Always a good ever evolving conversation. Sometimes difficult.
We have surveyed our Circulate vendors & We have asked certain customers about their experience at the markets – sometimes we get very interesting feedback. More often we don’t have to seek out any feedback, people generally offer it quite openly and honestly. One of the things are always paying attention to is feedback about pricing. Now there’s checks and balances in the consumer experience and expectancy at mutually any exchange of money and goods for that matter. Entrepreneurs have to calculate many factors in preparation for the marketplace.
Don’t overprice or undersell yourself.
Some people are surprised when they encounter vendor’s prices are more than reasonable or we have heard the opposite and shoppers are confused and disappointed because something nice seems way overpriced….
There is a lot to consider when it comes to pricing hand made or custom made items, art work, craft work and even services. Keep in mind the love that customers can develop with a business when they feel like they are getting their money’s worth and also a great personalized experience. You can make your customers feel like their getting a deal everytime!
Makers and vendors who put in countless hours perfecting their creative processes and products are often lowering their profit margins and sliding prices simply due to what/how people are trained to (not) spend outside of big box stores and shopping malls. There is an opportunity to educate yourself as well as your customers.
For us, It’s simple math, we have to keep adding value to our entire Circulate Market network in order to multiply more economic trade, exchange and cooperation. The perceptions are already shifting and you can see that by the sheer number of community based market spaces popping up. It’s always a good things when our collective dollars are circulating!
Yes, stay tuned for more info about pricing and best marketplace practices!
You know whats awesome? Our vendors are. We have the honor of serving some of the best makers and entrepreneurs in Milwaukee!! We are extremely thankful to everyone who has helped to spread the word and offer our opportunities to new vendors/ extending our family!! The next Market date is Feb. 10th and the FB event is live so please also feel free to invite your friends! We are also getting some print flyers to vendors who request them so they can pass out promotional materials during their business travels and social exchanges. We all work together to make sure the circle is growing stronger and stronger!
There is always special reasons and people behind the different neighborhoods and venues we choose to ‘circulate’ into. The idea is to learn more about how our city can and does work together when it comes to supporting arts, independent makers, vendors and entrepreneurs. Circulate Creative Entrepreneur Market is a facilitator of many different connections and business collaborations throughout Milwaukee. We are always looking to expand and explore new territory of a very historically, economically segregated city. How can we continue to break down barriers? How can we continue to get different folks together doing trade, services & commerce together to show and prove our unified strength? These are some of the things we ponder. Outloud.
We are happy to announce the upcoming Circulate Market in coordination with Walker’s Point Center For the Arts. Located on 839 S 5th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
We are excited to introduce this jewel in the community to many new people through our Feb. 10th MARKET!!!! This beautiful space is dedicated to cultural and neighborhood preservation through hosting art galleries and activities for families usually free of charge! Make sure you come to check it out! The synergy is real!
More details coming soon!!
The winter solstice is regarded by many as a very powerful time for reflection and execution. A time for defining our interests and goals with focus and consideration into the new year. This year came with a full moon as well!
What are your intentions set on for 2019? How are you setting yourself and your circle up for success? It’s always great to share different practices or traditions of self care & accountability. We encourage it. We recommend it. Circulate some love this season and lets all elevate into this next year cycle of growth with a standard of sharing. You can start small!
Think of others and share the love or ‘pass the plug’ as some might say. Practice circulating the love. Share big and shine your light for the world to see because when you shine bright it naturally gives others permission to do the same. The most successful people on the globe will tell you that part of the formula for achieving abundance, is helping others and being a giver. Offer your genius to create something beautiful that you can share the world.
Soon we are going to announce an important upcoming (in between markets) event. Some of you may know that we have held several business mixer styled events, small gatherings or invite only meetings in order to help facilitate building trust and accelerating the collective sharing process. We are taking initiative and also always taking suggestions on how to better support our Circulatemke family.
We want to see everyone win! Saying it out loud and proud, sharing and circulating ❤ for you and yours this festive holiday and new year season!! Be Safe and enjoy!!
We are looking forward into 2019 with much gratitude. So much to be thankful for as the Circulatemke family grows and goes to new and exciting places. The engine behind our collective momentum is our unity. We continue to be so amazed at the consistency and connectivity that develops organically when creative entrepreneurs work together.
Circulatemke was started to amplify our communal economic innovation and we are proud to witness the rapid expansion of the general collaborative ‘marketplace’ model locally!! All of our calculations equal Circulation!!
‘Holiday’ shopping is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to conscious buying & spending. Also a magnificent time see some super unique work and colorful products!
Creative Entrepreneurs make it work! No matter what! Into 2019 we have a new level of investment into our Circulatemke ideas, tools and projects and we want to work together with you!!
Tis’ the season!
It’s not a major market hack or any secret sauce, it’s simple! TALK TO PEOPLE!! Too many great connections and conversations are missed when creatives are in a shell and not really talking to people. Now, we are using ‘people’ vaguely, on purpose. You never know who you are talking to or quite honestly who you might be letting walk past with no contact. It always helps to smile, stand up and even introduce your self with a firm handshake. It may come naturally for you, but this is a HUGE challenge for some entrepreneurs and vendors. Both our shoppers and supporters also benefit greatly from networking, communicating, following up and keeping the good conversations in circulation!
Here are 3 tips to get you talking at the next market:
1. Have your talking points or questions ready!
2. Practice sparking conversations with people you already know!
3. Don’t try to make sales , make new friends!
We are proud to say, at our last traditional #circulatemke Market on Black Friday 2018 we had 5 Creative Entrepreneurs new to our Market and 3 of those vendors were doing business for the first time at any Marketplace EVER!! We always encourage youth entrepreneurship and collaboration and we must say, the movement is spreading… We are fascinated by the growth of the Circulatemke community!! It’s always a good time for your side hustle to come to the forefront , or for you to pitch that idea in public , test the concept and let’s GO! We LOVE to be the launchpad for YOU! Let us know how we can help!
Next market Dec. 8th VENDOR REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!
We always want to go into the ‘holiday’ shopping season with things in order. Our entrepreneurs depend on it, just like our shoppers. People are looking for different things to purchase and different businesses to support. This is that time of the year that is very important for our #circulatemke network on many levels, so we appreciate everyone helping out when it comes to spreading the word and encouraging local spending, shopping small, cooperative economics and just general cross promotion on all levels.
There are many ways that you can help us help so many different businesses, families & individuals the really care about the community and want to do their part. We can and will serve together in new ways though Circulatemke.
That’s what this is all about we appreciate everyone’s support as we’re going into our next phase of development and as we are hearing feedback and suggestions we are always trying to broaden our impact and innovate. Keep inspiring and truly being a beacon of beautiful opportunity for our local creative entrepreneurs!