Friday, 21 January 2011

British Sellers on Etsy BNR

The first British Sellers on Etsy Team BNR opens for business at 7pm tonight!

Details for taking part are posted with the treasury.  Here's a sneak preview - click image to go see it on Etsy.

Monday, 17 January 2011

British Sellers on Etsy Blog is go!

To launch the British Sellers on Etsy blog, here are a few words from founding member and Captain, Chiara Stone and Viv Smith, Leader and the person behind the social media:

First, from Chiara:
“Browsing through the Etsy community at the beginning of December I was thrilled to come across the teams section. I had just started adding items to my shop again and was looking to mingle with other British sellers.  When I searched for a UK team I couldn’t find one (just goes to show I didn’t do it properly as other British teams do exist) when I couldn’t find one I thought, ‘oh well, I’ll just start my own’  So I created the team and then searched locally to find other UK sellers and send them an Invitation to join the group. Over the next couple of days I spent every evening combing Etsy for UK sellers, (It became a bit of an obsession) and slowly the team began to grow... I was thrilled!

I began to realise there were a lot more British Sellers out there than I realised and that I wasn’t going to be able to manage the running of the team along with my Web Design business and making my bags and brooches for my Etsy Shop (not to mention spending time with my husband and son, lets not forget them ;)

Thankfully help came forward in the shape of Viv Smith the person behind Poppy Sparkles (I'll let her do her bit herself) and after appealing for more help, Claire Hampton the maker behind House of Hampton stepped forward to assist with the first team BNR. Isa from Noisette Marketing also came foward to offer help with PR for the team, a real bonus as it's clear that the team has grown beyond anything we could expect and proper PR management is needed. 
Happy Crafting!
CLSCraftCreations (Team Captain)

And now a few words from Viv:
"I don't often have a break, but after the rush of Christmas it was nice to relax a little.  Over New Year I had the luxury of time to explore Etsy a bit more and decided to find out about the teams.  I stumbled upon the British Sellers on Etsy team and joined up.  I was amazed at the high numbers in the team and saw potential for reaching out further.  Unsual for me, I wasn't shy at coming foward and sent a convo to Chiara asking if she would like me to help develop the social media for the group.  Pretty soon I'd set up a twitter account for the team and began to work on this blog, whilst Chiara took on the facebook page and continued with being a presence on the team's Etsy page.

Those that know me and follow me on twitter will know just how much I love tweeting and my twitter addiction certainly helped the team. Within days we had hundreds of followers and the #uketsy hashtag I introduced has caught on with UK based Etsy sellers.  A real sense of community and teamwork has been established on twitter with British Etsy sellers supporting each other by retweeting each other's #uketsy tagged posts.  It's safe to say that the British Sellers on Etsy team is making real waves.

Neither myself nor Chiara could have predicted the way the team would grow or the impact it would have.  It really is a testament to the power of teamwork and a willingness to support each other, competitors and all, rather than striking out alone.  Go team!

Viv Smith
Poppy Sparkles (Team Leader)

We are hoping to make this blog a great asset to the team and a platform from which we can promote British Handmade goods on Etsy through displaying team treasuries and member features, as well as providing support to our team members with useful how-to blog posts.

If you would like to contribute or have an idea for an article you’d like to see please email us  britishetsyteam {at} gmail {dot} com