Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The questions we don't have answers to

I have been looking for ways to keep my shop up to date with the latest and greatest ways to get noticed. I have had my shop open since October of 2011 and while my sales have improved and gone up, it is not where I would like it to be.
The biggest thing I have heard and seen from other blogs and Etsy blog and site is your PHOTOS are what is a huge selling point. I have tried to make sure that my pictures are good, but I know a few of them are not the best. Never the less I still haven't sold nearly as much as I would have thought that for the ones that my photos are great. So it makes me wonder? What is a good or great photo? What will make your item and shop pop more then others so you get noticed?

I have also gone through my shop several times and adjusted my pricing for my items. My biggest issue lies with pricing though I think. I make small baby anklets that don't use up very much yarn and then it makes it hard for me to price it. I don't know how many anklets that I can make when I buy one skein of yarn. Or how much of the embroidery floss I use when I make them. How do you calculate that?

I find myself going to other shops for insight and looking at all their wonderful photos. One of the shops that I love the photos of is on my own team in Etsy. Its a shop from Something for Baby team called Littlebit and Whimsy. https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittlebitandWhimsy?ref=pr_shop_more
She makes the most adorable baby hats and such with the most gorgeous photos of babies wearing them. Now I try my best to make due with what I have to use, but I don't have a baby to use to show off my little items. My son is 4 years old and I use him when I can with some of my other items like my
kids scarf shown here:
I love to use him when I can cause he just adds so much to my photos, but he is not an infant LOL









Each and everyday I try to look at my shop and think of ways to make it better and better. I guess that will only come with time and patience!