Thursday, May 7, 2009

Marketing Tips - Part 3 - Spreading The Word

I think the most asked question on Etsy is, where do you promote your shop to get more business? First let me point out that promoting takes time, patience and some hard work. Shops that have been successful know, it doesn't happen overnight either. Today I'll list some of the ways you can promote your shop in brief detail so you'll have a starting point to work with.

Etsy Forums
If you haven't joined in, now is the time. A few pieces of advice, when posting, don't just post your item and run, go back through and actually click on everyone else's work and comment. If you are posting a link to a thread someone else has started, make sure you actually look at their item and comment before posting your link.

Blog your little heart out! Yes, we do want to read about your life as well as your business. I like when people mix up the two and I like to learn about new artists all the time. If you post links in the forums about your blog, be sure to go back through and read the other blogs. Subscribe or 'follow' and post comments on the posts that you find interesting.

Ok, I admit, I was skeptical of this one at first, but I have to say that I'm loving it! There is something about the instant gratification of posting and having 15 people immediately click on your link! I have gotten many views and some hearts in my shop since joining and several direct replies and retweets. It's a great way to meet fellow artists and just post about anything and everything, even the boring lunch you just ate!

Myspace is a great way to get your work out there through friends and family. You can either opt to have your Myspace page completely about your business or throw in some pics, links and blog posts every now and then. I'm in the process of redoing my page and will post links once I'm up and running.

All right, well here's one I just don't get. Only your friends can see your profile so I'm not sure how big of a role Facebook plays in the promoting game so if you have Facebook and have gotten results from it, please post a link here.

Project Wonderful
Project Wonderful is geared toward adding advertising space to a blog or existing website where people bid to put up their advertisment. Now, the banners can be made in several sizes; however, it is up the owner of the blog or site to determine what size is allowed on their site. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews on this and personally, I tried it, got a lot of clicks, but that was about it. If you have had success with this, please post a comment so others can learn about it.

Business Cards
Hand them out to everyone and anyone that will take one! It's a great way to get your info out there and let's face it, if you want something inexpensive there are plenty of sellers on Etsy that offer great packages or you can even go to a commercial printer and get a good deal.

Add a newsletter to your email, send it out to family and friends and ask that they forward it to anyone they think may be interested. By no means am I suggesting you spam all of your friend's friends! You can add a link that says subscribe/unsubscribe so if they want to continue to receive your newsletter they can do so very easily, if not, unsubscribing is just as easy. Create a link on your blog to let people sign up so they don't have to keep coming back to read your posts, they'll get it right in their email!

Show of hands, how many of you knew that you could get an ad free, customizable website, totally free? Did you also know you could get your own .com web address for the first year free also? Well, will give you all of this free! Yes, free! They have many templates available so you don't have to be a web designer to get a nice looking site either. You can use this to showcase your work, kind of like a portfolio, or you can even sell your products directly on your website! How cool is that? I would suggest using it as a portfolio until you gain a good following. We all know how great it would be to have a website all our own to sell our wares but let's face it, getting found on Etsy is hard enough, can you imagine how hard it is to get a website off the ground? The key is to start small and dream big!

My I have really rambled on this time. In the future we'll be visiting these topics in more detail, I just wanted to give you a good starting point and hope to see you back for more indepth information on how to get your business out there!

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AMIdesigns said...

Great tips, I haven't tried myspace or facebook as yet but I'm tempted

Oceanside Creations said...

Great tips! I have a facebook fan page for my business. Not sure if it's resulted in any sales yet but its one more way to get yourself out there.

Bead Up said...

Just what I needed to read this morning -- THANK YOU :)

Jenn said...

These are great tips! I have found Facebook to be awesome for me. Yes only my friends see my page, but what happens with facebooks new layout is this... one of my friends adds my facebook fan page to theirs, then one of THEIR friends sees that they added me, and so they check it out and add me. And so on. It really is a great tool.

Audrey said...

Thanks for the great tips!! I've got time to do some of them, but you are right - it can take a lot of time.
Promotion is key. But learning to promote yourself can be a full time job too. LOL

Renee[Q][C] said...

Great tips! I agree about Twitter, I love it! I did have a FB page but I didn't like it at all!

Happy Blogging!

Hollie said...

Great tips!

Christine said...

Good article.

I haven't had much luck with Twitter. I have a personal Facebook account and a Facebook business/fan page for my store. Looking for more fans for my page. I don't like mySpace, I tried to set up a personal page once and got frustrated w/ formatting it, so I don't have a mySpace page.

Trying to get into the habit of Blogging regularly.

StunningAnnaK said...

This is simply spectacular... Thanks for the pointers!

Maria Elena said...

Great tips! I haven't figured out Project Wonderful either, gave it a try and didn't get too much out of it.

DolceBaci said...

These are great! Thanks for sharing!

cabin + cub said...

Very good tips indeed! Am always trying to figure out new promo techniques.. thanks!

Cherry Tart Design said...

Thanks for all the wonderful comments, new suggestions and clarifications!

ThreadBeaur said...

Great info. Thanks for all the tips. Promoting is hard, and does take time. Persistence is key!

Bead Up said...

I actually have done a TON of business via Facebook. When I made my BeadUp "fan" page, I sent its link to all of my female Facebook friends (and a few guys, too!). Within days I had not only an encouraging amount of comments in reply, but also several orders through the site! I use it to update my "fans" of new items and my new blog! I would recommend it :)

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