5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Online Shop

by Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant

Happy new year! I truly wish your business the utmost success in 2017. But if you really want to ensure that success, here are 5 resolutions I highly recommend you make.

1. Focus on What is Working

Sounds simple enough, but whatever tactics, products or services worked for you in 2016, keep doing them in 2017. If is isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

2. Stop Doing What Isn’t Working

We are creatures of habit. There are people who spend hours just posting their products to Twitter and never see one sale from it, but they can’t stop themselves. Stop, move on, try something else.

3. Outsource Certain Business Tasks

Whatever you can afford to outsource, do so. Whether it is social media posting, accounting, SEO, and so forth, you may be better off to pay someone to take some of the daily tasks off of your plate so that your time can be focused on making money.

4. Invest in Marketing

Again, if you have never invested one dime in the marketing and promotion of your business, then chances are you are not doing very well. You have to really get aggressive about your business this year and invest in advertising and promotion. I use both Google ads and Facebook ads with a lot of success for little investment. Trust me, you will earn back the money you invested and then some.

5. Make Alliances

The old adage, “he told two friends, who told two friends…” really does work. Therefore, forge relationships (even if it is just one or two) with other businesses that target the same customer, but are non-competitive. It is a very fast and effective way to get in front of a whole new set of customers.

A final one resolution is to try my advice! Below is an email from a customer of mine about a tip I gave in my November Etsy Shop Marketing Plan (which I have now merged into a 12-month all-inclusive plan) that really worked for him:

Hey Gail,

Thank you for all the help this year! I don’t spend enough time on marketing but I did act on some of your ideas. The one that really worked was putting a “Best Seller” badge on my best seller. That made my life so much easier this holiday season. I just kept producing that particular chime instead of trying to guess which ones would sell. My sales were up around 40% for 2016.  When I ran out of my best seller at one point I put the best seller badge on another bell and it sold out quick as well. I’m going to add badges to the items in my shop that say “Quick Ship” for the items that I have in stock.  During the holiday season my best seller was consistently in the top left position for the keyword “wind chimes.” Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for the help…

Bruce at EarthWindStoneware

I always reward referrals, so if you say something nice about my blog or services (with a link) in your Facebook groups, in your Etsy teams or on your social media pages, just let me know and I will give you a FREE tip.

My 2017 Etsy Shop Plans!

If you really want to drive traffic and sales at your Etsy shop in 2017, my all-new 2017 Etsy Shop Marketing Plan and 2017 Etsy Shop Social Media Plan is all the marketing advice you’ll need! I also have a version for non-Etsy e-commerce shops here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Need Help Marketing Your Business?

I do one-on-one marketing consulting for e-commerce, Etsy and other online businesses. I am pretty booked right now so the earliest I am taking phone consultations is the week of January 23rd, 2017. Just see my Selz.com shop for more details.

© 2017 Gail Oliver, Attention Getting Marketing. All rights reserved.

Hot Product Trends 2017

by Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant 

It is that time of year when we look ahead to what is expected to be the hot products in 2017 in the categories of home decor, weddings, fashion, and kids.

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Home Décor Trends 2017

  • Colors/prints: jewel colors, bold monochrome patterns
  • Materials: velvet, marble, embroidery
  • Hot products: wall murals, kaleidoscope art, rectangular pillows

Wedding Trends 2017

  • Colors/prints: mint, blush, maroon, peach, beige/natural, watercolor
  • Themes: boho, Frozen, whimsical, forest, garden
  • Hot products: Hanging vertical garlands, ornate keepsake ring boxes, cake garlands, decorative trays for favors, place cards, etc.

Kids Trends 2017

  • Colors: coral, black and grey mix for girls, Blue and green mix for boys
  • Themes: nature, celestial, puppies and kittens, woodland, lion king, owl, animal faces
  • Hot products: fabric playhouses, stuffed animal heads for wall, play wands, calendar onesies

Fashion Trends 2017

  • Colors/prints: yellow, khaki, pink, stripes (particularly in retro beach colors), pinstripes, ruffles
  • Materials: velvet, shiny fabric
  • Hot products: slit sleeves, one shoulder, pajama-wear, tassel earrings, cinch purses, tiny purses

Other Hot Trends for 2017

The TV show Stranger Things was so popular this past summer (with a second series coming out in 2017) expect to see an 1980s influence across decor and fashion. Also, if you have already purchased my 2017 Etsy Shop Marketing Plan, you know that August will be the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, the 55th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death and the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, which would explain why so many models were wearing Elvis tees at the Spring 2017 fashion shows. Expect to see more products influenced by these three legends.

Customer Success Story!

A pitch I wrote for one of my customers, Ogsplosh on Etsy, got into Apartment Therapy! You can read it here. Congrats, Christine!

My 2017 Etsy Shop Plans!

If you really want to drive traffic and sales at your Etsy shop in 2017, my all-new 2017 Etsy Shop Marketing Plan and 2017 Etsy Shop Social Media Plan are the only guides you’ll need. I worked very hard to jam pack these plans with all new ideas, tactics and insight. Click to get all the details!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Me

With 20+ years in marketing I have grown my blog to over 100,000 readers in just 4 years. My advice has appeared in publications from the New York Times to Success Magazine and I have personally consulted for over 4,000 e-commerce businesses since late 2012. My blog was chosen by AmericanExpress Open Forum (the people behind Small Business Saturday) as one of their “Top 10 Small Business Blogs“. I am also a contributor at Business2Community.com and a Small Business Expert at SheKnows.com, the #1 Women’s Lifestyle website. I have gotten my clients coverage in Real Simple Magazine, House Beautiful, Apartment Therapy, Vanity Fair, Houzz, Glamour Magazine, LONNY, DesignMilk, Emmaline Bride, More Magazine, Outblush, The Frisky, just to name a few.

© 2016 Gail Oliver. All rights reserved.

The Real Reason Your Etsy Shop Isn’t Succeeding

by Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant

One of my favorite books is “The Power of Positive Thinking“, and a quote in the book that always stands out to me is “People are defeated in life not because of lack of ability, but for lack of wholeheartedness“. The same applies to your business. Have you thrown yourself entirely into marketing and promoting your Etsy shop or have you just done it half heartedly? This is likely the reason you are not finding success.

A lot of people come to me for advice and then, for some reason, don’t take the advice or pick and choose parts of the advice. It is almost as if they think that just asking my opinion will somehow change things. No, if things are not working then you HAVE to make changes, sometimes major changes. Remember the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. It won’t happen.

I know many shops who refuse to invest one dime into marketing and then wonder why they have no customers. You don’t just set up a shop and then sit and wait; you’ll be waiting for a long time. They fear spending any money, but the old adage that you have to spend money to make money is true. Running a $100 Google ad that results in $500 in sales is definitely worthwhile. Spending $200 might get you $1,000 in sales. Now, if the ad brought no sales, then at least you know and can spend your ad dollars somewhere else.

I have clients who just do a little marketing and expect big results. For example, if you sent out 10 pitches trying to get publicity for your shop and none were successful, then send out 100, and try smaller blogs instead of just the most popular ones.

I have some clients who expect to see results of their efforts the very next day, and if they don’t, they freak out and want to give up. Success rarely comes quickly or easily. There is no magic secret. It takes TIME, it takes MONEY and it takes EFFORT to grow your business, and you have to do all three wholeheartedly, not just a little.

This is one of the reasons I came up with my monthly Etsy Marketing Plan because I literally give you a “To Do” list marketing-wise. These are tactics you need to do every day and every month in order to get your shop seen. Yes, you will have to invest some money and some time and some effort but it is the only way to see results. Otherwise, expect to have another year like this year.

So here is my message for 2017: If you want your shop to be successful you HAVE to amp up your marketing. No more half hearted efforts, you have to really go for it, take risks, spend money (wisely) and get loud about your business.

Try my Etsy Shop Marketing Plan. This month there are over 70 tactics to try including a full social media plan with posting ideas for each day of December. It is just $7, so if you are hesitating on even spending $7 to help your Etsy shop, you may be one of the people I am talking about above.

Look for my all-new 2017 Marketing Plan and 2017 Social Media Plan on sale December 15th that will help put your Etsy Shop on the path to success in 2017!

© 2016 Gail Oliver. All rights reserved.

5 Etsy Shop Marketing Tips for December

by Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant

You may be busy filling Christmas orders, but don’t forget you always need to be marketing and promoting your Etsy shop, especially to avoid the upcoming January lull. So today, I am giving 5 hot tips from my December Etsy Shop Marketing Plan

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5 Etsy Shop Marketing Tips for December

  1. Everyone will be on Instagram on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day posting photos so it’s a good time to run an Instagram ad for your shop, advertising gifts people may have wanted to get but didn’t get for Christmas. In Canada and the UK, it’s called a Boxing Day sale.
  2. If you sell wedding products, you need to run a Google, Facebook, Instagram and/or Pinterest ad for your shop starting Christmas Day and running for the next 10 days as 70% of all engagements happen on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
  3. At mid to end of December, you will want to start sending product submissions to blogs that your target market reads for inclusion in their Valentine’s gift guides.
  4. Pantone is announcing their Color of the Year later this week so make sure to capitalize on the social media buzz it generates posting any products you have in the color or products from other non-competitive shops (in hopes they return the favor). Also, pitch to the Etsy editors any products you have in the color as they will likely be writing about it as well.
  5. Create an after Christmas product bundle to get rid of any overstock, out-of-date, poor selling or seasonal items.

december-etsy-shop-marketing-planGet the rest of the promotional ideas and tactics in this month’s Etsy Shop Marketing Plan, including a full social media plan with posting ideas for each day of December! Download today, just $7!

BONUS: Share today’s post on social media, let me know at attentiongetting@gmail.com and I will send you a Valentine’s Gift Guide media contact to submit to this month!

© 2016 Gail Oliver. All rights reserved.

Top Searches on Social Media Thanksgiving Week

by Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant

Thanksgiving is a very big week on social media in the United States. If you are using social media to promote your online shop, remember, you do not always want to just post your products. It is really not the best way to get seen. Instead, you want to post content people on social media are looking for or care about, to inadvertently get your shop noticed.

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Here is the type of content people are currently searching on and will for the next few days (BEFORE Black Friday hits) on the various social media sites, as well as on Google and Yahoo. Use this information wisely when thinking about what to post from now until Thursday:

Top Facebook Searches

  • Thanksgiving pictures
  • Thanksgiving quotes

Top Pinterest Searches

  • Thanksgiving recipes
  • Thanksgiving decorations
  • Thanksgiving desserts
  • Thanksgiving crafts

Top Twitter Searches

  • #ThanksgivingWeek
  • #ThanksgivingCountdown
  • #ThanksgivingFootball
  • #ThanksgivingDayParade

Top Instagram Searches

(Instagram will be most active on the day before and the day of)

  • #ThanksgivingEve
  • #ThanksgivingDinner
  • #ThanksgivingSelfie
  • #Thanksgiving2016

Top YouTube Searches

  • Thanksgiving songs
  • Thanksgiving music
  • Thanksgiving turkey

Top Google Searches

  • Thanksgiving football 2016
  • Thanksgiving food
  • Macys Thanksgiving Day parade
  • The First Thanksgiving
  • Thanksgiving games
  • Thanksgiving side dishes
  • How to cook a turkey

Top Yahoo Searches

As a little bonus, I thought I would mention that Yahoo has added a daily Holiday Search List. Here is what people are searching for today (it changes hourly):

  • Ski bags
  • Christmas tablecloths
  • Pandora bracelets
  • Star Wars gifts
  • Exercise equipment
  • Wireless speakers
  • Personalized aprons

So try to engage on social media over the next few days, rather than just sell, and see if it helps your Black Friday sales. Happy Holidays!

december-etsy-calendar-coverMy December Marketing Plan for Etsy Shops is on sale now. If you are having trouble driving traffic and promoting your Etsy shop, this easy to follow plan (includes a social media to do list) is for you!

© 2016 Gail Oliver. All rights reserved.

How Your Online Store Can Take Advantage of Singles Day

by Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant

This Friday November 11th is Singles Day, so when you start to see trending hashtags on social media such as #Double11 or #SinglesDay you’ll know why.

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In 2009, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba decided to capitalize on “Singles Day” also known as Guanggun Jie or Double 11 Day. This is a day when single people are encouraged to buy gifts for themselves, and last year it brought in $18.8 billion in sales in just one day for Alibaba.

It is a bigger sales day than Black Friday or Cyber Monday and it always takes place on November 11 (hence the double 11), however, this year Alibaba announced that Singles Day will last 24 days until December 6th. During this time Alibaba encourages its sellers to offer amazing deals.

This is typically a China-only event, however, there is no reason why your online store cannot try to take advantage of the hype and run your own Singles Day special.

Just to give you a few tips, last year, most Singles Day sales occurred in the first hour, so midnight in China is noon EST on November 10th. As such, trending will start earlier than expected, so be sure to make sure your special offers start prior to this day and time.

Also, 72% of all purchase on Singles Day last year were by mobile, so if you are running any Facebook, Instagram or Google ads, you will want to make sure to activate the mobile ad option.

There will be lots of media hype that you can try to take advantage of, therefore if you do have a Singles Day sale that was particularly successful for you, pass that information along to business bloggers and reporters who will likely be writing about the phenomenon. Even put a pitch out on Wednesday to any bloggers who might be writing articles such as “Online Shops Offering Singles Day Promotions“.

In terms of Google searches, people will likely be searching on Singles Day, Singles Day 2016, Singles Day USA and Double 11 Sales Day. 

There are a lot of consumers out there who have been patiently waiting for Black Friday, therefore an earlier Singles Day sale may be exactly what they want.

Make This Your Best Holiday Selling Season Yet!

online-november-coverMy November Marketing
Plan for Online Shops
(I also have one for Etsy Shops here) will help you drive traffic and sales at your shop this month with easy daily tactics that work! Just $7!

© 2016 Gail Oliver. All rights reserved.

Is Your Online Shop Capitalizing on the US Election?

by Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant

At the last US presidential debate when the phrases “nasty woman” and “bad hombre” starting trending on Twitter, you just had to know that savvy entrepreneurs were on it.

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In a matter of hours many stores, including Etsy shops, had t-shirts, mugs, onesies, pins and more items emblazoned with the sayings to capitalize on the social media buzz. Then, of course, the press gets involved (because they always want to write about trends) and the next thing you know these products were being featured on Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, PopSugar, Forbes and Fast Company, driving crazy sales at all of these shops.

There is another opportunity coming. Quick thinking entrepreneurs are already getting their products ready for both a Clinton victory and a Trump victory, not waiting for the actual outcome, so that they are first to market.

Now, if Hillary Clinton is elected it will be history making as she will be the first female president of the United States. Therefore, you may see a lot of items with quotes proclaiming a victory for women or other sayings along the lines of “girl power”. I would also listen closely to her acceptance speech for that key phrase that the press will jump on.

If Donald Trump wins, again, pay attention to his acceptance speech because I am sure there will be lots of interesting and quotable buzz words in there.

Given that it has been a contentious election, you may also see items with slogans and sayings trying to create unity among Americans and restore a sense of peace and calm.

It’s up to you whether you feel these types of products are right for your brand; I just point out opportunities when I see them.

But the way, the current World Series is also a pretty good sales opportunity. Major League Baseball has trademarked all use of actual team logos, but you can come up with your own slogans and sayings that show city pride and the breaking of a long losing streak, since both teams haven’t won in decades. Vintage Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians items are also seeing more searches on Etsy right now.

My November Marketing Plan

online-november-coverMy November Marketing
Plan for Online Shops
(and one for Etsy Shops) continues to win rave reviews from sellers as their go-to plan for driving traffic and sales. If you are unsure what it’s all about, just email me at attentiongetting@gmail.com and I will send you October’s for free so you can see for yourself.

© 2016 Gail Oliver. All rights reserved.