Looking for a fresh and unique platform to show off your products? Polyvore is a stylish social shopping site where you can create collections and showcase your favorite products to more than 20 million users around the world.
In this week’s Designer Tips & Tricks, we’ll give an overview on how to create a Polyvore account, and talk about ways to get greater visibility.
1.) Set up your Polyvore account
Once you’ve signed up, fill out your profile information by hovering over the image icon in the right hand corner and clicking on “Settings”. Fill in your name, display name, image, URL (use your Zazzle store URL here), and description. Don’t forget to use keywords in your description, which will make your content more searchable on Polyvore. You can connect your Polyvore account to your other social media accounts in the “Sharing” tab of the “Settings” section.
2.) Add Products
An easy way to add products from your favorite online stores, is to download the Polyvore clipper into your browser.
Once the Polyvore clipper is downloaded, you’ll be able to click “Clip to Polyvore” right from your browser to add any product or image from the web to your Polyvore. In the pop up window, you can add a title, tags and price for your Zazzle product. Make sure you double check all of your product information before clicking the “Like” button.
3.) Sets, Collections, & Templates
Sets are collages where you can mix and match products and images from different online stores and websites.
To create a set, go to “Create” at the top of the page and select “Set”. A window will open up where you can create, edit, save and publish your set.
Set Editor Overview
A. Functions: Publish, open saved sets and templates, save your set, undo and zoom
B. Functions: Remove, flip/flop (turn your design sideways or upside down), clone (duplicate your design/product), forwards/backwards (choose whether that product/image will be in front or in back of an overlapping product/image)
C. Functions: Choose products and images from your items, collections or other categories
To start creating, simply drag products from your items, collections or other categories onto your canvas. Once you have all of your items placed the way you want in your set, you can publish your set.
Collections allow you to arrange your best sets and items together. Creating a collection is similar to creating a set. To create a collection, go to “Create” at the top of the page and select “Collection.” Then, a window will open up where you can create and publish your collection. To start creating, drag the items and sets of your choice to the canvas.
Templates are pre-made patterns you can create, save, and use later to create sets.
To create a template go to “Create” at the top of the page and select “Template.” The template editor will open up, which will allow you to add placeholders in certain areas of the canvas. You can re-size, move, flip, and even name these placeholders. You can also add images (your logo for example) to your template, if you would like to have a certain template that always contains that particular image.
Once you publish your template, you can use it to create a set by going to create->set->open->my templates.
4.) Likes, Following, Followers
The Likes section will show all of the items, sets, and collections that you’ve liked either by adding them from other online stores or directly from Polyvore. Likes will show up in the “my items” section of your set, collection, and template editors.
The Following section will show all of the Polyvore members you are following.
The Followers section will show all of the Polyvore members hat are following your account.
5.) Groups & Wins
Polyvore groups, similar to Pinterest group boards, are groups of Polyvore members that come together to explore similar themes and topics. As a member, you can create a maximum of 5 groups once you have 30 followers. If you choose to create a group, it is suggested to look through the existing groups so you don’t create a group similar to one that already exists.
The Wins section of your account shows you all of your placements in the contests that you’ve entered. Find out more on how to enter a contests here.
Now that you know the ins and outs of how to use Polyvore, give it a shot! Not only can it get you more visibility, but it also lets the public see how your products can be grouped with other products. Plus it’s a fresh and exciting experience – you never know what ideas you’ll get from creating your sets, collections and templates.
Until next time,