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« on: November 22, 2006 09:24:02 AM »

What you think? having two stores with the same name, I don't know, I'm worrie because in my etsy shop I don't have many sales. Cold you recomend any other form of sale my Bags?

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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2006 10:25:11 AM »

I hope you're not thinking you can just open a shop online and magically see sales happen. If you're not promoting your shop in other ways, an additional store will just be a drain on your time and money.

You've got some really nice things there, but you have to meet people who will want to buy them. Start with people you know. Have them wear/carry your stuff for you and refer people to you and your shop. They can also give you important feedback on what they require in a bag/whatever that you can use to improve your products.

I have products that are targeted to a specific career choice. I marketed the heck out of one aspect of my offerings, BUT it took me about 2 years to get to a point where unknown people are finally coming to me because they've heard of me from someone/where else. Other, older aspects of my business are now just becoming noticed as the product competition (and pricing of a handmade object) is fierce, though the competition of subject matter isn't.

I'm constantly looking to expand my marketing, whether it's signing up with another free online directory or a forum, print advertising, referrals and product offerings...I reconstituted a neglected shop I had and am promoting that as well, which helps with my rankings and referrals. Always thinking of the next move.

To sum up - if you want to be successful, you never rest.
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2006 10:37:40 AM »

I don't think there's anything wrong with using your company name on two different sales sites - eBay however doesn't tend to be the best place to sell crafts.  But good luck none the less!
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2006 02:12:53 AM »

I think the fact is PROMOTION, probably is what I need to do. thank you to share your thoughs.

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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2006 04:53:12 AM »

I agree on the promotion.  But the great thing about an online business is that you can appeal to people everywhere, not just where you live.  Therefore, I submit that you get a myspace acount (if you dont already have one) in your business name with tons of pictures of your goods.  Then, send friend requests to tons and tons and tons of people.  That way you can post bulletins, have a blog, send messages or comments to people.... Honestly, everyone is on myspace.  A lot of bands are getting known on that site and I've seen some artsy independent businesses too.  Plussss, my thinking is that you can give a website address to someone on the street but they still have to go home, sit down in front of their computer, remember the site name, and make the effort to go to your shop.  If you appeal to people online, all they have to do is click a link to see your stuff.
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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2006 05:52:25 AM »

It definatly can't hurt. I also have my business on both ebay and etsy. It took me almost a year to get a sale on etsy but, I hung in there and it did happen. Now it seems I have more and more, in the last month I have sold more from etsy than from ebay. Don't give up on it. It can take awhile. And like Craftychef said marketing helps alot also.
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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2006 08:22:50 AM »

I agree on the promotion.  But the great thing about an online business is that you can appeal to people everywhere, not just where you live.  Therefore, I submit that you get a myspace acount (if you dont already have one) in your business name with tons of pictures of your goods.  Then, send friend requests to tons and tons and tons of people.  That way you can post bulletins, have a blog, send messages or comments to people.... Honestly, everyone is on myspace.  A lot of bands are getting known on that site and I've seen some artsy independent businesses too.  Plussss, my thinking is that you can give a website address to someone on the street but they still have to go home, sit down in front of their computer, remember the site name, and make the effort to go to your shop.  If you appeal to people online, all they have to do is click a link to see your stuff.

I have myspace account, but honestly I don't how it works, I need to invite? or what should I do?

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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2006 08:47:30 AM »


I have myspace account, but honestly I don't how it works, I need to invite? or what should I do?



Edit your profile to be all about your company.  Here is a link of a vintage clothing business site that sells stuff on ebay so you can see what im talking about...
http://www.myspace.com/mousevoxvintage

There are tons of profile editors you can use to glamourize your profile.  Just do an internet search for myspace profile editors.

Next thing you'd want to do is start searching profiles and looking at other people (girls if you are wanting to sell bags and purses) to add to your friends.  You can browse profiles and just search for females in a certain age range or whatever.  Then when you view their page there will be an option that says "Add to friends".    Clicking this would send a message to them and request them to add your business as a friend.  You'll need to send friend requests to ALOT of people if you want this to work.

Now when you have friends you have the ability to do a couple of things.  First off we will talk about bulletins.  When you are logged into your account click on the home button in the toolbar.  You will see a bulletin section on the left middle of the page.  You will see an option to add a bulletin.  What this means is that whatever you post here will go into all of your friends' bulliten boards.  And anything that they post you will be able to see in yours.  This is great for sending something out that says.... new bag listed on etsy!!  Then all of your friends can read it without going to your profile.  These bullitens only last for a few days though and then are deleted.

The second thing you can do is post things in your blog that people will see when they view your profile.  These are more permanent.  You can check out ways to do that in the edit your profile section.

Ok... thats pretty much all I got for you.  Hope it helps.  Good luck!!

O... and when trying to uploads pics for your blog or bullitens you will want to use photobucket.
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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2006 09:41:24 AM »

great explination. I will set up my account on myspace absolutly!!!

thank you so much.
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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2006 04:43:45 AM »

here's another cool myspace profile of 2 girls that sell bags.  check it out....
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=114112018
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