Thursday, June 7, 2012

Creative Growth: Building Your Online Presence


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Expanding your online presence doesn't need to cost a bundle. You can build an online presence with little or no budget at all if you are willing to expend a little time and effort in the process.  Here are some DIY ways to build your business presence (and your creative social circle) on a budget:


Blog much?
  • Start your own Blog on a free platform like Blogger or Wordpress. 
  • It is a great way to share your creations, creative process etc to build a web presence as well as show some of the individualism and personality behind your creations.
Get Social! 
  • Social networks are about being social, so try and maintain a balance between chatter, your shares and sharing on behalf of others.
  • Tweet up at storm on Twitter, but please don't make it a constant spam timeline of your latest listings.   To get started, check out this Twitter guide.
  • Create a Facebook Page and network with friends, customers and fellow creatives. 
  • It is still pretty new and quiet, but why not give Google+ a try as well?
  • Join Pinterest and share your style, favourite discoveries, and fabulous finds with others.  
  • Join in your local Etsy team or one that suits your art, interests, etc.
Get Featured
  • Build yourself a mini-press kit.
  • Ask for a feature from a friend or a favourite blogger. Remember to be gracious if a blogger declines and to share the word if you do get featured - it is good for both you and your host.
Pay it Forward
  • Feature others. Good traffic karma will follow. :)
  • Keep the "social" alive and well in your use of social media, comment on blogs, pin fabulous discoveries from others, and join in the conversation within the creative community.
  • Create Etsy treasuries, like interesting listings/shops, build your Etsy circles and consider getting in on a local or special interest team.  
  • Go shopping. :) Very few people appreciate handmade like fellow artists, and many shop handmade for supplies and items which are not in their creative niche.
Put Your Best Creative Foot Forward
  • Have great photos of your creations that encourage people to look at more of your items and eventually find that one they just have to buy! 
  • Have a brand, not just a product, and make sure that you accompany it with great customer service so that your brand gets remembered for all of the right reasons.
  • Wear/use your own creations.  Be proud to let people know where they can find the items on-line.  

What are your favourite tips for increasing your shop presence or online traffic? We'd love to hear your ideas and experiences.

2 comments:

  1. Some great tips there, I do struggle with social media - maybe I'm just not very social, haha!

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  2. Hehe. :) Social media can be a big time drain, so it is all about finding a balance that works for you.

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