Monday, November 22, 2010

Shop For Your Facebook Friends On Etsy

Etsy has an amazing new way to shop! Now, under 'ways to shop' on the front page, there is an option for 'gift ideas.' The next screen prompts you to choose Facebook friends and then Etsy chooses items based on their likes.

I took this new feature for a test drive. My first choice of who to shop for was my cousin. Etsy made some really interesting choices based on her likes and it really did help me narrow down some gift choices. As an added bonus, I learned she likes Alice Cooper! Who knew?

This new tool is only live so far for a small percentage of users, but should be rolled out for everyone very soon.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Google Analytics - What Are Your Peak Hours?

Do you know your peak hours? I didn't and I may be the only person NOT to know this, but I just learned how to find out what my peak hours are. Just in case I am not alone, I am sharing this golden nugget of information.

Access Google Analytics. On your Dashboard, on the top left,  go to Visitors ->Visitor Trending->Visits. Now look at the top right above the graph and below the dates. See a clock icon? Click and there you go - how many visits you have at every hour for whatever dates you have set. This is good stuff!

For the last month, 1:00PM has by far the most visits in my shop. My visits are fairly stable between 6:00AM-8:00PM besides that spike What is your best hour?

I would love to hear what your peak hours are, will you come back and report?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Cool Tool: Favoritizer

As the holidays draw nearer and I begin my holiday shopping, I quickly become overwhelmed at the wonderful choices we have on Etsy for gifts for family and friends alike. I've been hearting with abandon, swelling my favorites list. Sound familiar? Don't fret, read on.

In the Etsy forums recently, I came across a post about a new Etsy tool - The Favoritizer. It was developed using the Etsy API by an Etsy buyer who also happens to be married to an Etsy seller. The  Favoritizer helps you organize your favorites. I tried it out and in minutes, my favorites were neatly arranged into different folders that I created.

All you have to do is import your favorites by clicking"Get My Favorites.' Within seconds, the screen is full of all of your favorites. Next, you create lists and drag and drop the photos into the folders you just created. It is that simple.

If you'd like more information that just the item photo, simply click the photo and up pops a balloon with the full item title, the seller name, a portion of the description, and the price.  Click the item title and you go directly to the listing.

If you have an item that has sold in your favorites and would like to remove it, simply click on it, you will see a red minus sign, click on it and the listing is gone.

What do you think? Will you use The Favoritizer? Try it and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Where Are You?

Do you know If you don't you should. They have some great tools to help you with your listings and more made to work on Firefox, and a few for Explorer. But of all the features of etsyhacks, my favorite by far is "where am I." 

"Where Am I" allows you to input your seller name and a search term and discover what page your listings show up on for that search term. For instance, when I input "silk ribbon bracelets" - And, by the way, If you haven't seen mine, you should check them out here, they are really pretty.- Sorry, I digress. If I input "silk ribbon bracelets" and my seller name, I find out I show up on page one! But, if I search "charm bracelets", I unfortunately find that I appear on page eight. You get the picture. It can be very useful when crafting item titles and tags

Try it, find out where you are today:
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