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Team Tip: Shop Critiques!

Your fellow Etsy Team members can be a really valuable resource for running your Etsy shop! At this critical time of year when you’re marketing your handmade wares and driving traffic to your items, you want to make sure you’re really putting your best foot forward. Below are some ideas on how to take a…

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Seller How-to: Want to Meetup?

“Let’s use the Internet to get people off the Internet. Let’s be a group. Let’s be a real group. Let’s find the others. The ones that want the same thing. Let’s meet in real time, in real places, and make a real difference. Let’s Meetup.” That is just a small, juicy slice of the community-building…

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Team Tip: Fun Facts!

“Just what are the Etsy Teams and how do I get involved?” Since so much has grown about the Etsy Teams program in the past year, we’re revisiting this FAQ on the Etsy Teams. Since this article was first published, Etsy Teams program has more than doubled in size – in numbers of Teams and…

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Featured Etsy Team: Boston Handmade

Each week we feature a Local or Global Etsy Team that catches our eye. Boston Handmade has always been a great resource: not only within the group, but also to other Teams. We’re in awe of the work they have done to promote buying handmade! They are always sharing skills, knowledge and enthusiasm… and for…

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Featured Etsy Team: Bookbinding Team

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Team Tip: Steps to Achieving Team Goals

Etsy Teams can be a great way to participate in the Etsy Community. You can meet people from around the world or down the block who love handmade things and want to promote Etsy. Sellers might form a Team to hold joint promotions, organize fun events like scavenger hunts through your shops, throw Virtual Trunk…

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Featured Etsy Team: North Carolina Triangle

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…

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Featured Buyers: EtsyPatrons, Etsy’s Team of Buyers

As Etsy’s quintessential shoppers, EtsyPatrons Team members are a natural choice for this week’s Featured Buyers. They are constantly roaming the virtual shops of Etsy, and this week they share their wonderful finds, selected from some of Etsy’s newest artists. Hi, I’m Beverly of beachyrustica, Team Leader of EtsyPatrons. Our team began, as many do,…

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Team Tip: Membership Levels

Is your Etsy Team experiencing some growing pains? Having a hard time getting all of the members who have signed up to participate? These are common problems that groups face, and while I’m sorry to say there is no perfect solution, here are some ideas to inspire your members to get a little more involved….

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Featured Etsy Team: eSMArts

A relatively new Team, eSMArts, caught our eye this week.  This Team is a global collaborative of mixed media artisans using social networking, online marketing and online promotions to increase sales. We’re big fans of learning how to promote your Etsy shop online (see last week’s article about this here) and by working together, this…

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Team Tip: Success!

This article was originally published on April 22, 2008. We are reviving it as part of the Best of the Storque series. Enjoy!     How do you measure success of your Etsy Team? Well, if you define success as meeting or achieving your goals, then it looks like your Team should be sure it…

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Crossing Borders: Short Stories of Expats in Europe, Part 2

After I finished my last collection of stories, Crossing Borders: Short Stories of Expats in Europe, I still felt there was so much more to tell. The move I made from Australia to Greece has made me curious about others who have done the same thing: How did they make the big decision? How did…

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Featured Etsy Team: Wild, Wise, Witty Grandmamas

Grandparent’s Day is this Sunday, September 7, 2008, and we’re celebrating by giving a shout out to a remarkable Team of wild, wise and witty women! This week’s Featured Etsy Team is the WWWG Team (Wild, Wise, Witty Grandmamas)!  This supportive and active group of Etsy sellers are always working on a new project! You…

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Featured Etsy Team: Baltimore Etsy Team

This week’s featured Etsy Team is the Baltimore Etsy Street Team (or BEST). Though founded only a few months ago, they are active in their community both on and offline. We think they shine as an example of how connected, supportive—and influential—a local team can be! Read on to see how they do it. Can…

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Team Tip: Is Blogging Important?

Blogs can play a vital role in marketing your Etsy Team on the web. Many people choose to buy handmade to support artists. A good blog gives your customer base a glimpse into the lives of the artists they’re supporting. Sneak peeks into studio spaces, interviews on artistic beginnings and techniques make for interesting content….

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Featured Etsy Team: EtsyBloggers

We here at Etsy have been impressed by the activity of Teams — those pro-active groups of sellers who get together to brainstorm and act on marketing ideas for their shops.  The EtsyBloggers Team is a great example of a group of Etsians that work well together to spread the Etsy word.  They support each…

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Team Tip: Press Releases!

In previous Team Tips, we’ve discussed places and creative ways to promote your Etsy Teamand events. Press releases are a tried and true method of getting the word out about what you’re doing. A press release is a statement prepared for distribution to the media and a great (and inexpensive!) means of promoting an event….

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Team Tip: Mentoring Within Your Team

Etsy Teams are a great way to network, collaborate on group projects and get advice from fellow sellers. We’ve noticed that some of the most dynamic and successful Teams do some mentoring for each other — sellers with more experience in certain areas of selling provide expertise and knowledge to sellers seeking advice. These mentoring…

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Featured Etsy Team: EtsyRAIN

We here at Etsy have been impressed by the activity of Teams—those pro-active groups of sellers who get together to brainstorm and act on marketing ideas for their shops. This week we’re digging EtsyRain, Seattle’s Etsy Team.  With over 380 members, EtsyRAIN is going strong and just turned one year old!  They keep a great…

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Team Tip: Card Swap!

Card swapping is a low-cost, easy way to get your shop’s name out. By swapping cards with members of your Team, you can promote each other’s shops by word of mouth and give potential customers something to remember to check it out. Team members personally recommending a shop means the buyer is more likely visit,…

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