Friday, July 30, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Here is another of my Kaboodle styleboards featuring plum colors:
As usual, this styleboard is both all-Etsy and was built around one of my own items. The item I used this time was my Plum Czech Glass Beaded Cluster Ring:
Building these boards has been both a fun exploration into handmade and vintage items sold by other Etsy sellers, but it has also opened my eyes to the possibilities of my own products. I like to make simple, elegant pieces and I love my bold, statement jewelry even more. Building these styleboards around different pieces allows me to envision how the jewelry I make can actually be worn as a fashion accessory. I challenge anyone to give it a go with one of your own items and see if you're not inspired! (Remember per Kaboodle rules, you're not allowed to have more than one of your own items in a styleboard.)
Do you Kaboodle? Add me as a friend! And be sure to leave your own link in the comments!
Until next time,
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Tumblr is a social media website that is sort of the middle ground between Twitter and a blog. While it doesn't limit users to 140 characters of text or links, it's not really designed for a full blog post like this one. Tumblr is for posting short paragraphs of text, quotes, chats, videos, links, or photos. I started a Tumblr blog a couple of days ago to get a feel for it:
Do you have Tumblr blog? Know any good tips for using Tumblr? Post your blog link and/or your tip in the comments!
Until next time,
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Here's another one of my Kaboodle Styleboards, this time featuring items in shades of blue:
All of these items are from Etsy. Be sure to click on the Styleboard so you can visit the different shop owners. Items are often not still available because they were added to the Kaboodle search months prior, but have no fear - the earrings I based this collection around are still currently for sale in my shop!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Conduit Press is a shop on Etsy featuring fabulous upcycled vintage notebooks, handmade leather journals, handbound albums, baby books, hollowed book safes and more. The owner resides in Indiana and you can see her work in FARMbloomington, Barefoot Kids, and Homespun: Modern Handmade if you're local. There's something in her Etsy shop for everyone! I personally don't use many leather items (with the one exception of shoes) but the book safes and eco-friendly journals are right up my alley! Check out my favorites:
What's your opinion on this shop? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
Until next time,
I'm a part of an Etsy team called Boosting Etsy Shops Team or BEST. The purpose of the group is to provide promotion for each team member through our existing social networking accounts. Each week I'll be doing a blog feature about a different team member.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
One of my most unique pieces of jewelry has been featured in a rather different summer treasury entitled Mosquito Coast. It features - you guessed it - mosquito-themed items. Check it out:
Friday, July 16, 2010
One of the tried and true ways to get traffic to your online shop is to tap into the resources of your local community. Here is some advice on how to best utilize what's right outside your door:
1. Check out your local Chamber of Commerce for networking opportunities. They can let you know about local resources specifically for small businesses. Also, be sure to get information on how to legally operate your business in your state.
2. Do you sell on an e-commerce site? Check to see if they have teams. My local Etsy team has been a valuable resource for finding craft fairs, networking, and getting information on how to promote my business. If there is no team in your area yet, start one!
3. Advertise locally. Leave your business cards at businesses that may have the same target market as you. For example, if you're marketing to fashion-forward young adults, you may want to leave your cards at a nail shop or salon. Put up flyers or business cards on community boards in places like libraries, coffee shops, restaurants, and grocery stores.
4. Add your business to the local Google and Yahoo business directories. You don't need to have a B&M to put your website in the directory and your website information shows up front and center when doing a search.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Now that I can make Styleboard collages on Kaboodle, my weekly treasures posts will include them as well. Check out my latest compilation of items from Etsy. Click on the picture to see the Styleboard on Kaboodle as well as see who the individual sellers are:
I'm still finding it fun to build the collage around one of my funky jewelry pieces. This time I used my funky fuchsia beaded ring:
Until next time,
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
So I've been curious about the site called Kaboodle for awhile, but didn't decide to take the plunge until this Storque article was published on Etsy. To be honest, it's not the most intuitive site to use but it's got potential to be a promotional tool. I'll go over some of the features that you can use for promotion:
1. Lists: When you sign up for a profile, you get several lists by default but you can delete them, add others, and customize them with any items you like. Since people can search Kaboodle for items that interest them to feature in other parts of the site (you'll see what I mean later), it's a good idea to upload your own items into a list. Kaboodle recommends you sort your items by theme to encourage friends to flip through your lists, but that's entirely up to you. I decided to just put mine in a generic "My Creations" list so that it's not misleading.
It's a great way to both showcase other people's vintage and handmade items as well as show off how my funky jewelry can be worn with style. Styleboards can be hearted, commented on, shared via Facebook/Twitter, and embedded in blogs. The main styleboards page features popular collages by default and can be sorted to show the most recent first.
3. Friends and Groups: Like most social networking websites, Kaboodle offers the option to add people as friends and to join groups. In your profile, you can add tags to describe yourself to allow people with similar interests to find you. When viewing your profile, just click one of your tags to be taken to all the people who identify with that particular tag. There's also an option for you to search your email contacts and Facebook friends for anyone you might know who already has an account.
Groups are just like they sound. They allow you to network with large numbers of people at once - and there are tons of them. I'll be honest and say they aren't easy to get to. I had to search via Google to get to the groups page that didn't just have the featured groups listed: http://www.kaboodle.com/groups. Once you get to what should be the Groups landing page via the link I provided, you'll see categories that you can use to find interesting groups as well as a link to create your own.
Etsy Loves Kaboodle is the largest Etsy group on the site and is open for membership to any seller or buyer. The group allows members to create new discussions as well as add their lists to the group for members to browse.
4. Blogazine: This unique feature is one I haven't tried yet. Apparently you can host your own style blog right on the site. You can post about fashion, decor, beauty, and other style items and recent posts may show on the Blogazine homepage. If you already have a blog like me, another one may be too much to keep up with. What I do recommend is checking out some of the posts, making comments, and interacting with other users just like you would here on Blogger. That should get people clicking through to your profile and then looking at your lists and items. Click on the image below for an example of a Blogazine:
5. Brands: Brands have their own homepages with special features. If you have a website with your products, and you upload one or more of them to Kaboodle, a brand page is automatically (well, it takes a day) created for you which you can claim. They want you to use an email address from your domain, which I haven't set up so I'm not sure if I'll be able to claim my own brand. Once you upload at least one of your products, you can go here to claim your brand: http://www.kaboodle.com/store/elles-beads.com (replace elles-beads.com with the URL for your website). There are also several buttons you can add to your product listings that will allow your visitors to quickly add your items to their Kaboodle lists.
So, do you Kaboodle? Add me as a friend! Don't forget to put the link to your Kaboodle profile in the comments as well.
Until next time,
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Independence Day may be over in the United States for 2010, but it hasn't been forgotten by those on Etsy. There was a huge outcry over the seeming lack of Front Page treasuries celebrating the holiday, so many people decided to create and promote their own treasuries to celebrate - some were even curated by sellers from other countries who wanted to show their support. To see the treasury I created, check out my July 4th post.
BunnyKissd, a Queer Etsy Street Team member and jewelry artist, took it upon herself to come up with a queer patriotic treasury featuring team members' red, white, and blue work:
Be sure to check out the entire treasury and give our team a little support by clicking on the items and then leaving a comment at the bottom.