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What’s happening at Folksy :: October 2010

by Folksy Support
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A selection of items from the most viewed shops of September 2010. Congratulations to Whimsical Wren Jewellery, Babylonglegs, JAustenJewelleryDesign, Pants and Paper and Teasemade.

Hello! We’re back with another round-up of Folksy news and stats. The highlight of the past month was the release of our new Facebook application. Over 500 Facebook shops were installed in a little over 24 hours after the release, with sellers telling us how pleased they were with the easy installation. There’s a sticky in the Chittah Chattah forum if you need any advice on installing your shop front on Facebook.

We’ve also made a few design changes to Folksy, reducing the header size and streamlining the search box area to make the site easier to use for customers, as well as improving the performance of the site by re-introducing caching.

September 2010

  • Folksy had visits from 204,665 different people – a 10% increase on August 2010 (and 165% on September 2009 and that’s not including figures from the forums or the blog)
  • 15% increase in New Visitors to the site compared to August, with September 13th being the busiest day for new people at over 8000 new visits.  Much of this increase came from search traffic which also increased by nearly 7%.
  • Our Facebook fan page is growing rapidly, with over 800 new fans since our last update!

Shop Sections Coming Soon

Shop sections are on target to be deployed in early November. We know how important this is to our buyers and sellers and it’s our number one priority to get this rolled out as soon as possible.  Andrew our design lead has been designing the styling and creating the core functions required to create and manage the sections and Doug (our developer) is going to produce the magic to make the pages work.

What else?

We’re aiming to complete the Folksy Festive sampler for publication by mid November. Anne has been working hard on finding items and getting the content together for the last few weeks.   We’ll be looking for your help with distribution to local independent shops and craft venues, so a Folksy paper round is in the offing.

Email newsletters will kick off later this month.  For a while now we’ve been bedeviled by the strain these newsletters put on the service, however this has been resolved and we can now re-introduce emails.  Going forward we’re also planning to create separate seller specific emails to keep makers in the loop about seller specific updates (as we realise the blog and the forums are not read by everyone, *sob*).


We’re still promoting your Halloween items through the Halloween badge on the site, and will move onto Christmas themed items from November 1st, with the whole of the first week of November devoted to decorations, so be sure to appropriately tag any festive items you have in your shops.

We’ll also be producing a number of gift guides on the blog and via email this year.  We’ll let you know in advance what the themes and keywords are so you can tag your products accordingly.

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A selection of items available at www.folksy.com tagged with the keyword ‘Scarf’ an essential accessory now it’s getting so chilly.

The Forums

You may have noticed Hilary (aka Haptree, our blog editor) in the forums a lot more recently, she’s going to be taking on the additional role of helping to ensure the smooth running of the forums, answering queries and reporting back to the support and technical teams.  We think that integrating the management of the blog, forums, social networking and support areas will make it easier for sellers to find helpful resources and for the Folksy community areas to grow.  We’ll be taking cues from forum topics on what you would like to hear about in this community blog and the areas that need to be developed in our searchable support area, which is already a mine of information for buyers and sellers.

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 – Anne, Hilary, Toni, Doug, Andrew, Rob and James.

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A Knit 4 All Seasons October 21, 2010 - 7:56 am

I think the update is very usful keep them coming

HandyWoodcrafts October 21, 2010 - 9:06 am

Always good to know whats happening and whats changing in the future. Great work keep it coming.

Lynwoodcrafts October 21, 2010 - 9:17 am

Accurate information is essential – much better than ‘misinformation’ or ‘imagination’. Good positive progress – thank you! Please may we have this monthly? Haptree’s increased presence in the forum has been noticeable and very helpful!(also thank you for putting my scarf pic in)

Dawn of 'Audrey's Cat' October 21, 2010 - 9:19 am

Thanks for the update, shop sections is on my own personal wish list so it’ll be great to see that happening. Thanks also for the heads up on Xmas Items, Got one or two thing to start listing…

Victoria October 21, 2010 - 9:36 am

Great improvements! How will we know if we’ve been featured in the folksy sampler?

Through The Round Window October 21, 2010 - 9:38 am

Really enjoy these updates and Hilary is doing a fantastic job of keeping everyone in the loop :^)

Is it possible to have some kind of (monthly? quarterly?) round-up of press coverage? Would be good to see how often Folksy is actually getting “out there” in the real world.

Well done to the top sellers too!


Steff (dreamsuntold) October 21, 2010 - 11:17 am

Hey, thanks a lot- good to know! Yay to Doug, good job doing the magic!

Lara Humpherys, Poppyfields Design October 21, 2010 - 11:57 am

Great news about the sections coming, about about lots of new visitors! Can’t wait!

Chicita October 21, 2010 - 12:05 pm

Cheers for the stats. Very useful information and I’m so pleased we are getting shop sections at long last. More figures please. I’d like to know how many active shops are open from month to month, and how many of each category there are if possible.

Natalie October 21, 2010 - 1:16 pm

Fantastic,things are really moving forwards at a great pace!

Thank you for all your hard work.

Natalie x

Denise from Littledaydreamers October 21, 2010 - 1:17 pm

Brilliant. Thanks for updating us and it’s great to know about all these new visitors. Keep up the good work x

Wenona (Nithria) October 21, 2010 - 1:22 pm

This update is extremely usufull and I am already looking forward to reading the next one.

lauren Ceramics October 21, 2010 - 1:23 pm

great news. can’t wait to get listing some more things and organise my shop. thanks for the update. Look forward to the festive sampler, last years was a big hit.

Gelert Design October 21, 2010 - 1:34 pm

One thing I would ask for is that you run ideas past seller first. It’s all well and good making changes to the site, but they’re not always thoroughly thought out – eg the latest changes to the shipping options which aren’t the changes that we really need there.
Same with the upcoming sections. Hopefully they’ll be just what we need, but surely it would be better to canvas opinion on how we the sellers want the sections to work before going ahead and doing it? For example, items being able to be shown in more than one section and the ability to reorganise the items in the shop.
Anyway, apart from that, thanks for the update – they are very helpful.

Lynda Norton October 21, 2010 - 1:39 pm

Yes thank you, the update is great. Nice to see such good figures there too.

Onwards and forwards.

Cinnamon Jewellery October 21, 2010 - 1:47 pm

Very useful! It’s great to know what’s happening in the world of Folksy :D

Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics October 21, 2010 - 1:55 pm

Thanks for the update, I’m looking forward to seeing the new sections soon. Will sellers be able to add their own sections, rather than selecting from custom sections?

averilpam October 21, 2010 - 2:44 pm

Thanks for the update. I too am hoping we can create our own sections – I’ve been waiting for this for so long, I’m excited it’s happening before Christmas :)

dotterypottery October 21, 2010 - 2:56 pm

Thanks for the update – I am so looking forward to the shop sections : )
The Folksy Festive sampler is looking good too.
Well done on all your hard work x

dawn bevins October 21, 2010 - 2:56 pm

Thanks for the update, it is nice to know what is happening :)
Can’t wait for the shop sections, you will finally get more 20ps from me and hopefully my shop will still look neat and tidy – everybody wins :) There are a few questions in the comments above I’m interested in too, Charlotte’s, and Gelert’s?
I guess we are all just a bit curious… or impatient about how sections will work :)

Above all else, thank you for all your work :)

Carolyn - CeeGee Jewellery October 21, 2010 - 4:54 pm

Thanks for the update & the stats. Can we have stats on sales though like last month please? I’d also vote for information on press coverage.

Becky / Redbirdjewellery October 21, 2010 - 7:38 pm

Great stuff – so good to know how things are going! Thanks for all the hard work.

Dottie October 21, 2010 - 8:30 pm

All sounds very promising! Thanks for the update :)

Suzanne Allison October 21, 2010 - 9:26 pm

Always good to be kept up to date – thanks.

Can’t wait for the sections!! I will be able to expand my shop massively!

And thanks to haptree for the extra help on the forums :)

Elaine October 22, 2010 - 12:26 pm

Many thanks for keeping us up to date. Looking forward to the new sampler, loves last years one. Yay to the new sections, will make the shops look so much neater.

Shaz from Oddsox October 22, 2010 - 4:51 pm

Great to have info on updates in a big chunk like this thanks. Looking forward to the introduction of sections too. x

vix October 22, 2010 - 7:07 pm

Great to see an update, very useful and looking forward to seeing all the new ideas!


maytree lane October 23, 2010 - 10:09 pm

i would love to see stats on media coverage as well please.
i found folksy by accident, and everytime i tell someone i sell on here, i’m met with blank stares!
we all work hard to promote each other and our own shops, and i think we would all find it encouraging to get an insight into the promotion that folksy itself does.

thanks for the update – keep em coming :)
may x

heather aka NiftyKnits October 24, 2010 - 10:02 pm

good to see an update, thank you, although I wish it was directly to members by email/newsletter. I’m sure there are many members who don’t visit the blog. As has been mentioned by others, I hope the new (and longed for!) sections will be of our own choice.

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