Category Archives: Blogging

Heaven’s Blessings Tiny Zoo Q&A posted on Idea Cafe

Laurene answered some questions about Visions and my company, Heaven’s Blessings Tiny Zoo, presented by Idea Cafe in relation to the Small Business Grant contest that we are participating in.  They have published my responses on their blog. You can read them here:

http://blog.ideacafe.com/semi-finalist-qa-heavens-blessings-tiny-zoo

Please be sure to vote for us!  You can vote once a day.

God bless you,

-Laurene

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Put us on a Mt Dew can!

My contest entry was accepted to the DEWmocracy competition. Please vote for me! http://apps.facebook.com/dewdesigngallery/?ref=nf

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Look for this image on the cans when voting! I used a screenshot from Visions as the backdrop for my design. A vote for me is a vote for Visions!

http://apps.facebook.com/dewdesigngallery/?ref=nf

I made the design by myself, this was not a team effort. But it was my hope that if I won the $10,000 grand prize, I could use some of the funds to buy some development software, specifically Ecstasy Motion for 3D art and animation, (as well as pay for braces for my son, and get Dentist and Eye Dr. appointments for the whole family). I am thrilled about the recognition we’re getting and hope you all will vote for me!

Thank you!

-Laurene Wells

Small Business Grant Contest

We made it to the Semi Finalists on Idea Cafe!

This is a competition for a small business grant which will be used to benefit the production of Visions.

Please vote for Heaven’s Blessings Tiny Zoo!

http://www.businessownersideacafe.com/small_business_grants/grant_vote.php

If you would like to read the publicized application of our contest submission, you can find it on this page.

http://blog.ideacafe.com/and-semi-finalists-eighth-idea-cafe-small-business-grant-are#33

Thank you for voting for Heaven’s Blessings Tiny Zoo! We really appreciate it!

God bless you,

-Laurene

Cool Chariots game gear!

Tons of new stuff available to fans on our new Zazzle store! The usual t-shirts, buttons and stickers can be found, plus a variety of unusual items as well, such as skateboards, coffee mugs, beer steins, and neck ties. There is even a pair of Chariots specific Keds brand shoes! http://www.zazzle.com/tinyzoo* Get your game gear! Sure to be something to please everyone! All purchases from the tinyzoo* store go to benefit our volunteer game development team. Thank you for your support!

HBTZ converts company to LLC

On September 11, 2009 Heaven’s Blessings Tiny Zoo converted the business structure from sole proprietor to LLC. This is yet another step in taking action to build a larger stronger team, and preparing for bigger things to come in the near future. This conversion to LLC was made for legal purposes, and has no effect on the actual work that we are doing at Heaven’s Blessings Tiny Zoo, which is making great family friendly games for Christ! Thank you for your support.

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Laurene Wells is the owner of Heaven’s Blessings Tiny Zoo and the Producer of both Chariots and Visions. To learn more about her company and the games they make please visit the website www.tinyzoo.com

Social Marketing

One of the topics at CGDC (the Christian Game Developers Conference) this year was on social marketing. Seth Crofton taught us about using social networking to maximize our marketing opportunities for distributing our Christian and family friendly games. He has identified dozens of marketing opportunities in the social network. Some that I am already using are facebook, twitter, myspace, shoutlife, youtube, tangle, community forums, ning, homeschoolblogger, and of course wordpress. Chariots and Visions each have their own pages on Facebook, Chariots and Visions each have their own websites, and they share a community forum on our website. Visions has a ning page too.

There are some nice tools that help us integrate some of these tools too so that they are connected to each other, to improve our effectiveness at reaching our audience. For example, this blog post is being sent via email using a special plugin that is available to wordpress users. There are similar tools for other social networking sites as well. I hope to get some of these other tools implemented as well, so my twitter and facebook can be updated every time I post a blog!

One of the advantages of using social networking as a marketing tool is that it gives us as developers direct access to our customers. We don’t have to go through a 3rd party to rely on sterile reports and charts and diagrams. Our customers can talk directly to us through comments and feedback in a more personal way than ever before. Websites are still the front page for people to find us, but social networking will keep us connected and build relationships. We can make the Christian games, and the family friendly games, but if people don’t know about us, how can they buy our games? Social networking is one method to get the word out that we have exciting new games to play!

http://www.tinyzoo.com

CGDC 2009 Pics posted online!

I finished getting the last of the CGDC pics posted to my facebook photo album last night. For those of you who wanted to see them you can find them here:

http://www.facebook.com/LaureneWells

Hope you enjoy the show!

God bless you,
-Laurene