Wednesday, March 30, 2011

CAST Team Promo Blitz 4/1 to 4/3

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. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Coming soon - CASTteam Promo Thread

Faith Cross Pendant by CROSSyourHeart on Etsy
One of the best decisions I have made since starting My ETSY shop was to join the CAST team  (Christian Artists Street Team)  It's a great place to meet and share with other like minded Christians.  The threads are always full of love and support.  If you are in need of prayer you can post your request and instantly other members will pray.  For many of the members, business is secondary to ministering to one another.  But we would like to promote our businesses too so the CAST Etsy team is going to host a weekly promo thread!  With well over 1000 members, I think that a thread dedicated to promoting our shops on ETSY could be a great success.
Peace Garland by JJspeakman on Esty


Would you like to get noticed and produce more traffic to your shop? Then plan to join with us by visiting the thread, posting your item on the list and then promoting at least the three previous post on the list.  I would recommend that you use a social media site like Facebook or Twitter.  These are good sources since Facebook has 500 million users and Twitter has 140 million users.  Another idea is to use a bookmarking site like Stumbleupon or Kaboodle.   These sites allow you to bookmark and share your favorite sites from around the web.  I plan to devote more time to support and promote others' shops at the beginning.  I hope others will too.   I know that many of us are busy with family and other responsibilities so we don't want anyone to feel overwhelmed. Even if everyone just does a little, it will go a long way.
If you have any promo questions or suggestions for the thread, kindly leave a comment.  ALSO IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE SENT A REMINDER MESSAGE WHEN THE THREAD IS OPENED LEAVE A COMMENT HERE. (leave your e-mail or etsy shop address)