Psst - have you heard of Pitchi? Me neither until last week! Now it's only very new (still in Beta) but I think this will be amazing in a very short time so wanted to share.
So what is it?
Pitchi is an online sales site started by Australians, but unlike eBay or Etsy - the sales (a.k.a. pitches) are done by video! After all of 5 minutes of looking around on Pitchi, I realised what an amazing opportunity this will be for artists and crafters wanting to sell their art, well for anyone with something to sell where it's more than just about the quantity of 'stuff' for sale. If you're a start-up, a small business or working from home, this will be an amazing way to have an online presence and connect with your potential customers, plus you can showcase your personality and what makes YOU unique.
The premise for the idea (and the name) is that selling some items is like an in-person sales pitch, that some things are special and worth more to the buyer and seller than a photo on a page with endless lists of other photos. Basically it's a way to sell things in a fun and interesting way (some of the Pitches are even a bit funny or cheeky!), allowing you to connect as a buyer or seller and really get a feel for what you are buying and the person it comes from. I really like the idea of a more personal touch especially when selling something you've put your heart and soul into.
Now the clips or 'pitches' are made by all sorts, so some are slick and professional, like mini-ads and others are not, but the differences are part of why I love the idea. I can actually see myself selling art on here (when I am a bit braver!) because I can show you the piece, explain how I made it, point out the bits I love and really give you a good look. The artist below (Annie) has gone a step further and created a really quick clip showing how this piece of art was made - super cool, watch it get made - then buy it!! I think this is brilliant because you get more of an idea about what went into creating something. Now you don't HAVE to do this, what goes into you clip is up to you - but imagine the possibilities!
Either way, I think this is going to be amazing, a creative way to show what you have for sale, connect with people and make them love what you're selling as much as you do! I'm hoping some of my favourite artists and crafters (hint hint) might decide to open their own Pitchi shops as there are so many things I'd love a closer look at and because sometimes a photo just isn't enough!
Now I have to say a big thank you to the folks over at Pitchi for partnering with me on this post and letting me use their graphics and some of their clips, and for the random email introducing me to this idea (gee who would think I'd be happy about a random advertising email)! I'm really interested to see where this goes (I bet it takes off like a rocket!) and if it proves to be the personal and creative sales platform that I think it will be. Keep an eye out because I can absolutely see my art for sale on Pitchi one day!