Keeping it Real in 5

Dispite the long drawn out slow spots once peak season is over, we can always find ways to keep a steady flow by keeping it real.

What do I mean by that? Well being transparent and truthful about the fee and processes of your business can help to break down some of the reasons cost is what it is. Customers like to know exactly what they are paying for, be it labour or cost of product etc is just some of the ways in which your customer will feel they are getting the better deal.

1 Communication: One of the key elements in any successful business. Keep it real by telling them if a family matter has put things on hold or someone is sick. It helps because we are all needing this at one time or another. Remember that you are only one person and if they are truly in it they will be understanding.

2 Stand for something you believe in; If you are passionate about creating something to help someone else and that you do care about them. This is what keeps it real.

3 Making it personal. Once you have figured out what it is that they need, make it all about them to be more then just a sale. Make it a memorable commitment. Go above and beyond for them, show them you are taking the job seriously and think if you were them what would you like to see.

4 Make your loyal customers feel like they are VIPs. And they are! If they return to you time and time again then show them the same by setting deals aside just for them. This will keep it real and keep them happy.

5 Keep it simple. The faster they can get the product in there hands the better. So keep it simple, the process should be easy from start to finish. One of my biggest tips is putting the most information on the initial sale item so that they can see everything required before purchasing. Makes for easy shopping and a fun experience for everyone.

So now that you are armed with these tips give it a try!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Namaste,

L. Campbell

 

 

A Tour- The improved Etsy

For all those who are deciding on whether or not to open a Shopify or any really simple online store I recommend Etsy.

Etsy has come a long way and has improved tremendously over the last little while in making the store owners successful. With easy click to sales and other goodies it has really made huge strides in helping to make even the newest online members have the best chance of selling their products online.

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What is really nice about it now is that you can view the sale before you even purchase and Item. Before it would adjust once you clicked on the item.  It offers the viewer a chance to see the great discount available to them per store.  Another eye catching feature that entices the view to buy!

And for as little as 20 cents a item, putting many is easy and cheap! Also a really nice feature about Etsy is the New shop manager in your store which keeps everything at your fingertips. Such as promoted listings, finances, etc. manager.jpg

You can check how many people have viewed your store and what items seem to be a hit.

And if you are interested in Promoting your listings with Etsy who is with Google you can for a little as a $1 a day!

They have also taken a new approach to tracking ad performance. Currently, we attribute sales to an ad in two cases:
A buyer clicks on an ad for your item, then purchases that item within 30 days
A buyer clicks on an ad for an item, then purchases any item from your shop within 24 hours.
Starting 4 October, they will attribute sales to an ad when:
A buyer clicks on an ad for an item, then purchases any item from your shop within 30 days.

So overall I am pretty pleased with the way Etsy has changed for the better making sales easier to obtain!

Heres my store link to take a look at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/LizzywhothefunkC

Namaste

 

Sale?! Yes, thats it! How to get some attention on Etsy

I have been an Etsy seller for a few years, I got the odd sale here or there but nothing steady. It has been frustrating, to say the least.  I wondered what was the magic key to get more attention. I added more and still nothing. I changed my photos several times still nothing. I started to add money to bring customers my way from google marketing through Etsy. Got a couple sales but again nothing much.

Over and over I have been trying to get the attention of others by blasting my twitter and facebook. Wondering what the heck was going on!

Then I decided to have a sale, I put a percentage off and waited. BOOM a sale, then another!!!  NICE!

SO I thought that was awesome now people will start to come back often to my shop so I left it for a while and then again…. nothing.

WHY! So I was a bit slow on process mostly because I had other projects so it wasn’t really a priority.

Then when I was finished and wasn’t busy again I decided to have a different sale. And again BOOM! another sale!! then another!

I figured it out… I finally figured what was making people come to my store. If I had a sale it was more appealing to the buyer! Even when I had dropped my prices before the sale it did not matter. It was the coupon sale that was the ticket. It was marketing for me. It cost me nothing really for the overall idea had developed that when you have a sale you drive business to your store!!

So now I got it. The key to getting some sales was not lowering my prices or offering something for nothing.

No it was a 10- 15 % sale at times or even 30 % it didn’t matter as long as I was having something going it was achieving what I had so desperately wanted!  I haven’t made my millions yet and its just starting but I am happy to say if you are new to Etsy have a sale!!!

What do you have to lose, Because the end result is you want the sale and this is how you get people looking! And I know it sounds too ridiculous and simple and it is! try it, the traffic you will see will show you the difference as well thanks for Etsy for having the analytics to keep track of it all for you!

Good luck! and I hope you have great success.

 

Namaste,

L. Campbell

New series of paintings

I have had some time to get some of the things I been thinking about doing and actually getting done.

I am going to be continuing to pursue different avenues of creativity and it is over flowing lately.

I envisioned this lady for some reason or another and her sisters. Season paintings are going to be of Queens of the season.

This one shown is the Queen of Autumn, for obvious reasons. But I really wanted to incorporate some Canadian element to make it striking and unique. autmumnqueenwatermark.png

I am currently working on my next one, Winter. I really like the black background so I will probably have all of them in unison with the same flow and similar styles.

I hope at the end of it have all four going across or even a window type setting and will be sold as a unit together along with prints for sale of each if people just want the one.

I also off topic have been experimenting with Dirty pour paintings or another word I have heard is pour paintings.

I have Seen various styles and cell type paintings and I love the color combinations and interesting patterns it makes. I will be showing some of those once I get them dried.

SO I have a lot of different things going on which I love! Not to mention my continued efforts to make unique fashion tees. So we will see what I can get accomplished before the Crazy Christmas rush.

Look out for some really cool posts up and coming!

What makes you Great?

I sit and think about what defines me what makes me unique about what makes me set apart from others and I ask myself…

What can I do to stand out, to make a difference?

Something that will make my kids proud of me. Then I really don’t have to think that hard. I am already. There is no one else like me. There is no one else like you. SO why do we feel like we have to be something we aren’t?

It’s one thing to become better at something to be the best self we can be, but to look at others and think why can’t I draw as good as them or paint as well? That’s wrong.  Perhaps these sabotaging thoughts have crept into your mind.

You want to stand out and yet there is thousands and thousands of us who paint and draw and they are all over Instagram Facebook and everywhere really.  Sounds depressing? No, it isn’t. You know why because everyone is different. And that is what makes you special.  We all have unique techniques to do something and guess what no matter how good you are, someone out there just won’t like it. But you know what is even better? Someone out there thinks it’s amazing!!!!

SO you are what makes you great!!! Keep giving of yourself your talents your gifts your best you and someone out there is going to recognize it and pay you, yes you!

The formula to being great is YOU! Giving back and contributing your passion for life and creativity is what the world needs. And if you come across something that you think may just change the way people look at the world then do that too.

Be kind love one another and see people as beings of light, not as any flesh form but souls who are renting bodies for awhile. Give your gift, put it out there for the world to see. People who are on the same plain as you will gravitate to you. You know whats even better? when you have a positive loving outlook towards everyone, you create an environment that gives you a chance receive that much more.

Reflect the position you want to be in.

YOU ARE GREAT

Namaste

 

L .C

Making Tee’s!

 

So I decided to take some of my ideas and make some Tees. Why? well, why the heck not? All joking aside, I figured it would be appropriate to let a little laughter brighten the day and if it does for someone, I have already won.

I am all about originality so this made perfect sense to not only advertise my artwork but get a few shirts for myself.

No better advertising than being a billboard for your own stuff! *tip*

These t-shirts can be found on a pretty cool site called SunFrog, here’s the link: https://www.sunfrog.com

What’s so cool about this site is not only can you design your own shirts but you can sell them too!  They have a few different styles and hoodies!  What I like even more is this site is easy to use and your image can be a minimum of 3200×2400 px.

That isn’t bad considering Society6 is way more demanding of its dealers in that they want high-quality images and if you don’t own photoshop or some way of making them bigger without distortion you won’t be able to use the site to create pieces for selling.

I figure that you could even purchase these shirts and put them on your Etsy even.  Makes for some interest and variety on the online store.

If you haven’t checked it out yet here’s the link to one of my tees! https://manager.sunfrogshirts.com/promote/?groupid=137397204

 

:0) Namaste,

L. C

For those who love animals

When I paint pet portraits for people it not only gives me a great deal of satisfaction but also it helps others get a piece of love that’s forever. The animals twinkle in their eye that only they know, the little markings of fur that makes them unique and the special bond they have with each other.

But not all animals have this love from their masters. Some are abandoned, disregarded and abused. Some are left to wonder this world and become ill or even worse hurt.

But then we come across the earth angels that go out of their way to save these creatures, no matter where they are. When they get the call they go out in the dead of night or early morning and find these poor creatures and save them.

I have the privilege of getting to see this in action in my local area through the internet. Victory for Animals Society is a non-profit organization that helps these poor abandoned and more often, hurt animals.

These ladies who run this place who are located in Brighton On are fighting to keep this place open. Fighting for animals who cannot speak and defend themselves. www.victoryforanimals.com

Why are these places so important? Because in this day and age not enough people DO care about the welfare of these animals. People move into a place with no pets so they leave them behind or dump them somewhere.

We need to praise those who sacrifice their time, their health and their safety to get these animals out of harm’s way.  If you can buy a coffee, you can donate. Every bit helps these animals and look at it this way, you did a good deed!

These animals need care, shelter, food. They need people like us to raise awareness to help get the word out to keep this wonderful shelter open.

Besides that, you get a tax receipt which looks good at the end of the year, so why not!

I hope you find it in your heart to give a little, they will appreciate it tremendously!

Donate today! >donatea                      https://www.canadahelps.org/gcgc/112885