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 $350 Marketing Budget

Deep Thought

You have $350 to use for marketing in your current budget. Let’s just say it’s for the month. Deep Thought . . . What options do you see for using the $350 for marketing your art? What do you feel is the best use of $350 for marketing your art right now?

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Love Your List

©Dianna Poindexter, You & Me. Oil on masonite.

The people who give you their postal and email addresses are your secret marketing weapon. They have trusted you with their information and said they want to hear from you. They’re your Valentines! Pull an arrow from your quiver and aim some love in their direction.

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So You Don’t Feel Like Marketing

Pouting Kid

Remember when you were a kid and your mom asked you to clean your room or to pick up your toys? Remember the wrath that was imposed upon you when you replied to her request with a whiny “But I don’t feel like it, Mom”? It’s time to ask yourself if you’re being your same childlike stubborn self when it comes to marketing your art. Are you avoiding too many marketing tasks because you “don’t feel like it?”

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Premature Social Networking

Robert Irvine - Restaurant: Impossible on Food Network

Have you ever watched Restaurant Impossible on the Food Network? This TV show with a muscled drill sergeant as its star teaches some of the best business lessons on TV while trying to revitalize failing restaurants. It’s no wonder the restaurants are in trouble when they haven’t figured out food costs, don’t know what their projected earnings are, and lack leadership.

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The 3 Ds of Real Mail Marketing

Sign I came across in Black Eagle, Montana for the 3-D International Restaurant and Lounge. I was told the 3 Ds are “drinking, dining, and dancing,” but let’s pretend they are delight, differentiate, and depend.

Are you neglecting real mail (a.k.a. “snail mail”) as part of your marketing strategy? We’ve been so spoiled by the immediacy and low cost of email that many of us have forgotten about the advantages of real mail. In the season of holiday cards, gifts, and Christmas letters, let’s remember why it’s still valuable to your art business to use the post office.

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A Quick-and-Easy DIY Marketing Recipe

Recipe for Success

What does your marketing mix look like? In the Artist Conspiracy this month, members are working on the ideal “recipe” for marketing activities. You can save yourself from overwhelm by doing the same – remembering, of course, that you can’t do everything. You must pick and choose.

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Gentle Persistence Pays Off

©Barbara Lee, Aspens - Hope Valley, California Sierras. Photograph.

Your contact list is your #1 asset, but you have to nurture it. You must grow it, feed it, and hold it precious. It is from your list that 80% of your sales will come, if you do the work. That’s why I have called the process of list-building “cultivating collectors” since 2002. It’s not “get collectors quick!” or “sell art right now!”

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Coordinating Your Marketing Efforts

Sara Drescher Braswell coordinates her marketing efforts across platforms.

Artists everywhere are throwing their arms up in frustration. Sure, it’s great to have free self-promotion tools on the Internet, but . . . Dang! . . . enough already! Website, blog, newsletter, email, Facebook, Twitter, G+, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest. The list just keeps exploding. How do you keep up with it all? The answer is: You can’t!

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Implementing Is Worlds Beyond Knowing

Artists' Books

I start my live workshops and online classes by asking participants to monitor their thoughts. Alarms should go off whenever they find themselves thinking “Yeah, I already know that.” These are dangerous words – primarily because they are often used in place of action.

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