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This week we added a shiny new review system to our site and right away we started seeing the results. Not only can you post reviews, you can also ask a question right there on the product and get an answer by one of our Dreamer staff members (or even a knowledgeable shopper sometimes). And since those questions and answers stay right there with the style in question as time goes by we’ll get a good collection going and you might find your questions have already been answered… this is exciting for us because we see a lot of the same questions come here via email and this might save everyone time in the long run.
Everyone who has shopped with us in the past few months (and going forward) will get an email (with an opt-out option so we don’t bug you too much) asking for a review and linking you to the product’s page to make this easy on you. We’re not going to offer discounts or other incentives, that would be like buying your opinion and that doesn’t feel right. We want to know the truth, good or bad and will be right here responding as needed, usually within a day.
Thank you all for continuing to support this little dream of mine… I think it’s going to be a fantastic fall, if our feet are warm and happy it’s a lot easier to manage the stresses in this crazy busy world we all live in.
With autumn nearly upon us, the time has come to batten down the hatches and start to winterize! Of course you’re going to want some cozy warm socks for the colder months ahead, and here at Sock Dreams we’re working on some big changes for our website that should make that process easier. Since changes of this magnitude take a lot of planning and time to accomplish we’re not expecting this to be ready til after the dust settles from the holidays, but today we’re offering a little sneak peek at what we’ve got in store…
In the interest of making our website more interactive, we’re going to be adding user reviews and product ratings. And, possibly, an option to sort reviews to show ones that are relevant to your preferences first (we haven’t worked out all of the details yet, but it sounds amazing!). Not only that, but we’re making it possible to ask product questions on the website where other shoppers can see and respond to them. That means that you’ll have a vastly larger pool of different body types to ask for sizing advice! You’ll also be able to look back at older questions and answers to see if the information you need has already been supplied.
These will be the first changes and might be up within a few weeks, at that time we’ll be sending out emails to people who have ordered in the past 90 days to review your purchases (of course we’ll offer you an opt out option when the time comes). Once user reviews and votes have had a chance to build up a little, we’re going to be adding a new product category to our website – customer favorites! There you’ll be able to find all of our most popular items in one place.
In addition to these great new tools, we’re going to be giving our front page an aesthetic overhaul. In the interest of an easier shopping experience, we’re going to be putting less of a focus on our Sock Journal and Latest News, and putting more of a focus on, well, the socks! Our special categories will be appearing on the front page, making them much easier to find. We’re also taking special care to put the contact information for our Customer Service team in a more prominent place, just in case you could use some help!
All of this is moving towards making our website accessible from all of your devices, including mobile phones as we find ourselves increasingly relying on them for everything and so do many of you according to statistics.
This week we’ve already made some updates to our wishlist feature. If you haven’t already noticed, it’s now possible to save your preferred choice of size to items on your wishlist. Let’s face it – sizing is the hardest part of buying clothing for other people, but now we have you covered! If you happen to be keeping a wishlist just to keep track of what you plan on buying for yourself, we’ve also added a total line, so you can have a goal in mind without breaking out a calculator!
With all of these exciting new changes around here, we would be remiss to forget to give credit to all of our fans and shoppers. Thank you for all of the suggestions and kind words over the years. We want to build your dream website, because our dream wouldn’t be possible without all of you!
Historically, LGBT Pride month is at this time because of the beginning of the Stonewall Inn riots on June 28th, 1969. On that day in the early morning in Greenwich Village’s most fabulous street, Christopher Street, the homosexual community decided they’d had it with police raids and laws that made them a marginalized group. They began a series a violent protests that many mark as the beginning of the Gay Liberation movement, a movement that has continued and brought gay rights to the forefront.
Year after year, the anniversary of the Stonewall has been celebrated in an increasing number of cities across the US, and year after year, we come closer and closer to the goal of normalization and open mindedness that the people at Stonewall were fighting for.
We are proud to participate in this legacy by supporting Portland Pride, and we hope all of you will go out to your various cities’ Prides, or create a Pride of your own!
We love our neighborhood! Sellwood/ Westmoreland is a cozy neighborhood nestled between Southeast Portland and Milwaukee, OR. It’s known for its extensive antique shops, great little places to eat, excellent proximity to rivers and parks, summer concerts, kid-friendly activities, and of course, our Sock Dreams shop.
For the past couple years, we have supported the Llewellyn Carnival, which is put on by Llewellyn Elementary as a super fun kids event and a fundraiser for their school. Every year, they’ve asked us to do an event, and this year we are proud to present… Ring Around the Knee High!
This ring toss, presented Sock-Dreams-style, was conceived and created by our PR team, and we’re pretty proud of it. It will be doing double-duty this weekend, as it and our other handmade creation, the Sock’s in the Dryer Toss, entertain bike riders during the Hott Socks bike ride.
The Hott Sock Bike ride is part of an event called Pedalpalooza, which features several of the zaniest bike events Portland has to offer; we have been a stop on the ride since its conception. Each year the shop and its adjoining yard fill up with bicyclists in nutty costumes, hungry for snacks, prizes, and sales. This year, we’ll be creating a carnival atmosphere featuring our two main events, as well as a donut on a string and other games of skill and chance.
If you’re in the Portland area this weekend, take the trip to Sellwood and stop by these events. It’ll be more fun than a sock full of monkeys!
We’re so very excited to be collaborating with the hippest Bridal web site on the internet, Offbeat Bride. They are doing a write up on Sock Dreams today and we decided the article should be about all the fabulous bridal party socks that folks get from us every summer, especially when it comes to silly groomsmen socks.
In the spirit of this article, we have decided that we would do a GIVEAWAY in conjunction. All you brides and grooms to be, get out your pens and your box o’ Kleenex, ’cause our giveaway will be an essay on “How I met and chose my bridal party.”
We want to know all the messy, hilarious, tear-jerking ways that you picked the folks who will stand up with you on your special day. Extra points if you have a cross-gendered wedding party, which I was a part of last summer, or something else totally nontraditional.
Our first place winner will receive a $150.00 gift card to Sock Dreams, which can be used to purchase bridal party socks or broken up in any way to use as gifts for your party… or you could just keep it all to yourself.
There is no minimum word count to enter and all entries will be judged by the folks here at Sock Dreams.
To enter, please send your essay to email@example.com by May 23rd 2013, and be sure to include all the important information such as your name and email. The contest ends and will be judged by May 24th, 2013, so the prize will be awarded just in time for all those June weddings.
Good luck! And good life!