Monday, September 29, 2014

Etsy Shop: Top 10 Tips on How To Get Sales In Your Etsy Shop or Website

I'm going to feature on of my vendor's this week that sells on Etsy.  I'm also going to share with you my top 10 tips for getting more sales in your Etsy shop.   I have been selling on Etsy since 2008 and have seen many changes over the years with the SEO (search engine optimization) which has driven me and other seller's nuts.
My shop name is Markets of Sunshine FL and My Secret Compartments.  I'd love to have you stop by and favorite my shop and items.  It's free to join Etsy so register today!
Many have left Etsy because of the changes they make that are supposed to help us get sales, but actually has cost us sales.
Why? every time they change the way search results are done we have to go into each item in our shop and change the titles, description and tags to reflect those changes.
Every time google makes changes the same thing happens again.  You can see how time consuming this becomes when you have over 100 items in your shop!
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Tip #1 - Read all of Etsy's SEO articles before you open your shop.  If you already have your shop open, stop adding more items until you truly understand how to use the SEO rules.
Tip #2 - Use a white background on indoor pictures with each item.  Use plenty of natural light.  This gives your shop unity and makes your pictures look better to the shopper.
Tip #3 - Add at least 100 items in your shop.  The more you have in your shop the more often you will come up on the home page of Etsy.  
Tip #4 - Add a new item daily in your shop.  Do not renew items daily.  Adding new ones gives you more inventory and more selection for shoppers to choose from.  Repeat browser's will eventually buy if they see new items to choose from.
Tip #5 - Make items for men, women and children and add a good selection in each category.
Tip # 6 - Make items by season, not just holidays.  I don't add any holiday items to my shop and I have always had good sales.  A holiday item is only good that time of year.  A seasonal item can be worn or used any time of the year.
Tip # 7 - Join a team that makes treasuries at least once a week.  If you don't know what a treasury is then check out this one from my Helping Hearts team (private team by invitation only): Click here to use the Etsy tool and add a treasury to your blog like mine below.
I am the Captain of two teams on Etsy: Markets of Sunshine Promotion Team, click here to join.  And, Markets of Sunshine Vendor Events Team, click here to join.
We have won several awards from Etsy over the years and I am proud to have the support and loyalty of these wonderful women all over the U.S.A.!


'Secret Hiding Place' by marketsofsunshineusa

A collection of hidden treasures from a few of my favorite shops.


Men's Jewelry Box - Secr...
$25

Inspirational Quote/Saying ...
$4.5

Baby's Cuddle Blankie- O...
$10

White and Silver Snowflake R...
$16

Scriptural SYMPATHY Card- Bi...
$6.99

Red Rose and Daisy - Bible C...
$40

Sock Monkey Cuddly Soft Quil...
$70

Crossbody bag, Hip Bag, Smal...
$35

Luxurious Pink Shawl, Bridal...
$30

orange and green swirl earri...
$13.5

Dangle earings with orange m...
$15

Tract / Magazine Folder / To...
$29

CLEARANCE! The Bronte Bouti...
$26
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Tip #8 - Learn to make a treasury on Etsy using Treasury Box with google chrome.  It will save you so much time.  Once, you download it to your computer you can easily add an item you like on Etsy to the treasury box and when it is full of 16 shops you click create treasury and fill in the blanks.  
Tip #9 - Promote your treasury using social media and on your Etsy teams.
Tip #10 - Promote your products outside of Etsy and the internet.  The best way I have found to do that is by handing out samples of your products to people in the community.  Don't limit yourself to just your area, think outside the box.  
You need to promote all over the U.S.A. since you sell to people all over the world, right!  It just makes common sense to get the word out to as many people as possible.  You need to have an advertising budget and marketing budget.
Joining either of my teams will help you promote your shop and get more customers.

When you join my team you will get more selling tips and tricks that I have found that work.  Recently, I have discovered something that has really been an amazing tool to help me in my business and all aspects of my life.  It naturally helps me be more successful in life, business and relationships.  
Join my team and find out what this new tool is.  You won't find it in any of the Etsy seller tips or handbooks.
Want to be in our goody bag?

Sign-up on our Advertise With Us page

by selecting how many samples

you want in our goody bags!

Local businesses can also help

support women in small business

by being one of our host locations

for an event.

Contact us at marketsofsunshineusa@gmail.com

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Shop with Us, Vendor Classified


Markets of Sunshine has a simple mission to:

Supporting Lyme Disease Awareness

Promote Health and Education for Children

Educate on the Benefits of Eco-Friendly Living

and an Organic Lifestyle,

While Supporting Women in Small Business

Locally & Across the USA!

Sending you Sunshine!

Marsha

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Vendor Event: How To Partner with Food Truck Events

As an event planner I am always on the lookout for local events that I can develop a partnership with that already has a good following in the community.  Well, one of those events is with the Food Trucks.  You would have to be a hermit not to know that the food truck movement has taken off around the country.
There is even a cable tv show now hosted by Tyler Florence called The Great Food Truck Race.
I love the idea of having a mobile event business.  It can be very expensive to get started with a mobile business but anyone can bring a table, chair and tent for around $100.00 and become a vendor at any outdoor event.
So, just how do you go about developing a partnership with the food trucks in your area?  You might want to first visit one of their events and see how many people show up each time.  If you see there is a good following the next move is to find out who the event company is.... just look up the name of the local food truck vendors in your town and give them a call and ask them if you can join their next event.
They either say Yes! or No! and if they say Yes! it could be the beginning of a great partnership for both of you.  Everyone loves going to outdoor events where their is a variety of vendors to see, not just food.
So, I came up with the idea that they needed to have some local artisan and direct sales reps added in the event to make it a really fun time.  You can shop with the different vendors with Markets of Sunshine and also visit the food trucks and grab a unique taco or cupcake and wash it all down with some really good beverage options.  What more could you ask for on a Sunday evening!
Success at the Aging Tree event!

If you missed the event with us on September 20th at the Aging Tree don't worry.  Our next event is coming up on October 5, 2014 in the Marketplace Plaza in Orange City, FL.  It is in the same plaza as Debbie's Health Food and the Hospice Retail shop.  We've teamed up with our local food truck vendor, The Daily City.

Join us for food and shopping fun as we join the Food Trucks event from 5 to 8 p.m. rain or shine!
We'll have 5 vendors in direct sales and handmade gifts set up along with the food trucks.
Sign-up for our newsletter or get on our mailing list and you'll get a goody bag filled with samples from our vendors!
Learn more about Lyme Disease Awareness and these companies at our event:
Tower Garden
Make Time For Kids
My Secret Compartments
and more will be joining us!

Want to be in our goody bag?

Sign-up on our Advertise With Us page

by selecting how many samples

you want in our goody bags!

Local businesses can also help

support women in small business

by being one of our host locations

for an event.

Network Tribe is coming soon!  We are looking for family friendly websites 

that would like to network with Markets of Sunshine and start a linking club. 
 
If you are interested in networking with us, please tell me what your site is 

about in the comments section below.  Do not leave your link in the 

comments or you will be disqualified.  

Contact us at marketsofsunshineusa@gmail.com

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Shop with Us, Vendor Classified


Markets of Sunshine has a simple mission to:

Supporting Lyme Disease Awareness

Promote Health and Education for Children

Educate on the Benefits of Eco-Friendly Living

and an Organic Lifestyle,

While Supporting Women in Small Business

Locally & Across the USA!

Sending you Sunshine!

Marsha

Monday, September 15, 2014

Vendor Events: Staying Cool Tips at Outdoor Events

If you want to promote your business and get the word out you'll have to do vendor events. Most events are outdoors and if you live in Florida like I do, staying cool at outdoor events is a must.
Markets of Sunshine is here to help you with some stay cool tips for outdoor events.

  • Here are a few tips that I do to stay cool outdoors.
  • Bring a fan
  • Use an ice pack neck wrap
  • Bring plenty of water
  • Use a canopy with walls
  • Keep your feet in cool water for 10 minutes at a time if you start to get to warm
  • Bring a partner so you can take a break and get in the a/c as needed
  • Don't rush so you save your energy

Our first outdoor event is coming up fast on this Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Aging Tree Fall Festival, in Orange City, FL from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Notice, the short 3 hour event window, so plan accordingly and get there early so you don't miss out on getting all the freebies and giveaways. 
staying cool tips at outdoor events


Sign-up for our newsletter or mailing list

at the event and get a goody bag filled

 with samples from our vendors!


D'Lamont Designs

Avon

Trades of Hope

Delecto Art

Want to be in our goody bag?

Sign-up on our Advertise With Us page

by selecting how many samples

you want in our goody bags!

Local businesses can also help

support women in small business

by being one of our host locations

for an event.

Network Tribe is coming soon!  We are looking for family friendly websites 

that would like to network with Markets of Sunshine and start a linking club.  
If you are interested in networking with us, please tell me what your site is 

about in the comments section below.  Do not leave your link in the 

comments or you will be disqualified.  

Contact us at marketsofsunshineusa@gmail.com

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Shop with Us, Vendor Classified

Markets of Sunshine has a simple mission to:

Supporting Lyme Disease Awareness

Promote Health and Education for Children

Educate on the Benefits of Eco-Friendly Living

and an Organic Lifestyle,

While Supporting Women in Small Business

Locally & Across the USA!

Sending you Sunshine!

Marsha

Monday, September 8, 2014

Vendor Event: Fall Festival Event on September 20, 2014

If you enjoy health and wellness fall festival vendor events, then you will want to join Markets of Sunshine for our next event on September 20, 2014 in Orange City, FL.  We will be at the Aging Tree behind Kohl's department store from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We will be giving away free samples from our sponsors, Avon, Blooming Tails Dog Duds,Make Time For Kids and Lyme Awareness Information, to those who sign-up for our newsletter or get on our mailing list.



Supporting Lyme Disease Awareness

Promoting Health and Education for Children

Education on the Benefits of Eco-Friendly Living

and an Organic Lifestyle,

While Supporting Women in Small Business

Locally & Across the USA!


Markets of Sunshine

will be promoting our vendors

at the Fall Festival in Orange City, FL

hosted by Aging Tree!

(next to Kohl's)

Mark your calendar and come support

us from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

on September 20, 2014

Sign-up for our newsletter or mailing list

and get a goody bag of samples 

from our vendors at the event!

Blooming Tails Dog Duds

D'Lamont Designs

Avon

Trades of Hope

Delecto Art

Want to be in our goody bag?

Sign-up on our Advertise With Us page

by selecting how many samples

you want in our goody bags!

Local businesses can also help

support women in small business

by being one of our host locations

for an event.

Contact us at marketsofsunshineusa@gmail.com

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Shop with Us, Vendor Classified


Recipe of the Week

Bakes Zucchini Chips
Here's a healthful snack recipe: Cut a zucchini into thin slices and toss in 1 TBSP. olive oil, sea salt to taste, and pepper. Sprinkle with paprika and bake at 450F for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!  Complements of Blooming Tails Dog Duds

Sending You Sunshine!

Marsha