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I Brought You This Deal…For Moms, By Moms

As Megan talked about in her post back in October, “For Moms, By Moms,” we are recruiting Moms to build Plum District in their local communities. Our District Representatives are Moms who are sourcing deals in their local communities and bringing them to Moms like you.

To showcase the hard work these Moms (and a few Dads!) are doing for Plum District–and to make our deals more personal for you–we have launched a new feature that lets you see who sourced the deal, read about why they brought the deal to Plum District, and read and get to know them.

For example, our deal today for Love Reusable Bags was brought to us by Jillian G., one of our District Reps for Orange County. Jillian is featured in the left side of the page, and her story about why she brought this deal is found at the end of the deal page.

Likewise, Margaret G., our Regional Sales Manager for San Francisco and Marin is featured on today’s Round Pond Wine Tasting and Appetizer deal. After having a wonderful tasting experience at Round Pond, Margaret tells you why she brought this to you.

Of course, you are interested in becoming one of these District Reps for your local District, let us know!

10% off First Purchase Mon Dec 13 to Dec 24!

Great news! Starting Monday (Dec 13) and running through December 24, 2010 you can get an additional 10% your first purchase with Plum District! Just enter the promotion code plumholiday at checkout. Easy.

This promotion only applies to first time buyers. However, for you frequent shoppers on Plum District, be sure to tell all of your friends. If you use our Refer a Friend program to tell your friends, you will earn $10 Plum Dollars when they make their first purchase. Now, that’s a Plum Deal.

Sneak Peek of Upcoming Deals: An Exciting Week in the District

I was just pursuing our deal calendar for the next week and it looks very exciting, so I thought I would share a little insider information.

For the Casual Gamers

First, we have Big Fish Games coming up tomorrow and Saturday. I’m pretty excited about this one because I’ve been a casual gamer myself for years. It’s my little “me” time away from the world. Whether it’s puzzle games, brain teasers, time management and role playing games, Big Fish is your go to source for casual games. They even have computer games for the kids. With our deal, Plum District buyers are getting a 70%…yes, 70%!…discount: $3 for a game (regularly $10)!

For the Readers and News Junkies

We have two great deals coming up next week. For the adult readers, we’re going to be offering a great deal on the New York Times. Delivered to your door. With a bonus New York Times tote bag. For the young readers, National Geographic Kids is coming your way.

And More…for Less?

That’s just a sample. Stay tuned daily to Plum District. There is more coming: gourmet fruit baskets (the perfect office gift), customized gifts (it is the gift giving season), and much more. A little birdie even tells me that there’s going to be special promotion code available to new buyers to get an even bigger discount. Be sure to tell your friends!

New Design for Plum Vouchers and My Deals

Today we made a major change to the way you will receive your vouchers when you purchase a deal. Our goal is to make the process clear and easy and to centralize all vouchers that you purchase into the My Deals page that you can access in your account. Here’s how it works (and looks).

When you purchase a Plum deal, you receive an email receipt of your purchase. It confirms the deal that you purchased, the amount that was charged to your credit card, and a big ole link to view your voucher. Here’s a sample email:

New Purchase Confirmation Email

Clicking the link in the email takes you to the My Deals page. You can also access this page by going to www.plumdistrict.com and clicking My Account in the site header (login first if you are not already). The My Deals page has been re-designed to categorize your vouchers into Available (expiration date has not yet passed and are still available to redeem), expired (those whose expiration dates have passed and can no longer be redeems), Used (those that you or the vendor has “marked as redeemed), and Gifted (those that you sent to someone else as a gift). The new My Deals page looks like this:

My Deals Page

Finally, we have re-designed our Voucher so they look more like….well, a voucher, something that you can print out and take to the business and pay them with and feel like you’ve been treated to a gift. Here is our new Plum Voucher.

New Plum Deal Voucher

For any deals that you purchased prior to today, your voucher will be in this look, too! Happy shopping and using your new plum vouchers.

Plum Reward to Trader Joe’s Now Available in New York and San Diego

Thank you for writing in and asking (and even one who commented on my previous post about the Plum Reward) for it. As a result, we are pleased to announce that the Plum Reward is now available to New York City and San Diego Districts, too!

Ok, Big Apple and Southern California Moms, time to start referring your friends and earning your Plum Dollars. You have until Tuesday, November 16 (or while supplies last) to earn $50 Plum Dollars to claim your reward!

A New Type of Deal: The Plum Reward

As a way to thank you for the great buzz you are creating for Plum District, we want to thank our most loyal users by offering a new type of deal: Plum Rewards.

Plum Rewards appears in the right column next to our deal of the day for your District. For the San Jose and San Francisco: Peninsula District, you have the chance to earn a $50 Gift Card to Trader Joe’s for $50 Plum Dollars. If you are in Los Angeles or Orange County, you are eligible to earn a $25 gift card to Jack’s Surfboards. Until you earn the necessary Plum Dollars, Plum Rewards appear as locked.

Once you earn the minimum balance of Plum Dollars necessary, the Plum Reward is unlocked….

…and you can claim it with your Plum Dollars!

Thank you for buying with Plum District and telling your friends and family. Enjoy your Plum Reward! You’ve earned it.

 

Healthy Eating Habits for Baby

Related to my post last week about ideas for getting your child to eat their veggies is today’s find: Start your baby on healthy eating habits early and you may never have a “white food only” kid. The more texture, flavor and variety you offer to your baby, the more likely you will have a life long healthy eater.

Click on over to read Dr. Lisa Dana’s “Healthy Eating Habits for Baby.” Dr. Dana, UCSF pediatrician and friend of Plum District.

About Dr. Dana

Dr. Lisa Dana was born in Bologna, Italy. She attended University High School in San Francisco and then went on to complete her undergraduate education at the University of California Santa Barbara. She attended Georgetown University for Medical School. She completed her Internship and Residency at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Dana is on the clinical faculty at UCSF, is a member of the San Francisco Medical Society, and is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has been in practice since 1999. Dr. Dana is married and the proud parent of three children. She is a founder and past president of the The Reading Tree Literacy Program. She is on the Advisory Board of Pregnancy Magazine, and also writes a monthly article for Pregnancy.

Getting Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention release a report back in September, State-Specific Trends in Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among US Adults. In it, they concluded that fewer adults in 2009 are eating their fruits and veggies than in 2000.

A diet high in fruits and vegetables is important to reducing the risk for disease and plays an important role in overall weight control. If fewer of us adults are eating our fruits and veggies, it’s likely that our kids are not either. Today, I saw this article on SFGate (the online presence of the San Francisco Chronicle) called “5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies” that offers 5 ways to get your kids to each their veggies. They share 5 recipes from the popular Weelicious web site authored by Catherine McCord. Happy reading (and cooking).

Now Featuring Facebook Connect

We recently added Facebook Connect to Plum District. This allows you to login to Plum District with one click by using your Facebook account whether you are new to The District or a long time user. One less username and password to create and remember.

The First Time You Login

Here’s how it works the first time you login with Facebook Connect:

1. Click the Facebook Connect icon whenever you need to login to Plum District–either from the header of our site or on the login page when you buy, refer friends, or view your account.

2. If you are not already logged into Facebook on your computer, you will be presented with the Facebook login screen. If you are logged into Facebook, you’ll go straight to #3 below.

3. Facebook will ask you for your permission to share information with Plum District. Click Allow to share this information with us (or Don’t Allow if you don’t want to).Facebook Request Persmission Screen

What Permissions Are We Asking For?

We ask for the basic information that your Facebook account is set to share with Everyone, so we are not collecting anything you haven’t already made public. The key info that we use to deliver our service to are the following:

  • Name: Your first and last name which we need when you buy a deal.
  • Gender: We use this data in aggregate so that we know our audience by percent female versus male.
  • Send Email: This is to for send you the daily deal for the District(s) to which subscribe and to send a confirmation email when you buy on our site or earn Plum Dollars from referring friends.

The Second and Subsequent Times You Login with Facebook Connect

Any subsequent time that you want to login to Plum District, simply click the Facebook Connect icon, and (if you are logged into Facebook on your computer), wham! You are logged in to Plum District. One click. No typing.

If you are not logged into Facebook, just enter your Facebook username and password on the login screen, then, wham! One click. A little typing.

We’re excited to offer you this simple, fast, and easy way to join the District!

How the Refer a Friend Program Works

There seems to be some misinformation that has spread about how Refer a Friend programs work, in general, and the Plum District Refer a Friend program, in particular. I want to clarify how it works (and why).

In short, it works this way:

  1. You visit our Refer a Friend page and send email invites to your friends.
  2. If your friends click the link in your email and sign-up, you get $10 Plum Dollars as a reward for referring them.
  3. If they purchase within 7 days of you sending the invite, they get $5 Plum Dollars towards that first purchase.

We can only award Plum Dollars if your friends click that link in your invite email. It’s how we know for certain that you referred them. Because we know the date/time that you sent the invite (because you did it from our site), we know if their first purchase is in the 7 day time limit.

Why Don’t My Friends Get $5 Plum Dollars if they click my Facebook or Twitter link?

If you send your invites via Facebook or Twitter, your friends can’t get the $5 Plum Dollars because, unfortunately, Facebook and Twitter don’t provide us a means to know the date/time of when your post or tweet goes up. Thus, we have now way of knowing if your friend’s purchase is within the 7 day window. You, however, still get $10 Plum Dollars whenever they make their first purchase because we do know that you referred them.

Neither you nor your friends get Plum Dollars when you write in to Customer Support and tell us that so and so referred you or that you referred so and so and they made a purchase. We would really love to help you, but we can’t do it without the link tracking in place that verifies referrals. Sorry. A few bad apples spoiled this method years ago when Refer a Friend programs were new to the Internet.

Why Don’t I or My Friends Get Plum Dollars When the deal is a Plum Steal?

Plum Steals are special deals that we negotiate with the vendor. Their such great deals for you that in order for us to cover our costs, we can’t allow Plum Dollars to be used. We’re a for-profit  start-up with limited means. We need the cash from these deals to pay our bills. Sorry. On the positive side, at least we are able to offer these great deals in the first place, and we’re awfully thankful that you like them enough to tell your friends.