Memories Of #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

During the month of April, the Etsy Christmas In July team hosted a Photo Challenge.

The Photo Challenge opened April 1st and ended April 30th! We saw lots of different photos from our team members!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible!

Many team members shared their photos of each of the challenges. Please join us as we celebrate the closing of our Photo Challenge! Watch for new opportunities to come!

Thank you so much for joining us on our #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge!

Alicia and Dawn

 

Christmas In July Photo Challenge – #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Good Thursday afternoon everyone!

I’m super excited to share with you that the month of April the Christmas In July team is going to focus on a photo challenge.

Please use the hashtags #EtsyCIJ and #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge

Please share the article on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!

Please follow the team!

#EtsyCIJ Facebook: EtsyChristmasInJuly

#EtsyCIJ Instagram: EtsyChristmasInJuly

#EtsyCIJ Pinterest: EtsyCIJ

#EtsyCIJ Twitter: EtsyCIJ

Be sure to check on our social media sites every day!

Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions!

Alicia and Dawn

Social Media

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Social media marketing has become the way to retain existing and bring in new clients to your business. There are so many different sites and they all have their own target markets. Which site(s) you use depends on who you are looking to bring in to your business.

Here at  CIJ we want to know what is your favorite social media to use for your business? Why is it your favorite? What about it helps your business,etc?

Mrs.A. from 2aEmporium says this is a hard one. I’ve increased my social media presence with several new-to-me social media venues.. The main venue I have been using is tried and true, but I have begun another one recently that I believe is increasing my Google hits. So….it has increased my sales.

The envelope please…Google+.

Google+ is my new favorite social media. It is much like Pinterest in that you can make collections. People can follow you or follow certain collections you have made. You comment, like and repost items…again very similar to Pinterest. I also like that the pictures are large. It appears you can put anything on Google+ because all you have to do is copy and paste the link into a post. But what I like most is posting on Google+ appears to give my shop an increased Google presence, and therefore, more sales.

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said We Heart It is one of my favorite social media platforms.
It is geared toward a younger audience and is very visual.
It is easy to post on We Heart it right from Etsy.
I usually get Etsy views from We heart It.

I think it’s important to try out different platforms and then pick a few to concentrate on because it can get overwhelming. But don’t delete or abandon the other platforms. You might want to try them out later. And by opening an account in your shop name, you are reserving your shop presence on that platform: no one else can open an IG or Pinterest account or any other.

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Diana from joliefemmebydiana states that I like all the SM mentioned above and do wish to try We Heart It.

I want to talk about Wanelo. I have been on there for a long time and it started to seem a waste when they stopped posting to FB and stopped allowing us to make stories.

However, it is easy to post Polyvore collages to Wanelo instead of stories and it works well with Google+. I have been able to post my Wanelo collections there and get some shop views from it too.

I use Wanelo every day to promote my shop and my fellow etsians and there is also the capability to sell straight from the site too. I have many connections on Wanelo and that is the key to getting more exposure. You have to follow more people and post regularly.

I like the large format of the images and you can add hashtags in the comments. It’s very easy to click from Wanelo to Etsy to shop too. I’m going to stick with it for a while longer.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says as one of the team leaders on Twitter, I’ll talk about why I like being on Twitter!

I got into Twitter because a team that I was a member of had Twitter parties … I thought it would be a great way to be social with other team mates and followers. And it was!

I not only got to tweet my own items and have them retweeted by others, but also retweet others’ items as well. During the Twitter parties, there was a lot of chit chat, and it was a great way to meet other team members and followers from around the globe.

I really enjoyed the fun and engaging conversation that is afforded via the Twitter parties!

Introducing The #EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

We are thrilled about our first #EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight – a showcase of small businesses on our blog!

We have a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member shops for you to get to know. These shops are here for you and they are looking to interact with you here on our blog!

Each shop at our #EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight will be individually introduced, so please come back!

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Let’s start shopping!

  1. Kelly / ColourscapeStudios / #EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight
  2. SLS / StockLaneStudio / #EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight
  3. Richard and Tatiana / DesignstheLimit / #EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight

Please use #EtsyCIJSmallBusinessSpotlight on social media as you visit all the fabulous shops.

Thank you so much for joining us at our first #EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight!

Thank You For Coming To The Etsy Christmas In July Party 2016 – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good night everyone! Thank you for joining us today for the #CIJParty 2016 here on the Etsy Christmas In July blog!! It was a really fun day in the sun!

I am Michelle, the captain of the Christmas In July team and I was your co – host for the day! Alicia was my co – host. Thank you Alicia for an amazing day!

 

Etsy Christmas In July Team

Etsy Christmas In July Team

Here is a brief recap of the days activities!

Party Schedule

We’ll be having new blog articles, guest blog articles, and tutorials posted all day for your crafting and learning convenience and excitement! Here’s the party schedule!

Musical Introduction by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Food And Drink by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Swag Bag by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Tutorial: Mini Gift Ornaments by Megha of byTheArtBug

The Christmas Play by Opal of ApronStringsOwlLady

Top Home Decor Trends To Watch In 2016 by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

What Makes A House A Home by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Vintage Pickins by Alicia of AliciasFindings

How’s Your Creative Journey Going by Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

Tutorial: Sitting On The Edge Santa Claus by Barbara of MermaidsHatbox

Layered Perfection by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Seasons In Different Hemispheres by Alicia Of AliciasFindings

Custom Orders by Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

What Makes You Want To Make Supplies And Printables by Alicia Of AliciasFindings

Christmas In Tropical Singapore by Megha of byTheArtBug

Ginny Penny Won A Geeky Award by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Preview Of Workspaces by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Musical Conclusion by Michelle Emma Kay of EmmaKayInks

Swag Bag

Let’s face it, besides the food and the friends, the best part of the party is the goodie bag! We’ve pulled together a fun download bundle of projects and printables as a ‘thank you’ for stopping by today.

Thank you Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns for curating our swag bag today! Dawn is a member of the CIJ leadership team, writes for our blog, and is a swag bag expert! The Swag Bag printables were created by CIJ team members Kelly of ColourscapeStudios, Megha of byTheArtBug, Christine of cwagenblass9, and Mary of StockLaneStudio.

There is a swag bag waiting for you!

Click here for your Swag Bag!

Tell Your Friends

Even though we’re wrapping (Christmas wrapping) up our day the great benefit of a blog is that this day will forever be on our blog!

The official hashtag for this year’s party is #CIJParty and if you’re partying with us today, we’d love to see you! Be sure to use Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. Are you new to social media? Don’t be shy! We look forward to getting to know you! Being at a party is all about interacting and developing relationships!

Go Shopping

Many of our Etsy Christmas in July members are partying along with us by offering some sweet sales. Think of this as our version of hitting the snack bar!

When you use the Etsy search bar search Christmasinjuly or CIJ. So many fantastic deals from fantastic shops during #EtsyCIJ 2016.

We are excited to share unique items directly from creative people around the world!

Popular Items For Christmas In July

Many shops are using the universal coupon code – EtsyCIJ16 – so please watch for coupon codes before you check out.

Other shops have already reduced their prices and their items are as marked.

Now, I’M JUMPING IN THE POOL!

Michelle-

Welcome To The Etsy Christmas In July Party 2016 – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning everyone! Welcome to the #CIJParty 2016 here on the Etsy Christmas In July blog!

I am Michelle, the captain of the Christmas In July team and your co – host for the day! Alicia is my co – host.

The Christmas In July leadership team wanted a way to party with all of our team members and followers around the globe during #EtsyCIJ 2016, so we are taking this party virtual. Besides, what better way to enjoy blog articles, guest blog articles, tutorials, shop, and get swag bags, than from the comfort of your deck, patio, or swimming pool in July?

Sit back, relax and enjoy the party!

Etsy Christmas In July Team

Etsy Christmas In July Team

Party Schedule

We’ll be having new blog articles, guest blog articles, and tutorials posted all day for your crafting and learning convenience and excitement! Here’s the party schedule!

Musical Introduction by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Food And Drink by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Swag Bag by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Tutorial: Mini Gift Ornaments by Megha of byTheArtBug

The Christmas Play by Opal of ApronStringsOwlLady

Top Home Decor Trends To Watch In 2016 by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

What Makes A House A Home by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Vintage Pickins by Alicia of AliciasFindings

How’s Your Creative Journey Going by Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

Tutorial: Sitting On The Edge Santa Claus by Barbara of MermaidsHatbox

Layered Perfection by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Seasons In Different Hemispheres by Alicia Of AliciasFindings

Custom Orders by Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

What Makes You Want To Make Supplies And Printables by Alicia Of AliciasFindings

Christmas In Tropical Singapore by Megha of byTheArtBug

Ginny Penny Won A Geeky Award by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Preview Of Workspaces by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Musical Conclusion by Michelle Emma Kay of EmmaKayInks

Swag Bag

Let’s face it, besides the food and the friends, the best part of the party is the goodie bag! We’ve pulled together a fun download bundle of projects and printables as a ‘thank you’ for stopping by today.

Thank you Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns for curating our swag bag today! Dawn is a member of the CIJ leadership team, writes for our blog, and is a swag bag expert! The Swag Bag printables were created by CIJ team members Kelly of ColourscapeStudios, Megha of byTheArtBug, Christine of cwagenblass9, and Mary of StockLaneStudio.

Click here for your Swag Bag!

Tell Your Friends

The official hashtag for this year’s party is #CIJParty and if you’re partying with us today, we’d love to see you! Be sure to use Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. Are you new to social media? Don’t be shy! We look forward to getting to know you! Being at a party is all about interacting and developing relationships!

Go Shopping

Many of our Etsy Christmas in July members are partying along with us by offering some sweet sales. Think of this as our version of hitting the snack bar!

When you use the Etsy search bar search Christmasinjuly or CIJ. So many fantastic deals from fantastic shops during #EtsyCIJ 2016.

We are excited to share unique items directly from creative people around the world!

Popular Items For Christmas In July

Many shops are using the universal coupon code – EtsyCIJ16 – so please watch for coupon codes before you check out.

Other shops have already reduced their prices and their items are as marked.

Now, LET’S PARTY!

Michelle-

Leadership Spotlight – Ghirlandiamo

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Leaders are an essential part of any team or organization. Leaders help other members succeed and grow as well as help the Captain achieve their objectives. Here at Christmas in July we have some wonderful Leaders and we want to honor your accomplishments in what we are calling Leadership Spotlight.

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Lia Russo  from Ghirlandiamo is our next honoree.

1. What made you decide to join the CIJ team and what do you love about the team?

I was asked to become a leader by our Captain. On a first moment I was really uncertain, because I was not on Etsy long, not one sale yet, not knowing how to move, but Michelle was so confident in me, so I gladly accepted.

The Christmas in July Team is a very friendly and useful one. It’s a pity that a lot of people think we are active only in July!

2. What made you decide to become a CIJ team leader and what do you enjoy most about being a team leader?

I liked the idea that, becoming a leader, I could give my contribution and participation from Italy. I mean it’s very important to look at things and issues from different points of view. So, it’s positive having leaders from all over the world.

What I love in being a leader is that I can give to other Etsians my help, transmitting what I learned from others in the past.

3. What is your style of leadership?

Oh, if I can say so, my style is more German than Italian. I’m a bit strict, very helpful with everyone but I can’t stand people not respecting rules.

4. Tell us about yourself and your shop.

Before working at full-time on my shop Ghirlandiamo, I was a consultant, but the worldwide crisis gave me so much free time….so I turned my hobby into my new job.

In “The Divine Comedy” , the greatest Italian poet, Dante Alighieri talks, at a certain point, about a girl, whose name is Lia, who is preparing a flower wreath for herself.

My name is Lia, I’m no more …a girl but I’m fond of wreaths !

What should you do? Wreaths and home decor!

5. What are your social media sites?

From this point of view I’m not very social….

Facebook : www.facebook.com/ghirlandiamo

Pinterest : www.pinterest.com/ghirlandiamo