Guest Post from Susan Rosen of Indie Smiles
Hello Folksy shop members from Indiesmiles!
We at Indiesmiles.com wanted to stop by and let you know that our website has so much to offer Folksy members. Even though you may be located across the ocean from the home base of Indiesmiles, it doesn’t really matter, handmade is handmade wherever you reside and whatever you create.
The Indie industry is one that has changed over the years since we’ve become involved in the marketing area of this business. Yes, even though our agenda’s may differ, one shop owner may be posting their items just for the fun of it, and another owner may be posting items on Folksy to make a living; it’s still regarded as a business. You need to spend a certain amount of money on supplies, a banner, shipping materials, etc. So, for all intensive purposes all of the fun also includes a need or a wish to reimburse ourselves for these costs and our time as well.
So once it became apparent that the Independent community, whether it be Zibbet, Artfire, Folksy or Etsy, extensively needed marketing advice, lessons on “how-tos”, interviews to learn how someone else has become successful, as well as exposure. We then decided to put forth efforts to help everyone in the Indie Communities learn how to market and how to spread the word via our articles by contributing columnists from all venues, contests and by offering ad space. Indiesmiles is here to help the handmade community worldwide! That is our goal! One tip that I can provide to Folksy readers is keep your options open, get the world out using Twitter or Facebook and advertising, remember those are the visitors that are loyal because they are not just “stumbling” over your lovely items.
A selection of handmade “Home” inspired items currently featured on the Folksy front page – please click an item for more details.
Presently we are running a huge contest to not only help abused animals but also to celebrate one year of offering articles by contributing columnists our “Indiesmiles Charity Birthday Bash” The focus of this contest is to have our community place donations to ASPCA.org for each “Handmade” or “Pet” photo submitted. Anyone can vote! So please visit our bash and offer any assistance you can whether it be donating and submitting a photo or voting. Prize entries are worldwide! We welcome Folksy’s support!
Finally, visit our website, we are confident that our articles, written by columnists from various handmade sectors, will be of interest to anyone in that owns a handmade shop. Which reminds us that we could certainly use a columnist or 2 that posts their items on Folksy to help our article section become well rounded. So if you enjoy blogging, we will do all we can to make the writing experience fun and fulfilling for you!
Anyone whom has any comments to offer, or wishes to speak directly to Sue, owner of Indiesmiles.com you can certainly feel free to contact her at email@example.com
It was so nice visiting Folksy’ today and collectively we can meld the shores of not only the UK and the USA, but the shores around the world as well!