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Craft Weekly  newsletters

Craft Weekly newsletters

For some time we have been updating the weekly newsletter to cover a lot more bases. It has already replaced the old monthly newsletter by adding the updates and news on a weekly basis.

This week we have added an advance notice section. In this you will see events that have been added this week but are not due to take place in the next seven days. Adding an event early gives people more time to book a table.

The events for the coming week is the same as always.

A few weeks back we added the list of newly added listings and the recently added blog posts.

Focusing on the blogs

Focusing on the blogs

Over the years the definition of a blog has changed. Now we see it as a way of giving useful, timely information to others about ideas, tips and trick, thoughts and opinions rather than just an online diary.

We have been working on the blog section and making some nice improvements for both members adding to their blog and for readers too.

So check out the updates, like adding an image to your current or new blog posts.

Printing leaflets

Printing leaflets

As well as compliment slips, you can now print leaflets directly from the site based on your already supplied contact details, listing and shop window pictures. No setting up or work involved, just click the link on your home page, print on A4 and then cut in half, job done. Print as many as you feel you will need for the day, Paper quality will make a big difference to the look and feel of the leaflets, so it is worth experimenting.

Follow and following

Follow and following

When you follow another member, you are giving them your vote of confidence. Your saying that there is something interesting about them, perhaps that the events they run are good, their blog is interesting, their images are really nice or that you know them and they are just nice people to work with.

Whatever your reason, you will want to be able to find them again quickly, to see if they have added something new or interesting. So when you login they will be on your home, just waiting for you to have a look at their page.

TIP: The follow button, is below the main picture on their listing. To follow an organiser of an individual event you are looking at, click on the picture to view their listing with all their events on it (you will need to be logged in to do this).

Compliment slips

Compliment slips

Print marketing is an important part of an overall marketing strategy. If you are selling items or giving out other marketing materials then including a compliment slip in the bag or in the packaging is a great way to try and encourage repeat business. The advantage of a compliment slip is that you can write a short handwritten message, to personalise it.

You can now print your compliment slips direct from the UKCraftFairs site based on your listing and contact details. The slips will include a qr code to send people back to your mobile friendly listing on UKCraftFairs and include your referral number, along with your other business details. To give them a try, login and then go your your home page via the side menu.

The arts and craft glossary

The arts and craft glossary

We have been improving and updating the arts and crafts glossary. We would welcome your feedback and your input in the form of new words. www.ukcraftfairs.com/craft-glossary

Offcanvas menu

Offcanvas menu

To improve the navigation of the site, we have introduced a off-canvas menu, you can click on the three horizontal lines at the top left of every page to open the menu. We hope you will like it?

In addition, we have reintroduced the colour coding for each section. You will see that heading blocks and the line below the navigation changes colour when you switch between, fairs, course makers etc.

Blog management

Blog management

We have been working to improve the blog section of the site.

You can now manage all your blog posts on one page. Login and then use the drop down menu (top right) and select add a blog post. To the right of the page you will see the titles of all the posts you have added, in date order from newest to oldest. You can also get to this page, to edit a blog post from the buttons on each post in your listing (whilst logged in).

Discounted insurance quotes

Discounted insurance quotes

We are pleased to let you know that you can now get a discount off craft fair and stall holder insurance. Check out you membership home page for more information. We will look to add more additional benefits over time. This could save you

Printing a page

Most pages on the site a print ready, meaning that you do not need to go to another version of a page to print it. In your browser just right click the page and print/print preview. All of the headings and menus should be removed to save you some ink.

Internet Explorer
Go to File
Select Print Preview
Set the page to Portrait
Toggle the header and footers off
Classic on the print document button
Select your printer
Current page if more than one is showing
Set the number of copies (1 to start with as a trial)
Press Print

Chrome
Right click on the page
Select Print (a print preview is displayed)
Click change to select your printer
Set the number of copies (1 to start with as a trial)
Select Portrait
Untick headers and footers
Print

Firefox
Go to File
Select Print Preview
Click Page Setup
Select Portrait
Click on Margins Headers and Footer tab
Set all to blank
Click OK

Select Portrait
Press Print

A quality listing

Creating a good quality listing will help to market you to other members of the site in a positive way. Each time you contact another member via the site, a link is sent to them coming back to your page. So if you have added a main picture, shop window, blog posts, events attending or organising to your listing then every person you contact can hear about it.

Responsive design updated

Responsive design updated

We have continued to work on the responsive design of the site. Making the site more accessible to visitors and member on mobile, tablet and desktop. We have just redesigned the members menus, you no longer have the tabs but instead use the drop-down menu by your name at the top of the screen.

Responsive design

Responsive design

We are moving to a more responsive design that will help all current and future members to take the best advantage of mobiles and tablets as well as the desktop. We would welcome your feedback as the changes take place throughout January 2015.

Favourites

Favourites

As a member, you can now group your favourite listings together. These could be people who write interesting blog posts or people that organise events you are interested in, listings that have a really nice looking shop window etc.

Simply view the listing you like, then find and click on the Add to favourites button, on the bottom right of that page.

You can get to your favourites page via the drop down menu next to your name, on the top right of every page.

PS. They will need to have added their main image on their listing for it to be displayed in your favourites as a thumbnail.

Improvements to the interactions section

Improvements to the interactions section

Over the last few days we have been working to improve the interactions section of the site.

You will now see:

Unread conversations at the top of the interactions page
The number of unread conversations in the drop down menu next to your name
The number of unread conversations in the interactions tab, in the members area.
Sending a message from the interactions page mark the conversation as read.

Build your list of confirmed events

Once you have confirmed with an organiser that you have a table at a particular event, you will want to let the world know about it. Example

It is easy to build your list, so that everyone visiting either the event page or your listing can see and print the details.

  1. Log in
  2. Have you already contacted the organiser about the event, via the site?
    1. Yes. Go to either your exhibitor listing or the event you have contacted them about and click the confirm button next to your details.
    2. No. Go to the event you have a confirmed place at, send the organiser a quick message, letting them know that you are confirming your attendance on the site. Then click on the confirm button on the event page.
    3. If an event you are attending is not listed on the site, contact the organiser for them to join as a member to promote the event, so that you can complete your list.
  • Benefits
    • If you have a picture in your listing, it will be displayed on the event page.
    • A link to your listing will be added to the event page
    • People visiting your exhibitor listing will see details of the events you are attending. You can print your page including your list of future event, to hand out at your next event (automatically updated).

Organisers confirmed exhibitors list

Move a contact to a confirmed table or attendee by:

  1. Log in
  2. Go to your own event page
  3. Click the confirm + button next to the contact

If there is a part of the site that you find confusing, please let us know and we will do what we can to fix it.