Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
I've added a third shop over on ArtFire and am slowly populatiing it. Three shops is a lot to handle since every venue has a different social and graphical structure. I am so spoiled by being a part of both the CCCOE and EtsyIrish forum threads where we know each other well. There's nothing comparably active that I've found on either ArtFire or 1000Markets, although ArtFire's chat function might be more dynamic...
On another note, I was looking through the hearts on my Etsy shop tonight and discovered a new seller. One of the things I like about selling online is that you've got all sorts of regional marketplaces all subsumed in this international venue. The midwestern crafter in the U.S. side by side with someone in Thailand or Sinagpore. New York and Minnesota, California and Tennessee, Louisiana and Ohio. Different crafts, different trends, different histories, different stories. All ages, men and women, children, collectors, crafters, craftspeople and artists, pragmatic and profane.
Friday, February 6, 2009
This was a big week for my shop. I made several series of cards, which are sampled above; I bought my first ad on craftcult.com, and the CCCOE handmadeincalifornia gift guide went live, where I have both a listing and an ad. I also joined the EtsyTwitter Team, have been using Google Analytics, and uploaded my shop to Google Base using LetsEts to format the .xml file. I tried Twitter Magpie and junked it, preferring my own Twitter postings to using the site just for ads or promotion.
Another thing I did that was kind of fun was have a great 15-minute sale (any five cards for $10), which I announced on my team threads and on Twitter. Maybe next time I'll list it in the promotions section of the Etsy Forums. I might even do that tonight just to see what kind of results I get.
I also made my first two sales in my 1000 markets shop -- very exciting. And I went through and changed the exposure on 150 photos and then reloaded them to both my Etsy site and my 1000markets shop. I cleaned up my Flickr site, too. And I found out that I have been on a few front pages recently. The next thing I'd lilke to start doing is blog interviews again -- that was fun and it's exciting to learn about and promote other people's shops.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The incredibly talented CraftyWren, a.k.a Shop Whimsy is the graphic designer who put this amazing site together. She has an able crew of CCCOE members who are also working on a constant basis to write up Spotlight articles (OhMay Designs) or curate the collections on the front page (ButtercupBloom). You can find the gift guide here.