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Merchant of the Month – Color Me Mine Cypress

logo.pngThe journey started just 3 years ago when the former Girl Scout Troop leaders, Katie Summerford and Vicki Burgess, got wind that their local Color Me Mine ceramics studio was up for sale. Before they knew it, Katie and Vicki went from crafting with girl scout troops, to crafting a business.

With their new business in the works, Katie and Vicki started to assess what they liked about the existing business model, and what they wanted to change. This lead to the realization that they were in need of a new online booking solution.

The Perfect Solution

While attending the annual CCSA (Contemporary Ceramic Studios Association) convention, Katie and Vicki discovered PlaceFull. The two business owners were drawn to the PlaceFull booth by smiling faces, and decided to stop and see what PlaceFull was all about. After running through a brief demo at the booth, it became clear that PlaceFull was the booking solution they had been looking for. While their former booking system could only manage parties, PlaceFull would allow them to offer classes, workshops, and other private events online.

When asked about their decision to sign up for PlaceFull, Katie said, “Do it. Make the change as soon as possible – you’ll be happy you did and you won’t regret it!”

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More Time, More Revenue

we-had-never-sold-out-of-a-class-before-using-placefullBefore PlaceFull, the studio had struggled with filling up their classes. After implementing PlaceFull, Katie and Vicki are able to promote ALL of their events and have sold out of multiple classes  – finding themselves busier than ever with a dramatic increase in revenue! Instead of spending time promoting their events, Katie and Vicki can now put more time and energy into the flock of customers that walk through their doors.

Reliable Support

For owner Katie, one thing that really made the transition to PlaceFull painless was the customer support she received along the way from the PlaceFull support team. There are many resources available to PlaceFull merchants such as the PlaceFull Support page or the Copy of We had never sold out of a class before using PlaceFull! (12).pngPlaceFull Members Facebook page to make getting help easy! She was pleasantly surprised when she reached out for assistance and immediately got the help she needed.

PlaceFull’s Simplicity

The simplicity of PlaceFull was a breath of fresh air for the two studio owners. Since switching to PlaceFull, Katie and Vicki love how easy it is to navigate their account and set up events. Today, Katie finds herself creating events online in a matter of minutes and managing her booking calendar with ease.

Looking Forward

PlaceFull brings new found hope for Katie and Vicki for the coming new year as they watch their business grow. Impressed with her experience using PlaceFull, Katie even took it upon herself to share their studio’s success with fellow Color Me Mine franchise owners. Being a franchise owner, she knows how overwhelming implementing new business practices can be. Katie’s message to other Color Me Mine studios is clear… “you won’t regret it!”

More About Katie & Vicki

You can find Katie and Vicki’s Color Me Mine studio nestled away in beautiful Cypress, Texas. The studio is centered around ceramics and they have recently started experimenting with board art classes! With their out of the box thinking, Katie and Vicki even found a way to cut the cost of classes for their customers by taking the extra time to buy wood from Home Depot and cut the wood themselves.

Katie and Vicki go the extra mile for their customers and find happiness in bringing people together with art. Katie expressed, “during Christmas time, there were dozens of little gifts under trees out there that brought smiles to people’s faces on Christmas. Knowing that we played a little part in their happiness and making them smile is my favorite part of my job.”

If you’re in the Cypress area, be sure to visit or book an event with Color Me Mine – Katie and Vicki would love to have you!


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Merchant of the Month – Kids Place 4 Fun

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 Samara’s Story

Kid’s Place 4 Fun was a mere dream for Samara when she began her journey as a young business owner at the age of 23. Her love for creativity and child psychology sparked the idea of opening an art studio so she could help kids learn quotes-7how to express themselves with creativity. In September of 2000, she took a leap of faith and opened Kid’s Place 4 Fun. With a little trial and error, she quickly learned what worked for her, and what she needed to do to get her business to take off. 16 years later she is happily married, a proud mom of two, and is successfully living her dream of running a business that has brought joy to countless kids.

Samara’s Website and Online Booking Success with PlaceFull

august-2After establishing her business, Samara started to noticed the trend of more people using the internet for things like online booking. When she found PlaceFull, she knew she had found the right place to help her optimize her online presence.

PlaceFull designed a new website for Samara and she has seen her bookings sky rocket! Since the new site went live, she has had 7x as many online bookings. Her strategically placed “Book Now” buttons and easy ways for customers to navigate to her event pages has made it simple for customers to place their reservations online.

New Avenues of Business

As her bookings roll in, Samara has found that PlaceFull’s Online Booking is not only easy, but it has freed up a huge chunk of her time. She now spends less time on the phone and less time having to manage her booking calendar. With more time on her hands, Samara has gone from focusing on walk-in painting and parties for the past 16 years, to now being able to offer classes and workshops as well!quotes-8

Convenience, Convenience, Convenience

PlaceFull has made booking online convenient for Samara’s customers as well as for her. She now has the luxury of being able to manage her business from anywhere and is able to do a lot of work from home without having to stress about being away from her business. Most importantly, this means getting to spend more time with her family.

PlaceFull’s Awesome Customer Support

14262611_1765727533667009_434507175_n-copyThe customer support Samara has received throughout her experience with PlaceFull has been one of the key factors in her successful transition to online booking. 

“You guys helped so much and have always been there for us through everything. I can text you guys and you respond right away and make me feel that you’re genuinely concerned about what I’m concerned about. You respect our business and that it’s our livelihood.”

At PlaceFull, we really strive to be there for our customers. Online booking is meant to bring ease to the hectic life of a business owner, and we are always there to help do just that every step of the way. 

Recap of Samara’s PlaceFull Perks 

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More about Kids Place 4 Fun

Kid’s Place 4 Fun is a drop-in art studio and premiere party place located in Needham, MA. If you’re in the area, be sure to visit and take your pick of painting pottery, plaster, or canvas, mining for gems, or making a candle – Samara and her staff would love to have you!

To learn more about PlaceFull give us a call at (206)624-0295 or click here to schedule a chat with us.


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meg-art pottery studios – merchant of the month

we are happy to announce our august merchant of the month – sherry from meg-art pottery studios

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twenty years ago sherry found herself creating and selling art at festivals in her free time. fast forward to today and she and her husband scott are living their dream as the owners of a thriving art studio in huntersville, nc.

with sarcasm, laughs, family, and a love for art only countered by her dislike of upper-case letters (hence the lack thereof here), her and her husband scott created meg-art in 1997 and haven’t looked back. the meg-art family also consists of their three daughters megan, allee, and darby, and their pups madi and kodi.

 

 

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Merchant of the Month – Elements Glass Case Study

Screen Shot 2015-12-03 at 11.49.41 AMCongrats to our Merchant of the Month – Elements Glass of Portland, Oregon. Just 3 days into December, they are receiving online bookings at a crazy fast pace with 157 so far – that’s more than 2 online bookings per hour!

Their Blow your Own Christmas Ornament workshop is a popular favorite and is projected to receive over 1,000 bookings this Holiday Season. If you’re in the Portland area, you can book your spot on their Facebook or Website and blow your very own special Christmas ornament!

Elements Glass became a PlaceFull merchant this November when we launched our new Online Booking resources built for Glassblowing studios as we mentioned in our post last weekContinue reading