I am delinquent. It was a new Years goal and I haven't done it yet.
Will get on it. Too much traveling so far this year.
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Posted 03 April 2014 - 11:39 AM
This has been an interesting conversation. I have had a business page on fb for almost a year. It has generated sales and interest. But I have a hard time keeping up with it. Very hard. I feel if I am on fb, that I am not doing something else in the studio. And if life gets incredibly busy (family, illness, whatever) then fb just sits there. I have been trying to find time to sit down and create a simple website if for no other reason than "online business card" but I agree with Mea and Mark...it is very difficult doing orders online you are right....many emails back and forth and pictures and shipping discussions and, and... this last holiday season was truly a learning experience for me!
I am laid up with a shoulder repair right now, so one of the things I wanted to address while I can't be in the studio is the website issue. I thought about a webpage with no shopping cart. But that will lead to numerous emails and phone calls. I will think on these things.
I have had time to post new things on my fb page and had really had a lot of interest. Two leads for displaying my work within a 90 mile trek. Not bad for where I Iive!
As always, thanks for the food for thought!
Posted 03 April 2014 - 12:04 PM
You are laid up anyhow ... so build a simple informational website. It is one place on the Internet where you totally control the message. Limit it to images in a gallery, information about you and your work and a list of places where they can go an buy it.
Don't want sales? Refer them to your sales sites. Don't want phone calls? Don't list your phone number. You can have an all purpose answer to e-mails on your desktop that you can just cut and paste into a reply. You are the boss of it.
Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:32 AM
How many of you that consider yourselves full time potters use an etsy page? (hopefully i dont have to explain what Etsy is)
How many of you have an Etsy page period? (full time, hobby, dabbler whathave you)
Posted 14 April 2014 - 08:11 AM
Here is a facebook posting of an image that was presented during the "Using Social Media" session. It explains in simple terms what every site is for.
As I commented on facebook, there is NOTHING here about "Look at the sales I made and the money I received from using all these social media sites."
With me, the jury is still out on the usefulness of spending valuable studio time in the short attention span theater.
Posted 17 April 2014 - 02:59 PM
Wow ... just read the latest web report and "Click away" time is down to 3 seconds.
Yep, if you don't have your website loading with something to read or see in three seconds, people are gone.
Pretty soon we will be gone if we have move our pinkies to click.
Posted 18 April 2014 - 08:47 AM
I figure that people who 'click away' in 3 seconds won't like my work anyway. I deal in subtlety and pieces that deliberately take time to get to know. "Slow clay". The ADD types won't get it.
I have NO intention whatsoever in chasing that market. Waste of my time trying.
Selling effectively and efficiently is about targeted marketing.
Adjunct Professor of Ceramics; New Hampshire Insitute of Art
Former Guest Professor, Wuxi Institute of Arts and Science, Yixing, China
Former President and Past President; Potters Council
Posted 18 April 2014 - 10:50 AM
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