Archive for October, 2009

Pumpkin Carving and Halloween Shenanigans Coming Soon…

October 30, 2009

The above picture is just a taste of the Halloween pictures and video we’ll be posting later from today’s pumpkin carving and costumer contest. Be afraid, more is coming ;).

Also check out the photo below of seller MHartshorn‘s Halloween pumpkin – It’s the Zazzle Logo! Very nice! Thanks for the Halloween love MHartshorn!

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your customer photos (Bonus: Halloween Foto Friday)!

October 30, 2009

Check out this week’s Foto Friday Fun with bonus Halloween pic!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? Read below for details on how to participate in Foto Friday.


Twick o’ Tweet T Shirts


2010 Calendar – Egypt

Want to join in? It’s easy and fun! For every photo you send us we’ll give you $5 to use on your next Zazzle order. So get started taking those pictures and join in on the Foto Friday fun!
Rules:

  1. You must be in the photo holding, wearing, hugging, or otherwise enjoying your Zazzle product
  2. If the product is available in the public Zazzle Marketplace, include the product link
  3. Be creative and have fun!

You can tweet your photos to @zazzle or do it the old fashioned way by emailing them to community@zazzle.com.

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview With Bill Greenhead

October 29, 2009

Professional cartoonist Bill Greenhead (stiktoonz) talks to us about being a Zazzler, and his “World of Cows”. Check out the interview below, and be sure to check out his gallery Stiktoonz!

World of Cow Star Trek Birthday Card

Bio: Professional cartoonist for 21 years. Appeared in the Big Breakfast, FHM, The Times, Punch, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror….Amongst many others. 43 married with 3 children. He’s a prolific creator of silliness who has over 790 cartoons from his World of Cow series on display in his blog at http://wwwstik.blogspot.com.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Bill: I’m a professional cartoonist, so I’m always sketching gags and images that pop into my head. I do a cartoon strip daily for my blog called “World of Cow” so I use a lot of these designs for Birthday and Christmas cards.

Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?

Bill: Probably the “We come in Peas!” Birthday card. A very silly joke, but it always makes me titter.

We Come in Peas Card

Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle feature? How do you use it?

Bill: I just love the ease in which I can create designs on Zazzle. I can upload as many images as I like. It means I can spend less time making merchandise and more time creating the designs to put on the merchandise. I love it, it’s so sexy.

Zazzle: Do you have any fun stories about being a seller on Zazzle?

Bill: I stupidly started putting one design of mine on several different shirt designs one at a time, not realising that they automatically go on all the different designs of shirts. When I finally worked it out it saves a lot of time, I’m telling you.

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Bill: It’s sooo sexy to use. Not only is it easy and quick, I like the social network aspects of it too. I also liked the way you can use any face of a card in my design. It gives you a lot of freedom, especially if your joke needs a double page spread inside, which a few of my designs did.

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Bill: I love using different models for my t-shirt designs, and putting them on Twitpic to promote my latest designs. It’s a good way to promote yourself, and looks very professional.

Thanks Bill!

Zazzle University: Titles and Tags for Better Search Visibility

October 29, 2009

There’s a great new lesson in the Zazzle University! This one is about how to properly tag, title, and add descriptions to your products. As simple as this may sound, it is one of the fundamental ideas that will help create a successful store on Zazzle. Or as Professor Rob says, “If the shoppers can’t find your products, well then… they won’t sell.”

Casper Turns 60 – Limited Edition Glow-in-the-Dark T-Shirt on Zazzle!

October 28, 2009

Happy Halloween and happy birthday to Casper! The world’s friendliest ghost is turning 60 this Halloween and we’re helping him celebrate with a limited edition Casper T-Shirt that glows-in-the-dark! See below to see the shirt’s animation in full effect.

This shirt is perfect for Casper lovers around the world. But, order your shirt soon because Casper’s glow-in-the-dark shirt is going faster than full candy bars at the rich kid’s house and we’re only selling it until Sunday (keeps the edition limited). Get the shirt here.

Zazzle & Avery Recipe Binder Contest – have you entered?

October 26, 2009

With only one week left in the Recipe Binder Contest you better submit your design soon or your goose is sure to be cooked. There have been hundreds entries to date, all trying to win the grand prize of $2,000! Want to learn more about how to enter? Read all about it here.

Jeff’s Quest For Blue Links

October 23, 2009

As a follow-up to Jeff’s urinal cake near encounter, I thought it might be interesting to see how he got himself into this mess.

Enjoy!

Mike T.

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From: Darren

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 4:48 PM

To: Darryl; Jeff ; Mike T.

Subject: RE: Blue Links

[grumble grumble grumble]

Jeff, I hope you’re planning to participate in the next Creative Team’s Disgusting Food Friday event for making me put up with this. ;-)

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From: Jeff

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 7:35 PM

To: Darryl; Jeff ; Mike T.

Subject: RE: Blue Links

Loving this thread… very refreshing after a 9 hour marathon of Monday meetings to see quick progress somewhere!!

*  I will eat something blue and disturbing if this happens and goes live… but not before!

Short version: I like blue links.

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From: Darryl

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 7:42 PM

To: Jeff ; Mike T.; Darren

Subject: Re: Blue Links

The only thing I can think of that’s blue and disturbing would be urinal cakes.  I’m just not sure if it’s poisonous or not. ;)

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From: Darren

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 7:42 PM

To: Darryl; Jeff ; Mike T.

Subject: RE: Blue Links

Underlined blue urinal cakes!  Love it.

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From: Jeff

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 7:45 PM

To: Darren; Darryl; Mike T.

Subject: RE: Blue Links

Wow… now I really know how the Creative team feels about me.  C’mon there’s got to be some cool blue food out there.

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From: Darren

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 7:47 PM

To: Jeff ; Darryl; Mike T.

Subject: RE: Blue Links

Love you, Jeff.  That’s why we want you to hold the champion position at the very top of the pyramid for daring Zazzle food eaters! ;-)

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From: Jeff

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 7:47 PM

To: Darren; Darryl; Mike T.

Subject: RE: Blue Links

…aha!  Ok then.  Yes, to maintain that love, I will eat a urinal cake.  If it doesn’t kill me.

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From: Jeff

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 7:49 PM

To: Darren; Darryl; Mike T.

Subject: RE: Blue Links

I wonder if these are eatable?

http://images.google.com/images?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=&=&q=blue%20sea%20urchin&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi

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From: Darryl

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 7:53 PM

To: Jeff ; Darren; Mike T.

Subject: Re: Blue Links

I’m sure they are.  I’ve had tons of sea urchin, not sure if they were blue though.

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From: Jeff

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 7:54 PM

To: Darryl; Darren; Mike T.

Subject: RE: Blue Links

Back to the urinal cakes…

“However by looking at this I’m guessing that I could expect to live after eating one quarter of a urinal cake, perhaps even half of one.”

So maybe we could compromise with a quarter of a cake?

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From: Darren

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 7:55 PM

To: Jeff ; Darryl; Mike T.

Subject: RE: Blue Links

See, Darryl, I told you he really, really, REALLY wanted blue links.

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From: Darryl

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 7:57 PM

To: Darren; Jeff ; Mike T

Subject: Re: Blue Links

Well, the difference between the men and the boys is where you get the urinal cake from.  A store, or the urinal.

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From: Jeff

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 7:58 PM

To: Darryl; Darren; Mike T.

Subject: RE: Blue Links

…now that’s just mean!

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From: Darryl

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 7:59 PM

To: Darren; Jeff ; Mike T

Subject: Re: Blue Links

I, BTW, would be a baby in that scenario. ;)

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From: Mike T.

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 8:14 PM

To: Darren; Darryl

Subject: Re: Blue Links

Removing jeff.  I think when the links go live we should order a blue cake in the shape of a urinal. That would be funny.

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From: Darryl

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 8:15 PM

To: Darren; Mike T

Subject: Re: Blue Links

That’d be awesome!

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From: Darren

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 8:16 PM

To: Darryl; Mike T.

Subject: RE: Blue Links

Perfect!

Urinal Cake Eating – A Quest for Blue Links

October 23, 2009

It was a year or two coming, but it has finally happened…Zazzle now has BLUE LINKS! It wasn’t easy to get links to turn blue and it took some major convincing on the part of Zazzle Co-Founder Jeff. So much convincing in fact, that Jeff had to promise to eat something blue in return for blue links from the Product Team. What diabolical blue item did they decide on? Well none other than blue urinal cakes.

Thankfully Jeff didn’t have to eat a real urinal cake to get blue links (apparently they are toxic…). See below for a close up of the blue links cake.

What do you think of the new blue links on Zazzle? Leave a comment and let us know.

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your customer photos!

October 23, 2009

Check out this week’s Foto Friday Fun! NOW WITH FIRST EVER BINDER FOTO FRIDAY!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? Read below for details on how to participate in Foto Friday.


Kittens meow, Cougars Roar Tee Shirt


Skulls, Webs, and Roses Binder

Want to join in? It’s easy and fun! For every photo you send us we’ll give you $5 to use on your next Zazzle order. So get started taking those pictures and join in on the Foto Friday fun!
Rules:

  1. You must be in the photo holding, wearing, hugging, or otherwise enjoying your Zazzle product
  2. If the product is available in the public Zazzle Marketplace, include the product link
  3. Be creative and have fun!

You can tweet your photos to @zazzle or do it the old fashioned way by emailing them to community@zazzle.com.

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview With Lisa Robinson

October 22, 2009

Lisa Marie talks with us about the inspiration behind her 4 shops, and her favorite moments being a Zazzler.  Check out the interview below and be sure to check out her stores: LisaMarieDesign, LisaMarieArt, BawlingBunny, and Snapikat!

Cute Pink Alien Mousepad

Zazzle: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Lisa Marie: I live in the North-East of England, UK and I first found Zazzle in July 2008. I quickly became a self-confessed Zazzle Addict and gave birth to 4 childr…ahem… I mean stores: LisaMarieArt, LisaMarieDesign, BawlingBunny & Snapikat. I’m so addicted to Zazzle that I find myself endlessly tinkering with my product lines and tweaking my stores when I have no new designs to upload. Zazzle time is ‘My time’, and I like nothing better than Zazzling with a nice cup, better make that a large mug, of tea and a few chocie biscuits!

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Lisa Marie: I get inspiration from all kinds of places. Personal experiences, news and current affairs, my family, dreams, nature… The list is endless but my main inspiration, and the thing which keeps me creating, is the knowledge that there are people out there all over the world that see my designs as being so good that they actually want to buy them! I always feel so humbled when I recieve those golden emails that say ‘Your products have been purchased’. As long as I have the ability to create and can make someone happy because of my creativity, then that is all the inspiration I need!

Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?

Lisa Marie: Oh my! I have so many designs it’s almost impossible to choose a favourite. They are all favourites in their own little way and I can’t just pick one so I’ve chosen 2 to share with you. The first is Sheep Dreams from my hand-painted art based store LisaMarieArt. I’ve picked it just for the simple fact that it’s one of my fave paintings… it’s also happens to be one of the very first things that I sold on Zazzle. My second is ‘I’m not Fat…’ from my vector design based store LisaMarieDesign. I’m a traditional paint and paper artist by trade and this was one of the very first designs I attempted on the computer so it’s a little bit special.

I'm Not Fat I'm Just Too Short T-Shirt

Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle feature? How do you use it?

Lisa Marie: There are so many features I love but my favourite is definitely the Advanced Store Customization. I know a lot of people avoid this feature because it does require knowledge of HTML, XML and CSS but ultimately it is a fantastic feature to have and everyone should try and get to grips with it. I’ve used it to build my own identity and presence within Zazzle and it’s given me the freedom and ability to do things that aren’t possible without this feature. Being able to separate yourself from the other store owners is great! I’m still playing around with it!

Zazzle: Do you have any fun stories about being a seller on Zazzle?

Lisa Marie: I don’t really have any fun stories to share… Unless you want to hear about the numerous occaisons I’ve almost wet myself with laughter while reading other members threads in the forum! Or the time when I almost injured myself doing an over enthusiastic merry dance when I recieved my very first ‘Your Products Have Been Purchased’ email! I’ve only been here a year so I guess I’m still in my Zazzle infancy and I’ve no doubt that I’ve got plenty of fun stories to come!

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Lisa Marie: I’m primarily a cat and animal artist and I became interested in Zazzle after wanting to find a way to offer my artwork to people in another format. People don’t just collect art for their walls and I wanted to be able to offer people the chance to own mugs, clothing, magnets and other products that feature my artwork. However, I didn’t want the hassle of having to produce them all myself, but I still wanted to earn something. So after hearing about print-on-demand websites and doing a lot of research and review reading, Zazzle came out tops for me. I now have 4 stores and the rest is history!

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Lisa Marie: This is a tough one. There are so many things which need to be considered when you start your own little Zazzle empire. I’d be here all day listing them, so here are my top 5:

#1. Have a user-friendly, well presented and inviting store front.
It can be as simple as a few words, or you can go crazy and make a store front full of images to promote your product lines. Just remember to present your information in a professional manner and use colours which are easy on the eye. I see too many stores which look like MySpace and go overboard with flash panels, clashing colours and music players!

#2. Quality over Quantity.

This is kind of an extension to tip #1 and a must if you want to be successful at Zazzle. You might have a quality store front but unfortunately it’s useless without the quality goods to fill it! Which suprisingly leads me nicely into tip #3…

#3. Get in to the habit of Self-Critiquing.
I’m a naturally fussy person (sometimes too darn fussy) and won’t upload a design unless I’m 100% happy with it. If everybody did this I’ve no doubt we could make Zazzle, and therefore our own Zazzle empires, even more successful. I see too many designs which have been slapped on a product with no thought process behind them. Think before you press the ‘Publish’ button. Ask yourself these questions: Does the design fit the design area? Would I buy it if I was the customer? Is the design suitable for the product you’re putting it on?.. Don’t just slap a #1 Gynecologist design on a dog tee!

#4. Self Promotion.
It’s important to promote your store outside of Zazzle. There are lots of ways you can do this and it will drive more customers to your store in the long run. Join Squidoo and write a lens. Start your own blog. Buy your own products and wear them about town. Put a link to your store in your email signature. Open a Twitter account. Use the share feature on your products to get the word out. You’ll only get back what you are prepared to put in. Promotion, promotion, promotion is key!

…and finally!

#5. Be patient.
You aren’t going to become a Zazzle millionaire over night. You may be one of the lucky ones and see sales within a few months or it might take a year. Just remember that it takes time for people to find you even with self-promotion, so just hang on in there and enjoy the ride!

Thanks Lisa!


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