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A Concise guide to Frame USA Products

So You Want to Buy Frames:

A Concise Guide to Frame USA Products

The topic of question that we continually receive an overabundance of was regarding what exactly comes with a Frame USA Frame. On our website under every series we have listed a handy key that tells exactly what comes with our products. The letters in this key correspond with letters that follow each size in the volume order form.

Product Key

Product Listing

Since we do get this question we thought we would give our customers a simple guide that explains how each listing is laid out. This handy guide is also listed in the FAQ section of our website.

Product Naming

This is what comes with all of our readymade picture frames. If you would like to purchase an easel for those frames that come with a sawtooth hanger or vice versa they are available for purchase on our website.

 

If you are interested in purchasing just a frame without all of the materials listed above you are looking to purchase what we in the industry call a “shell”. Shells are available under the custom sizes tab that is located next to the volume order form. Don’t be deterred from ordering shells because of the word custom. Frames are available in all readymade sizes, so just put your desired size in the length width boxes and you’re all set!

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Frame USA Q & A: Knowledge from an Industry Expert

Frame USA Questions & Answers:

Knowledge from an Industry Expert.

Recently we asked our customers what questions they had about our products, about our company, and about framing in general. We loved the feedback we have received so far because it allows us to know what our customers are wondering about and gives us a chance to help them out. So over the next few weeks we will be answering these questions along with questions our customer service team receives often on our blog. If you have a question or would like to know more about a topic email, Facebook, tweet, call, comment, write a letter, send us a carrier pigeon,etc. (the last two however we do not recommend as it may be quite some time before we receive them!).The point is we love our customers and we love the feedback we get from them because it allows us to cater to them.

So give us some questions to answer so that we can improve your shopping experience and give you some tips and tricks!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day Ideas

There is a little over a week left to prepare for Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day sometimes can be difficult especially when it follows relatively close to other gifting holidays. So what else is left to give the people in your life that appear to have everything?! We’ve compiled a couple of ideas to help inspire your inner crafter and create one of a kind gifts for everyone special in your life.

Earlier this week we started creating a pinterest board with Valentine’s Day ideas that we came across. This board is a compilation of home decorating ideas and gifts for your child’s teacher all the way to your significant other. We will be continually putting more and more ideas into this board leading up to V-Day.

Valentines Day Ideas Pinterest Board

Here are some of our favorites we have seen so far.

Valentine for Your Child’s Favorite Teacher:

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Frame a quote for your child’s favorite teacher. There are so many free print out sites that have quotes like this one or others. If you want something more meaningful, find a class picture, or a picture with your child and the teacher. Having your child decorate the frame will set your gift apart from the standard store bought valentine. Our Unfinished Series is the perfect frame for the job!

 

Valentine for Your Parents:

Valentine for Parents

Handmade valentines are just so much better than store bought ones, especially when the recipient is your child’s grandparent. This idea will kill two birds with one stone! Occupy your kids by having them decorate a frame to be used for a valentine for a grandparent.

Don’t have kids? That shouldn’t stop you! Decorate a frame yourself and frame a picture of you and your parent from when you were a kid.

Our Decorate-It frame series is the perfect choice for all ages!

 

Valentine for Your Best Friend:

Valentine for Best Friend

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for your significant others! It’s a day to celebrate your love and appreciation for all those you care about, best friends included. Everyone has a favorite picture with their best friend so rather than let it sit in some photo album never to be seen or on your Facebook, use it to make a memorable and meaningful valentine! Find a quote that is appropriate and fitting for your relationship and decorate a frame with it!

Either our Decorate-It Series or our Unfinished Series is perfect for this!

Not big on quotes? Paint our Unfinished Architect Frame instead!

 

Valentine for Your Significant Other:

Valentine for S.O.

Last but definitely not least is a valentine for your significant other. The ideas for this one are endless, but we love the idea of using a shadowbox for this valentine and to make it extra special make it a custom shadowbox using our Shadowbox Elite Unfinished frame.

If you and your sweetie have a song, or a poem that you both love, why not write it out on the back of the shadowbox and use letter tiles like you find in scrabble games to write an extra special message!

 

If you hadn’t noticed, all of the ideas that we gave you here had one thing in common, they all emphasized creating and decorating frames. We think Valentine’s Day gifts should be much more than just a bag of candy and a store bought card. DIY gifts may take extra time, but the feeling they give your loved ones is way worth it.

To make these valentine gift ideas even more sweet (pun definitely intended) we have a sale going on with all the frames mentioned! Save on the frames you use for your V-day gifts that will mean the world to your loved ones. This sale expires 2.5.15 at midnight!

Valentine Sale

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Get To Know Frame USA Employees—Favorite Hobby Friday

Frame USA’s Administrative Assistant on Favorite Hobby Friday

It’s been quite some time since our last Favorite Hobby Friday but we’re back with such a unique hobby that it makes up for missing a couple of Fridays! Today I spoke with our Administrative Assistant Jill Gugel about her favorite hobby, here’s what she had to say:

Jill, what is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobby is making Electric guitars and Cigar Box Guitars (cbg)

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That is so unique, I’ve never met anyone that had this hobby, how long have you been making the guitars?

A year and a half. The photos are builds that are done from bare wood, mostly mahogany and cherry.

That is fascinating, how did you even start creating the guitars?

I was looking for something new to try, when I found a Stratocaster unfinished electric guitar kit. I was hooked.

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You must be pretty much a master by now how long has it taken you to get where you are skill wise?

I am just a hobbyist, to become a Luthier, someone who is a true master of this art, it takes years of study, skill and then apprenticeship. I’ve gotten to where I am now by doing a lot of reading, and watching videos. The best part is there really aren’t any rules especially when making a Cigar Box Guitar.  

I’m learning so much about this craft, I wasn’t even aware that there was a name for a master of making guitars! So how many hours would you say you spend on this hobby a week?

I try to spend about 5-8 hours a week working on any aspect of a build. This also includes the reading and watching videos.

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So since you spend that many hours on this hobby, a favorite part of it must have emerged, what is it?

I enjoy making used or old guitars “Beautiful” again. Seeking out Cigar boxes, and then shaping the headstocks to mimic popular guitars on the market, but then I add a twist. Then of course string the guitar.

 

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You talk about this hobby with such passion I don’t even know if you will be able to answer this question, but what is your least favorite part about making your guitars?

I am not a fan of soldering. That seems like a skill set all by itself. Due to the colder time of a year, I am limited to only staining the guitars, painting has to wait until the warmer months.

 

What has been one of your most memorable experience with this hobby?

All the mistakes and mishaps, somehow those projects’ turn out the best, it’s like magic!!

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You must have a routine set by now, what is one thing that you have learned about yourself through this hobby?

To be a bit more patient, and learn to love sawdust

I don’t even know where I would begin, what is a piece of advice you have for someone that may want to start doing this?

Just do it!

Thank you so much Jill for taking the time to enlighten me and all of our readers about your favorite hobby! 

 

If you have a favorite hobby and would like to see it featured on our blog, Email our SEO Coordinator at [email protected]!

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A Day In The Life of A Customer Service Representative

A Day In The life Of A Customer Service Representative as told by a Customer Service Representative

Last week I gave my account of a day in the life of a customer service representative at Frame USA. Today I got one of our real life CS Reps to talk about what its really like.

The title, “Customer Service Representative” may not sound glamorous. It probably makes you think of dead-eyed office drones answering calls with the same, canned responses while they fiddle with their social media. At Frame USA, however, that is not the case at all. As a Customer Service rep here, there are so many different tasks and responsibilities, that we couldn’t be robots, even if we wanted to.
When it comes to answering calls, there’s no possible way to throw out tired, pre-rehearsed phrases and clichés. The custom nature of our products makes for a wide array of different questions and concerns from customers, many of whom are unfamiliar with framing, matting and production. With so many different frame styles, virtually every call is a different story and we have to know what we’re talking about so we can represent Frame USA with confidence and to make sure the customer is getting exactly what they want.
In addition to phone calls, we here in customer service are also fielding emails of every conceivable nature. Customers looking for price quotes; sales reps placing large, complex orders; poster questions; returns and assistance with damaged items…the list goes on.
The customer service team at Frame USA also works closely with every other department to make sure that processes are working smoothly and customers are receiving what they need in a timely manner. We run up and down stairs, around corners and throughout every nook and cranny of the building to get things done.
Being a customer service rep may never garner us magazine covers or inspire songs to be written but it is a daily adventure at Frame USA and it’s never boring.

A Day In The Life of A Customer Service Rep From an Outsiders Perspective

A Day in the life of a Customer Service Representative from the eyes of an outsider.

Like any other company Frame USA Employees go through training when they first get hired. They spend time with their manager and go through what they are supposed to do day in and day out. Frame USA however has a different training process, instead of having a training day or two day training, Frame USA employees have an entire week of training. They spend time with each department and learn how to do each part of the company. The employees won’t become masters at each process but they will become familiar with it.

This training week comes incredibly in handy when we have employees out of the office, whether it’s for a trade show or for personal reasons. Other areas of the departments can fill in for them if they get really busy throughout the week.

This week we have 2 employees that work in our customer service/sales department out of the office at a Trade Show. This leaves only 4 other employees to man the area. That’s where I come in.

Since my job primarily involves not conversing with customers or vendors and requires me to be on the computer the full day I make the perfect candidate to jump in and help out the customer service sales department while still accomplishing my day to day tasks.

The day of a Customer Service Rep begins like all of the office employees at 8:15 A.M. EST. They spend their morning before we open to customers checking emails from the previous day, processing internet orders that have been placed. Having meetings with their superiors.

Then it happens, the clock hits 9:00 A.M. EST and the phones click on. Some days this is like the stampede scene in the Lion King, silence and then all of a sudden BAM all the phones are ringing at once. Other days there is a steady trickle of phone calls throughout the day.

The Bigger companies that offer a live chat service on their website most likely have a bunch of different teams doing each different part of a CS representative. At Frame USA our team of 6 customer service/sales reps handles it all from live chats, to ordering, to answering shipping questions, and answering billing questions. They do however have help from all areas of the building answering some of these questions.

The same friendly individuals that talk with you over the phones are the same knowledgeable folks answering your questions over live chat.

In between answering phones and live chatting, customer service reps spend their time entering orders from customers as well as outside sales reps. This process although fairly simple can also be challenging, when you have humans entering in orders, you run the risk of human errors happening, for a number to be off resulting in the wrong product being ordered. Frame USA has employed a system to prevent these by having all orders checked over by someone other than the person who entered it.

At first glance, the job of a customer service representative seems fairly easy, but when you get down into the position, as I have this week, you discover that the job of customer service representatives is much more complex. They are the contact to customers. They are the people that can make or break sales. A rude customer service rep, as many of you have probably experienced turns an opinion of the company to a negative one. The job of a customer service rep requires a patient, self-motivating, hardworking individual. Not everyone on this planet has what it takes to hold this position, but in my opinion as an outsider, we have found the 6 who do.

If you would like to give a shout out to one of our reps that have helped you we would love to hear from you, Just leave a comment!

Stay tuned next week as one of our 6 talented CS Reps gives an actual account of a their day.

Bulk Volume Ordering–Save More when you Spend More

Frame USA Bulk Volume Ordering

It’s no secret that we pride ourselves on offering exceptionally priced american made products to our customers. We have frequent sales and offer discounted pricing to our wholesale customers. Something else we offer that people may not know about is Bulk and Volume Pricing for orders.

We want to help businesses get the custom frames they need for their hotel, restaurant, corporate office or gallery.

We’ve made it easy and economical for our customers to purchase picture frames in bulk.

Here’s a 4 step process to make bulk volume ordering as simple as: lather, rinse, and repeat (which is what you’ll be doing once you get your picture frame order) .

Step 1:

Pick out the picture frames and/or mats that you absolutely love. We have a huge selection to choose from many of which are able to be laser engraved with a custom message.

  Volume Order Verona Wide   Bulk Order Unfinished   Bulk Order Metal I Silver   Bulk Order Cherry Certificate

Step 2:

When you have the picture frames you would like to order fill out our custom quote form. Once you this is complete one of our customer service agents will get back to you with your price within 8 hours.

Bulk Order Quote Request

 

Step 3:

So you have received your custom quote back from one of our agents, your next step is to place your order. But before you do that I bet you want to save even more, right? Here’s how: Volume Discounts.

We have two very not so secret discount codes available for our customers that spend big with us. There is a banner located right on the homepage of our website that when you click on it you find the codes.

Bulk Order Volume Discount

These volume discounts are offered in two tiers:

$750+

7.5% Off your entire order. Offer only valid on ordersfrom $750-$999.99. Cannot be combined with any other promotion/discount. Enter coupon code: 7.5off750 at checkout.

$1000+

10% Off your entire order.  Offer only valid onorders over $1,000. Cannot be combined with any other promotion/discount.  Enter coupon code:10%off1000 at checkout.

Step 4:

Place your order, receive your frames and be ecstatic with how your business looks.

 

This process is a fail-proof method for decorating your business, take advantage of our bulk ordering and volume discounts today!

Frame USA’s Vendor of the Year Award for 2014

As 2014 comes to an end, Frame USA reflects on the past year. The accomplishes that we have made, the setbacks and their solutions we have figured out, on our customers and what they seek from us as a company for the upcoming year and most importantly the people that you rarely hear about, our vendors. Every year Frame USA goes through our vendors and selects one particular that has gone above and beyond their line of duty. We turn to our Buyer/Inventory Manager, Leslie Hoctor, who works directly with our vendors for guidance on who should receive this prestigious award.  Here is what she has to say about the recipient of Frame USA’s 2014 Vendor of The Year Award:

“Throughout 2014 we have made a successful transition to using more of their corrugated products then in the past. This has been a significant cost savings to us, as well as an increase in quality. Shipping with this vendor is almost always as promised, any delays or glitches are promptly communicated to me. Our salesman from this company, Steve Betz, gives us great service. He has been known to come to our facility for a visit with very little notice on many occasions. In one instance, our packers had a question about how to properly use one of his company’s corrugated products. Steve performed a very gracious impromptu training session and demonstration for them. We all learned a lot from this visit. This company as always been a significant contributor to our December Charity Initiative, Fill The Truck. I feel that our partnership is continually improving and will continue to grow for our mutual benefit in 2015.”

 

Without further ado…Drumroll please…..

Vendor of the Year on Make A Gif

Congratulations to Ackers Packaging on being the recipient of Frame USA 2014 Vendor of the Year Award, Thank you for all that you do for our company, we greatly appreciate it!

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Get to know our SEO Coordinator–Favorite Hobby Friday

Get to know Frame USA Employees–Favorite Hobby Friday

Last week on Favorite Hobby Friday Frame USA’s CEO, Daniel Regenold told everyone about his love for Tennis. This week I thought I would introduce myself and tell everyone about my favorite Hobby.

My name is Brooke Skyllingstad and I’m the voice behind the recent blog, and social media posts for Frame USA. I started this position at the end of October and have loved every second of it. The reason? I get to do my favorite hobby almost every day for my job. MY favorite hobby is designing, everything from board games, invitations, flyers and ads, I love it all.

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Building Redesign

I first started designing sophomore year of high school. Prior to this I had always been interested in art but that was when I really got inspired, and have been doing it ever since. I used photo-editing software to combine images I found on the Internet with song lyrics. There was no end game behind the pieces I was creating then, I just did them to pass the time. When I discovered I could be doing things like that every day as my profession, well I couldn’t pass that up. After four tough years at The University of Dayton I graduated May of 2014 with a Bachelors of Fine art in Graphic Design.

The field of design is a field where you can never become an actual master. The field is too subjective; there are different techniques that emerge in it every single day. I never stop learning things about design, and new techniques that make it more interesting. I would like to think that I have a pretty great talent for digital illustration, most of the designs that I produce have some element of illustration and almost always have typographic elements.

I spend at least 2 plus hours every day designing new pieces, every ad that goes out to our customers for Frame USA or Frame Closeouts is designed by me, every photograph on our Instagram is taken or compiled by me. I have a small freelance business that keeps me busy when I leave work but majority of my design time is spent at Frame USA.

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Chapter book about the correlation between life and death and how everything is connected.

Design has been a huge part of my life for so long that it’s hard to choose just one thing that is my favorite but if I had to choose it would be the exact moment where an idea for a piece enters my brain. From that point on until I hit a road block I am researching experimenting and conveying that idea to the viewers.

My least favorite part of designing coincides with how I go about my work. I’m a perfectionist; I don’t want the world to see something that is less than perfect. For this reason my least favorite part is when an idea in my head doesn’t coincide with the skills I possess, so the final product doesn’t look how I imagined. When I first started college this was a huge factor in my never sleeping, I would spend hours on one tiny part of a piece that wasn’t perfect. However towards the end of college I acquired a new view on how I work. I take the imperfections that only my eyes see and use it as a way to create new ideas that will convey the ultimate goal better.

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Board Game designed about the Village of Glendale

The memorable experiences that have occurred for me with design all happened during college when I wasn’t considered a ‘professional’. They’re memorable simply because they showed my very loud doubting inner voice that I did in fact have what it took to be successful in design. I remember the exact moment when a book cover I designed became available for purchase on amazon, or when posters that I designed for Frame USA’s Fill The Truck Goes Back-2-School were hanging in store windows around my hometown. The ultimate experience for me though, was having my design chosen by my favorite band, Sick Puppies, to be on their Facebook page. Having millions of people see my work as they went to that page will forever be a highlight of my life.

The biggest thing that I have learned about myself is that the biggest critic of my work is myself. Throughout college I really struggled with doubts no matter how much praise I received for my work. Upon graduating I also learned that no matter how many doubts you have about yourself…. when it has to do with something you love, you will never ever give up.

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Book proposal for the Designers of Herman Miller Book.

The one piece of advise that I could give someone if they are interested in picking up a hobby, whether its Graphic Design or bowling is to not give up too soon. You may become frustrated and you may become tired but don’t give up because you never know how much of an impact that hobby can make on your entire life.

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Package design for the fictional company Link.

I hope this gave you a little bit of an insight into the person behind the blog and the ads of Frame USA. Stay tuned next week for Favorite Hobby Friday!

Traditions During The Holidays from Frame USA Employees

Traditions for the Holidays

Today is the last full day for Frame USA Employees before the New Year. Frame USA Employees reflect on their favorite Holiday Traditions. Here is what a few of our hardworking employee have to say:

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“On Christmas Eve, my middle daughter Emily and I, take our convertible car with our dog cookie. No matter how cold it is we put the top down and drive through the neighborhoods for an hour or so. We stop at Starbucks to stay warm and stop to get our dog a treat or Christmas present.   We wear our Christmas hats and the entire drive we wave at everyone passing by and tell them Merry Christmas!  We always drive through the Walmart (which is always busy with people) and make sure to tell them all best wishes to all the people a little too stressed out. It is without a doubt one of my favorite days and things to do in the whole world!”

-Daniel P. Regenold, CEO Frame USA, Inc.

 

“My favorite tradition is spending quality time with all of my family!

-Kelly Ackerman, Marketing Director

 

“We open presents”

-Brandon Swinehart, In-House Sales Representative

 

“Every year we go up to my wife’s Aunt’s house in New Philadelphia Ohio and all the family comes over and the kids all get presents and we watch them open those, then we eat, and then we play bingo and there are small prize bags filled with just little stuff that you can get at Walgreens (last year I got Cocoa butter in mine). It’s fun. And we usually watch “A Christmas Story” while we’re there… We also use mini marshmallows for the bingo chips and we throw a lot of them at each other.

-Kelley Kombrinck, Customer Service Representative

 

“I am the youngest of four and even though I’m 22 I am still always one of the first people awake on Christmas morning. It is the only day that I’m perfectly okay with getting up early and no matter how old I get I think this will be my role in my family!”

-Brooke Skyllingstad, SEO Coordinator

 

“I will stay up late and sleep the entire day”

-Andy Scarth, Art Director

 

“We spend the day with my husband’s family.  He is the youngest of seven children.  His mother is 82 and still very much involved.  Dozens and dozens of people come to our gathering with potluck dishes, and four generations of Hoctors gather under one roof for the day.  It is always a very special day.”

-Leslie J. Hoctor, Buyer/Inventory Manager

 

“In our family we have the 45 minute rule for sitting and eating Holiday dinners, no one is allowed to leave the table until 45minutes has past. Reason is we realized that we would be cooking all day, and it would only take our boy’s 15 minutes at most to eat.  They are of course grown now. But we still ask them to follow this rule.”

-Jill Gugel, Administrative Assistant

 

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We make santa cookies using my great grandma’s butter cookie recipe, and hand decorate them every year.”

-Shannon Powell, Retail Associate

 

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While Frame USA employees are away for the holidays we bring you one of the company’s favorite traditions—offering a great site wide sale! Starting today take 10% off site wide with the coupon code Holidays2014. This sale expires 12-30-14 at midnight!

 

Let us know what your family favorite holiday traditions are in a comment below!