Blog on Art Marketing and Selling Art


Don't miss Jason Horejs' follow-up article on becoming a better art salesperson

Becoming a Better Art Salesperson: The Power of Silence

As your client finds an interesting piece and you move toward the close, silence can be far more powerful than talk. [...]

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Clint Watson shares some tips on how to treat your art collectors

You're the Rock Star

You're the Rock Star. And you should be doing the things I described above. If you didn't know that...well, now you do. [...]

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Don't miss Jason Horejs' tips on how to become a better salesperson

Becoming a Better Art Salesperson - Are you Chasing Away Your Buyers?

Many artists, and even some gallery salespeople, mistakenly think that the art sales process is a mysterious, and perhaps even devious way to trick people into buying something theyíre not interested in. If this is your approach to selling, you will have limited success and unsatisfied buyers. I believe our work is much simpler: we are here to help people who feel a real connection to your art make it a part of their lives. [...]

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Don't miss Keith Bond's follow up article on focusing on others

Stop Worrying About Yourself -- Focus on Others (Part 2)

Regardless of the art you create, you need to understand who your collectors are and why. The question to ask is: how will their world or their life be better and more enriched with your art? Understand your collectors. Understand why and how they respond to your art. [...]

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One Simple Trick To Get More Customers

When your "gold panning" rewards you with a customer, treat her well and send those thank you notes. [...]

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Your Artful Amplifiers

Do you monitor worry about your website's traffic? Do you encourage beg people to "like" you on Facebook? Do you wonder if hope search engine marketing will ride in on a white horse and hand you new buyers? [...]

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Jason Horejs shares tips on how to help you meet new people and build relationships

Breaking the Ice - Starting Conversations with Potential Art Buyers (and anyone else who crosses your path!)

Once I realized that it wasnít my job to try and impress people with something I said, but rather that it was far more important to be impressed with something they said, I became far more successful at building relationships. [...]

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Don't miss Jason Horejs' discussion on "So are art galleries going to disappear completely"

The Art Gallery is Dead . . . Long Live the Art Gallery

So are art galleries going to disappear completely? As I said, Iíve recently read blog posts and articles suggesting that this is the case, and that their demise is imminent. I suspect that this assertion is somewhat premature and that, in fact, galleries arenít going to disappear as an institution, but rather are simply going to go through a major transformation. [...]

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Eric Rhoads shares the best way to grow your business

Mining Old Gold: The BEST Way to Sell More Artwork

The best way to grow your business is from your real most valuable asset: your existing customers. [...]

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Jason Horejs shares the advantages of asking for a photo of sold artwork

Quick Art Marketing Tip: Request a Photo of Artwork Recently Purchased

By the way, itís never too late to ask for this photo. Getting in touch with past clients to ask for a photo of artwork is not only a great way to get the image, itís a great excuse to get back in touch with a past buyer and remind them of your work. [...]

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Keith Bond discusses the benefits of building up other artists

Good Karma

And I find that there is good karma when you talk up another artistís work and help collectors decide to purchase it. It usually comes back around in one way or another. It isnít always right away. But it does come back around. [...]

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Clint Watson discusses the importance of having prices on your art website

Why You Need Prices on Your Art Website

A gallery website today should allow a customer to begin...and complete the entire transaction with a smartphone, without ever having to call someone at the gallery. [...]

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Jason Horejs shares 3 tips that will help you better follow up with your clients.

3 Tips to Help You Better Follow Up With Art Buyers and Make More Sales

When you consider the lifetime value of a collector who ends up buying multiple pieces from you, the cost of a failure to follow-up is staggering. [...]

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Jason Horejs discusses how words can make a difference in sales

Selling Art: Words that Make a Difference

While there are those times that exactly the right buyer appears and finds exactly the right art, it is much more frequently a significant amount of effort to close a sale. [...]

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Jason Horejs shares why you shouldn't discriminate against your acquaintances being art collectors

From a Reader- Creating Art Sales by Promoting your Work to Your Network of Acquaintances

The next time your work is being featured in a show, open studio or some other invent, make sure the people you know are the first to receive invitations! [...]

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Jason Horejs shares the advantages of advertising on Facebook

An Introduction to Facebook Advertising for Artists

So what tools does Facebook offer that are useful to me as an art advertiser? [...]

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Jason Horejs discusses what's best to market your art: Personal Profile or Facebook Page

Marketing Art on Facebook: Should Artists Use Their Personal Profile or Create a Facebook Page?

Do You Share Your Art on Your Personal Profile, or Have You Set Up a Business Page? [...]

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Jason Horejs' shares 5 strategies to help you market your art on social media

5 Strategies for Successfully Marketing Art on Social Media

We are still in the early days of social media marketing, and I feel that we have a lot to learn about using social media marketing to best effect. [...]

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Jason Horejs discusses how to gain art collectors on social media.

How to Get Collectors To Follow You on Social Media

Not everyone you invite is going to become a follower, but some percentage will. Itís your persistence and consistency in inviting that will lead to a strong follower base. [...]

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Lori Woodward's discusses the power of the "red dot" at an art show.

The Psychology of SOLD

Sales really do beget Sales. [...]

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Eric Rhoads discusses the important role a frame can play in selling your artwork.

Using Frames To Sell Artwork

Itís important to think of a painting as a whole package. Quality paintings and quality frames go together. [...]

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Keith Bond shares some important tips on how to create your art business.

Art is a Business

Art is much, much more than simply creating. [...]

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Lori Woodward's discusses how to build your skill set by narrowing your focus.

For Love and Money

What if I could make just as much, or more money painting the subject matter that truly motivates me? Since it is a given that in order to attract a collector clan, I'll need an easily defined, connected body of work with a unique style, why not make that body of work something that I'll never tire of? [...]

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Lori Woodward shares the value of always being a student...

Adding Value to Your Artwork

Never settle... as soon as you think you've learned everything there is to know about making fine art, your work is in trouble. [...]

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Don't miss Clint Watson's final post in his 6 part "What Collectors Want"

What Collectors Want, Part 6: Exclusivity

What art collector doesn't want to feel special and part of an exclusive club? And who's in a better position to offer exclusive access to an artist's work or an artist's time than the artist herself? [...]

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Lori Woodward discusses the importance of Marketing your own Art.

Marketing Art Is a Do-it-Yourself Job, Like it or Not

We artists can no longer depend on someone else to do our "fishing" for us. If we don't know how to effectively market our work, our careers may not survive. [...]

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Clint Watson discusses the benefits of a Spillover Effect in the next part in "What Collector's Want"

What Collectors Want, Part 5: Spillover Effects

When an art gallery carries the works of a famous artist, it creates a huge spillover effect of attention that benefits all the other artists hanging in the gallery. Ask yourself how you can re-create a similar spillover effect in your own marketing. [...]

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Clint Watson discusses the importance of Curation as the next part in "What Collector's Want"

What Collectors Want, Part 4: Curation

How is an art collector supposed to find art to consider? You can't expect a collector to look through thousands of websites. Curation is and has always been the solution. [...]

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Keith Bond discusses a sometimes forgotten form of communication.

A Simple, Focused Snail-Mail Campaign

In this age of being digitally over-connected, sometimes something tangible sent via snail mail will really impress. [...]

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The True Focus of Art Marketing

A detailed understanding of the various levels and types of art collectors helps gallerists and artists know where and how to reach potential buyers. [...]

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The Politics of Price

In a perfect world, price wouldnít be an issue and collectors would purchase only works that they loved. But that is not reality. Price does influence the decision with many collectors. [...]

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Narrow Your Focus

By being focused on who you and your collectors are, you will be in the right places. Sure, you will still need to hike and scout and do all the other work. [...]

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Don't Use Price as Marketing Strategy

Are your marketing efforts reaching those you are trying to attract? If not, maybe you are using the wrong strategy. [...]

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Adventures With Instagram: Become Hashtag Detectives

With just an hour a day on Instagram, Iím gaining new followers daily, many who are seeing my artwork for the first time. [...]

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Adventures With Instagram: Designing Your Profile Page

Donít ruin the experience for them by presenting your work as though it is manufactured and sold as a commodity. Present yourself and what you make in an intriguing way. [...]

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What Collectors Want

True art collectors form the backbone of an artist's career. [...]

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Use Instagram With Your Personal Computer

I suspect that in the future, the makers of Instagram will see fit to make the app fully usable from personal computers. [...]

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How Instagram Works

If we artists are to entice and create a new generation of art collectors, we will do best if we meet these folks where they already live (and post). [...]

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Your Art Business Is Personal

Today, running a business is more personal than ever - Especially when your interests and art resonate with like-minded folks [...]

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How to Handle an Art Sale that Doesnít Work Out

Ultimately, I want my clients to buy art because they feel a powerful, emotional connection to the work. [...]

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