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Giveaway: Flying M Coffee

Update: A winner has been randomly chosen and contacted, so this giveaway is closed. Keep your eyes peeled here for more contests in the future. And thanks to Flying M and everyone who entered!

It’s about time for us to show another Big Cartel shop some love with a giveaway. So we bought a few bags of the delicious House Blend from Flying M Coffee - and now we want to give ‘em to you. Do you love coffee? Do you love contests? Then today just might be your day.

The fine folks at Flying M not only roast their own beans at the Coffeegarage, but they also host a slew of indie music shows. They’ve had bands like Pure Bathing Culture, Wye Oak, The Head and the Heart, Mount Eerie, and many more. But back to the coffee, the House Blend consists of a French roast paired with a medium roast Indonesian producing a powerful, bittersweet cup. If that’s perked you up, then get on your Twitter, Vine, or Instagram and enter already! Details below.

The loot

We’ve got five 12 oz bags of the House Blend to share, so we’ll be picking 5 winners for this Flying M giveaway.

To enter

Show us how you enjoy your favorite cup of joe with a little video posted on Twitter, Vine, or Instagram. Be sure to tag @bigcartel and use the hashtag #pickmeBC. Winners will be selected at random on Monday morning, but - as with all things in life - the more creative the better.

Manage your orders on the go

We’re super pumped to introduce you to the first piece of a completely mobile admin, starting with mobile order management. This is just the beginning, but while we’re building the rest - we want you to put mobile order access to good use.

We built this completely from the ground up. We tossed out everything and started fresh so we could run the latest technologies - including HTML5, CSS 3, and Rails 4. Designed specifically for your smartphone, everything is mobile-optimized. Pages load faster and are easier to use with the stubbiest of fingers on any phone or tablet. This means we simplified our design and focused on your user experience - so you can get your work done faster and easier. This new system allows us to build new features and update the admin faster and more frequently. Hooray!

Like we said, we’re just getting started. We’re already hard at work on the next big thing, and we’ll drop that as soon as it’s ready for you. So what are you waiting for? Grab your phone and log in to your shop at to start managing your orders now.

Winter Warmup: party in SLC

Guys, it’s really cold in Salt Lake City. But the air has finally cleared out a bit, Sundance Film Festival starts this week, and hell, it’s an exciting new year. So we’re having all of our friends over for a party. If you’re a local, or will be in town for the festival, stop by BCHQ on Saturday for live music, drinks, food, and good times.

The party is totally free, and open to anyone, but you do need to RSVP. That’s not too much to ask, right?!

Where: Big Cartel HQ - enter through 252 S Edison St
When: Saturday, January 18
7pm to whenever - Party time! Music starts at 8.

Make your video, enter our contest

We’re so excited to see what behind the scenes videos hit our inbox for our Store From Scratch Contest. We know that making an awesome video might not be on your resume, or in your budget. But what you don’t know is that our example video was shot entirely on an iPhone, edited using iMovie, used free public domain music, and was completed in just about a week. So no matter your budget or skill level, we’re sure you can do this. If you’re still nervous about diving deep into video making, check out our tips below.

  1. Shoot more than you need. Once you sit down to edit you want all the shots and more at your fingertips.
  2. Use what you’ve got. Our example video was shot entirely on an iPhone 5 and edited completely in iMovie.
  3. Titles add a nice professional touch. Overlayed titles in our example movie were created using Photoshop. The titles were saved out as transparent pngs at full size (Typically 1920px X 1080px or 1280px X 720px) and placed in iMovie as “cutaways.” The transparency can be adjusted and effects can be added in iMovie.
  4. Be clever with your edits. Have your music chosen and ready to go. Then start playing with edits timed to the beats and transitions in the soundtrack. Use those cues to help you find perfect spots to change from one shot to another.

Above all, we’re looking for a store that showcases their process in a fresh way. This video should be a tool you can use to promote your store and give your fans a taste of how your operate. Create a video that really showcases your brand and the personality behind it. And good luck!

Enter the Store From Scratch Contest now »

What works good is bet­ter than what looks good. Because what works good lasts.
– Ray Eames

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SFS Contest - win $2,000

You’ve seen our Store From Scratch videos that take you into the nitty gritty parts of setting up shop online. Now it’s time to pass the torch on to you. Get into your own admin and start shaking up your Big Cartel shop. While you’re in there, get the cameras rolling and create your own little Store From Scratch video promoting the way you run your shop. You might just win a cool $2,000 from Big Cartel.

Here’s the deal:

  1. Create a 2-minute, behind-the-scenes video about your store.
  2. Read the legal stuff to make sure you’re all clear: Legal »
  3. Submit your video and enter to win $2,000 from Big Cartel.
  4. Enter here »

Watch the example video to get cookin’ »

It’s really that easy! The deadline to enter is January 31 at 11:59pm MST. We’ll be showcasing videos on the blog while we try to choose our 3 favorites, which we’ll announce on February 24. The top 3 picks will all win a free Big Cartel store for life - and our ultimate number 1 favorite will get a fancy check for $2,000.

What are you waiting for!? Get to work!

Ink & Paper

After seeing this heartfelt mini-doc, we want to buy all of the fancy paper and letterpress everything. Watching these struggling artisans keep their businesses alive so passionately is such an inspiration, and a good reminder to support the little guys to keep them around as long as we can.

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