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JacquiA

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Folksy etc - how's everyone else doing?
« on: May 26, 2015, 03:24:05 PM »
Hi all, I've had my Folksy shop for about a year now and have only made two sales (and that was to a friend at work).  I hardly get any views but my husband's shop, which I also set up, has made 20 sales in just under a year and has plenty of views.  I can only conclude that jewellery (my venture) is so oversubscribed that his lesser populated craft of woodturning stands out more.  I'm not jealous (honest) and am pleased that he is doing so well, but any tips for me please?  I don't blog at the moment, although there is a link to my Weebly-hosted website (I set this up before the Folksy shop and probably wouldn't have bothered if I'd set the shop up first although it did help me to get my ideas sorted).  I do have a Facebook page but don't want to keep sending posts on it to my 'personal' Facebook friends as it looks too needy so where do I go from here?  If I blog to other jewellery/pc makers surely I'm not reaching potential buyers?  I do use Pinterest and have a few followers, so is that a good route to go?  Thanks for listening!

https://folksy.com/shops/tickityboo (my shop)
https://folksy.com/shops/bluebellwoodturning (my husband's shop)

Jacqui

JonB

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Re: Folksy etc - how's everyone else doing?
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2015, 04:37:38 PM »
Welcome to the Polyclay forum,
I just had a look at your shop and it's very nice, you have perfectly good things, photographed well and the shop is laid out nicely etc etc, so if it ain't you that's doing something wrong, maybe Folksy isn't the right venue (?). I've heard that getting traffic to your shop is very hard on Folksy as they don't publicise themselves. So marketing must be something you need to improve (?)
Have you thought about Etsy? At least you can generate views from within Etsy and it does have a higher profile than Folksy and consequently much more traffic. Though saturated in all sorts of genres, jewellery being one of them. . it is possible to get found if you work at it. People can do ok on there. Does your own website get much traffic? Maybe work on building that up. Marketing, SEO and all that tags-and-keywords stuff that makes the brain hurt ;-) It does have to be done though.
Sorry not to be of much help, I wish I knew what the magic formula for online success was ;-)
Best of luck.

JacquiA

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Re: Folksy etc - how's everyone else doing?
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2015, 09:24:34 PM »
Thanks, Jon, for your positive comments.  I think what put me off Etsy was the fact that I only wanted to trade in the UK rather than in Europe or worldwide.  I know that sounds precious and picky but I was trying to keep it very simple to start with.  Maybe I do need to revisit my website and try to make more use of it (I can thoroughly recommend Weebly's free package even though you can only have five items in your online shop unless you pay for an upgrade, as the styling and functionality is excellent.)    There's such a lot to learn, isn't there?!
Jacqui

Karolina.S

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Re: Folksy etc - how's everyone else doing?
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2015, 11:22:39 AM »
People say that you need a shop with lots of items in it to get sales.

I have no other input :) Love the wooden frutis that you husband makes!
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JacquiA

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Re: Folksy etc - how's everyone else doing?
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2015, 12:29:37 PM »
Mmm, you could be right about that - I did let some expire but I have ideas for re-packaging them so they may make an appearance in the future.  Glad you like my husband's work - he is very good, even if I say so myself!
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Re: Folksy etc - how's everyone else doing?
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2015, 03:34:48 PM »
I´m a woodworker (or used to be) my self so i have a weakspot for good woodstuff :)
Timrċ in the north of Sweden. Always with my polymer clay eyes open.
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