Guide to Surviving Regretsy
|NiftyKnits was featured on Regretsy, her items are adorable!|
What if you found out one of your items was on Regretsy? How would you feel and how would it impact your business? Would you stop creating or pack up your toys and go home? Would you question your creativity?
Well, it happened to me once (only once) and I’m still here to talk about it. No one told me. I noticed immediately my “Duck Ferry” assemblage went from a few views to several hundred, then to a thousand. I honestly thought I had made the front page of Etsy! My Google Analytics jumped out of control and helped me solve the mystery. I eventually found my item on a Facebook discussion for Regretsy. At first I was in shock. It was more than a bit disheartening to hear the hundreds of comments and nasty remarks discussing my item. I will tell you the community can be a bit brutal. I wanted to cry…..but then a light bulb went off.
Soon my welled up held-back tears of sadness turned to joy. I realized the larger scale of what was happening. Them poking fun at my artwork had brought hundreds, if not thousands of new visitors to my art shop. This is widely due to the large following Regretsy has. Thousands upon thousands of followers and readers. I realized, there are some who read Regretsy just to find the strangest and weirdest (and maybe a tad bit horrifying) things to buy. Others (shoppers, bored housewives and even some Hollywood stars) frequent Regretsy. At the time my art shop was promoting a section where certain sculptures proceeds went to charity.
A week later, as the comments slowly died down on Facebook (they were already onto another find) and I sold a sculpture that I’d listed high for charity. Then I received a special order for another. I’m not talking small peas, I’m talking to the tune of a combined total of $1700. Over $1200 of that was donated to charity. I began getting more hits and more sales on both of my shops, and nearly sold all the stock in my art shop. I now only have one shop.
I realized this was strictly due to April Winchell putting me on her Regretsy site. Originally distraught, I was now thankful. I wrote April an email and thanked her. I told her at first I was really disheartened as I took a lot of pride in using recycled materials in my work. I realized however, thanks to her, two of my items sold for charity and her publicity directly resulted in those direct sales.
|AbsolutelySmall’s pillows are a worthy feature of a Regretsy book.|
I have learned that being on Regretsy can be a huge asset to your business. I have also learned that April is a real live person with a big heart who has used this “Regretsy” outlet to raise over $100,000 for charities. She also protects the integrity of some items on Etsy. For instance those that are mass produced (and pawned off as handmade) or vintage items on Etsy that aren’t really vintage. For example, once she posted a “vintage i-phone” that someone was trying to sell on Etsy. Many Etsians saw the post then reported the item as it was not at least 20 years old. It was quickly removed by the Etsy community.
So if it happens to you, here’s some thing to think about and consider before having a fit or breaking out the Kleenex:
|AutumnWindDolls has the right outlook.|
Strategy Guide & Fact Book to Surviving Regrestsy:
Do not cry or fret, as your horrific stardom is only temporary.
You should not take your item down, as it has good chances of selling!
Do not get upset, though the comments can be harsh remember, it happened to me and you are not alone.
Remember that any publicity may eventually turn to good publicity, and more traffic.
Look at the glass half full and toast your product vowing to make your next one a bit better and “Have no Regresty.”
FACT: The Regretsy Site is currently holding at a page rank five, so links to you can help big-time.
FACT: Tbe Regresty Facebook has over 100,000 followers.
FACT: The Regretsy Twitter Account has over 23,000 followers.
FACT: There are Regretsy books!
Read about April, how she donates to charity and how she started the site here.
Over $103,500 in charity has been raised (as of December 2009) by April & Regretsy Community read about it and find updates HERE on their charity page.
If I survived, you can too!
|I’m proud to be different.|