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  • Have you sent your 'product' to someone famous?

    Have you ever tried sending a sample of your product to someone famous in an attempt to boost your sales/profile? and if so, what response have you had?

    I have just sent a bag to Hilary Alexander @ The Telegraph and my imagination is running riot!! What if she thinks its great? What if there was a sudden surge in sales? How would I cope?

    Im also going to send one to Sara Cox @ Radio 1, and the same questions apply!!
    (I am going to make a specific bag for Sara as I want to be sure she will like it and use it)

    What if she is seen using the bag and tells folk she loves it and where it came from??

    It can and does happen and there is no harm living in hope.

    Does anybody have experince of this kind of thing happening, or know someone who has had something like this happen to them??

    I do realise I am probably living in cloud cuckooland but hey, you just never know!!
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    Ive thought about doing it but never did.Theres some woman called something Guinness and I thought she would be ideal for one of my necklaces.Maybe I should try my all time fave, Helena Bonham Carter.
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    • #3
      Lulu Guinness? She does bags, really expensive bags, has an occasional spot on QVC. She's similar looking to HBC, quite quirky looking.
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      • #4
        I would say there is not harm in trying, you never know what could happen. I would make sure your name is everywhere, on a label on the bag, put a few business cards in with the package. That way if someone asks where she got her bag she will remember the name and hopefully pass it on!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by good girl designs View Post
          Lulu Guinness? She does bags, really expensive bags, has an occasional spot on QVC. She's similar looking to HBC, quite quirky looking.
          Oooo, I love Lulu Guiness bags! I was lucky enough to get one from my other half for Christmas 2 years ago.

          I've often thought about sending some of my jewellery to celebs, just never got round to it.

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          • #6
            I've had a dream about doing this, does that count?! I may look into this once my collection of kits and stitched pieces is larger.
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            • #7
              Peter Andre was sent one of my bangles with not so much as a thank you but I was asked to make a bangle for Vanessa White of the Saturdays and there are photos of her wearing it on TV but it didn't make any difference to sales. Sara Buys (Duchess of Cornwall's daughter in law) and her mum Caroline have matching necklaces, I got a nice note card and was told I could flaunt it if it helps! I think everyone is pretty wise to all this now so unless they are paid to wear it, it doesn't happen - or is that me just being cynical?!!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by good girl designs View Post
                Have you ever tried sending a sample of your product to someone famous in an attempt to boost your sales/profile? and if so, what response have you had?

                I have just sent a bag to Hilary Alexander @ The Telegraph and my imagination is running riot!! What if she thinks its great? What if there was a sudden surge in sales? How would I cope?

                Im also going to send one to Sara Cox @ Radio 1, and the same questions apply!!
                Out of interest, why did you choose those two people? Do you know they have a specific interest in bags? People you're a fan of/admire?
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                • #9
                  I saw them both on Twitter........ Originally I was going to send a bag to Fearne Cotton last year but I didnt have labels in my bags and felt that I really needed them. And then I saw that someone else I know was going to send her one of their products so then I felt that I was just 'copying' so I had to find someone else to send to. I thought Sara Cox was the kind of girl who would appreciate my bags, that they are her style and also she is a northern lass, and as For Hilary Alexander, it was more a case of getting some constructive criticism and if she likes it maybe should would mention it on Twitter....... and then who knows......
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                  • #10
                    Do let us know if you get a result.
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                    • #11
                      I think with these things, the worst that can happen is you hear nothing back. The best is that they like it and are appreciative. I think when it comes to individual artists, the celebs are going to be hopefully more supportive than if it is larger companies approaching them.

                      It is true that many do expect to be paid however.

                      10 years ago, I worked for a designer sunglass company. We got a phone call one day from a bloke asking us to send along 20 pairs of sunglasses and a cheque for 10,000 quid and for that, Tara Palmer Tomkinson would deign to wear them!

                      Anyway, the marketing people laughed out loud and not-so-politely declined.

                      About an hour later, they called again and said "ok, forget the cheque, she will do it for free"

                      Now me - I would have still said on your bike, these glasses retailed for hundreds of pounds a pair, but they still sent her 20 pairs free.

                      Obviously it lead to no photos of her actually wearing them - I expect they were sold to fund her "hobby" at the time :-)

                      But lots of these celebs have a very unusual attitude to free samples and a sense of expectation and entitlement.

                      So depending on who you choose - some might be grateful and gracious. Other's might just be surprised that you would dare to ask them to promote you without paying their usual fee.
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                      • #12
                        Ohhh, good idea! Hmmm ... my husband knows Jason Priestley's wife (of 90210 fame among other things) That's got me thinking! She is apparently very lovely indeed.
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                        • #13
                          For the more famous of the celebs you would rarely get beyond the agent and the goffers so unless you were yourself a 'name' they wouldn't be interested. Large companies always give product to these people as it does generate business, although a lot of the time not profitable in the true sense as you have to sell a lot of items to offset the 'gifts' and maybe backhanders that are demanded in the first place, but longterm it benifits the overall image of the company and therefore profits.

                          Going for minor, up and coming or even local celebs can work if you find one that likes what you do and the network grapevine does its job. You are also more likely to be able to get to them direct or at least via an aide or secretary. If they don't like the product..................well the agents, aides and hangers-on do very well out of the rejects so don't expect to get it back !! Stylists are worth trying they have alot of sway when gathering accessory products for photoshoots.

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                          • #14
                            Not me personally but I did hand some of my jewellery to a newspaper recently and now one of the girls on reception wears it...and they did a big newspaper feature about me

                            I also noticed a jewellery designer who fairly recently joined my crafts directory. Both Suzi Perry and Gail Porter regularly wear her jewellery on TV.

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                            • #15
                              Oh what a great idea! I'm really excited now!

                              I need to start thinking who I could "target" LOL!! Please let us all know how you get on.

                              Its good to live in hope and imagine all those things. I do it all the time. I lost count on how many times I have planned (with pen and paper) what I would do if I won the Euro Lotto!! Its mad but its fun too, because at the end of the day, everything is possible if you just believe in it!

                              Good luck

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