Friday, May 29, 2009

It's all Greek to me

Here is a link to a fun feature on Google that came in handy for me when Randi sent me her summary of the last meeting in Greek. Try this with your friends, use Google translator to send them a message in another language! If the meeting summary is all Greek to you too, copy and paste the message to the google translator, and voila, it will appear in English. It was great to have such a good turnout at our recent meeting. Watch for the questionaire that will be coming out soon.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Getting Featured in June

Laura at LcsCottage let me know she was featured as a related item in this Storque article. The screen shot shows her hand dyed fabric on the page. Thanks for letting me know about the feature, and congratulations!

StudioCherie was on the font page with travel duffles on Memorial Day which leads me to this post about getting featured in June. Here is the full article in the Storque for you to review Etsy's focus for June. Since pearls are June's birthstone, I would bet there will be a lot of them on the front pages, just as there were a lot of green front pages in May. Fathers Day will still be promoted through June 21st, and here is a list of other things to think about, tag for, and offer in the month of June: Weddings, Americana, FolkArt, Nautical, Collecting, Garden Parties, Picnics, Housewarming and Hostess Gifts, Travel Friendly Toys, Bath and Body, Outdoors, Rainbows. Do read the article for more ideas on how your current items can fit into the focus. Here is another article by Lou Sagar on the art of collecting to give you an idea of where he is going with that.
Be sure to let Cherie know if you have been featured anywhere. It inspires us all to know how and when that happens.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Success Story

Heather over at CreativelyKept responded to Etsy's call for deals for their Graduation gift special email, and she made it into the email - which is also a Storque article. Great exposure! Congratulations Heather.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Gift Guide Update

Etsy is updating and changing the Gift Guides more than ever. They are really focused on making them a great sales tool for the site. The administrators at Etsy are the ones who choose items for the Gift Guides, but they do ask for nominations occasionally, so it is a good idea to check their blog, the Storque, from time to time. Once you get to the Storque, use the search bar to search words like vote, nominate, and gift guide. To check if you are in a gift guide, go to craftopolis and type in your Etsy username in the Gift Guide search box. Send a convo to studiocherie if you find yourself in one, so she can post the good news here. The screen shot above shows a new gift guide being featured on the Front Page with a StudioCherie item in it. In a Storque article, Etsy had asked for Fathers Day promotions, and Cherie submitted that item with a buy one get something else free promotion. From that submission, they chose the item for the Gift Guide, and we will see if it makes it into the promo email later this month.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Most Improved

Valerie at FortheLoveofPete has taken what she learned from Randi at the photography workshop and put it to good use. With her new photos, she landed a spot on the Front Page recently. I love what she is doing to show off her marvelous barkcloth bags. We all can learn from one another. I hope you are tuning in to every opportunity. I am sure Valerie would join me in saying, thanks for the great teaching, Randi.

Monday, May 11, 2009

June Merchandising on Etsy

Etsy publishes an article highlighting for us ways they plan to focus on merchandising during the upcoming month. Here is a link to their article for the month of June. Toward the end of the article, note that there will be a session on merchandising in the chat rooms of Etsy on May 15th with Lou Sagar, Etsy's marketing guru.

A simplified way to think about it is to focus on how you celebrate Memorial Day, Fathers Day, Graduations, and The Fourth of July, then ask yourself, what do I make that fits these events? There are email promotions going out to Etsy's huge email list for Fathers Day and for graduations. To put your promotion on the list for possible inclusion, there are links at the end of the above referenced article.

Here is a fun summertime selection from our team shops. By the way, it was mentioned that the front pages will be featuring rainbows, so if you have items that can be tagged rainbow, you might want to do that.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

More Front Pages Hooray!