There seems to be an awful lot of blogs around at the moment about Facebook. Many include how to set up a business or fan page, how to publish your page etc. I have decided to take a slightly different slant with this blog!
There was a report in the news recently that there are something like half a billion users of Facebook in the world. That is a huge potential audience for a crafter such as myself and according to statistics around half of these will sign in on any given day! However, it still seems that many people do not realise that they can actually shop on Facebook!
Christmas is not that far away, I know, doesn't seem possible whilst we still have some semblance of summer, but it will creep up on us before we know it! Many of us end up taking a trip to the High Street and spend a fortune on parking etc for the privilege to buy all their Christmas gifts. How great to be able to sign into Facebook and find items that you can buy from the comfort of your own home! No parking to pay, no queuing for hours, just stress free shopping!!
Many of my fellow crafters on Facebook also offer special features such as discounts or low, even free, postage on their items for fans of their page. Some will also do regular giveaways or competitions for fans. It's really simple to become a fan of these people, just visit their page and click "Like". This simple thing could give you the opportunity to get great, more often than not, quality handmade items, at a fraction of what you would pay for mass produced gifts on the High Street.
There are other benefits too of shopping on Facebook. Once you become a fan of someone you have the opportunity of building a relationship with them before purchasing if you want to. You can comment on their wall posts, ask question about their items or even get a bespoke item made. You can also interact with other fans as well including asking them about their experiences of purchasing from this particular seller. Getting this peace of mind is not something you would get by shopping with a faceless organisation!
Here are just some of the places to find great quality items on Facebook:
This necklace is made from agate flowers, tiger skin quartz and malachite by me! I offer 10% discount to all of my fans. Please visit my Facebook shop at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Unique-Beaded-Gems/263472909436?v=app_135607783795&ref=ts
There are loads of different shops on Facebook where you can find all sorts of amazing handmade items. Please do think about investigating some of these before heading off to your High Street.