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Topic: HELP! Why am I not selling anything?  (Read 7281 times)
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« Reply #40 on: July 13, 2004 08:18:04 AM »

I agree w/crafty manca's suggestions. I'd also recommend that you try networking by selling your bags at craft shows and consignment shops, and pass out flyers or business cards promoting the site. When people see your bags in person and pick up cards/flyers, they may pass the information via word of mouth. They are great bags, but there's a lot of competition online so it will take some footwork to get the sales going.
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« Reply #41 on: July 13, 2004 09:07:42 AM »

I love your site. It's simple, ordering seems easy, prices seem fair. I would agree with what others have said here: advertising is key. I had mentioned this to someone else: It's important to have your brand name somewhere in your URL. I see you've accomplished that, which is good, repetition helps the brand name stick, and hopefully people will remember your site URL and be able to pass it on to friends. If you can hook yourself up with some more publicity, maybe through link exchanges, webrings, etc., I think you'll be well on your way! You can never spend too much time putting yourself and your name out there; it's a worthwhile investment of time! Best of luck!

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« Reply #42 on: July 13, 2004 05:46:43 PM »

I understand that with the super Galore number of original design craft websites on the 'net it's really hard to cash in on your talent if you don't put yourself out there in all the ways you can think of.  You could make a newsletter about your site, send it to all your friends andhave them send it forward and so on(kinda like a chain)...at least some people who read it will visit the site and you may get some business....also making flyers like poppet said and handing them out whenever you can helps, carrying around cards to leave at shops you visit or anyplace that young people go is also good.....remember that if you really want your business to work out you have to get it out there and get as many people as you can interested in visiting it and buying from it......it's hard work but the payoff could be great (and cashy$$$!) for you so good luck and keep on craftin'!
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« Reply #43 on: July 14, 2004 06:02:33 PM »

it may also be that your site doesn't draw the eye in at first glance. It would be better if you put the pictures of your creations before the introduction and welcome. I'd rather SEE what you're all about than READ it. Its a common internet reflex - pictures draw users in!
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« Reply #44 on: July 14, 2004 09:00:22 PM »

I would have prices on the page with your bags.  People don't like to dig around for that kind of information.  Something I'm doing right now is taking a million pictures of my shirts so I can rotate them out on my site.  It helps if people can see how the bag fits under the arm, or if it drags on the ground when carrying.  The other thing I would think, is the fact of it being on a free hosting site.  I aways turn when I see those kind of sites.  I know that sounds dumb, and i'm really not sure why I do that.... maybe the banner thing you have to deal with everytime you flip the page.  Feel free to email me if you like!

Check out other people's sites, and email them what they do.

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« Reply #45 on: July 14, 2004 09:31:51 PM »

The other thing I would think, is the fact of it being on a free hosting site.  I aways turn when I see those kind of sites.

I have to agree.  For one thing, it makes your site name kind of long and hard to remember.  Plus, it doesn't seem as professional as if you had a regular site.  You might think about registering a domain name and getting a "real" (for lack of a better word, I don't mean it in any kind of rude way) site.  It's not actually that expensive. 

I also agree that you should have pictures on the first page.  I never read introductions because frankly, I just don't really care all that much.  Show me the bags!
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« Reply #46 on: July 15, 2004 07:27:56 AM »

I have had my stuff up a year in Oct. and have only sold to familly members, I just look at it this way, I did it because I was not working and is my hobby and found a host to take care of the money stuff so its like a hobby gone public to me now.  I also do the graphic work and taugh myself that so its all a learning thing and so I just babysit it and wait.
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« Reply #47 on: July 17, 2004 11:26:14 PM »

Nice bags and nice quick loading site - always a bonus! 

Only thing I would change is the first 5 bags look like clutches - I would show them hanging - on a tree branch, on someone's shoulder, etc.

As far as marketing, always carry one of your bags and some simple business cards with your name and URL on them.  Anyone compliments your bag or asks what you do, give them a card. tell them that you're just starting out in business and ask them to visit your site and give their opinion.  You may want to list a few on ebay and say that you're making room for new designs and include your URL in the listing - that may increase traffic.

Also, list your site with the DMOZ. org search engine. It's free and that might help to boost traffic.

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« Reply #48 on: July 28, 2004 12:16:53 AM »

I'm also very close of opening up a handbag/etc shop on the internet (don't worry, no competition!). So what I'll say is mostly from things I;m planning  to do with my site.

The pictures: Yes, if you can, get some of your friends to model your bags (they're cute, by the way!). If one of your friends is good at taking nice pictures, use him/her! Go to a pretty place, a garden, somewhere in the city and take the pictures. Maybe a location that reflects the essence of your work. (a decent camera always helps as well)

And when you transfer them to your comp, try to correct them. As in contrast, color brightness and all that jazz. Hey, I can even do that for you. I noticed some of your pictures needed their contrast to be augmented. Drop me a line, if you're not too familiar with Photo manipulation!

Hope you sell lots more!

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« Reply #49 on: July 29, 2004 10:08:09 AM »

I have one suggestion to make: more professional looking pictures. Most of the pictures look like they've been taken in a back yard, or lying on a white bedsheet. They make it seem like a novice seller on ebay, and it really doesn't flatter your merchandise.  I'd suggest investing in a background or two (Check the clearance fabric at Walmart, and just buy a big piece), and having some friends model them (make sure they're wearing colors that will compliment whatever bag they're modeling). Your bags are adorable! I wish I had the spare cash to buy some!
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