Hot Seat: Choose Your Blogging Platform
So now we're gonna have a little hot seat and help Michelle choose her platform, so why don't you come on up here. All right, so tell us who you are and what you do, and I know you don't have a site yet, but tell us how we can find you on Instagram, probably?
Yes, my name is Michelle. My brand is Marocky. You can find me on Instagram at MarockySF. And I make hand leather wallets and goods using French techniques.
Awesome. So you are literally just starting and have not launched yet.
And have pretty much nothing.
So tell me your thoughts. What are you thinking? Or are you really like, I have no idea?
I mean, I hear about Shopify all the time.
I wonder from who.
It's definitely probably one of my top choices.
And so, in your case, what's your hesitation in starting and making a choice? Is it just that you feel like you're not ready yet, or--
Yeah, I mean, I don't have like my photography down yet. Like a big collection. Just hesitating, in general, 'cause ...
All right, so what I'm gonna say is right now, I think we're gonna fix that. I think ultimately, if you're kinda hearing about Shopify and you were leaning toward Shopify, it's a good place to start. I think it's also-- one of the things I will say about Squarespace is you feel like your images aren't quite ready yet, Squarespace is tricky because it's really image heavy. I know you were saying, "My apartment's dark, and I only--" we were talking about this before the class. "My apartment's dark and I kind of have an old iPhone, and that's it right now, so I'm still working on that." So to set up a Squarespace site and sort of start blogging on that, I think you're gonna just feel frustrated. Like, "Oh, here's my image that I don't love, blown up really big." 'Cause that's a lot of what you see on Squarespace. So not to say that you're not gonna make your images better and all of those things, but I think you might be happier starting on Shopify anyway, where it's like-- You can give yourself a little more white space. You can kinda cheat the images a little bit. So, I think in your case, the products you're gonna sell, and probably also-- What price point are you looking at?
Probably a mid-, high-range.
So, I think the more stuff you're trying to sell, the more-- Shopify has just so much more happening on the back end. So what I'm going to suggest to you is even though you're not ready with your products yet, bite the bullet, get the Shopify store, and start blogging. Because you can actually then tell people this is coming soon, give them those sneak peaks. And right now, you don't have a space-- right, where you're sending them for email capture?
So this gives you a site where you can say, "Hey, go to the blog, see the sneak peaks, see behind the scenes." And kind of work on it from there. One of the ways you could actually think about it yet without products is, think about if you're on Kickstarter and all the updates that people give on the project as it's developing. You could treat the blog like that until you're ready to launch. Like, I'm updating you, I'm keeping you-- letting you know that things are coming soon. And then as soon as you're ready to start publishing products, you're ready for that, too. Sound good?
You're gonna do it now?
I'll do it.
You'll stop thinking about it, awesome. Thank you. See, it really does not have to be that complicated. It's not like we went through a 20-step process. It was like, cool, Shopify sounds good. I'm gonna get started.
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