I just read a really interesting post about the number of times someone posts to their FB page and so I'm curious. How much of your business is generated through FB? And do you consider it a significant marketing resource for your Etsy business (or business overall)?
I have barely, if any, hits from Facebook so I really don't utilize it that much. in the future I will probably look into setting something up but I'm trying to build my customer base as much as I can for now.
I love having my Facebook page. I post fairly often, almost everyday, and I try to post pictures of things I'm working on in various stages, articles I think might be interesting to my followers, as well as new listings. It gives me a chance to show more of myself and my work and create a dialogue with people who are interested in my work. Some people turn out to be customers, some just enjoy watching the process, and maybe are artists themselves. I think it is a great tool.
I ran a very successful ad on Facebook in November. Picked up a lot of new fans & sold a few thousand dollars of clocks. It didn't do anything for my Etsy shop, but I'm ok with that. I'm the one that posted the thread you mentioned.
Mix Ur personal page with business and have found that if I post something once a day or so as I list it or price it, most of my friends will at least take a look at what I am doing. Plus it has allowed some customers to become friends which makes things even better.
I have had mixed results from Facebook as well. Good activity to start with but recently it has been on the decline. I think it may have been due to the recent change in the way Facebook lets people view your information.
You must have a personal page (where you invite friends etc) and the biz page let's people "like" you. I have both but pretty much just interact with people on my personal page. We talk life, sports, etc and then I throw a couple of links on there showing what I am doing either online or at the store. It is a good mix of business and pleasure…..so it doesn't feel so much like work.
Most of my FB fans are actually just my real life friends; they make me feel better about being an artist even when I feel bad about having a sales slump. I enjoy at least being able to share new work and getting instant feedback. As for actual sales conversions – probably less than 5 %.
I think if you enjoy being on Facebook (and I have my moments where I am ready to shut it down) then it makes sense to let your friends know you have a business. But if Facebook isn't something you like I don't think it is by any means a "required" tool for advertising that you can't survive without. Twitter is another tool that the same can be said for.
I have picked up a good # of fans on FB and I enjoy posting there about once a week. I think it helps my business a bit and I know it has generated some sales, but mostly I think of it as fun. I limit my posts to new products or changes at my studio. I tried a cheap ad there last fall and I did get some new fans, but I don't think it was worth it for me.Source : Girilaya Real Groups