Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Item Donation & Social Media Drive : Etsy Recyclers Guild Advertising No More Team Shop

The Etsy Recyclers Guild has always held advertising on Sites and Blogs such as Everything Etsy, Handmadeology, and Craftopolis. Doing this required monies that, in the past we were able to obtain from the the combined effort of Team Shop funds and Etsy Grants.

The Dilemma:
With so many Etsy teams cropping up, grant money is few and far between. The Team Shop was recently closed, due to lack of sales, exposure, and more, so now that we are going to rely on the members for help. 

The Solution:  
We are selling ads cheap with Project Wonderful, but we need your help with one or more of the following: 

Members and Non Team Members Donate Prizes and Get Exposure Here on the Blog.
The first items needed are for prize donations. In the past we've had great donations from both of my shops, Relove, MattieReidChicago and TexasVintage and hosted some exciting contests.  Now it's your turn. All prizes should have a "street sale value" of $20 or more.

It can be something you made, a small prize pack, something you are re-gifting (new, not used!)  or something vintage, just about anything will do! *You will have to send this item to the prize winner with delivery tracking or confirmation, so be aware some of the winners are sometimes intl. A necklace can ship internationally very inexpensively, wherein a huge ceramic bowl will cost an arm and a leg.*

Contests will increase exposure as the word spreads and are open to non-team members.  If you would like to be a prize donator, this even gives you added exposure to your Etsy shop, as we are a page rank 3 blog and we will mention you are the donator and put in some good words about your shop. By donating, you are agreeing that you must send the prize to the winner, and sometimes these winners may live out of the country, so it's best to keep the item under a few lbs.  If you can do this, please contact me via my Etsy shop. 

and / or 


I'm asking all of you bloggers, website owners, tweeters, or Facebookers to support your team.
It doesn't cost you anything but a few minutes to tweet a recent post you read here on the Recyclers Guild Blog, or put a link to a recent post on your Facebook. If you blog, talk about our team and write about your favorite shop. Put links back to our blog so we can be found. Better yet, talk about a member's shop you love.  Word of mouth is sometimes the best promotion.
and / or  
Wee piggy bank from HausProud

We are going to rely on each shop who wishes to participate, to sell a special item and donate a portion of their profits to the team kitty.  Doing so will make it easier for items to be found.  It will also allow the shop owner to have the shipping costs covered, something the team shop didn't do.  So if you have a glove mold for sale, and it sells for $20, donate a small portion to the team kitty. To do this, you must send a paypal payment, IN THE FORM OF SERVICES ONLY (or it will have fees) To IraMency@verizon.net and put in the subject line TEAM SHOP DONATION. It may take me a week or more to update this information.

You can view funds at any time HERE on our Google Spreadsheet.  We will not be able to advertise until we get to $100.


Heather said...

I'll make some more donations. :)

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