You've decided to sell jewelry online. Great! Now what? Here are 8 tips, with some helpful links on related resources to have you selling like a pro online in no time.
2. Stand Out
Do something fun, unique or entertaining. Think outside the box. One way Fire Mountain Gems has done this is by choosing to use our employees, or friends and family members, in our model shots. Customers love seeing everyday people wearing the gorgeous pieces. Offering a free gift is another way some businesses add a little something to the buying experience in order to keep their name in your mind. Find something that makes you stand out, whether that's how you present your products, what's in your designs or even something as simple as offering custom orders for customers.
3. Know Your Demographic
Who are you selling to? Women? Men? Baby boomers? Generation X or younger? Narrowing down the core group of individuals you think your handmade jewelry will appeal to helps direct your marketing efforts. If you want to appeal to a younger crowd, you may want to use up-to-the-minute or pop culture references including emojis and memes. Think about who will be and is buying your products, then tailor the way you present yourself to be as welcoming as possible for that crowd. It's okay to not be universally appealing to everyone--no one can do that.
||1. Customer Service
Be accommodating. Be present. Reply quickly to questions, concerns and even positive feedback on all your social platforms. People enjoy interacting with a person, not an anonymous brand, so make it personal and try to avoid jargon or technical terms that could make the customer feel as though you're talking down to them. Listen to what customers have to say and work to rectify any problems as quickly as possible. How you deal with problems that arise can actually end up boosting the reputation of your business if you handle them professionally and expeditiously.
5. Make Sure the Price is Right
Pricing is the bane of existence for anyone who sells handmade goods. You don't want to sell yourself short and you don't want to price yourself out of the market. Compare and research pricing of similar businesses or products to start gauging where your prices might land. Be sure to remember your time as an artist is valuable, and include that thought process when deciding on the final price. In the article ''Pricing Your Jewelry Designs'', you'll find some more specific factors to consider as well as a downloadable PDF of a potential pricing structure.
6. The More Information the Better
You want concise and descriptive information. People want to know what they're getting ahead of time and if anything is unclear, most won't take the time to ask. So provide the materials used in designs up front and even add why you love the piece. Does it have a story behind it? Were you struck by sudden inspiration? It's fun to read about the creative process--just keep it fairly brief, since we all know the Internet shortens attention spans pretty thoroughly. More information also includes making sure your policies are easy to find so there's no confusion about returns, exchanges, etc. later.
8. It's a Business
And finally, acknowledge you're stepping out of the hobby world and into business. If you treat your online business like a hobby, that's how prospective purchasers will see it--as just a hobby. Decide the online venue you're going to sell through; whether that's your own site or an online store like Etsy. Weigh the pros and cons in ''Etsy vs Your Own E-Commerce Site for Selling Jewelry''.
You may have to hire some help, depending how familiar you are with maintaining a website or how many social media platforms you want to manage. You'll want to make sure you still have time to create all your beautiful jewelry, too. So get out there, be creative and sell your handmade jewelry. We can't wait to see what you're making!
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