I saw this idea in the ArtFire forums several weeks ago as a way to get people to your site and to boost sales. I thought it was an awesome idea. So I am launching it today.
Here is how it will work.....
Mary decides she will host an online jewelry party for my studio. She picks the dates she wants her party to run. I recommend one week. That gives her friends plenty of time to visit the site but doesn't drag on forever.
Next she sends out invitations to all her friends. I would recommend sending out both email and snail mail invitations. I will provide an invitation that can be printed out on your home computer and forwarded via email explaining how this process works.
For Mary's efforts she will receive any item worth $20 if she has at least 5 people who "attend" her party. She will receive an additional $10 to spend if 2 or more of her attendees book a party to host. Lastly, Mary will receive 10% of total sales at the party to spend as well. So if Mary has several friends purchase items, she will be able to get some nice jewelry free just for inviting her friends to an online party.
I will also give friends the option to show that they attended the party by sending me an email via my contact button in my studio. That way Mary gets credit for them viewing the site without the person having to purchase anything.
I invite everyone to feel free to try this out. We can all share ideas that work and those that didn't. I think this could help all of us to increase traffic to our own sites and to ArtFire in general.