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Posted On: Jan 16, 2010 at 10:34pm MST

There are a lot of lovely shops that still have zero sales, and some customers have asked if we have some sort of list of those. Below are some of the shops that have no sales as of now, found by lovely fellow artists while browsing around, and the rest from the Shops with Less than (10) Sales Guild roster.

Do reply to this thread if you find any other lovely shops awaiting their first sale. The list will be updated regularly, so check back from time to time to visit the newest additions. The newest additions will most likely be left aligned.

If you are an undiscovered studio, DO read the mini-guide below on how to get sales, as well as Nightmaiden's post towards the bottom of this page. Also, do let us know about your studio by posting a link to your ArtFire shop. Do note that the more items you have in your studio, the more chances someone will make a purchase. :) Looking forward to checking out your creations!

Many thanks to the RAK Guild and everyone helping out with this list! 

❤ Note that this thread has been moved under Promotions in the new forums, but it is meant more as a help thread for studios who have been around for a while and have not yet had their first sale (as well as a shopping guide to help those studios).  ❤


Newly added undiscovered studios -- as well as news and happenings related to them -- also get posted on Twitter. Click here to see the latest #undiscoveredstudio tweets.


Undiscovered studios list: 

 
   * little stars or indented spaces mean those shops have been featured as 0-Sales Shop of the Day or in a previous Favorite Undiscovered Studios Poll.
(1) - This studio was a Gold Poll Topper
(2) - This studio was a Silver Poll Topper
(3) - This studio was a Bronze Poll Topper
(4) - This studio was a First Honorable Mention Poll Topper
(5) - This studio was a Second Honorable Mention Poll Topper 
 

Freshly added (Thank you Sewnfromtheheart!)


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Posted On: Jan 16, 2010 at 10:34pm MST

Check mini-guide below the alumni list. Improvements and suggestions for the mini-guide are greatly appreciated!


The Alumni Studios below have had their first sale! 


Congratulations!




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* - The little stars mean those shops have been featured as 0-Sales Shop of the Day.

(1) - This studio was a Gold Poll Topper
(2) - This studio was a Silver Poll Topper
(3) - This studio was a Bronze Poll Topper
(4) - This studio was a First Honorable Mention Poll Topper
(5) - This studio was a Second Honorable Mention Poll Topper

 

 

What next?

If you haven't already,

* if you are pro, become a member of the Shops with Less than (10) Sales Guild for that little extra boost for your first sales,

* check in regularly,

* join in Link Love to be seen outside ArtFire,

* post once a day in the Item of the Day thread under the Contests and Promotions area,

* whenever you get a chance, check to see if there are any threads you could participate in with a photo of one of your items,

* use the Feedback Forum to get help with your SEO if you don't see search engines coming in to your pages,

* go to this thread to be featured on AndreaDesigns' blog (see what it did for me),

* and generally use every opportunity to be and to be seen as a professional seller (and if you are having fun while doing it, that's a Bonus!).

* The ArtFire staff have written an awesome step-by-step guide to being successful in an online business. Check it out: 45 Day Success Guide.

* Last but not least, find some quiet time and sit down and read through the links on this page: http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=my_artfire&op=promote  -- They are all very well written, and WELL worth it! Staff have recently started adding help topics here too, so please do check them out. 

Wishing you all many more sales!

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Posted On: Jan 17, 2010 at 6:52pm MST

Our newest alumna is SuzanneMedrano, who got 2 sales during her Daily Undiscovered Studio feature!

Congratulations!

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Posted On: Jan 17, 2010 at 7:24pm MST

Don't forget to vote! :) The Undiscovered Studios POLL is open January 15th to January 22nd and would very much appreciate being shown some love!

There are 20 Undiscovered Studios awaiting your visits. Pick as many favorites as you wish, click the boxes next to your favorites' names, and press "Vote". 

Starting January 25th, the TOP THREE undiscovered studios will be featured on my blog, as well as VHM, twitter, and the forums. The TOP ONE studio(s) will also be featured on my FaceBook page. 

I am also looking for kind souls who would like to mention the TOP ONE studio in their blogs. If so, let me know and I will PM you the studio name when the poll closes (or names, in case of a tie).

The list of current undiscovered studios in the poll is:

Tweeting a link to the poll will help spread the word! The direct link to the poll is:


Thank you for voting and for spreading the word!   <3


UPDATE: Kind artisans who have offered a spot on their blogs so far:
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Posted On: Jan 18, 2010 at 12:11am MST

Thank you so much MV. My customer emailed me and said she found me through your forum post so I came looking. I didn't even know. Really made my day. Thank you!!
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Posted On: Jan 18, 2010 at 1:25am MST

SuzanneMedrano said:

Thank you so much MV. My customer emailed me and said she found me through your forum post so I came looking. I didn't even know. Really made my day. Thank you!!

on Jan 18, 2010 at 12:11am MST




OMG! That is so awesome! ::happy dance:: My thanks to such a kind customer who's read that thread and made a very talented artisan happy! And made me happy too! :) :)

I remember I first saw you through a post in one of the 0-sales daily threads. I went to check out your studio and I thought you were really talented! Couldn't believe my eyes that you had no sales!

I'm very happy you've been discovered, and I wish you many more sales! I'm also looking forward to seeing what new ideas and new items you'll add to your shop. I love your work!    <3

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Posted On: Jan 18, 2010 at 11:48am MST

MV, please do add Amused Studios to this list!
Genuine gemstones, quality findings for your jewelry designing needs!

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Posted On: Jan 18, 2010 at 11:56am MST

hummingbirdtak said:

MV, please do add Amused Studios to this list!

on Jan 18, 2010 at 11:48am MST




AWESOME find!!!  <3 <3 <3 Thank you so much for sharing this treasure! 

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Posted On: Jan 18, 2010 at 9:08pm MST

I have graciously been asked to share my Selling Checklist with the shops who are still looking for their first sales, so I hope that this will help anyone that needs any information as to what would be a good start to making sure things are set up in your studios. I am honored to be able to help. So here is the list as I have compiled so far.

1. Haveyou set up with an eye catching avatar and banner that reflects thespirit of your shop?  This is usually the first thing a buyer sees whenentering you studio.  A well done look will make your studio invitingand welcoming to customers.

2. Do you have your shopannouncement, bio, policies completely filled out?  Buyers want to shopsecurely and that doesn't just mean with their credit card.  They wantto feel comfortable with who they are doing business with.  Having thesefilled out completely will assure the buyer that you are serious andknowledgeable about your business and how you run it.  It will put themmore at ease to see that you take care of the customer.

3. Do youhave crisp, clear pictures?  Remember that a customer can not pick upyour item and hold it and feel it.  They have to get these impressionsfrom your pictures.  You don't have to be the greatest photographer inthe world but try to aim to get the photos in focus as well as showingall aspects of the item.  Use all the slots for photos if you need to. The more photos the more detail.  You may want to get a full itempicture, close up macro shots of details and each component of youritem.  You never want your customer to have to  guess about a part ofyour piece.  Your photos will improve over time as you become morecomfortable taking them and editing them.  Use photo editing software totweak your pictures.  There are several free programs that you candownload to help brighten, sharpen and balance your pictures for thebest results.  Just play around with it and see what happens.  It willcome easier in time so you know exactly what you need to alter to getthe best result.

4.Do you have descriptive titles?  SEO is a hugepart in drawing customers from off site.  It may be a tad daunting atfirst but it really isn't that hard once you understand the basics. Your titles and the first paragraph of your listing is what will getpicked up by searches.  You want to list each item descriptive enough sothat when someone searches for keywords related to your item, it willget picked  up.  The more descriptive you can be, the better chances ofit being found.  So use color, size, type, material, anything that is akey point of your item.  The first paragraph should also containkey information about the product. 

5. Do you have a clear andinformative description?  Just like with pictures, your description canplay a huge part in whether or not a buyer actually commits to buy.  Youneed to be able to fully describe your item completely.  Just as before,a buyer can not pick up your piece so you have to tell them about it. You need to relay the size,material, describe each component if youcan.  The more information you give a customer, the more chance theyhave to really be able to envision the item.  You want them to reallyknow for a fact that they want to buy.  This means to give all theinformation that they need. Think about what you want to know about aproduct before you buy it and convert that into your own listings.

6.Are your prices reasonable?  Think about the materials you used andremember that you are an artist.  You don't want to undercut yourselfand give your hard work away.  Each seller calculates their pricing adifferent way, so I can't comment on how you should price. However, Iwill say, think about what your goal is with you pieces. How much of aprofit do you want to make.  Think about overhead, fees and anythingelse that will come out of that sale after you get paid. You might wantto start a book keeping track of you material so you know how much wentinto certain pieces so that you can at least make back the amount formaterials.  In the end, the price is totally up to you just think aboutwhat you want to get out of it.

7. Are your shipping pricesaccurate?  Shipping can be a huge headache.  The questions of do youwant to only ship domestic or worldwide, how much should I charge arethe most asked questions around.  Mainly just because they are thehardest to determine.  You have to think about buyers from othercountries that may look at your items and may not be able to purchasebecause of shipping.  You can always take a package to your local postoffice and get a rate quote for a far country and that will give you abasis.  Then you can set your shipping rate at that. Now if you arereally unsure about how your buyers will see that rate, offer to refundsome of shipping if it is more than US $1.00than what you have quoted.  This is a great way to show your buyers thatyou care about them and you are not out to make a ton of money off ofshipping prices.  It shows that you are being cautious but you will takecare of your customer.  This can be a huge comfort to some.

8. Areyou using tags properly?  Your tags are the keywords that are used tofind your items.  Just as your titles, these keywords are a huge part inmaking sure that buyers can find you.  Use any descriptive word thatbest describes you item. Remember, the more descriptive you are, themore your items will pull up in searches.

9. Do you have afull shop?  All studios now have unlimited listings, utilize thoselistings and list, list, list.  The more you have in your shop, themore chance you have to have a potential sale.  Buyers want to be ableto browse a well stocked studio and decide what they want.  Differentcolors, material and sizes are all a part of the buying experience. Make sure you have that option available.

10. Are you thinkingabout your target audience?  In other words, who do you want to targetyour items to.  Are there certain price ranges, styles and people thatyou want to market to specifically?  This is a big part of helping youmarket your pieces as well.  It will help in how and where you may wantto place ads to promote your studio.

11.  Do you have a widevariety of items and options?  This is for those that want to market toa wider range of people.  This will give buyers a good wide choice ofwhat they want to buy.  These options will usually keep a buyerinterested in your studio and the longer they browse, the higherpossibility that they may find something that they want to buy.

12.Are you promoting your shop?  Promoting is a job that never ends.  Ifyou are active with promoting your studio, you will see an increase inpeople looking. They will want to see what the buzz is all about.  Postin the forums, Item of the Day Thread, comment on others posts.  Thesewill help build a relationship between other sellers,remember, sellersare buyers too.  Don't forget off site promoting such as facebook,twitter, plurk, ning sites, social networking either. Some of theseplaces will increase your traffic as well and will open up newopportunities and people.

13. Are you blogging?  Blogging is agreat way to promote your shop, both with the ArtFire Blogs as well asBlogger or other off site blogs.  This creates a "face" behind yourshop.  People can learn about you as a crafter, artist and person andwill make potential buyers more comfortable with you as you have loweredthe seller/buyer wall.  This is a great place to talk about what you didthat day, upcoming projects, new items, sales and coupons.  You canoffer benefits for the people who follow you by giving special deals andcodes for discounts. You can also offer giveaways which may in turnboost the potential of repeat customers.  By opening yourself up to yourbuyers, you create a friendship that will put buyers at ease in knowingthat they can seethe person behind the studio and avatar.  The realperson factor is always a huge part in making sure that they feel securewith you.

14. Don't get discouraged.  The main thing is to notget discouraged if you don't get sales right away.  Consider thingslike time of year.  Certain months are just slower than others. Thefirst of the year is always slow because people are still reeling overhow much they spent for the holidays and it takes time to get the billspaid down enough so they can start spending on "wants" versus "needs".

Nowthis is only a basic checklist of thing to keep in mind and I won't saythat it is a guaranteed sale maker.  It can however get you on the righttrack to possibly picking up speed.  I hope that anyone who used thiswill understand that it is meant in the best way to help boost everyoneand put you in the mindset that you can sell.  Sometimes it's just asmall thing that will make a difference.
Diana

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Posted On: Jan 18, 2010 at 9:37pm MST

Thank you so much! This is a fantastic checklist and I highly recommend everyone read it. In fact, I have even printed a copy for myself to keep those points in view!

Here is the printable version:


Thank you Nightmaiden for such a wonderfully helpful writeup!!!!

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