Archive for May, 2010

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos!

May 28, 2010

Check out this week’s Foto Friday Fun!

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.


Fire in the sea postcards
the rings postcards
Technicoloured Creature Post Cards


Yard Sale Trucker Hat
Everything Was Good Tee Shirt


Lovely Bouquet High Tops Pro-keds Hi Top Sneakers


Maroon 5 Logo Button

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.

Memorial Day Weekend Sale

May 27, 2010

As mentioned in the Seller Wednesday blog post, the Memorial Day weekend sale started today! Save up to 50% off this weekend only!  Be sure to check out all the details on the coupon page!

USA PostagePatriotic Stars and Stripes Profile CardsHis Soul Goes Marching On Postage

We’re still collecting Memorial Day dedications, so be sure to share your stories/dedications in the comments below, on Facebook, or Twitter, and we’ll be adding them to the Seller Wednesday blog post through Monday.

Featured Seller Interview With Gilles Tran

May 27, 2010

Gilles, from the Zazzle store Gtran, has been with Zazzle since our beta days. He was kind enough to sit down and talk with us about his inspirations and the time he’s had at Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out his store GTran!

Glacons Icecubes Poster

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

Gilles: I’m an agronomist by trade and live and work in Paris, France. I sometimes moonlight as a graphic designer specialized in 3D computer generated images.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Gilles: Pretty much anything. There’s a great deal of randomness. It may be something I saw in the street, or read in a book, or a dream. Sometimes it starts as a pure technical exercise and the idea comes afterwards.

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

Gilles: As the designer, it’s hard to choose a favorite. People do like this one:

http://www.zazzle.com/loiseau_mouille_the_wet_bird_poster-228734094848376032

It’s an old picture (from 2000) but as far as computer graphics go it has not aged too much.

Loiseau Mouille The Wet Bird Poster

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

Gilles: Well due to lack of time I’ve been quite timid in the way I’m using Zazzle. Also I don’t publish very often. If I could dedicate more time to marketing I’d make a better use of tools like the Facebook Merch store or the Flash panel.

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

Gilles: When Zazzle introduced the Colossal format then sent me a huge (HUGE) print of one of my images. It’s so big that I’ve never been able to put it anywhere!

Also, some years ago, someone bought a print and then sent it to me across the Atlantic so that I could sign it.

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

Gilles: In the late 90s my work was popular on the (early) web and people asked for prints on a regular basis. Digital prints were less common then and handling international payments was difficult so I had to turn people down. I started searching for a solution that would allow me to publish my work easily and Zazzle came at the right moment.

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

Gilles: Well the obvious tip is that one needs to have really good designs that stand out among the 21 millions others available at Zazzle… I started using Zazzle when the site was in beta (around 2001) with a few thousand designs. As a result I never got into customizing my gallery and marketing my work. I guess that for a newbie this has become more important.

Thanks Gilles!

Tender Moments…

May 26, 2010

Seller Wednesday Memorial Day

May 26, 2010

Memorial Day is just around the corner. With that in mind, I wanted to use this Seller Wednesday to allow Sellers in our community to share a memory of their time in the military, write a dedication for someone that is currently serving or served in the past, or just share how they’re planning on spending their Memorial Day weekend.  Throughout the weekend we’ll be adding the stories/dedications to this blog post.

Memorial Day Dedications:

  • Thank you to those who continue to fight for the safety of this country, and its people. You will forever have my gratitude and respect. -Jes
  • my shout out is to the men and women of the USS Decator and alll of the other men and women in our military here in San Diego and serving around the world. May God hold you all in His hand take you out and back home safely. Thank you for your dedication and service -Dianna
  • I am honoring my Veteran husband and all the brothers he lost in combat. – Dani

Share your stories/dedications in the comments below, on Facebook, or Twitter.

Also, there’s a Memorial Day sale planned this weekend. Sneak Peek: It will be a sale on posters, aprons, and more. Be sure to check back tomorrow to see all the deals.

Memorial Day PostersProud to be a Veteran ApronFlag Prepared for Presentation to the next of kin Posters

Make a T-Shirt with the Zazzle and Graffiti Facebook App!

May 25, 2010

Zazzle and Graffiti would like to introduce the make a T-Shirt Graffiti Facebook App! This fun little app allows you to draw a t-shirt in Facebook and post to your wall for friends to like or comment on. Check out my favorite entry below (that’s totally what I look like with a t-shirt off).

Think you can design a t-shirt better than the above? Enter your design in the T-Shirt Graffiti App and if you win the most votes your t-shirt will be posted on the Zazzle homepage!

Also, if you love the Graffiti art from past Graffiti contests then you should mosey over to the Graffiti Prints store on Zazzle and get great Graffiti designs on a print! Some of my favorites below.

Capcom Joins Zazzle

May 24, 2010

Capcom has joined Zazzle, and they brought along some of their classic arcade games such as Street Fighter, Battle Circuit, and Section Z;  as well as some of their newer titles including Monster Hunter Tri and Power Stone.

Growing up, I spent many quarters playing Street Fighter in arcades, so seeing customizable products with classic characters like Ryu, Adon, and Birdie on them makes me want to spend some quarters all over again!  Now if only I could get that high score…

Geki T-ShirtRyu vs Sagat BinderStreet Fighter Logo T-Shirt

Be sure to check out all the game gifts available in the Capcom store! Which Capcom game is your favorite?

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos!

May 21, 2010

Check out this week’s Foto Friday Fun!

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.


Art T-Shirt: Penguin Yellow Puffin Parrot


pretty woman black tshirt

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.

Featured Seller Interview With Jill McAmis

May 20, 2010

Jill, from the Zazzle store Jill311, talks with us about her inspirations, what brought her to Zazzle, and how she became a designer. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store Jill311!

Monogram Cuppycake Cutie Sticker

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

Jill: The first memory of me being a “designer” started when I was just a kid and my dad came home one day from work with stacks and stacks of legal-sized accounting paper (maybe he was hoping I would pretend to be an accountant!) I looked at that paper and thought it was gold, I was in heaven. I immediately started drawing all day long on this paper. It never ran out! I would draw wedding gowns, clothing, animals … I doodled constantly. My mom always drew and did calligraphy so I just followed her lead. Then in about second grade there was a school contest to see who could design the PTA flyer, I was so determined and I won (all it had was hearts doodled on it in scattered rows!) In high school people would hand me paper to design on so they could write notes on them and pass them on to their friends. I graduated in Advertising in college and my husband graduated in graphic design. He had Photoshop on his computer and I had never used it before. I thought he was going to teach me how … but he said, “nope, just use and learn!” I was calling out to Jesus every second. Uggh! I was going nuts! When I finally understood how it worked, a whole new world opened up to me. I was on Photoshop constantly. Then a few years later a local company asked me to design for them, but they used vector artwork. I told them I did now know how to do this and they said, “that’s ok, we’ll pay you to learn.” I worked with them for over a year. That job was so crucial and important to where I am today, so thanks Big Ed and most of all thank God for Zazzle!

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Jill: Everywhere I go I see something that will inspire me.  I was out to dinner one night and I saw this adorable lady, she had on a black rocker tee with a button down print shirt over top, faded jeans, converse and dangling pearl earrings and I thought she’s funky with a touch of elegance, that inspires me to design.

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

Jill: “Zees Sexy Safari Hott Pink” has to be my favorite because it’s funky with a little bit of elegance! And I have to say I love the card with my beagle sleeping on the front and on the inside it says, “retirement rocks!”

Zees Sexy Safari Hott Pink Business Card

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

Jill: That I can upload a design and the customer has color customization options. Say, they want the bride I designed to have pink or black hair, then they can customize it with the background color. If they want blue hair, they can have it blue! That’s so much fun because not everyone is a blonde, brunette or red head.

I want to dive into the store customization feature – that is my next project; design just keeps getting in the way! Lol!

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

Jill: The best part about Zazzle to me so far is receiving messages from customers excited about what they just received in the mail. It makes designing that much more gratifying. I had a clothing business from Texas who messaged me and liked my Fashionista design and wanted me to design a belt buckle logo with zebra stripes and rhinestones … it does not get any better than that! It’s not what I normally design, but I had so much fun doing it. These people are great and I consider them friends now.

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

Jill: It’s amazing where life takes you, Zazzle was calling and I just happened to be listening … here’s the story:  Business was kinda slow and I had a call from a client asking me if I designed and printed stickers, without hesitating I said ..”Yes!” (I had never done it before!) As soon as I hung up the phone I went on a mad rush to the internet, typed in “print custom stickers” and voila! Zazzle popped up! I had never heard of you guys before and at first I thought you just designed an image, uploaded it and then got products sent to you. I had no idea I could actually sell my designs! I thought it’s too good to be true, is this for real??? I have not stopped designing on Zazzle since that day and that’s been about a year ago. Zazzle you have inspired me, it’s been unbelievable. I am officially a Zazzle freak, just ask my family.

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

Jill: Design, design, design! I can’t stop! Design is great, but you have to market yourself too. You have to learn how to drive people to your store. I need to work a little bit more in this area even though I will post my designs on facebook and I get great response from people on that site. I also tried putting myself on Squidoo, and then I thought I could be designing! Isn’t that awful!?

Secondly, try to make the product easy for the customer to customize whether it’s a business card, invitation, etc. – design it to where all they have to do is insert their info in a snap.

Lastly, don’t quit. I almost quit two months into it and am so glad I decided to keep doing it. It’s one of the best experiences I’ve had.

Thanks Jill!

Seller Wednesday Promotional Items

May 19, 2010

There are many ways to promote your stores online: squidoo, blogs, twitter, facebook, vlogs, etc., but what about offline?  What products do you purchase to promote your store and how do you use them? Do you hand out items at conventions/fairs? Do you have a blog where your followers have chances to win your merchandise?  Share your favorite ways to promote your store offline in the comments, on our Facebook wall, or on Twitter (be sure to include the hashtag #SellerWed)!

Since it’s Seller Wednesday, the better question is – what promotional products do you use, or you would like to use, that you would like to see on sale? Choose from one of the products below and on Friday we’ll have a sale on that item! You want it, we’re listening.

Which is your favorite? Vote Here!!

Polls close Thursday morning.


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