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Etsy Launches Global Marketing Campaign to Attract New Users

Etsy kicked off a global marketing campaign last week that is focused on reaching new visitors who are shopping for gifts. The centerpiece of the campaign are three videos that each showcase a handmade item from a different Etsy seller. While the company will invest in online advertising, there’s no mention of any television advertising.

“This season, for shoppers who have never heard of Etsy before, we’re revealing the magic behind one-of-a-kind gifts,” wrote the company’s Senior Product Marketing Manager Laura Hood in an announcement on the Etsy boards.

“To share this message we’ve created three videos, and we’ll be distributing them around the world through online advertising, partnerships, and social media. This is just the start of our holiday marketing.” And, Hood said, “There’s more to come.”

There’s no dialog in the videos. Instead, music plays as the video plays backwards in time, shooting a finished product being opened by a recipient, and going back to the Etsy seller crafting the item from raw materials.

The tagline for the videos is “Where one-of-a-kind gifts come from.” The page featuring the videos also include photo montages of “gift ideas,” “holidays” and “jewelry” along with “trending this season” and “Marketplace Gift Guides – Festive picks from your favorite brands and bloggers.”

You can find the announcement and marketing page on the Etsy website.

Etsy also updated its mobile apps for the iPad and Android apps in time for the holiday shopping season.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.