Saturday, March 17, 2012

Etsy Shop, Shop Marketing and Photography

I'm trying out Shop Marketing to see if this helps to bring customers to my Etsy shop.  It looks like it might be a nice feature.  You can schedule posting of items from your Etsy shop to Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, StumbleUpon and Tumblr.  I did a test with a few of my items to see how they appeared and I appreciate any comments that I get.  I am looking for suggestions on photographs and tags for the shop.  

I have been listing things on Etsy for the past nine months and have had very little traffic.  I have even used the promotional ads that they have available.  It took me awhile to get listings in Etsy because of the photograph element.  Even though I have three very artistic children - all have studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design and all have excellent photography skills, I was pretty much on my own when it came to taking my jewelry photos.  It wasn't until I saw a blog about using the macro setting on your camera that I got decent enough shots to use.  Even though I'm not a young chick, I have no problem reading and learning new things.  I did a little experimenting with backgrounds and when the sun is shining I think the shots turn out okay.  My middle son has given me some pointers on editing photos with LightRoom and I have started adjusting exposures, cropping a few basic things. My kiddies have also been very critical of layouts and not getting too fussy with backgrounds so I am trying to heed their suggestions.  It all it a lot bit of trial and error and being able to take criticism and adjust.  

This morning is a really nice sunny day and so I'm out on my dew kissed deck trying to take pics.  Problem is that no matter where I move my pieces I get a shadow.  Now I must wait until my son gets home from work to see what he suggests.  Also, I'm trying to take pictures of earrings for the first time and I find it really hard to get a shot that doesn't look awkward.   Same goes for really long necklaces.  

The thing I love most about the beading community is the ability to share and ask questions and I am learning a lot from other jewelry makers.  So any comments or suggestions are welcome.  

Enjoy your St Patrick's day and the beautiful weather that most of the country is enjoying.  

1 comment:

  1. Linda,
    Best wishes to you on up coming sales. Your jewelry is very pretty and looks comfortable to wear. I have the same problem with shadow, but not so much now that I purchased a photo tent.


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