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Cherry Hills said it Best so far and I Agree...

PLEASE put the new wedding blog/pinterest/catalog page IN DISCOVERY
And give us our wedding categories back!

CATEGORY EQUALITY FOR ALL!!

CherryHills from CherryHills says
I am still here too. And if there was any question to what I think (LOL)

PLEASE put the new wedding blog/pinterest/catalog page IN DISCOVERY
And give us our wedding categories back!

CATEGORY EQUALITY FOR ALL!!

Posted at 4:54 pm May 2, 2012 EDT - Report this post

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DITTO!!
Etsy Weddings e-mail came. It sure would have been nice to have those links, link to actual searches instead of the wedding page when it says shop more.
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Weird some do and some don't
Hi guys
I sat back and did a lot of thinking.

I think for one all are probably aware that because the "Etsy People" have folks they have to answer to this has become a real issue for them. They could potentially loose many customers (us) . If businesses go into a slump for over a month (small businesses) it can be very bad news. But they have other ppl' involved who have more to do with this then we even know. It is a very large online business.
I think the only WAY to get any answers is really to KEEP posting questions on one forum. If we stick to one forum there are less "things" they need to read. Here are a couple things I believe may be happening...
1) these forums are not really being read. The interest is not there for them
2) They ARE reading them and have already made up their minds that no change will be happening
3) This was not a well thought out plan...they saw some trendy things and went for it. They let it loose to fast with out being ready with answers.

Also, I think yes , Batcakes is right...advertise EVERYWHERE. I advertise everywhere because I have over 4000 clients and customers for 4 different businesses. Besides what has been mentioned...sign up on Linkedin, Merchant circle, Tumblr, Craigslist (it's 3 bucks to advertise) and there are more out there. ( I am on Etsy to be able to slow my roll and end a few businesses, due to the economy ). So hit up free classifieds etc;

BUT we also can not ignore what is happening. My customers would be appalled if I were to ignore them. I get 30 calls a day ...and "I" a one man show is capable of calling every single one back in a short time...
If we are seeing no real feedback from them there is a reason.
But they need to. Money is being lost for US.....not talking about ETSY>
But we are "the little people".

The other thing I am seeing....PPl' afraid to post "what they know" and "how the feel"...They are emailing me. Do not be afraid to talk. As business owners and Etsy customers we have every right to ask away...
And not to be shut down. But do it with grace and class. They won't shut down a shop if you are not threatening, swearing or harassing them.
You have the right to be heard.

Right now I think someone should start a NEW post called "Wedding categories" and just start adding your stores, treasuries etc...
Add that link to every single place you advertise. On Etsy and off Etsy.
Make wedding treasuries constantly...
(Link the forum to EVERYTHING)
Off site I would hold off saying to many negatives about Etsy...ppl' will think as a whole Etsy is "bad" and we will loose even more business.
I have already had several brides to be say...NO WAY, I heard the registry is bad". I for one do not like it.

This is the best way to post...
1) First ask your questions
2) then write ALL of the things you are concerned and upset about.
(do it over and over)
The other thing to do...it may bring you SOME business is to do new titles and tags and completely get out of weddings titles for a while.
IF you have been in the registry or want to be ...believe you don't last long. And they may have it set up to only hit you up one time.
Add everything "wedding related " to the new post.

I am hoping everyone reads this and re posts it.
PLEASE RE POST IT>
This could help get some formation to what is going on...

Thank you everyone,
Anita
I am just glad Whichgoose is on the finds Newsletter because I swear that designer helped popularize that look on Etsy. She's been plugging away here for a long time. I may have been offended if she wasn't there!
Thank you Anita!
CherryHills from CherryHills says
I am still here too. And if there was any question to what I think (LOL)

PLEASE put the new wedding blog/pinterest/catalog page IN DISCOVERY
And give us our wedding categories back!

CATEGORY EQUALITY FOR ALL!!

Posted at 4:54 pm May 2, 2012 EDT - Report this post
Laura avatar Admin
Hello,

I've seen some great questions in this thread and below I've provided answers. It takes time for our team to read and process all the feedback in the forum so we thank you for your patience as we respond, share feedback with our team, test, and make improvements.

Do I need to categorize my item as ‘Weddings’ during the listing process for it to be eligible to show in the new weddings category?
--When looking for items to show in the new weddings category, our system performs multiple searches on Etsy, combines the results, then looks for items that are relevant, and displays items in order of relevancy. How an item is categorized during the listing process does not impact whether the item is eligible to show in the new weddings browsing category. Instead, our system looks at an item’s title and tags amongst other factors.

If I categorize my item as ‘Weddings’ during the listing process, what effect will that have on where my item appears?
--If your item is categorized as 'Weddings': If a shopper performs a search on Etsy, when relevant, there will be an option in the left-hand navigation to refine by ‘Weddings’ which will show only the items that have been categorized as ‘Weddings’ during the listing process. This week we'll also be introducing a wedding category search at the bottom of the wedding category shopping pages that will link to items refined by 'Weddings.'

--If your item is not categorized as 'Weddings': If you decide to not categorize your item as Weddings, and choose say Jewelry, then your item will appear in the Jewelry category, and also be eligible to show in the new Weddings category -- if relevant. However, when people search on Etsy, if your item is not categorized as 'Weddings', then your item won't show if people choose to refine by 'Weddings' while searching. And when shoppers are on the weddings category page, any links to wedding-related searches will not include your item.

--How to categorize your item is a choice that each shop can make, however, no matter the category you select, we encourage you to choose one that is most relevant for your item.

During the listing process, does using the occasion attribute affect inclusion in the new weddings category?
--Not currently. We're collecting attribute information for items during the listing process and plan to use them in the future to help buyers find your item. If you currently use tags for recipient, occasion, or style you should continue to add those tags.

Didn’t we switch to relevancy on category pages a while ago?
--No. The default sort order for search results has been relevancy since August 9, 2011. However before Saturday, April 28th, the sort order for all category pages on Etsy was recency. On Saturday, for the first time we switched the sort order for the wedding category from recency to relevancy.

Why does the look of the new weddings category differ from other categories?
--Etsy has not updated the look of its category pages in a while. We’re exploring other ways to improve the buyer experience and one of those ways is through a new UI (User Interface). Our goal is to eventually have a consistent look and feel across Etsy. We’ll continue to do user testing, gather feedback, and make tweaks to ensure it is a success.

Should I cancel my ads?
--I’ve noticed some people have confused Search Ads and Showcase Ads so I first want to ensure everyone understands the difference between the two. Search Ads are displayed on Etsy search pages. Showcase Ads are displayed at the top of corresponding category pages. When we introduced the new weddings category, we removed the ability to advertise at the top of the category. Although we’re not offering advertising at this time for the wedding category, we’re exploring future opportunities. Meanwhile, if you’d like to participate in Search Ads, you can find more information here: www.etsy.com/help/article/1034

Can you add a link to search at the bottom of the wedding subcategory pages?
--Yes. This week, not only will we be introducing a search bar at the bottom of the wedding subcategory pages so people can search for anything they would like, we will also be removing the language ‘No more items to display’. We want to make it clear to buyers that there is more to explore on Etsy. In addition to the search bar, there will also be the option to click on suggested search terms and will be brought to a search page that’s refined by ‘Weddings’. Our system determines these refinements by looking at whether items were categorized as ‘Weddings’ during the item listing process. Here is an example of a search results page for ‘cake toppers’ refined by ‘Weddings’:  http://www.etsy.com/search/handmade/weddings?q=cake+topper&view_type=gallery

Is there a way to tell how much traffic/sales I get from category pages?
--Currently, in Shop Stats, you can see how many views you’re getting as a direct result of category pages, but not orders. We’re exploring ways to give more visibility into how your shop is performing.  

If you have a question about your shop, please contact our Support Team:
www.etsy.com/help/contact
Yay! Thanks fo the search bar. I am SOOOO looking forward to it.
OMFG Thank you for this:

"Can you add a link to search at the bottom of the wedding subcategory pages?
--Yes. This week, not only will we be introducing a search bar at the bottom of the wedding subcategory pages so people can search for anything they would like, we will also be removing the language ‘No more items to display’. We want to make it clear to buyers that there is more to explore on Etsy. In addition to the search bar, there will also be the option to click on suggested search terms and will be brought to a search page that’s refined by ‘Weddings’"

I appreciate you coming in and answering some of our questions. It is nice to have a timeline and I appreciate all the hard work being done to ensure this is new pretty interface is both user friendly for our buyers and lucrative for the sellers and etsy :)

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