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    Hello there!x I have just recently put up an online shop in Folksy... Just a few question really...

    1. Where do you normally promote your shop?
    2. Since you are selling items through photos, what tips can you give to make the most out of taking photos of your products?
    ♥ anna ♥
    http://artsofboredom.blogspot.com ~ a documented journey of an aspiring artist
    Likha Folksy Shop original handmade jewellery and art for sale
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Likha-...96601710364173 ~ Facebook Page

  • #2
    Hi Anna.

    Have you done a quick search on the site yet?

    I have barely started yet but feel well able to get started because of the huge amount of info that has been shared, from blog to website, pictures backgrounds to tabel coverings and all sorts of insurance and SEO stuff that I wouldn't have thought of (that I even know what SEO is is because of this site!)

    Happy reading and good luck!
    Do not watch this space

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    • #3
      Hi Anna

      Here's some for starters (although the previous answer is pretty comprehensive in terms of you being able to find out lots of ways of promoting what you do).

      For starters promote everywhere that you can online - I have a list that was put up on Etsy and I pop in everywhere I have time to and post - once I've made enough posts I'll be able to put the URL up!

      Facebook - I have a personal page (me) and fan page (Blackwillow) for what I do and I often tie to two together with a link to something - so then people who are my *friends* but not yet members of my Fan Page get to see everything too. As well as posting random nonsense that might inform or amuse people and make them more inclined to *like* me.....

      I see you have a blog so make good use of that.

      Get cards made and give them out, everywhere. If you go to a restaurant, pay your bill and leave a card. Wear your jewellery and if someone comments, give them a card.... leave a card where-ever you can......
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      • #4
        Originally posted by blackwillow View Post
        Hi Anna

        Here's some for starters (although the previous answer is pretty comprehensive in terms of you being able to find out lots of ways of promoting what you do).

        For starters promote everywhere that you can online - I have a list that was put up on Etsy and I pop in everywhere I have time to and post - once I've made enough posts I'll be able to put the URL up!

        Facebook - I have a personal page (me) and fan page (Blackwillow) for what I do and I often tie to two together with a link to something - so then people who are my *friends* but not yet members of my Fan Page get to see everything too. As well as posting random nonsense that might inform or amuse people and make them more inclined to *like* me.....

        I see you have a blog so make good use of that.

        Get cards made and give them out, everywhere. If you go to a restaurant, pay your bill and leave a card. Wear your jewellery and if someone comments, give them a card.... leave a card where-ever you can......
        I'm trying to promote my blog via my facebook and vice versa... I suppose it is just getting the right niche market who like these types of stuff... As of the time being, I been liking other people who are needing some likes too...

        Does giving cards really work?x Have you had someone contact you via giving cards away? I was just thinking that I would need to spend on buying business cards... is it going to be worth it???x
        ♥ anna ♥
        http://artsofboredom.blogspot.com ~ a documented journey of an aspiring artist
        Likha Folksy Shop original handmade jewellery and art for sale
        http://www.facebook.com/pages/Likha-...96601710364173 ~ Facebook Page

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        • #5
          Originally posted by StefC View Post
          Hi Anna.

          Have you done a quick search on the site yet?

          I have barely started yet but feel well able to get started because of the huge amount of info that has been shared, from blog to website, pictures backgrounds to tabel coverings and all sorts of insurance and SEO stuff that I wouldn't have thought of (that I even know what SEO is is because of this site!)

          Happy reading and good luck!
          I might just do that now!x If it helped you a lot, then I'm sure it will help me too!x
          ♥ anna ♥
          http://artsofboredom.blogspot.com ~ a documented journey of an aspiring artist
          Likha Folksy Shop original handmade jewellery and art for sale
          http://www.facebook.com/pages/Likha-...96601710364173 ~ Facebook Page

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          • #6
            Well to answer your questions
            1. Promote your shop with blogs and through forums like this.
            2. Get your images right and clean. They sell your products

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            • #7
              I don't think splatting the world with business cards works. I think you need to target them.

              For my day job, the Annie me buys things from other makers. I spot stuff I like at fairs, (I like to see and handle before I buy), I pick up a business card, use that to make contact, wheel and deal and place further orders, then the person goes into my Favourites and their emails are on my computer. From then on it's two clicks to pull them up again when I want more.
              The Annie me also visits schools. There I do a mailshot which does return about a 5% interest which gives me 99% bookings. Best marketing tool is word of mouth. 100% bookings that cost me nothing .

              The moonlighting Anna me gives cards out at fairs and with every purchase. It's the one's picked up at fairs that result in me being invited to other fairs. I can't see any sales coming from business cards but I can see visits to my website....

              (Annie does get loads of sales from both business cards and website visits but she sells stuff people NEED and can't easily get elsewhere. Anna sells stuff people didn't know they wanted and definately don't need. Something to ponder - or celebrate Anna makes any sales at all )

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              • #8
                I agree to most of the things that are posted above! As stated above flyers or business cards are a great tools for advertising. I can also recommend bookmark printing. It's a nice gadget for advertising purposes.
                Since business nowadays is so much about advertising you have to find innovative marketing strategies to keep or develop your market share. Printing bookmarks really worked for me. Still it depends on the products you sell. If you sell products for the everyday flyers,bookmarks and businesscards will work out pretty well. If you sell special products other marketing strategies(like SEO) might be better.

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                • #9
                  Good to hear the tips here - thank you everybody!! Good luck with your shop I am trying to get people to mine too...I'll let you know if anything works! xxx
                  Lucy Moseley Moseley's Giftware
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                  • #10
                    Product Photography

                    Hi there, hope the shop is doing well!

                    To answer your question on photography, there's a great article on the ToSouk.com Community page, which helps you to get the most out of your photographs. If you go to Tosouk, click on the Community Tab at the top, it's in the creative ideas section and is called Product Photography - Ten Tips for Shooting for the internet.

                    You could also invest in a 'light-box' or something similar, I use these for my products and if you google handmade lightbox you can even make your own quite easily.

                    In terms of getting your shop seen in a search engine, the SEO of your text is very important. There are a whole range of sites you could use, etsy, folksy, etc but i've found that ToSouk are quite proactive in helping sellers to get their shop seen, as they sometimes help you to SEO you're shop text. It's also completely free, without commision or listing fees which is an added bonus...

                    Hope the above photography article is useful!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by andy_b View Post
                      Hi there, hope the shop is doing well!

                      To answer your question on photography, there's a great article on the ToSouk.com Community page, which helps you to get the most out of your photographs. If you go to Tosouk, click on the Community Tab at the top, it's in the creative ideas section and is called Product Photography - Ten Tips for Shooting for the internet.

                      You could also invest in a 'light-box' or something similar, I use these for my products and if you google handmade lightbox you can even make your own quite easily.

                      In terms of getting your shop seen in a search engine, the SEO of your text is very important. There are a whole range of sites you could use, etsy, folksy, etc but i've found that ToSouk are quite proactive in helping sellers to get their shop seen, as they sometimes help you to SEO you're shop text. It's also completely free, without commision or listing fees which is an added bonus...

                      Hope the above photography article is useful!
                      Here's the link http://www.tosouk.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=20

                      Very good reading too, thanks.

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