Sunday, November 16, 2008

etsy tips!

There have been some chat rooms made with tips on selling and making your shop beautiful...well here is my list!


#1 keep your shop announcement short and sweet, people want to see photos load as soon as they click your site

#2 Having sections in your shop, keeps it neat and easy to navigate. noone wants to go thru 392 pair of earrings to find the necklace they want etc.

#3 in your profile make the shoppers feel at home, make them feel like they are getting to know you. but dont get too personal, there is a happy medium..

#4 list store policies payments accepted, shipping methods, return policies

#5 make sure your photos are crisp and clear, do your best anyway

#6 dont take photos on the floor, some people have allergies and that will turn them away immediately

#7 no clutter in the background, keep it neat and clean looking!

#8 show the texture of handknit items and get really close using macro setting for jewelry too

#9 people dont like to see earrings in real ears before they buy them

#10 mention in your shop if you have critters in your house, i am allergic to all animals with fur, so thats something i look for

#11 PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE mention if you smoke, or there are smokers in your house, it is really upsetting to get something that smells like an ashtray

#12 make sure to list measurements in the listing if there are measurments

#13 make a nice little description, give some background, maybe a fun story of you making it in each description

#14 use all of your tags

#15 if you ship internationally mention that in your shop announcement, tag international, and make sure you have your shipping options set up so people dont have to wait for an email in order to buy if they are from a different country

#16 make sure you list your city state and country there are cities all over with the same names, people wanna know where you are!

#17 send a thank you email when someone orders, that little courtesy goes a long way and makes people feel appreciated

#18 include business cards in your packaging, and maybe small gifts

#19 email people to check to see they liked the item if they still havnt left feedback after a while, it usually gets them to remember to leave feedback

#20 start a blog, do giveaways, twitter, myspace, check out and participate in forums and chat

#21 if you do trades, mention that!

#22 added by randi add a handwritten thank you note!

I had more the other day when I did these tips in a chat, but my mind is crazy as I think of more i will add them!!


Randi said...

I like to send a handwritten thank you note too.

disCARDS said...

these are great! i do pretty much all of them (though i have yet to run any giveaways through my blog). good ideas!

SillyLittleLady said...

Don't forget to comment on other people's blogs ;) I check out the blogs of people who post on mine, just plain curiousity

metafashiongems said...

Wonderful list!! I need to incorparate #14 more often, I often don't use all my tags. Starting a blog is a great idea, I've been meaning to do that! This is a great list and makes me feel like I'm on the right track as a new shop owner. I always try to send a personal note of thanks, or a thank you card!

Great Job!