The Personal, Timely, Relevant Marketing Framework

This post is by Clint Watson, former art gallery operator and founder of BoldBrush, acknowledged for FASO Artist Web-sites, the leading supplier of skilled artist internet sites, the $38,000+ BoldBrush Painting Competition and the totally free day by day artwork marketing and advertising e-newsletter, FineArtViews. As a self-proclaimed “artwork fanatic”, Clint delights that BoldBrush’s downtown San Antonio, Texas workplace is total of original art, as is his house office. You can hook up with Clint on TwitterFacebook or his private website at

Advertising and marketing is tricky.  To make a sale, you ought to arrive at persons when many conditions flawlessly align:  You need to have to get to folks Wherever they want your message, WHEN they want your information and the concept has to be Relevant and Particular to their current requirements or wants.  This is what I’m calling the “The Individual, Well timed, Relevant Framework.” [1]

In contemplating about how the “Individual, Timely, Suitable” framework notion applies to artwork, I feel it presents a useful context to understand why the adhering to factors look to be accurate:

1.  Art galleries sell better than places to eat (a lot more appropriate)
2.  Art openings offer superior than “regular” days in the gallery (more timely)
3.  Open up studio situations provide superior than just “wander ins”  (much more timely)
4.  Art sells far better when the artist is part of the conversation  (extra personalized)

I’ve spoken typically about owning conversations and telling tales bordering your artwork.  I’ve prepared about shifting the world.  And, I experienced an complete submit about leading your collector clan, which talked exclusively about electronic mail e-newsletter marketing, which I feel is a little something each individual solitary artist must be performing.

But how do you start or grow or nurture a group of dedicated enthusiasts?  How do you lead your “tribe”?

By being personal, timely and pertinent.

You need to “be there” at the appropriate time, and in the suitable spot to individually link with anyone, to start out a “dialogue” (on line or offline) with that particular person, and your target, at that position, is not to offer them your artwork directly (although it is great if you do).  Your target, at that level of very first speak to, is to get permission to proceed the dialogue.  In the actual globe, this usually manifests by itself as permission to include that human being to your electronic mail list, to insert them to your show mailing list, or probably even merely to program a comply with up telephone simply call.

Here’s an example:  Let’s say you paint landscapes of the New England place.  A neighborhood restaurant proprietor approaches you and would like to display screen some of your art.  So you hang it…and nothing (or quite tiny) happens.  Why?  Because people go to eating places to try to eat, not glance at artwork.  Context matters.

Your concept (the artwork) is not appropriate at the time the person is eating in the cafe, and it is really not well timed possibly.  So instead, you make a decision to clearly show your artwork in a community artwork honest more than the summer season.  Suppose there are a whole lot of tourists in the region in the summer (escaping to New England to get out of the brutal heat we have here in Texas).  A few walks into the artwork honest hunting for mementos of their summer months holiday getaway in New England.  They see your artwork and they are now engaged.  Now, at this point your artwork is related, it’s timely and it’s particular to them.  Your objective is to get authorization to continue on the discussion with this pair You want them on your email listing.  You want them to join your supporters.  You want their permission to hold conversing to them in the long run and displaying them your exceptional artworks.  If you get that authorization you’ve improved the size of your tribe.  If you promote your painting, which is excellent, be confident to get authorization to stay in contact with them.  If they obtain your portray, they’re going to be even more committed to your tribe.  (Of system, make all reasonable efforts to market the artwork while they are existing, in your booth, but whether or not they order it or not, you should get permission to go on the discussion).

Electronic mail Marketing and advertising

Over I mentioned that your main intention is obtaining authorization to keep on a conversation with your prospect.  And having permission to send a prospect e mail messages is a effective device.  This is what Seth Godin phone calls a Permission Asset.  And, like Alyson Stanfield says, “Your get in touch with list is your #1 asset – if you use it.

Email newsletters are so strong since, if you mail them to individuals who have previously provided you authorization (ie you are not spamming), then they are practically normally individual and pertinent.   They are just not normally well timed.  Immediately after all, you can’t know when your prospect is wondering about shopping for art, or when they have some “time to get rid of” and are in the mood to prevent and read through your publication, or when they want to surf your internet site and seem at your art.  You basically can not know if your e-mail newsletter is likely into their trash folder or if it really is going to be read.

Which is why, and this is an essential stage, you’ve obtained to send your e-mail publication typically.  You need to have to use it continuously.  When your prospect is in that temper to read through your e-newsletter…..then you want to be there, waiting in their inbox.  And the only way to make certain that you are there is to ship your e mail blasts often – two times a thirty day period, or each individual 7 days, twice a 7 days, or even just about every working day.

I after interviewed an artist who made a decision to paint 100 painting in 100 times.  He sent an electronic mail newsletter just about every solitary working day, featuring every single day’s painting.  Even with a compact checklist of subscribers, he sold above 90 of the paintings and garnered at minimum 3 commissions.  Plus the venture grew his e-mail record even further.  This task labored for the reason that when persons had been ready . . . he was there.  The reality that this artist was emailing his list each and every working day was driving gross sales of his paintings.  Because his messages were personalized, pertinent…….and on the times that a particular fan was in the temper, they ended up well timed.

Recall, your make contact with checklist is your quantity a single asset…..if you use it.

As I wrote the past paragraph, I recognized anything shockingly sad:  I under no circumstances receive any advertising e-mails from the artists’ whose will work I previously own.  None of them even requested me if I desired to be on an email record when I purchased those people artworks.  What a wasted possibility! Guaranteed I could have gone to their web-sites and/or requested it. . . but I failed to believe about it.  That just goes to demonstrate you:  do not be bashful – talk to men and women if you can increase their title to your electronic mail listing. (And that goes double if they truly make a purchase!)

Base line:  Have conversations.  Start and mature an electronic mail record.  Use it often, even if it is really compact.  In my future write-up, I will give you an notion to amplify your efforts and mature your e mail record even more rapidly.


Clint Watson

BoldBrush/FASO Founder  & Art Fanatic

PS – You have to have a way to motivate fans to indication up and deliver their e-mail addresses on your internet site.  You also need an effortless way for you to insert folks to your listing.  And you need to have an easy way to mail your newsletters that assures good supply, assures appropriate cell formatting, avoids spam filters, get rid of bounces, monitor open up premiums and so on.  We provide all of that in our ArtfulMail item, above at our sister site FASO.  Our customers enjoy ArtfulMail, an email publication module created ideal in with their internet site, finely tuned for the demands of top artists.  We also provide a host of other world course marketing channels and resources.  You really don’t have to spend a bunch of excess money for a individual e-mail newsletter provider.  Occur and give us a check out . . . it really is the similar method the artist I stated earlier mentioned used.  It worked for him and it can do the job for you.



[1] This publish was inspired by a Seth Godin video I saw many years in the past, where he outlined that advertising and marketing messages only get by to people when these messages are personal, timely and pertinent.  I apologize, but the connection to the authentic video clip no for a longer time will work.  This publish is a reworked and current model of the a single I wrote numerous decades ago.

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