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Next Podcast: Can Facebook Really Help You Sell Your Work?

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 6 PM ET - Listen Live

(this is a sponsored podcast)

The high overhead of doing 30 shows a year exhausting you? What if you only did 20? or 10? When I first started my websites I thought if I only had $500 more a month that would be great. Now nearly 15 years later I'm no longer putting up a tent and traveling to events. Social media, learning its ins and outs, made the difference for me.

My guest is Dave Emmons who shares some of the same background I do. He has participated in art fairs for 27 years. A while back he thought there "might be a better way" to sell his work, starting to hate what he was doing. Whether you are new to this business of art fairs and are intrigued with having more freedom in your life or you are a long time veteran and just want to slow down, Dave's (and my) premise is "let's get online."

Your customers are online, an international audience, shopping online 24/7. You have (or should have) email lists of your buyers. You probably have a website. You're probably on Facebook, maybe even a FB business page. We're going to learn from Dave how you can put it to work to make your life even better. Dave is an artist who also coaches other artists on the skills needed to sell their work online.

If you're saying, "I've tried that"; "I'm too busy", "It's too complicated" ... or the myriad other reasons, listen to this podcast. I think it might help you.

Listen at Can Facebook Really Help You Sell Your Work?


Learn more about Dave Emmons and his ideas:

Will you join us? This will be Part I. If there is enough interest in 2 weeks we'll do Part II and invite you to share your experience with all of us.

Questions for Dave? Please post in the comments below.

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Comment by Greg Little on February 15, 2019 at 3:13pm

Thanks Connie... who wouldn't like the idea of making money online and being able to spend more time in the shop creating work? I sure like that idea. I listened to the podcast and even before doing so I did as much research as I possibly could find about David Emmons and his online course. I could not find anything that I didn't agree with.

I realize it will take a lot of work and effort to build up sales through this marketing system...but I am going to do it because i feel it is worth my time. Yes, I could probably figure alot of this out without taking the course but I like the idea of having the help of the course and their support group...$1000 is not going to make or break it and we are worth it...

Carol and I have done every show together and she is always 100% supportive through the good and bad shows. She is even going to study the course with me ...2 heads are better than one. With both of us being 71 it would be nice to do more online and on an ongoing basis.

I will keep you updates as to how it progresses....

Comment by Connie Mettler on February 15, 2019 at 1:15pm

Yes, Judy.

My point is that if you are a more independent DIY  person, you can find a lot of info about what to do just by reading. About 15 minutes of reading and you will have enough info to keep you busy for months. It's doing the actual work. The knowledge is easily accessible.

Comment by Judy Christian on February 15, 2019 at 1:12pm

I only have an etsy shop with very minimal listings- 6 months of the year my shop is completely empty- art shows. Selling online has turned into a very minimal hobby for me. My shop only has just a few functional pieces of pottery.  BUT, even with all of my neglect-I have sold over 600 pots online. I have also had some very good opportunities from being online, most of which I could not pursue due to the time caught up with the art shows.

My point is that if you are a more independent DIY  person, you can find a lot of info about what to do just by reading. About 15 minutes of reading and you will have enough info to keep you busy for months. It's doing the actual work. The knowledge is easily accessible.

I don't know facebook, but selling online does not have any special mysteries or magic that I am aware of. A lot of it is getting customers to your site- continually. The great thing about the internet is that there are a lot of people who participate and freely give out LOTS of info and free help.

I mean no disrespect to Dave who seems like a really nice great guy. Just sharing my own experience.

Comment by Connie Mettler on February 15, 2019 at 12:51pm

Yes, testimonials ... a few of his clients did post in the run up to this. You can find them in Annette Piper's discussion. I'm sure he can furnish them. But also, for me under consideration, I know I've been online with FB pages for 10 years. I only have 7000 followers. He's been on for 3-4 years, he has 85,000 followers! Granted he has pursued them more than I have, but still ...

(Full disclosure: I just thought that readers may think Dave is paying me to continue this discussion and agree with the efficacy of following his program. He did sponsor the podcast and paid me $175. It was listed as a sponsored post.)

Comment by Angela Ehrig on February 15, 2019 at 12:40pm

I agree Jeff! I feel the same way. I have scheduled that free podcast meeting today. I will do some more research on him and his work before I decide. Seems to be too good to be true. I have put a posting on Westcoast Artists on Facebook asking other artists if they knew about this podcast and about Dave Emmons but I only got one reply otherwise no reaction whatsoever.

Comment by JEFF LEEDY on February 15, 2019 at 12:09pm

I was very attracted to the appeal of David Emmons course ($1000) so I attended his webinar a month ago.  I took notes furiously but upon reviewing them I realized that David gave clues to his program but not actually how to do the process. After all he is selling his program-and the appeal is very compelling. What I need before I spend money I can't spare right now, are testimonials that confirm that his extensive program can work for me & others. If it does, I'm in.

My show sales are not great so if this could produce for me, I'm all in.

Comment by Connie Mettler on February 15, 2019 at 11:44am

Greg, why travel forever?? why not build an audience where it doesn't take such a toll on your time, body and $$. The high overhead of art fairs can be alleviated, I believe, by doing fewer shows, especially the marginal ones, make sales online and shoot for the big shows. Plus, it means as you get older you have built a business that means you don't have to meet every customer in person.

(On that note. You've been a participant on this forum for a long time and I feel like you and I know one another. Meeting you face to face would be great, it's a relationship we've established over the years. We've established a trust ... online marketing can do that for you too.)

Comment by Greg Little on February 15, 2019 at 1:21am

Hello Connie,

Thanks for the excellent podcast. Facebook marketing is something I have been really thinking about for a while and I knew I had to do if I want to continually grow and expand.I don't know much about computers and marketing but I am passionate about my wood art.

David Emmon's podcast made me realize that I just need to redirect some of that passion to learning Facebook Marketing strategies... therefore I signed up for his online course toDay.

Comment by Larry Sohn on February 14, 2019 at 5:58pm

Connie, As you know I'm pretty much in the loop, as far as IT. 

Currently, there is no way to keep someone from downloading a photo, they see on a website, to their own computer. Many simple methods such as disabeling right click, blank front layers, etc. However they only slow down or stop the lay person. This is the first image from that site. Artist Abdiel Acosta.  Look at it. it is not great quality, however ti will suffice for most people. It took almost 3 minutes to accomplish.

Comment by Connie Mettler on February 14, 2019 at 5:08pm

Good, Judy. There is nothing to it! You're right, just "click" and listen ... 

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