Fluffy Girls Need Love!


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I hate, detest and despise the label “Plus Size” and will never refer to myself as a plus size woman. I would rather call myself “fluffy and fabulous”. What I despise even more is having to travel up a hill, through a valley and down into a cave to find the plus size department.

At Target, after passing the tweens and ladies department, the plus sizes are in the very back of the store, near the maternity department and the dressing rooms.  One would assume Target is attempting to hide us!  According to market research conducted by the NPD Group, plus size women spent $21.4 billion in 2016, double the rate of overall apparel sales. In 2020, sales of plus size clothes are predicted to reach $24 billion yet I have to use a magnifying glass to find the plus size department.[i]I appreciate Target’s recent attempt to redesign the plus size department. It’s a start but more needs to be done!

On the other hand, Carson’s and Meijer has it right! Several years ago, during my very first visit to Carson’s, the gates of heaven opened up when I arrived in the plus department after a 3-hour journey up an escalator, pass the teens and ladies departments (see the trend). The plus size section consisted of 3 large (no pun intended) sections with correct size mannequins and a designer section that included Michael Kors and Calvin Klein.  Sadly, Carson’s will be closing soon and will be missed.  Despite not having the same selection and quality as Carson’s, Meijer has an exclusivity approach with their women’s department. All sizes are located in one area. Imagine that! The plus sizes are not relegated to a lonely corner. 

Fluffy Girls Unite and Demand to Be Seen!

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[i]https://retail.emarketer.com/article/bright-spot-fashion plus%20size/5908fd49ebd400097ccd5f85?ecid=NL1014



How to Promote Your Brand in 140 Characters or Less

pexels-photo-109371As of the third quarter of 2016, there were 317 million monthly reasons why businesses should promote their brand on Twitter1. Most Twitter users visited Twitter multiple times throughout the day to keep abreast of the news, read tweets from their followers, look for deals, and tweet @realdonaldtrump. Admittedly, I am that person.  The challenge for most brands are to gain brand exposure, followers, and conversions from Twitter using 140 characters or less.


When composing your tweet, your message should focus on what action you want your audience to take, and the impression you want to leave after reading your tweet. With 140 character limit, and milliseconds spent reading a tweet, your content must be precise and to the point. Most users, like myself, follow brands they like, and look for notification of special offers unique to Twitter followers. Followers of your brand want rewards for following your brand. When a tweet includes an offer, your followers will reward you by sharing your tweet, thereby increasing your brand exposure.

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On September 16, 2016, Twitter removed the above items from their limited character count. Adding a GIF or photo near your text will attract more attention to your tweet. Animated items, such as GIF, are visually appealing and will attract more attention which may increase the likelihood of your brand and tweet being remembered.

Timing of Tweet

“Timing is everything”. When you tweet is just as important as what you tweet. The day and the time of your tweet can impact your brand’s exposure. Tweeting at 3:00 AM EST, the same time as President Trump, are for those night owls.  The best time for your brand to tweet would be during Twitter’s most active time period, 11:00 AM EST – 3:00 PM EST2.  Tweriod, a free service offered by Twitter, will send email alerts notifying your brand of the best time to tweet based on the activities of your followers.

Twitter and Facebook

 Facebook users have 63,206 characters to compose a message. That’s 63,066 more characters than Twitter. While your Facebook followers are different from your Twitter followers, your brand message will be the same. Linking your Facebook and Twitter page will allow your Twitter followers to view your message in its entirety.

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Thank You!

Detroit Digital Girl


1 https://www.statista.com/statistics/282087/number-of-monthly-active-twitter-users/

2 http://smallbusiness.chron.com/peak-times-twitter-activity-62864.html