Archive for August, 2010

Zazzle Rocks the SF Rock Make Street Festival!

August 31, 2010

Last week was the Rock Make Festival, a crafts, art, and music fair put on in the San Francisco Mission neighborhood to showcase local talent – the perfect place for Zazzle to share our message of artist-inspired product creation and self-expression through customization! We joined the festival as an official sponsor and setup shop with a create-your-own sticker station (a huge hit with the kids), gift certificate prize wheel (everyone loves money), and information for local artists on how to start selling on Zazzle. It was great meeting and sharing ideas with local artists while spreading some Zazzle joy (kids seriously loved the stickers). Check out some of the pictures below. Also, if you’re interested in selling on Zazzle, learn more here.

What festivals should Zazzle attend next? Let us know in the comments!

Improvements for Sellers

August 30, 2010

Last week we made a couple small changes based on feedback we heard from our Sellers.

New Sku Filter

Let’s start with the new feature first.  Last year we added the ability for Sellers to control the styles on which their designs can appear – only on sustainable fabric t-shirts, for example.  Due to popular demand, we added an additional sku filter for T-shirts.  You can now limit to “The current style only”.  This will allow you, the seller, to limit to a single style but let all colors of that style be selectable by buyers.  When you post new t-shirts for sale you can choose this, and it can also be applied to existing shirts by editing them in My Account – Public Products.

New Sku Filter

The current style only sku filter

Post for Sale Link

A few weeks ago we updated the Design Tool to better match the Product Page and to make it easier for customers to purchase.  As part of this redesign we turned the  Post For Sale button into a link to decrease its visibility and reduce confusion for buyers.  Apparently, we may have decreased its visibility too much and some sellers had trouble locating it.  We heard your feedback, and we have now relocated and made it red so it stands out more.  We think this is a good compromise between decreasing the confusion for buyers and making it visible enough for sellers.

Post for Sale Link

New red Post For Sale Link

We hope you enjoy these changes.  Anything else we can do for you?

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos! Now with Video!

August 27, 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.


Fences For Fido Hoodie

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 ninjahijinx

August 26, 2010

Tod, from the Zazzle Store ninjahijinx, was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions about his inspirations, and his time at Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out his store ninjahijinx!

Awesome Peacock T-Shirt

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

Tod: I’m a 29 year old freelance artist living in Bellingham, Washington.  I’ve been doing art full-time for the past two and a half years, and previously worked for an awesome fantasy-themed summer camp in Colorado.  I also make puppets and webcomics.  I’ve done a few book illustration jobs, with hopefully more in the future!  I share my home with two cats and eight geckos.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Tod: I’ve always loved animals, and been an active daydreamer.  Fantasy and animal cartooning comes pretty naturally to me as subject matter.  Animals can be majestic or beautiful, but then they’ll go and pull something utterly silly.  I like reflecting that in my art.  My favorite designs are the ones that make me laugh while I’m working on them – the ‘I’m awesome’ peacock and the ‘I come in peace’ alien in my store were fun to do.
I’m especially fond of cats, and live with two, and they’re a big inspiration for my art.  They have such quirky personalities.  Cats are also useful to practice from, from a cartooning standpoint, because they can pull off so many different, weird poses.
I also draw a lot of monsters.  I like taking something that might be fierce or scary and making it goofy or friendly looking, instead.  It’s a fun juxtaposition.

Zazzle: How would you describe your style?

Tod: I draw cartoon animals and monsters, in a lighthearted style.   I try to create art that can appeal to both kids and adults

Zazzle: Are there any artists you look up to when it comes to designing?

Tod: There are too many to mention all of them.  I draw inspiration from children’s illustrators, old Victorian illustration, fantasy game art, comics, all kinds of stuff.

Zazzle: A lot of your works seems to be illustrations, when did you start drawing? What’s your favorite medium to work in?

Tod: I started drawing when I was old enough to hold a crayon.  I’d pull my dad’s textbooks off the bottom shelf as a toddler and scribble all over them.   Art is something my parents encouraged me to stick with, and it’s been a lifelong passion.  I got into cartooning and comics, specifically, in third grade.  I work mostly in ink and watercolor, with a little gel pen and marker.

Friendly Orange Alien Business Card

Zazzle: What’s your favorite Zazzle product to create?

Tod: There are a lot of fun things to choose from, but I especially like the mugs and business cards.  I like the idea of using my traditional media cartoons to add a little fun to business card designs.

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

Tod: I first learned about the site from an artist friend who also designs PoD products.  For about a year, I only had a couple lonely designs sitting in my store.  I’d put working on my store aside to work on other projects, and then, this May, made a sale.  I decided to put some real time into my store, and now I’m hooked!

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

Tod: The advice I’m following is to have as many designs on as many products as they’ll fit on.  It’s been working for me so far, and I’ve got a big stack of sketches and new designs to add.

Thanks Tod!

Seller Wednesday – Upcoming Themes

August 25, 2010

Politics is a theme that always does well for sales; remember in ’08 when McCain, Palin, Clinton, and Obama merchandise was selling like hotcakes?  This season is no different! See below for a rundown of the candidates you might want to start designing pro/anti products for – no election is too small for a few bumper sticker, t-shirt or hat designs.

Nevada Senate – Harry Reid v Sharron Angle

Harry Reid for Senate T-ShirtSharron Angle Waving Flag T-Shirt

California Governor – Jerry Brown v Meg Whitman

California Needs Jerry Brown T-Shirt Meg Whitman for Governor

Ohio Senate – Lee Fisher v Rob Portman

Vote For Fisher T-ShirtOhio 2010 Election Rob Portman Senate T-Shirt

Florida Senate – Charlie Crist v Jeff Greene v Kendrick Meek v Marco Rubio

Crist 2010 T-ShirtGreene for Senate T-Shirt

Kendrick Meek for Senate T-ShirtMarco Rubio T-Shirt

Illinois Senate – Alexi Giannoulias v Mark Kirk

Alexi Giannoulias for Senate T-ShirtKirk Senate T-Shirt

California Senate – Barbara Boxer v Carly Fiorina

Re-Elect Senator Barbara Boxer T-ShirtCarly Fiorina 2010 T-Shirt

Florida Governor – Alex Sink v Rick Scott v Bill McCollum

Bill McCollum for Governor 2010 T-Shirt

Ohio Governor – Ted Strickland v John Kasich

Christians for Strickland T-ShirtKasich for Governor T-Shirt

If you have any political products you’d like to share, link to them in the comments below, or share them on Twitter, or on our Facebook page.

Help us FREE ELKA! Betty White shirts on Zazzle!

August 20, 2010

If you haven’t heard, Betty White is a rock star!  She plays a new character on TV Land’s original hit sitcom “Hot in Cleveland” named Elka Ostrovsky.  On the  season finale, Elka gets booked into custody after the cops discover a hidden stash of valuables in her storm cellar.  Elka’s dead husband was a fence for the Cleveland mob and she’s been holding the items for years.  Now the audience must wait until next season to find out what will happen to poor Elka – and you can help support her.

The Free Elka collection features Elka’s mug shot – and, yes, there is a mug shot on a mug. The merchandise, from T-shirts and bags to mouse pads and bumber stickers, can be purchased ONLY ON ZAZZLE!

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos!

August 20, 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.


Black & White Mauitini Tshirts


Mystery Man Shirts


Gotcha Covered Tee


Elegant White and Black Monogram Business Cards

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 thecuteinstitute

August 19, 2010

Tesha, from the Zazzle Store thecuteinstitute, was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions about her art, her inspirations, and who introduced her to Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store thecuteinstitute!

Cupcake Pattern T-Shirt

Bio: Tesha Beaudry Okolowsky is the mastermind behind the cute institute. She’s been a passionate illustrator, designer and entrepreneur for the past 10 years.

Zazzle: Tell us more about what the cute institute is.

Tesha: Like a cute vanilla cupcake filled with pure rainbow joy, the cute institute fills you with happy wool in the form of eye-hugging vectors and design work that will charge your happy-battery for a long, long time. This collection of cute characters will surely make you smile and bring back the inner child in you.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Tesha: Japanese culture, hello kitty, designer toys, street art, cupcake frosting, lollipops, candy wrappers, my cat, cute things in general and much much more! It stems from my love for these types of characters: Hello Kitty, The Powerpuff girls, Emily The Strange, Paul Frank, etc… And artists such as; Jeremy Fish, Julie West, Fafi, Junko Mizuno, etc.

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

Tesha: My fave so far is my new spooky cute zombie character… She’s cute, adorable, and totally badass. I’m looking forward to see her printed on a skateboard deck!!!

Zombie Binder

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

Tesha: I guess I got lucky, somebody from Zazzle contacted me a while back and was digging my art, and asked me to participate and upload as much cute art as possible. I gave it try and it’s been a great experience ever since! I would never have imagined my store being this successful, and it’s all thanks to you guys! (Thanks Rob! You know who you are!)

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

Tesha: Be creative and do your own thing!!! Keep things simple and BE ORIGINAL! I hate copycats and so should you!

Thanks Tesha!

Seller Wednesday – Getting Referrals using Associate Banners

August 18, 2010

We’ve talked about referrals in Seller Wednesday’s past, and this week we’re going to show you another tool you can use for referrals – Associate Banners.

If you go to the Zazzle banners page you can select one of the Product/Theme banners.

Once you find the theme you want to promote, click on the image and you’ll be taken to a secondary page with multiple banner sizes and shapes for that theme.

Find the size that will work best for your website, blog, or other and when you click on it a pop up will appear with your code. Note: if you’re logged in, it will put your referral number in the code.

There’s a suggested page already attached to the banner, but feel free to change the link to your store or any other page you want to refer. Be sure if you change the link, you only change out the address from the ‘http:’ to right before the ‘?rf‘ so it doesn’t remove your referral id from the code.

Share your website/blogs that you’ve added associate banners to in the comments!

OBOOMA!

August 18, 2010

President Obama was in Seattle yesterday, and evidently a couple of F-15’s from the Oregon Air National Guard buzzed the city at supersonic speed, causing two sonic booms.  Just like Maverick buzzing the tower.

The clever folks at Nology Media in Seattle decided to have some fun with the situation, and created a line of Obooma t-shirts in their www.zazzle.com/obooma store.  The proceeds are going to the Moyer Foundation charity!

Good stuff!

Obooma Shirts! shirt
Obooma Shirts! by obooma
See more Obama T-Shirts

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