Category: Promotion

I joined Zibbet a little while ago and I have been really pleased with their interface thus far.  Even though I was only on a basic account, my items looked great with their larger thumbnails!  It has taken a lot of effort on my part to get my shop noticed on Etsy, and although I plan on continuing listing items there, my fees per month have been increasing exponentially…  I have yet to make a sale on Zibbet, but at $7.00 a month for their premium account, it is much less than I have been paying otherwise…  A 20 cent Etsy listing fee seems like chump change, but I only charge between 4-5$ for my dolls only for Etsy to take another 20 cents off the top of that!  So I have been missing roughly 40 cents per doll…  It may not seem like a lot, but as my sales increase, I am starting to realize that it all adds up…

So I got a newsletter from Zibbet today and there is only 3 days left of their 30 day free Premium Account promotion!  (Go Here, and when you register type in the code 30FREE – it takes you your paypal page, but charges you $0.00)

So here are some things I am noticing:  the ability to use a variety of banner sizes, larger thumbnail options, the ability  to add widgets to your sidebar (This is AWESOME!  I have my twitter currently visible), custom colors, and easy to copy listings.  Aesthetically, I think it looks inviting and so I spent all night primping and tweaking out my new shop layout.  Instead of having a small banner to represent your shop and personality, Zibbet lets you tweak the entire site to match your shop front which gives a more welcoming appearance.

Plus, from the advice I have gotten from other sellers, there is nothing bad about expanding your online presence!  Etsy will continue to be my main venue, but if sales pick up on Zibbet, I might be switching my “main” shop.


Origami In Grey Treasury

Yay, my work has been featured in another treasury, this time by Nivule Designs (Thank you!) All of the works featured are lovely, so please go and give it some views before it expires in a few days. It originally featured my Vocabulary Vixen earrings, but they have since sold and it is now featuring my origami pendant, Bookworm!

etsy treasury grey origami

Featuring your Items..

It has been a constant struggle to get my name (and my items!) out there on the market.  Online success is often dependent on just how connected you are.  School has been busy so my ability to spend a lot of time marketing and promoting my work has gone down the drain, but there has been a few ways I have been able to keep myself afloat.  Granted, no new sales, but I will take etsy shop hearts and retweeting as proof that people like my work!

Craft Gawker

Origami Pendant - Mandarin Crush

This week, my Mandarin Crush pendant is featured on craftgawker (yay!).  Craftgawker is basically an online rotating showcase.  To submit, you choose a 250×250 image, and a small description, and cross your fingers that the photography is up to par.  Although I have had some success, it seems that they are much pickier about the types of photos chosen than some others sites.  Never-the-less, it is a great way to expose your work to people that would probably never see it.  It has a cute “heart” system to favorite items, and if you see an item you like, you can sort by author to see other submitted items under the same person.  Here is my craftgawker profile!


Origami Pendant - Book Worm

The gallery over at Try Handmade also has a similar showcase for your items.  For this one, you submit a 300×300 image, but the process is basically the same.  I have heard that people have some more success getting their work onto this site.  This week, our Book Worm pendant is featured! I really like this showcase because each item gets its own page where you can retweet, or send your item to stumbleupon or kirsty. Head over and retweet Book Worm for me!

It is tough, but these two sites give you a good, visual start to getting your name out there.