HOPE (Helping Our Passion Evolve)
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As we all know when we become part of a team in Etsy we become a family. I'm opening this thread to you to share your questions, successes, frustrations, etc.
Posted at 8:28 pm Jun 21, 2012 EDT
Paula ~ Let's start with Pinterest. Pinterest is basically like a "vision board" You post things that inspire you or that you simply enjoy from hairstyles to recipes, from places you'd like to visit to how you want to design the rooms in your house you name it you can pin it. Yes you can post your own items however the recommendation is not to make a virtual model of your already set up Etsy Shop. You are able to pin pretty much anything and from pretty much any source. You're welcome to visit and follow my pins www.pinterest.com/earkandy
As far as showcasing only one picture if you view the item and then add it to your favorite list I think you can do it that way.
And to change your featured items when you go to "your shop" drop down menu and click on listings and then on the far right of your screen you will see the section labeled Featured. You can unstar the items you have featured and then star the new items and of course
Leslie ~ Congratulations! :)
Posted at 10:22 am Jun 25, 2012 EDT
I just want to say how I grateful I am to have found this team! I came on board because I was on an Online Lab and liked Melissa's convo! She was helpful without being too condescending and just seemed so open! It really does feel like a family - I feel like I can trust all of your opinion's because I know you really CARE!!
This weekend's sale was great statistically! No sales but at least people are noticing - that's how it starts! If we continue engaging the customer with sales and contests; they will come to us! People need to feel comfortable about the products they buy. We're on the right track! Maybe, we can do a giveaway (Pinterest - Pin It to Win It works well and alhough it means giving away a piece, it also generates excitement or maybe an ETSY style contest...). I "pinned" a few of your items this past weekend and received a lot of REPINS!!! Especially your amore plates - Melissa!!!
Paula - if you want more info, send me all your questions to my email and will answer every one of them - at the same time will give you a list of pointers to better ur business! email@example.com
Daniela - I love your page! I guess when the right person comes along, they will buy. I've honestly seen many a page that is not to my taste and they have lots of sales! It could be a waiting game or we could rally together and do something every few weeks to attract the RIGHT customers.
Can't wait to see what's in store for all of us!!!! Have an outstanding week!!! xo
Posted at 12:10 pm Jun 25, 2012 EDT
Hey Mari! Thanks for all your info, I really appreciate the help. I'll have to re-check pinterest and also your site. You made it very simple to understand.... I have a tendency to make things more complicated than they seem!
It figures that to un feature something you'd click on it! DUH!
Also, thanks much Sabrina! It's nice to know I can contact you when I need to and I will definately take you up on it! Thank You!!!
This team is GREAT! :D
Posted at 12:50 pm Jun 25, 2012 EDT
I have to say, you guys are AWESOME! It seriously touches my heart to see so much care and support towards everyone in this team.
@Sabrina - Meli's convo in the on-line labs was what brought me to really be a part of this team as well! Her kindhearted nature and desire to learn as much as she could has been infectious and it is an attribute I greatly admire.
Although the views and stats from last weekends sale were great, I wanted to share a few other venues I heard of through others teams here on Etsy. There are two on-line shops I decided to join and "test the waters" to see how well my products would be outside of selling here on Etsy. If anything, its another arena to get our names and work out there for more people to see.
The first shop is called LilyShop. - www.lilyshop.com/
It was pretty fast and easy to sign up, and it was free! They charge a little less for listing items and you even have a blog page specifically for your shop that is a really nice feature. I was able to transfer my banner from Etsy to LilyShop and most of my shop policies, etc. So the info was already there, it was just a matter of learning how to navigate the site.
I did a little more research and LilyShop is still very new, with much less traffic than Etsy, but it has a lot of potential and it may be a good opportunity to start a shop there while it is new and you have a little less competition.
The only thing I have an issue with is the main page. They do not seem to have an area to show "newly listed items" and you rely solely on the treasury they decide to post on the main page or strictly searching for a specific item. All in all, its worth a little extra time to join and just see how things progress in your shop there.
The other site is called TrEmbu - trembu.com/
This site is very easy to navigate, has a great "about:" page for every shop and the main page does show newly listed items. I just joined yesterday and have had quite a few views on the three items I listed so far.
The only thing with this site is, they do make you pay a yearly fee of $6.00 to join, but you get free listings for up to 12 months. Not sure if this site may turn into an "ArtFire" issue (for those who do not know what Artfire is, you can visit their site here www.artfire.com/ ). Where they started off with minimal fees and then a year or so later started charging for everything. Many people left the site because of this debacle.
That aside though, for now, it is a wonderful site and even if you only stay for a year, it is another venue to get involved in. I never felt putting all your eggs in one basket is a good thing to do in terms of using Etsy as a sole means of selling work on-line. I know some folks here already have shops on Ebay as well, which is also a great venue, but seems far too over saturated to really be able to sell handmade goods at the prices our hard work deserves.
Anyhow, I apologize for such a long, long post. I hope these two sites may come in handy for others who wish to test the waters in another on-line market. Its worth trying out and definitely helps to teach a little more on selling goods on-line outside of the Etsy circles. Knowledge is power!
I hope the rest of this week is a wonderful one for everybody!
Posted at 1:24 pm Jun 27, 2012 EDT
Sarah that's a really good tip!, I just started my lilyshop and only have 2 items listed but I saw your mask made it to front page there when I signed up yay! ^_^ it is a fab idea to spread yourself out there....and since it's free to list, why not right?
I will look at trembu sometime this week and see.
One other venue I've seen is Tophatter tophatter.com/sign_up this is not the same though, it is more like ebay for handmade items, where you start off with a bid price and people bid to buy...I don't know how much I'll be willing to do this...I haven't read too much into it to see all the fine line and details but it is worth checking out and seeing if this works for anyone here.
Posted at 12:57 pm Jun 28, 2012 EDT