We're all in the same boat. It seems to be like that in the Summer time. And granted, Storenvy is not a high traffic selling site like Etsy or Artfire because it is free and it's fairly new and not well known.
The first piece of advice I could give would start with the photography or your products. Don't use flash. It flattens out the dimensions of your products. Either use natural lighting coming from a window, or use 1 pieces of white or black poster board, lay one piece on a table, and the other propped upright to create a mini studio. And use about 3 or 4 small LED flashlights (that have about 5 LED lights each) and prop them up on coffee cups or books, then aim one light in the background piece of poster board as backlight, and one light to the left or right of your product, and another shining slightly down at your product. Arrange the lights so it makes the product's dimensions really pop.
Hey CandyDreams! I just visited your shop, and I think all you need is a couple of easy fixes. Along with what KayB64 said, I think you would be really surprised what a difference it would make to change to a white background. I originally did all of my photos on a black background, because I was afraid the colors would get lost on white, but it actually made them look brighter. Also, have you ever used picmonkey.com? It's a free photo editing site that you just upload your photos to. I always brighten my photos up, by adjusting the exposure/highlights. I'm sure my photos could be greatly improved, but I am pretty happy with the way they have turned out.
Thanks a lot! I do have photo editing software which I unfortunately don't seem to use T^T so I will start using it more; I actually have just recently switched to a white background after reading quite a few photography books. I am also working on setting up a photography studio :3
I know you are going to work on the photography thing, but after a quick peep at your shop the one thing I can say is that when you start retaking photos make sure you stay as consistent as possible.
If you have some images on the black bg and some on a white bg it begins to look as if some of the items aren't yours and might make potential buyers back out. I know I tend to stay away from online shops like this.
So basically what I'm saying is develop a photography "style" and stick with it. It will make your shop look cleaner too.
I agree with what everyone is saying! And just wanted to add, some of my items are viewed 800 times before they are purchased. Like all good things, it takes a LOT of time and hard work. Be sure to tell everyone you know. Have business cards made, and promote like crazy. :) Don't focus on sales, but increasing views - the more traffic, the more chance of sales!
Thank you guys. I sometimes have to use different backgrounds cause the one I have either gets lost or someone miss places it. I have kind if a style now that I mostly use the Black background is from where I first started.
I'm sorry for double posting, but upon further looking into it I found some other things that might help. You do not have to take my advice at all. It is your shop, these are just things I see as someone from the outside looking in:
- In your FAQ you have a question asking about your age. I don't see why it's needed, and might prevent sales. Storenvy doesn't have an age limit, but most people might get a little put off by doing business with you. If you want to add it I suggest dropping it in an about me blurb. Just having it out like that really draws the eye in. I am happy to see you want to start your own business so young! When I was your age I had the dream, but not the equipment.
- The shop's title is a little misleading. Whenever I click it I expect a super sweet candy like shop with candy jewelry or equally cute accessories. Not everyone needs to have a themed shop that matches their name, but just think about it, you have candyland dream and spider and tribal necklaces. The views are probably from people looking for one thing and then being put off by the lack of it.
Again you don't have to take my advice, but think it over a bit. I really hope it helps!
I do think your sea horse necklace is really cute! I'm really into sea things lately!