An artist in today's world wanting to make a full-time living without an email list is in for a rocky climb. If you are crossing your fingers that multitudes will consistently find your art, like your art AND buy your art for what it is worth, let's hope you are the type of person that walks away from vegas with thousands of dollars and a new car.
But hey, it's happened before. And people have won Mega Millions, too.
Let's try to up your odds significantly, shall we?
An email list offers the greatest return on both your time and money investment. With Mailchimp, you can invest $0 until you have 2000 subscribers. That just leaves sweat equity!
Let's say you have a really cool event coming up. Or a great new piece of art you are hoping to sell. How would you get the word out, now, before having an email list?
Maybe you would post it on social media? That's not a bad idea if they are online when you post and the Facebook or Twitter fairies deem your post shareable.
Maybe you would post it on your website? That's not a bad idea either, if your fans check your website everyday.
Once you are invited into an inbox, you are available when your reader is.
If you aren't convinced, check out these statistics from MailMunch:
Having an email list means you have a pool of interested customers at your fingertips. An email address is a very personal thing - like a phone number or address. If you are given the key to their inbox, it means they want to hear from you.
This doesn't mean you should spam their inbox, but emails that provide insight or value are only going to solidify their desire to hear from you more often.
It takes an average of five touches for the average person to decide to spend money on something they want.
This means if you had a visitor to your website who liked a piece, but didn't decide to buy, you've lost them unless you captured their email address.
If you have their email address you could send them a coupon, tell them the story of why you became an artist, share a behind-the-scenes method you use and ask them to join your favorite social media channel where they will see a few posts. You continued the conversation instead of letting a lead go cold.
Every communication keeps you fresh in their minds and increases the chances of you making that sale.
Every email you send should convince your customer that you are a professional. You do this by adding value to their inbox. Tell an interesting story. Show them how you make a piece. Offer a digital freebie. Turn that could-be customer into a fan who looks forward to reading everything you send. Don't forget to check for typos and a nice signature to the bottom.
If they learn to value what you freely share, that artwork they've been eyeing starts looking more and more enticing.
Jessica's college experience was spent falling in love with getting her hands dirty. She showed her paintings at art galleries all over the city, but kept waiting to "make it". After the galleries took 30-50%, she would never be able to pay the bills. Determined to learn where she was going wrong, she took a job at a marketing firm where she managed over 50 projects at a time for three years, then ran her own web design company for the next three. Combining all of her unique skills, she opened The Artist Market Co. to teach artists techniques to create a thriving online business from their craft.
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