|Sharing samples and meeting other sellers~|
- use the Etsy search bar and type in only one of your common tags. Before pressing enter, you'll see the drop down menu make suggestions of similar search terms. These are the most popular and relevant searches that are being done by Etsy shoppers. Make sure that if any of the phrases apply to your work, you add those tags. For example, I make crochet jewelry. My first suggested search term was "crochet art jewelry", totally applicable and yet a tag I hadn't thought to use!
- use compound words in your tags. This means instead of just "necklace" use a relevant word set like "feather necklace".
|Using the search bar to find popular tags.|
- fairly recently Etsy added the choice of specifying two "styles" that your work embodies. Kimm suggested being consistent and adding weight to these terms by re-using them in the item description.
- your shop title (the small area under your banner) does count in internal Etsy searches. Make sure the first three words are accurate, relevant, and something that buyers would look for. I changed mine from "handmade modern jewelry crocheted by Even Howard" to "crochet art jewelry handmade by Even Howard."
- Kimm suggested putting on one of the many shop videos during your crafting time as a way of gleaning information and improving a bit at a time.
It was a joy to meet a few artisans who are just starting out with both scaling their works as well and/or getting on Etsy. Their enthusiasm was contagious and it was refreshing to be reminded of what a valuable community our local team is and also what a resource is Etsy.com itself at all levels of entrepreneurship. A big welcome to Nelleke Demmer, Feathery Leathery, and Saipet Sirimontri as you join our team!
I was asked about our SFEtsy team, what is our purpose, who is in charge, and how do we meet? Basically, our team is open to all Bay Area sellers who have an active Etsy shop. We maintain this site as a resource, have an Etsy.com team page, and very important--an active google group. We do have co-leaders, Katy and Steph, and you are welcome to contact them about joining the team. Our meet-ups are sometimes "official" such as this last one, but really members are free to create their own meet-ups and events. Lately, crafty computer nights have been popular.
|Andrea Fuentes receives an impromptu shop critique from Kimm as Katy looks on.|
Another meet-up that was suggested was similar to our existing "Crafty Computer Nights" and that is to have a specific small meet-up where we help each other with the tagging and wording of our listings. This would largely be to put into action the advice Kimm gave us as well as any additions from the Etsy Success newsletters and blog posts.
|Screenprinting workshop @ TechShop|
Many in our meet-up were first time visitors to TechShop and the highlight of the tour was the laser cutting machine! TechShop is a wonderful resource space providing professional industrial machines for wood, metals, textiles, plastics, etc. If you want to know more about becoming a member, taking classes at TechShop, or teaching classes, please visit their website.
Big thanks go out to our new co-leaders Katy and Steph as well as the volunteers from the team that helped the event be welcoming and fun. TechShop Ed Coordinator Centa Schumacher created our valentine making area complete with sparkles and feathers. Thanks to Ashleigh Castro for photographing (more pics @Flickr). Thanks again to Kimm, Leland, and Natalie for journeying from Brooklyn to share their skills and advice!
If you're an Etsy seller in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact Katy or Steph about joining SFEtsy!