The entire point to this little post is not to bring people down or to make them want to quit but it is to bring attention to how important our grassroots advertising and promotions are. If you want to be successful there will be 3 ways (as I see it) Pure luck and timing (which we all use a little,) Pay professionals to manage your Marketing or Pool your resources with others and spend a lot of your own time promoting. I strongly believe we have power in numbers; we are little fish in a big ocean but together we can be seen from satellite! For a good example of this check out my short post to see evidence of how fast the Twitter Tree improved traffic to my shop and put me on Etsy's radar http://butterflyintheattic.blogspot.com/2013/10/wow-twitter-tree-really-works-take-look.html
There are several opportunities for Etsy, Artfire and free standing shops to self promote and while helping yourself you help others that are in the same situation. I host several of them and join in many others. Here are few that are current:
Friday is my turn to host the Twitter Tree, here is the link to take a peek: http://butterflyintheattic.blogspot.com/2013/10/twitter-tree_25.html
It may seem a bit involved at first but is very simple; give it a try, if have questions the group is wonderful and will gladly help you. We are all there for the same reason to tweet and get tweeted.
The Twitter Tree is hosted 3 times a week; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by different blogs. If you would like to receive notice of when they are running you can send me your email and interest to ButterflyInTheAttic at Yahoo dot com. I will email you the links.
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They're in Week 6 and it is a great way to link up your items
Teams found on Etsy and Artfire are also very helpful:
A few Bloggers are very dedicated to group promotion one great blog to visit would be Christie Cottage. She often has several promotions and features going on and is a great resource:
The PPT Team's BNS is open to members for free all they have to do is express interest to me and after I add them to the next BNS they will need to help promote.
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There are many other opportunities for marketing your shop for free or for a very small fee; the most important thing is that you are doing something to market yourself. If you simply list your items and wait for something to happen it never will, even if it is the next best thing to sliced bread, because no one will even know it is there.
So my challenge to you is go out and find some great groups and Promote! Promote! Promote! We may be small but we pack a punch.... GOOOOoooo.... TEAM! Raahh!