Crafts Gala’s: Advertising, branding, and displaying your items


Now that you’ve got a plan for all of the logistics and what to make and promote, that you must take into consideration presentation. In the beginning, your work ought to communicate for itself, clearly. Deliver your “A recreation” to the general public. Nonetheless, even the best work, if introduced poorly, won’t promote in addition to it might.

Put some effort into your packaging

One thing I’ve discovered by expertise and steering from others within the discipline is the essential significance of packaging. Your objects ought to have, at a minimal, a tag with a brand, a reputation/description of the product, and a value. Whereas many purchasers will wish to communicate with you, lots will desire to quietly look, study, and assume with out interruption. A descriptive tag and value acknowledges this.

Packaging, in my thoughts, is courtesy to the client in the identical approach that wrapping a present makes it just a little extra particular. Certain, you’d love that new Lie-Nielsen smoother airplane as a present even when somebody simply handed you the cardboard field. However the truth that they wrapped it and put a bow on it simply makes the expertise just a little extra particular. Proper? Proper. So I encourage you to go the additional mile/kilometer right here.

Adam Godet Woodworking products at a craft fair

Don’t neglect the brand

A phrase about logos. It is best to have one. Until you may have a background in graphic design, it’s best to pay somebody to do it for you. There are plenty of elements that go into brand design and that needs to be revered. That being stated, good brand design shouldn’t be low cost and it will not be an important thought in case you’re simply getting began. Companies resembling Fivrr can supply affordable options and having one thing first rate is best than nothing in any respect. Even simply your identify/enterprise identify in a pleasant script on a lovely clean card will suffice. However have one thing. A brand will talk lots to your clients. Consider your favourite manufacturers, or a product you employ on a regular basis: Apple, Coca-Cola, Vans, Lee Valley, Festool. You instantly see their brand, their colour palettes, and so on. It’ll allow you to. Belief me, put a while into this.

Godet Woodworking logo

My brand was designed by an expert designer. I made her a desk in alternate. The emblem consists of one in every of my favourite instruments and a transparent daring font. It’s easy and it really works and I prefer it.

Your show ties all of it collectively

Whereas packaging is essential on your particular person merchandise, the way you show every part is possibly much more vital. There are plenty of concerns right here however primarily, your objects needs to be straightforward to see and contact; every part needs to be bombproof secure (bear in mind, wind gusts and acts of god can occur at any time). Two colleges of thought are value noting right here: the “stack it excessive and watch it fly” methodology (frequent with produce, assume Complete Meals) or the “boutique” methodology (show one or two of what you must give the looks of shortage and permit the attention to give attention to the objects). I have a tendency to make use of a mix of those.

Adam Godet Woodworking products at a craft fair

One thing to keep away from: In the event you’re sufficiently old to have shopped in a document retailer for even CDs, that’s the methodology I used to show my slicing boards initially: a crate with boards stacked vertically. Whereas that is OK, the boards will slip and bang into one another. Whilst you may not incur injury to your merchandise, your clients will probably be startled by these sounds and fewer possible to purchase one thing.

Your shows can differ relying on the area you may have at a present, and the way lengthy you’re going to be there. For the lengthy vacation market I do, my boothmate and I spend a complete day constructing the sales space and organising. We’re there eight hours per day for 5 weeks so it’s the well worth the funding. For a one-day present with solely an hour or two to arrange, I do one thing a bit easier. Typically although, that you must assume by the way you wish to show your objects and really construct these shows. Since what we do as woodworkers is usually cumbersome (it’s troublesome to show many slicing boards), consider using vertical area. Once more, I encourage you to go searching: Chopd Woodshop has nice shows in his IG feed.

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