In our 2013 12 Supreme Days of Christmas Give Away (Click Here to see the GiveAway), I asked you for suggestions to improve what we do at Supreme Gecko. Thank you for taking the time to give such great suggestions. An boy did we get the suggestions!!! Some I would classify as "What a Great Idea!" and some as "Wait, What!?!" suggestions.
Below, you'll find them listed with my responses.
1. Keep doin' what yer doin' By far the number one suggestion. I really appreciate the support and confidence in everyone's suggestion. However, I would really like to move Supreme Gecko along and do more in '14 than we did in '13.
2. More Videos- It is clear that, for several years, we produced videos that helped the herp community and have lately slowed down with our YouTube additions. 2014 will correct this- from new species and their care requirements to how we do things to interviews with our advertisers to whatever else you would like to see.
3. More Giveaways- Well, it is apparent that the 12 Supreme Days of Christmas was a Hit. Someone suggested we change the title to the 365 Supreme Days of Christmas. LOL! We can do this, well not 365 days worth of giveaways but will plan at least once a month. I like the idea from Carla and Edward to create contests and riddles for the giveaways. Oh, and Cindy, I wish you COULD win a gift every single time!
4. More Web Page Updates- Last year, due to the the unfortunate hacking of the site and the subsequent new site development, I only added animals a couple of times, did not update the collection pages, and added new content infrequently. This was a major disappointment for me. That will change in 2014 for sure. New collection pages are in the works and should be coming in the Spring. We will update the available animals at least every other month. And you will see new articles way more frequently! I love to write and really missed this in '13.
5. Update the web page- Right! The 2013 update was a debacle by far. A new development team has been arranged and I have ideas for next year- more mobile (Thanks Dustin and Katie), better navigation (Thanks Vanessa). I can only offer apologies for the step back this year.
6. Expand Gecko Lines- People want to see an expanded line of gargoyles (Rita) and offer more chahouas (Amy). 2013 was a down year for chewies and gargs for SG but I am anticipating big things for both in 2014. We did get some beautiful hold back babies :)
7. Education- From doing educational shows (Robin) to Daily Tips and Tricks (Cassandra) to School of Hard Knocks (Julie). Great ideas. We will schedule more of these updates. I think I will incorporate this into the Supreme Gecko Fan page as well.
8. Recruit new people into the Hobby- I love this idea (B4iwascrazy, Roger, Molly). I just need ideas on doing this- FB ads, ads on other sites, etc.
9. Auctions- I have not done auctions in the past but may consider this for next year. Thank you Nancy and Joseph.
10. Instagram account- Already there- look for SUPREMEGECKO
11. Misc.- Different geckos (Sue) I added easily over a dozen new species this past year.
More Hardgoods-Decor (Chase) Great idea. Will look into this.
More Pictures (Jan) Guess this could go under More Updates. This I WILL do in 2014. However, photography, for me, is as much a hated activity as working with crickets :)
More Posts to FB (Julie C.) Will do! Thanks.
Articles-Reader Participatoin (Julie K.) My favorite idea. Thank you. I will do this in '14.
Update Camera (Casey) Would love to but the one I have is pretty nice. Any issues with my photography is User based :)
2013 Suggestions- for anyone interested-
1. More animals We fell down terribly on this one- Not done
2. More Supplies- We've added a number of new supplies- Success
4. Add a Calendar- Not really practical for us.
5. More HOW TO videos- Only posted a handful. Not done
6. More MRP flavors- Well, Repashy dropped down to one flavor then back up. I cannot keep up with him. :) But I have added Clarks Diet, Pangea, and Big Fat Geckos diet. Success
7. MRP Easy Order Form-add flavors. Created better categories on the store. Added brands. Success
8. Behind the Scenes photos (including Setups) & More 'Real Life' stories. Did not get a chance to do this Not done
9. HyperLinks for Available animals, last updated date, and more info before clicking on available animal. Still a great idea. Not done but I will do this in '14
And more suggestions-
10. Available animals on natural background- Difficult for me to get good photos. Pass- Will try in '14 again
11. Rarer Gecko Care Sheet- Not done Need to do this.
12. Offer Logo on TShirt- Not done Need to do this
13. Notes on How we decide on who to pair up- Not done Will do in '14
14. Sell adult cresteds- Added over 2 dozen adult cresties and several P. picta pair Success
15. Video on breeding insects- Coming in the next week Success
16. Pictures on more species we are working with- Not done
17. Sell Red Panthers (picta geckos)- Still working on this :)
18. Follow up pictures of customer's geckos we sold to them- Good idea. I think I could use Instagram for this.
19. Redesign Logo- Success Thank you Bobby Delaney
20. Navigation on sub articles clunky- Fixed Success