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Turn Your Etsy Shop into a Sales Machine

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What Should Be In Your Etsy Marketing Strategy?

Lisa Jacobs

Turn Your Etsy Shop into a Sales Machine

Lisa Jacobs

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25. What Should Be In Your Etsy Marketing Strategy?


Class Trailer
1 Introduction to Workshop 04:30 2 The Anatomy of a First Impression 15:24 3 The Truth About Online Business 06:17 4 Etsy is a Tool For Your Business 10:30 5 What is Shop Cohesion? 11:56 6 Common Etsy Mistakes to Avoid 13:52 7 Product Photography Overview 46:09 8 Your Product Photography Checklist 02:58

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What Should Be In Your Etsy Marketing Strategy?

So, to simplify my marketing strategy, at the core, is this. I'm looking to find people who appreciate my work, deeply appreciate those people, and then brainstorm ways of finding more people just like them. My whole thing is about doing a on how do I find customers and turning to the world and saying, where are you, and how do I find, wait, how do I get found, and turn, doing a 180 on that and saying, how do I find more customers? So I'm always, always looking for new ways to connect with more customers. When we start to build a strategy, the first thing we'll do, every single time, is look at the seasons of the business. So to do this, I'm going to show you how to create a marketing calendar for your year. And it doesn't, this can be perpetual, I recommend it is perpetual. I recommend you start with the month that you're coming into or the month that you're just starting out, and then build it out 12 months in advance. Always build it out 12 months in advance. Make a perpetual campa...

ign. But just for this class, and the purposes here, I made a January through December calendar. If I were going to start working with a new business, I would start with this month, and then go 12 months out. This is simple................. yet it's the guide to stopping the scramble once and for all and being done with it. So Your Best Year 2016 is a book I write. I write it every year. And in it, I created this.............. revolutionary system where we really break down the goals, from a year into segments. And rather than looking at a year at a glance, we look at smaller parts and smaller pieces of the year. So that your plan can be evolving, just like you are, as a creative business owner. One of the things that........... stands out to tell you is that I think a lot of times we feel pressured to create one, five and 10 year goals for businesses and that's where we all kind of start, and that makes me think of my husband, because he has a very traditional career and he has a lot of traditional mentors that he can follow in his career. And so it's very easy for him to do a one, five, 10 year projection. But for me, it's not the same. Whenever I do projections like that, what I ask for in five years never looks like where I get in five years. And 10 years, it's hard to say what I'm going to like until I try it. So I have, I like, at the longest term, long term goals to be three years, and never more than three years. And I like that to not be rigid or set in stone, but rather, everything is broken down into smaller chunks of time, where you test what you're asking for, because you don't want to get to the top of the ladder and feel, and realize it's, I'm butchering that, but realize it's up against the wrong wall. So to start your marketing calendar, this is how I have it, as it can be a creative business plan, it can be something that you work with every year. It should be creative, you are creative, so your marketing plan should be as such. But I start always taking note of where I want time off. Because I think the best way to drive your business is to take the wheel. I did not build this business to be an employee to it for the rest of my life. I did not build this business to work for it. I wanted to work for me, so I start with a fresh calendar, and then I'm going to plug in where I want my vacations and where I want my time off. That's important to note, because I don't want to be heavy into a campaign when my children are at home from school, or when I have other things going on in my life. So I wrote those onto this calendar in orange. I'm not out of the game, whenever I put them on my calendar. It's just caution time, it's just be careful because that's important to me. And that should be, that needs to be important to my business' schedule.

Class Description

Bringing your creative business to Etsy® can tap you into the wide online market, but it isn’t as simple as setting the product of your hard work in the store window and waiting for customers to wander by. To make your online storefront irresistible to customers, you have to learn to showcase your products effectively.

Join creative marketing guru Lisa Jacobs for three in-depth sessions on how to use Etsy as it’s meant to be used - as a sales platform.  

Session 1: Build an Etsy Storefront That Sells
You’ll learn:

  • What it takes to get your Etsy shop found online
  • How to avoid common Etsy mistakes that are hurting your sales
  • How to fine-tune your storefront to attract visitors and convert them into buyers
You’ll learn to give your business new energy, especially if you’re struggling to stand out in the crowded online marketplace or dealing with long droughts without a sale.

Session 2: Market Your Etsy Shop to Sold-out Success
You’ll learn:

  • Talk about your product in a way that gets people excited to buy
  • How to gain big exposure for your brand and products
  • How to create a consistent business plan with predictable results
Get paying customers to your Etsy storefront using simple, proven marketing strategies. No far-fetched theories, generalized blanket statements, or big business comparisons here - just specific, direct training for creative business owners.

Session 3: Advertising for Creative Business Owners

You’ll learn:

  • How and when to build an ad campaign into your marketing strategy
  • How to create a successful ad campaign that attracts the right customers
  • Where and how to advertise your products
Etsy is a great sales platform, but only as long as you are able to get the word out about your brand and your products. Build a successful advertising campaign into your marketing strategy, and bring your small business to new customers.



The course was really practical and organized very well. Each day built on the previous day and had solid, actionable recommendations. I am just starting my Etsy shop and feel like I have a plan for moving forward with some confidence. Lisa is charming and very real and her enthusiasm for supporting businesses is engaging and very encouraging. She wants us to be part of the tribe and I appreciate that! Thanks Lisa and everyone at Creative Live for more great "Mini B-school" lessons that I can use for my online business.


Thank you thank you thank you! I have been going about the "daily scramble" for years - with ups and downs along the way and this course has been a true eye opener for me. The message of consistency and brand cohesion as well as deep respect for my customers will surely stay with me and help my business continue to grow. No matter what stage you are at in your creative business, Lisa has something great to teach! Highly recommended!

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This class was amazing!! The first day covered changing your Etsy storefront. This was my favorite day, as it talked about product photography in a very basic, replicable way. The best part was that it was all DIY. I have been told for so long to sub out photography to a professional, but this class is all about investing in yourself. It is so empowering to know how to do these things YOURSELF. We then spent the afternoon talking about SEO tips and tweaks. I can't wait to implement these in my own shop. I fee like this information is not clear anywhere online. The marketing aspect was great, and is about exposing your vulnerability and connecting with an audience. Lastly, you learn a SYSTEM that you can replicate time and time again. It goes through the entire calendar year. The cherry on-top was the last day-- advertising. I can't wait to try out advertising once I have the first two areas complete. This course is not gimmicky in any way, and teaches you a very honest approach to connect with potential customers. Awesome instructor-- to the point and thoughtful.