Hope you enjoy this infographic with ideas on how to respond to that all too common sentence that customers say, "Oh, I just love your work!" My book, "The Shy Artist's Guide to Answering Questions" has dozens more ideas for responses to common questions and comments. If you have trouble talking to your customers, this is the book for you. Go buy it and use it!
Why is it so expensive to have your work in a gallery?
As a former gallery owner, I heard that or similar questions all the time. Why do galleries take 50% of what your work sells for? Wouldn’t I make more money if I just sold it myself? Gee, I should be a gallery owner so I can make a bunch of money!
www.reusableart.com is a great resource of vintage images that are downloadable and copyright free. The site is categorized so it is easy to find one image out of the over 3000 available. If you need reference photos or inspiration, this is a wonderful website.
Like myself, many authors will sell their Kindle ebooks for free for a couple of days as a way to get their sales ranking to go higher. We also hope that the people who got the book will leave a review.
The selection changes every day so you can always find something interesting. If you like to read, this is a great opportunity to score free e-books. Watch the video tutorial to see how it's done.
I had an interesting experience yesterday. I went with my boyfriend’s daughter to help her with wedding gown choices. You see, when I found a few weeks ago that she had gotten engaged, I thought it would be fun to make her dress. (I’m not sure what I’m getting myself into with this project.) So, when I made the offer, I got an immediate positive response. However, if she finds a perfect dress at a store that’s okay too.
I recently started putting out calls for entry. I am doing monthly online themed exhibits. The winner for each month gets to be a featured artist on The Shy Artist website. I've just put up the next two calls for the months of October and November. It's free to enter, so what are you waiting for?!?!?
Last week the plumber came over to make some repairs in my bathroom. I know, not terribly interesting. Or is it?
You see, my bathtub faucet has been leaking for a long time. It got to the point that I was feeling so guilty about wasting water that I would save the water in the tub and use it for toilet flushing and laundry. So, why didn’t I fix it sooner?
Last Wednesday was the opening of the Art-A-Fair Festival in Laguna Beach, California. I have been an artist at that show for the last 18 years. In that time, I have spoken with hundreds and hundreds of people. And, you just never quite know who you are going to end up talking to.
That night, I spent some time talking to Patricia Shanks, a reporter for Examiner.com. She interviewed me and wrote a wonderful story about my music themed art.
It was very interesting to see how she interpreted my responses and incorporated my words into her story. I was also surprised to see that she had been observing while I was interacting with customers.
Her story had me seeing myself through her eyes. What an interesting perspective.
Here's a link to the story:
Taking care of your customers is one of the most important things you can do for your business. It doesn’t matter if you are a Fortune 500 company, an online business, or an artist.
Like me, I am sure you have had a bad experience with a business. Most of the time you might rant to a couple of your friends about it. If the experience was heinous enough, you might do your venting online to your extended group of friends.