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What Digital Products To Make & When

January 01, 20245 min read

Let’s explore the hidden gems of seasonal opportunities and market trends, as we delve into strategies that will not only boost your Etsy sales during the holidays but also set the stage for sustained success throughout the year.

This blog post is a condensed version of my podcast episode “How to Leverage Seasonal Opportunities & Trends to Sell on Etsy". Both mediums delve into the secrets of Etsy sales during holidays, share strategies on aligning products with trends, and provide tips on maintaining that crucial balance between evergreen and seasonal offerings. So, whether you're a visual learner who loves reading or someone who thrives on audio content, the choice is yours. 

Understanding the Seasonal Game

In the realm of Etsy, timing is everything. In your first year on the platform, you might have made a rookie mistake—listing a Christmas digital design just a few days before the holiday. The key revelation is that specific holidays generate searches about three months in advance.

For instance, immediately after the 4th of July, it's time to shift your focus to Halloween, even though it's over four months away. This not only aligns with consumer behavior but also aids Etsy's algorithm in ranking your products efficiently. This strategic approach ensures that your products are well-positioned to capture the attention of eager holiday shoppers.

Strategic Focus: Balancing Seasonal and Evergreen

Balancing your seasonal and evergreen products is a delicate mix that boosts your Etsy shop's profitability. Initially, you might dedicate 50% of your time to upcoming holidays within the next three months. The remaining 50% is dedicated to crafting evergreen products that can generate sales year-round. This dual strategy proved to be a game-changer, leading to a substantial growth rate for your Etsy shop.

For those seeking a more organized approach, I recommend exploring my digital product business planner and calendar. This tool not only streamlines your daily operations but also ensures that you can manage your Etsy shop efficiently in two and a half hours (or less) daily. It includes insights into designing for specific holidays and other valuable information for digital product creators on Etsy.

Seasonal Urgency and Year-round Success

Seasonal products tap into the inherent urgency associated with the upcoming holidays. As a consumer, you're driven by the impending festivities, experiencing a heightened sense of urgency to make purchases. 

However, contrary to common belief, seasonal products aren't limited to specific seasons. In our experience, Christmas designs, for example, sell year-round. This insight challenges the misconception that seasonal products only enjoy a brief window of relevance. In reality, they provide sellers like you with a unique advantage, capturing the attention of buyers who are eager to buy throughout the year.

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Market Research and Identifying Trends

When adding seasonal or holiday products to your shop, thorough market research is essential. While Etsy is a valuable platform, exploring trends on other platforms can provide a competitive edge. Platforms like Target, Amazon, and AliExpress often showcase trends before Etsy catches on.

Additionally, social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram, especially influencer accounts, offer early insights into emerging trends. Combining these trends with tools like ChatGPT, ensures that your products stand out in a competitive marketplace.

Adaptability: The Key to Success

In the ever-evolving creative design space on Etsy, adaptability is the linchpin of success. Having thousands of listings doesn't mean you can rest easy. Trends change, and buyers crave novelty. Whether you're dealing with SVGs, PNGs, Tumblr wraps, or digital papers, continually adding new trending design styles keeps your shop competitive.

This adaptability extends beyond product listings to include the incorporation of new and emerging design styles. No matter how extensive your product catalog, staying attuned to current trends ensures that your Etsy shop remains a vibrant and sought-after destination for buyers.

Strategic Planning and SEO Optimization

Strategic planning is key for Etsy success. Planning your entire year's worth of products two to three months in advance provides ample time for meticulous execution. Whether you prefer a physical calendar or the efficiency of Google Docs, staying organized is paramount.

Excitement surrounding the launch of new seasonal products can be harnessed through social media and email lists. Additionally, employing keyword research tools to optimize your product listings with seasonal SEO ensures that your products are easily discoverable by potential buyers.

Balancing Evergreen and Trends

After the seasonal rush subsides, the focus shifts to evergreen products influenced by current trends. Trends come and go, so staying attuned to what's currently popular is crucial. For instance, you might notice specific dog designs consistently selling, prompting you to incorporate a new trend into similar products, resulting in immediate success.

This dual approach, balancing evergreen products with trending designs, ensures that your Etsy shop remains relevant and appealing to a broad audience. As trends evolve, so does your product catalog, creating a dynamic and engaging shopping experience for buyers.

Final thoughts

This way, sustained success on Etsy lies in adapting to the ever-changing dynamics of the marketplace. Crafting products in demand, aligning them with seasonal shifts, and spotting emerging trends within your niche are the pillars of success.

To deepen your understanding of trending products, explore these resources:

➡️ [VIDEO] Find Trending Digital Products Within Your Niche to Sell on Etsy

➡️ [BLOG] The Easiest Way To Find Trending Products to Sell on Etsy

Now, armed with these learnings, it's time to apply them to your Etsy shop. Seize upcoming seasonal opportunities, adapt them to current market trends, and propel your journey to Etsy success. 


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