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The Merriweather Council Podcast

The Merriweather Council podcast, hosted by Danielle Spurge, is all about celebrating the reality of gainful self employment through craft. This is a podcast for art and design entrepreneurs - makers, etsy sellers and shopify users! Featuring tips, insights, advice and tough love for handmade business owners in concise format. Focused on sharing realistic ideas and personal experiences with the nuances of handmade business in mind. If you are working to turn your crafty tendencies into profits, tune in every Tuesday and Thursday.
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May 31, 2018

discouraged about your etsy sales-to-review ratio?

Do you ever feel stressed out about the ratio of your Etsy sales to reviews? If you are a hot-blooded human, you probably have.

Of course, as sellers, we always want to see numbers of nearly any kind increase. This includes feedback! We love to see new, positive feedback from customers. It's a validation of what we are doing, and the way we are doing it. It just plain feels good to hear from people that the work we have done has made them happy. It's super easy to think that lack of a positive review means someone is unhappy, but that's not necessarily the case. Today's episode talks about all of this and more.

It is normal and common to feel a little self conscious about the number of reviews you have on your Etsy shop especially if you have a lot of sales and few reviews or if you are a newer seller wanting to build up more credibility.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/59

 

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*This content is published by The Merriweather Council. The Merriweather Council is not affiliated with Etsy Inc. Etsy is a trademark of Etsy Inc. We write about Etsy, from our own experiences, not for Etsy.

May 29, 2018

After several longer episodes this season, today's episode is your classic Merriweather Council Podcast episode: short, sweet and to the point! There's a little bit of tough love, and it's absolutely realistically accomplishable!

If you haven't done this yet, it's time!

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/58


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May 24, 2018

Viral Instagram Content with @hopebroidery

Oh, Instagram! What a tangled web you have got us all wrapped up in!

You have heard me chat about Instagram on Merriweather Council podcast before, and today’s episode is just another stab at trying to make sense of ye olde Instagram!

On today’s episode I’m chatting with Hope Brasfield of @hopebroidery about her experience going viral, creating content, using Instagram stories, social strategy and more!

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/57


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May 22, 2018

Have you heard Taylor Swift's newest album? Even if you haven't heard it in full, i'm sure you've heard some of it through radio or Instagram, and at bare minimum I'm willing to bet you knew she had a new album out as of november. Something tells me that even if you don't follow her, you have heard about this album a some point in the past 6 months.

It got a lot of buzz. And there are a lot of reasons for that.

In this episode, I am chatting with Kimber Casteel of Kim Art Designs, a fellow embroidery artist and big-time T. Swift fan (Swifty.)

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/56


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May 17, 2018

effective product listing pages

In my time working with handmade business owners and Etsy sellers, I've done hundreds of personalized website and shop critiques. I've noticed something really important that I'm going to share with you today.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/55


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May 15, 2018

Whacky holidays to celebrate on social media

Unless you live under a very large boulder, you have most likely noticed over the past few years there has been a surge in the popularity of whacky holidays.

Both domestic and international holidays seem to be taking place every single day. Of course, some are more popular than others. It’s no surprise these popular ones tend to be the ones with social media mass appeal. And that’s what we are chatting about in today’s episode!

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/54


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May 10, 2018

Money Mindset

It was lovely to have this discussion with Laura Weldy of The Well Supported Woman for today's episode all about money mindset. I learned a lot and I think you will, too!

Before we got to recording the actual episode for you, Laura asked me what my own money mindset was like these days. I said I felt pretty secure in my money mindset - and that is true, for what I considered "money mindset." But in our discussion, I came to realize there was a lot more to this mindset than I had accounted for. It really got me thinking. This is a massive topic, so we of course were only able to skim the surface BUT, I hope this inspires you to think on it deeper for yourself or even begin discussions about it where you can!

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/53


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May 8, 2018

A Pep Talk for Entrepreneurs

Today's episode of The Merriweather Council podcast is a plain and simple pep talk. Because we could all use one from time to time.

No matter how many successes you’ve had in your business, you’re going to feel like a sad sack of potatoes some days. It’s inevitable. It sucks, but at least it’s normal. I’m hoping that on those days you can pull this episode up, have another listen and feel a little bit better.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/52


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May 3, 2018

setting money goals

When it comes to setting and reaching goals, there is no shortage of tips and best practices. From planning to setting to accomplishing, there are some significant general "steps" to take. But sometimes there is information missing; key insights that could inform what goal you set to begin with. It should come as no surprise that setting the wrong goal to begin with will result in feeling like a failure when it is not accomplished. In order to set yourself up for success in achieving your goals, it's important to set the right goal to begin with. That's what today's episode is about.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/51


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May 1, 2018

In part two of my candid chat with Stacie Bloomfield of Gingiber, we are speaking about finding your own voice and developing it over time in your work. Stacie has so much experience trying new things which gives her a lot of insight to speak with. I'm excited for you to hear this episode on the podcast today.

If you missed the first part of our convo catch up on it here.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/50


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