Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tips to Marketing on Pinterest

I subscribe to Copyblogger, an online marketing resource for Wordpress.  You do not need a Wordpress blog platform, to benefit from their valuable information.  Most of their content is general online marketing tips.  Recently, they published a helpful 56 Ways to Market Your Business on Pinterest.  I wanted to share this information with my readers as more and more of us are becoming, self-admitted Pinterest Addicts.   I made sure I read through these 56 tips.  I have had sales from my pinning my own creations.  Some of my items had been sold after I pinned them, but because of the pins, I have had several requests for custom orders.  So I do believe in the potential Pinterest has to offer for the handmade community. I've never had that kind of interest come from other social media.  I have a wide variety of followers that are not necessarily in the handmade market, which I think is key!  

Interesting statistics about Pinterest:  

  • Pinterest has nearly five million users. 

  • Nearly 1.5 million unique users visit Pinterest daily

  • Those unique users spend an average of 15 minutes a day on the site.  (Although, I believe this to be on the low end)

The article breaks down to helpful Pinterest Marketing segments: 
  1. Beginner Pinners
  2. Intermediate Pinners
  3. Black-Belt Pinners

Go ahead, I encourage you to read through these 56 Ways to Market Your Business on Pinterest no matter where you are in the Pinterest stage.  





Sunday, February 19, 2012

Etsy Shop RSS Feeds Gone - Did You Notice?

I discovered a couple of weeks ago, that the Etsy shop RSS feed buttons are gone from shops.  Did you notice this?  I depend on the RSS feeds to help promote fellow artisans through Twitter and Facebook.  Have no fear, the RSS feed isn't gone!  I figured out a simple way to still subscribe to a shop's RSS feeds.  

All you need to do is go to a shop, and add "/rss" (do not use the quotes) in the address bar to the end of the shop address as pictured below.  

The screen will do a quick flash, and ta da... an RSS feed page loads and will look similar to the image below.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

On Fire For Handmade Featured Artist: Creations by Moonlight

This week's Featured Artisan is Allurynn - Creations by Moonlight! Beautiful creations by a very talented artisan! You can find Creations by Moonlight on:

Friday, February 10, 2012

Picked Again for Great Finds - Please Vote

I can't believe I was chosen again for Great Finds.  Perfect timing since this is my birthday weekend.  I came so close a few weeks ago and lost by 1 vote.  It would be awesome if I can get my pals to try again.  To win would mean a lot especially since I've come second every time!  I would like for that to change.  Can you help me out? 

One vote is all I need.  No voting multiple times.  Visit the Great Finds page, scroll down until you see a white box and vote for Finding Charm!  Vote now until next Friday morning. 

Here is what I win:
The theme is Waiting for Spring and I thought this bracelet was perfect.  

Thursday, February 9, 2012

On Fire For Handmade Featured Artist: Raige Creations

This Week's Featured Artisan is Rebecca Raige - Raige Creations!
Rebecca's creations are truly unique. Just in time for spring and summer, you have got to check out her "Tokini's" - they are just tooo cute! You can find Raige Creations on:

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Looking for Dog Bone Beads

I made a dog bone lanyard a few months back.  I picked up the beads at a bead show on a whim about a year ago. I sold the lanyard in December which turned out to be a gift.   

My customer contacted me on Monday for another one.  Low and behold, I get another request from someone else today for the exact same lanyard.  So I'm desperately looking for these beads. Colors don't matter, just the beads.  I've search high and low with every keyword imaginable and still nothing.  The bead show is coming back in March and she's willing to wait.  I explained how I got the beads, and I may not be able to get them.  I had no idea that this lanyard would be so popular.  I made a bracelet with the few I had left over, but not enough for a lanyard.  

The beads I used were Unakite and I was told Jasper for the brick red.  If anyone can help me track down these beads, I would be so appreciative. 

Thank you!

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