How do I work with my clients on getting more clients for their business? All of my followers and clients are looking for help in growing their audience, making marketing easier for them – and, of course, earning more money doing what they love. As a coach, I support them with these goals. But what does this look like in real life?
It’s a curse and a blessing: social media. It is free, and it can be a powerful marketing tool, but boy, can it drain your time and energy. Crafting content, coming up with ideas, making sure your branding is good, making sure your message is out there, staying visible online. Connecting with your followers, growing your audience, replying, commenting, hashtagging. It can take up many hours. In fact, it can make us start hating it. What can you do to stay sane on social media, make it more joyful, and still get good results?
I never meant to be a marketing expert. I studied Art History, for goodness’ sake. Anything corporate or sales-y made me run a mile. It’s just not me. I loved, and still love, arts and culture. The creative industries. I always worked in this sector, and that is where I belong. I was born with a pencil in my hand, picked up a guitar on the way, and always have a head full of ideas. I am an artist at heart, really. So how on earth did I end up being a marketing expert?
Do you ever feel like you want to throw your computer out of the window because you’ve had enough of posting content on your social media? So many creative entrepreneurs feel like they are wasting so much energy at promoting themselves online, but without any real results. It is such a familiar story. Stop beating yourself up, or feeling guilty about it. Marketing is a skill, and it doesn’t have to give you a headache. In fact, it can even be fun! I’ll tell you why.
I get people asking me sometimes: “Why do you give so much information away for free in your Facebook group, and in your blog posts?” It is true, I share a lot of knowledge and tips on how to market your business, and I don’t ask anything in return (well, a few likes are always welcome!). Why do I do this? Doesn’t that mean that nobody will buy from me, because they can get it for free? Sharing my expertise online for free, is something I do on purpose. I tell you why, and how you can use this too in building your audience.
It’s a bit of a buzz word, nowadays, isn’t it? Authentic marketing. But what does it actually mean? What is the definition of authentic marketing? And how does it apply to your own creative little business? In this blog post I will tell you a bit more about what this type of marketing means and how you can implement some aspects in the way you promote yourself online.
You are a painter, a printmaker or a ceramicist. Or any other artist or maker, looking to sell artworks locally. Because marketing yourself online, or even selling on Etsy, is one thing, shipping large paintings is costly, and not without the risk of damage. So you would really like to explore the possibility of selling more of your work to the locals. How to you do this? Where do you start?
Most people who have a creative business are finding marketing hard. So unless you are already a complete wizard at Instagram and have built up an army of followers, you are probably feeling slightly overwhelmed. You are not alone. The problem is, in most cases, artists, makers and designers are focusing too much about how to promote their product. But instead, why not focus on the client? Here are five top tips.
Getting your website to rank higher in the search engines can be a right job. All the competition out there, and trying to choose the right keywords. Today I want to share a little insider tip with you, that is far less techy, and that you can all start doing: blog exchange.