Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Great New Platform to Advertise on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest

We've just discovered a new platform called MartNinja for advertising on social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  MartNinja is an invite-only network of sellers helping to promote your products to buyers of fellow sellers. Plus, you can earn money promoting products that you like as well.  You can add your stores on sites such as Ecwid, Etsy and Shopify for now but they are working on adding Amazon, Ebay, Zazzle, Woocommerce and Zibbet stores.

It is very simple to add your Ecwid, Etsy and Shopify store and you can add multiple stores from the same site.  Once you add your store, your inventory is generated and shows 32 items (you can expand to see more items).  You select the item(s) you want to promote and which social media site(s) you want to promote on.  As you make your selection it shows you the price and it will change with each additional selection.  I believe the lowest amount of people reached is around 9,000.

Here is an invite in case you want to check them out and start your own promotion!  MartNinja

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Friday, September 23, 2016

Retrophoria: A Place To Sell Only Vintage Items

There are a lot of venues for selling items online; Ebay, one of the biggest started out humble and wonderful once upon a time.  Now Ebay is the superstore of Ecommerce with new and vintage items.  When it first started, Ebay was solely vintage and I, amongst many other buyers and sellers watched it turn into a place where there is too much new, not so great quality merchandise, mostly from China.  Vintage goods are still going strong but the marketplace is flooded with too much and there are a lot of key word spammers so you get the impure search results.  Etsy was a great venue too, with ways to keep the key word spammers at bay, however they took those safeguards away.  Now the poor honest, hardworking independent artists and sellers have to compete with larger companies, yet again, from China.  We have nothing against China, just for the thousands of companies from China who manufacture low cost, low quality goods made to last for a few months at best.

Retrophoria is a company that has been around for a little while but hasn't seemed to be able to garner that much attention.  Yes, the site is pretty basic and they had some issues with Etsy uploads at one time but those have been fixed.  The best thing that Retrophoria has to offer is there no listing fee and small 3.5% fee when an item sells.  It still has a ways to go to compete with some of the larger markets but I do not think that is their aim.  I believe it is to be a purely vintage site that stays true to their origins.  Their platform lets you sell items from the 1920s to the 1980s, which we think should be expanded to earlier than 1920.  The interface for selling is very easy to use and it does not take long to list an item.  They have a duplicate item feature if you have something similar to sell that saves you time and energy.  In their own words "Retrophoria is an online marketplace where people who are passionate about collectibles can buy and sell vintage and retro items. Now there is a place that is completely dedicated to the sale of vintage items."

I've dealt with them personally and they are very open to suggestions and corrections that make the site more functional and easy for buyers and sellers alike.  It is refreshing to be able to email for help and get a quick response from someone truly interested in your comments or questions.  If you sell vintage and you sell online, try giving them a try and help boost a truly vintage only online selling venue.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fresh New Spin on Baby Onsies

If you know someone with an infant, toddler or child up to age 6, you have got to check out one of our favorite kids wear and art designers, Casey Kroger of The Kase Collective.   She has just completed the cutest collection of  adorable animal and artwork based baby onsies and kids t-shirts.  It is such a fresh approach and her designs are not your old boring pastel blue, pink and yellow.  She adds some spice by making the colors bolder, brighter and using her designs in fun ways.   Her talent for creating her "Kritters", which are both adorable and unique, is endless.

Casey's items have been featured on Zulily, who contacted her about putting her products on their site.  Normally you have to apply and wait for approval since it is a juried site.  Her sales have been more localized to the Denver area but she has a new store on Etsy showcasing her latest designs as well as her website, The Kase Collective.  To accomplish this she has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for her new line with the hopes of getting them into stores in the near future.  Her ultimate goal is to produce fabric with her trademarked designs and share them with the world.

Check out some of her wonderful baby onsies and Kickstarter offers:
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