Thursday, October 3, 2013

BUSINESS TIPS FOR ARTISTS: THE TOP TEN MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO PROMOTE YOUR ART



BUSINESS TIPS FOR ARTISTS:

THE TOP TEN MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS
TO PROMOTE YOUR ART

By Margaret Danielak (c) 2013

1.    1.  Create a great looking business card with a sample of your work on it, and keep it with you at all times. You never know when you are going to meet your next client.

2.    2.  After meeting someone for the first time, be sure to obtain their contact information so you can follow up with them. 

3.    3.  Prepare an elevator speech, 15 to 30 seconds in length, which answers the question: WHAT DO YOU DO?

4.    4.  Maintain an updated website and/or blog featuring not only your art, but articles you’ve written and any awards you’ve won.  Make it clear what is for sale, what has sold, and where and how the client can buy the work. (i.e. a particular gallery)

5.    5.  Do not wait for potential clients to contact you. Create a system for staying in touch with your contacts through a monthly or weekly newsletter, regular Facebook post or blog feed. Reach out to your contacts regularly.

6.    6.  Join and participate in not only a professional art association or guild, but a chamber of commerce, cultural or volunteer organization.  Immediately, you will be plugged into a group of affluent potential buyers this way.  REMEMBER:  People do business with people they know.

7.    7.  Cultivate other creative professionals like architects, art consultants, curators, film makers, interior designers and the like.  They know a lot of people who both need and appreciate art.

8.    8.  Act as your own press agent. Market your work with press releases. 

9.     9.  Be friendly and both willing and able to have a conversation about a variety of topics and not just your art. Become someone others want to know.

       10.   Find out what your client likes and then give it to them even if it isn’t your artwork. It doesn’t hurt you to "pay it forward" and may secure you a referral fee. 

“The No. 1 secret to successful marketing is to choose a set of simple and effective marketing activities and do them consistently. Secret No. 2 is to choose those activities that best fit your personality, abilities and interests, because you are much more likely to do them consistently. Remember: The most carefully detailed marketing plan won’t work unless you make it real by putting it into action.” – Susan Urquhart-Brown.

 
THE AUTHOR: Margaret Danielak is an art rep, curator and author of the highly rated handbook for fine artists "A Gallery without Walls: Selling Art in Alternative Venues" which was a featured selection of North Light Book Club. 
Her current exhibition "Celebrate Pasadena" - ART AT THE BAR is currently on view at the Pasadena Bar Association. For details visit www.danielakart.com - Link from first page to the online catalog. 

4 comments:

Zhoniu Pfozhe said...

This is an awesome article and really a big help for an emerging artist like me. Thank you for sharing this and i have subscribed to your blog.
Regards
Zhoniu's Art

Bruce Burr said...

great to see these ideas listed in a very doable sequence - good advice for all creatives!

DanielakArt said...

Thank you for the feedback! Glad these were helpful. I'm hoping to post new tips each week...stay tuned!

DanielakArt said...

Thank you for the feedback! Glad these were helpful. I'm hoping to post new tips each week...stay tuned!