Saturday, April 12, 2008

Etsy Street Teams & New Beads

I decided to make a commitment and join several "Street Teams" on etsy. To quote Etsy on the matter:

"Etsy Teams are groups of organized Etsy members who network, share skills, and promote their shops and Etsy together. A Team forms around a shared location, crafting medium, or another interest.

Etsy's 170+ teams make us not just a marketplace of individuals, but an interconnected and diverse artistic community.

Teams are Etsy’s biggest and most creative grassroots engine for support, networking and marketing – for each team member’s shop, for the Teams themselves, and for Etsy as a whole."

I made the decision to join Etsy Bead and Boomers first. I just recently joined PCAGOE (polymer clay artists guild of etsy). I'll post more on that tomorrow.

ETSY BEAD
Etsy Bead has a blog and a Google group, as well as a couple of flickr groups here and here to promote the biweekly team "theme" and members' listings. The theme (ebtw) items are meant to be sale items that pertain to the theme chosen. For instance, this biweekly theme is "Charmed", and most items contain charms (surprise?).

They have a core group who are quite active (as most groups do!), and it's a lot of fun joining in the weekly team chat on Tuesday night. They are currently trying to decide whether or not to shift from Google groups to a message board. I like the message board format, but many prefer Google. It will be interesting to see how that is resolved!

BOOMERS
I haven't delved deeply into the Boomers group, yet. This street team is for folks 40 years young and older.

They have a message board, which doesn't have a huge amount of traffic. I think they have a forum thread.

They have a blog, a website, a gallery, and a flickr group.

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Now for the newest beads. Wild and crazy kinda beads, eh?

1 comment:

Christie said...

I'll be interested to hear your experiences w/teams. I've thought about joining some but never did. (time constraints) I'm glad I never did join b/c I've all but dropped out of Etsy, for now. But still...some day I hope to be an active clayer and Etsier again...and I'll look into teams again. :)