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Friday, September 18, 2009

"Promote Your Sh*t Already!!!"

So why this crazy rant? I'm sick, sick, sick, of hearing people complain; I have no sales, why do I have no sales, no sales help me, why doesn't someone on the site promote us, nothing is selling, is my stuff not good, etc. etc., etc.

Hello, this is your wake up call and I'm not going to sugarcoat this one. People you need to get off your own a$$ and promote!!!

Now I don't expect anyone to go as crazy with the promotion/marketing as I do. I've been doing this for almost 11 years and I cannot slow down now. I want to have my jewelry in Nordstroms before I die!! LOL

Anyway, here is my list of things I advertise and network my sites with;

Kawaii Site that helps promote my cuties!

I'm running ads here and I spend about $5 a month to have mine run on other sites.

Self Representing Artists and Jewelry Designers Contributor

Great Way to mingle with other business owners in your area and make free coupons, newsletters, etc. 

My handmade top site list that has almost 500 members!

One of my fab friends and her fantastic bath & body products.

Win a $25 JBT Gift Cert Here

Donated Earrings to an Etsy Giveaway Here

Entry to My Finally Fall Giveaway

My Plugboard and I spend a day a week plugging other boards. (That sounded nasty!! LOL)

Awards I have won, it's so easy to apply!

Site Link Exchange

Artist Networking Central

Free Web Services Where I host my handmade blog ring.

Add to this link exchanges, site/directory submissions, blogging, participating in blog sites/groups, artist networking, re listing, creating, graphic design services, donating to charities, contests/giveaways, craft forums/boards, and much, much, more.

If I can do it you can too!
Now no more complaining and excuses, get out there and promote your sh*t!!!

Really, I do love you all:)


Anonymous said...

You go,girl! :-)

Stitches In Time said...

I'm new to all of this. I AM promoting(my ad is on your blog) and still no sales. I'm not complaining about it in the forums or on my blog though. I figure I can only get back what I put in so I will keep trying. But it seems to me that promoting isn't a wonder pill...it doesn't always work. At least not right away,lol.

Thanks for the links, I will check them out!

Kathryn Lantz said...

Great post!! Thanks for all the information.
Ya, my stuff isn't selling much either, but i'm not sitting on the forums complaining about it. I mean, ya, having no sales makes you wonder whether your stuff is good enough to sell - and can be disheartening at times. But you can't just put stuff up and expect it to fly off the internet shelves while you're sitting on your ass. Promotion is the key.

That's why i write a blog, got involved with twitter, have a facebook fan page, started posting on forums, dabble in etsy chat, started having giveaways and am featuring other etsy artisans - i've learned that by featuring others, you're opening yourself up to a whole other fan base that may not have noticed you to begin with!

I've been going hard core promoting my shop for the last 2 weeks, and ya, still no new sales, but my fan base/followers/hearts and views have increased enormously.

If this is your passion, you should never give up, right? right!!

Again, great post! Thanks for all the tips! :)

Kat @ SassmowthDesigns

Jewelry by Tara said...

Thanks guys for the comments! I only get mad when people are given so many opportunities to promote and they don't take advantage of them:( I'm super involved with promoting the entire artist community so I'm very happy to help anyone out. And yes, promotion doesn't always work right away, if at all. Sometimes it's just the wrong time of year, item, or buyer.

Mangogyrl said...

Thanks for all the great information. I agree you have to put the work in to get results. I am new to Etsy and online selling so I am trying to learn all I can. Thanks for the pointers.

Bonzai Beadwear said...

great post and i agree! :)

OliveStreetStudio said...

ITA- I don't complain about no sales, but promoting gets disheartening when I feel like I DO DO DO and still get few results.

Sarah said...

wow, thank you so much for the great tips!