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iCraft Admin


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« on: February 06, 2018, 01:08:29 am »

Hi guys,

As you know, we are working on the new site that will come with a lot of new tools and features, like store stats, support for more payment options etc. One of the burning question we are still working on is "How do we increase sales for our members?".

There are things we can do as a platform, but online sales is a complex topic and a lot now days relies on good content and social media. We feel that by simply providing tips & advice on how to use social media to generate sales, running Bootcamps or offering online tools is not enough, especially for people that are new to selling online.

One of the ideas that's been floating around in our heads is that we could create an extended sales network, similar to what some cosmetics companies do. iCraft team would provide sales & marketing training to these people and you, as a store owner, would have an option of working with one of those people directly. Actually, some of you are well connected online and have sales or marketing background, and could also do this "job" - help your fellow iCrafters to generate more sales, while creating extra income for yourself - a win-win!

We need to work out all the details of this multi-layered incentives and compensation model, but so far it looks very promising. As usual, we are looking for your input on this idea. Let me know if you'd like to participate in a brainstorming session with us or to be an early adopter.
Hope this piqued your interest.  Wink
SarahMars


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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2018, 05:34:24 pm »

My mother-in-law would be good for this job. She can't work, so she is spending a lot of time on Facebook. I've seen many posts from people who want to do work from home and looking for anything really.  This is better, as you are helping your favorite crafters and not some manufacturers in China to promote their products. Actually, I might do it too. Cheesy More details please!
iCraft Admin


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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2018, 12:28:28 am »

Hi Sarah, thanks for your interest!
We are putting a page together where we'll explain how this will work, but basically there will be different levels of compensations built into the system for attracting buyers or sellers to the site, some you will receive for a lifetime.
We just wanted to see if anyone is interested in brainstorming this idea or participating in this program themselves. 
elizanne


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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2018, 08:53:19 am »

Hi:

I have worked out a marketing plan for my site a couple of times but have never implemented it because the cost in time and money would not be for my store's benefit alone.  The thought that I would be paying for something and a person visiting my site would end up buying from another seller has stopped me each time. 

I very much appreciate that every seller on iCraft gets a chance, whether itís on the home page or on Facebook.  I had a store on a site that made the choices.  You could see that if they didnít consider you good enough, you didnít make the home page or Facebook, or were not asked to be a featured seller.

One thing that I like as a seller is the Top 20 sellers.  However, I donít think that it helps iCraft as a platform that the top sellers have less than a thousand sales collectively and the top seller has only sold 128 items.   I would like that statistic available to me as a seller, to know how many sales were occurring on the site, but I would rather the buyers not see the numbers.  Having a ďTop SellersĒ by category for the buyer would be better.  However, I think as a seller I would like to know what the sales volume of the site is.  I donít think this is helping you attract sellers either.  Same with the statistics on your store page; I have been selling on iCraft for 9 years and sold only 43 items.  As a potential seller, that would turn me a way.  As a buyer, I would question the quality of the products if so many people looked and only a few bought.

I also think that the links across the top of the page should be about the buyer and not the seller.  While I understand that iCraft wants to attract sellers to the site, the home page should be all about what the buyer needs.  A simple link to a page for sellers or potential sellers is all you need.  If a potential seller likes the home page they will search for more information, as long as there is at least one prominent link to indicate you can open a store.
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2018, 10:39:11 pm »

Hi Elizanne,

Great feedback. Thank you for that!

We are making a number of changes, that you've mentioned, on the new site - making it buyer-centric, removing some features that don't help them and adding some that will help them in finding relevant products.

As for the number of sales - we are introducing this program for that exact reason - to improve sales overall.

Right now we don't have a requirement for recording all sales online, like custom orders, as people pay a subscription fee. So we are missing some of those orders in total count. Once we switch to a percentage off sales, then this will be a requirement for both buyers and sellers - to put all orders through our system.

To your point about other stores benefiting from your marketing efforts, we'll track all selling activities and pay you a small percentage off sales in other stores that resulted from you attracting new buyers to iCraft.
SarahMars


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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2018, 10:37:34 pm »

So if I bring buyers to the site and they keep buying, I'll keep getting a compensation for that? For how long? When would this program start working?
iCraft Admin


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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2018, 12:40:52 pm »

Hi Sarah, yes, that's the idea!
We are trying to find a good incentive for people to promote products on our platform, as the amounts will be small, but they could accumulate over. This would be a life-time compensation.   

We should have a page up in a few days, explaining different ways in which we'll compensate people for referrals, so stay tuned!  Cool
iCraft Admin


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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2018, 01:09:39 pm »

As you know, we are switching our payment system on the new site to collect % off sale, instead of monthly subscription fees.

Here are a few questions to all sellers:
- Would you want to get help with your store's sales from sales and marketing people?
- If yes, how much would you be willing to pay them in terms of additional percentage off sales?
- What other help would you want to receive? (e.g. help with images, product descriptions etc)

We are also wondering if it would be helpful to add a "Services" section, where sellers could list their own skills that they could offer to others and also find people who could offer services that they need ... or where they could find collaborators (e.g. I have an idea for an interesting line of clothing, but I need someone who can do embroidery)
What do you think?
Fairy Cardmaker


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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2018, 09:30:04 pm »

I have zero marketing skills and zero time. I have a professional career that I quite like but has very demanding hours. This is only a creative outlet for me. So, my number 1 question is, will these changes discourage or otherwise negatively affect the hobby seller?

I know someone who had a career in graphic advertising before having kids. Then she went into crafty direct sales and now she owns a bricks'n'mortar craft retail store. I always admired her monthly newsletter. I've also seen lots of people use SurveyMonkey. I find all these tools daunting and I'm sick of having 1,000 different online accounts to try to meet 1 goal. But, if I could get affordable marketing advice that is both tailored to my business and scaled to my activity level, I would pay something for that.

For your questions:
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Would you want to get help with your store's sales from sales and marketing people?
Yes.

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If yes, how much would you be willing to pay them in terms of additional percentage off sales?
3-5%

More than that + iCraft's cut if it is in the same ballpark would put each item into a loss. I fear who would want 3-5% of $4? I feel like the nature of my product would make me an undesirable client. It's really not worth someone's time.

As a hobbyist, I need my business to at least cover costs. I would love it it could be profitable, but I don't have the time or motivation to make it so without great help, and yet I cannot afford such help.  I would totally understand if a commercial enterprise like iCraft doesn't want my kind around. I work in business. I get it.

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What other help would you want to receive? (e.g. help with images, product descriptions etc)
Branding: A cohesive image and messaging. Advertising: newsletter. Marketing: How to encourage people to shop on my site. Many of my co-workers know I craft, some know that I sell, but that's where it ends. I feel like showing them to the store and encouraging them to buy is crossing a line somehow.

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"Services" section, where sellers could list their own skills that they could offer to others
I could offer a relevant skill but I have no time to use it. Sorry.

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Or where they could find collaborators
That sounds like a great idea! What a good way to foster community too!
iCraft Admin


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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2018, 10:36:38 pm »

Hi Fairy Cardmaker,

Thanks for your great feedback!
None of the changes we are implementing should negatively affect the hobby seller. We definitely want "your kind" around!  Kiss

It will be up to the seller to use the services of our trained sales associates or not.
However, every seller on the site will benefit from the additional traffic - once the buyers discover iCraft, even if they initially came to check a specific product, they could always buy from other stores too.

Yes, you are right, this will not work for every store, if the amounts are too small.

In terms of offering services, we just thought that it would be helpful to list everyone's skills and expertise and what they are looking for from others, so everyone could help each other. (either get paid for their help or exchanges services)

We are thinking of a 5% total commission on sales and 1.5% of it could go to the sales associates. Anything over 5% is probably too much.
Fairy Cardmaker


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« Reply #10 on: Today at 02:03:02 pm »

Do you mean, iCraft would collect 5% and of that 5% 1.5% goes to the sales associates? Or it would be a total of 6.5% from the seller, of which 1.5% goes to the sales associate and 5% to the iCraft?
Fairy Cardmaker


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« Reply #11 on: Today at 05:37:14 pm »

Also, does shifting to a commission-based fee mean everyone would have unlimited listings? A greater stream of new products would also draw shoppers.
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