What’s happening at Folksy – January 2011

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A selection of items from the 5 most visited shops in December 2010.

Hello and Happy New Year! We’re back with another round-up of Folksy news and stats. We hope that everyone is fully recovered from the big rush and you all had a really successful Christmas on Folksy.

December Statistics

  • Folksy had visits from 276,307 different people in December, this is an increase of 142% on December 2009.
  • December orders were up 8% from November 2010, that’s a 49% increase on December 2009.
  • 55% of December’s visitors were returning and 45% were new visitors to Folksy.
  • Congratulations to Quernus Crafts, Pants and Paper, Bits n Bob’s, Chain of daisies and Silk Purse, Sow’s Ear who were our most visited shops in December.

Christmas at Folksy

We saw one of the busiest Christmas periods yet on Folksy, starting in early November we saw a huge 46% increase in orders from October.  The increase in visitors to Folksy has been brilliant but did lead to a few issues such as slow periods on the site.  We made a few tweaks to make sure that we kept running as smoothly as possible and that the buying experience wasn’t disrupted, we’ll be making some behind the scenes adjustments this year to make sure that we don’t face a similar situation in 2011.

Looking back to 2010 and forward to 2011

2010 was a fantastic year for Folksy seeing some of our biggest changes to the site:

  • We came out of Beta
  • Shop Sections were introduced
  • The Facebook shop application was launched
  • The new Official Folksy facebook page was created (we now have over 3700 fans!)
  • The Folksy team saw a lot of changes: Toni joined the support team, Hilary took over to manage the blog and forums, Doug our new developer was hired and Sarah joined as new Folksy manager when we said farewell to Anne.
  • A new dedicated help and support system was introduced
  • The blog was reinvented with regular posts full of information for sellers
  • The new regular Folksy email newsletter was sent out
  • Lots of new categories were added
  • 20,000 Folksy Festive Samplers were printed and distributed by over 60 Folksy volunteer paper girls and boys

We are now looking forward to another exciting year at Folksy and are already making plans for new changes and additions to the site which we will keep you updated on.  Thank you for supporting Folksy over the past year and we wish all of you a happy and successful 2011.

How are we doing?

We’d like to know if this sort of update is useful, so do give us your feedback on how we could improve. See you next month!

:) The Folksy Team – James, Rob, Sarah, Doug, Andrew, Toni and Hilary.

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11 Comments

  • January 4, 2011

    Elaine

    Happy new year Folksy! I know 2011 is going to be a brilliant one. Thanks for the update and for continuing to make Folksy a great place to buy and sell. Elaine

  • January 4, 2011

    Sarah

    Thanks for the update, which is indeed very useful!

    I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of shipping profiles in 2011.

  • January 4, 2011

    De

    thanks for the update.
    Only joined you in December, Look forward to the rest of 2011 and hoping to sell lots of items. I think these update are very useful it gives us a peep behind the scenes’

  • January 6, 2011

    Andrea Berry ( polka)

    Happy New Year Folksy!, I have been here since March 2009 and am amazed how far the site has come since I joined. I have always found it a great site and love having a shop on here. The community is great and on a personal leval I had a fantastic Christmas period. The folksy shop tab on facebook has helped me loads as I use facebook the most to promote my shop. Heres to a prosperous new year for Folksy x

  • January 6, 2011

    Sam (PantandPaper

    What a lovely surprise. I feel overwhelmed at seeing my shop in the top most viewed, when the talent and quality of the shops on Folksy is so amazing. Looking forward to spending another year with Folksy and all the lovely people here. Onwards and upwards for us all x

  • January 6, 2011

    Sarah @ Folksy

    Thanks everyone, glad they’re helpful, do let us know if there is anything else you’d like to see in the updates too.

  • January 7, 2011

    Victoria

    Its great to see so many changes at Folksy, I’d like to see more shop sections for ceramics!

  • January 7, 2011

    Victoria

    Also I’d like to be able to pay the cumulative totals of all my fees rather than it being sectioned by month.

  • January 7, 2011

    Nicsknots

    Wow well done to everyone on Folksy! Do you have a top ten sellers in December? I don’t want to belittle the people who made the top ten views because I think they all did really well but I think it would also be useful for us to see how actually had the highest sales too.
    Thanks.

  • January 7, 2011

    Pauline Guerin

    These updates are extremely useful thank you. This has shown that Folksy has grown and is a serious contender in the online shop/selling business.

  • January 25, 2011

    Pam @Lovesagoodyarn

    Oo yes, info like this is always useful, keep it comin’ !