I’m really delighted to have Christina from ezebee with us on the blog. I’m always looking for opportunities, options and alternatives to share with artists and crafters who are selling online so when I bumped into Christina on Twitter a couple of weeks ago and she offered to come on the blog to talk about ezebee I was thrilled. A very warm welcome to Christina and ezebee.
What is ezebee?
ezebee.com is an international, social, marketplace platform for creative small business owners and entrepreneurs. On ezebee, anyone who wants to start selling their products online or offer their freelancing services with listings can open online shops for free. Unlike other marketplace platforms that charge commissions and restrict what you can sell, everything on ezebee is up to the vendor. If there is someone selling their handmade jewelry, they can do so buy putting as many items as they want in their shop and complete transactions free of charges and commission fees.
Artists and crafters work incredibly hard to get their items seen and sold. What features and tools does ezebee offer to help sellers?
Ezebee offers tools that can help expand your brand within the ezebee universe as well as off-site on your social networks. Withing the site, users have the option to promote and feature their products at a low cost, giving them more visibility in the marketplace and on other ezebee pages. We also provide a site-wide community wall that shows your latest activity as well as the activity of the users you follow and updates on new showrooms and products.
As for marketing outside of ezebee, every product has share buttons that let you advertise your work on twitter, Facebook, and Google+. There is also a handy and free Facebook shop-app that let’s shop owners add their ezebee shop to their Facebook Fan Page.
The ezebee team
Tell us a bit about the faces behind ezebee?
Team ezebee is made up of about 20 people. Programmers, translators, PR reps, and graphic designers make up the team. The site functions in 7 languages, so we have at least one person translating and working in each other the language’s respective markets. Even though we’re a small team, we work hard everyday and we’ve come a long way since day one.
The front page of Ezebee
Ezebee is looking amazing and has a great modern/edgy feel. What is your vision for the future of ezebee?
Thank you so much! The site has definitely come a long way since I started here. It’s just a little over a year since the page went live and there’s actually a lot in store for the future of ezebee! New features will be added as the page grows. You can expect to see an invoice/accounting module added as well as the the mobile app which will be available at the end of May. To see what else will be added to ezebee, you’ll just have to stick around an see
From your experiences at ezebee what’s your best piece of advice for sellers?
My best piece of advice is to be proactive! Many times online shops will open the owners think that that’s enough. Although posting your business online is part of the work, a majority of one’s time must be dedicated to marketing. Sharing your links with your social networks as well as communicating and collaborating with other small busienss owners can really help expand your brand. As I mentioned above, the share buttons and Facebook shop app are a great way to easily get your work more visibility on through your networks. Building those networks by connecting with others is what ezebee is there for. So BEE social and watch your business grow!
Christina has shared some really great advice for creative sellers. Not long ago I posted about the wide array of options for selling online. If you’re thinking of taking my advice to like to spread your wings a little further and try some new online services check out ezebee. It’s a new bright and shiny option with a team behind it that are obviously enthusiastic and dedicated (I really enjoyed seeing all of their smiling faces in the pic above). Hop over to ezebee and take a look for yourself.