Guide to Etsy shop branding

Etsy is a vast marketplace, and it’s almost impossible not to notice how some shops just seem to look tidy, neat, and sophisticated all at once.

We are naturally attracted to them and more than once I’ve visited a shop and just had to have something, anything because it just looked so delicious.

Well, this all comes down to branding on Etsy. 

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How to easily brand your Etsy shop (simple guide and free branding printable)

Branding, in general, can be a hit-or-miss affair, some just have it, and some need to work that little bit harder to achieve any branding at all. 

Everyone is their brand in some ways, from the way you style your coffee table, (or not) to the way you dress.

It’s all about branding. 

What is branding

We might think of branding as the logo of our Etsy shop and end there. But that’s not the end of it. – branding reaches much much further.

It covers everything from the way you photograph your products, and the products themselves to how to communicate with your customers. 

Often it’s a natural fit for what you are attracted to. I love flowers, so my branding often includes some feminine touch and it suits my products or watercolor prints.

I’d never use dark themes or rigid fonts because it just doesn’t look as attractive to me. 

Branding is every action you take that involves customers, or that your customers can see. 

Why is branding so important? 

How many times have you purchased something which you don’t need? – lots, I know I have. But why? – is it to satisfy our internal urge to gain something new, pretty, or inspiring?

I bet you have something like this. 

Why do you go to a particular restaurant? – is it because the food tastes great? – of course – is it more fundamental than that? – Enjoy the atmosphere, love the cutlery? – feel at ease in the beautiful surroundings?

Every time you go to Anthropology – do you have to have something, anything – to feel satisfied? I know I do. 

This is branding. 

And although you don’t have to master it – you should have some basic understanding of branding, to help you understand why one visitor to your shop makes a purchase, and the other does not. 

If you can master branding – you will understand your product, your customer, and your results far more clearly when it comes to your Etsy shop. 

Creating an excellent comfy brand now on Etsy also ensures you can build your brand off Etsy when you grow.

How to create a brand on Etsy?

You now know that branding covers so much more than your logo, and it is such a huge topic, we can only really cover the basics of branding here. 

If branding is something you want to get right, especially if you are in a saturated market, it’s worth investing some time getting it perfect.

Etsy considers branding important in its handbook.

I recommend the following branding books which hold your hand from start to finish, and are beautifully put together to inspire and indulge in your business branding. 

How to Style Your Brand: Everything You Need to Know to Create a Distinctive Brand Identity
  • Comprehensive workbook for entrepreneurs making that leap
  • Packed with inspirational examples from more than 60 businesses
  • Full colour images
Brand Brilliance: elevate your brand, enchant your audience
  • Humberstone, Fiona (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 272 Pages – 05/08/2017 (Publication Date) – Copper Beech Pr (Publisher)
Mind Your Business: A Workbook to Grow Your Creative Passion Into a Full-time Gig
  • Paige Tate & Co. (Producer) – Griffo, Ilana (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 200 Pages – 01/15/2019 (Publication Date) – Paige Tate & Co (Publisher)

What can you use to brand your business on Etsy?

Within your Etsy shop – your branding would encompass all of the following and more. 

  1. Your shop header image or Etsy banner
  2. Etsy shop icon
  3. Shop logo
  4. Colors on Etsy
  5. Shop name
  6. Shop owner image
  7. Customer service
  8. Product images
  9. Styling your shop
  10. Categories 
  11. Your description
  12. Feedback from customers
  13. Shop announcement
  14. Updates 
  15. Message to buyers
  16. Anything you use for packaging and inserts customers receive
Image of plant bulbs on table

So you see it can cover a multitude of areas which you have control over in your shop. 

If you haven’t yet opened your Etsy shop you can find all the information on Starting on Etsy

7 ways you can build a brand on Etsy

  1. Your Mission Statement
  2. Know your why, what you want to be known for
  3. Make a mood board
  4. Know your vision
  5. What’s your shop story
  6. Create your style
  7. Name your Etsy shop

But let us start with just the basics.

Do you have a shop mission statement?

What is a mission statement?

Why did you start your Etsy shop in the first place? – I know, besides money. Did you begin your crochet pattern business to inspire people to begin their crochet hobby to alleviate mental illness or create something beautiful to hang full of memories?

You can start with a few questions to get your ideas out.

Answer the following questions and begin to record what your brand is, or what it can become.

Know you’re why?

  • Why are you doing this and not something else?
  • What do you want to achieve with your business? 
  • What makes your products different to the rest, what is it that you are offering which is unique? 
  • Are you solving a problem that the others are not?

Having a great idea is one thing, executing it and making that thing happen is something else altogether. 

Write at least one sentence which explains why you are doing this. What’s it all about?

Apples on a black try vintage.

Worried you haven’t found the right name for your Etsy shop

Create a mood board for your Etsy shop

One of the easiest and simplest ways to get your branding sorted and figure things out in your head is to create a Mood board. You can do this physically or like me, virtually on Pinterest. 

Get started by using Pinterest to promote your Etsy shop

Pinterest branding board

Branding boards on Pinterest

Pinterest colour board

Colour boards on Pinterest

Don’t just add lots of photos you like this is not going to help you. They need to pull together to draw the customer in through a collective style.

Simply pick 1-3 pics of the following and add them. 

  1. A font you love
  2. A secondary font you love
  3. 1-3 patterns you like
  4. Several colours you are drawn to 
  5. Photos which reflect the style you want and the colors
  6. Some examples of logos you like

Get creative, placing things together on a board or taking some pictures to capture the elements of the brand you have chosen. 

You can do this with leaves, flowers, objects from your home, and color cards from your store.

Collect objects from around your home to which you are attracted.

Style them together to create a theme you love. 

Get creative.

Simple is often best.

Be brave in your choices.

image of items on table for branding

The vision for your Etsy shop?

Now you need to understand what your vision is for your shop. What do you want it to become? Think big here – visualize your perfect Etsy shop and processes. 

Here are a few questions to help you see this.

  • Why is your product better than the next best one?
  • Are you solving a problem that the others are not?
  • Is there something you are using that your competitors are not?
  • What does my niche use? – and how can I put my spin on this?

Perhaps you show off your earrings in a particular light or with a specific background, why have you done this? Is it because the colors of your earrings change in the light?

What’s your shop story?

Where did you come from, and what inspired you to do this?

  • Is there something you can show in your branding, which brings your background into it?

Memorable branding incorporates something personal and unique to your brand; it has a tie to you – it creates a connection with your brand, and we love personal stories.

So if you can incorporate something about yourself into your brand – it works well.

  • What inspired you to make these products? 

Use your Style to form your branding

You may have to live with your brand for a long time, so you have to like it. You have to feel good when you see it. Branding is more of how this will make you feel when you view it. So stay close to what you love.

  • Are you a passionate person with a scented personality?
  • Do you love detailed graphics with details or large bold styles?
  • What styles are you drawn to? And can you incorporate this into your brand?

I love flowers, blowsy blooms, and exaggerated colors. I like anything with a summer feel – typically English and bloomy. 

It might seem overwhelming, and of course, it doesn’t have to be perfect, I don’t believe it’s necessary to have all the pieces in place at this stage.

Just know without any hesitation what you like, why you want it, what your why is, and how this can be incorporated into your brand. 

What’s in a name?

I chose my shop name in a flash. I had so many perfect business names all lined up, perfect, attractive, almost gorgeous on the screen, and guess what; they had all gone. Every one of them was not available. 

Don’t have a perfect name for your shop yet, no problem – help on creating a name for your Etsy shop is here. 

Try to choose a name that gives the nod to your style. If you can incorporate keywords, this is better, but many brands do well because they are unexpected. 

I follow a lady called Flowerona. A perfect name for a blog about flowers and the lady who writes it is called Rona. 

Don’t forget your packaging on Etsy

You will likely be sending your items through the post. Now is the time to make that final connection with your customer.

Merely sending your item in a brown envelope with no note or shop branding – takes your item from buyable to forgettable. Use all you can to ensure your brand is front and center when you deliver your product. 

Make a connection. 

For digital, you can do this with your message to buyers. Refer them to your Website or social media accounts that contain your branding.

Communication with your Etsy customers

Branding extends out to your customer service. The way you engage with our customers encompasses everything from your item description to the way you answer convos on Etsy and your Frequently asked questions. 

Will you keep your emails firm but friendly, light and graceful, sincere and honest? 

What if I don’t know anything about branding?

Now, I’m as busy as the next person – I’m reasonably confident with designing, I know what I like and how I can translate that onto the page. However, if you don’t know anything about branding and putting things together doesn’t come naturally – fortunately, there are some alternatives. 

Phew! that’s great.

You can educate yourself about branding and create your brand from scratch using instructions from someone who knows about branding.

I recommend this Branding book for anyone who wishes to create their brand. It’s comprehensive and takes you from start to finish in the process, as well as showing off beautiful images and inspiring brands. A joy to read from start to finish. 

Brand Brilliance: elevate your brand, enchant your audience
  • Humberstone, Fiona (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 272 Pages – 05/08/2017 (Publication Date) – Copper Beech Pr (Publisher)
Image of inside book creating mood board
Inside Brand Brilliance book.

What if I’m not comfortable choosing myself

  • Search on Etsy
  • Look at Pinterest
  • Look at other shops
  • Looks at your competitions
  • Look on Instagram
  • Look around you
  • Ask friends

Another option would be to purchase your branding. Although this may not be perfect, it will ensure you look professional and further forward in your business.

You can buy a branding kit from Etsy very quickly or look on the Creative market for buyable solutions.

Design your Etsy shop banner and logo design

You can create an Etsy banner in minutes in the free software 

Your banner doesn’t have to be striking, but it should reflect your brand and is a great way to engage the customer and create an impressive-looking shop in moments. 

Final thoughts on this Guide to Branding your Etsy shop

Be original in your branding, keep it simple, but honest. Let the products speak for themselves and always keep the buyer in mind.

  • Use your branding in everything you do with your Etsy shop
  • Create a mission statement
  • Know why you started an Etsy shop
  • Create a mood board
  • Keep your future vision in mind
  • Use your shop’s story
  • Create your style
  • Use your name
  • Style your packaging
  • Communicate effectively
  • Create a banner and logo

I hope you enjoyed this guide to branding your Etsy shop. Don’t forget to grab your free ebook

Before you go – why not read what I got wrong with Etsy in the beginning.

Guide to branding your Etsy shop the easy way

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  1. This was an extremely informative and well written article! Thank you so much for writing this – it has inspired me to finally finish setting up my etsy store. I am excited to get my etsy store ready to go for the public!
    Angie McNeal

    Etsy store: Angelicous Designs

    1. Oh thank you Angie, I try to write like I speak, which makes it a bit more enjoyable to read in the end I think. I’m so happy to have inspired you – this is a perfect result. You can do this and make money online. Well done.

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