It’s such a great feeling when you connect with new people who share the same interests. It’s even more exciting when you can meet in person. This week we noticed one of those magnetic Local Teams, North Carolina Triangle. Looks like they really support each other both online and off. We’re excited to introduce you to this enthusiastic bunch of Etsy sellers and buyers!
Can you tell us a bit about your Etsy Team (what’s the glue that holds your Team together: location, craft, etc.)?
The NCTriangle Team is made up of members in and around the Research Triangle Park (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill). We have Team members that joined so that they can grow their business through learning from others, and we have members who joined for the social outlet that it offers.
What does your Team do to help each other?
- Sharing ideas/problems/solutions/craft feedback
- Sharing past show experiences and feedback
- Biz card/promo item swaps
- Featuring each other on our personal blogs
Our Team promotes Etsy by reaching out and spreading the word about Etsy. Recently an article was published in the Raleigh-Durham paper, The News & Observer. The article went into detail about what Etsy is, what a Team is, and specifically featured our Team. It was a great way to spread the word about Etsy and our local Team. Since the article was published, our Team has gained 10 new members. Seven members were already on Etsy but did not know about the Team, and three that were new to Etsy because of the Team!
We promote each other through card swaps, Treasuries and general support. At each meeting we hold a card swap. Then when we send out packages we include a couple of cards from fellow Team members as “shops that we recommend.” We put together a lot of Team Treasuries as a way to gain more visibility on Etsy. We also support each other by recommending Team members to friends and family, supporting each other on personal blogs and the Team blog. Each member tags their items with the tag ‘NCTriangle Team‘. We use this tag to pick items to feature on the Team blog, Treasuries and any other promoting.
What’s your favorite part of the Team program?
Supporting each other has been the most important part of our Team. We have so many Team members, each with different needs and wants, that it can be overwhelming at times! Having a Team forum has been key to keeping the Team together. It is difficult to plan events for a Team with 125 members, so we do not have as many events as we would like. Having the forum keeps us together in between meetings.
I am seeing more and more Etsians that are joining because they are looking for a social outlet. They are looking for others that share their love for crafting. We have 8 to 10 members that are buyers only, as they craft as a hobby but they are not interested in selling.
Other members (myself and the other leaders) are here to meet and socialize with others as well as promote our shops. We are looking to learn from each other and have an active support group with other small business owners.
Do you have any suggestions for new Teams or sellers who might be interested in creating their own Team?
As a leader, I suggest that they learn to delegate: As the Team grows, so will the group’s needs. Look for members that will come forward and take charge. My main job right now is an overseer. I have other tasks, but the large ones I have delegated out. AEKeith and DinnerTimeChimes are in charge of the Team blog and Team forum. MegRnc is in charge of our monthly craft events.
My other suggestion is to create a place off Etsy for the Team to formulate. Our Team forum has been great because we maintain many ‘conversations’ on many topics at once. I refer members to the forum for specific answers all the time (normally when they ask about area craft shows).
Our recent excitement was the article that was written about us in The News & Observer. We have a very active blog and we are looking to start blog give-aways as a way to feature and promote our members.
Thanks to KatieCarolinaDesigns for collecting this info for us and leading a great Team! To shop from North Carolina Triangle click here, and to find out more check out their blog. Stay in the loop with the Teams program and discover ways to connect in your area by subscribing to the Teams Newsletter.