Tuesday , 4 August 2020

Etsy Opens Doors, But It Is Up To You To Enter

Mahogany red faux tooled leather large tote

Mahogany red faux tooled leather large tote | by: HautTotes

When you open your Etsy shop there is work you have to do to get people to notice you  and start shopping.  As Melissa from HautTotes says “Etsy opens doors, it is up to you to enter, push through the crowds and up the stairs!”.  Here are Melissa’s tips for doing just that!

Melissa from HautTotes says:

Etsy opens doors, but it is up to you to enter, push through the crowds and up the stairs!

Etsy offers us a great place to showcase our items, but listing on Etsy is akin to staring through the open door of opportunity. It’s true that some can simply list items and make sales. For almost a whole year that is all I did and I sold ok.

But, I wanted to do more than ok and i realized that to do that *I HAD TO BRING PEOPLE TO MY SHOP!* I had to make my way through the Etsy crowds and try for the stairs.

At my one year mark in Sept. I had 400 sales, now 4 months later I have over double that!

How?

****I realized that for many buyers, buying handmade is as much about the artisan as the item. ****

People who buy handmade like the idea of the human hands that created their item. They want to know about you, they want to know what makes you create!!

**Never forget, Buyers are INCREDIBLY LOYAL to brands/artists they feel a connection with!!**

Social media is perfect for this!! Social media is all about connecting with people, not just being seen by them or talking to them but actually CONNECTING with them.

So, I joined twitter…

As someone who *has* now been able to make Etsy my day job I miss the adult interaction during the day, twitter is an outlet for this and a great way to forge the connections that can lead to $ales. But, it’s important to think of people on twitter as possible friends first and possible customers second.

Use your picture as your avatar, remember you are a human and your picture makes you real and approachable. You are running a business though, so don’t forget to use your items as your background ;)

Tweet about you and your life, don’t just link to your items. People are there to connect with others, not just look at what they’re selling. They however LOVE to look at the stuff people they chat with make, it’s a fine line worth finding!!

I tweeted about a stray dog & my attempts to locate his home. I posted pictures and talked about falling in love with him. People became so invested in the story that when no one came forward to claim him and we kept him I could hear (and literally read) hundreds of cheers that went up all over. I get at least a dozen tweets a day asking how he is doing (very well thank you!) For quite some time whenever they see a pug they’re going to think of me (and my bags)

When I tweeted that my 6 year old daughter had forged my name on her reading log for school or when I overheard her asking her dad if you could fill a bathtub with spit (“Depends on how many people you have” was his answer) I got TONS of people telling me about the first time they forged their parents signature or other funny kid stories.

I’ve made some real friends on twitter, connected with other parents who’s kids have the same disability as my 10 yo daughter laughed with them and even cried on a few cyber shoulders about her upcoming surgery. I’ve also tripled my sales!

Read the rest of Melissa tips in the Etsy forums HERE!

Giving important Etsy forum threads written by the Etsy community a second look, so Etsy sellers can Read, Learn, and Apply!  Find more Etsy Tips Here

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13 comments

  1. This was fun to read & very good practical advice. Thanks! ^_^

  2. Solid advice, very logical. I just love these etsy success stories!

  3. What a great example of how to be successful in business: keep on keeping on and do more than you ever thought you could/would and let everyone know what a fun time you’re having! Love this. Love Melissa’s stories and her work – it’s yummy!

  4. Melissa, I couldn’t agree with you more about forging friendships (not signatures LOL!!)!! I’ve made so many wonderful cyber friends, and a few of them are making the trip to RI in October to meet me at our annual Scituate Art Festival!! It’s a BEAUTIFUL thing!!!!!!!!!!! I spoke of exactly what you say, in my recent ThistleCottageStudio interview with BrendaSalzanoJewelry for HandmadeSpark!! And yes, they are loyal, and repeat business is so important!!

  5. Melissa,
    I have never understood Twitter. I use it to let people know when I list a new watch and that brings lots of views. When I say things I feel like I am just saying it to air. Your article is great in that you make it feel real. I am reading on to see the rest of your tips. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
    Helen

  6. Great tips and beautifully put – thank you :-)

  7. I have to admit I’m very behind the times on the sociaal media front. I need to get over my fear of thhhe unknown and dedicate myself to get into the present. Thanlks for the push!

  8. Thank you for these great tips.

  9. Thanks for the encouragement! Doesn’t it take a lot of time to interact with all those people though? You must have it down to an art!

  10. Glass Roof Books

    Very useful advice – many thanks!

  11. You made me smile ♥-thanks!

  12. Thanks for the advice…I just have a hard time coming up with interesting stories..I too am home most of the time without much outside contact…Kind of boring!!

    I feel like I need to use Twitter more affectively….

  13. Melissa,

    How many times a day do you tweet? I think the biggest obsticle to my use of twitter is that I think I have to be tweeting all day long.

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