Folksy Ltd

Front Page how to get on there?

(Amberlilly) #1

I am not complaining as I was actually on there once this week.LOL
But how do the same people get on there, everytime i go there, its the same ones.
Is it luck of the draw, whats trending? something else?
I see if you are hearted, you can get on there and if you listed you may also be on there.

(Roz) #2

There are a couple of spots for newly hearted, recently listed, being bought now and recently bought. A couple of spots are reserved for the currently featured shop which is down to Folksy admin and changes every week. The remaining slots are selected from Folksy favourites, a list of about 100 items also chosen by Folksy admin which apparently is constantly being updated. How you get chosen for that selection is anyones guess but I think you just have to be seen by and liked by Folksy admin to get there. Good luck in your quest, if you find the magic formula let me know! :smile:

(Amberlilly) #3

Lol, thanks @Rozcraftz will let you know!

(Samantha Stanley) #4

I had an E-mail from Camilla a while back (after whinging about this on Twitter, sorry) and she told me in a round about way that it was to do with the photographs. I’m not a photography expert and I don’t have a great camera, so I’ve more or less accepted that I’m fighting a bit of a losing battle with the front page. It would be nice to be able to afford a professional photographer, but I don’t make enough money to justify this-another one of those success breeds success things. :fish:

Love Sam x

(Squirreland Tiffin) #5

Hello @Amberlilly @Rozcraftz and @SamanthaStanley,

I have been wondering the same thing as I haven’t been on the front page yet and I feel I have ok photos of my work. I think I need to populate my shop with a few more items and maybe have a unified look to all my images before I will start to push it to the team and ask direct how I can be a featured seller.

I run two businesses this one on here and a photography business. My weakest photography spot is actually product photography so I too find it really hard to get a great photo of my range.

My advice for anyone would be to keep it really simple. I have taken some of my images on my iphone and although not recommended I have had good results so sometimes its not the camera its the setting.
If you have a small product then get an A4 piece of white paper and take it outside (I know its cold but it works!) and lay your product down onto it and photograph from above. The natural light and the white background make it simple and to the point.
I know with an iphone you can enhance the exposure and a few other bits too but I would avoid putting a filter on it as it just makes it a bit more grainy and dull.

Hope that helps a bit with the photo side of things. If you really don’t want to do the photos yourself maybe do a trade of services with a photographer in your area. Just put on facebook you will exchange some products or assist on a big shoot for free in exchange. You never know if you just ask.

Ok I am off to post an order. I sold one card last night so I am happy lol.


(Amberlilly) #6

OK, thanks @SquirrelandTiffin @SamanthaStanley its another E thing then, just a different site. I know its about looking uniform etc, very Scandinavian, but a bit soulless I think.
And I know you need to advertise the product not its surroundings. But, I have a Pinterest board called Seaside Folksy and there is some pretty bunting I chose to pop on and IMO it helps, enhancing it, I think sometimes this works, seeing it in a beautiful setting, imagine yourself there, maybe? Doesn’t take away the beauty of the product.:surfing_man:

(Samantha Stanley) #7

Thanks Linzi! I do take my photos outside on a white background, but somehow they still seem dark even though I also use a macro setting and slightly over expose them to make the background whiter. I’m heartened that you also struggle with product photography as it is obviously a very difficult thing to do and I’m in awe of those people who can take some of the beautiful shots that appear on the front page. :fish:

Love Sam x

(Amberlilly) #8

I think mine have got a little better since I realise I could adjust them when I import them onto my laptop!

(Crystal Walton) #9

Mine I’ve just started on here and had a lot me on here with advise and all. As.for the.front page be people with a lot of views orders and purchases. And yes photos also what they like etc. I am sure you been on the front page already I’m sure you’ll be again.

(Liz Clark) #10

This link gives info direct from Folksy on what they are looking for:

(Amberlilly) #11

thanks @BigBirdLittleBird will have a looky :smile:

(Amanda Crago) #12

Hi! I don’t have money for a professional photographer either, but I worked with a photography student last year and she asked if she could photograph some of my jewellery for her uni work and to build a portfolio, for free! And she took some great photos too! It’s worth contacting your local college or uni to see if any students need peoples items to photograph, it’s worth a try? At the very least if not free, very cheap?

(Samantha Stanley) #13

That’s a good idea!

Sam x

(Amberlilly) #14

Not convinced about the photo thing.

(Camilla) #15

Hi @SquirrelandTiffin. You’ve probably been on the front page quite a lot without realising it. I’m sure other people have too. If the Folksy team favourites one of your items, it goes into our list of favourites and will be shown at the front page at some point. Items featured in our gifts guides feature too, as do recently sold, recently listed, recently favourited and being bought now. The favourite find items rotate, as do the gift guide slots, so what’s on there depends on what time you’re looking (and how often!) – I know there are currently two Squirrel & Tiffin products in our Favourite Finds, so they will have been on the front page.

We’d like to introduce better ways of telling sellers when their work has been favourited or included in a gift guide, so we’re working on that.

It’s so important to have good photographs, and that’s what we look for in our favourite finds and gift guides. There is advice on the blog about what we look for (@BigBirdLittleBird posted the link in her comment) and about how to take good product shots - there are more coming too. I would recommend having both a landscape shot and a white background cut-out shot, and looking at what other people do.

(Amy Paterson) #16

Hi Samantha,

I’ve just had a look at your shop and I think your photographs are good! One thing I think you maybe need to do is brighten them up a little bit. I don’t have a fancy camera for my photos, I use my iPhone and the VSCOcam app, which is great for making your photos look better :slight_smile:


(Amy Paterson) #17

Here’s an example:

That’s just using brightness and contrast. Otherwise I think your set ups are lovely :slight_smile:


(Samantha Stanley) #18

Wow-that’s quite a lot brighter. I don’t have an I-phone, but maybe I can get some kind of similar program that would work! Thanks Amy :whale:

Love Sam x

(Squirreland Tiffin) #19

Hi @Folksycontent,

How do you know if your item has been marked as a favourite please? Sorry I am still learning my way around the site really. Excited to hear I have two products on the Favourite list and have been featured already!

I completely understand the importance of great product shots. Mine went from awful to ok over Christmas but over the next few weeks I would like to start making them better. I am happy with my new card ones though!

Thanks for advice as always!
Linzi x

(Roz) #20

I like to think that most of my photos are fairly good - OK a few are in need of replacing but overall not too bad. Many of my products are pretty unique and I like to think interesting for the buyer, with good general descriptions. I have had some lovely feedback from customers and other shopkeepers but still Folksy @Folksycontent don’t seem to pick up on any of them. Can anyone tell me where I’m going wrong?