Saturday, June 28, 2008

Featured Seller: Little Pink Studio

Nobody packages quite like Cerri of Little Pink Studio. I am one of those consumers that is all about the packaging. An example would be my make up--I will buy anything that BeneFit puts out because of the Retro Packaging. They know who their target audience is and they design their look around it. It's just smart business.
Cerri knows what I'm talking about! Not only is Cerri a great seller of beautifully packaged supplies but she's a talented artist too!
You can visit her Flickr to see photographs of her lovely creations and you can also visit her Blog to see shop updates and posts about Cerri's life.
Cerri just launched her new baby into the World Wide Web and she did an amazing job! Here's the link!
Little Pink Studio

Monday, June 23, 2008

Promoting Each Other

Are you looking for ways to get involved with our Cottage Style Street Team?
I have a couple things you could do every day, once a week, once in awhile or whenever the mood suits you!

First, we do a daily promotion thread in Etsy's Forums and you can visit the one for today by clicking HERE
The first page always has an introduction like this:

We have different members running the threads every day. Here's where you come in! It is really easy to come to the daily promotion thread and promote your shop and the shops of other members for a little while. You can donate 2 minutes-5 minutes--10 minutes--whatever!
Posting in this thread helps bump the thread to the first page of the Promotions section. To find the thread each day, go to "Promotions"
and then put "CSSTEAM" or "CSST" in the Forum's search engine and the most current thread with pop up.
It's that simple and like I said, someone is there everyday. The host of the thread tries to keep the thread going all day but lately, the hostess has been doing much of the posting by themselves.
I think if the daily promotions keeps getting any slower, we'll just retire it for the summer. So this is just a friendly reminder to see if we can encourage any helpers!

Another way you can help promote our team is to blog about it once in awhile. Just a small shout out once every so often will generate awareness.

Also, did you all notice that we can use clickable links in our Shop Headers?! Yes! As long as the link goes to another Etsy location, the link will be hot! So you can promote the Cottage Style Street Team by having a hot link to our profile, Flickr Pool or CSST Shop in your Shop Headers!

Thanks for all the hard work many of you do to help spread the word about our humble team!
~Sadie Lou

Sunday, June 22, 2008

A Word of Wisdom Concerning Flickr

Hi Ladies!
So as many of you know, we are all blog buddies and Etsy Friends as well as we are Flickr Contacts.
I see many of you on Flickr and it's fun to stay on top of all the lovely creations you photograph and then list on Etsy.
I see some of you in direct conflict with Flickr's community guidelines and Terms of Service.
I want to share this information with you to spare you the heartache of having your account removed from Flickr's website. They have a warning in the guidelines that state very plainly:

Here’s the deal: In most circumstances, we like to give second chances, so we’ll send you a warning if you step across any of the lines listed below. Subsequent violations can result in account termination without warning.

Here are the 2 violations I see most often from The Cottage Style Street Team:

• Don’t use your account to host web graphics like logos and banners.
Your account will be terminated if we find you using it to host graphic elements of web page designs, icons, smilies, buddy icons, forum avatars, badges, and other non-photographic elements on external web sites.
• Don’t use Flickr for commercial purposes.
Flickr is for personal use only. If we find you selling products, services, or yourself through your photostream, we will terminate your account. Any other commercial use of Flickr, Flickr technologies (including APIs, FlickrMail, etc), or Flickr accounts must be approved by Flickr. For more information on leveraging Flickr APIs, please see our Services page. If you have other open questions about commercial usage of Flickr, please feel free to contact us.

So if you feel you might have violated those two guidelines, then I suggest you go back through all your photographs and make the changes. Many people just link to their shops or blogs in their profiles.
I hope this has been useful info for you!
~Sadie Lou