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Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 6:47:50 PM
Emerald_Star wrote:
Colorwash wrote:
Thanks for the quick answer!

Even Bridgeman, a store dedicated to reprints of well-known art, doesn't turn off customize, and if they don't, I can't imagine why anyone would turn it off.


Elke Clark of monogramgallery hides the customize button, either that, or I am blind to it. Search as I may, I cannot see a customize button on her products.

So it is possible. I just don't know how it is done.


You just untick the "allow customization on product page" box on the page where you add title, tags, etc. the personalization fields still show up on the product page.
Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 2:45:04 PM
Maz wrote:
Emerald_Star wrote:
Colorwash wrote:
Thanks for the quick answer!

Even Bridgeman, a store dedicated to reprints of well-known art, doesn't turn off customize, and if they don't, I can't imagine why anyone would turn it off.


Elke Clark of monogramgallery hides the customize button, either that, or I am blind to it. Search as I may, I cannot see a customize button on her products.

So it is possible. I just don't know how it is done.


You just untick the "allow customization on product page" box on the page where you add title, tags, etc. the personalization fields still show up on the product page.


Now that you mention it, I remember seeing that. Just never paid much attention to it.
Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 2:53:05 PM
Adding the additional info concerning the customize button- here is the latest revision. Does it make things clear, or does it still need more work? I think I have included everything that has been mentioned so far.


8.) Products cannot be customized or personalized

One day I was browsing a Zazzle shop and found a few items that I just LOVED, but for whatever reason, the owner of the designs had opted not to allow customers to customize her products. She lost a customer that day, all because I couldn’t personalize the button I liked. Allowing customers to alter your products to their liking opens up a world of potential sales, so unless you’re totally opposed to the idea of anyone altering your designs at all, leave the option open. If you don’t want customers to be able to modify certain elements of the design, lock the design elements when you create the product and leave customization open. I do this on products where I don’t want customers to remove my shop’s web address on mugs or the back of greeting cards. This allows customers to perfect the design to their needs while still keeping my own promotional tool intact.

The exception to this rule would of course be any form of fine art prints where customization would detract from the original appearance of the design, but so far as buttons and magnets and key chains are concerned, what do you have to lose by leaving the option open?

Zazzle is all about allowing the customer to customize and/or personalize their products. In Zazzle’s world customization and personalization are not quite the same thing. Personalization is more of a fill-in-the-blanks option. They can change or delete certain texts or images that you have created as either text or image templates, but they do not have access to the full design tools that you used to create the image. On the other hand, when you allow a customer to customize a product you are giving them full access to the same design tools you used to create the design. Thus, they can not only replace images and text, they can also move and resize them, select alternate fonts for text, background colors, etc. In other words, they can totally remake the design to their liking. The only thing they don’t have access to is the SELL-IT button.

Bottom line - Unless you have some compelling reason to do otherwise, everything that can be personalized should be personalize-able. Anything that can be customized should be customize-able. It's what Zazzle was set up for. It's what customers expects.

And this brings us to another point that can trip-up newcomers. Sometimes you will come across a product that looks to be blank except for instruction to [add image here] or [add text here] or some similar wording. This is a product template that has been created either by Zazzle itself or another Zazzler like yourself. Many newcomers can be fooled by this, thinking that it is a create-your-own template in the marketplace when in reality it's actually another designer’s product, part of another Zazzler’s store. If you use this to create your design you will discover when you’re done that there is no [SELL-IT] button. The designer [that’s you] should always and without fail use either the [Create Your Own] dropdown at top left or https://www.zazzle.com/zazzleblanks for designing a product. It's not just newcomers being tripped up by this, but they're certainly the most likely to be fooled by it.
Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 4:04:57 AM
Grammar! Grin
Quote:
My thoughts, however, is that you should...

Trying to explain all the ins and outs of personalize/customize is difficult, and I fear a newbie's hair will stand on end when faced with the long discussion. The subject can be like a tax form where this is true except for when that is true, but that is true depending on this other stuff.

I'm not criticizing what you've written. Instead, I'm remarking on what can be difficult for the newbie to grasp.

Maybe it would be simpler if you define personalize vs. customize and then state it simply: Everything that can be personalized should be personalize-able. Anything that can be customized should be customize-able. It's what Zazzle was set up for.
Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 1:54:27 PM
Colorwash wrote:
Grammar! Grin
Quote:
My thoughts, however, is that you should...



GASP Shocked Are you suggesting that my spell/grammar checker type thingy is in error?
Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 2:03:54 PM
Quote:
Trying to explain all the ins and outs of personalize/customize is difficult, and I fear a newbie's hair will stand on end when faced with the long discussion. The subject can be like a tax form where this is true except for when that is true, but that is true depending on this other stuff.

I'm not criticizing what you've written. Instead, I'm remarking on what can be difficult for the newbie to grasp.

Maybe it would be simpler if you define personalize vs. customize and then state it simply: Everything that can be personalized should be personalize-able. Anything that can be customized should be customize-able. It's what Zazzle was set up for.


Ok, check out the newly edited version above.
Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 3:40:13 PM
Quote:
It's what customers expects.

Laughing

The only thing that was left out is the choice (can't remember what Zazzle calls it, something along the lines of permanent & visible) where, if you choose it, an unlocked image can be shifted/resized but it can't be deleted. It may be the best of both worlds in a lot of cases.

P.S: Dump the grammar checker. It's a sneaky, untrustworthy thing.
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 2:58:59 AM
NOT using the words you mean to use. For example:

complEmentary - goEs togEther
complImentary - sayIng somethIng nIce

your - belongs to you
you're - you are

their - belongs to them
there - oh look, a squirrel over there

its - belongs to it
it's - it is

..and many more that I'm sure others will add.
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 3:16:08 AM
HightonRidley wrote:
Using the words you mean to use. For example:

complEmentary - goEs togEther
complImentary - sayIng somethIng nIce

your - belongs to you
you're - you are

their - belongs to them
there - oh look, a squirrel over there

its - belongs to it
it's - it is

..and many more that I'm sure others will add.

If you're speaking of the most recent revision, I didn't find any of those specific errors. Are you referring to earlier revisions?

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 3:50:22 AM
Colorwash wrote:
HightonRidley wrote:
Using the words you mean to use. For example:

complEmentary - goEs togEther
complImentary - sayIng somethIng nIce

your - belongs to you
you're - you are

their - belongs to them
there - oh look, a squirrel over there

its - belongs to it
it's - it is

..and many more that I'm sure others will add.

If you're speaking of the most recent revision, I didn't find any of those specific errors. Are you referring to earlier revisions?


As it's top ten MISTAKES, I've edited it to add the word Not at the very start:
Not using the words you mean to...
..as that's a very common mistake I see.
(kinda ironic that I didn't use the words I meant to, hehe!)
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:35:56 AM
Quote:
Everything that can be personalized should be personalize-able. Anything that can be customized should be customize-able.


personalize-able and customize-able are not real words. It should be personalizable and customizable.
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 7:42:43 AM
Maz wrote:
Quote:
Everything that can be personalized should be personalize-able. Anything that can be customized should be customize-able.


personalize-able and customize-able are not real words. It should be personalizable and customizable.

There are no such words, either yours or mine. Eventually, however, and through usage, "able" will be grudgingly accepted by lexicographers, meaning they'll add the words to dictionaries with a note about their being nonstandard.
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 8:03:33 AM
HightonRidley wrote:
Colorwash wrote:
HightonRidley wrote:
Using the words you mean to use. For example:

complEmentary - goEs togEther
complImentary - sayIng somethIng nIce

your - belongs to you
you're - you are

their - belongs to them
there - oh look, a squirrel over there

its - belongs to it
it's - it is

..and many more that I'm sure others will add.

If you're speaking of the most recent revision, I didn't find any of those specific errors. Are you referring to earlier revisions?


As it's top ten MISTAKES, I've edited it to add the word Not at the very start:
Not using the words you mean to...
..as that's a very common mistake I see.
(kinda ironic that I didn't use the words I meant to, hehe!)


Laughing
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:01:42 AM
Colorwash wrote:
Maz wrote:
Quote:
Everything that can be personalized should be personalize-able. Anything that can be customized should be customize-able.


personalize-able and customize-able are not real words. It should be personalizable and customizable.

There are no such words, either yours or mine. Eventually, however, and through usage, "able" will be grudgingly accepted by lexicographers, meaning they'll add the words to dictionaries with a note about their being nonstandard.


Customizable is in the Merriam Webster dictionary.


Maybe that section just needs rewording.
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:07:46 AM
Maz wrote:
Colorwash wrote:
Maz wrote:
Quote:
Everything that can be personalized should be personalize-able. Anything that can be customized should be customize-able.


personalize-able and customize-able are not real words. It should be personalizable and customizable.

There are no such words, either yours or mine. Eventually, however, and through usage, "able" will be grudgingly accepted by lexicographers, meaning they'll add the words to dictionaries with a note about their being nonstandard.


Customizable is in the Merriam Webster dictionary.


Maybe that section just needs rewording.

My unabridged dictionary doesn't even have it, but if you're seeing it in your own dictionary, then it's about to hit the various dictionaries. Good. I dislike hyphenating words unless it's part of basic grammar and syntax.

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 11:31:48 AM
Maz wrote:


Customizable is in the Merriam Webster dictionary.




I wish my spell check knew this! If I spell it with an s instead of a z then spell check doesn't flag it...
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 11:40:07 AM
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
Maz wrote:


Customizable is in the Merriam Webster dictionary.




I wish my spell check knew this! If I spell it with an s instead of a z then spell check doesn't flag it...

You must have a British spell checker!
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 11:48:39 AM
Colorwash wrote:
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
Maz wrote:


Customizable is in the Merriam Webster dictionary.




I wish my spell check knew this! If I spell it with an s instead of a z then spell check doesn't flag it...

You must have a British spell checker!


LOL! that explains it. ta me ol' chum!
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 4:04:05 PM
All right – moving on. Here are the last two points from the original posting which I believe we have decided should be merged into one and listed as point #10, as they seem to form a logical conclusion to the list. The merger of these two points as point #10 will open up the #9 spot which I propose to be titled “Failure to promote.” Of course, if anyone has something else in mind for that spot, speak up.

8.) Easily discouraged
Zazzle is no get-rich-quick scheme--it’s a serious business that requires hours upon hours of hard work, talent, originality, and determination. It may be months before you see your first sale, even if your products are really great, or you could have a bunch of sales only to suffer a dry spell for weeks at end. Don’t be discouraged--most small businesses lose money for the first year or two they’re open, and the worst you can do on Zazzle is break even. Even if you sell nothing at all, you’re still doing very well. Patience and determination is rewarded, so keep Zazzling.

9.) Lack of perspective
At this very moment, there are BILLIONS of products on Zazzle, and it’s growing every day! If your products aren’t the best they can be, they’re going to be lost in the crowd. Take the time to create quality products that will stand out in the crowd, use strong keywords, and promote outside of Zazzle. Don’t expect people to come rushing to your store just because it’s there--you have to reach out to your customers, first! Take your business seriously, set aside a little time each day to promote or post new products, and remember always that you are up against some pretty stiff competition. You will have to give your very best if you want to succeed!

Here is a proposed merger and revision of the two above points. Let’s hear what you think?

10.) Easily discouraged and Lack of prespective
Zazzle is no get-rich-quick scheme--it’s a serious business that requires hours upon hours of hard work, talent, originality, and determination. It may be months before you see your first sale, even if your products are really great, or you could have a bunch of sales only to suffer a dry spell for weeks at end. Yes, it is nice to get sales, but don’t be discouraged if they don’t come as soon or as frequently as you would wish. Enjoy the process of creating new designs. Keep learning new tips and tricks of the design process. In other words, have fun, enjoy the journey, and eventually, you will be rewarded with sales. Patience and determination is rewarded, so keep Zazzling.

At this very moment, there are BILLIONS of products on Zazzle, and it’s growing every day! If your products aren’t the best they can be, they’re going to be lost in the crowd. Take the time to create quality products that will stand out in the crowd, use strong keywords, and promote outside of Zazzle. Don’t expect people to come rushing to your store just because it’s there--you have to reach out to your customers, first! Take your business seriously, set aside a little time each day to promote or post new products, and remember always that you are up against some pretty stiff competition. You will have to give your very best if you want to succeed! And oh yes, once again, enjoy yourself, have fun. If you don’t enjoy the process, if you are not having fun, chances are you will not succeed.
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 4:06:32 PM
Emerald_Star wrote:
All right – moving on. Here are the last two points from the original posting which I believe we have decided should be merged into one and listed as point #10, as they seem to form a logical conclusion to the list. The merger of these two points as point #10 will open up the #9 spot which I propose to be titled “Failure to promote.” Of course, if anyone has something else in mind for that spot, speak up.

8.) Easily discouraged
Zazzle is no get-rich-quick scheme--it’s a serious business that requires hours upon hours of hard work, talent, originality, and determination. It may be months before you see your first sale, even if your products are really great, or you could have a bunch of sales only to suffer a dry spell for weeks at end. Don’t be discouraged--most small businesses lose money for the first year or two they’re open, and the worst you can do on Zazzle is break even. Even if you sell nothing at all, you’re still doing very well. Patience and determination is rewarded, so keep Zazzling.



9.) Lack of perspective
At this very moment, there are BILLIONS of products on Zazzle, and it’s growing every day! If your products aren’t the best they can be, they’re going to be lost in the crowd. Take the time to create quality products that will stand out in the crowd, use strong keywords, and promote outside of Zazzle. Don’t expect people to come rushing to your store just because it’s there--you have to reach out to your customers, first! Take your business seriously, set aside a little time each day to promote or post new products, and remember always that you are up against some pretty stiff competition. You will have to give your very best if you want to succeed!

Here is a proposed merger and revision of the two above points. Let’s hear what you think?

10.) Easily discouraged and Lack of prespective
Zazzle is no get-rich-quick scheme--it’s a serious business that requires hours upon hours of hard work, talent, originality, and determination. It may be months before you see your first sale, even if your products are really great, or you could have a bunch of sales only to suffer a dry spell for weeks at end. Yes, it is nice to get sales, but don’t be discouraged if they don’t come as soon or as frequently as you would wish. Enjoy the process of creating new designs. Keep learning new tips and tricks of the design process. In other words, have fun, enjoy the journey, and eventually, you will be rewarded with sales. Patience and determination is rewarded, so keep Zazzling.

At this very moment, there are BILLIONS of products on Zazzle, and it’s growing every day! If your products aren’t the best they can be, they’re going to be lost in the crowd. Take the time to create quality products that will stand out in the crowd, use strong keywords, and promote outside of Zazzle. Don’t expect people to come rushing to your store just because it’s there--you have to reach out to your customers, first! Take your business seriously, set aside a little time each day to promote or post new products, and remember always that you are up against some pretty stiff competition. You will have to give your very best if you want to succeed! And oh yes, once again, enjoy yourself, have fun. If you don’t enjoy the process, if you are not having fun, chances are you will not succeed.


point 10 is good!
Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 3:21:08 PM
WooHoo, it has arrived. I got my basic pro-badge. Grin

I've been wondering how long it would take to show up.
Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 3:33:21 PM
Here is the final point, #9) Failure to promote. I am going ahead and putting it out here because I probably won't be back to do anything until Monday evening. In the mean time feel free to modify and edit.

9.) Failure to promote
It doesn’t matter how great your designs are, if nobody sees them then nobody will buy them. You might not think of it as such, but perhaps one of your best promotional tools is the use of strong keywords in your title, description, and tags. (see point #5 above). Beyond that, there are a variety of ways you can promote your products. Social media is a good place to start, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, blogs, etc. Here on the Zazzle forums, there is a forum titled “Affiliating theory, advice and generating traffic” where you can learn about the various methods of promoting products and also learn how others are doing it. In another forum titled “Show Me” you can showcase the products you have created in the hope that an affiliate will pick it up and promote it. Just how you promote your own products only you can decide. There is no one best method. Try out different methods and find out what works for you.
Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 5:34:37 PM
Emerald_Star wrote:
WooHoo, it has arrived. I got my basic pro-badge. Grin

I've been wondering how long it would take to show up.


Yay! happy for you!
Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017 3:43:03 AM
You earned that badge in two ways, one being that you sold enough to get there, and the other is that you've gone more than the extra mile to help newbies. Double-badge worthy!

Great job! Time to relax.
Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017 5:35:45 AM
Hello,

Thank you all for this great posts, really great information and tips, wow! These are really helpful. I am new and still learning. Hope to learn from your experience.

Happy creating!




Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 7:37:49 PM
Had a couple of minutes - so I went ahead and added point #9 to the OP, so now it shows all 10 points.
Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017 3:50:11 AM
Emerald_Star wrote:
Had a couple of minutes - so I went ahead and added point #9 to the OP, so now it shows all 10 points.

You did a wonderful job! Now all that's left is to get this thread stickied, probably without the discussion and tangents. Newbies have enough on their plates without being led off into the weeds where the rest of us dwell.
Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017 5:35:07 AM
Emerald_Star wrote:
Had a couple of minutes - so I went ahead and added point #9 to the OP, so now it shows all 10 points.


Good Job! thanks for the hard work and time you spent on this! It will make a difference to a lot of new people and good to have a place to send them!

Roses
Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017 4:50:52 PM
Colorwash wrote:
Emerald_Star wrote:
Had a couple of minutes - so I went ahead and added point #9 to the OP, so now it shows all 10 points.

You did a wonderful job! Now all that's left is to get this thread stickied, probably without the discussion and tangents. Newbies have enough on their plates without being led off into the weeds where the rest of us dwell.


I originally had planned to retitle this thread once the OP was finished, but I discovered I can't do that.

So what do you all think? Should the finished OP be copied over to a new clean thread or should we keep with this one? Let us here what you think.
Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 3:22:06 AM
Given that, in many cases, you updated what was already there, it could be difficult for newbies to know which thread to read--yours or the original. They'd have to locate the points made where they differ, even if it's slightly. The original has stood for quite a while, but it's possible it's time to replace it. My vote goes to keeping the title as is, deleting the original (a mod job), and making this thread the standing sticky (also a mod job). It would be nice if all the nonessential posts were removed (a number of them mine) since they do nothing to enhance a newbie's knowledge.
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