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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 Larry Sohn on February 8, 2019 at 1:30pm

Dave, Without going into all the debates here (there are many), when you do your podcast, I'd like to hear from you, how you address the issue that Artist Photograpehrs face. Unlike so many other mediums, ours is fairly easy to copy / steal. For this reason many Photogs don't post decent quality images of their work online. You cannot get good sales through Facebook or any other social media or online site, without having decent images posted. Therefore, without going into the arguement that we should post our images and just risk the theft, kindly address how it is profitable to use social media for Artist Photographers (that don't want to deal with theft).

Comment by Connie Mettler on February 10, 2019 at 11:20am

Great question, Larry. We'll include this in the podcast.

Comment by Jane Shaffer on February 11, 2019 at 11:39am

I am not a photographer, but I did see what I thought was a good idea at an art fair.  The photographer had ribbon made with his website printed on it.  He tied the ribbon around each of his photographs so that if someone took a picture, it was not usable and it would show his website, but it did not interfere with customers looking at the photograph.  I don't know if it works or if it applies to websites, but I thought it might be something to think about.

Comment by Alisa Butts on February 11, 2019 at 12:07pm

Connie, are these recorded so we can go back and listen later?

Comment by Connie Mettler on February 11, 2019 at 12:41pm

Oh, yes. Alisa. They are always available at You can download them and listen any time. We try to make them really really useful .

Comment by JEFF LEEDY on February 13, 2019 at 3:43pm

I know Dave is marketing his Facebook program intensely- for $1000 I might add-

I'd want real testimonials from painters/artists who have or are having success w his program before I spend $1000. We don't mind doing the hard work but if it sounds too good to be true.......

I hear the Facebook audience is skewed older (they have more $$$) and millenials go elsewhere.

Ask yourselves, who's buying original art these days?  PWMs.

*people with money

Comment by Connie Mettler on February 13, 2019 at 3:53pm

Yep, yep, yep! And some of those PWMs don't want the hassle anymore of crowds and inaccessible parking and the weather ... What I posit here, and does make sense to me, is how much effort and overhead and materials does it take to earn $1000 at an art fair, or rather how much does it cost you to travel, eat, buy materials, booth fees, gas, etc. The real investment here is how much of your time are you willing to spend to learn new tricks and take a chance. 

Several of our podcasts over the years have had their mission of finding ways other than art fairs to sell art. This is a continuation of that. Click on the podcast tab up there at the top and see the rundown. Lots of generous people sharing their time and expertise. Got to love this business.

Comment by Greg Little on February 13, 2019 at 6:09pm

This started about 8 minutes ago and i cannot even figure out how to listen to it on the computer. If i can't even figure out the podcast thing I would have a disaster trying to figure out selling on facebook

Comment by Connie Mettler on February 13, 2019 at 6:42pm

Where you see the link "Click here", or the ArtFairRadio logo that says "click here to listen." Doesn't that work for you, Greg?

Comment by Larry Sohn on February 13, 2019 at 9:46pm

Jane Shaffer Nice idea with the ribbon...except at the shows or on the websites, it is very easy for a person to remove the ribbon. Same as a watermark. There is software to do just that. The finished product wont be quite as good as the original but the thief does not care.


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