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FrameUSA.com 2013 Year in Review

It’s officially the one-year anniversary of our improved website! We’ve added a lot of great features over the last year to make FrameUSA.com your all-in-one art and frame shop on the internet. Today, we thought we would look at our year in review and show off all the features you may not have known about!

Laser Engraving

Our first order of business after we redesigned FrameUSA.com was to create a web app that shows off our Laser Engraving services. We were so proud of this product that we wanted to set it up first! Perfect for customers looking to buy anywhere from one to a thousand engraved frames, this feature allows you to select a font, frame, engraving plate and even an image that you would like engraved directly on the frame. Needless to say, this was a customer favorite.

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Build A Frame

An online custom frame shop! How cool is that? We were especially excited to get this up and running, after having our customers request a service that allows them to visualize their finished frame product as opposed to simply ordering a custom frame and separate mats. To top it off, we allow our customers to upload their own artwork for us to print and frame for them! We also offer options for the customer to order and frame 3 mats from MatDesigners and any of our posters from our sister site, Posterservice.
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Related Products and Accessories

Another feature we added was on each of our product pages – Related Products and Accessories. Along with the custom frames and volume order form tabs, Related Products and Accessories are there to make your experience far easier. From these tabs you can select a similar product or an accessory to your frame, such as a sawtooth hanger or wire hanging kit. The best part is, you can add any accessory you’d like and you never have to even leave the page! Simply select the quantity and click “add to cart”.

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Redesigned Affiliate Websites

 FrameUSA.com wasn’t the only website to undergo a great number of changes – we also added Posterservice.com, Matdesigners.com and FrameCloseouts.com into the mix! Now customers can add items from every website into their cart and check out everything at once! This also allowed us to incorporate Build A Frame into a powerful tool that lets the customer take advantage of all of our websites at once. Click on any of the tabs at the tob of the page on FrameUSA.com to visit them.

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Looking Ahead with FrameUSA.com

What sorts of plans does Frame USA have in store for 2014? There’s been rumors swirling of mobile apps, new products, gift card features, video tutorials and more social content from around the office. Follow us on facebook to stay in the loop!

Until next time, keep calm and frame on!

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Fill The Truck in the News

Fill the truck has received some great responses lately, and we couldn’t be happier! From our YouTube videos to our appearances on local news stations and our corporate partners, we’re gaining great exposure for this great initiative. In this post, we will be detailing some information about Fill The Truck — some questions we’ve been asked, how to support Fill The Truck in this last week, and some details about how you can help (even if you can’t afford to donate.)

Fill The Truck is:

  • A 4-year old charitable initiative that began with Frame USA’s CEO Dan Regenold filling a single truck for the Healing Center. Since then, it’s hosted up to 11 trucks for 11 charities!
  • A great way to get involved in helping your community if you’re in Cincinnati. By donating online or attending any of our events (even promoting us on Facebook and Twitter), you’re helping more families in need than you can even imagine!
  • An initiative where companies give back to their communities. We at Frame USA understand that our communities empower us and give us countless opportunities. With Fill The Truck, our goal is to help everyone around us have a chance to succeed.

Fill The Truck is Not:

  • A separate organization. Fill The Truck is operated and organized by Frame USA with the support of several great corporate partners. You can find these partners by clicking here.
  • In any way affiliated with Wal-Mart’s campaign. Wal-Mart recently started a Fill The Truck campaign, even designating their own #FillTheTruck hashtag on Twitter. We’re good sports, though, but remember — it all began here! (We’d appreciate it even more if you tag our Twitter page along with the #FillTheTruck hashtag!)
  • A standalone charity. Rather, Fill The Truck is an initiative that collects food and personal care items for local charities, keeping them stocked for the winter season and beyond. Donations from Frame USA to the Healing Center typically last for around 6 months, depending on their needs!

We hope you enjoyed learning more about Fill The Truck! Be sure to check out our latest video of Ron Burgandy visiting Fill The Truck at Frame USA’s headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio! Also, be sure to have a look at our appearance on local Channel 5 news.

 

Spread the word! We're looking to promote all sorts of small businesses and give discounts to those who participate.

Etsy Art and DIY Creatives – We want YOU!

Etsy Artists and Craftsmen are Welcomed to Help Promote Small Business Saturday with Frame USA

Saturday, November 30th is small business Saturday. While Frame USA is a pretty small business with about 70 employees, a good chunk of our customers are artists and crafty creators that also sell online or in a shop of their town. At Frame USA, we want to show our support to these small businesses and support local economies by offering a great deal to these customers. However, you don’t have to be a Frame USA customer for us to feature your shop! Check out the rules below our promotional image.

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Spread the word! We’re looking to promote all sorts of small businesses and give discounts to those who participate.

As our poster says, we are mainly looking for Etsy art, craft and design creators. Frame USA is an online business and it’s what we know best, so customers with an Etsy account (or other online shopping place) will probably see the most benefit from this initiative. Simply send an email to the address in the image above to get started! If you know anyone who would benefit from a promotion like this, feel free to send it their way.

Thanks for sticking with us, and remember to shop small and shop local!

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Furniture Fair joins Frame USA for Fill The Truck 2013

Frame USA’s Annual Charity Campaign Gains a Great Community Ally for Fill The Truck 2013

This holiday season, Frame USA is continuing the annual FillTheTruck.org campaign, where we pick a few outstanding charities around the Cincinnati area that help a wide range of people who are down on their luck. Around the holidays, these situations are made worse by the drop in temperature and the need for food, warm clothing and supplies to get through the winter season. That’s where Frame USA and Fill The Truck come in. Springing from a company-wide charitable initiative started four years ago, Frame USA CEO Dan Regenold decided to keep filling  supply trucks for charities all around the Cincinnati area.

Fill The Truck initially started as one of Frame USA’s monthly charitable initiatives, where we donate $1 for every online order (and ask our customers to join in.)

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Our 4th Annual charitable initiative – Google “Fill The Truck” and you’ll see the lives and communities we’ve impacted along the way!

This year, Furniture Fair is joining the Fill The Truck 2013 initiative to spread the good cheer to even more charities. Our first year running, we mainly focused on supporting one charity. In our second run, we expanded to eleven charities and eleven businesses supporting those charities. Last year we supported six, and this year we’re planning to help a total of seven charities. Furniture Fair’s multiple locations in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area will be hosting storage units, ensuring that each charity will be receiving the means necessary to keep stocked during the winter season.

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While Frame USA is directly supporting The Healing Center, our partners at Furniture Fair will be disbursing their donations among these great charities.

How to get involved

Helping “Fill The Truck” is actually very simple, and anyone can do it! Here are three ways that YOU can make a difference:

1. Visit FillTheTruck.org and donate to your charity of choice. Frame USA is donating to The Healing Center, but you can choose which of the seven chartities you’d like to support. On each “product” page, we have a list of supplies that are requested from all charities. Simply purchase any of these items and we will organize and distribute them. If you’re not sure what to buy, that’s okay! You can select “donate cash” and we will allocate the money into whatever that specific charity needs the most.

2. If you’re a Cincinnati local, you can drop off the listed donations at any of our truck locations. You can find information on locations by visiting FillTheTruck.org.

3. We understand if the holidays aren’t a great time for you to donate. The poor state of the economy is the reason we run Fill The Truck (as well as spreading some holiday cheer, of course.) If you “like” Frame USA and Fill The Truck on Facebook and even follow us on Twitter,  that is a great way to help us out. Share our posts with your friends and help us spread the word that NOBODY should be cold or hungry this holiday season. We’d love to see as many families as possible have good food, warm clothes and the supplies they need for this season.

And it all starts by filling the trucks.

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Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
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These great businesses are supporting us for our FillTheTruck.org initiative – whether tat’s helping with logistics or hosting a truck themselves!

Links:

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Furniture Fair
55KRC
North Side Bank
Spring Valley Bank
Worldwide Graphics
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Frame USA DIY Picture Frames Featured in HGTV Magazine!

HGTV Uses Frame USA Picture Frames in HGTV Magazine’s DIY Feature

If you haven’t seen the recent post by Molly Mesnick (Bachelor ’13 winner), you may have missed the exciting DIY projects that our customers have been doing! (Don’t worry, you can find her blog post right here!) Along with the cool projects Molly mentioned, we also had a customer from HGTV order some of our Clean Cut White frames for a special segment on DIY picture frames!

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Our frame can be seen in their flash card example – They spray painted our Clean Cut White frame to match the color of the card! How cool is that?

Needless to say, we were thrilled to see both posts! Aside from being obvious good business plugs, we love seeing our frames put to use in creative ways. From matching colors with spray paint to re-wrapping our moulding with colorful patterns, we’ve seen a lot of great DIY concepts for our picture frames. In fact, many of our products end up on Etsy stores, where customers will use our frames in their artwork or craft projects and sell it as its own photo frame! Even better is the price point, where customers can make a nice profit from their work from simply decorating a frame to their heart’s content!

What exciting kinds of DIY projects have you found? If you haven’t caught up on this trend of cost-saving and niche design, have a look at Pinterest (making an account is free!) and search “DIY”. You’ll find some great inspiration for your own hand-made projects, whether that’s picture frames or making your own furniture! You can also follow us on Pinterest while you’re at it, where we not only share information on picture frames, but also DIY inspiration as well!

What other sorts of fun projects have you taken lately? Leave a comment below and we’d be glad to feature it in a future blog!

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Frame USA Cincinnati Retail Store: Open to the Public!

Frame USA Cincinnati Retail Store Re-Opens

Back in September, we closed our doors to remodel our retail store located in Cincinnati, Ohio. While there was nothing particularly wrong with the store, it was a bit too large for what we were trying to accomplish. Demands change, artists change, and framing changes. Likewise, we thought it was time for our shop to change! Frame USA Cincinnati promises to be a big deal for the local art community.

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Our new layout is much more inviting, conservative of space, and focused to give you a better experience.

Frame USA’s retail store went under a very big remodel. Rather than expand and offer more ready-made selection, we decided to downsize and become more efficient. Frame USA Retail Store will now function much the same as our main website. We have a wide selection of Corporate, Closeout and Architect frames ready-made and available to you, but for everything else, we make it to order!

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Our frame moulding wall. Anything you can see, we can make!

We also brought some features from our website into the store. Remember Build a Frame? We have all of our websites available and open to the public, whether you’d like to search for posters on Posterservice or run through some options on Build A Frame. We also have our custom framing station back, where our friendly staff can guide you through the process of selecting and designing your framed art to perfection. This, of course, remains at the lowest prices on the market!

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Plenty of natural light helps keep our framers energized and better able to help you design your frame.

Our poster inventory has also been reduced in the store, but never fear! Using the touch screen, you will be able to find anything you’re looking for. Our easy-to-navigate website allows you to search for nearly any image you can think of, from decorative art to Bob Marley prints. Just ask one of our employees and they’ll be glad to find the print for you. You can also visit Posterservice.com or FrameUSA.com and we would be glad to pull the items for you ahead of time.

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Located by the counter, this touch screen allows you to search all of our websites for items you need!

 

Frame USA Cincinnati
The art wall is back!

Have you stopped in yet? Let us know what you think!

 

225 Northland Blvd.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246


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Frame USA's New Site

Frame USA Launches New and Improved Blog

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Frame USA is always up for a good challenge. With today’s new media tools, companies create a new way of interacting with our customers. Hopefully with our blog, we’ll be able to do that for you! Here you will find all of our latest stories, tips, deals, picture frames and charity initiatives tailored specifically for you. If you have any questions regarding our products, services, charities or more, e-mail the editor.

We look forward to interacting with you, and sincerely hope you enjoy your experience with Frame USA!

May and June Charities–And One Awesome Painting

Every month, Frame USA performs a charitable service as an outreach to our community. During May, we sponsored Visionaries and Voices; a not-for-profit organization supporting artists with disabilities. We currently host one of their two studio locations in our retail store, and during this last month, we displayed some of their current works of art for sale. We also purchased one of their fabulous paintings.

Coming this month, we plan to support CAIN (Churches Active in Northside), which is a non-profit faith-based organization of neighborhood churches in Northside. Each month, nearly 400 vulnerable families rely on CAIN’s emergency food pantry, help with rent and utilities, access to federal benefit assistance, and other services. CAIN’s Rainbow of Choice Food Pantry had 4,198 visits in 2010.

Featured Frame for February

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Clean Cut Picture Frame Series

One of our most popular frames is the Clean Cut Wood Picture Frame Series.  The Frame USA Clean Cut series has been called fun and classy, offering your choice of five consistent, cool colors in a modern, contemporary profile.  Its unique feature is its inner and outer natural wood edge.  Clean Cut looks great for framing artwork, awards, or photos with bold, vivid colors, as well as those with light undertones.  Try it anywhere from kids’ rooms to the boardroom!

Pillar of the Community

An important, fun, and personally rewarding part of what we do at Frame USA doesn’t have anything to do with manufacturing or selling wood picture frames or doing anything else related to frames.  It’s our company charity initiatives.  Our founder and CEO Dan Regenold has integrated a culture of giving into our company makeup.

We have a Charity of the Month featured on our website home page to support mostly national charities, and we support local charities through our warehouse outlet store.  Dan’s favorite local charity is the Healing Center, an organization that serves many members of our community who need help.

The most fun we had with a charity drive during this last year might have been participating in the “Pie in the Face” event in April, but the biggest drive of the year was “Fill the Truck” during December. That was fun, too, especially since we filled a whole trailer truck with donations for the Healing Center for the second year in a row and received many donations to help other charities this year with ten additional trucks at different locations.

Our company tries to make charity events fun for us, and we have a lot of fun with them.  But the most personally rewarding part is the feeling that, besides doing our jobs, we get a chance to do something to help people in need.

On January 18, we received an additional benefit from our charity initiatives—a dose of public recognition.  Frame USA was honored to receive the Medical Mutual 2012 Pillar Award for Community Service, presented by Smart Business during a banquet held at the Duke Energy Convention Center downtown.

As members of the Frame USA team, we want to thank all our customers, friends, vendors, and other businesses who helped us Fill the Trucks and donated to our other charity drives during the year.  We couldn’t accomplish much without your help.  And thanks to Medical Mutual and Smart Business, too, for the much appreciated recognition.

But speaking of doing our jobs, it’s time to get back to work.  It’s time to take care of our customers who want to buy picture frames.  We enjoy doing our best at that, too!

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