The first Swap and Tell link up swap starts Wednesday, and the excitement is building! My co-hosts and I have received a lot of questions as well as encouraging comments, so it’s time to share the ins and outs of linking up. The unique concept, with a general description of how it all works can be found here. The following Q & A details the specifics of what will be required from those who participate.
Swap & Tell Q & A
Q. Is this link up like others for general posts about DIY, recipes, decor, etc.?
A. No, this link up is tailored to shop owners for the promotion of their products and services.
Q. How do I let someone know I would like to swap products?
A. Just visit as many links as you like and leave a comment with the one you want to swap with
Q. Do I have to swap every week?
A. When you swap and with whom is completely left to your discretion. Remember, it’s all about promoting and helping one another. A swap means a review for your product too!
Q. If no one “bites” can I offer the same item the next week?
A. If you don’t make a successful swap you are free to offer the same item again.
Q. Can I offer gift cards in the swap?
Q. Does the product or service I offer need to be of a certain monetary value?
A. No, the range of items offered will be varied, both in type and value. It is up to each participant to decide the suitability of the value of their item as well as the item of those offering to swap. Again, the value of the swap is in more than the products received, but in the exposure you will receive from reviews.
Q. What about shipping?
A. Exchange address info with your swap partner. Each person will pay shipping
for the item she/he is sending.
Q. I only have large items in my inventory that can be costly to ship. How can I participate?
A. Yours is a case for when gift cards are the perfect swap.
Q. Will I receive a plug for my shop on the party?
A. Although there will be featured swaps from time to time, the “plug” you will receive will be from whoever you swap with, not on the party itself.
Q. Will you offer sponsorship spots?
A. As the party grows we will offer sponsorship spots.
Q. How long will the link up stay open?
A. Each link up will be live for 4 days.
Q. What are the time requirements for shipping the product?
A. Please be prepared to ship your product no later than one week from the time the swap ends. (The timetable for services will be worked out between those swapping.)
Q. What are the time requirements for posting the review?
A. Reviews should be posted no later than two weeks from the time the swap ends.
(The review timetable for services will be worked out between those swapping.)
Q. Can my link be from Etsy, or does it have to be from a blog, Facebook, etc.?
A. Etsy does not allow outside links within a product description. So if you are swapping a product from Etsy, the workaround is to post it on a blog, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram before linking up.
Q. If I don’t have a blog how can I post a review?
A. If you don’t have a blog, you must have Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram on which to post a review.
Q. What is required in the review?
A. The review should contain a photo of the product received; your own scoop on the product; and a link back to the product, shop or person (their choosing)
*The review for services may or may not include a photo, details to be worked out between those swapping
Still have questions? Please leave them in the comments and I will promptly give you an answer! Hope to see you Wednesday!
P.S. For those of you that prefer video instructions, I’ll be posting one of those just for you so keep watching!