How Sponsors Helped Me Exhibit My Art on the Other Side of the Country – without Kickstarter

Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson

Crowdfunding is helping artists everywhere get their projects off the ground. It’s increasingly popular to use sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo to raise money for exhibitions and art production. Guest blogger Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson shares how she crowdfunded her participation in ArtPrize – without the use of a crowdfunding site.

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Supply Your Why In Your Artist Story

Simon Sinek

Your artist story is an opportunity for you to connect with readers, followers, and potential buyers. Your brand revolves around it. Your artist story is your Why. In his TED talk, Simon Sinek famously says, “People don’t buy what you do; people buy why you do it.” This is powerful stuff. Your Why differentiates you from other artists and entrepreneurs.

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Create Anticipation By Promoting Your Art Event Early and Often

Jeanne Bessette shares an image in April that will be in her June show in Santa Fe.

It’s never too early to start promoting your open studio, book launch, event, or exhibition. Creating anticipation means you are building expectation, excitement, and suspense! If you have a major event in the future, don’t wait until a month or two before it begins to tell people about it. Start dripping information about it now.

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Why You Publish A Newsletter

The imaginary conversation in this article was inspired by a question in Art Biz Bootcamp from Liz Kalloch.

Let’s talk about anything you want. You start. . . I want to talk about my newsletter. I hate receiving other people’s newsletters when they’re mostly “buy stuff from me,” so I’m looking for other options to make my newsletter valuable to recipients. Ultimately, the purpose of my newsletter is to create sales. . . Whoa. I was with you until that last sentence. Your artist newsletter isn’t for making sales.

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How Is Your Customer Relations Department?

Trying to keep up good customer relations at my recent workshop in Nashville.

Critical to all of your marketing is how you treat people. How do you stay in touch with them? How do you show people you care? Let’s look at three aspects of maintaining good customer relationships: recency, frequency, and attentiveness. How do you make people feel special? How do you stay in touch with them? How do you show people you care?

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Valuable Business Lessons From Infusioncon

Infusioncon 2013

I spent last week with 2100 other Infusionsoft software enthusiasts in Scottsdale, Arizona at Infusioncon 2013. In no particular order, here are some things I learned that I thought might be useful to you. From Jay Baer, author of The Now Revolution and the forthcoming Youtility . . . When marketing onine, we’re no longer competing against just others in our same market.

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Are You Nuts?

©Cynthia Morris, Walnuts at Palermo Market. Used with permission.

You’re probably familiar with this quote: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If the quote is true, are you nuts? Have you been promoting your art the same way for years and expecting improved results?

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Your Email List vs. Your Contact List

Rolodex

A recent lesson in the No-Excuse Art Biz Bootcamp led me to review previous posts and I found room for some clarification on this topic. So . . . Here’s a look at how I see your two primary lists. 1. Your Email List

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8 Ways to Have a Sale

Stop throwing the same sale over and over. Here’s a list of 8 different sales structures you can try. Try them all out, test the variables, and see what works best for you. 1. Flat discount on everything.

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Make Time for Proactive Marketing

Alyson Stanfield and Midland Artists

Marketing isn’t something you do when you feel like it. Marketing tasks shouldn’t be squeezed into your schedule. You must make time for marketing. You must become more deliberate with your marketing. I know what I’m talking about.

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