How to Identify Your Target Market

When you post about your online store, your products, and your sales, do you know who you’re actually talking to? A lot of business owners might answer, “everyone!” But even if you’re going for a large niche, it’s to your benefit to identify niche markets who will directly appreciate your product (and will want to buy it). Plus, it will help shape your brand voice, your marketing technique, even your designs. Here are a few tips on how to identifyRead more

How to Work With Influencers to Promote Your Brand

Working with influencers, bloggers, and creative folk with a solid social media following can be a great way to promote your brand. If you find someone with a good following – whether it’s a micro influencer with 1,000 followers or an influencer with 100,000 followers – whose values and account lines up with yours and the kind of audience you attract, reaching out could work in your favor and theirs! But what makes a good influencer partnership? What are someRead more

How to Increase Traffic to Your Site

You’ve set up your site, you’ve set up your merch shop, you’ve set up all your social channels. So…where are all the customers? The Internet world is vast, and it can sometimes feel like you’re screaming into the void every time you post a tweet that gets no likes or an Instagram post that falls flat. Luckily, there are lots of ways you can increase traffic to your site, online store, and more. Find out how to increase traffic toRead more

10 Ways to Prepare Your Online Store For the Holiday Shopping Season

It seems like the holiday season starts earlier and earlier each year (and if we’re judging by how early department stores swap the pumpkins for the string lights and ornaments, it does!) But when it comes to starting to prepare your online store for the holiday shopping season, the earlier the better. This is a HUGE season for the retail world, and it pays (literally) for you to be ready to make the most of it and make some sales!Read more

8 Cheap or Free Photo Editing Apps to Download Right Now

Making your lifestyle photos, promo materials, and social posts look amazing and #InstagramWorthy shouldn’t be cripplingly expensive. And luckily, it doesn’t have to be! There are plenty of tools out there for professional photographers and dabblers alike that let you beef up your photos and even make infographics and promo materials for free (or for cheap). Here are a few super cheap or free photo editing apps and tools that you should add to your toolbox. .     .   Read more

How to Promote Your Products for a Back-to-School Sale

Class is (almost) in session! We all know that the best part of going back to school is shopping for cool new stuff for the first day. Which is why this is the perfect time to run a back-to-school sale for your Shop. According to Retail Dive, back-to-school sales are the second largest annual sale event of the year, which means it’s something you don’t want to miss out on. But how do you run a great sale for college kids deckingRead more

The Top 5 Mistakes Shop Owners Make During Sales

The world of the Internet is constantly changing. Therefore, the art of making a sale is constantly changing as well. Such is the reality of being an online shop owner in the modern digital era. But we’re all learning together! And to really nail down and master the “Dos” of running a promo for your online store, you first have to figure out the “Don’ts” so you can avoid or fix them. We’ve taken a few faux pas we’ve seenRead more

Infographic: The Perfect Timeline for Running a 5-Day Promo

Deciding to run a promo is easy. After all, everyone loves a good discount – it’s great for the customer and benefits the shop owner! Easy Digital Downloads, for example, reported a 16% revenue increase during their summer sale in July 2017 compared with the previous month. But for online store owners, running a promo (an awesome promo) takes some mental muscle, and it can be downright overwhelming. Never fear – we’ve got a step-by-step infographic that will walk you through how to set upRead more

How to Run a Social Media Giveaway

Everyone loves free stuff. Whether it’s a follower milestone celebration or you just want to try something new, giveaways are an amazing social media experiment to try. But they’re not just a way to rack up good karma points for giving away cool swag. Giveaways provide an amazing opportunity to build your follower count, email list, brand visibility, and more. Here are a few tips on how to run a social media giveaway, what rules to include in your giveaway,Read more

How Might Could Studios Turned the Creative Path Into a Creative Business

Creativity can be a double-edged sword (albeit a colorful one, surely). On the one hand, it’s what drives us as right-brained art-makers. On the other hand? It can be just as energy-draining as it can be energy-fueling (thank you, creative anxiety and perfectionism). That’s why we love Christine Nishiyama of Might Could Studios. She’s made a whole career out of using her personal experiences, artistic learnings, and of course, her creative struggles as fuel for helpful posts, drawings, guides, and classes. She’s builtRead more

8 Things Artists Who Sell Their Own Work Hate Doing

Selling your work involves two very different sides of the same coin. On the one side, every artist knows how rewarding it is to start selling their artwork. But every artist ALSO knows that the busywork needed behind the scenes can also take away from time you could be spending creating new work. Le sigh: the struggle is real. Luckily, as creatives, we can all gripe about it together and we can also find solutions together! Here are 8 things artistsRead more

How to Tell Your Brand’s Story

Marketing genius Seth Godin once wrote, “Great marketers don’t make stuff. They make meaning.” Creating a brand isn’t just about selling products; it’s also about selling a story and lifestyle that customers want to be a part of. Having a strong story and personality for your brand can help spark a human connection with people, and that can turn into sales. Find out how to tell a strong story, how it connects you to customers, and why it matters.  .   Read more