Merchant Newsletter – June 12, 2013

Dear Merchants,

I hope everyone is having great week! Summer is finally upon us and we’ve got some great things planned for OpenSky Marketplace. Here are some updates for this week:

  • Programming- Summer Solstice starts next Friday, June 21st so we’re celebrating by issuing Rewards Credits to members and Free Shipping on select products
    • Rewards Credits – June 21-23: Participating in our Rewards Credits program is optional, but is a proven key to driving sales. Remember, members can only use Rewards Credits for 20% of the purchase price and most members do not have credits exceeding $20
      • How do I opt in? Simply go into your MerchantToolkit and click “Account.” Then click “Details” and scroll down until you see the “Promotions” section and make sure the box is checked for Rewards Program
      • How long will they last? This credit will be usable from Friday, June 21st until Sunday, June 23rd
    • Free Shipping – June 21: Free shipping is a very successful way to drive sales volume
      • How do I opt in? All you need to do is change the shipping price for products you would like to be included to zero for Friday only. Of course, you are always encouraged to offer Free Shipping, but we’ll only be promoting it for Friday, June 21st
  • OpenOffice – THURSDAY A time for you to come to our NYC headquarters and meet with an OpenSky Specialist to get help with any of your Marketplace needs
    • WHEN: Thursday, June 13th from 4-7PM
    • WHERE: OpenSky NYC Headquarters – 18 West 18th St. (btw 5th and 6th Aves.), 9th Floor
    • RESERVE A SPOT: Email and let us know you’re coming!
  • OpenDiscussion: Our weekly conference call that allows merchantsfrom across the country to dial in and get marketplace updates from OpenSky team members
    • THIS WEEK: JOHN CAPLAN, Founder and CEO of Opensky, shares vision for OpenSky Marketplace and the keys to success on the platform. Don’t miss it!
    • QUESTIONS FOR JOHN: Make sure yours gets answered! Email me at with your questions before the call!
    • WHEN: Friday, June 14th, from 12-12:30PM EST
    • DIAL-IN: To join the call, dial 559-726-1200 and enter access code 106158
  • Vendor Spotlight: DiaNoche Designs- DiaNoche Designs, a merchantthat produces illuminated art work, joined the OpenSky Marketplace in early May and since then has had great success on the site
    • HOW DID THEY DO IT: Through consistent promotion of their OpenSky storefront in emails and on social media, they have built a loyal following, which has translated into sales. Their messaging was simple, and it worked. Here’s a snippet from their first email to gain followers: “ order forthe store to go live, I need people to like/follow us. If you could please take a minute to click on this link: and follow us we would greatly appreciate it.”
    • EXCLUSIVE DESIGNS: DiaNoche Designs created several unique products that are sold exclusively on OpenSky, which our members love to see. Check out this design – available ONLY on OpenSky:
    • FREE SHIPPING: DiaNoche Designs has chosen to offer everyday Free Shipping on all their products which has proved to be successful in converting to sales

As always, we’re here to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any needs at

Have an awesome week!

My best,
Will Hunt

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