When you master how to capture sales at your local level, you will have more money and more confidence to help you successfully tackle more complex art marketing tasks
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Do all your friends and family know you are an artist with work to sell? Have you supplied them with postcards, sales sheets, or other art marketing materials to give to others? In your professional circle, how many contacts have bought your art?
How many professionals do you use in your life? Do your doctor, your lawyer, your CPA, and bookkeeper own your art? Have you shown them your art? Do your friends, family or professional relationships regularly refer prospects to you?
You have people all around you who might buy your art, or they might know someone who will buy your art. If you practice, you can learn genuinely to ask these potential buyers and centers of influence to buy your art or refer you to prospects that will.
If you learn to be effective at the local/regional level, you will create a solid foundation to help fund more extensive marketing efforts. Grassroots marketing does not require a large budget. It requires you learn to be pleasantly persistent in seeking buyers and selling your art. If you are proud of your work, nothing should stop you from professionally presenting yourself everywhere you go.
Business cards are useless 20th Century appendages. They are a classic way for someone to blow you off. Stop using them. Never provide any material that does not have a call to action. Use postcards, sale sheets or brochures with a reason to contact you. It could be for commission work, or for free shipping, free local delivery and hanging, a special price or discounted framing.
When you give your art marketing material to someone, ask for a commitment for when you can follow up to talk further. Keep your promises and follow up on schedule. Send thank you notes with a reminder after the meeting. At the very least, make sure you get their postal mailing and email addresses with their permission to use them.
If you cringe at the idea of doing routine art marketing tasks such as these you need either to find someone who is comfortable and capable of doing them for you, or to learn to get over your feelings about performing necessary tasks to build your successful art career.
Most often the difference in wealth between two equally talented artists is one runs circles around the other when it comes to marketing and selling. Do not let fear, misperceptions or inaction sabotage your future.
Obviously, there is more to art marketing than selling locally. Nevertheless, as the saying goes, “You have to walk before you run”, applies to art marketing.
When you master how to capture sales at your local level, you will have more money and more confidence to help you successfully tackle more complex art marketing tasks. Plus, those first gained local buyers are most likely to be your most ardent and long-lived fans.