Monday, July 13, 2009

2nd Team Meeting Highlights

Fine Art Photograph by Sarah McTernen

Our 2nd Team meeting was great! We had the opportunity to meet a local photographer and crafter, Sally. We are organizing a community event to create greeting cards for deployed military service members, and we ate the lovely food made at the Mandolin Cafe in north Tacoma. The evening was a lot of fun!

For more info, or if you are interested in joining the team please visit our google group page

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Our First Team Meeting...

was so much fun!

It was a pleasure to get to know all of you, learn about what you would like to see our team become, and see all the wonderful creations you make!

Below you can see some of the items that the attending members create! Their pictures are also linked to their shops, so click if you would like to see more!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Promotional Sites Online and Offline

As we all know there are a ton of websites that you can promote on from Google to and beyond. In this post, which will be updated now and then, we will share with you sites that are available, which ones are free and which require monetary investments.

If you have any sites that you would like to add to this list, feel free to email me or Cat at

100 Craft Links - free and easy to set up
AdWords - Google site where you set your monthly budget
Free Craft Fair - you can sign up to be in their directory for free.
Blockhead Radio - A varitey of advertising opportunities
Handmade Marketing - Starts at $15.00 for 2 weeks
Handmade News - starting at $3.00 CPM (cost per thousand impressions): note - these are usually sold in 5000 impression blocks.
Plaincraft - Free and you can get valuable feedback on items
Project Wonderful - Ads available by auction; price varies
Craft Cult - Ads start at $15 and I hear great things about them!
The World's Tallest Shopping Mall - $5 for 30 days
Handmade is Yaami - Free directory and advertising starting at $10 for a week
Craftopolis - Ad spaces starting at $15

You should also consider doing some Plug Boards - they are free - make sure to check that they ask for family friendly sites/ads only otherwise you may not like your ad neighbor too much!

If you have twitter you should think about adding your business to Twibs a free directory for twitter. Also with twitter is a great site called Twitgoo. This site allows you to post a picture along with the link to your etsy shop, it is a free picture ad to thousands!

Quizno's - many locations have a bulletin board that you can post on
Restaurants - I like leaving a business card with our tips
College Publications - You may want to look into some of the local school publications

Also check for free community bulletin boards at your favorite local library, grocery store or school!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Team meeting scheduled for June 4!

The date is set, the location is reserved, and we're getting geared up and organized for the first official TeamTAC meeting! On Thursday, June 4 at a "secret location," we'll meet to get to know our new team members, show-and-tell our products, and discuss members' hopes and dreams for their business, their lives, and our newly founded team.

If you're a Tacoma-area Etsy seller and you'd like to join us, join our Google Group and introduce yourself! We're happily accepting new members and we'd love to meet you.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Team T.A.C. launches!

Hello, world! The first south Puget Sound area Etsy team greets you!

Over the past several weeks, a small group of Etsy sellers has been exchanging ideas and voting on team names in order to found the first Etsy street team composed of sellers in the greater Tacoma, WA, area. Our team name stands for Tahoma Artisan Community, and reflects our desire to create connections between artisans as well as build stronger ties to our local community. We're lucky enough to do all this under the shadow of Mt Tahoma (aka Mt Rainier) and we're proud to carry its name.

We're happy to introduce ourselves as a fledgling Etsy team, and hope that you'll stay in touch with our progress!

Want to join?
If you're a seller in the south sound area and you're interested in joining up, step up! You can join our Google Group by following this link.

Ideas? Suggestions?
If you have suggestions for events and promotions that our new team should consider, we'd like to hear them as well.

Stay tuned for future postings to include more information on our team's hopes and dreams, as well as some member introductions.