Zazzle Review – The Awakening Store for all things enlightening and spiritual

Enlightenment and spiritual gifts and accesories customizedIntroduction

Today I embark on a brand new blog feature which I hope you all enjoy and find useful. As a Zazzle Store Owner myself I know how time consuming setting up a credible Zazzle store can be and maintaining it. I have learned a lot of lessons over the years (nope I haven’t put them all in practice myself as yet) that I hope I can share with you to help make your Zazzle store a user-friendly viable buyer experience and for you – a pot of gold. The process of review I feel is a good way to highlight the strengths and areas requiring attention for a Zazzle Store.

Nadine May – The Awakening

How fortunate am I that I have such an interesting first subject to review. Nadine May is a multi-faceted creative with a long history of success in her chosen fields of creativity. Nadine is in her own words:

“a visionary fiction novelist that thinks in pictures”.

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Nadine’s designs are a pictorial representation of her many articles on the topic of transformation which include the color-in projects that belong to the science behind the Language of Light. Nadine’s writings on alternative topics can be found via her blog ‘The End of Times – Nadine May.’

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First Impressions

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I visit store ‘The Awakening’   and I am immediately intrigued by the sensual nature of the designs and am curious to know what they represent. This in itself is a great enticement as the images alone encourage me as a visitor to dig deeper, look further and stay a while as I try to understand what the images are about.

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 Technical 

The store banner features a fascinating image which gives the reader a clue as to what they will find in the store. I would say spiritual, enlightening, thought provoking statement items.

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I am led directly to the ‘latest’ products for the store which are inspirational greeting cards and rather curious fashion shades.

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Visual Media
To the right my eyeline is drawn to a video. The video is a short introduction to the philosophy that ‘Art is the language of the Soul’. Nadine explains in the video that she uses workshops to introduce this philosophy and to teach people how empowering creating your own Art can be and to help them explore (via coloring pages) how Art can help them ‘hear’ their Soul language. The idea is to induce a way in which to simply ‘be’. We can’t control the world around us but we can with meditative art activities control how we feel about the world around us.
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The Store Page continued …
The Language of Light - doodling workshop There is a featured collection The Language of Light – doodling workshop.
The introduction to the collection contains a lot of detail re various supporting items which can be obtained off-site.
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TIP: This information could benefit from an actual ‘written link’ to all of that is described in the intro for people to copy and paste into their browsers. It’s one less thing they have to do to find the information.
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How to help site visitors ‘work less’ to find what they want should always be a primary consideration of any website.
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Users do not want to ‘work’ to find info. It has to be easily accessible. Sadly Zazzle do not allow live links in that part of the page. They do however allow them in the product descriptions so a live link to the main website there is a great way to show off the brand and create a loyal following.
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After the featured collection are more collections which show of various themes. The categories menu follows.
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TIP: It is a personal suggestion that I would prefer in this case to see the categories first on the page. The category images and their titles makes navigating the site to find what I am  after much easier.
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This suggestion would not apply to all stores as how the categories are organized and presented is all important. If you feel that your categories need work and do not easily help a consumer navigate your site, then do prioritize your more effective display tools – collections, products, sold items etc. This certainly applies to my own stores!
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Learning how to best present a store page can be a lengthy task as we have to always bear in mind that the customer does not know what we know about where things are so we need to make the items that are important to them easily accessible and identifiable.
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TIP: I have always found having another person (non Zazzler) tell me how their user experience is of my store (and indeed blogs and website) very helpful. Ask them for a warts and all candid review. You may be faced with some harsh truths but all the feedback is valuable and can help you improve your store – which in the end leads to greater profitability.
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Which I hope will be the end product of my reviews of your stores!
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NOTE: This review is likely to be the longest as it is the first. Rather than add the same tips detailed here to all reviews  I may refer you back to points mentioned here in your review if they are applicable. And I will do the same re new tips that may arise from doing your review. This in itself will increase the effectiveness of the review process and its readership. All reviews will be interlinked – a resource for all to benefit from.
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Products
And now without further ado (I love a bit of Shakespeare) we have the products – you may review these at your leisure.
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I welcome your feedback on this review ‘warts and all’ – please do comment and share Nadine’s review with fellow Zazzlers who may benefit from the information within.

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Note: You can read the follow-on Zazzle Store Reviews Here:

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12 thoughts on “Zazzle Review – The Awakening Store for all things enlightening and spiritual

  1. Wow I was about to close down for the day when I saw your review. Thank you so very much. Tomorrow ( Sunday) I will do my homework, linking,sharing and replying to you.

  2. Very good, in depth review of a Zazzle store! I love all of Nadine’s beautiful designs, and the store banner itself is magical and mystical with so many little hidden treasures. Great review, I am sure it will help both Zazzle shopkeepers and customers who see it to learn what works best for the customers in finding the designs and products they are looking for.

  3. Nadine May’s creativity is inspiring. I was looking for a share button, but didn’t see it, so either it isn’t there or it isn’t obvious. I found one on the collections page but there should be one on the main page as well.

  4. Now at my computer and I have shared your review over all my networks! Will later prepare a blog post and send you the link.

    Your Tip: This information could benefit from an actual ‘written link’ to all of that is described in the intro for people to copy and paste into their browsers. It’s one less thing they have to do to find the information.
    Great tip! I have done this

    Your Tip: It is a personal suggestion that I would prefer in this case to see the categories first on the page. The category images and their titles makes navigating the site to find what I am after much easier.

    Done! Thanks ( I do not yet have many products under each category, so I was worried about that)

    I will ask Robin to visit my shop page as a none member – Oh, he said that he has left a comment.

    Many thanks for this exposure, especially for the TIPS!

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