Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Diversification

About this time last year I was casting around for ways to diversify my 'web presence'.  Sounds pretty grand when you put it like that, but I just really wanted another place to sell my work, one a little different to Etsy.  I joined Etsy in 2006, but unfortunately I literally floundered for a couple of years while I tried vainly to find a direction.  It wasn't until last year that I got a little bit more comfortable with what I was doing and started to try to sell a little more.  I joined Zibbet because I liked the way they looked and the fact that they responded to concerns - and - I thought they had potential!  The old 'get in on the ground floor' argument.  I bought a lifetime membership on a special - 100$ at the time - so I would never have to pay fees again and could list experimental things without worrying.  Of course, nothing ever sold because most of my work got diverted to Etsy where it might and often did sell!  So this became a bit of a vicious circle.

I actually sold my first thing on Zibbet last week ( the stud earrings pictures above) so I'm encouraged to go back and list there more often.  (They have recently revamped their home page and it looks much better..)  Of course, if I have multiples of something, it can be listed in both places...I have put a link to my Zibbet shop on the blog, so either find it or click here.  Zibbet is really trying hard - they are doing upgrades and requesting input from their sellers all the time to try to build a site that works.  Coupons and sales mode, for example, are very easy!  Of course, I still like Etsy, but sometimes it does feel as though one is being crushed by a juggernaut!  Ideally, I would like to sell on both.  We'll see what develops....It's pretty obvious that I'm not a very savvy web person as it's taken me a year to get that logo here, but really, until I promote Zibbet a little more, it's not really giving them a chance!

I'll close by posting some images of recent work - also fits under the title of 'Diversification', I notice.   When will I stop going madly off in all directions?


 These are called 'torso' beads.  I like the wideness and the flatness of them...

 Some new buttons - they have already gone, must make more!


Painted hollow beads - alcohol inks and white clay.  Very bright...

Large focal caned beads made for a special order - I will definitely be making more of these!  Have those canes to use up...





            

7 comments:

Malin de Koning said...

My godness - I looooooooooooove them all!

Arlene Harrison said...

You might also want to check out Artfire in your diversification process. THey are offering a special right now where the first 20,000 to sign up for a Pro account (basic is free) you only pay $5.95 for life. No listing fee, no off-the-top fee, just the once a month fee. I spend more than that in Etsy listing fees every month! Here is a link to the details in case you are interested: http://www.artfire.com/groupdeal

artybecca said...

The buttons are so cute!!!!

Genevieve said...

Firstly - gosh your work is gorgeous! It is no wonder that the buttons are gone.
Maybe you don't go off in all directions - maybe you let the art lead the way instead of trying to direct it. That is not at all a bad thing.
And just to prove that you are more web savvy...I had never even heard of Zibbet.

Claire Maunsell said...

Thanks for the suggestion Arlene! I am looking at Artfire ( I have the basic account with my name), but I'm not sure if I really like the look of it...I am watching, though - things can change rapidly!

Pretty Things said...

Your work reminds me of paintings -- I love it -- off to search your shop!

Mª Reyes said...

Me gustan mucho las cosas que haces. Besos desde Barcelona (España)