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: Best methods to promote yourself


Asancta
08-08-2015, 09:45 PM
What do you guys think?Is is the FB,Pinterest,Instagram?Build yourself a site?Start a blog?Galeries,shows?What should a new artist do in order to get more exposure?

TerryCurley
08-08-2015, 10:08 PM
Wish I knew. Your work is so fantastic I can't believe that people are not breaking down your door to buy some. You and I are worlds apart in talent and skill...you being way ahead of me. Hope someone that is at your caliber can answer your question.

leighann
08-09-2015, 12:16 AM
I don't have a facebook page for my art, but I do love Instagram. I get a lot of ideas from followers, and just browsing, for new art.

I also have stores set up at Redbubble and Zazzle, but don't expect to get rich or anything. :-)

Susan Mulno
08-09-2015, 12:31 AM
I am curious about this also. I have also been wondering what constitutes a fair price?

Asancta
08-09-2015, 12:19 PM
Atm I am on FAA,Artpal,FB.deviantart, a couple of forums and FB groups(been on Etsy last year but didn't work at all).Problem is that there are millions of artists from all over the world on the internet,from amazing and professional to beginners and hobbyists,from young to old with all sorts of styles and am not talking only about painters...digital artists,jewelry makers,photographers etc etc:eek::eek::eek: and all of them are looking to get more exposure either to sell or just to get known.From my point of view is very hard to step out of the crowd,especially if you don't wanna pay money.Artpal 4 ex is saying that if you pay(don't remember the exact amount) then in one week over 200 ppl will see your works...however if not then less than 15.I see FB is doing the same thing with their "promoting" and "boosting"...At least FineArtAmerica is promoting you IF you sell one of their prints with one of your images on it(your originals doesn't count!) but how you sell without being promoting is another problem.
Back in the days big artists weren't known outside their communities ...now days they can but ONLY IF they manage to get exposure and stand out(somehow).
One of my friends was telling me that I have to start a blog and I do need a site...At this moment I am so disappointed as I have no idea what to do.:confused::confused:

TerryCurley
08-09-2015, 04:03 PM
I wish I could help, but I don't know how.

cjm1972
08-10-2015, 03:44 AM
Hi Asancta,
It seems to me, that the best way to get your name known in the art community, is to use Facebook, Instagram, Deviant art...etc.
These people are a huge inspiration, can help you to better yourself, and on the rare occasion, even buy something.

However, if you want to sell your art, you cannot beat old fashioned networking.
Physically meeting people who buy art, shaking their hand and looking them in the eye, as you explain how your latest work drained you of all emotion as the last brush strokes were ripped from your very soul. :rolleyes:
Pass your business cards out at art fairs, as you show off your work.
Keep in touch with the people who buy from you, create a contact list of buyers, and give them first look at your latest master piece and any discounts or offers you have going on.
Don't be afraid to ask them to recommend your services to others.

As with anything in life, you get out what you put in.
Work hard to get your work physically in front of buyers, smile and shake hands. People buy from people, let them know who you are, and let them share your work with others.

I hope this helps.

TerryCurley
08-10-2015, 08:14 AM
Sounds like great advice Carl.

euroceltic
01-07-2016, 05:51 PM
Sounds like the electronic aspect of marketing is becoming a bit crowded in the art realm.
Perhaps you could use your creativity with old fashioned real world marketing, people are overexposed to online marketing. Catch them in real life when they're not in robotic work mode.

TerryCurley
01-07-2016, 06:01 PM
Welcome to the forum Euroceltic.

I'm still low on the ladder when it comes to my art, but I'm renting space in a Flea Market and it's doing OK. Trouble is for what I charge for my paintings I manage to meet the rent for the space and not much more. My plan is to get better at painting and charge more -- eventually. This is however getting me known locally and that's really cool.

euroceltic
01-07-2016, 06:48 PM
Looks like you're focused on nature. Maybe your best market is people who live an urban life. A piece donated, loaned or sold to a civic center/municipal building might get your name some attention.
just my 2 cents.

TerryCurley
01-07-2016, 09:49 PM
Euroceltic I have a painting on display at a local bank. :vs_karate:

Liz
01-08-2016, 07:21 PM
Euroceltic I have a painting on display at a local bank.

That's fantastic, as I recall, not too long ago you were aspiring to have one of your paintings displayed in your local bank, way to go Terry!

TerryCurley
01-08-2016, 07:53 PM
Thanks, I'm pretty thrilled about it. I'm now one of four artists that display at that bank. We are taking turns and leave our paintings up for one month at a time. This is my first month. Next will be May.

houghter
01-26-2016, 02:38 PM
I don't have a facebook page for my art, but I do love Instagram. I get a lot of ideas from followers, and just browsing, for new art.

I also love Instagram for its visual appeal and easy inspiration. I believe for those in the art industry, being Instagram savvy can totally pay off. I went from site to site recently looking for some information on promoting my recent pencil works online and noticed that most people not taking full advantage of social tools around them. I see a lot of established and aspiring artists trying to encompass everyone and everything instead of focusing on their targeted audience. Isn't implementing some strategic social media tactics or hiring a social media company like Buzzigo (http://www.buzzigosocial.com/) or LYFE (https://www.lyfemarketing.com/) a good way to generate more income from sales? Please let me know your thoughts on this. Thanks.

Liz
01-26-2016, 03:22 PM
I don't use social media because I don't know what exactly I'm suppose to be doing there. Just posting artwork isn't exactly going to get anyone's interest. I find that to be successful with social media you need to be able to entertain people and keep their attention, Not everyone can do that or afford to pay someone to do it for them.

Houghter have you been able to sell your art as a result of social media?

TerryCurley
01-26-2016, 09:39 PM
Facebook has given me more sales than ebay, or esty. On Facebook I have friends from other forums, like those on Daily Strength, from games I play, from places I use to work, lots of family and friends of family and friends I never met. I sell a couple of my paintings every month just by posting on facebook.

Liz
01-27-2016, 02:54 PM
Wow, Terry, that's great. You must really know how to connect with poeple. When I'm on the internet, much of the time I feel like I'm talking to myself. Do you use twitter? I was thinking of trying it, it doesn't seem as confusing as facebook and I don't have to say much.

TerryCurley
01-27-2016, 05:26 PM
I keep think I'm going to figure out Twitter and Instagram one of these when I have nothing better to do, but so far I always have something better to do. :vs_karate:

leighann
01-29-2016, 11:26 PM
Instagram took me a little bit, but once I discovered adding tags to my work (which attracted followers), and following others with similar tastes, I am totally hooked.

As for Twitter...I only joined because I have a neice who utilizes it instead of FB, but I just couldn't get into it. I eventually forgot my password, and my poor neice will just have to send me emails. Lol

Like Terry, I have reached more people on FB than anywhere, and I'm not currently selling my art. I do however have accounts at Redbubble and Zazzle, which desperately need to be updated. :wink:

Asancta
01-29-2016, 11:52 PM
:vs_blush::vs_blush:Twitter is fun...is just maaajor fun.I get my news from there too LOL It has it's own "language" and maybe that's why people don't get it at first.

houghter
02-03-2016, 08:02 AM
Not much, Liz, I must say. This is my first time trying to reach people on social media. I've been following various recources on website creation strategies for a long time, and always find great stuff on them. Now I'm thinking of putting together a community for local artists for sharing ideas and selling art in my area, by using some artistic WP themes available at http://www.templatemonster.com or http://themeforest.net and a couple of SEO/SMO related plugins like Yoast SEO to boost its visibility on Goggle. Let's see how it goes, and if it doesn't work, I'll try something else.

Christopher
06-01-2016, 05:45 PM
Hi Asancta,
It seems to me, that the best way to get your name known in the art community, is to use Facebook, Instagram, Deviant art...etc.
These people are a huge inspiration, can help you to better yourself, and on the rare occasion, even buy something.

However, if you want to sell your art, you cannot beat old fashioned networking.
Physically meeting people who buy art, shaking their hand and looking them in the eye, as you explain how your latest work drained you of all emotion as the last brush strokes were ripped from your very soul. :rolleyes:
Pass your business cards out at art fairs, as you show off your work.
Keep in touch with the people who buy from you, create a contact list of buyers, and give them first look at your latest master piece and any discounts or offers you have going on.
Don't be afraid to ask them to recommend your services to others.

As with anything in life, you get out what you put in.
Work hard to get your work physically in front of buyers, smile and shake hands. People buy from people, let them know who you are, and let them share your work with others.

I hope this helps.


Couldn't agree more! There's no substitute for the work you put in. It will take time to grow a following to sell art online or grow a buyers list to sell art in a more traditional face-to-face setting.

These days, selling online is a must but you have to know what you're doing to actually get somewhere. The nice thing is there's a decent amount of blog content out there that can point you in the right direction. Here's a good one to start with, http://blog.artstorefronts.com/features-sell-art-online/ hope this helps!

Juniper
06-30-2016, 05:27 PM
I haven't made any sale, but I'm just starting out again... I'm studying up on Internet Marketing... and here's what I learn, which could help with selling your artwork.

Find a spot to sell your art - Zazzle, Etsy, DeviantArt, etc

Have a Website (optional) - There are places where you can get free hosting (but no domain name) such as Blogger.com which is run by Google. Or purchase your own domain and hosting, then download Wordpress. You don't have to be a web designer to put together a website with Wordpress (wish I knew this when I was younger).

Once you have your art up at either those place. All you need now is traffic.

Some of the places people mentioned are great, but I like Pinterest the best. Why? A lot of people go to Pinterest to get inspiration and often time buy things! A lof of the artwork I check out on Pinterest have been sold out! (Average price of sold items I've seen are 250+).

But before you can get your work sold through Pinterest, you must have a lot of followers. Active followers that are interested in art! That way when you Pin your work on your account, others will see it and if they like it, they'll Pin and their followers do the same. So if you don't have a lot of followers at the moment, I recommend start following people that are pinning artwork. I heard you're only allow to follow 200/300 new people a day. So do this for a month and you're following 6000/9000 people. The statistic I read is for every 100 people you follow, at least one will follow you back. Not sure how true it is...

Pinterest is a WONDERFUL way to get free traffic to your work!


I don't find Facebook useful for traffic, unless you're willing to pay facebook to promote your page. Otherwise, you're only getting friends and families to see your work.

Instagram is a nice place for exposure, but you can't link to your sale page through your post. Only in your profile pace (and not everyone will bother checking your profile) :(