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9thLife
« on: March 02, 2009 11:23:02 AM »

Hi there, first off I thank anyone who takes even a moment to even read this! 
This past December I bought a store I had worked in years ago.  I am in Baltimore City in MD.  The store is doing ok finacially.. could be better, and thats why I am trying to expand onto Etsy, and making the website and myspace for the store itself more interesting.  So if anyone has ANY comments, ideas, thought's... anything I would love some feedback. 
Also I am currently borrowing a Kodak camera for my etsy use...  Should I buy a better camera then that?  Any suggestions?  I can take all the help I can get as this now will be my source of income...

Links are in my signature.  Thanks so much!!
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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2009 05:30:35 AM »

Congrats on the store! I have no advice, though...except that in your sig, the etsy URL is backwards. It should be 9thlife.etsy.comSmiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2009 09:11:16 AM »

Silly me, thanks!!
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PonyHuetchen
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2009 01:56:48 AM »

First of all: I really do like it. I like the style & the stuff you're selling.

If I were you I would think a little bit about branding & marketing. You've got a great logo, so why don't you put it together with your web adress on your Etsy pictures (btw: I would invest in a better camera and try to make the pictures more interesting)? I would also think about a "real" homepage with an onlineshop, not "just" a blog and put pictures of the store on it.
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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2009 12:04:54 PM »

Thanks!  I totally get what your saying about the branding and marketing, I've been thinking about that myself.  You say to put it with my web addy on the pictures?  Like.. how some people watermark them?  That sounds like a great idea.  I really would like to have a regular homepage...  That might have to be a little into the future... a the moment I'm lucky to have that.. someone is hosting it for me for free and set me up with wordpress for a lack of knowing any better on how to make the page.  But I really would like to get a better page in the future.  Maybe if I just clean it up a little... Or seriously study on how to do something better with it.  Thanks alot for the comments!!  Great ideas!!
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2009 01:53:33 AM »

Marketing and branding can be kinda tricky, but there are resources on the net whcich explain it much better than I could:

try indiepublic.com or indiebizchicks.com (the free part has usual enough tips & hints to get you going).

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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2009 11:56:01 AM »

Follow up with your customers is good practice. You are off to a good start. Other businesses are also starting to get websites.

A birthday registry with a offer of some sort of discount or free gift offer will encourage customer loyalty and repeat business.  Smiley also ... on down times...maybe offer a discount on something to encourage people to run to your store.  Wink just a couple suggestions to help. The library will have lots of books to offer on marketing ideas too. Hope I gave you some helpful tips, let me know. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2009 09:34:06 AM »

You may have done this already, but start a facebook and myspace. I know it sounds weird for a business but once you get your loyal fan base, others will start to notice. There's a shop around here that posts on facebook when they have sales and with what's new and all.

And search for everyone in your area. Friend them.
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