Folksy Hour is taking a little break, while we hatch plans and work on other exciting things! But don’t worry, if you want to chat craft with fellow designers and makers, there’s always the Folksy Clubhouse Facebook Group, or you can talk to us on Instagram!
Folksy Hour is a monthly Twitter chat – everyone is welcome! It’s a chance for designers, makers and Folksy sellers to talk to us and each other, get advice and ask questions. You don’t need to sell on Folksy to take part. Each chat has a different theme and we regularly invite along special guests to share their knowledge.
When is it?
#folksyhour is now monthly and happens every third Tuesday in the month from 8-9m (UK time). See below for the schedule.
How does it work?
We kick off the chat on our @Folksy Twitter account by asking a question. Then you just reply and keep the conversation going!
How do I join in?
Anyone can join in. Follow us at @Folksy and then click on the #folksyhour hashtag to see our questions and everyone else’s comments too. All you need to do is reply to the tweets using the #folksyhour hashtag in your replies. You need to include the #folksyhour tag in all your tweets and replies so everyone can see them, otherwise you’ll be invisible to people following the thread!
Are there any rules to joining in?
It’s just about being nice and friendly really, and the same rules apply as on the Talk Folky Forum. You can read those guidelines here. Apart from that, please don’t spam the chat with your own promotions and keep your tweets related to that week’s topic. This is a chance to talk to other Folksy sellers, make friends and learn from others, not just plug your own products.
If you’ve got an idea for a topic, we’d love to know. You can tell us your ideas over on this thread or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org (if you make the subject line ‘#folksyhour idea’, it will help us find it).
Image credit: Biscuit Bowl handmade by Jude Allman
#folksyhour topics covered so far
Here is a list of the topics we have discussed this year, with links to related blog posts and a summary of the chat where available. Scroll down for more topics covered and click the years to reveal a huge archive of informations and tips!
Action Plans. Do you ever feel like you’re paddling furiously but not getting anywhere with your creative business? In this edition of Folksy Hour we looked at how an action plan could help you work more efficiently and achieve more.
Selling to Europe: In this edition of Folksy Hour we asked you to tell us what’s worrying you or making you feel positive about Brexit? What are the areas you feel you need to know more about and what the new German rules around packaging mean for you and your creative business.
The hand-crafted salary: In this edition of Folksy Hour we asked how you know what to charge for your time as a designer and maker? How do you work out your hourly rate? Do you even have one? How do you know what to pay yourself when you run your own creative business?
GUEST EXPERT SPECIAL – Last-minute marketing tips to get more online sales this Christmas
In a live video edition of Folksy Hour Patricia van den Akker, Director of The Design Trust and a creative business adviser for designers and makers for more than 20 years, joined us to share her ideas and extra inspiration to drive traffic to your Folksy shop, turn visitors into buyers, and get more repeat business. You can watch it here https://vimeo.com/302013434
In this edition of FolksyHour we looked at how to use the brand new variations feature on Folksy. How does it work, how can you get the most out of it, and how to use it well to make life easier for customers and get more sales?
Related blog post: Variations have arrived on Folksy – learn how to use them!
As we launch our brand new Folksy Clubhouse Facebook Group, we’ll be taking a closer look at the idea of Facebook Groups in #folksyhour. Have you embraced Facebook Groups? Which ones do you belong to? What kind of content and posts do you like to see in them? How active are you? Have groups changed the way you use Facebook? Have they helped your business reach more people? Come along and tell us!
Related blog post: How to increase your reach on Facebook – 7 ways to get your posts seen
Ten Years of Folksy!
Folksy was launched in July 2008 so this summer sees our 10-year birthday! In this celebratory edition of #folksyhour we took a trip down memory lane to see how it all started (for us and for you) and how the world of online selling has changed over that decade.
Related blog post: Why we *do* Folksy.
What difference does being part of the craft community make to your creative business and to your life? The maker behind Shirley Rainbow, Teresa Bettelley, looks at the amazing craft community as part of Just A Card Week.
Related blog post: Just A Card – join the campaign and take part in Just A Card Week!
Influencer Lou Archell from Little Green Shed talks about online creative communities, with a particular focus on Instagram.
Related blog post: How to harness the power of Instagram hashtags to grow your community and brand
GDPR: What are the new data regulations? How will they affect you and what do you need to do?
Related blog post: GDPR: What you need to know and do as a designer and maker
Influencers in the craft and design sector – who are they and how can you get them to feature your work?
Related blog post: Influencers: What is influencer marketing and how can it help your craft business?
MarchMeetTheMaker – a #folksyhour special with founder of #MarchMeetTheMaker Joanne Hawker
Related blog post: Meet Joanne Hawker, the designer behind the Instagram challenge
How can you make your products appeal to Valentine’s Day shoppers?
Read some top tweets from our chat here > https://twitter.com/i/moments/961211329980895233
Related blog post: How to boost your Valentine’s Day sales
How to make more profit on your handmade work
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: How to make more profit – with a free handy profit calculator!
Earlier #folksyhour topics and related blog posts
Main illustration by Ellie Press