Archive for May, 2010

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos!

May 14, 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.


Kawaii Onigiri Tee Shirt


Funky Stars & Stripes Custom Pro Keds Low Top Shoes


You Might Want To Stand Back T-Shirt


I Blame the Keynesians T-Shirt


Conquer Your Fears, Blueberry Blue T-shirt


Focus Tee Shirts

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が日本に進出しました!

May 13, 2010

日本の新しいザズラー(Zazzler)の皆様、こんにちは!昨日(正確に言うと日本では「明日」になりますね。)Zazzle は最新のインターナショナルサイト、Zazzle ジャパン( http://www.zazzle.co.jp)を立ち上げました。

今後、日本のお客様は、Zazzleマーケットプレイスを日本語で見て、日本の通貨である円でお買い物をお楽しみいただけます。

私達は、日本の新しいZazzle マーケットプレイスの売り手になれらる皆様にお会いできる事をとても楽しみにしています。

日本は世界的にアニメや漫画等で知られている国で、そのような国からどんなデザインが出てくるのが、どんなことが起こるのか、考えるだけでワクワクします。

私は、Zazzle日本語サイトのローカライズ担当のマナミと申します。

まだまだ残っている仕事がありますので、今日はこれで失礼します。では!

Translation ;)

Hello to all the new Zazzlers from Japan! Yep, that’s right! Yesterday (it was actually already *tomorrow* in Japan… weird!) we launched our newest foreign website, http://www.zazzle.co.jp.
Now, customers in Japan can browse and shop the Zazzle marketplace in their own language, and can pay for products in their own currency.
We’re also extremely excited to welcome new Sellers to the Zazzle marketplace from Japan. After all, this is the country of Anime and Manga, so we can’t wait to see what happens!
My name is Manami, by the way, and I’m the localization specialist for Japan. Gotta go now, because there’s still a lot of work to be done!

Featured Seller Interview With Emily Meyer

May 13, 2010

Emily, from the Zazzle store PinkInkArt, talks with us about her inspirations and what she loves about Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store PinkInkArt!

Peas and Carrots T-Shirt

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

Emily: I worked in the garment industry for 18 years, specifically with surf wear. It was fun and crazy. I went out on my own in the early ‘90’s and learned how to use a computer for all kinds of services that were lacking at the time. I created a proprietary software product for large companies for front end designing and built databases for about 10 years. I got back to designing about 3 years ago and have never been happier.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Emily: I’m basically a childless mother or a have a pretty strong inner child. I love really cute and colorful designs and love designing for children as well as birthdays and holidays for any age. I also love the color pink, which became the basis for the name of my shop and is the featured color in many of my designs.

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

Emily: My most favorite design is one of the first ones I ever created, Knit-A-Holic. It features a retro martini glass with yarn as the olives and knitting needles as the toothpicks. Retro looks from the sixties are another type of art that I really love. I think I was born a little bit too late. I also used to be an avid knitter, in the days before computers became a better way for me to express my creativity.

Knit-A-Holic T-Shirt

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

Emily: I love a lot of things about Zazzle. One, that you can set your own markup for products we sell. That is a big plus. Another feature I love is the diversity of products. I love the postage stamps and now the new invitations. Since I love creating products for children and babies, the invitations are a great plus for custom birthday party and baby shower invitations. Two other things that are really great are the TBA’s and Fan Clubs. They are so motivating for designers. Oh wait…I love the ability to add embroidery. I have not added any designs yet but that is my next Zazzle venture.

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

Emily: I really like the products that Zazzle offers and the ability to customize them. It is so great for a customer to be able to add their own text and create one-of-a-kind apparel and gifts.

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

Emily: I like to create general category sections and then sections for each design in my shop. I think this is very helpful for customers and keeps everything organized. I create the same categories for my images which helps me see what I have in each category.

Thanks Emily!

Seller Wednesday Seller Lenses

May 12, 2010

It’s Seller Wednesday!  This week we’re focusing on a fun way to share your store – a Squidoo lens!  Squidoo is a great and easy tool to create mini sites that drive traffic and interest to your store.  Many Zazzlers already use lenses, but if you don’t then see below to learn how to set one up (it’s easy!).

Seller Lenses:

First step: Go here – http://www.squidoo.com/zazzle/hq

2nd step: Enter your Gallery Handle, a description of your art, choose what category best suits what type of page you’re making, and pick keywords that are relevant (similar to tags you use for products on Zazzle).  There’s also a bonus section where you can link to your personal website/blog!

3rd Step: Once you’ve entered all the info from step 2, click on the “Make my Promo Page” button.  It will take you to a preview page, where you can get a basic idea of how your lens is going to look.

If you like it, click the “I want it (and will personalize it now) button on the right hand side of the page underneath the orange flower.

4th Step:  Choose your URL. It’s important to note that once you chose the URL for your lens it cannot be changed, so choose wisely!  Once you find the perfect name, hit continue.

5th Step:  Here you’ll go through and register (pick out a screen name, etc), if you don’t already have a Squidoo account.

Final Step: After you enter in all your info, it will take you to your Squidoo page, where you can add a picture and edit the content (you can preview your lens to get it just the way you like it).  Once your page looks as fabulous as you want it to, click “Publish” at the top of the page and viola!!

All done?  Share your lenses and Squidoo marketing ideas in the comments below, and we’ll post the best lenses on the blog! If you send it via Twitter, be sure to include #SellerWed in your tweet. Or leave us a note on our Facebook wall. Be sure to include your store lens link when you send us your lens, so we can link to your store as well!!

GoComics joins Zazzle! Which is your favorite?

May 11, 2010

GoComics recently joined Zazzle, and now you can get all your favorite comics, such as Ziggy and Non Sequitur on great Zazzle products!

I personally have always been a huge fan of the witty, dry-ish humor of Non Sequitur.  I remember it best when it was a one panel single gag comic, but I have to say, some of my favorite strips are of definitely with Danae and Lucy.. I enjoy their mischief.

Non Sequitur MousepadLucy MugLucy and Danae T-Shirt

Some of the other Comics that are available include: Ziggy, Cul de Sac, The Argyle Sweater, and Lio. To see them all, visit the Zazzle store GoComics.

 
Which is your favorite? Vote here!

New Puppy at the Zazzle HQ

May 10, 2010

Say hello to Lily!

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos!

May 7, 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.


I love my sister t shirt
I love my brother t shirt


Giant and jellyfish posters


Graffiti Shirt


Wedding Postage with your engagement Photos
Art Nouveau Lillies Wedding R.S.V.P. Personalized Announcements
Art Nouveau Lillies Wedding Invitation


I, <3, The Chach T-shirt

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.

Guess who is going to see Iron Man 2 at midnight…

May 6, 2010

That’s right, the Zazzle Team is! Here’s Darren sporting his Iron Man t-shirt for the premiere. Many of us (yes, I’m also going) are wearing t-shirts from the Iron Man 2 store to show off Zazzle and our great collection of Marvel Gear! Get your Iron Man Gifts before you go to the movie!

Also, if you want to get that Star Wars New Hope Poster in the background, we’ve got that too. ;)

More updates from the movie tomorrow!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with Fat_Fa_Tin

May 6, 2010

Zazzler fat_fa_tin talks with us about her art and her time at Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store fat_fa_tin!

Sweet Birds Floral Garden Wedding Invitation

Bio: fat*fa*tin

  • Operates out of: Summer Forever!
  • Design background: I graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Graphic Design from Auckland, New Zealand. I’ve worked for 9 years in two separate jobs that didn’t make me happy. I needed to do something that is more “me”. I joined Zazzle in April 2008 and in a few months I became happy again :)
  • Describes myself: I used to do a lot of children illustration / I design, draw, sew, paint, craft and photograph / I’m into the new and the old / I love interiors and architectures / I believe variety is the spice of life :)
  • Personal interests: I have a passion for travelling / I abhor animal cruelty / I’m an open agnostic / I believe in good and bad karma / I respect life and integrity.
    My travels:
    Syria | Jordan | Turkey | Qatar | Egypt | Germany | Slovakia | Czech Republic | Hungary | Austria | Portugal | Morocco | Spain | India | Indonesia | Korea | Japan | Hong Kong & Macau | Australia | New Zealand | Canada | China | Malaysia | Singapore | Thailand | Cambodia | Tibet | Vietnam and lots more to go!
  • Artistic interests: Colours, colours and lots of colours! My art and designs are retro / pop / zen / funky + groovy / grunge / hip / chic / sweet / romantic / whimsical / cute / modern / abstract / graphic and fun! I like to create various styles as I dislike conformity. My art and designs are an extension of my personality.

  • My tagline: “I carry my art; I carry it in my heart.”

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Fat*fa*tin: I am inspired by everything that surrounds me…my inspirations are drawn especially from my travels and my experiences…

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

Fat*fa*tin: My spring flowers and sakura / cherry blossom series…they are my favourite and one of my best sellers….they are also in a way connected to my “brand” name!

Oriental Calligraphy Moon Sakura Mousepad

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

Fat*fa*tin: I love the super quick bulk image upload feature and the unlimited file storage that Zazzle has…it allows me to upload files which I can extract later to create products online when I’m on the move or when my desktop is inaccessible.

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

Fat*fa*tin: I have fun creating and designing every single day since I started selling at Zazzle!….and that’s a story ;)

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

Fat*fa*tin: I was searching for the perfect channel to sell my art & design independently with the least start up cost, and also an ideal job which will give me absolute freedom & flexibility to accommodate all my sporadic travel plans..I found Zazzle, tried it and never looked back.

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

Fat*fa*tin: Lots of honest hard work, design integrity, good original ideas, consistency, no shortcuts…quality over quantity or if possible, quality AND quantity…do not *spazzle* and most important of all, you have to genuinely love what you do because if your “heart” is not in your art, eventually, it will show.

Thanks! :)

Cinco De Mayo Seller Wednesday Giveaway

May 5, 2010

It’s Seller Wednesday AND Cinco de Mayo!

In celebration of the fifth day of the fifth month, we though it would be fun for sellers to get some deals! Starting at 1pm today, 5 Twitter followers every hour (until 5pm PT) will win $5 off their next T-Shirt purchase! So if you’re not already, you might want to start following us on Twitter for your chance to win! Winners will also get their favorite t-shirt design posted in this blog post (if they care to send it). So not only do you get $5 off a t-shirt, you get featured.  win, win. :)

Details:

  • Follow us on Twitter to enter. Winners will be contacted via DM.
  • RT to be entered in the hourly drawing
  • Tweets must include #SellerWed to be a valid entry

1st hour – Winners: LacyChenault, BubbSnugg, SeidaBacon, rdwnggrl, & JasonWomack

Belly Dancing Diva T-ShirtCornified T-Shirt

Sony atv Crazy Fan Merch T-ShirtRetro TV Test Pattern T-Shirt

2nd hour – Winners: DonnaPool, KissMeIm, Wasootch, Ladydragonfly76, & richardtkeech

My Life Is A Soap Opera Evil Twin T-ShirtI 3 Math T-Shirt

Acores E Para Quem Ama T-ShirtBigfoot Holding Club T-Shirt

3rd hour – Winners: KimberlyMarie, PoozyBear, DlmtleArt, MyShelle, & Broken_Baja

Mother's Day Series T-ShirtPink For A Cute T-ShirtHot Pink Angler T-Shirt

Alchemy T-ShirtCol Mustard T-Shirt

4th hour – Winners: IndulgenceIsKey, FredzGraphics, FidesFashion, TwinkleTaters, & DynoMoose

Yellow Kitty T-ShirtFoxie T-Shirt

Feathered Skull T-ShirtI Heart Zombies T-Shirt

5th hour – Winners: Zendorje, PipPipHooray, CathieTranent, MHartshorn, & Claireofttat

Justice League Logo T-Shirt


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