Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Helpful Hints for getting Sales on Etsy!

I know this was posted a while ago but I will be making Small updates to this list since Many Etsy owners still visit here to read my tips New tips will have a RED mark next to them.

They are not in any specific order,some you may not have thought worked but they do, Here not even a year later I have hit 210+ sales & 700+ Hearts on my etsy store,Don't give up hope. You CAN do it too.

Helpful Hints:
1. This hint is more like a rule,Promotion is KEY. You might ask,well what are some ways I can promote my shop?
A.) Myspace,Facebook,Twitter,blogs,ect
B.) Any time you see someone who has a "fill this out to be picked to be featured","free promotion",or anything along the lines of that fill it out,it can't hurt anything
C.) Make business cards,many sellers will include your cards with their orders as a kind of "Please have a look at these shops also" gift package
D.) If possible make a flier or two,hang them up at local community colleges,or malls that get a lot of traffic always remember to make sure it is okay with them first
E.) Family & friends may come of help to you here,If they truly like your products let them wear it around,give them a business card or two for when someone asks about where to buy one
F.) I have found twitter really does work I have not received any sales from it yet(That i know of) but on the days that I do tweet my store traffic goes up by 100-300 views so it does help Boost your store traffic.
G.) Buying AD space can really boost your views,sales,fans & site traffic

2. When listing your items: Make sure to keep an eye on what time of day it is,if its too early not as many people will be on,If listing more than one item space them apart by at least an hour more people will see your shop this way.
A.) Renewing your items, You don't have to go crazy & renew your products ten times a day to get looks,Once maybe twice a week would be just fine relisting isn't the key promotion is.Plus whats the point of spending $3-$6 relisting an item your only going to sell for $5,I have found that Renewing hardly helps at all if your Lucky you will get 2-15 new views

3. Host a giveaway You might be thinking why? Who doesn't love a giveaway,a chance to win a free hand made item? Weather you host a give away on your blog or on the etsy forums it Will draw people to your shop,it will give you an Increase in traffic,it will give you hearts & possibly some sales.
A.) Would you like me to host a giveaway for your store on my blog? Leave a comment here with contact info,Message me on my Etsy or my Email Burningmoonproducts@yahoo.com (Please make title line Blog Giveaway)

4. Make a blog You might have been like me in saying "Ah who needs a blog?", Blogs actually do help bring interest to your shop. If a teenage female is browsing blogs & spots a pretty set of earrings she likes & reads about a give away on etsy but didn't know what etsy was before reading your blog,Then right there it is bringing in out side members to view your products.Always remember you can't expect people to find your blog out of thin air you Also need to visit other blogs if you follow them & comment them most will follow or comment you back.

5. Chat Chat & Chat some more, Yes it sounds silly at first but it works,if you hang out in the chat rooms or the forums you will meet many new friends,& future costumers if they like what they see.You may not think this works but it in fact does I have received a custom order from participating in a thread called "Would you buy from the store above you?",Also check out the Alchemy section for products you might be able to make

6.Photographs are very important to your customers, If they photo distracts them from the item they may want to leave,If you have a very natural color say a pebble or rock pendant I would not suggest placing them on other rocks to photograph them instead try a nice background or maybe grass. If you have a bright product don't make the customer over whelmed by adding a bunch of other colorful items to the photo it will draw their attention away from what you want it to be on.

7.Join a BNR - A BNR stands for Buy n Replace I know your thinking why should I buy to be able to sell? BNR's are actually very helpful let's say you spend $5 on someone's shop then you will get any where from 3-5 points (most uses stars or hearts to show points),Each point is One person who will buy from your shop,so not only will you get the $5 you spent back but you will also get more back from the other sales you have made,ALWAYS remember to look for the newest list of stores to shop from they are usually on the last few pages of the BNR thread chat in the thread you have entered.BNR's will get you sales,hearts,views & make you new friends.* Be sure to talk to a few of the members BEFORE you join some BNR's can really screw you over if your not careful look for a trust worthy bnr*

8.Product Description, Although your Product description Doesn't need to sound like a magazine ad there are a few Key points that should be added to your Item description Always remember to list the measurements of the item no matter what it is,it will have a Height & Length & Width.If your product is shown on a model & its NOT the same item your customer will be getting let them know that the item on the model is for modeling purposes only & they will be getting one that has never been worn.Some of the items other do Not like seeing worn by others before they buy them are Earrings & Hair accessories Usually everything else is fine on a model.

9.Place an Ad or two ,Most blogs will offer Ad space for little or no money if you can find someone who is offering free slots take your chance & Seize it they are usually hard to come by.I find it easiest to post an ad or two on blogs that offer cheap add space,the more followers the better views your shop will get.Want to place an ad on my blog? You can put up your 125 x 125 ad on my blog *Please visit the Promotional Information section for Details,I get over 4100+ Unique visitors a month *. Limited slots open each week please message me for more info.Profits go towards Buying more items for Giveaways on my blog & covering shipping.

****10. When shipping your products,I would suggest getting Delivery Confirmation for your packages that are worth $20 or over this will help both you & your customer feel more secure about getting their items,Tracking Confirmation costs $0.80 But remember you can not get Delivery Confirmation for certain countries.
A.) I have heard that if you know your customers FULL zip code it helps the postal service sort the mail faster & it will help your package reach its destination faster I have just recently began doing this & it seems to help. You can use the following website to find out their full Zip code: http://zip4.usps.com/


***11.Product Review*** ,98% of the time a Product review will bring you Tons of views & some sales to your shop from which ever blog you decide to do a product review with(My blog is Product Review friendly),What is a Product Review? A product review is where you would send a item or items from your shop to Me for me to review,I give my opinion with 100% Honesty about my thoughts on the Product(s) sent in to review.Some of the information that will be included in the Review are: Shipping speed,Packaging (If its in something fancy such as a gift box or cute bag it will be mentioned),The experience I had working with you,Things about the actual item will include Texture,Feel,Smell,Colors(Vibrant,Dull,ect),Materials used & What I think about the item.Some information on your Shop/Site will also be included in the review along with Pictures of the item I reviewed,Extra links to your products. *Products for a Review are supplied from the seller Free of charge*

Looking for cheap,but nice business cards? If you look at vistaprint.com you can get free business cards,address labels,stamps,magnets ect as long as your pay shipping (No it doesn't cost an arm & a leg). I use vistaprint & have not been disappointed yet.

I hope this helps some of you out there,Leave me a comment with your feedback please.Selling on Etsy takes time,patience & money in at the start but it will all pay itself off in the end.

If anyone is interested I like making Promo packs for other stores on Etsy I am Always looking for Business cards & samples to include in these., If you would like me to include your business cards & or samples please contact me either on etsy,my email or my blog & I will let you know where to send them please include "Promo" in the subject title,I use these to pass out at Craft Fairs,With orders,At crafting parties & More its great exposure & helps You gain sales.I wish you ALL the best luck in the world,You all have a great seller in you now its time to release them.


Etsy: www.Burningmoon.etsy.com
Supply Shop: www,BMsupplies.etsy.com
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/Burningmoonprod
Email: burningmoonproducts.com

51 comments:

  1. Great tips! I've made lots of sales from chat rooms and some from BNRs.

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  2. Great post and useful tips. I'd love to send you some cards if you'd want to include them in your promo packs.

    Here's my e-mail brizitka2001 (at) yahoo.com

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  3. Thank you for the great tips! You are so right about the forums... I have met many wonderful people there. Yay for Etsy! :)

    hellcatvintage.etsy.com

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  4. Great post, love these tips, very helpful! Just started following you, thanks for the support!

    LesleyAnne
    Pink Graffiti

    lesleyanne.etsy.com

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  5. Awesome hints...thank you for sharing. Thanks also for visiting my blog an commenting.

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  6. Thanks so much for the great tips! It always helps to know what works for someone else!

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  7. Fantastic blog!

    Thanks for your entry in my giveaway and your comments on my etsy shop - not much in there right now and waiting for my first sale... but your blog looks awesome - I have a lot of reading to do!

    Thea

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  8. I'm STILL confused about BNR's. LOL

    Great post here. Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving :)

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  9. Great Post. I have gotten several items from vistaprint including a banner that i use for festivals. They offer great deals.

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  10. These are great tips! I'm doing some of them already, but I see I can do definitely more! Thanks for sharing!

    [inkihandmade.blogspot.com]

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  11. helpful post! thanks for the giving! :)

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  12. Thanks for the helpful hints! I've been putting a lot more effort into promotion lately. For me, the hardest part is trying to find time as I have a full time job and commute 140 miles round trip daily.

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  13. these are great tips I am on a few great BNRS . I dont think I have had any direct sales from any of them but they are a great way to get to know other sellers- and I have found some great items!

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  14. Great post! Thanks for sharing! I just reconsider the BNRs.

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  15. WONDERFUL tips :) Thanks for sharing!
    31everything.com

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  16. I'm trying to enter your giveaway but can't click on your link. The "I" comes on instead.

    I do just about all those things you mention in your blog but have not done a giveaway. One of these days I'll have to try that.

    http://Giftbearer.etsy.com
    http://GiftbearerSupply.etsy.com

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  17. I'm not sure if that went through. Trying again.

    I'm unable to click through on your giveaway link. I get the "I" when I put my mouse over it for some reason.

    I'll have to try a giveaway sometime. I've done just about everything else.

    http://Giftbearer.etsy.com
    http://GiftbearerSupply.etsy.com

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  18. OK, now both posts posted at the same time.

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  19. Great tips!! And just in time for the holiday shopping season too! Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving! :)

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  20. Great tips! Thank you for posting these :)

    Kevin
    http://ilovehandmadeblog.blogspot.com/

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  21. Great advise Ty. My sister and I are very new to etsy. We are going to do all the things you mention. Thanks again Hugs

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  22. What great advice and thanks for giving us all this info

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  23. Great tips. Thanks!

    Ginnie
    http://www.SnazzySnugglies.etsy.com

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  24. Thanks for the tips! I'm definitely gonna give the BNRs a shot. :)

    Emi
    http://madaristocrat.etsy.com

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  25. Great info! Thanks for sharing.

    www.melaniealexandra.com

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  26. Great info
    Thanks so much for helping out other estians. Your wonderful.

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  27. Great info, thanks! I finally found out what BNR stands for. I too have just started a supply shop (along with my regular shop).

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  28. Very useful tips thanks!
    recently i'm more active in the forums! one thing at the time:)

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  29. I would love to send some cards to be included in promo packs!

    Please email me at corrie@toadallycute.com

    Thank you!

    Love the advice. I am off to start working on my blog!

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  30. great tips, many thanks for sharing :)

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  31. It is very generous of you to share so many great tips, thank you xx

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  32. Wonderful advice. Thanks for this updated re-post!

    Anyone want to work together with promo-packs, shoot me a convo!

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  33. great advice...thank u so much

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  34. These are fabulous tips! Thank you so much! :0)

    Candy
    http://www.serendipitylicious.com

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  35. Great post!

    Phantizm

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  36. KathysCrafts3o says

    great tips I"ve only been open for 1 month and half with only 1 sale thank you very much for the great tips.

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  37. Great tips thanks!

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  38. These are some great ideas! I am now following your blog :)

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  39. Hmmm... Very interesting. I think some of my items are great for Giveaways... Thank you :)

    inbalpoon.etsy.com

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