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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:
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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 or LYFE a good way to generate more income from sales? Please let me know your thoughts on this. Thanks.
 

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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?
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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:
 
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