Heather Schuck

Heather Schuck is a passionate entrepreneur who lives up to her "Lil' Firecracker" nickname. While she may joke about her "fun sized" 5'1″ petite frame or her nationally celebrated 4th of July birthday, she's serious about bootstrapping, inspiring mom entrepreneurs, and the power of content marketing.

She is well known for using innovative and cost-effective strategies to secure high profile media placements including mentions on Oprah, The Today Show, Early Show, USA Today, and an appearance on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. She is an expert in utilizing celebrity product placements as a tool for catapulting sales. Celebrity fans include Demi Moore, Oprah, Britney Spears, Kate Hudson, Angela Bassett, Holly Robinson Peete, Tia Carerre, Lisa Rinna, and Brooke Burke to name a few.

Heather Schuck‘s journey into entrepreneurship is a classic rags to riches tale of overcoming all odds. Despite her lack of fashion or business experience, Heather was able to turn her failed eBay hobby into a multi-million dollar company with distribution in national retailers such as Target, JCPenney, and Sears. As an early adopter and believer in the power of community, Heather Schuck has immersed herself in online outreach such as blogging, social media, and video broadcasts since 2003. Her strong identification with the mom audience and sincere appreciation for supporters led to the launch glamaLIFE.com in 2010. She is also the Host of the web series Fit and FearLESS Files that inspires women to overcome mom guilt and embrace their dreams.

Recognized as a strong advocate for small business, Heather welcomes the opportunity to help fellow entrepreneurs replicate her successes. She has spent the last seven years as a bootstrap entrepreneur and has developed numerous best practices for working smarter-not harder. As a business coach, Heather can train you to utilize her tactics and strategies while providing heartfelt encouragement and support. Areas covered include business strategy, company branding, leveraging celebrity marketing, social media integration, influencer outreach, achieving marketing ROI, media outreach/PR, creating work/life balance, and optimizing your operations for maximum efficiency. If you are losing hope in your small business and need a seasoned expert with credibility and a proven track record of success, click here to hire her. Heather Schuck can be contacted at heather@glamajama.com.

The Marketing to Moms Coalition just released their Moms Annual Media Survey 2008.  The group surveyed 1,033 Moms all with children under 18 living at home via an online questionnaire.  Moms currently spend an estimated $2.1 trillion dollars in the U.S. marketplace.  Needless to say, knowing how to reach this key demographic can give your bottom line a tremendous boost.  Below, I’d like to highlight some of the statistics I found interesting in the survey results.

Daily Media Habits of Moms 25-44 years old:

  • Email                           87%
  • Television                    84%
  • Cell Phone/PDA         69%
  • Internet Websites        64%
  • Radio                          57%
  • Newspaper                 23%
  • Magazine                    10%
  • Internet Chat rooms     9%
  • Internet Blogs              8%

According to these results, a strategic and well-executed email campaign might just be the most effective way to reach the Mom demographic.   I’m a little surprised by the results for the internet media such as blogs and chat rooms.  The numbers are dramatically lower compared to email, yet Moms are obviously using their computers regularly.  Are they just checking their email and logging off?  I doubt it.  Or are they subscribing to their favorite blogs via email and just reading the daily blog post via email?  (That’s what I do!)

The TOP 5 Activities Moms are doing on the internet are as follows:

  1. Checking/Sending Email
  2. Paying Bills/Online Banking
  3. Reading News
  4. Checking Weather
  5. Researching Products

I couldn’t help but notice shopping was missing.  A little farther down on the list…

7. Shopping for my child (ren)
8. Shopping for myself

Gift giving via online shopping doesn’t show up until number 12 and was the last item ranked.  Does that mean Moms prefer to see gift items in person?  Or that with better “gift wrap” options Moms could be persuaded to buy more gifts online? 

Finally, the survey solicited responses regarding marketing impressions and their impact.  Of the Moms surveyed only 54% thought the ads designed to target them as “Moms” were effective.  Among the ads that were deemed effective, the Moms ranked the best way to relate to them.  The results are as follows:

  1.  Depict her having fun with her kids (87%)
  2. Show her multi-tasking (86)
  3. Make her laugh (86%)

It seems that the most effective way to advertise to Moms is to show her being Mom – go figure!  As a proud Mom of three little ones, I can agree.  Whenever I see ads of a Mom rolling on the ground with her kiddos squealing with glee, I can’t help but smile and be thankful that I too am a Mom.  That happy thought is now associated with the company that evoked that feeling/connection.  It’s just human nature – and it works!

I hope you find these statistics interesting and I’d love to hear your comments!  Also, if you want to read more of the results by The Marketing to Moms Coalition, please visit their website http://www.marketingtomomscoalition.org .

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