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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 Judy Christian on February 14, 2019 at 1:33pm
Ok I listened, first time ever to listen to a podcast as I thought I might have trouble hooking it up- no trouble at all- just click and listen!
Thanks for posting it. I have a better understanding of using facebook now for bus.
Comment by Connie Mettler on February 14, 2019 at 10:32am

Larry, as to the copying, we both know that goes on everywhere. I know a fiber artist, Candiss Cole, who has been in this business a long time who designs clothing. She had a very successful design that was selling well and before you knew it it had been copied and was being made in China and you could buy it retail. So, we're out there at a show or showing our work online, someone is going to copy. You can always take a screenshot of an image ... does this mean you don't use the Internet to show/sell your work? What's chances? and what are chances that creating the image will bring you buyers and keep you creating and you just stay ahead of the cheaters. 

There are ways of protecting images online, so you can't download them, etc., but my tech skills don't extend there. I believe the Coconut Grove Arts Festival artist images have been added to their website this way. You might know what I'm pretty hazy about here. 

Thank you, Greg. I liked it too and I'm usually not totally pleased with how well I've done. This was interesting to me, Dave was very forthcoming, and it wasn't all a commercial, but useful and helpful to many. I hope.

Comment by Greg Little on February 14, 2019 at 1:06am

Connie, I tried all the links and it continually said the podcast was in progress but I could not get any sound. Made sure my audio was working by listening to a music channel.

Fortunately I tried the podcast at around 11pm tonight and the audio was working. Not sure of the original problem cause but I did get to listen... Excellent podcast... Thanks 

Comment by Larry Sohn on February 13, 2019 at 11:28pm

Not much, when you think of it the way you, Norm or I might feel. As we are seeking fine art. However the average person who is just as happy with seeing it on a computer monitor or their cell phone, will be happy with it. The same issue was prevelant years ago. In the music industry when people would pirate music rather than buy the record or CD. Although the MP3 was lower quality, they were happy enough to steal what they got. Secondly are the ones who will steal it for our artistic eye. Our composition, lighting, subject matter. Those things they might be able to imitate and mass produce.

Now if that person was a skilled photog, witht he right equipment and knowledge they could make a very good copy from a picture of a photo. Of course they would have to be able to get the lighting and equipment just right to acquire the shot.

Comment by Connie Mettler on February 13, 2019 at 11:00pm

So true. The thief will not care, but what will he have? a photo of a photo. What good would that do? What could a person do with that?

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.

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 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 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 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

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