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What’s happening at Folksy – March 2011

by James
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A selection of Spring related items on Folksy

Hello! Spring is finally beginning to show it’s face, although we’re still shivvering away here in the North.  March is an exciting month for crafts as the Craft fair season kicks back in to gear and with Mother’s Day just around the corner there are lots of gorgeous gifts on Folksy.  We hope March is a great month for all our sellers.

February Statistics

  • February orders were up 6% from January, that’s a huge 73% increase on February 2010.
  • We had visits from 299,806 different people, this is an increase of 153% on February 2010.
  • Folksy was viewed in 120 different languages.
  • Congratulations to Polka Dots and Posies, Pants and Paper, Quernus Crafts and Tights for Sore Eyes who were our most visited shops.

Registration improvements

We’re just doing the final testing of the registration changes to the site that we announced last month so these will be live on the site soon.

Category changes

Thank you to everyone who has continued to suggest further categories for Folksy, we now have a designated forum post for categories in the Forums, you can find it here.

Here are the latest Category changes and additions:

  • Dolls and Collectables – This is changed from Toys and Dolls
  • Stationery
    • Notepad
    • Writing Paper
  • Homeware
    • Hot Water Bottle cover
    • Spiritual
    • Sewing & Knitting gifts
  • Art and photography
    • ACEO
  • Jewellery
    • Jewellery Sets
  • Fond farewell

    This month we say a fond farewell to Toni, our Support staff.  Toni has worked hard at solving all your problems for the past year and as the first point of call for our users, she’s been the friendly and helpful face of the team.  We’d like to thank her for all her hard work, she’ll be missed by all at Folksy.

    Joining us on the team will be Sian, you might know her as Siansburys on Folksy and we hope you’ll all offer her a warm welcome.  Sian will be based out of our office in Sheffield and will be answering all your support queries as well as choosing our featured sellers and items for the site.  Sian will also be helping Hilary in the forums.

    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, Hilary and Sian.

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19 comments

karen March 1, 2011 - 7:46 pm

I’ve enjoyed reading the above and do find it useful. Could you also in future comment on what type of shops are doing well just to give us an idea of whats selling well at the moment

heather aka NiftyKnits March 1, 2011 - 7:51 pm

Extremely useful thank you :-) It seems only yesterday that the folksy team was just James and Rob!

Hilary March 1, 2011 - 8:30 pm

Thanks for all the hard work Toni – I will miss you lots :( xxx

gooseberrymoon March 1, 2011 - 8:36 pm

Really useful. Interesting to see the stats, would be good to see sales and order figures.

Sarah @ Folksy March 1, 2011 - 8:40 pm

Order figures are now attached – we were just waiting on our tech team to send them over so sorry for the delay!

Sarah
Folksy Manager

Dorota March 1, 2011 - 8:41 pm

Thanks a lot. In the future I would like to see how many views my shop has a day or be able to look at some statistics-tools. Anyway I think you do an amazing job and look forward to see your innovative ideas.

averilpam March 1, 2011 - 8:46 pm

Thanks for this, it’s great to be kept up to date in this way!

Sarah @ Folksy March 1, 2011 - 9:02 pm

Thanks for the feedback Karen, we’ll look into that!
Hi Dorota, here is some info you might find useful:
http://blog.folksy.com/category/seller-tips/google-analytics-basics
Using Google Analytics you can track the number of views to your shop, it’s a very useful addition!
Thanks

Sarah
Folksy Manager

CeeGee Jewellery Design March 1, 2011 - 9:09 pm

Thanks for the update, always interesting. I’d love a stat showing what percentage of sales go to buyers who don’t have their own Folksy shop. Would be a really good indicator of how successfully we’re reaching the wider world…

Dorota March 1, 2011 - 9:30 pm

Thanks for that info. Find it very useful.

jean March 1, 2011 - 9:37 pm

Thank you for the information,im quite new to folksy,but i do love it on here.Theres so much help and people are so friendly.I only wish i could post photos on the forum.I have read the help section about it and tried to follow peoples advice,but just cant master it,maybe one day it will just click in my brain.Anyway,thanks for all your help,on admin.
jean xx

Polly March 1, 2011 - 10:09 pm

That’s great, particularly like the change from ‘Toys and Dolls’ to ‘Dolls and Collectables’.
Much more suitabale for my mohair bears as they are adults’ collectables.

Maxine Veronica March 2, 2011 - 6:18 am

Great info, it’s really nice to see that traffic has increased and orders are up. Thanks for the ACEO Category too much appreciated.

Frances March 2, 2011 - 8:51 am

Great to read all the news. It would be really good to hear about your activities to publicise Folksy e.g mentions in the press. Bringing new shoppers to Folksy offers motivation to all us sellers.

Keep up the good work, thanks

Traceyann - Artisan Silver Jewellery & Keepsakes March 2, 2011 - 8:56 am

Those statistics are amazing and really uplifting at this time when the country is having such financial difficulties.

I’ve noticed a lot more interest and sales from abroad in the past month – especially France.

Folksy – Thank you for all your good work!!!

:)

Katie- Just Bev Soaps March 2, 2011 - 10:32 am

Thank you for the information, I always find it interesting looking at the figures and also being able to see which traders sold the most, as it gives us new ideas of ways to improve our shop!

Thanks :~)

Julia K Walton March 4, 2011 - 7:09 pm

Hi! Thanks for the update Folksy Team!

Any updates on having a separate ‘Supplies’ area?

Kelly - Kent Coast Creations March 7, 2011 - 5:52 pm

Thanks for the update!

Any chance of being able to view how many times a particular item has been viewed?

Polka Dots And Posies April 1, 2011 - 12:46 pm

Ohooo just seen this, someone just sent the link. Lovely post, and hearing my shop was visited quite a bit has really cheered me up :0) x

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