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GIVEAWAY for Etsy sellers! Enter to win an Etsy Shop Makeover Bundle!

WIN an etsy shop makeover bundle with Digibloom and Diana Stainton Photography

To celebrate the launch of my website and Digibloom packages, I've teamed up with Diana Stainton - indie product photographer extraordinaire to offer one Etsy seller an Etsy shop makeover package AND a photography taster session! If your Etsy shop could do with a tune up and refresh, why not give it a go, in good time for Christmas as well!

The Prize consists of:

  • A four hour Etsy Shop Makeover by Digibloom (Heidi Burton - former Etsy UK admin), worth £120. Think SEO, tags, titles, aesthetics, etc to help you get found in search, and make your shop and listings shiny!
  • A Product Photography Taster Session by professional photographer Diana Stainton who has worked with Etsy before along with many sellers, worth £45. Get yourself some hero shots for magazine features, your shop header, product or About page! You can send your products to her by post so it's mucho convenient.

Giveaway is open worldwide (see T&C at end of post).

Enter using the Rafflecopter app below:

Etsy Shop Makeover conditions:

Etsy Shop Makeover package by Heidi Burton at Digibloom

Please see my Etsy Makeover Package to get a clear idea of what to expect.
Winner must have an active Etsy shop.
Winner must engage in email discussions (to find out what you need) and shop log-in details are needed so it can be optimised.
Time slot for Shop Makeover will be discussed with winner.
 

 

Product Photography Taster Session conditions:

Please see Diana's Product Photography Taster Session page to get a clear idea of what to expect.
Winner must have an active Etsy shop.
Postage for products to be sent to be photographed will be free within the UK, and a winner outside of the UK would need to pay for postage.

Time slot for Taster Session will be discussed with winner.

Examples from Diana's product photography portfolio:

 

Terms and conditions:

The giveaway begins 12pm August 2nd 2016 and ends 12pm (UK) on September 1st 2016. No purchase necessary. Odds of winning will depend on the total number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
Eligibility. The giveaway is open to individuals who are 18 years of age or older, and residents of all countries worldwide with the exception of residents of countries that prohibit participation in online giveaways. All Entries by Entrants under 18 years of age must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian on behalf of such Entrants.
Winner selection. The winner will be announced by September 4th 2016 and contacted via email.
Official prizes. Two (2) prizes are available to be won by one (1) person (the “Prize”). The Prize consists of:
A four hour Etsy Shop Makeover by Digibloom, worth £120.
A Product Photography Taster Session by Diana Stainton, worth £45.
Winner’s list. The “Winner” of the Sweepstake will be determined via a random drawing, and then checked to meet conditions of entry.

 

How to Make the Most of the Slow Season by Optimising Your Etsy Shop and Rethinking Your Products:

Etsy makeover ideas for your shop during the slow season

The spring and summer months can be quite slow for views and sales on Etsy unless you market towards popular seasonal trends such as weddings or festivals, or you have a niche product, or a devoted following!

Don't put your feet up just yet though, there's still plenty of work to do! Then you can bask in your organisational aura while everyone else is running around juggling tasks in November!

Refresh & rethink your shop

  • Editors' Picks are your friend. Not solely beneficial for Etsy shoppers, these gems are a useful resource for merchandising your own products too. Find Editors' Picks sections on the Home page of your Etsy account. Are your products relevant to any of Etsy's merchandising themes? If yes, then make sure you're tagging your listings to suit.

TOP SECRET ETSY SEO TIPS (SHHH!)

  • Here's a super trick I figured out when working with merchandising at Etsy that takes it a step further. On your Etsy home page, pick a category from the Editors' Picks sections, preferably one that is relevant to your own items. For this example, choose 'Summer fashion accessories' as seen on the screenshot below.

This will take you to sub-categories such as the ones below:

If you then click on the 'Printed headwraps' section, you will see a page of printed headwraps as expected. Just above the first row of products (see screenshot below), you will notice that Etsy admin have filtered the listings that show under their category heading with the specific search term 'printed turban'.

See where it says "All categories > “printed turban" in the screenshot above?  This means that any listings with the title/tags 'printed turban' will show under that category list of Editors' Picks.

  • Tagging and titling your own relevant listings with those specific filtered terms brings those items of yours to the top of that search (if your listings & shop are up to par and you double tag/title listings). Do this for all relevant categories for your best chance of showing in Editors' Picks!Etsy promotes their handpicked collections in their other merchandising e.g. newsletters as well, so the top ranking listings in that search would gain even more exposure.

CHECK YOUR LISTINGS

  • Go through your listings with a fine-tooth comb and weed out irrelevant titles, tags, and don't forget the bits about Easter or Mother's Day in your descriptions. For your shop to appear fresh and current, it needs to be well maintained (like a bricks and mortar shop!)
  • Is a fresh photoshoot needed? Either work on your own photographs or consider hiring a professional. The latter can be fantastic value, especially if you sell the same items again and again. I recommend Diana Stainton Photography. You can post items to her to be photographed, and she has already worked with many a maker, along with professionally photographing Etsy events. 

Depending on the type of products you make, mock-up designs like these can look amazing, without even having to pick up a camera! You can digitally add an image into a frame in an already-styled professional photograph.

Example of product mockup for your print design -  by White Hart Design Co.

Example of product mockup for your print design - by White Hart Design Co.

  • Branding can make or break your shop aesthetic. Have you uploaded a cover image? Check that it's not pixellated, stretched, or blurry, and looks professional. It needs to be consistent with your branding across all social media platforms, business cards, etc. If it doesn't look great, it's better to have none at all. The same goes for your About section.
Etsy cover photo branding
  • Is your shop title (the sentence under your shop username) packed with relevant keywords? This is important for SEO and shows up as a title in search engine listings, so make it flow like a sentence, not just a bunch of keywords.
What to write as your Etsy shop title - Etsy shop SEO
  • Same as above for your Shop Announcement. Important keywords in the first sentence, as this will show in search engine results as a shop description ("meta description").
Etsy SEO shop description in Google search results
  • Edit your Shop Section titles with strong keywords. These titles not only help shoppers navigate within your shop, but also boost SEO for search engines.
  • The first 160 characters of your item description contribute towards your product's meta description i.e. text that shows under your listing in search engine results. Use rich keywords in the first paragraph to describe your product. I think you get the idea - strong, relevant keywords all over your shop!
  • Link to your shop from everywhere: social media platforms, word of mouth, email signature, car bumper sticker, business cards, tote bag (nothing like a walking advertisement!)
  • Get all your admin out of the way. Don't leave all your tax return paperwork until January, this can be a busy time for sales - do what you can now, and get all the boring filing down while you're at it! (Then pat yourself on the back and have a nice cuppa.)

 

Refresh and rethink your Products

  • Could your products be adapted to fit a trending theme? If not - could you design something new that would? I'm not talking about jumping on the sloth/pug/beards bandwagon, more of the general themes such as boho chic or gifting for weddings, etc.
  • If your products do not, and will never be relevant to popular summer themes - could you still market them as such? E.g. if you sell zines about gothic architecture, could you photograph someone reading one while draped over a sun lounger by a swimming pool with a cocktail? Would using summer-themed props work for your photos?
  • Are your wares purely aesthetic? If you sell e.g. art prints - perhaps print the artwork onto functional *giftable* products such as notebooks and mugs as well.
  • Think ahead to later in the year and start creating designs and making stock in advance for the Christmas rush. Christmas items are often promoted to long-lead press as early as June or July! It pays to get in early, though don't turn your whole shop into Santa's grotto just yet - move your Christmas items to the bottom/last page of your shop, away from the sunglasses, mojitos and pineapples. Don't tag the tinsel out of them right this minute, just a few carefully considered festive tags should do the trick for now!

What do you do when sales are slow? Share your suggestions in the comments below.