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WordCamp Goes to Tokyo and Nashville

Sponsored Stickers WordCamp Tokyo 2016


WordCamp Tokyo


Our first event in the island nation of Japan takes place this week, WordCamp Tokyo 2016. For day one, they are planning to hold three tracks. One track will be conducted in English, and other two will be in Japanese. It will be the ninth WordCamp to take place in the Tokyo area, with eight in Tokyo proper and one in Yokohama. It's exciting for us to open a new country for our custom stickers. There will be plenty of WordPress love going around over the two days, including a group hackathon.

This sticker sheet features seven different Wapuus in various outfits or scaling Tokyo landmarks, all in individual peel offs. We love seeing Wapuu and where he ends up all around the world, so this sticker just delights.

Follow the action on Twitter @wctokyo.

WordCamp Nashville


Sponsored Stickers WordCamp Nashville 2016

Now we head stateside Nashville and Music City U.S.A. along the banks of the Cumberland River for  WordCamp Nashville 2016. For those looking to up there WordPress game, tthere will be workshops all day and a specialized set of sessions on higher education. Just knowing that WordPress enthusiasts from all over their local area talking and networking make us happy from here in Colorado, as with all of our sponsored events.

We have another super fun sticker sheet on our white stock, and Wapuu is playing a WordPress guitar, plus six other small peel offs. There's some cut web design icons, a classic WordPress phrase "Code is Poetry" and their branded event logo for this year.

For all of the action live, head to @wordcampnash on Twitter and follow the hasthag #wcnash.

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Sponsorship Desk: BlogCamp Boston 2015



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This weekend we have blogging event taking place on the Charles River in Boston. BlogCamp Boston will take place at Microsoft's 1 Cambridge Center building (the N.E.R.D. Center) in the middle of the Kendall Square technology district. The speaker list vhas plenty of content to keep attendees busy for the whole day.

When you're at the event, look for StickerGiant stickers featuring the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, which was part of the Big Dig Project and today is the widest cable-stayed bridge in the world.

Blogging about BlocCamps is like printing stickers about stickers, oh wait, we've done that too... Enjoy the camp this weekend everyone.

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5 Blogs About Business Failure that Will Benefit Your Startup

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There's something purifying about sharing your startup failures with others-- especially if you can use the information to improve tactics.


Like that one time you launched a $30,000 crowdfunding campaign that you felt sure was destined for success and you wound up only raising $200 from your parents. The fundraising failure was further magnified to your business network when a late night MailChimp email went out to the wrong list of subscribers, and they all ripped you a new one for being a spammer.

Horrifying at the time (seriously, you will never make that mistake again!!), but when you describe the situation later to a fellow colleague who is picking your brain about marketing his new dog chew product, it's funny and makes everyone feel a little better about that same situation happening to them.

That is the precise reason why we love startup blogs that talk about failure -- they manage to authentically cover the realities of business ownership and make for better learning opportunities. And the following 5 are ones that really take the cake. So if you've ever managed a failed startup business venture or would benefit from hearing about someone who has, check them out. Be warned: Some of these sources include a few expletives.

1) 4 Famous Crowdfunding Fails

Whether you're already an entrepreneur or are working for a company that has had ample experience with success and failure, you will love this article. While it's created from the viewpoint of an editor from Entrepreneur Magazine, we've all seen companies who have failed to meet the tactics required to get their project off the ground. So step into Crowdfunding Fails-- and maybe even tell us about your own startups' missteps.

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2) 9 Lessons From A 10-Time Startup Failure

What's it like to crash and burn 10 startups and come out on the other side with a multi-million dollar venture? Find out when you read this candid piece featuring Co-Founder and CEO Kurt Theobold of Classy Llama. He would be the first to tell you about how important experiencing a string of failures when paving the way for business success. Get ahead of the game by learning from the insight of this frank CEO whose company made the Inc. Magazine's 500 Fastest Growing Companies list.

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3) The 13 Biggest Failures From Famous Entrepreneurs And What They've Learned From Them

There's nothing like learning about the financial waste at a massive scale that can accompany a startup that fizzles into defeat. Which is why this blog piece does a great job of extracting the realties behind hard failure. The beauty of these candid features with entrepreneurial mogul is that all of them emerged from the darkness of total bust into the light that is venture prosperity.

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4) The 25 Worst Business Failures in History

Believe it or not, failure isn't a newly invented business phenomena. I know, I know, most of us know that failure is human. But even the best of us forget this simple fact at the worst of times and wind up beating up on ourselves in a way that doesn't help anyone. Business loses are felt at the same degree of impact for small and large companies alike, and it's easy to forget that the effect is still the same: it sucks. This article does a great job of listing brands of varying sizes who have sustained loss. Read it to remind yourself that failure isn't only normal, it's human.

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5) Why Most Startups Fail

Last, but certainly not least, is a piece all about Startup flops and the entrepreneurial impulse to ignore failure stats. While your startup idea could be the next big thing, data shows that it takes a whole lot of learning from your missteps before landing sure fire business success. My favorite point made by the author? "The biggest failure in startups isn’t that founders and employees aren’t adequately warned of their slim chances. It’s that they aren’t warned of the challenge of building something that lasts". Be warned: This one probably has the most honest perspective of all.

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These are just a few of the business-related blogs that help us learn from others to avoid making the same mistakes ourselves. Do you have any others to add? Let us know in the comments.

“Guiding Surf Travelers…” —STICKER Story Scott Valor, BurningPier.com

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[Editor's Note: Burning Pier has paddled over to @TropiBlueHawaii.]

Scott Valor created and developed BurningPier.com.  He's a semi-retired lawyer who surfs and travels at least 3-6 months of the year outside California and surfs almost daily in California when he is home.

He originally wrote a book, "The Surfer's Guide to Mainland Mexico" in 2006 sharing over 20 years of local knowledge about Mexican surf and culture and the response was so positive that he eventually created BurningPier.com to share that knowledge with a wider audience.

Q&A with Scott Valor


What do people really dig about your product/services?:

BurningPier.com offers first-hand knowledge of the surf in certain regions of the world.  We also have information about the local culture, help travelers with local contacts, and other travel hints to make their surf travel experience a better one.  We only focus on areas where we have traveled, but they are really diverse: the Hawaiian Islands (primarily Kauai and Oahu), the Caribbean (primarily Barbados, with some of the best surf in the Caribbean), Mainland Mexico's pacific side, and the California coast.

Why/How do you use stickers as a marketing or outreach tactic?: 

Website traffic volume is the key to getting the word out. Unlike business cards which find their way on a cluttered desk, or pop-up ads on the Internet which are ignored or blocked, a sticker that finds it way to a car bumper, a surfboard, a guitar case, or wherever someone puts it has lasting power.  With the website URL clearly on it, people will take note and actually look it up, especially if the sticker graphic is bright and appealing.

What advice would you give to a company thinking about using stickers as a marketing tactic to wow their fans. What has worked for you, what hasn’t, etc?: 

Keep the graphics simple and bright.  Be sure any lettering is large enough to read. My first stickers had too many words and the lettering was too small.  My most popular sticker has simple bright colors and just the website URL.  It is also the most requested sticker.  Also, try to use your own art and designs.  That way you have a story to tell and can take more pride in your stickers.

List some ways that fans can support your brand to encourage growth apart from buying your product or service?: 

Information and feedback!  If your experience is based on information from our website, we want to hear from you.  Any changes in the place you visited? Anything special you would like to pass on to fellow surf travelers? Any locals you would recommend connecting with because they were friendly/helpful?

While we do sell some Mexico maps and charts, what we want to pass along is the aloha spirit of the Hawaiian Islands anywhere you travel and surf. Your input will help us do that!

StickerGiant's Story: Stickers Worth Sharing



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ABOUT US

Put simply, StickerGiant help’s people like you make great stickers. Our team is just as passionate as our customers about telling the stories behind the stickers we make. We believe that it is our job to facilitate the message behind the stickers you share because we want your brand message to stick with your fan base as well as your stickers will stick to a surface.

Fans flock towards stickers no matter what they convey. Stickers are fun and they act as portable billboards that can go anywhere. Whether applied to a little girls forehead, a car, a stop sign (though we don’t endorse that), or a laptop, stickers are always on the go. Sometimes we get so obsessed with your stickers that our staff has reported seeing them in their dreams! With such a strong connection to our product, it is no wonder that we also feel uniquely connected to sticker buyers like you.

OUR TEAM

We are a small but mighty group of people who share the same vision for success. Every staff member is quality minded from top to bottom. And above all, we are about getting the job done right for you.

OUR QUALITY

The StickerGiant sticker product is fantastic because customers like you have encouraged us to prioritize quality. By popular demand, we run three different materials and all of them were researched to find only the best possible product we can get.

StickerGiant's viral, brand-specific custom designs help brand managers like you create the marketing megaphone of stickers. Hip, trendy, and sometimes edgy, your sticker will bring your brand to life. Whether you’re looking to turn heads (custom die cut), label your product (custom labeling), brand an event (event swag) or just give your fans some merch to slap on their favorite electronic device (square, round, oval or rectangular sticker shapes and sizes) StickerGiant custom stickers are produced fast, affordably, and are oh-so-sharable. Add trendy stickers to your marketing strategy and your fans will be cheering for more.

WE ARE QUICK AND EASY

Our customers tell us that they appreciate the simplicity of our ordering process. We can process stickers in as little as 24 hours and get them out to you fast. We try to do things quickly we try to do them accurately. But above all, we aim to get people like you the stickers they want.

People ask us what we do and we are proud to say that we spend all day making stickers at our sticker factory in rural Boulder County. For us, making stickers is more than a job; it is the way we connect as humans to the people, places, and things around us.

YOUR PASSIONS ARE CONTAGIOUS

What makes the StickerGiant product a great sticker? The vision behind what our customers want has pushed us to fit individual need. Every day there are stickers that we see and can't help but want to know the story behind it. We want to know the company and talk to the company owner to learn what they are all about so that we can be part of it. Our team prides itself on taking people’s passions--the things that they are really fired up about-- and spreading their message over and over and over again through sticker distribution so that those same people can tell their story to the world!

 

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DOES YOUR COMPANY HAVE A STORY TO TELL? LET US HELP YOU SAY IT BY CONNECTING WITH US:
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WordCamp Albuquerque 2013 Custom Sticker Sheet

WordCamp Custom Sticker Sheet - Albuquerque

StickerGiant proudly supports the WordPress community and the WordCamp mission. We've printed thousands upon thousands of stickers for WordCamps over the years, and this custom sticker sheet for the 2013 Albuquerque event is a knockout.

There are three event-specific stickers on the sheet, with two single color event logos (black and spicy mustard), a multi-color event logo, and a black WordPress stamp, along with our infamous and infinitely flaming StickerGiant logo.

Our fully digital workflow makes printing custom sticker sheets like this a snap, by combining a full gamut of color with intricate die-cutting ability. You dream it. We do it.

Upcoming WordCamps include:

  • Wroclaw, Poland - September 28-29

  • Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden, The Netherlands - October 5-7

  • Toronto, Ontario - October 5-6

  • Louisville, KY - October 12

  • Boston, MA - October 25-27


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