5 Recommendations for Online Success

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It used to be that the only way artists knew to promote their art was to send 35-millimeter slide packets to a gallery. That was about $30 worth of slides with first-class postage and a return envelope with the same amount of postage.

It was expensive, and the packets often disappeared into the ether. Lots of money down the drain, and artists complained.

Now you can instantly promote your art through any number of online portals – for FREE!

Artists continue to complain because now there are too many options. You could spend all of your time online promoting your art instead of making it. Bad idea.

You’re an artist, and artists make art. Without the art, you have nothing to promote and no way to earn income from your art.

Instead of wasting a lot of time online, learn to spend your time wisely so that your efforts are rewarded and not squandered. Dedicate your online time to creating the most valuable content you can possibly share with your admirers.

Quality over quantity.

Here are 5 recommendations for content creation success, which lead to online success.

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Mean People: When Your Soul Has Been Swiped by the Grinch

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A hateful email hits your inbox.

A surly comment is left on your blog.

A nasty response is added to one of your Facebook posts.

How Do You Respond to Mean People?

I have plenty of experience with this and confess that I’ve used all of the following suggestions (except perhaps #2) at one point or another.

Your response to malicious words will depend on the level of wickedness.

If there is any question of intent in the language, make sure you’re not misreading their words. It’s easy to misunderstand email, so ask for clarification if there is any doubt.

Try this -> “Hey, Rex, I’m not sure if I’m reading this correctly, so please help. Did you mean to imply that … ?”

Armed with your answer, you can move on to any of these responses.

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Stop Wasting Time on Social Media

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Are you wasting time on social media sites?

I’m not implying that you shouldn’t be on those sites. I’m just wondering if you’re using them to their potential.

It’s not that you need to be posting and sharing more. It’s that you should make sure your ROI (return on investment) is worth it for you. In other words, you should invest in quality, not quantity.

If you don’t, you might be wasting time.

Mindful sharing will bring you more friends, more shares, and more likes, which results in more people to buy your art or to offer you opportunities.

Here are some tips to help ensure that you’re spending time wisely online.

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22 Social Media Updates About Your Show That Won’t Bore Your Followers

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You’re having an exhibition of your art. Congratulations!

The promotional postcards are designed and ready to be sent. Check! You’ve planned a couple of emails to your list. Check!

Now … what can you share with your friends, fans, and followers that is more interesting than “Come see my show!” but relates the message that they’re really going to miss out if they’re not there?

How do you tweet, post, shoot, and pin your exhibition without boring your followers and yourself?

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11 Artist Videos to Whet Your Appetite

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Your photos aren’t reaching as far as they used to on Facebook.

A number of marketing experts have recently pointed out that photos are the least likely to reach their audience on Facebook. Even links and plain status updates (sans links/photos) get more organic reach than photos.

What is working? Video! On average, videos are seen by 135% more people than photos.

And it’s not just on Facebook. Engaging videos can be a boon for your marketing regardless of where you post them.

So let’s look at some artists who have done a pretty good job with their videos. Some of these are self-produced and others are more professional, but you should be able to pick up a few tips from all of them.

Dionne Swift: Establishing a Rhythm

This professionally-produced video shows Dionne drawing inspiration from a beautiful

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Revitalize Old Content On Your Blog

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This blog is more than ten years old. Blogs were different in 2004 before social media took off.

In the early years, I posted a lot of little snippets before Facebook and Twitter were the place for these. That means there’s a lot of crap on my blog. (I won’t link to it here because it’s going away, as you’ll see.)

If you’ve had a blog for a while, you might be faced with the same dilemma: What to do about old posts that have outlived their usefulness?

I started looking for posts that would either 1) embarrass me if someone landed on them or 2) lead readers astray with dead links or outdated information.

You can follow my revitalization process if you think it might serve you.

First, Review Google Analytics

What are your high-performing posts? While you

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How to Use Facebook Interest Lists for Your Art Business

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Doesn’t it just get your goat that Facebook is keeping your business page posts from your fans?

Doesn’t it drive you batty that you don’t see posts from your favorite businesses in your feed anymore?

The reason for both of these is that Facebook thinks businesses should pay for exposure. I get that: Facebook is trying to run a business. I’ve ponied up more than a few bucks myself to the big blue F.

At the same time Facebook is keeping my business posts out of my followers’ feeds, they are making it hard for me to follow the businesses I love.

Facebook is also making it more difficult for you to become a presence on the pages of artists, galleries, and art organizations.

There is a way to hack this: create interest lists.

Interest lists will help you stay

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A Mission for Each of Your Social Media Channels

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“I am setting up a social media plan, and I am a little confused about how to use external sites (like Facebook, Twitter, etc.) in addition to my blog. . . . I feel like any update that I could post on Facebook, I’d also like to post on my blog. In other words, how can I avoid duplicate content everywhere?” – Sarah Good question for evaluating your social media strategy. Let’s establish from the get-go that there’s nothing wrong with duplicate content. Odds are quite slim that the same people would see the same content in all places.

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Does the Nosedive in Facebook Reach Affect How You Market Your Art?

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Have you noticed? Facebook has dramatically reduced the number of people who are organically seeing the posts on your business page. The reach of your posts has probably gone down 50% or more since October of 2013. This means that even though someone has liked your page, they probably won’t see what you share unless you pony up and pay for promoted posts and ads.

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Bite-Sized Social Media Insights

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I am lucky to interview people who have plenty of knowledge to help artists grow their businesses. Coincidentally, the three most recent interviews I’ve conducted have been related to social media. While my clients might have focused on one part of the interviews, I had my own takeaways. Here are my big insights from each of these.

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