Poppytalk Handmade is a curated monthly-themed marketplace to showcase, buy and sell handmade goods of emerging design talent from around the world.

Friday, March 20, 2009

How It Works!

Before submitting or emailing us, please read. Most questions are answered here. Thank you.

Poppytalk Handmade is a curated online marketplace to showcase, buy and sell handmade goods of emerging design talent from around the world. Our market provides emerging designers and artists an opportunity to connect with consumers, retail buyers, stylists, personal shoppers and the press. It was launched after we noticed how difficult it was to find good designed work within the sea of online shops. We are a design-oriented team dedicated to showcasing and promoting emerging design talent. Our blog, Poppytalk is our voice. Click here to read more about us.

We are proud to be "the original curated marketplace" (having come up with the concept first) and are proud to be number one (email us for details) for bringing the best results to it's participants! Now in our second year, we are dedicated to supporting emerging artists by giving them a "fair" and best option to have their work seen online.

HOW THE MARKET WORKS

We rent out "virtual tables" (much like an art/craft market) to artists/designers for a one month period (or more) where all items on these "virtual tables" are linked to each artists online shop (e.g. etsy, dawanda, big cartel, etc.). Each artist then sells directly to the buyers our site sends to their virtual table at our market and subsequently their own online site.

One can think of our marketplace like a launching pad to brand new products or a new shop. Perhaps you are a new designer/artist/shop and you wish to introduce your new product/company/shop to our audience. Or maybe you are an established artist and you wish to introduce a new series of your work through us.

All participants work appears on the frontpage of the Poppytalk Handmade homepage, and all images rotate randomly approximately every 15 minutes, so that each participants work gets a fair online showcase.

We curate the markets based on the quality (foremost) of the products, and how they work into the theme and the Poppytalk style.

OUR STATS

We believe self reporting numbers to one's own site is much too unreliable and open to self-interpretation. We like to qualify our stats by a third party such as Technorati and Alexa. We want to be as accurate as we can be; it's only fair to our users and the entire handmade community. We know what it takes to build a real readership and have worked hard (since 2005) to build our readership up to where it is today. We recommend you ask for third party stats when shopping for a curated market such as ours, numbers you can view live online.

The traffic brought to Poppytalk Handmade is driven from our design blog, Poppytalk.

Technorati

Click here to follow us on Technorati.

Alexa

We are currently listed No. 103 on Alexa's Top Design Blogs.

Twitter

We currently have over 5,000 followers on Twitter. Follow us here

Please email us at poppytalkblog@yahoo.ca for our current visitors per month.

ABOUT OUR READERSHIP

The majority of our blog readers are female, age 30 - 40, followed by the 25 - 30 age group. Besides buyers, many of our readers are magazine editors, tv producers and writers. Some of our participants have been contacted by major newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times and Martha Stewart. Read survey results: here.

PRESS:

Please read our press on Poppytalk Handmade here.

TESTIMONIALS:

Testimonials from participants can be read here.

PRICING:

QUOTED IN CANADIAN DOLLARS

We have worked it out so you're spending no more than $2 CANADIAN per day (at the full price). If you choose the $45/month - 3 month deal it's .66 cents per day. We offer discounted rates as follows:

A) $40/month for six months
B) $45/month for 3 months
C) $60/month for the first month and then $50 if you wish to continue/return, but not commit to more than one month at a time.

We have taken careful consideration into how we would price Poppytalk Handmade, like advertising on a blog, we considered the amount of visitors we receive as well as what a real marketplace/craft fair would charge for a table.

Poppytalk is $60 for the first month (unless you opt for more than one month) - divided by 30 days = $2 per day

Most weekend craft fairs charge between $100 - $300 for one weekend.

Many blog ad rates run from $70 - $600 and up (depending on their stats).

ADVERTISING:

Poppytalk Handmade advertises on several blogs per month to help bring in traffic along with the Poppytalk blog which posts several times during the market about particular product or special features. We also advertise on the Poppytalk blog itself on the left hand side sidebar (the best space available).

We also encourage each participant to advertise their table on their blogs/sites to also help bring in traffic.

Poppytalk also writes freelance for various magazines, sites and blogs from time to time.

UPCOMING MARKET SCHEDULE:

Click here to see the upcoming market schedule.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

Send a link of your online shop to poppytalkblog[at]yahoo.ca and specifiy "Poppytalk Handmade Market Submission" in the subject line specifiying which market(s) you are applying for. Due to the administration involved, unfortunately, only those chosen for the market will be contacted. If you have not been chosen, please feel free to email us to discuss. Thank you.

If you don't yet have an online shop but are interested in participating you can send images to us and then you will need to set up an online shop after that in order to participate with us. An easy way to set up an online shop is through sites such as Etsy, Dawanda, Big Cartel, etc.

We are committed to the blog community and to the support of handmade goods.