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Reply #30 on: March 20, 2014, 06:40:34 PM
Georgie,

I think you have to have a niche - like Brian has with the motorcycles.  He's really on to something there.

Sharon seems to have luck with word-of-mouth.

Frankly, I just give mine away to the first person who says he likes it.  I figure the more people see others with them, then maybe somebody will pay to have one.  I have donated a few to fundraisers. 

Did sell three at a craft fair where my husband was selling his woodturnings.

Oh, well, this is a brain-storming session, isn't it?  No answers, really, just throwing out ideas.

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Reply #31 on: March 20, 2014, 07:05:17 PM
That's interesting.  I tried craft fairs and didn't sell anything.
 


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Reply #32 on: March 20, 2014, 08:58:52 PM
I have only sold 3 so far but I have only been painting since I started with PB and my plan was to give it 2 years before being ready to show. Having joined a local art have a dabble group in our local gallery has sped things up. It is only a small gallery but showing there (which I do on a regular basis now) has given me the confidence to branch out. I have only sold one painting through the gallery so far and 2 to someone in the Netherlands due to having them on my facebook page. Now I have joined FAA (which also gives me an extra page and the ability to sell prints) I have joined twitter, and set up my page using weebly. Having all those pages linked together is driving traffic to my page. I am not reliant on making money through my art but would like to at least recoup some costs and anything more is a bonus. I figure if I keep working at my art it has to improve and it just takes the right person to see something they like.


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Reply #33 on: March 20, 2014, 09:30:06 PM
Zilpa,

Sounds like you are doing all the right things to get your work noticed.  Success is just around the corner.

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Reply #34 on: March 20, 2014, 09:41:55 PM
I was actually walking around the craft fair while my husband sold them -- so I wonder if he bought them himself to make me feel good.

No, he wouldn't do that, would he?  They were three small watercolor paintings of scenes near the site of the craft fair, that's probably why there were appealing.

Again, a niche market.  Paint things people like - scenes in the community, peoples' houses or their pets, guys' cars, .

If I ever get good, I want to do historic buildings both in Hawaii and Cape Cod.  Tourists like that sort of thing.

Again, just ideas.

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Reply #35 on: March 21, 2014, 07:17:22 AM
One thing I just got involved with in Pinterest. I'll let you all know if it does anything. Has anyone else tried it?



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Reply #36 on: March 21, 2014, 02:34:34 PM
marketing online takes time. It is a snowball effect. The more you do it, the longer you do it, the more you get noticed. You just have to keep at it.

We use Pinterest. As with all the other social media sites, it brings in some traffic and all together it forms a lot  O0


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Reply #37 on: March 21, 2014, 02:47:10 PM
I guess I'm just too impatient. I want results NOW!


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Reply #38 on: March 21, 2014, 09:29:10 PM
I agree Nolan even though I am very new at it I have already had 368 visitors to my web page, my aim is to get noticed and seen if I sell it is a bonus. My next step is to start a blog on my page now that I am more nervous about than showing my art :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:


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Reply #39 on: March 22, 2014, 03:15:10 PM
Georgie, to give you an example - it took our Youtube channel more than a year to get it off the ground. We were doing around 10 video views a day at that stage. Then somebody "big" shared one of the videos, we ended up getting 250 views on that video the next day. I thought, wow, if we can get to 250 views a day I will be stoked.

Well it took another 7 months for us to reach the 250 views a day mark, but by constantly building the channel (Adding new videos) we got there. Now 3 years later we are averaging 5000 views a day and that 250/day looks like nothing on the graph

Zilpa - don't be scared of the blog. Use it to tell people what you are busy with, eg. I intend exhibiting at XYZ exhibition in March so need to complete 10 paintings in the next 10 weeks. Then each week you post progress photos of the paintings and chat about challenges you encountered and how you overcame them, etc. You can even ask what they think of ABC in the painting, then take those comments on board for updates to the painting. By the time the exhibition is there, you will have a bunch of people ready to go see your exhibit, and even ready to buy because they feel they know your paintings already


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Reply #40 on: March 22, 2014, 03:28:50 PM
Just today I got a spike in webpage views for my Etsy site. I wonder where that came from. It's hard to tell from the stats on the site. I guess I'll have to get busy on marketing again. I'm just too impatient. How did you keep your spirits up for the year that it took to get going, Nolan?


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Reply #41 on: March 23, 2014, 04:50:27 AM
 :thankyou: Nolan I will take your advise I have just posted a blog on my scratchboard art

http://www.zilpavandergragt-artstudio.com/blog.html


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Reply #42 on: March 23, 2014, 07:34:28 AM
Zilpa,

I just saw your mention of the scratchboard art on Twitter.  Wow, you are getting so techie!

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Reply #43 on: March 23, 2014, 01:22:42 PM
Not really that techie, I have all my sites linked so that whatever I put on one, it automatically posts a link on the other.


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Reply #44 on: March 24, 2014, 12:58:46 AM
Very clever Zilpa.  O0 You are a guiding light in this tangled web of the web!  :2funny:
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