Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Marketing Yourself

This image is from a recent mosaic called "When One Door Closes, Another Opens". It's all about opportunities. I'm going to be talking about opportunities for marketing ourselves at our next Minnesota Mosaic Guild meeting. We are so lucky to have a great group of mosaicists that get together monthly to share ideas. Since my blog will be one of our sites to visit, I'm going to post the list of good websites and other ideas here. Some of these sites and books are suggested by Christine Brallier. If any of you has any other info to share, leave a comment. Thanks!

Marketing Yourself

http://www.flickr.com (share pics, learn from others, make friends, MMG group – highly recommended)
http://www.mosaicsandceramics.ning.com (learn a lot here)
http://www.mnartists.org (Minnesota only, all forms of art)
http://www.etsy.com (sell some things)
http://www.americanmosaics.org/ (SAMA)
http://www.barbarakeithdesigns.com (get yourself a website)
http://www.barbarakeithdesigns.blogspot.com (get yourself a blog)
http://www.facebook.com (meet other mosaicists, list your website)
http://www.artbizblog.com (good marketing advice)
http://www.cafepress.com (sell your designs on mugs, shirts, etc…)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mosaic_addicts/ (forum – ask questions, get answers!)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mosaicartistsorg/ (forum – ask questions, get answers!)
http://mosaicyearbook.com/ (get published guaranteed)
http://www.mosaicandstainedglass.org/ (forum)
http://www.vistaprint.com (cheap business cards, postcards, etc…)

•Google “Public art opportunities” or “call for artists” and find websites listing offerings
•Email signature (market yourself with every email you send)
•Crosslinking with friends and mosaic websites (you get found in google and on their sites)
(by the way, if you want to cross link with me, leave me your link in the comments area and I'll list your site here on my blog. You can link back to me at www.barbarakeithdesigns.com Thanks!)

Other ways to market yourself:
Galleries/shows (go to galleries and get on their mailing list)
Art Fairs
Private Commissions
Newsletters/brochures/business cards/placing ads/portfolios/notecards of your work
Mailing lists
Ask newspapers or magazines to write an article about you
Tax ID number, MN and Federal (you’ll need this for art fairs and some other opportunities)

Art Marketing 101
I’d Rather be in the Studio


Prairie Girl Studio said...

you truly are so, so lucky to live in such a vibrant and creative community ... wish i was closer by!
prairiegirl xo

Alyson B. Stanfield said...

Barbara: Thank you for recommending my book and site. I very much appreciate your faith in what I offer.

Barbara Benson Keith said...

Prairie Girl, I agree!

Alyson, Thank YOU for the book and site!

Lin Schorr - Glass Art & Mosaic Murals said...

Great info Barb!


Janine Irisarri said...

Thanks so much, Barb, for such a great presentation! It was so informative and such a wealth of information! the list of resources you have included on your blog is invaluable!

kevangirl said...

Thanks for being so generous with your information. You are indeed blessed to be in such a community. I'm dreaming of starting such a thing in my area...

Barbara Benson Keith said...

It's great to have other people around to bounce ideas off of, to see their work in person, to ask questions, to get help with big projects, etc... Good luck!

cbmosaics said...

Great stuff Barb!

Anonymous said...

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Eleanor Parr-DiLeo said...

Thanks Barbara for all this useful information.