Content Crimes: How You’re Misbehaving Online

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As I wrote last week, you could waste a lot of time online if you’re not paying attention.

Let’s look at this subject a little closer so that we’re not just looking at where you’re wasting time, but at how you’re harming your art career goals.

My friend, Cynthia, calls them content crimes. Nobody is going to throw you in jail for committing these transgressions, but you might check yourself into rehab when you decide to do something about it.

Here are the top 4 content crimes you might be committing.

Content Crime #1: You’re inconsistent.

You sent a newsletter for a few months and then nothing. Nada. The big zippo.

You tried blogging for a while … um … whenever you felt like it.

You heard that artists were selling art from Facebook, so you built a business page and put a few pictures up. It’s just not working for me, you claimed. Waste of time.

If you are truly excited about your art, you’ll share it repeatedly, even if you think nobody is listening, because you believe in yourself. You don’t give up.

If you do give up, I’m led to believe …

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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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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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This Is Only A Test: Marketing Experiments to Improve Results for Your Art Business

Painting by M. Jane Johnson

You are undoubtedly investing a lot of time and resources into your art business: websites, blogs, social media, newsletters, postcards, and more. As an entrepreneur interested in earning money from your art, you want to understand what’s working and what isn’t.

©C. Tanner Jensen, L’Air du Temps II. Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches. Used with permission.

Every marketing effort should be a test. Nothing on your plate should be considered sacred.

You aim for increasingly better results. Test it!

What brings you the most clicks? What has given you the most shares on Facebook? What did you send that encouraged immediate responses from recipients?

Here’s a list of numerous things you might want to test to improve your results.

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Your goals: more visitors, more page views, more time on your site, more sales.

Increase the size

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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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Delay Your Satisfaction For Social Media Rewards

Christine McGrath Migala on Facebook

It’s fun to pin! It’s fun to post images of your art to Facebook and get instant likes and comments. But, STOP! Before you post your images anywhere else, they should be on your website or blog. I’m not talking about “in progress” images. Those are fine to go ahead and share on social media.

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Valuable Business Lessons From Infusioncon

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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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Share the Stage to Make Fast Fans

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Doesn’t it feel good when other people say nice things about you and your art? It’s easy to pass along this sensation to those you care about. Sharing the stage and shining the spotlight on other people will turn them into fast fans while taking some of the weight off of you to promote your work all of the time. It will also make you feel good!

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Track Your Business Growth

My tracks at Nye Beach, OR. Photograph ©Alyson B. Stanfield

For years I’ve been tracking monthly numbers in my business. When I slack off on the tracking, my numbers decline. It’s the exact opposite of “Ignorance is bliss.” I believe that tracking numbers tells the Universe that you are committed to your business. And the Universe doesn’t give you more of something until you’re ready to accept more.

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Repair the Leaks in Your Marketing

Marketing is a combination of everything you do to promote your art. You need to periodically examine the tools and platforms you’re using to promote your art to locate and repair the leaks in your marketing.

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