MAKING SOCIAL MEDIA WORK FOR YOUR ETSY SHOP
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The sites that I use actively at this time are
First of all, before we go any further, let's talk about hashtags. Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram all use #hashtags. This means that you can use this symbol # before an item to tag it and people can search and find all the items with that tag. If you are selling a purse and you hashtag it #purse. If a consumer comes onto that site and searches for the #purse, they will get all listings with the #purse. Hashtags trend, meaning they get super popular and used a bunch at different times. The ones that are being used the most at that point and time are being seen the most. There are websites that list what hashtags are trending for each site. These can be found by searching hashtag trends on Google. They will change each day and often each hour. It is important to know who you are marketing to so that you can use the appropriate hashtags so that your core consumer will end up seeing your item. You may see someone selling a purse with the hashtag #elephant and think "why on earth did they use that, the purse doesn't have an elephant on it?". It is because the #elephant is trending and they want to get their item seen by the most number of people in their demographic.
Now to the fun stuff...
I know, I know, you cannot imagine how you could keep up with posting to so many sites. Well, there are a million and one places that will sell you a program that will do so, OR, you can use Hootsuite for free. They of course have premium packages. I personally, have found no reason to purchase one. They have this little thing called a Hootlet. You download the hootlet to you toolbar and whenever you are in the post that you want to send out you click it. It brings up the title and link of the item, you can add hashtags, messages, whatever you want up to the allowed number of characters, save it for later, send it now, or both. Now here is the great part. You can send it to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn all at one time. You can also schedule the saved posts to publish later when you are sleeping or away.
Ebay users.. The absolute coolest part of Hootsuite and the Hootlet is that when you are in your item on Ebay and you click it, it does not bring up the typical "Look at the item I found on Ebay", it brings up the actual item title. This way you can get your item more views by the people wanting to see your item.
Etsy and other shop users.. This program is amazing for getting your items seen. Your views will increase like crazy. Be careful not to "spam" people. It is a very common mistake that people make. People do not like to see fifty blue million of your items at one time. Which is what makes this so wonderful. You can schedule all of your days promos in a matter of minutes.
As I post a new item, I immediately pin it to my Tramp Lee Bags board. I then go to Pinterest and repin that item to my All Things Etsy board. That is a community board that I have created that anyone who sells on Etsy can post to once I have added them. It has quite a few followers and is growing daily. Throughout the day at some point, I will visit Pinterest and repin all the pins I like plus any Etsy pins that I see to the All Things Etsy board. This has gotten quite a few other Pinners to invite me to pin to their Etsy Board. So, at some point throughout the day, if I choose, I can repin that new item to some of their community Etsy boards as well. Getting each new item seen by all the people following their boards as well.
I just started with Instagram and find it very time consuming. I haven't found a program yet that will do my posting. Having to do it on my tablet is a big problem for me. I seem to have to undo more than I do with that thing. The posting process is a little slow. But, I am there and would love to have you join me and here any advice if someone has some great posting tips for on there...
Following back... I see a lot of businesses and people following the advice of the idiots that tell you to follow people and then unfollow them to gain users on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and such. You have to remember that you are building a business here and a reputation. If you were standing face to face with this person and they were considering buying something from you, you turned around and walked away, would they make that purchase? Of course not. You will ruin your reputation FAST by doing this. When I enter a new means of Social Media, I start out just like everyone else, promotion, introduction, and being me. You remain active, retweet, like, repost and interact with people, they will follow you and when they do, always follow them back. Follow like minded shops, take advantage of the suggestions, just don't over do it. Start small, follow a few each day and you will see it grow quickly. It takes work, it is a job and you must treat it as such.
I hope these tips have helped. Each highlighted link goes directly to my personal sites. I would love for you guys to join me and become a part of my network.
NEW BAG INTRODUCTION...
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A little while back Mary Anne from whitelravenlstudio contacted me. She said that she loved my bag but really wanted a smaller version of it. She needed something with card slots and a little pocket for her lipstick, chapstick, lip accessory of choice. I set to work trying to create one. As I was doing so, I contacted my consultation team, my daughter, her friends, and she said it would be great if it had a small strap so that if she went out in the evening to a club she could use it hands free, and if the device that held it closed was strong enough to keep it closed. I made Mary Anne the one she wanted and got to work on my new bag. Well, here it is.. I have a few in my shop and will be putting up a new one each day until they are all listed. I hope you guys like them.. The Tramp Lee Mini Clutch...
EVERY BRIDE NEEDS THIS....
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The Handmade Wedding Catalog - Spring 2013
Make your own Etsy Banner
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1. Go to http://www.gimp.org/ and download Gimp 2.8. Be smart and download the manual while you are at it. If you aren't using this program, it is a free equivalent of Adobe Photoshop. It will do the majority of what you do with Photoshop, for free. Great alternative for those of you on a budget.
2. Go ahead and pick which photos and fonts you want to use for your banner. Don't get yourself stuck trying to figure out the Gimp program while you still have no idea what you are trying to create. Draw yourself a rough sketch or mental sketch so you have something to shoot for. Visit some other stores if you need some ideas.
3. How to make an Etsy Banner with Gimp This will give you step by step directions on how to use the tools in gimp you will need and how to make the banner.
I just finished mine, I haven't yet figured out how to link it into my blog. If anyone knows, I would love to know how...lol..
U S of A
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Sick.. and Sad.. at the State of our Society..
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APRIL FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY
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NEW BRIDESMAID CLUTCH
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GIRLS VERSION OF MARCH MADNESS...
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New Handbag and Contests Ending Today...
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The First Tramp Lee Designs Handbag..
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The Art of Being a Bitch...
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If you are using Social Media as a means to promote your business and you consider yourself an expert on the subject, make sure that on your sites and listing, you are spelling the words, Social, Media, Enthusiast, Expert, and any others associated, correctly. My programs all have this little squiggly line that pops up and tells me I am spelling something wrong. These things are a gift that make it possible for us to not be geniuses and correct errors for us. Put your best, spelled correctly, foot forward...
Now, without going on a ten page rant, those who know me, know I am long winded, I just have one more topic to discuss. I know that people like to be the face of their business, but, if the only photo that you have, or can take, make you look as though you are possibly a serial killer or maybe an ax murderer, you might not want to be the face of your brand. Maybe a nice happy family shot? A flower? Something not so scary?
Sorry, I just had to...
I hope everyone is having a great day, please take this post and all post in the lighthearted manner in which they are intended... Unless of course you are a serial killer, take me seriously, quit trolling the internet..
NEW FACEBOOK CONTEST
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Congratulations Ladies, you will be receiving an email later today with your gift certificate... Thank you to you all for participating.. Stay tuned, the next giveaway will be starting soon...
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My Weekend Project...
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|I lightly sanded of shine and removed any chipping pieces from table base and then added painters tape.|
|After removing the legs, I removed all paint chips with a scraper , and sanded lightly, just enough to take the shine off.|
|I wiped the legs off well and got them ready to paint first coat.|
I chose a French blue as my first color.
Once the paint was dry, I sanded the shine of this layer of paint and scuffed through some of it to where the chip marks were showing. and in some places, make it where you could see the white.
I did not focus on painting the legs perfectly, because I knew that I was going to just be painting over them, the next two coats were Soft Suede and Leather Brown. I picked those colors, because I had them here in the house.
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- I am Tammie, a Designer | Mother | Partner and a lover of all things Handmade. I own TrampLeeDesigns and have the wonderful joy of creating something beautiful each and every day. This Blog is a collection of things I have learned on the road to getting my designs out there. It hasn't been an easy road and if I can make someone else's journey just a bit easier, I am happy. The truth is, I am quite the smart ass. I have a wicked sense of humor and find the most random things hilarious. Oh, and I think I am funny. I laugh at myself or at life, ALL THE TIME. I believe that life doesn't have to be hard, if we work together to make it better.
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