Being inspired, I decided to host one at my apartment this weekend. Michelle, Korie, Talia, Eko and I spent the afternoon chatting about what we make, possible new projects, tagging, descriptions, titles and social media.
Everyone's at different points in our businesses. Some are just starting out on Etsy and some have been members for several years.
With a number of snacks and drinks on hand to keep us occupied, here are some tips we got:
Re-listing - Korie's shop has been open on Etsy for barely a month and she's already had 6 sales! She credits re-listing 3 times a day to keep her shop relevant.
Facebook - Several of us are on Facebook and we use it to help market our shops, new items and other things that may interest our fans.
House Parties - Michelle had 2 parties thrown for her (in Washington and LA) and each host asked her to bring several of her pieces. She sold a number of items and gave her jewelry some exposure. This would be a great idea during the holidays!
Twitter - Can't afford to re-list every day? Use it to promote your items without spending 20 cents. And use those hashtags for Etsy teams your apart of. They can retweet you and help promote you to their followers.
Tagging - Use Etsy Teams in your tags! If someone finds out about one of the teams your part of and searches for the team in Etsy, your item will show up in a search if you put the team name in your tags.
Instag.ram, Flickr & Pinterest - Great ways to give your work exposure!
Lightbox - It pays to buy or make one! Your photos will be awesome!
LinkedIn - Great way to professionally network with other sellers, especially if you are looking for a day job.
This was a great afternoon and loved meeting Michelle, Eko, Talia and Korie. We added each other's shops to our favorites and connected through Facebook and Twitter. I hope that SF Etsy members get together more because we can learn so much from each other. If you're a seller, see if any other sellers live near by and have a meet-up of your own!