I learned that StumbleUpon will get you a ton of hits...Which does not translate into sales necessarily but hits none the less.
I learned that sometimes it is no so easy to stay confident...
~ * Buy One Get One Half Off!* ~
This weekend only. Buy one hair accessory and get a second one of equal or lesser value half off! Difference will be promptly refunded through paypal after payment.
Today I was on the front page for what seemed like just a few seconds. I got over 500 views from it and 30 new shop hearts. The item featured received 25 new hearts.
But I didn't sell one thing as a result...
What does it all mean!!!!??? This etsy stuff is hard....that's what it means. Featured, front pages, ads, free publicity, paid publicity. I'm really starting to thing that none of it matters. Its sort of just being in the right place at the right time and having the right viewer.
I think the only thing that we can do as sellers is just try to work on our craft more than our marketing. If you have an amazing product...word will get out eventually, right?
So far the things that work for me are: Facebook and $10 ads on Offbeat Bride. My two biggest hit makers are google and direct hits on etsy which cost me nothing.
What are your top 4 traffic sources?
Well, I learned that good things normally come in bursts. For example after not being in a treasury for a few weeks I was, in one day, in two treasury's and a gift guide AND I got my acceptance letter for a huge juried show (Holiday Hit List) in December.
Actually, come to this of it, that good day, which was Friday sort of steamrolled into the weekend and i managed to make a box full of awesome new fascinators, found time to keep up with listing new items, my weekend sale was successful...and i even cleaned my house and got chores done.
Ok so back to what I learned.
Twitter, on a daily basis does not bring me much traffic. For example, when looking at a single day on Google Analytics it usually ranks #20 or so. However, overall when looking at a few months, it makes it to #4. So I guess Ill keep doing it.
I've also learned to keep up with that sort of thing. Meaning you should just be looking at your hits but really thinking about where your traffic is coming from so that you can stop wasting time with avenues that are only bringing in 1 hit a day or whatever.
Looking ahead I'm thinking about doing a tutorial for a craft but I am trying to decide whether i want to do a video or picture tutorial. I'm thinking videos are usually more interesting.
Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!
wow, I can not wait to take pictures of the hair peices I made today! They might be the coolest yet. woot!
Thank you to anyone who has passed on my sale information. I have gotten 8 sales out of it! Granted they are mostly small ones, but that's ok!
Have a fantastic Saturday night!
So...this craft show, which was a really cool set up, was still not profitable for me.
Maybe craft shows are not my key to success. That's ok. I'll keep all my stuff for the big Holiday Hit List show in December and then maybe ill just sell it all as one big package - "perfect set up for craft shows, table, chair, canopy and lights"
For now I guess I'll just keep doing what works - creating and listing.
Oh and by the way - I have been going nuts with twitter lately. I have something like 325 followers so far and Ive been twittering multiple times a day. Well guess what...I haven't gotten any hits from twitter! What the? The funny part is that when i was using my personal twitter account for marketing i had way more hits from it.
Live and learn, Live and learn. jeez!
So...I have a craft show on Sunday. And then another on Wednesday and another at the end of the month. This week I have been frantically trying to finalize my plans for canopy/table/chair/lighting and so on. The reason its been sort of frantic is for a few reasons. The first show is indoor and i only need a table and chair. However the others are at night outside and during the day outside. So If I'm going to buy a canopy deal I better get the right size folding table now instead of having to buy another one down the road.
So i searched and searched for canopy's and did some measurements and holy cow a 10x10 canopy is WAY too big for me. I am a small person selling small items. :D
Eventually I settled on a 60x60 inch canopy (5x5 feet) and a 47 inch long table. I also went and bought a money box, receipt pads, table cloths and a mini calculator.
What makes me very happy is that now that I have all this stuff...I wont need to get it again! For the rest of the summer, Fall and Winter I can use this same stuff and all I have to worry about is making more fascinators! yahoo!
Anyone else preparing for craft shows for the first time?
There has been a lot of talk lately about including a free gift to your customers with your shipments. I myself have gotten a few great free gifts with orders and even when they are simple or cheap to make they are still a fun surprise.
So I decided to also jump on the free gift bandwagon and thought...what can i do with the leftovers of my craft? I have scraps of tulle & faux flowers which I finally decided would make fun little pins or brooches. All I had to get was some pin backings from the craft store and I was ready.
I have only given away 2 or 3 and have not heard any feedback about them yet....But I think they are fun!