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I went on Facebook and joined all the local buy, swap, sell, garage sale pages. I posted the following in each group with a sample of my work:

Like AND share this status for a chance to win an 11" X 14" painting based on your photograph! I paint people, pets, and landscapes.
 
 Winner will be announced 08/01/2014
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 View originals for sale here:
 https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtByG
 
 Prints here:
 http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/georgie-mcneese.html

I've only been doing it a few days and I already have over 125 shares and 1 sale. I plan to contact each person that entered once the giveaway is over and offer them a discount on a painting.

You should try it. It looks like it is working.


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Reply #1 on: July 14, 2014, 05:22:31 AM
Generous and clever.  :clap:
Zoe is adorable!
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Reply #2 on: July 14, 2014, 05:27:00 AM
Thank you, ncwren! Zoe is my baby.


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Reply #3 on: July 14, 2014, 11:43:46 AM
well done, great idea :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Reply #4 on: July 15, 2014, 07:28:43 AM
Love your marketing idea! Thanks for sharing...
Cheers,
Sharon


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Reply #5 on: July 15, 2014, 07:34:44 AM
You're welcome!


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Reply #6 on: July 22, 2014, 06:27:42 AM
Just to keep you posted about this marketing endeavor, I have had over 250 likes and shares on my paintings and I've earned two commissions. It's a pain in the butt to keep up with it all, but I think it will be worth it when I'm done. I have a lot of people to contact and offer a discount to when it's over.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed.


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Reply #7 on: July 22, 2014, 06:35:03 AM
Sounds exciting G!!  O0
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Reply #8 on: July 22, 2014, 07:03:54 AM
It is exciting to see all the names of people that I don't know popping up. I don't think I could have gotten the word out any better if I'd put an ad in the newspaper. Of course, I'll probably try that at some point.

I love your signature line by the way, ncwren.


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Reply #9 on: July 23, 2014, 01:02:34 PM
the more effort you put in, the more you get out O0


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Reply #10 on: July 23, 2014, 02:13:54 PM
I just need two of me. One to paint and one to do all the marketing.


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Reply #11 on: July 24, 2014, 02:04:43 PM
that is always the problem :-\


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Reply #12 on: July 24, 2014, 02:17:01 PM
I wish I had a Dennis.


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Reply #13 on: August 09, 2014, 10:56:34 AM
Another update on how this campaign turned out so far.

I got two commissioned paintings from someone who had already purchased one commissioned painting from me, but this came more from talking about the contest than from the contest itself.

I had one person who wanted to purchase one of my paintings that I had posted. We discussed how much it would cost and I volunteered to give him the frame that was shown in the photo. He agreed to the price, said he wanted it and wanted me to call him to discuss payment options. I was thrilled! Unfortunately, when I tried to call him, my call went straight to voicemail which was full. I sent an email to the email address he had given me, and I sent him a message on facebook. He hasn't responded to any of my efforts. Bummer.

I wound up with over 400 likes and shares. I contacted about 200 of them last week via Facebook messenger and told them that they didn't win the painting, but they did win a 25% discount should they choose to purchase a painting. I got a few "ok's" and "thank you's", and two who actually contacted me for serious talk about having a painting done. All details were discussed including pricing and both told me that they definitely wanted a painting and would get back in touch. So far that was the end of that.

I just contacted the last 200 today. We'll see if I get any more bites. So far, it looks like a whole lot of work for little gain except that 400 people and their friends have heard my name associated with art. I also had several hundred visitors to my Etsy shop during that time. Maybe someday if they keep seeing my name often enough, they'll think I'm a pro and want one of my paintings.

Anyway, i'm discouraged. I've got to think of another marketing trick. I can't afford to pay for advertising. So far, everyone that i've sold or given a painting to, loved it. I give them business cards to share. So far, no takers.

It seems that most artists have turned to teaching art to make a living. I would happily do that if I knew enough to teach. I'm just a tired old lady who would love to use my hobby to supplement my income.

Anyone else out there got any ideas?

By the way, there was a winner in the contest and I have a beautiful dog to paint. Free.


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Reply #14 on: August 09, 2014, 11:09:05 AM
Gee, G, it does sound like a lot of effort for so little immediate return, but you now have your name really out there.

Our two most successful PBers seem to be Brian who has a niche with his motorcycles and Sharon who lives in a big city where she gained almost instant fame with her Sacramento painting.

Gotta figure out how to replicate their success on your terms.

aloha

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