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Tips for artists who want to sell

Tips for artists who want to sell

John Baldessari, Tips For Artists Who Want To Sell (1966 – 1968)

Glad to see that the mind’s eye remains changed.

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Marketing vs. Sales

Marketing is sales. There’s no way around it. You’re trying to tell a story so that someone buys your product.

The sales person is also a marketer, but their role is to close the deal which can often be intimidating.

Shoppers today like to walk into a store and use their phone to navigate it. They’ve seen the marketing; they’re aware of the deals; they don’t want to be sold to but rather find products by themselves.

Marketers are salespeople and vice versa. The key difference is that marketers speak softly and carry a big stick while salespeople persuade aggressively or try to trick you. Which is the better customer experience?

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“It’s going be a Iong day.”

That’s one way to set expectations. That belief will almost certainty set you up for pessimism and boredom, which often leads to failure.

No one feels sorry for you. People have their own busy schedules and issues to worry about.

But if you can somehow make yourself feel better, the people around you will be receptive too.

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nevver: Buy Nothing Black Friday through the years: 2005: 5am 2010: 3am 2012: 12am 2013: Thursday 8pm 2020: 4th of July (via no)
nevver: Buy Nothing Black Friday through the years: 2005: 5am 2010: 3am 2012: 12am 2013: Thursday 8pm 2020: 4th of July (via no)
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Commercial is seen as a dirty word in the creative world, but to make things happen, you have to understand business.

Faye Toogood
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“I’m not creative unless it sells….”

Some people create stuff with consumption in mind. If you’re goal is to generate instant sales then it may behoove you to create what people want right now.

But if you want to raise eyebrows and stand out from everyone else, you’ll have to ship something remarkable that no one’s seen before.

Innovation can be a lonely process. You may not even grasp the magnitude of what you’re working on. But you ultimately need to test it on others, to market and sell it.

Marketing and sales is part of the creative process. You want people to appreciate your work, pay for it and spread the word. Art is a social experience.

If you’re creative in one thing, you’re probably creative in another and can just as easily combine the two to create something novel.

Don’t worry about the money in the beginning. If you’re good enough, your work will sell itself. But you may need to master the art of persuasion first.