Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Easy Tagging, At Your Service

There's been a lot of discussion on our FB page recently about tagging items if you're a member of the Etsy Team and also how to search for Team Members, so it seemed like a blog post might be in order.

First, let's talk about TAGGING:

If you're a Team member who's interested in tagging the items in your shop with the EEWIL tag, but you're finding the task a little daunting because of the volume of stock you've got, has a great tagging app that makes things go quite quickly -- all you need is a Google account -- and special thanks are in order for DesigningImpressions for sharing the info in our Team discussion board on Etsy and also on our FB group wall. 

For those of you who aren't yet familiar with etsyonsale (I wasn't until I read DesigningImpression's post!) and want to know more about it, here's a Storque article that explains its purpose.  (It also comes in handy for setting large-scale sales in your shop! BONUS!)

If you're ready to try the tagging app, head over to etsyonsale, and follow these steps:
1) Click the red "Sellers" link in the top right corner of the screen
2) Sign in with your Google account
3) Choose your time zone, make sure the checkbox is clicked (etsyonsale will send you an email when it's done adding tags so you don't have to keep checking back), and click "Authorize Access"
4) You will be taken to a page that tells you an app would like to connect to your account -- read through what's on that page and then click the "Allow Access" button if you want to proceed
5) Click your shop banner to begin
6) Click the "Tagging Tool" link
7) Choose "Add, "
8) Decide if you want to replace the last tag or skip the item if you've used all of your tags, click the appropriate button for your choice
9) Choose "All Listings" (or just certain sections of your shop) from the drop-down menu
10) Enter EEWIL as the tag you wish to apply
11) Click "Apply"

If you left the checkbox from Step 3 checked, you'll received an email from etsyonsale when the app is all finished tagging your items.  Speed of tagging depends on your internet connection -- it took about five minutes for it to tag all 120+ items in my shop.

Now, on to SEARCHING:

There are a few ways you can search for EEWIL members if you are trying to build a Treasury.

1) Use the list of group member shops that's under the "Info" Tab of our Facebook Group Page.  The list is divided into "Participating" and "Non-Participating."  The goal is to give priority Participating members' shops, then move to the Non-Participating members' shops if you still need more items for your collection

2) Search for the EEWIL tag using Etsy's in-site search feature.  Choose "All Items" from the drop-down menu, enter EEWIL, and click "Search"

3) If you're a member of the Etsy Team, you can see a list of Team Members by going to the "Members" section of the Team.  Everyone who is a member of the Etsy Team is a Participating Member of EEWIL. It's a smaller group, because we've limited Team access to members who are currently listed as Participating.

Hope this helps!  Please feel free to comment here if you've got questions or more info to add!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

TAG! You're It!

For those of you who have already joined our Etsy Team, please feel free to tag items in your shop as "eewil team."  Doing this will create a sort of "directory" of team member shops.

If you haven't yet joined the Team, membership is gained by application or invitation only. Victoria is currently in the process of sending invites to all EEWIL members who are currently hold "Participating" status on our FB page info tab -- however, because Etsy only allows us to send out 25 invites per day, you are welcome to fill out an application if you don't want to wait for the invite.  Those of you who currently hold "Non-Participating" status will not receive an invite and are required to fill out an application.  CLICK HERE to send in your application.

Also, please remember to keep creating those Treasuries!  They are the backbone of our group, and also what ensures that you have access to all things EEWIL -- membership in the Etsy Team is subject to the same terms as membership in our FB group!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Join the Team!

Just a quick post to let all of you know that our EEWIL Team is up and running on Etsy!

It's a members-only Team, so you'll just need to submit a quick application to obtain membership -- all the info on how to submit your application is included in the "Who Can Join?" section of our Team description.

Ready to head over to Etsy and check out our Team?  CLICK HERE!

Friday, November 19, 2010


Well, folks, the holiday shopping season is upon us! Are your Etsy shops ready?

I thought I'd share a few suggestions to for getting yourselves and your shops in the spirit, if you haven't gotten yourselves there already!

We decorate our homes and our brick-and-mortar retail establishments -- why not our Etsy shops?  Put up a festive seasonal banner in your shop to welcome in holiday shoppers.

Big box stores do it, and so can you!  Black Friday sales, holiday specials, contests, VIP Shopper events -- be creative, work your promotional magic, and bring in the customers!

Gift cards are a great way for your shoppers to give (and get!) the gift of handmade and vintage.  Choose your denominational amounts, create a simple graphic, and you're all set.  To create a physical gift card to send to the buyer, print or draw your own on index cards.  If the buyer is purchasing the GC for someone other than themself, you can also offer to send it directly to the intended recipient.  Just be sure to protect yourselves (and your sellers) by stating very clear guidelines about how the gift cards can be used.   

Offer gift wrap services! If your buyer is sending their purchase as a gift, offer to ship to directly to the recipient and offer to gift wrap.  You can choose to offer this as a free service or at a small additional upcharge.

The main goal of EEWIL is promoting each other (and ourselves!) through the creation of Etsy Treasuries.  This is one of the best ways to get your shop and other EEWIL's members' shops some excellent PR!  Creating Holiday-themed, Gift Guide, or Shopping Handbook Treasuries will draw in views AND get you in the spirit.   If you need some inspiration, check out the great Treasuries below created by EEWIL members.

Winter Solstice Celebration by DesigningImpressions

Got any other holiday ideas? Please share them as comments -- we'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Welcome to EEWIL Circle of Friends!  We're so glad to have you as a part of our circle!  While we're waiting for Etsy to open up Teams to the public, we thought we'd go ahead and get the EEWIL Team's companion blog up and ready to go in the meantime.

The blog is just another way for us to communicate with each other about EEWIL and Etsy, but we absolutely DON'T want it to replace our EEWIL Facebook group -- just enhance it!   We'll write articles about EEWIL as an Etsy Team, keep you posted on where Etsy is in the process of making Teams public, maybe do some Treasury tutorials, stuff like that. Our FB group will still be our primary point of communication, so we'll be keeping Treasury sharing, shop link sharing, and those sorts of things there.

The other purpose of the EEWIL Etsy Team blog is to provide a sharing point for all of your store blogs.  We'd like for the team blog to be the "hub," for all of your store blogs.  Follow the EEWIL Circle Blog and we'll follow you, too.  The more the merrier!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me (Victoria) or any of the other admins (Kathy, Wendy, Melissa, Elizabeth) either here or on FB-- between the five of us, I'm sure we can get your question answered!

Loads of Etsy love to all of you, and thanks for being a part of EEWIL!