Saturday, August 28, 2010

Promote Your Etsy Store as a Magazine and a Phone App

By on Saturday, August 28, 2010 13 Comments

Although I joined Etsy some years ago, I did not open up a shop until earlier this year. I wish I had sooner because I hadn't realized there are all sorts of cool tools available to help promote a fledgling store like mine. One such app from the developer community is Etsy Shop Tools.


MAGAZINE
It's not quite free but at $1 (Paypal) to join, it nearly is. With the web app, you can create a magazine of your designs. Grab the website code to embed in your website or send the link of the magazine to your potential clients and they will be wowed. No trees will be harmed in the process!

Just check out The Beading Gem's Life Collection magazine and see for yourself! Place your cursor on the magazine corners to flip the pages in either direction. It even gives a rather realistic page flick sound.

There is space only for 25 designs but you can change them out as you wish in the settings. There is nothing technologically challenging for the average user because the software does it all for you.

PHONE APP
Got an iPhone or Android phone? Then use your smartphone to have ready access to your store when a showcase opportunity arises. Sure beats carrying around flyers and brochures which are usually tossed away anyway.The Etsy Shop Tools' iPhone app cost me all of 99 cents in the Apple Apps store. It does a much better job of viewing your store.

When I navigate to my Etsy store via the phone's browser (below left), I really cannot see much detail in either the gallery or list view. I either have to zoom in or click on a particular design. The Etsy Shop Tools app not only presents a more detailed and attractive view (below right), it even allows you to immediately email or share it on social media sites if someone coos over the design.


That's not all. You can also use the Showoff function and do animated views of your store's designs. Just watch my brief video of this function in action.

video

Pretty cool, don't you think? Now you know I am somewhat of a technology geek.

Update : This app is no longer supported as the developer has no time any more. Please check Etsy Shop Tools for other apps.

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13 comments:

  1. Love it! I just overhauled my site, these will fit right in. :) Pearl, I love all the finds, you make my job a whole lot easier :)

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  2. That's a huge compliment coming from a technology expert such as yourself. Will check out your new site!

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  3. This is awesome! It's beyond awesome! It's be-awesome!
    really. This cam be so very useful. As Diana pointed out, it makes the job easier for the sellers. And easier for the buyers to buy on the fly.

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!! I will enjoy perusing your "magazine!" I especially love your tree of life designs and need to get around to purchasing one!

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  5. Thanks for all the lovely comments!

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  6. Wow! This is so cool! I downloaded the app to my iphone and created a magazine!!
    Thanks for sharing this!
    Mary

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  7. Good luck with the store promotion, Mary!

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  8. Okay, I pride myself on figuring this stuff out but the Etsy store magazine thing was confusing as all get out to me. On the other hand - I had no idea what it was at all when I went in there. I guess I will have to have another look and my dollar won't be wasted! :)

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  9. Just awesome! Great info.

    Becky

    http://kenleindesign.artfire.com/
    http://www.kenleindesign.com

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  10. That is so cool. I really like the Etsy store App for the Android. Will have to check it out and download it. Thanks for the find/post.

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  11. Unfortunately the iphone App doesn't exist for download anymore.

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  12. Wow Pearl this is Post Graduate level for me. But I'll come back to this post again to really understand what you are talking about.

    I do have a etsy store but I did not know about these things. Dita.

    http://www.alankarshilpa.etsy.com
    http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com

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