in person or on a call of some sort #YFEchatMartice
@jenniferdonogh It depends on the person, most of the time yes. And I find video calls covert to higher closes then phone calls. #yfechatStacey Harris
Communicating in real time is key! RT @OnDemandStacey: A2. 100% of my biz is online so most often we use email and the phone #YFEchatCarrie Smith
@yfentrepreneur "Stalking" people over Twitter is great for making a soft pitch and making a connection #YFEchatCarrie Smith
@nikiandlola that’s a good approach, you get to start the conversation online and then when you meet the ice is already broken. #yfechatSandy Sidhu
Use Skype to follow up. RT @olga_valentin: @SandySidhu never used Skype (yet) to pitch but #YFEchatOlfaT
Q3. When is it appropriate to use a slide deck? Do you ever use them? Side note- are you a PowerPoint or Keynote fan? #YFEchat
Q3. When is it appropriate to use a slide deck? Do you ever use them? Side note- are you a PowerPoint or Keynote fan? #YFEchatYFE
A3. I try to avoid slides if possible! If I do use them, it’s for visuals, not content. No one wants a slide read to them out loud. #yfechatJules Taggart
A3. I don’t use slides. I find that people listen more w/o slides. I make them but hand them out after my pitch/presentation. #YFEchatLauren Huston
@laurenhuston yes people can get distracted in caught up in the slides and miss the whole pitch. #yfechatImperfect Concepts
A3: Never show a deck the 1st time around. Save that for a more formal mtg. If you can & it’s the right setting, show on an iPad. #yfechatJuliette D-F
Never was a groupie for slides. They’re not included in my arsenal. Leave slides for conferences not for building relationships. #YFEchatReardor
RT @reardor: Leave slides for conferences not for building relationships. #YFEchatJules Taggart
A3 – I find that slides do help. It makes it much easier for persons to identify with what you are pitching. #YFECHATSachkia Barnes
A3. I love converting my Powerpoints into PDFs. Will include in a pitch for new client to summarize my offering #yfechat #yfechatOlga Valentin
I use mine too, super convenient RT @BlkGirlBigWorld: @finishurbroc why the preference for an iPad? light and gets the job done? #YFEchatCarrie Smith
@finishurbroc show slidedeck on an ipad … that’s really interesting idea #yfechat #yfechatOlga Valentin
My business requires that people see and touch what I’m selling. When pitching, I provide a sample of the product. #YFEchatJust Alandria
If given a choice, I would rather demo my product or service on the iPad verses some slide deck. #YFEchatReardor
@laurenhuston from my personal experience. I like to have things in hand so I can follow along. Makes it easier for me to digest. #YFECHATSachkia Barnes
@yfentrepreneur Counter-question would be: when is it not appropriate? Not clear on where this came from. #YFEchatDanya Steele
Q4. When you get a NO on a pitch, what is your next steps? Where do you take it from there? #YFEchat
Q4. When you get a NO on a pitch, what is your next steps? Where do you take it from there? #YFEchatYFE
@yfentrepreneur A4 Follow Up kindly and keep the door open (social media!), reassess and move on to the next! #YFEChatTiffany
@yfentrepreneur A4: It all depends on the reason for the no. If it is budget or timing, I might follow up a few months later. #YFEchatJamie Gillenwater
A4 – Depends on the no, usually I follow up with a thanks for your time and sometimes I ask why. #yfechatStacey Harris
@yfentrepreneur A4. I will use it as a learning tool, and make improvements before my next approach. #YFEchatTristan McFarland
A4. I know that people sometimes need multiple exposures to say YES so I keep that in mind. I ALWAYS keep the door open. #YFEchatLauren Huston
A4. I put a note in my calendar to follow up in 45 days. A lot of times "no" just means the timing is wrong. #yfechatJules Taggart
@yfentrepreneur When you get a no, use it to learn. Ask for critiques and really listen! #yfechatErica
@yfentrepreneur say I understand, you don’t have to know but please consider #YFEchatCarla LaNaee Bean
A4-Take it as a learning experience to come up with something better for your next pitch but maintain those relationships! #YFEchatShakia
A4: I love feedback. If its appropriate, I ask for it when I get a NO. Helps me when preparing for the next. #YFEchatJust Alandria
#statistics RT @laurenhuston: @JulesTaggart @rachelnykim It often takes up to 6 exposures for a "yes!!" :) #YFEchatrachel kim
Q4 #yfechat I move them to a designated list in my CRM – keep in touch but don’t bother them too much – their needs may change in the futureMelissa Jebril
RT @Beverly_Davis: A4. No doesnt mean your pitch is not good, just not a fit. Do more research, find the right fit & move forward. #yfechatSandy Sidhu
A4: We all hear that we will get 1,000′s NO’s but all prepare us for that 1 YES! #YFEchatMartice
A4. I ask " What is your hesitation?" To invite my prospect back into the conversation and uncover questions/concerns #YFEchatQBOnline_Sales
A5: never give up! The squeaky (kind) wheel gets the grease! #yfechatJamie
A4: Most times, spending more time building relationships and understanding the org will turn that "no" into a yes. #YFEchatChop Art
Q5. Who do you look to for solid advice when it comes to pitching investors? 
Q5. Who do you look to for solid advice when it comes to pitching investors? #YFEchatYFE
@yfentrepreneur pitching services to investors or pitching for investors to invest in ME? I’ve done both! #YFEchatLauren Huston
@yfentrepreneur someone with at least one IPO? #YFECHAT #kiddingrachel kim
A5. I look to people first. Ask for advice from those who have already done it, know the challenges and opportunities. #yfechatJules Taggart
a5. Two of my friends are investors. I seek advice from them all the time. One is my mentor and has been really helpful. #yfechatImperfect Concepts
@SachkiaBarnes definitely! talking to people who have ‘been there/done that’ goes a long way #yfechatSandy Sidhu
A5-other entrepreneurs who have already been through the process #YFEchatShakia
A5. I look to older, wiser mentors that I’ve gained from networking/previous jobs #yfechat #yfechatOlga Valentin
A5: I look to my mentor OR others that have pitched similar ideas OR others that have pitched to my intended investor #YFEchatMartice
A5. Honestly? My parents…2 brilliant Wharton School of Business grads. For a 3rd opinion, I’d ask @realDonaldTrump :) :) #YFEchatLauren Huston
A5: I’m a newbie, so I keep a circle of women that are in similar arenas to get feedback from. #YFEchatJust Alandria
@j_gillenwater it helps. I’m able to talk to trailblazers and get honest, open feedback. #YFECHATJust Alandria
@BlkGirlBigWorld absolutely! learning from someone else’s experience can spare you mistakes and give you an edge, both good things! #YFEchatAndrea Merlano
Q6. What books, articles, or programs have you used? #YFEchat
A6-At my university, we have a Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation that I’ve used for guidance as well as my professors #YFEchatShakia
Q6: oddly enough, the Art of War, and Who Stole The Cheese. Plus my Six Sigma manuals. #YFEchatJust Alandria
@BlkGirlBigWorld @SandySidhu @laurenhuston 4 Hour Workweek is a must read. I have a crush on Tim Ferris *blush* #yfechat #yfechatOlga Valentin
@BlkGirlBigWorld @laurenhuston I loved Crush It. I think that and 4 Hour Work Week is what really motivated me to take the leap! #yfechatSandy Sidhu
@yfentrepreneur A6. I read Forbes, YFS Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine. #YFECHATTristan McFarland
Mine is too! RT @olga_valentin: A6: My Google Reader is pretty intense … I scan alot of different mags & blogs every day #yfechat #YFEchatShakia
RT @kalinder: @yfentrepreneur A6: Practicing at small pitch contests helps when it comes time to make the "big ask". #YFEchatImperfect Concepts
@yfentrepreneur A6: Just thought of one! "Damn Good Advice" by George Lois. It’s full of great ideas for creative professionals! #yfechatJamie Gillenwater
@yfentrepreneur i read entrepreneur, forbes and psychology today #YFECHAT on top of the tabloids and style mags ;)rachel kim
@HBEliveshow what are some of your faves? I really enjoy BlogcastFM and The Rise To The Top #yfechatSandy Sidhu
A6. I forgot to mention @rockstarpodcast. That’s a great one to check out (at least for my industry)! #YFEchatLauren Huston
@laurenhuston The online blogs of Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc and etc are great resources too #YFEchatCarrie Smith
@YFEntrepreneur A great ebook for newbs like me who want to start pitching brands/sponsorships http://www.rockstarblogging.com/ #YFEchatCarrie Smith
@olga_valentin Entrepreneur Women’s Success Secrets, Social Triggers Insider, Startup Nation, Chris Ducker and of course YFE #YFEchatHBEntrepreneurs
a6. Celebritze Yourself (book) The art of Pitching (book) & then I have friends who work in publications I practice pitch them lol #yfechatImperfect Concepts
A6: I heart Entrepreneurs magazine, Inc and because of the nature of my business, I have to read the weeklies in news. #YFECHATSachkia Barnes
Q7. You’re a blogger and want to begin pitching sponsors- what should your audience look like before making the call? #YFEchat
Q7. You’re a blogger and want to begin pitching sponsors- what should your audience look like before making the call? #YFEchatYFE
A7. In my opinion, it’s more about what the sponsors’ audiences are like. I need to know about THEM to know if they’d be interested #YFEchatLauren Huston
Demographics, uniques, social media numbers and past work with other brands to show they trusted us. @jenniferdonogh #YFEchatOlfaT
I agree RT @JulesTaggart: A7. Engagement trumps size. If you have 10K followers but no engagement, sponsors will move on #YFEchatShakia
Q7: tough question. I think it’s different for every blogger #yfechatJamie
@yfentrepreneur A7. Your audience must have a well-defined relevant customer relationship to the potential sponsor. #yfechatKaren Linder
A7. sometimes it’s not about similar audience but a matching esthetic, that way you can grow audiences both ways. #yfechatAngie Tingas
Q7: I would suggest that you have been blogging for at least a year before you pitch sponsors… #yfechatJamie
A7: Know exactly who your audience is & have a genuine voice that speaks to them. Dont approach/work w/ brands that don’t fit that. #yfechatJuliette D-F
@jenniferdonogh @yfentrepreneur In order of priority: demographic, soc media interaction, raw #s. #yfechatKaren Linder
#YFEchat A7: I use specific examples to illustrate our customer loyalty- people going above 7 beyond to evangelize the brand & experienceMartina Welke
Q8. You want to get the word out about your business in the press: is it best to hire a PR rep or do it yourself? #YFEchat
Q8. You want to get the word out about your business in the press: is it best to hire a PR rep or do it yourself? #YFEchatYFE
a8. I do suggest making connections with small PR start up or even going to a college campus and getting PR majors to help you. #yfechatImperfect Concepts
Q8: As some1 in PR I want to say hire the professionals. But it also depends on your location, access to the media + target reach. #YFECHATSachkia Barnes
A8: DIY! As YFEs in the digital age, we should be our own marketers. #yfechatJuliette D-F
A8: I do it all myself :) the tools are free… FB, twitter, pinterest… it’s FUN! #yfechatJamie
@yfentrepreneur I do it myself. I want the passion about what I do to he evident. Hard to show that through someone else. #YFECHATJust Alandria
A8. PR depends on the product and the particular market, and the rate of growth you are expecting. #yfechatAngie Tingas
Similar Q re: Q8 #YFEchat – if you want to paint your house/fix your car/cut your hair/sew your clothes. Hire someone or DIY? Able vs ExpertChristine Perkett
A8. Good PR on that note is worth it’s weight in gold if you get it. #yfechat. We’ve hired PR and our press has been great.Angie Tingas
RT @JulesTaggart: A8. Work on your story first… If you have a killer story, you can sell yourself all day long. #yfechatLynette (Lynn) Davis
@nikiandlola you’re welcome. I search gift guide last week on twitter several publications are looking. You might want to pitch =) #yfechatImperfect Concepts
Q9. How often do you initiate a sale, going out to pitch your product/service to your customers? Is this in person? Over the phone? #YFEchat
Q9. How often do you initiate a sale, going out to pitch your product/service to your customers? Is this in person? Over the phone? #YFEchatYFE
a9. Since college is back up. I do speaking events at colleges and it helps to pitch the student with shopping my store saves money #yfechatImperfect Concepts
@yfentrepreneur Q9. I try the 10-3-2. Call 10 people, Make 3 appointments, add two names… 5 days a week… catch up on weekends. #YFEchatHBEntrepreneurs
A9. This is mostly done online for me & I’d say that it is a few times per day. #YFEchatLauren Huston
@yfentrepreneur A9: We try to offer a seasonal special at least 4 times a year, usually advertised on our blog + services page #YFEchatKatie Moore
A9. Daily. As long as there are women starting businesses and looking for a good resource, I am beating the streets to find them. #yfechatJules Taggart

Now it’s your turn! Tell us how you would answer #10!

Q10. You want to partner with a brand or a fellow YFE on offering a service or doing some cross promotion. Do you have all of the details prepared in advance, or come with just an idea? #YFEchat

[note color="#F5F5F5"]About #YFEchat

#YFEchat is a Twitter chat hosted by Youngfemaleentrepreneurs.com that occurs every two weeks where entrepreneurial women in their 20s/30s go to discuss topics related to owning a business as a young female (find out more about what a Twitter chat is here). Follow YFE on Twitter @YFEntrepreneur.

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perfecting the pitch

YFE published the chat questions prior to tweeting them out at #YFEchat for the first few months after the chat’s founding, but stopped after a few months to preserve some of the excitement in answering a question as it comes out. For fun, let’s bring the tradition back. Here are five of the questions we’ll be asking tomorrow out of ten, in no particular order (tweet YFE your answers early by clicking on the Tweet buttons next to the quote).

[quote style="1"]Q. Who do you look to for solid advice when it comes to pitching investors? What books, articles, or programs have you used? #YFEchat[/quote]


[quote style="1"]Q. You’re a blogger and want to begin pitching sponsors- what should your audience look like before making the call? #YFEchat[/quote]


[quote style="1"]Q. When is it appropriate to use a slide deck? Do you ever use them? Side note- are you a PowerPoint or Keynote fan? #YFEchat[/quote]


[quote style="1"]Q. When pitching anything, how do you initiate the conversation? Via email, phone, at an event? What does the process look like? #YFEchat[/quote]


[quote style="1"]Q. You want to get the word out about your business in the press: is it best to hire a PR rep or do it yourself? #YFEchat[/quote]


[note color="#F5F5F5"]About #YFEchat

#YFEchat is a Twitter chat hosted by Youngfemaleentrepreneurs.com that occurs every two weeks where entrepreneurial women in their 20s/30s go to discuss topics related to owning a business as a young female (find out more about what a Twitter chat is here). Follow YFE on Twitter @YFEntrepreneur.

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Img SRC Ian Sane

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