Did you hear the news … They finally caught me! I’m going to jail … but it’s for a great cause — MDA!
Shasta McLaughlin of Extravaganza Crafts has been asked to go to "LockUp" to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on April 11, 2013.
Muscular dystrophy is a disease where the muscles of the body get weaker and weaker. The Muscular Dystrophy Association raises funds for research, medical treatments and therapy, wheelchairs, and for kids with muscular dystrophy to attend MDA Summer Camp.
When my LinkedIn profile wasn't complete and was full of generic information everyone else had it did nothing for my Art and Craft Newsletter and Small Business Consulting. I bought a $47 product from Kristina Jaramillo and Eric Gruber of
Facebook has its own guidelines when it comes to giveaways. This is very important because if you do not follow their rules your Facebook page could be deleted. To put it simply, Facebook does not want to have anything to do with your giveaway.
When you own a small business the best way to attract customers and keep them involved is to keep them entertained. This should not be done on your shop website as that is for the sole purpose of displaying your items. Most of us (online vendors) have turned to Facebook, Twitter or Google+.
I prefer to use Facebook to engage with my customers since it is very user friendly. You can share new items, link back to your shop (most important), share sales, coupon codes, etc.
Are You Using Pinterest
To Sell Your Arts And Crafts?
Who Are Pinterest Users?
Pinterest users are generally young females busily pinning and repinning images of hand crafted works of art to their favorite boards. Females are known for being purchasers for their families making this the perfect place to meet your target market.
Come tell us about yourself and your business. Ask the questions that have been plaguing your art or craft business. The group can help answer your questions. Tell us what you think about the art and craft show business, how the economy is affecting arts and crafts, tell us what you’re hearing on the streets regarding arts and crafts etc.
Your blog is an excellent tool for selling your jewelry online. In fact, many jewelry artists sell their work exclusively from their blogs.
You can stir up your readers' interest in your work by blogging about how your jewelry is created, what's unique about a particular piece or component, what the piece signifies to you, what happened while you were creating it, etc.
Wondered what arts and crafts are selling well at craft fairs this year? Need to know what colors are in style this season? Want to know if one neckline is more popular now than another, for your jewelry or clothing festival booth?
Facebook and Pinterest can help.
They have derived ways to make people tell them exactly what they like. With some research on your part on Facebook or Pinterest you can also know what crafts people like.
Reasons Your Art or Craft Business
Needs Social Marketing
The idea behind a blog (and other social media) for your handcrafted arts and crafts is if someone comes to your craft show booth or online craft store but isn't ready to buy for any reason such as they don't have money right now, planning for a future purchase or occasion, love your product but don't need it right now, or are just looking...
They follow you and you can continue to market to them.
Facebook Page Helps Your Art or Craft
Business Know Who Your Customers Are
Have you ever wondered exactly who your craft show customers are? Who to target in your advertising? How to find out if your target market is male or female, what age they are, or where they are located? Ever wondered who was most likely to walk into your craft show booth?
Your art and craft based Facebook business page can help.
First of all if you don't have a Facebook business page I suggest getting one.
Facebook is a great place to drive art and craft sales when your posts are providing value to the reader, but will harm your reputation done incorrectly.
Being a professional artist or crafter is having an idea, talent, and skill and developing that into a business. It's learning proper ways of marketing those skills and when done properly any business can succeed to some degree of success.