The UK is without doubt one of the most creative and diverse places on Earth. The talent of makers and artists needs a vent, a channel that allows both new and experienced people the chance to market and sell their work. They also need to network with their peers and exchange ideas and experiences. The craft fair can be that channel. It challenges people, it inspires and motivates people to do better and more. Supporting your local craft fairs as a visitor, purchaser, supporter helps to grow the community and encourage further creative, social and community wealth.
Self publishing is a relatively new phenomenon, that allows authors to side step the traditional publishing houses. This results in the author keeping more of the purchase price (if they make sales) but they have to do most of the work themselves.
If you have self published already, you will know that marketing your books can be difficult and time consuming. So, we have added some additional functionality to the site to help.
As a member, you can add your books to your shop window. Then, if you add the events you are attending, the Click and Collect will work. Marketing your books at an event is a great way to generate sales, talk to interested people and perhaps sign a few copies. You can ask people that buy to write reviews etc.
We know how much work goes into writing and then self-publishing a book. So now, in addition to your Click and Collect, we can add a link on your item page that goes directly to your book on Amazon.
Whilst adding a craft fair, course or exhibition to the site, an organiser can include the number places available, a guide price, as well as the current availability.
When you login and view an event page, there is now an alert in the top right hand corner, green means there are still places or tables available, orange means that the organiser has ticked the box to state the event is full. You can still contact organisers about full events, to try and get on there waiting list. In the same alert, we include the total number of tables or places and the price when supplied.
In addition, organisers can now choose to offer a 5% discount to UKCraftFairs members. If the discount has been added by the organiser, you will see it in the same alert box.
The pricing set by the organiser is just a guide, so you will know the sort of price you can expect to pay.
You would need to contact the organiser directly for availability information that is specific to you, for a specific category of makers like jewellery or cards for example, which notoriously fill very quickly.
It is a great idea to put information into your event listing that will help your visitors and exhibitor on the day. Either helping them find the location or answering some questions they may have.
To make this as easy as possible, we have added a new field on the page where you add your event venue. Therefore, you only have to add or edit the information once and it appears on all the events for that venue.
Some examples of the type of information you could add:
+ nearest train, tube, bus or tram stop
+ is WiFi access available
+ parking restrictions
+ disabled access and toilets
+ local landmarks
As the field is text, you can be descriptive. For example, it is a long up hill walk from the train station. Local taxi number is ???
The new text appears in the venue section of the event page, just below the map and address.
The maps page
The maps page is a great visual tool for searching for future events taking place in an area of interest to you. The map is always up to date with the latest events by location.
It has been updated, so that the pins on the map have the new site colours for craft fairs, craft courses and gallery exhibitions. Each of the pins can be clicked on to get more information. Each pin represents a venue/location where fairs, course or exhibitions are taking place. Clicking on a link within the more information box will take you to a list of all the events taking place at that venue.
Maps on listings
In addition, to the updated maps page the maps on peoples listing have been further improved. We hope to have the new pin colours for all listing types added to the site soon.
Adding new events
When you add a venue for an event, you need to make sure that the full postcode is used, so that the mapping software can geocode your location. When you look at your own event, you should see the [pin in the correct place on the map. Venues will only appear on the maps page it future events have been listed.
You can zoom in and out of the maps, using the plus and minus buttons or by scrolling (two fingers on a touch screen). If you zoom in to street level you can drag and drop the little man on to the map to see the street view. You for planning your visit to the event.
Craft Your Path To Success
A few weeks back, we mentioned that Paul had been writing a book, that we hoped you would all enjoy reading. That book is now available to buy from Amazon. In addition, Paul is adding a blog to this site, so you can write comments to give him feedback on his work. There is a link at the bottom of the site, in the Around the web section, to the Amazon page.
The Product Showcase
This week we have been working on improvements to the showcase. You can now find items for sale by Town, County, Category and Category group. The pages are also three times faster loading, this is a part of other work we are doing to make the site faster and more robust for users. There are links in the breadcrumbs of each item page, that link to the showcase.
Microsoft Edge - Pin this page to Start
If you are a Windows user, you can click on the three dots in the top right of Microsoft Edge and choose Pin this page to Start. You have always been able to do this but now we have added all the images needed for the functionality to look really nice in your start menu. Give it a try.