Twitter chat topics and selling tips on #folksyhour

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Folksy Hour Topics

Every Tuesday from 8-9pm over on Twitter it’s #folksyhour. This is a Twitter chat and a chance for Folksy designers and makers to talk to us and each other, get advice, and find out more about particular topics. Each week has a different theme, and once a month we also invite along special guests to share their advice and answer your questions on a particular topic. Sometimes those themes are practical and focused on selling tips, like product photography or how to get the most from Pinterest. Sometimes they’re less structured and more of a chance to chat to other makers.

Here is a schedule for the next #folksyhour topic, followed by a list of previous Folksy Hour topics along with any related blog posts and a link where you can read a summary of that chat.

If you would like to be a Folksy Hour host, you can put your name down here >

 

#folksyhour topic schedule

Tuesday 27th June
Photo tips with Lyndsey James, founder of Photocraft photography school and Photo Boards. Come along, pick up styling tips and ask Lyndsey for her advice on your own products and existing photos. Follow Lyndsey on Twitter @LyndseyJames

Read Lyndsey’s photo tips and  enter our competition to win £50 to spend on Photo Board backgrounds for your shots here http://blog.folksy.com/2017/06/15/product-photography-tips

Tuesday 4th July
topic and host tbc

Tuesday 11th July
topic and host tbc

Tuesday 18th July
topic and host tbc

 

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#folksyhour meet-up

Folksy Hour Meet Up

Add Saturday 15th July to your diaries!

We’ll be heading to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park for a #folksyhour meet-up and we’re hoping for sunshine, relaxed vibes and a picnic surrounded by green fields and Henry Moores. We’ll be meeting in front of the Underground Gallery at YSP at 11am on Saturday 15th July. Bring yourselves and a picnic.

This meet-up is totally informal – it’s not a scary networking thing and you don’t even need to be a #folksyhour regular to come along – everyone is welcome!

Head over to this thread on our forums if you want to arrange lift shares etc, and let us know if you can come!
https://talk.folksy.com/t/folksyhour-meet-up/14072

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If you have any topics you would like to us to cover in a future #folksyhour please email them to us at community@folksy.co.ukYou can find out more about #folksyhour and how it works here >>

Illustration by Ellie Press

 

 


 

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Previous #folksyhour topics, chat summaries and related blog posts for further reading…

(picture credit: Textile Puffin Sculpture by Big Bird, Little Bird)

 

How to appeal to the wedding giftware market – in this edition of Folksy Hour we’re going to be looking at the market for wedding thank you gifts. What are wedding thank you gifts, is it a market you can cater for and how can you reach the customers looking for wedding gifts

Read the chat summary >
Related Blog Post: Wedding Thank You Gifts – Opportunities to expand your range of giftware

 

Your new Folksy stats page – we look at what’s included on the brand new analytics page and how you can use the information to track your success and improve your reach
Read the chat summary >
Related Blog Post: Your new stats page is here!

 

#folksyhour road trip / meet-up – in this slightly crazy edition of Folksy Hour we came up with different dates and locations for a Folksy Hour meet up.
Try to get your head around the chat summary >

 

How to start and run your own hashtag – hosted by Katie Robbins aka Ceramic Magpie. Katie is potter who makes porcelain vessels and runs the #wipsandblooms hashtag on Instagram. Follow Katie on Instagram @ceramicmagpie and @ceramicmagpie on Twitter.
Read the chat summary >
Related Blog Post: How to harness the power of Instagram hashtags to grow your community and brand

 

Where to access support or advice for creative businesses – hosted by Helen Bottrill founder of the The Creative Business Network. Follow @TheCBNTeam on Twitter
Read the chat summary 
Related blog post: Where to access support and advice if you are a small creative businesses

 

The link between craft and well-being – hosted by Clare Gordon from Clare Gets Crafty. Follow Clare on Twitter at @claregetscrafty
Read the chat summary

 

Sale or Return – how does SOR work, can it be a good way to start selling to shops and what are the pitfalls?
Read the chat summary
Related blog posts: read our blog posts on selling to retailers 

 

People buy from people: how to put your personality across in your Folksy bio, at craft fairs and on online – hosted by David Andrews from And At What Cost. Follow David on Twitter @andatwhatcost
Read the chat summary 

 

How to price your work – hosted by Folksy with special guests the Indie Retail Academy and The Design Trust
Read the chat summary
Related blog posts: Pricing tips for craft sellers

 

Skills swaps and skill shares – Kirsty & Adrienne from Frilly Industries explore the possibilities of skill swaps and how we can all work together as a creative community to make them happen more often. Follow Frilly Industries on Twitter at @frillyind

Read the chat summary 
Related blog post: How collaboration can help grow your craft business

 

Twitter tips from an original Tweeter– hosted by Emily Clark from Larryware. Follow Emily on Twitter at @EmyJSkylark
Read the chat summary
Related blog post: How *you* can learn to love Twitter! Twitter tips from one of the very first tweeters

 

Confidence: losing it, building it, keeping it – hosted by Trudi Murray. Follow Trudi on Twitter at @Trudilula
Read the chat summary
Related blog post: How to find your confidence as an artist and maker 

 

“Connecting with influencers – how to get noticed by bloggers who will feature your work.” #folksyhour special hosted by founding editor of Creative Boom Katy Cowan. Follow Creative Boom on Twitter @creativeboommag
Read the chat summary
Related blog posts: 15 ways to get your work featured in magazines and blogs

 

Desert Island Crafts – hosted by Teresa Bettelley from Shirley Rainbow. Follow Teresa on Twitter at @SRainbow_TB
Read the chat summary

 

How to run a creative business – hosted by papercut artist Charlotte Trimm from By Charlie’s Hand. Follow her on Twitter at @bycharlieshand
Read the chat summary

 

Folksyhour special: How to choose the best craft fair for you with guest Eleanor Gill @MrsMarketUK from Love Your Local Market
Read the chat summary
Related blog posts: read our Craft Fair Advice series
Related blog post: how to choose the right craft market for your business

 

Blogging: platforms and ideas for craft blogs –  by jeweller Elizabeth Anne Norris. Follow Elizabeth on Twitter at @eanjewellery
Read the chat summary
Related blog post: Is blogging worth it?

 

How to approach galleries and shops – hosted by printmaker Jane Duke from Stoneflower @stoneflowerjane
Read the chat summary
Related blog post: How to approach retailers

 

Vegetable shortages, lookalikes and Trump on style – #folksyhour goes off on a tangent with host Alison Sye @alisonsye at the helm
Read the chat summary

 

What are your craft confessions – hosted by Emma from Ellie Press @Elliepressuk
Read the chat summary

 

Resolutions for 2017: what will you be doing and what WON’T you be doing this year
Read the chat summary

 

How has 2016 been? What lessons can you learn for next year?
Read the chat summary

 

Facebook Live – what is it and how do you use it?
Read the chat summary
Related blog post: How to reach more people on Facebook

 

What’s on your Christmas list? The best books and gifts for makers.
Read the chat summary
Related blog post:The best books for makers

 

Have you got Christmas all wrapped up? What else can you do to get more sales in these busy weeks?
Read the chat summary

 

Craft workshops. Are you thinking about running your own workshop? What do you need to know, how do you price it and how do you get people to sign up?
Read the chat summary

 

Clickable tags are here! What are they, how do they work and how do you choose the right ones for your products?
Read the chat summary
Related blog post: New Clickable Tags and how to use them

 

Great ideas for craft fair displays – the best ways to display jewellery and other items on your craft fair stall
Read the chat summary
Related blog post: Craft Fair inspiration – Big ideas for small tables

 

Planning your blog posts – how to come up with ideas and keep motivated
Read the chat summary

 

Ideas for Christmas promotions. What offers have you run in the past? What’s worked well for you?
Read the chat summary

 

How to schedule your social media posts to save time
Read the chat summary

 

How to improve your reach on Facebook
Read the chat summary
Related blog post: How to improve your reach on Facebook – 7 ways to get your posts seen

 

Title and keyword SOS – how would you look for an item, what would you search for on Google? Submit your products and help other sellers with theirs
Read the chat summary
Related blog post: SEO Dos and Don’ts for craft seller

 

Christmas checklist: How to get your shop Christmas-ready
Read the chat summary
Related blog post: Christmas Checklist: get your shop ready for Christmas

 

What do you think of Instagram Stories? Have you used it, how do you used it and do you think it’s affected the reach of traditional post on your Instagram grid?
Read the chat summary
Related blog post: What are Instagram Stories and how do I use them

 

What skills do you need to run an online craft shop? Where are your weaknesses and what are your strengths? What do you need help with?
Read the chat summary

 

What makes a good craft fair survival kit?
Read the chat summary
Related blog post: How to sell more at markets and craft fairs
Related blog post: The essential craft fair checklist

 

Ideas for good Pinterest boards – how to create an interesting board that other people will love too
Read the chat summary
Related blog post: How to choose the right social media channel for you

 

How to take a good product shot using just your mobile phone
Read the chat summary

 

Ideas for #folksyfriday – what is it, how it can help promote your work and how you can join in?
Read the chat summary
Related blog post: What is Folksy Friday and how can I join in
Related blog post: Folksy Friday – Garden Birds by I Am Acrylic

 

How to use video to promote your craft and your business
Read the chat summary

 

How to use Twitter – revisited with extra tips
Read the chat summary
Related blog post: 10 Super Useful Twitter Tips

 

What makes a good Meet the Maker page – what should you include in your profile?
Read the chat summary

 

What makes a good business card
Read the chat summary
Related Pinterest Board: Business Card Inspiration

 

How to boost Father’s Day sales
Read the chat summary

 

How to use Google Analytics and how it can help your craft business
Read the chat summary

 

What makes a good lifestyle product shot
Read the chat summary
Related blog post: How to take great styled product shots

 

How to balance marketing with making
Read the chat summary

 

Great reads! What should you be reading if you’re a maker? What are the best novels, craft books and business books for designers and makers?
Read the chat summary >

 

How to make sense of Twitter – and how it can help your creative business
Read the chat summary >

 

Female craft heroes – an International Women’s Day special
Read the chat summary >

 

How to take good pictures for Instagram
Read the chat summary >

 

How to sell handmade craft internationally
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: How to get your shop ready for international orders

 

GUEST EXPERTS – Ask the accountant
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: Everything you need to know about tax if you sell craft online

 

How to find good content to share
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: How to find great content to share on social media >

 

How to find new customers
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: How to get your products in front of the right customers

 

How to keep your shop fresh
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: How to keep your online shop fresh – without making new products

 

How to get your shop ready for Valentine’s Day
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: How to boost your Valentine’s Day sales

 

How do you get your all important first sale?
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: Selling online – a simple checklist

 

Goals and Resolutions for 2016
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: Review your business

 

How to catch last-minute Christmas shoppers
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: How to get your shop ready for the Christmas rush

 

Creating graphics and shareable images for your online shop
Read the chat summary >

 

How to do Black Friday as an independent seller
Read the chat summary >

 

How to give your Christmas sales an extra push
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: How to sell more at Christmas

 

Keywords: what are they and which ones should you be using in your shop?
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: Top 5 SEO do’s and don’ts for craft sellers

 

How to get more favourites and shop followers
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: How to get more followers and favourites in your shop

 

How to make the most of Halloween
Read the chat summary >

 

How do you package your handmade products?
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: Selling craft online – 8 things to get right

 

Creating great product photographs for your Folksy shop
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: Selling craft online – how to take better photographs

 

GUEST EXPERTS – How can you get more press?
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: 15 Ways to get your work featured in magazines and on blogs

 

The best blogs and magazines for designers and makers
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: Must -read lifestyle magazines for designers and makers

 

Custom orders and personalisation
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: A complete guide to selling custom orders and personalised gifts online

 

Why being niche is important for your business
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: How to find your niche

 

GUEST EXPERTS – Top tips for selling at craft fairs
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: The essential craft fair checklist featuring tips from Crafty Fox Market and Craftacular

 

What makes a good craft fair?
Read the chat summary >
Related blog posts: Craft Fair Reviews

 

Can free postage boost your sales
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: Should you offer free delivery?

 

GUEST EXPERTS – How to use hashtags
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: How to use hashtags on Instagram

 

How to run a successful promotion
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: Running a sale – how to use discount codes effectively

 

How to make the most of quiet times in your shop
Read the chat summary >

 

How to write good product descriptions
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: How to write a good product description

 

GUEST EXPERTS – How can you manage your time more effectively?
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: Time management tips

 

Blogging: how a blog can help your craft business
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: How your blog can work as a marketing tool for your business

 

How can Facebook boost your online craft business?
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: How to use Facebook adverts to boost your craft business
Related blog post: How one designer used Facebook to become a bestseller

 

What’s the best way to learn a craft?
Read the chat summary >

 

GUEST EXPERTS – SEO for your online shop
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: SEO tips

 

Creative surroundings
Read the chat summary >

 

How can collaboration boost your business?
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: How collaboration can help grow your business

 

What would you say to someone thinking of selling their work?
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: Thinking about selling your work online? Folksy sellers share their tips

 

Craft Heroes and Villains
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: Who are the heroes and villains of craft?

 

GUEST EXPERTS – Pinterest tips for designers, makers and crafters
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: How Pinterest can help your craft and design business
Related blog post: Top 10 tips for Pinterest 

 

What would you do if money was no object
Read the chat summary >

 

Postage advice for online sellers
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: Everything you need to know about postage for your online shop

 

GUEST EXPERTS – Copyright advice for designers
Read the chat summary >
Related blog post: Three experts answer your copyright questions

 

How to be original
Read the chat summary >

 

GUEST EXPERTS – How to take better product shots
Related blog post: Top photography tips from professional photographers

 

 

 

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