Smart Bitches Business Update, September 2017: New Swag!

The Ladies Howdy, everyone!

It’s time for the September edition of the Smart Bitches Business Update. Once a month, I nerd out for your reading pleasure about the inner workings of the Hot Pink Palace of Bitchery.

I’ve heard from a few folks, including some people at RWA, that this feature is one of your favorites. Thank you! I was really nervous about starting it, and I’m always nervous when I write it each month, but knowing that some of you look forward to it and learn from this discussion is a big help (and motivation, too). So, thank you for that!

This month: New Swag! Over the summer I’ve been focusing on developing new, better, and more fun swag for the Bitchery, and I wanted to show you some of our new products.

First: we have a brand sparkly new Shopping page!  Right now, we’ve got four main categories: apparel, beverage, stickers, and home goods because, well, priorities, right?  Thanks to Tristan at Wax Creative for setting up the nifty page and the layout.

(I also have to say, adding products on the back end is really fun, too. I wasn’t lying about the nerdery. I really love learning how to update and organize information.)

Second, we have new designs for our Swag!

And before I start showing you the particulars, there’s a coupon valid at Zazzle right now for 25% everything on the site! The coupon code ZWEEKENDSALE is valid until Monday, 4 September at 11;59pm PST, and is good for 25% every single thing (including the items I’m about to show you).

Zazzle is terrific about having coupons and sharing them, so if I see a great coupon code, we’ll make sure to tell you about it in the Books on Sale posts, or in a special heads up alert. Because coupons are the best, right?

The links to Zazzle are affiliate-coded, so the purchases you make support the site, unless, as above, the profits are designated for a specific organization.

I’m having WAY TOO MUCH FUN over here with the new designs.

First, you probably saw the Slayer of Words collection, which celebrates Beverly Jenkins’ Lifetime Achievement Award from RWA and benefits Doctors Without Borders. We have mousepads, water bottles, notebooks and t-shirts, all proclaiming that Slayer of Words is obviously the best kind of slayage to which we aspire.

I have a few more designs, too. I’m calling this The Romance > Patriarchy Collection, and it comes in all sizes, and in varying levels of profanity!

Disrupt the Patriarchy. Read Romance. is available in scoop neck or v-neck styles in sizes up to Adult 2XL or 3XL respectively, in red or black.

It’s also available as a mug!

And the more assertive version: Fuck the Patriarchy. Read Romance. Unless you’re like me and work with dogs who don’t read (not that you know of, anyway), this probably isn’t safe for work. These two are available in red, in a v-neck or scoop neck option, in sizes up to Adult 2XL or 3XL, respectively.

And for your beverage needs, Disrupt the Patriarchy. Read Romance. is available as a water bottle, tumbler, and flask:

And if you’re feeling somewhat more assertive, Fuck the Patriarchy. Read Romance. is also available as a flask:

We also have an assortment of items with all three versions of The Ladies, because they’re lovely.

I’m working on new items all the time. And of course I take requests!

Is there a product or item you want, or an image you’d like to deck yourself out with? Email me, or leave a comment.

As I mentioned last month, I’m working on the 2018 Advertising Rate schedule currently.

I’ll be dropping prices in 2018 for advertisement packages. If you like those words in that order (I do!) please consider joining the Smart Bitch Insider newsletter, so you can be the first to hear about the 2018 rate schedule.

I will never share your info, nor will I email you overly-frequently. This list is only for updates on advertising on the site, and opportunities for promotion.

If you’re thinking about this year, as there are a few more months in 2017, please feel free to email me about what you have coming up that you’d like to advertise or promote, and what your budget is. I can do custom proposals, and I have references from many happy advertisers.

As always, we end with goofy stats!

Our top 10 countries in the past month in terms of visitor numbers are the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, India, Germany, Philippines, New Zealand, Sweden, and South Africa.

And in a shift I am finding so fascinating, mobile visits surpassed desktop visits by a pretty hefty margin! In the past month, our device stats looked like this:

  • Mobile: 44.75% 
  • Desktop: 38.45%
  • Tablet: 16.80%

In the past, desktop had a narrow advantage over mobile, but mobile has been the most common device for a few months now.

This is, incidentally, why I package desktop and mobile ads into bundles, because I don’t want anyone to miss the opportunity to reach a large portion of the SBTB community.

If you’ve got questions, suggestions, queries, ideas for swag, or want to ask about pretty much anything, email me!

And, as always, thank you, thank you, thank you, for being part of Smart Bitches. We wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you.

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