Etsy Conversations Podcast | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Online Business | Ecommerce | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur InterviewsAuthor: Ijeoma Eleazu
22 Jan 2017

Etsy Conversations Podcast | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Online Business | Ecommerce | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews

Featuring interviews with Etsy shop owners. Get to hear the personal Etsy stories behind your favorite Etsy shops as well as those you haven't yet discovered. How did the podcast come to be? Well, what do a Turkish classical musician, a graphic designer, AT&T wireless data guzzling, and an iPhone newbie/crafting geek all have to do with each other? Well, they collided in the summer of 2013 in a happy conspiracy that birthed the new host and the revival of the Etsy Conversations Podcast. As an iPhone newbie trying to figure out what the funny-looking purple icon on her phone was, Ijeoma discovered a podcast that was in desperate need of life support. A few conversations, emails and two to five petite cups of Turkish apple tea later, the podcast went from the brink of obsolescence to becoming the water cooler hub for all things Etsy, handmade, and arts & crafts-related. The Etsy Conversations Podcast is the home of inspiring interviews with and for veteran and newbie Etsy sellers where you get tips, techniques, and tools to make you a better more successful Etsy seller by learning from other Etsy sellers. If you’re looking for ways to get more sales and more traffic to your Etsy shop, be a guest on the Etsy Conversations Podcast and promote your Etsy shop to thousands of listeners across the globe while inspiring other Etsy sellers to take their Etsy business to the next level. Connect virtually on Twitter with @ConvoMePodcast (https://twitter.com/ConvoMePodcast) as well as on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EtsyConversationsPodcast), Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/convomepodcast/) and Google+ (https://plus.google.com/105768205195648489315/posts) with Etsy Conversations Podcast - Follow us, Like us, Pin us, and join our Circle to become a part of the Etsy Convo community.

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    162 - Kara's Vineyard Wedding | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

    Growing a family while growing a business is no small feat but Kara figured it out and she came on the podcast back in September 2014 to share how she made it all work and made the transition to making a full time living off Etsy in Episode 43. Running a household, and chasing after two small children may seem tiring enough, but juggling an Etsy business on top of it can definitely pack your day full of excitement, wonder, as well as a little extra chaos (...in a good way, of course). This week I’ve pulled out my original conversation with Kara Lamerato, wife, mother of (then) two little little ones, and owner of the Etsy shop, Kara’s Vineyard Wedding, where she sells beautifully handmade place card holders, wine bottle stoppers, and wine corks for weddings. Kara opened her shop in January 2011 and she shared her story of how she created a successful full-time Etsy business that enabled her to quit her steady 9-5 job to be home with her kids. Kara’s prior work experience was in the finance industry where she realized that she wanted to be home with her children while also earning an income and fulfilling her creative passion. Doesn't that just scream "Etsy business!!" to you? ;) She explained that her shop initially started as a “side hobby” to allow her to splurge on little things like pedicures and cute sweaters, but after the birth of her first child and the heartbreaking experience of having to leave her newborn child to go to work every day, she decided to hunker down and from there planned to make her Etsy business more successful. Kara's story is truly inspirational and one that I really enjoyed hearing. In addition to learning how she achieved her goal of becoming a work-at-home-mom, she provides helpful tips and advice for new, aspiring, and veteran Etsy sellers with regard to Etsy shop promotion, product photography and much more. Kara’s Vineyard Wedding – Topics Discussed How Kara got started on Etsy and the timeline of her path to Etsy success  Transitioning from a full-time career to becoming a full-time Etsy seller How and why she decided to brand her shop and how that was the turning point of her Etsy business experience Kara explains how long it took her to go from “breaking even” to profitable Where Kara finds most of her inspiration for new products lines Stressful experiences Kara has had while using Etsy and what lessons she has learned from them Shipping challenges and refund policies Etsy shop promotion using Etsy teams and social media Using proper SEO and Etsy relevancy techniques to boost product visibility in the Etsy marketplace Kara's tips and advice for new, aspiring, and veteran sellers Resources Mentioned Photo Editing Programs: PicMonkey Etsy Teams: Team Unity Newsletters: Etsy Success Newsletter Best Ways to Reach Kara Lamerato Etsy Shop: Kara’s Vineyard Wedding Email: KarasVineyardWedding [at] gmail [dot] com Website: Kara’s Vineyard Wedding Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

  • Posted on 18 Jan 2017

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    161 - My Craft Assistant | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

    Still stumped when it comes to Etsy Relevancy and Etsy SEO...? Figuring out how to get your shop seen by your ideal customer on Etsy – not to mention trying to get your shop ranked high on Google – is no easy feat! My guest Michele Gallagher – owner of the Etsy shop JAM Jewelry Shop and founder of MyCraft Assistant has things pretty well figured out. Michele shares her story on how she got started selling on Etsy and how her business evolved to helping other Etsy sellers find success on the platform through her unique consultation and virtual assistant services. She explains how she spent hours doing the research and testing out her methods on getting ranked well on Etsy and on various search engines such as Google. This all leads into why Michele became passionate about helping other Etsy sellers learn what she has learned, grow their businesses, and find success on the platform. We cover a lot of ground in this week’s episode – from how to identify your target audience to learning what tags you should use on your product listings to get the best search results as well as how to use social media correctly to drive traffic to your shop and increase sales. Michele is one smart cookie and I was excited to have her on the show back then and I'm happy to share her brilliant tips and strategies that can help you succeed as a new or seasoned Etsy seller in this re-run of our original conversation. My Craft Assistant – Topics Discussed Michele explains the two ways she helps new and seasoned sellers optimize their shops to find success right from the start The most common mistakes that many shop owners make when selling on the Etsy platform The importance of identifying your target audience and the best ways to market to them Differences between Etsy relevancy and SEO Why Michele believes that creating your tags properly is more important than being in an Etsy treasury (***Treasuries are now a defunct feature on Etsy, so...***) Michele shares a helpful tip on how she manages her time The importance of Etsy sellers utilizing social media to drive traffic to their shops – and how to do it correctly Advice on how to use Etsy teams to grow your business Relationship-building tips that can help shop owners form meaningful relationships with their customers Contact Michele Website: MyCraftAssistant Email: info [at] MyCraftAssistant [dot] com Twitter: CraftAssistant Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

  • Posted on 11 Jan 2017

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    160 - AV Wedding Designs | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

    Yes! This week we're bringing on the bling again with Angela Frazier of the (now re-named) Etsy shop AV Wedding Designs. Planning the perfect wedding is a stressful task for many brides-to-be... From picking out the perfect colors and flowers to choosing the perfect gown, many soon-to-be brides lose sleep trying to figure it all out. And what if you’re looking for an item that no one else has? Where do you turn? Well, Angela has that little nook covered... Angela started her Etsy business in December 2012 after attracting an impressive amount of attention for her uniquely designed “bling shoes”. Like many women, she was on a hunt for accessories that had never been seen before, but unfortunately, her hunt came up short. So, she decided to create her own handcrafted, fashionable shoes for herself. And boy did she hit the ground running with her new idea! In this episode Angela shares her story of how she got started on Etsy, the products she offers and how she comes up with her unique designs. She explains how her Etsy shop went from only 12 sales in the first 6 months to nearly 100 in the next by making a few tweaks to her photos and tags... Very important lessons right there... Angela shares SEO tips on how to maximize the Etsy search engine to improve your product rankings and get seen by your potential customers better. She also explains what she does to incorporate social media marketing tactics into her everyday marketing plan and how they helped her grow her business successfully. Her story is truly an inspirational one, and her funny, positive attitude is very contagious. I hope you’ll enjoy this episode and learn a lot of helpful tips which you can use to take your business to the next level :) AV Wedding Designs – Topics Discussed Angela explains why she tries to purchase the very last shoes available on a store’s shelves Angela's first experiences as an Etsy shop owner and the challenges she has had to overcome in her first year How Angela decided to maximize the simplicity and benefits of owning an Etsy shop and how it compared to the work involved in establishing her own website Different design ideas Angela has sold on Etsy, including her unique camo collection How she transitioned from working in a bank to becoming a full-time Etsy seller How having an in-home shop has helped Angela cross-sell and upsell her other products We talk about social media marketing and how she uses it to increase awareness of her brand and products Angela explains how she promotes her Etsy shop offline through various local shows and business card distribution Tracking the return on her marketing efforts Specific tips and advice from Angela for new Etsy sellers Contact Angela: Etsy Shop: AV Custom Designs & More Website: South East Texas Weddings Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com For more help growing your Etsy-based business, check out these resources:

  • Posted on 04 Jan 2017

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    014 - Etsy Resources | Etsy Community News | Etsy Podcast | Etsy Conversations

    Listen in to get all the latest information about what's going on in the Etsy community. Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

  • Posted on 31 Dec 2016

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    159 - Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations | Etsy | Arts & Crafts | DIY | Ecommerce | Handmade | Crafting | Online Shopping | Entrepreneur Interviews | Internet Business | Online Business

    This week’s episode is a special treat... A blast from the past! I’ve dived deep into the archives to dig up some of episodes from earlier shows – ones that longtime listeners have loved, but which you may have missed if you're a newer listener. In this week's conversation, we talk all about hand-thrown pottery and ceramics. My guest is Diane Waters, and she owns and runs the Etsy shop Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations. Diane has worked with hand-thrown ceramics and pottery for several years, and her passion and love for the craft began after taking a course with her friend at a local pottery supply store. She explains how the challenges of learning this new skill is what fueled her passion and determination to master it, which later led to opening her Etsy shop and selling her handmade wares online. Since opening Muddy Waters CC on Etsy in January 2012, Diane has sold nearly 400 pottery pieces, ranging from ceramic mugs, cups, bowls, and dishes to trinket jars, tea pots, and Raku pieces. We discuss the many ways she promotes her shop and ways to connect with your customers beyond creating promotional posts on Facebook or Twitter. Other topics of our discussion include the importance of good quality product photos, getting involved with teams and community events, and the importance of connecting with others for business growth. Diane's love for the craft and desire to create and make has been an inspiration to many creative entrepreneurs. Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations – Topics Discussed Diane shares the story of how she began selling on Etsy. How she decides what she wants to create each day and why she chooses to create each piece exactly how she does. What Raku is. Diane describes the different firing and decorating techniques she uses to make each of her pottery and ceramic pieces and how they work. The advantages of using different sized kilns when making certain types of pottery items. How Diane manages her time as a creative entrepreneur, wife, mother, and owner of 3 dogs and 3 cats. Diane shares how she stays motivated to keep working on her store and making her wares and what she does when she starts feeling unmotivated. Why Diane refuses to check out the competition in her niche. How she decided which Etsy teams to join and how much time she dedicates to them. Contact Diane Etsy: Muddy Waters Ceramic Creations Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram Website: MuddyWatersCC.com Please take a minute to subscribe and leave an honest review of the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. That really helps to get the word out about the show. Connect With Me: Twitter: Follow @ConvoMePodcast Facebook Group: Etsy Conversations - This is where I'm connecting with you after the podcast. Lots of fun convos here too! Facebook: Like the Etsy Conversations Podcast Facebook Page Pinterest: Etsy Conversations Podcast Instagram: @EtsyConvo Google+: Etsy Conversations Podcast Email: Use the Contact Form OR interview [at] convome [dot] com

  • Posted on 28 Dec 2016

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