Hobnobbing: Should You Stay or Should You Go? < Deep Thought Thursday

Does appearing at the opening of a show of over 100 paintings by the top watercolorists in the country and beyond justify the cost of travel, room & board, and other expense? What do you think?

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5-Minute Self-Promotion Tasks

Imagine how productive you could be in just 5 minutes. Inspired by a recent book-marketing newsletter from John Kremer, I decided to come up with a list of what you can do in 5 minutes to promote your art.

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Stop! Don't Send Your Email Message Before Reading This

Is your email not getting the results you had hoped for? Maybe you’ve forgotten something very important. Never forget again with this quick checklist.

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Proactive Self-Promotion: Tweak an Art Critic

Christine Atkins, Why Do Trees Whisper

Without identifying the parties involved, I’ll pass on some “gossip” relayed to me by a reliable source about one artist’s self-promotion feats. It involves 1 artist, 1 arts reviewer, and a gaggle of the artist’s supporters.

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Email Subject Lines: Winners or Snoozers?

A sampling of email subject lines from my inbox over the past 3 weeks include the following without comment. I will tell you only that they are all from artists or galleries and most (if not all) of them I did not request. If you think one of these is yours, you might be right. But you might not be. A number of messages had the same or a very similar subject line.

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Give Away Your Art ???

David Castle’s “Flapjack” paintings.

Free art can lure people in the door and lead to sales – IF you do it right.

David Castle’s “Flapjack” paintings. ©The Artist.

I was alarmed when I saw this subject line in my inbox:

David Castle Art: FREE Flapjacks This First Friday to Kick Off Denver Arts Week!

“Flapjacks” is the name David Castle has given to 3″x3″ watercolors that he gives to visitors at his open studio during a citywide gallery night out.

He planned to give away 1 Flapjack to each of the first 40 people who visited his studio that night.

The Confrontation

I quickly wrote him back: HOLY COW! You’re giving away 40 paintings?!

I thought he might be just a little crazy.

David said Yep, that’s his plan. He further explained

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Old-fashioned Marketing (that Works!)

Shelly Lewis Stanfield, Fresh. Acrylic and charcoal on birch panel

Not embracing email, blogs, and social media? Not to worry! Artists can achieve amazing results with traditional marketing and networking.

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Art Marketing Action Podcast: Old-fashioned Marketing

Audio version of the post with the same name. Not embracing email, blogs, and social media? Not to worry – artists can achieve amazing results with traditional marketing.

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8 Websites to Consider When Promoting Art Events

Publicity expert Joan Stewart says artists should be using location-based, high-traffic sites that accept calendar listings, press releases, articles and photos. Add to the mix much smaller niche sites that help you target people who are passionate about things like pet paintings, beaded purses, clothing art and metal sculptures.

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Give people the tools they need to promote your art and events

If you want people to help you promote your event, you have to give them the tools they need. You have to be clear about what you want them to do and how you can help them do it. Whether you’re promoting an exhibit opening, a workshop, a demonstration, a fundraiser, or a performance, you must make it easy for others to promote you.

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