Hi Artist Daily,
Here’s a great post from Jennifer King on honing our social media interactions for the good of our art businesses. Take a look and enjoy! And if you want more in-depth tips consider the Art Business Booster for Success in 2016. All my best,
We all enjoy using Facebook to stay connected to our friends and family, and Pinterest is a lot of fun for collecting and sharing ideas, but have you thought about how you can utilize these social media tools as part of your overall art business marketing efforts for your art career and to sell art online? A recent study shows that 81% of business owners using social media have seen an increase in business. By understanding these tools better, you can develop a streamlined, efficient social media strategy that will up your art business sales.
|Made In Poland by Jane Freeman, 29 x 21, watercolor painting.|
1. Let people get to know you. As you probably know by now, collectors usually make buying decisions based on more than just the work of art—they want to know and like the artist, too. Having your own website that includes your bio is a great start, but you can use social media tools to give potential buyers more and frequent glimpses into your personality and lifestyle. For instance, nature painter Jane Freeman’s daily meditative Facebook posts on her environment reveal her love of nature and her poetic outlook, which supports her artwork. Similarly, your professional pages on Facebook and LinkedIn with frequent posts about your artistic activities will let people get to know you. And don’t forget Pinterest, another way to show your followers more of your style. With about 900 million people using Facebook, 161 million members using LinkedIn, and nearly 19 million people using Pinterest, plenty of would-be art collectors will have a better chance of getting to know you through social media.
2. Celebrate your successes. Another great thing about social media venues like Facebook and LinkedIn is its immediacy, making it the perfect means of building your credibility by announcing big accomplishments like awards, commissions, and media coverage right when they happen. You might be uncomfortable with the idea of “bragging,” so find creative ways to work around that. When Silvano Raiti wanted to announce a recent award, for instance, he used a Facebook post to thank the judge for the honor. It was subtle, but you can believe potential buyers were excited to know that the painting is also a gold medalist, which makes the work more valuable.
3. Market your artwork. Of course, new works should be added to your website as you complete them, but don’t miss any opportunity to “push” your latest works out to potential buyers with Facebook or LinkedIn posts or by adding them to your Pinterest board. You never know who may be looking at your pages for fine art since the vast majority of social media users are silent observers, or spectators, as they’ve been dubbed by Groundswell authors Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff. Countless artists are reporting that these spectators often turn into buyers. Even better, the more you can demonstrate a consistent record of selling artwork on your own, the more likely you’ll be to land gallery representation.
|Chuck Marshall teaches a painting workshop.|
4. Market your other services. Hardly any professional artist has the luxury of making a living solely from the sale of their creations. Almost everyone supplements their income by providing other services to fellow artists, such as teaching, workshop teaching, critiquing, and coaching. Although you’ll be marketing these other services to a different audience than your artwork, you can still use social media tools to do the job—at no cost to you. Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and more are filled with artists communicating with one another, individually and in group forums. Once you get involved in these venues, you can start promoting your services, just like artist Chuck Marshall. Chuck is an active Facebook user with more than 4,200 friends, and he says his workshop teaching business has exploded since he joined Facebook four years ago.
5. Find inspiration in others. Swapping stories, sharing trade secrets, enjoying others’ works, and rediscovering your motivation when it flags are all benefits you’ll enjoy from engaging in social media tools like Facebook, Pinterest, or DeviantArt. But these go beyond mere personal enrichment. With inspiration and knowledge, you can continuously create the best works you can, which will inevitably lead to more sales at higher prices. So social media is not just for fun—it’s smart art business, too.
Of course, these are just some of the many social media tools and uses that are out there. What have you been using, and why? I’d love to hear your success stories!