It's been way too long since I last posted but there has just been so much happening at my new store at icraft.ca. I'm thrilled to say within the first few weeks I had 17 sales and for online selling that's pretty awesome.
I never realized that online selling was so different than traditional face to face selling. But boy am I learning fast! In fact, I am applying my years of experience as an instructor at the University of BC and sales trainer in a program for icraft that I've dubbed "Sellers Bootcamp". It's a 28 day program where I assign a list of activities that are designed for sellers to market within their local markets as well as their online communities. It's about commitment and accountability too. A seed of an idea has grown to a whole team of approximately 60 people. Bootcamp II is already in the works!
I have had a chance to meet some really awesome and incredibly talented people, not just as artisans but technological geniuses! With these people, we have quite an impressive leadership team so that we can all share our talents and support one another.
Bootcamp isn't just about marketing our own shops but promoting icraft.ca as a new and hugely remarkable selling venue. The beauty of icraft.ca is that it is all about handmade! No vintage stuff and no supplies so it keeps the site uncluttered and easy for buyers "to stroll the isles". The site itself is fresh and colourful and Canadian (which is important to me and my local clients). There are however, sellers from around the world with an amazing diverse collection of goods. Icraft.ca is still very, very new so we are still looking to add a lot of sellers. More sellers means more products, and more products mean more traffic. LOTS OF TRAFFIC generates more buyers enthusiastically shopping for fabulous finds which is good for all of us at icraft.ca.
So, I ask all of my faithful readers to pass the word on to sellers and buyers, that icraft is an up and coming, first class, HANDMADE venue to be watched and to be seen on!
If you want to check out our forums and join the fun there is a live link in my picture at the top. I'm also including a link to all of our Bootcamp Sellers and I would love for you to stop by and preview their stores because we are planning a huge "OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND" in the very near future offering "ODD SOCK SPECIALS".
This introductory weekend will be offering items normally retailing for $10-$60 for only $5. Other items will be offered at an "Odd Sock 50% Discount". There is so much more to tell you about this "OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND AT ICRAFT.CA" but I better not spill any more beans. Leave me your note in the comments that you want to be notified for some really "blowout deals". I will ask sellers to stop by in the comments and tell you what their specialties are too.
Until next time, which won't be a long time... Cheers!...Christine
Here's our Class Pictures :)