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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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Handmade Kids: Natural Kids Team Nurtures Naturally

Woolcomesalive, a member of the Natural Kids Team, shares some of the smiles her team members have gotten — literally — from happy customers. Through Etsy’s Appreciation Photo tool, buyers can give back to sellers and show their new items in action. And what is cuter than really cute kids?Whether it’s your niece, neighbor, or…

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Handmade Kids: An Insider’s Review of CafeMom.com

For the Handmade Kids series, we asked the Cafe Moms Etsy Team — a group of Etsians who self-organized around their passion for CafeMom.com and Etsy — to talk a bit about what they’re up to. donnapool and rockerchic, the heads of that team, gave us the inside scoop on being moms who connect online…

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Featured Etsy Team: Military Brats

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’d like to introduce you to the Military Brats Etsy Team — a collection of Etsy sellers that share the unique background…

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Featured Etsy Team: Vegan Etsy

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. We will be doing some Team profiles here on the Storque, and we’d like to start this program off with Vegan Etsy — a…

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Team Tip: Etsy Teams Survey!

We love getting feedback from the Etsy Teams, because Teams are such a unique and dynamic part of the Etsy Community. This week we’ve created a survey for Etsy Team members to take. We hope all Team members (all 14,440 of you!) will click the survey link and take the opportunity to give us some…

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Handmade Kids: Buying Local with the EtsyKids Team

The EtsyKids Team is a group of Etsy sellers who have self-organized to help each other spread the word about their great items for young ones. The group has recently grown so large — with teams from around the world — that they’ve been able to cluster groups of sellers by region. What does this…

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Handmade Kids: the EtsyBaby Team

And so it begins — the double blue lines are clear and unmistakable. Your heart skips a beat, you can’t stop smiling. Time to start preparing. Dates and names fill your head as you pick up the phone. You dial, it rings, and for the first time in your life, you utter those incredible words:…

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Team Tip: Using Email to Promote Your Team

Collecting email addresses for your Etsy Team at events is a really great way to develop a community of contacts who are interested in knowing what your Team is planning. All Teams — Local and Virtual alike — should have email address sign up sheets at every event booth any Team members have. In addition…

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Team Tip: Form a Shop Chain!

Now that Etsy sellers have the ability to include live links to other places on Etsy in their shop announcements, public profiles and item listings, Teams have a great opportunity to promote one another from shop to shop! For example, let’s say that pheajean, aardwolf, mwmdesigns, insitudecorativearts and JenMcCleary from the Philadelphia Etsy Team decided…

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Etsy for Animals: Working Together

It all started with an idea and an Etsy forum thread. A year and a half later, Etsy for Animals (EFA) has over 530 members, and is one of the largest Teams on Etsy.  For EFA’s first Storque post, click here. You can get to the team members’ items by searching "team efa." Although the…

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Team Tip: Make a Plan!

For most people, the holiday shopping season seems lightyears away. The weather is drastically different than it will be at the end of the year, and everyone is thinking about free time, lazy days and travelling. But as purveyors of goods and wise marketers, we know that this is the time to begin mapping out…

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Etsy World Tour: Canada with the Trans-Canada Team (Part Two)

In the first part of this tour of Canada, we started in the East and visited Nova Scotia, Ontario, Toronto and Saskatchewan.  On July 1, Canadians celebrate the day their country came together to become a nation. In this post, the Trans-Canada Etsy team is excited to celebrate and introduce you to some of its…

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Team Tip: Committees!

For creative people, working in large groups can be difficult. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses, and organization among many members can be a daunting task. The best solution is to group your Team into different committees, according to people’s time and talents. This gives everyone a chance to get involved, and helps delegate the…

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Etsy World Tour: Canada with the Trans-Canada Team (Part One)

The Trans-Canada Etsy Team was created out of a need for Canadian artisans to stay in contact, share resources, and develop group marketing opportunities. Team members benefit from having a solid sense of identity, as well as from having their different regional perspectives. On July 1, Canadians celebrate the day their country came together to…

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Crossing Borders: Short Stories of Expats in Europe

I find myself a long way from home. An Australian girl, I followed a boy all the way to Greece two years ago, and have been happily living here ever since. Not long after joining Etsy, I decided I wanted to be part of an Etsy Team and found my way to the European Street…

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Team Tip: Creative Marketing for your Team

In marketing, just getting your name out there is great. But what’s better than simply advertising yourself? Doing so in a really creative, memorable way.  The best marketing tactics are the kind that people want to tell their friends about and really stick out in people’s minds. A few weeks ago in a weekly Teams…

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Team Tip: Growing Your Team

Team Tips are a weekly series of tips and ideas from the Etsy Teams. You can find more Teams Guides and Resources at team.etsy.com. Are you a Team that wants to be far-reaching and have lots and lots of members? Or do you think you’ll accomplish more as a small, solid, core group of really…

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