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Meet Michael

Hello,

My name is Michael and I am the proud founder of nuMONDAY!

I always feel brands and businesses are lost without personalities or a bit about who is actually behind them so I thought I’d share my story, my vision and what nuMONDAY means to me.

To get started, I am 32 years old, married and have a cat (he’s our Head of Security and is called Socks).

I have grown up and lived in the Southside of Glasgow (apart from a 2 year stint in Edinburgh) all of my life.

In late 2014, I embarked on a small project selling cufflinks online.

I heard about a site from my Brother in Law called Etsy and that is when I first became fascinated by the workings of a marketplace.

During this time I found Etsy was increasingly becoming filled with Chinese imports and non-handmade goods, which for me was against what I interpreted as their founding truths, value and ethos.

A year later I stopped selling my cufflinks online and took some time to reflect on where I was going with my career (I was working full time for a retailer at this point).

It was whilst I was on honeymoon for a month in the United States that I started to reflect on my life and my happiness at work.

It was during reflection, I noticed there was a gap in the market, especially in the UK for a creative marketplace.

People were becoming increasingly frustrated with Etsy and not having a UK equivalent.

I then started to think about how it would look and what important truths and values would be required to build a community marketplace for creative entrepreneurs.

After a few months of planning, on the 9th December 2016 with 30 sellers, nuMONDAY was launched.

nuMONDAY soon started to grow rapidly and within a year had over 1,200 sellers before in 2018 reaching over 2,000 sellers with over 250,000 unique visitors per month.

People often ask about the name nuMONDAY and where does it come from.

My answer to this is as follows:

“The name nuMONDAY was based on my philosophy that everyone should follow their passions and do what they love.  Instead of dreading the working week, you should be embracing it and that’s where the name nuMONDAY was formed, with the “nu” standing for new mindset and “MONDAY” representing your new beginning.”

So where is nuMONDAY in 2018 with regards to its ethos, values and truths?

Etsy’s recent announcement of raising their fees from 3.5% to 5% including shipping (they still have PayPal or Etsy transaction fees of over 3% on top of that as well as listing fees) has caused a bit of a stir.

The rising fees and costs on the larger and bigger marketplaces shows they are becoming increasingly corporate and heading away from what their foundations were built on.

At nuMONDAY the ethos is to create an affordable platform for creatives to sell online.

It’s a simplistic and basic ethos but it is its truth and number one value.

That is why nuMONDAY is only £4.99 per month and provides 100% of sales to its sellers.

There are no listing or transaction fees.

My vision for nuMONDAY is to make it the UK’s number one marketplace for creatives.

I hope with all your support and help whether you are nuMONDAY customer or seller or simply someone thinking about joining us, you will help push the nuMONDAY brand and name to the next level.

It’s about making this fantastic community something special and creating a marketplace that creatives are proud of.

If you ever have any questions for me then please email me at [email protected],

Thank you for reading my story and welcome to the nuMONDAY Community,

Michael

nuMONDAY Founder

Find me on social:

Facebook: @nuMONDAYMichael

Twitter: @nuMONDAYMichael

Instagram: @nuMONDAYMichael

 

 

 

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5 Simple Tips To Success

We have put together 5 simple tips to make sure you increase your visits and conversion to your nuMONDAY shop.

nuMONDAY Nation

Our amazing Facebook group nuMONDAY Nation provides you a direct audience of over 5,000 potential customers.

By posting daily and consistently throughout the day with your links from your shop and your items, you will grow your brand and items awareness to an audience that love handmade.

Our most successful sellers have had great success on our platform as they are consistent with their posting and have the patience to ensure they build their brand to the audience.

We recommend posting at least three times a day on nuMONDAY Nation to maximise the opportunity and to grow your brand awareness in our community.

#NUMONDAY

When posting on Twitter and Instagram make sure you are using the hashtag #nuMONDAY.

We follow #nuMONDAY on Instagram so we can find you and with over 5,500 posts on Instagram with this hashtag many of our customers are beginning to follow it and shop from it almost like a portfolio or gift guide.

Another tip on Instagram is to tag @nuMONDAYcom on all your Instagram stories and we will add it to our story.

Start using #nuMONDAY, give it a follow and make sure you start to follow those using it as well to build your network.

LINK YOUR NUMONDAY URL ON YOUR SOCIAL

Why would you have your Etsy shop as your main URL or website link on your social media pages like Instagram?

We give you 100% of your sales so it only makes sense to use your nuMONDAY shop to drive your customers directly to your shop so you are receiving every pound of those sales!

If you’d rather give your customers choice then use Linktr.ee to help direct customers to your different platforms.

To see how Linktr.ee works head over to our Instagram here and look at how we use it to direct customers.

STORE ICON AND SHOP APPEARANCE

When shopping online you want to see who you are buying from.

Treat your nuMONDAY shop page as your shop window.

You would not buy from a shop that looked bare and uninviting so why would you not have a store icon to catch the attention and intrigue of customers browsing your shop.

Make sure you put your social links in your shop via My Shop > Shop Settings > Social so customers can have a nosey at your presence online and see you are trustworthy away from the platform.

Always check your social links are working and you have followed the correct guidance to link them as each one requires a different way of linking them.

We also recommend a one-line Shop Description simply stating what you sell, with your Seller Info used as the more detail description as this comes up on all the items you sell.

CATEGORIES

Make sure all of your items are categorised!

Having your items in relevant categories makes all the difference.

If you place them in categories that are not relevant then it can put customers off as there is nothing worse than spam even in a marketplace when you are looking for something specific.

Remember you can add an item in up to three categories so make sure you add it to a gift category if it is relevant for a certain occasion or person!

We hope these 5 simple tips help you grow your brand presence online with nuMONDAY and as always if you need any support please email us at [email protected].

Happy selling!

 

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Import Your Items From Etsy

Our Etsy Import Service allows you to send us a CSV of your files from Etsy.

We then upload your items manually and assign them to your shop saving you the hassle of having to list from scratch.

This is great for sellers who want to save time to grow their business.

To get started simply open your shop here and then email us at [email protected] with your nuMONDAY username and details of how many items you are wishing to upload along with your CSV file.

FAQS

HOW DO I DOWNLOAD MY CSV FILE?

To download a CSV file from Etsy simply log in to your Etsy account and go to Shop Manager > Settings > Options and click the download tab.

IS IT ONLY ETSY YOU CAN IMPORT FROM?

Currently, we only support Etsy CSV imports.

I DO NOT WANT TO IMPORT ALL OF MY ITEMS, CAN I CHOOSE WHICH ONES I HAVE IMPORTED?

When you download your CSV file, simply open it on your computer and delete the rows with the items you do not want to have imported before emailing us.

CAN I HAVE MY DOWNLOADABLE ITEMS IMPORTED?

This service is available for downloadable items but you will have to upload the download files individually for each item.

DOES THE IMPORT AFFECT MY ETSY SHOP?

The import does not affect your Etsy shop in any way.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE ITEMS TO BE ASSIGNED TO MY SHOP?

We will assign the items to your shop within a maximum of 1 working day.

HOW DO I PAY FOR THIS SERVICE?

This service is inclusive of your nuMONDAY subscription.

I AM A CURRENT SELLER CAN I HAVE ITEMS UPLOADED?

Yes, this service is open to existing and new sellers.

CAN I STILL SELL ON ETSY?

Yes, you can continue to sell as normal on Etsy.

IS THERE ANYTHING I HAVE TO DO AFTER I HAVE MY ITEMS IMPORTED?

You will need to do the following:

  • Add Shipping (if opening a shop for the first time)
  • Add Items to a category
  • Add any variations to variable items (such as colour, size choices etc)
  • Add additional images (your featured images are automatically imported from Etsy)
  • Publish your items
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Our Facebook Group

At nuMONDAY we have an amazing Facebook Group that we run for our sellers and customers to shop, share and sell their items on!

By joining as a customers or seller your are able to see all the latest items being shared across the nuMONDAY community.

To join our amazing group simply search “nuMONDAY Nation” on Facebook or click here.

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How to Add Variations

Adding variations to your products is a great way to save time when it comes to adding your items.

Many items come in different colours and sizes and having the ability to add one item with multiple options will save time over adding each item individually.

It will also improve the customer experience and make it a smoother for your customers shopping your items.

The following tutorial video shows the basic steps to add variations to your items.

 

If the tutorial fails to load you can view it on YouTube here.

Step One

Change Product Type from Simple Product to Variable Product

Step Two

Go to the Attributes Tab > Select an Attribute > Tick used for Variations > Enter your Variations into the box

*If it comes up not found then please go to “Add New” and then enter the Variation Attribute you wish to have i.e. Blue for example. The system will then remember this for next time as well as showing popular options used by other users to speed up listing

Step Three

Go to the Variations Tab > Select “Create Variations from all Attributes

Step Four

Click Expand > Enter the price for each variation combination

*Tip: If all the variations have the same prices then you can go to go to the drop-down and select “Set Regular Prices.

Step Five

Add Product