Got This Email....thoughts?

Business By karateka Updated 19 Dec 2011 , 1:52am by karateka

karateka Posted 10 Dec 2011 , 1:54am
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I got this email. The show will be in Kentucky. I am a 30 min drive from the river (Kentucky).

Thoughts? Should I delete it or investigate further?

Hello,

My name is Michael Crisp, and I'm the producer of a new television show that's airing on WTVQ Channel 36 (Lexington, KY)
called The Bridal Show. The Bridal Show is the first of its kind - it's a weekly television show devoted to brides in the region
(Lexington, Cincinnati, and Louisville) who are in the process of planning their wedding.

Our 3-minute informational video about the show can be viewed at




You are receiving this email because you are a professional wedding vendor in Greater Cincinnati. If you no longer wish to receive emails
about The Bridal Show, simply reply back to this email w/ "unsubscribe" in the subject line and we will remove you from our follow-up list.

20 replies
jason_kraft Posted 10 Dec 2011 , 2:08am
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Do you need more business? If so, what other avenues of advertising are you pursuing and how does the expected cost per customer compare?

SisterCakes Posted 11 Dec 2011 , 9:22pm
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Does this channel cover your target service area? If you are in Northern Kentuckly, Lexington is pretty far south. If your target area is Northern KY/Cincinnati, this doesn't seem like a good deal for you. I think they are stretching by reaching out so far north! I'm from Cincinnati and I don't remember ever watching (or seeing) this channel.

On the other hand, if you are looking to expand your market south, it may be worth it.

karateka Posted 11 Dec 2011 , 9:37pm
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SisterCakes, That was my initial thought as well.

Ursula40 Posted 11 Dec 2011 , 11:09pm
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Hmmh, I just find it weird, that they want you to pay for it

leah_s Posted 11 Dec 2011 , 11:53pm
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Small channel and they're selling an extended commercial. Check how many viewers they have, but I've never heard of the channel.

smallnmighty Posted 12 Dec 2011 , 1:02am
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i am a hobby baker. But I have operated a home childcare for 14 years. We have been featured on 3 different shows the entire episode was about my childcare and me and I have NEVER paid for that. That sounds like a scam to me

jlynnw Posted 12 Dec 2011 , 1:58am
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My primary business has been asked to participate in something similar. Oprah is off the air and they are looking for something to fill the time spot. They are asking businesses to be featured for the "show". I find the end results to be a short infomercial on the local businesses. I have not done this as the estimated return for the investment does not make the mark for me.

costumeczar Posted 12 Dec 2011 , 2:57am
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Agreed, it's an infomercial. You should look at it as an advertising option, and one that probably wouldn't return as much business as a print ad would since brides would have to know that it existed and seek it out. A print ad lives on as brides pick up magazines and go through them. Any tv show that was airing on a network and produced locally would just have you on as a guest without making you pay.

mclaren Posted 12 Dec 2011 , 3:23am
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Ha ha LOL at myself for misunderstanding the email (forgive me OP).

I thought the OP is being offered to get paid depending on the package she chooses, and will only have to pay for the commercial between segments...so I was thinking, why not? (take the offer)...sorry for misunderstanding.

jenmat Posted 12 Dec 2011 , 2:42pm
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I've been asked to do this as well, for a local morning show. They wanted almost $2000 for participation, and that was for one segment, with exposure on their website. Granted, it would have been GREAT exposure, but NOT for $2000!
This is a tool for advertising that some channels are using, so while it's not a scam, if the channel is obscure and not in your target area, it really doesn't matter how much of a deal it is.

AmyCozze Posted 12 Dec 2011 , 3:42pm
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there are so many avenues to get your name out there that are free, I wouldn't dole out any money for advertising unless you are seriously hurting for clients. If you want to be on a list of wedding vendors, there are lots of websites like weddingbook & decido that you can register for, for free.

ConfectionsCC Posted 12 Dec 2011 , 4:26pm
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# best for biz...FACEBOOK!! We have a local TV show like this...it lasted a few months because no one watched it! I would skip it personally...great for the local car dealerships because they weekly show off their inventory, but other businesses did not do well...

cai0311 Posted 12 Dec 2011 , 7:05pm
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I believe you (the OP) is operating in Ohio under the food cottage laws. Double check what the rules are. When I got licensed a couple of years ago the inspector told me I could not sell across states lines. The liscense was only good for Ohio.
Like most things, I don't think anyone would know you sell to KY customers unless you start advertising - may be an easy out for you.

karateka Posted 14 Dec 2011 , 1:58pm
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Originally Posted by cai0311

I believe you (the OP) is operating in Ohio under the food cottage laws. Double check what the rules are. When I got licensed a couple of years ago the inspector told me I could not sell across states lines. The liscense was only good for Ohio.
Like most things, I don't think anyone would know you sell to KY customers unless you start advertising - may be an easy out for you.




Actually, I am a licensed and inspected home bakery and can sell anywhere from this kitchen.

cai0311 Posted 15 Dec 2011 , 8:06pm
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cai0311 wrote:
I believe you (the OP) is operating in Ohio under the food cottage laws. Double check what the rules are. When I got licensed a couple of years ago the inspector told me I could not sell across states lines. The liscense was only good for Ohio.
Like most things, I don't think anyone would know you sell to KY customers unless you start advertising - may be an easy out for you.


Actually, I am a licensed and inspected home bakery and can sell anywhere from this kitchen.




I am a licensed and inspected home bakery in Ohio too, but according to the inspector can still only sell products in Ohio. If I want to be able to sell out of state I have to a commercial licensed kitchen. Maybe he was wrong, I am just stating what he said.

cambo Posted 15 Dec 2011 , 8:35pm
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Originally Posted by cai0311

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cai0311 wrote:
I believe you (the OP) is operating in Ohio under the food cottage laws. Double check what the rules are. When I got licensed a couple of years ago the inspector told me I could not sell across states lines. The liscense was only good for Ohio.
Like most things, I don't think anyone would know you sell to KY customers unless you start advertising - may be an easy out for you.


Actually, I am a licensed and inspected home bakery and can sell anywhere from this kitchen.



I am a licensed and inspected home bakery in Ohio too, but according to the inspector can still only sell products in Ohio. If I want to be able to sell out of state I have to a commercial licensed kitchen. Maybe he was wrong, I am just stating what he said.




I have received the same type of email in the past (from a local morning show) and for me, chose not to do it....but I wanted to mention that my inspector also told me that my license was only for Ohio, that selling across state lines is a whole different ballgame. Not sure what that means, though, in terms of what I would need to do in order to deliver across state lines? I should probably check into it as I have some brides on my calendar for venues in Richmond, IN!

karateka Posted 15 Dec 2011 , 8:49pm
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I was told I had to have the home bakery license to sell across state lines. I had inquired specifically since I live within 30 minutes of KY. So I got the home bakery license.

cambo Posted 15 Dec 2011 , 11:01pm
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Yeh, that's the same license I have. I looked thru my paperwork and it doesn't address "crossing state lines"....so you might want to acquire something in writing from the State. It's sad that you can call the Dept of Agriculture 10x and get 10 different answers icon_sad.gif

myslady Posted 18 Dec 2011 , 10:37pm
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If you are operating as a home bakery then you can sell across state lines. If you are operating under the cottage laws, then you can't.

This information can be found on the department of agri's website ( http://www.agri.ohio.gov/foodsafety/#tog ) under fact sheets.

karateka Posted 19 Dec 2011 , 1:52am
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Originally Posted by myslady

If you are operating as a home bakery then you can sell across state lines. If you are operating under the cottage laws, then you can't.

This information can be found on the department of agri's website ( http://www.agri.ohio.gov/foodsafety/#tog ) under fact sheets.




Exactly what I was told.

I deleted the email, thanks for your input, everyone.

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