By now you may have heard that the CAST team is having a "Promo Blitz". Look for the promo thread to begin on 4/1. The blitz dates will run Friday 4/1 through Sunday 4/3. There will be a running list in the thread where between 4/1 to 4/3 you can add the item you want promoted. So visit the thread on 4/1, add your item to the list, then promote at least the three previous items on the list. You can do the minimal, which is three items one time or return later and promote them again. You can also promote more items on the list if you have the time. You can also continue to promote the list during the following week but there will be no obligation to promote anyone added on the list after 4/3. How should you promote? Any of the following are good ways to promote:
BLOG: If you have a blog - create a blog post featuring your three items or three shops.
FACEBOOK: Share the three items on your facebook page. I usually go to the etsy item page, copy and past it onto my facebook business page and I might add something descriptive that will encourage someone to click the link like "this is so pretty".
TWITTER: Share the items on twitter. (The easiest way is to use the share button on each item's etsy page.)
Click the share button, the post will show in the "what's happening box" on your twitter - you can then make a few changes if you'd like to add something like "Check this out" "beautiful item" "You gotta see this" before posting it. You should also add hash tags if you have room. #castteam #etsybot #handmadebot are good choices. etsybot and handmadebot may retweet your tweets and castteam will make it easier for some of us to find the tweets and retweet.
Bookmark the items on your STUMBLEUPON or KABOODLE. Once you have an account, you can do this from the "share button" on the Etsy item page. You can also bookmark your blog post or someone elses blog post or your treasury.
Create a TREASURY including your 3 items or others from the thread. If you have Stumbleupon, Kaboodle, Twitter and Facebook, you can also post your treasury to those sites.
You don't need to do all of these but I would challenge you to try something new. If you don't have a Stumbleupon or Kaboodle account consider starting one. Those of us more familiar with using these sites will be available in the thread if you get stuck and need some advice.
I'm looking forward to this because it is an opportunity to become more familiar with the shops on the CAST team and am hopeful for views and ultimately sales for those who participate. The CAST team is made up of a great group of shop owners who care about helping one another succeed so I am hopeful that many of us will promote as many items as possible as often as we can. I know that I plan on trying to promote all the posted items at least once.