Originally posted 6th August 2019 – Updated 25th June 2020
Selling Art Online
It’s more important than ever to increase awareness and find new ways of getting your work in front of new people – potential clients. Here we will look at how you can use social media to your advantage. Most of us have an account on at least one platform, whether that’s Facebook, Instagram or another. But how can you use that to your advantage?
Selling art through social media
There are many different platforms available; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to name a few. However, you need to select wisely. Possibly the most common and popular for artists and photographers would be Facebook and Instagram, however, you need to consider your target audience. In 2018 there were over 44 million social media users just in the UK (and these people regularly used their social media accounts too!) Therefore, social media platforms provide a great audience to present your work to. It’s also worth delving into the demographics of each site a little further too. For example, Facebook users are mainly female and fall within the 25-34 age category, whereas the Twitter user base is pretty much a 50/50 split between male and female. Alternatively, LinkedIn is a much more ‘serious’ platform mainly used for targeting other businesses. Consequently, the first and most important thing to consider is who your target audience is when selecting which social media accounts to set up.
Things to consider
Here are a few top things you need to consider when setting up and selling or promoting your work through social media platforms.
- Less is more! Don’t try to have accounts on all social media platforms. Just select a couple to run with for example Instagram and Facebook (possibly the best options for artists and photographers). Creating and posting content takes time and you need to keep time free to actually create work! A couple of channels should be manageable.
- More is less! Yes, contradictory to the above! However, you need to post regularly. In 2016 there were 95 million posts each day to Instagram alone! It’s easy for your posts to get lost in that so post regularly to keep your followers engaged. If it helps, dedicate a couple of hours throughout the week to post on social media and make sure you stick to it!
- Set up a page on Facebook and keep it strictly business! A ‘page’ is different to your own personal profile, more like a shop front on the internet. A page makes it much easier to gain followers and it’s viewable to almost everybody. It is also vital to keep content relating to your work. Nobody wants to know what you had for dinner last night or see your holiday pictures (unless they are work related!) However, do let your personality shine through, but just remember the aim is to promote and sell your artwork or photography.
- Interact with others. If someone leaves a lovely comment about your work, take the time to say thank you. Good manners pay dividends! It also makes you more approachable if someone would like to ask questions or understand your work further.
- #Hashtags. Use them sparingly but still use them! A post with just one hashtag linked to it, is said to receive 12% more interaction than a post without. Write down a list of hashtags that link to your work and style that you can use regularly. Some examples may be; #watercolourartist or #landscapephotography.
- Join other groups and do some research. Social media is a great tool for checking out other peoples work and keeping an eye on the competition. It’s also brilliant for networking by joining groups relating to the industry and receiving peer to peer reviews of your work.
These are just a few important factors to take into consideration when setting up and maintaining your profiles, however, all are very important and it’s easy to get lost and confused when starting out!
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