10 Ways to Help Your Creative Business Shine at Christmas
We all know that Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for handmade and independent businesses. As a creative entrepreneur it can be exciting and overwhelming in equal measures to see more and more orders coming through. For many of us it's also a busy period in our personal lives, which can squeeze the time we have available for our business and when orders start mounting up, it's hard to know what to focus on.
So, what can you do to keep the wheels turning through the festive period? In this article you'll find top tips from experts who have been there, done that and printed their own t-shirt!
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Hobbycraft worked closely with key players in the crafting community to create the subscription and these industry experts have some top tips to help small craft businesses maximise their festive potential when it comes to sales this Christmas.
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Christmas PR Tips from Untld Project
Use Press Coverage to Reach New Audiences
It’s not too late for some last-minute Christmas press coverage, but often, people fall at the first hurdle by pitching to lots of titles that simply aren’t suitable for their brand which is annoying for journalists and a waste of precious time for business owners!
It’s far better to research properly and pitch to fewer journalists who are all relevant. Use Google to check out last year’s Christmas gift guides in the titles you’d like to be in, to make sure you’re a suitable fit for their price ranges and aesthetics.
Give the gift of press friendly assets
Once you know which guides your brand is a good fit for, it’s time to get your assets ready. Ideally for each product, journalists need a link to buy it online, a short description, a price and one or two hi-res images - ideally one cut out and one lifestyle.
It’s best practice to also have a succinct and clear press release showcasing key items from your range, plus a link to hi-res imagery that they can look through quickly and easily rather than having their inbox overloaded with too many images.
Show the love to your existing customers
Your existing customers already know and love your brand, so make sure you let them know about your Christmas range! If you don’t already send regular newsletters to your mailing list, check out MailChimp for some simple templates to get you started. You can try new launches, flash sales, special offers and pre-sales to treat your loyal fans!
Advice to Help You Sell More Online from Folksy
Make something for every budget
Plan your Christmas collection to cater for different-sized pockets, from small stocking fillers to one-of-a-kind gifts. Offering different prices is especially important this year when people are really feeling the squeeze. If you sell on Folksy, you can set up different collections based on price to make it easier for customers to find something to fit their budget.
Tweak your titles, descriptions and photos
Making your listings more seasonally relevant can hugely increase your chance of being found by Christmas shoppers. There might be things in your shop that aren’t specifically Christmassy but could still be great presents, so think about different gifting opportunities like ‘Secret Santa’ and ‘Stocking Filler’ and add those to your titles, descriptions and tags.
Give your photos a festive upgrade too. If you don’t have time to retake them all, choose your best-sellers and do some styled shots with seasonal props to show your customer how perfect they would be for Christmas.
Make your postage fast and inexpensive
Speedy delivery is always important but even more so at Christmas – buyers won’t order unless they are sure it will be delivered before 25 December. So be clear about the shipping times and method on each listing. If you can post orders the same day, do, and write that near the top of your item description.
Grab a surge of late sales by offering last-minute delivery as an option too. Although really there’s no such thing as free postage, it’s something lots of customers expect, so try to keep your shipping costs as low as possible or incorporate it into the price of the item.
Ideas for Making the Most of Markets with Pedddle
Work on the WOW factor
To make your stall memorable, set up is key. Always have height and a clear logo but also try something fun that brings people over or maybe a competition to get people signed up to your newsletter as an extra bonus!
Get those Christmas lights twinkling
It’s absolutely vital to have lights on your stall. It's dark at this time of year and you don't want this to put customers off if they cannot see your products, so have a think about lighting in advance and double check everything is working before you set off to avoid any last-minute hiccups!
Don’t forget to shout about it
Be really clear to your existing customers where you are selling and let potential new customers know too! Social media posts and emails with the market’s location and times are a nice simple way of doing this. Don’t forget to tag the organisers…and of course @pedddleuk as we love to hear where stallholders are selling!
And one final tip from us at CraftWorld...
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