Simple Twitter Tips to Stand Out From the Crowd

Twitter is an important ingredient to my art business success. Since 2009, I have effectively used the following simple Twitter tips as a way to brand and market myself and my art business. For me, Twitter has proven to be the fastest way to build my online presence. Twitter has literally changed my life, and propelled my career! In fact, Twitter has changed the way in which businesses, and customers communicate with each other. Twitter gives small [...]

6 Great Art Blogs For Those Addicted To Learning

I’m addicted to learning. I grew up in a household where education is extremely important and success was achieved by studying and working hard at whatever you desire. This mentality has stuck with me all of my life. So, in my journey to become a good artist, I have to find resources, and art blogs for learning. So, what do I look for in a art blog? Several things: Excellent artwork. Interesting ideas that I can adapt with [...]

Best And Worst Times To Post On Social Media

In order to be successful, we artists and other creatives need to be efficient with our time - online and off. Learning the best and worst times to post on social media helps us optimize our time. The infographic below illustrates a guideline for the best and worst times to post on social media. Following these times will help our content reach more people and grow our online presence. Think about this: 48% of the US population runs of [...]

How to Use Your Twitter Friends as Character References

Since I began using Twitter in 2009, I have made life changing friendships via social media. Many of these 'friends' have become professional colleagues, and personal friends. Recently, I have discovered a great way to use tweets as 'character references' for my resume. Twitter is the perfect place to gather character references from friends who tweet strong positive statements about you, and your expertise. Over the past few months, I have started collecting 'screenshots' of flattering tweets that are relevant to [...]

Blogging & Social Media: Does it Steal an Artist’s Mystery?

On Twitter I shared a popular post, Should Artists Have Their Own Blogs? According to Topsy.com, this topic sparked 108 shares on Twitter, however this interesting tweet caught my eye. I retweeted and commented to his response, and then I decided to ask my loyal Facebook friends on my Fine Art Tips fan page for their thoughts. I asked, "What do you think? Do you think blogging steals the mystery of an artist? If so, how do we [...]

Is Blogging Dead for Artists?

Is blogging dead for artists? Nowadays, so many artists are using sites like Facebook and Google Plus or even Twitter for their micro blogging, and art promotion. Lately, there is a lot buzz going around that blogging is dying. I disagree. Why? With social sites, you do not control any of the content that has been shared on your accounts. You do not have control over the look and layout, plus you cannot manage the comments. Blogging on [...]

To Sale or Not to Sale? That is the Question

As a professional artist, having a sale on original art can be a tough decision to make. On one hand, artists want to respect the patrons who have spent good money purchasing their art and don’t want to under-cut them. However, having a sale stimulates buyers to spend and can help build a new client base. I’m a sucker for a sale. I was pondering the question and sent it to Lori McNee on Facebook. Lori has [...]

February 14th, 2012|Art Business Tips, General, Guest Articles|13 Comments

What Social Media Means to Me

By now, most of us know about Social Media and its benefits. People gain information, education, and news instantly. Social Media is free or relatively inexpensive and accessible to enable anyone to publish or access information. Social Media allows private individuals to reach small or large audiences.  A blog post may reach zero people or millions of people! But in case you need a little more persuasion, Tony Hastings of  'The Top Ten Blog' spells out the main attributes [...]

Is the Social Media Bandwagon Right for You?

by guest artist/author:Matt LeBlanc By day I’m an agency account director and an abstract artist by night. My day job consists of managing multi million dollar advertising campaigns and I constantly discuss online marketing strategies with my clients. The online world was turned upside down a few years ago with the introduction of Social Media. The Social Media bandwagon is not only for big businesses, but is it right for you? The web is rapidly changing the [...]