Saturday, March 28, 2009

Artist2Artist at the Columbia Art Gallery..and a question

Today I attended the Columbia Art Gallery's Artist2Artist Personal Development Fair. The keynote speaker was Alyson B. Stanfield, "artbiz coach" and author of  I'd rather be in the Studio. I purchased this book a month ago and haven't read it yet.  I am inspired by today's presentation and I'll start reading the book next week. I enjoyed Alyson Stanfield's no nonsense message.."If you want to be an artist today..you have to be tough...you have to have the stomach for it" .....The stomach for it?? Well, I hadn't thought about it in those terms before, but come to think of it I have always subliminally known that the business part of an art career is not for the faint of heart. I do more promotional things than many other artists, but no question..I can definitely improve. I learn unexpected things all the time about better approaches than I have enlisted in the past. I learned several weeks ago from Becca Bernstein what a great resource Facebook can be for getting the word out about events. Stanfield insists that social networking is a great tool. Alyson Stanfield also told us today that a free Blogger account is not ideal. She prefers Typepad or Wordpress for versatilities that free Blogger doesn't provide. One way to reach people and connect with them is to ask a question, according to Stanfield.. So...here is my current question..are you on Facebook? Have you found it helpful in your career? Also..what do you think about Blogger vs. Typepad & Wordpress? (Answer any or all of my questions...and I will give you a PRIZE)!*
(*ok..ok..I'm sketchy on what the prize will be..but I'll think of something)

14 comments:

Adrienne said...

Facebook has been essential for IFCC to connect with artists and with our recent budget issues with the City Facebook has become a vital tool. 100 people signed onto the Save the IFCC group with in the first 15 minutes. Over 600 are signed up now just 2 weeks later. These numbers help demonstrate public support and have been a great way to generate advocacy letters to the City Council. It is a great way for us to connect as a community and to organize in times of celebration or of need. I never thought Facebook would become part of my job but it has,
Adrinene Flagg

Lori P. said...

I'm on fb and I think it will help me with networking. That's different than marketing per se. I too put a great deal of time into marketing. I think you have to in these times. Maybe you've always had to, don't know. Do have a blog and have several subscribers. Have never tried the typepad thing but have thought about it. Blogger is super easy and with all the other stuff I'm trying to keep "up to date online" it seems I have not had the time to give it a whirl. Let me know what you think.

Dale Sherman Blodget said...

Just have a free blog. "Been meaning to figure out how Facebook and Linked In can help." For a long time. "Been meaning to paint more, too." And that's the rub.

Media Storm said...

I tried all the blog sites you mentioned and then some, I settled on Blogspot because of it's simplicity and its crawlability (uh, I made up a word).

I know I should get into Facebook and my assistant has done a Myspace for me, but at some point I will need to paint, I guess I will get to it at some point.

Okay...
Where's my treat, LADY...
Or perhaps you'd like a TRICK!

www.jerrylipp.com for comments or whatever (signed in to inc. account at posting)

Jerry Lipp said...

I tried all the blog sites you mentioned and then some, I settled on Blogspot because of it's simplicity and its crawlability (uh, I made up a word).

I know I should get into Facebook and my assistant has done a Myspace for me, but at some point I will need to paint, I guess I will get to it at some point.

Okay...
Where's my treat, LADY...
Or perhaps you'd like a TRICK!

Jerry Lipp said...

I tried all the blog sites you mentioned and then some, I settled on Blogspot because of it's simplicity and its crawlability (uh, I made up a word).

I know I should get into Facebook and my assistant has done a Myspace for me, but at some point I will need to paint, I guess I will get to it at some point.

Okay...
Where's my treat, LADY...
Or perhaps you'd like a TRICK!

B Boylan said...

FB is a great tool, but with all the"social-ness" it too can become a true time-sucker. Ooooh, that sounds bad, but it is a great tool to our benefit. I've posted a painting, and from afar, it sold!

n. rhodes harper said...

I am on FB I think it will help me with my career because I am seeing more interest in my work. I took an online art marketing course in January called smARTist summit. It was wonderful. I highly reccomend it when it comes around again next year. Alison S was one of the speakers and another speaker named Mari Smith is a big believer in FB and Twitter for art marketing. there are so many blogs and websites out there with a huge amount of free information for marketing. I like Blogger the best.

Alyson B. Stanfield said...

Celeste: Glad you were there yesterday! Just to be clear (and I might not have been in the presentation), I worry if Blogger is your ONLY online presence. If you have a website + Blogger, not too much of a problem. But Blogger can be so annoying to non-Blogger people that I worry about it as a main site.

Friend me on FB when you get on!

Celeste Bergin said...

thank you all for commenting...! ok..here is the PRIZE email me at celesteATcelesteberginDOTcom and I WILL send you a starbucks coupon. Coffee on me! Put Artist2Artist in the subject title! And thanks sincerely for answering my questions. Great answers....I qppreciate it.

r garriott said...

Hi Celeste,
Wanted to thank you for the insightful comment you posted on my blog.

This topic is interesting...I have to admit, I do not Facebook, or Twitter, or even carry a cell phone. The blogging thing is the most contact I've had with other artists since I was in a co-op gallery years ago (which had its own pluses and minuses).

Is there an article you can direct us to that suggests proper use of FB to enhance ones' marketing package? I'm having some difficulting visualizing it. The blogging already takes so much time away from painting (and is very addictive)!

I've had a website since 1997, and the (google) blog since August.

Celeste Bergin said...

r garriott, I have not seen any information in print about Facebook and how to use it as a business communication. I bet the information exists..but like you I have been too busy to really dive in and learn more. I do enjoy facebook...and I have undoubtedly made some contacts there that I did not have 6 months ago. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hi Celeste,

I'm on Facebook, just joined last month. My understanding is that it should be a great tool for promoting, but I haven't been there long enough to see any real effects.

I too blog via blogger. I like all the widgets it offers. I think WordPress almost has a cleaner, classic look to it. I've thought about switching, but I'm not sure what impact that would have on my subscribers and followers.

I also joined LinkedIn and I can see where that has a good networking/exposure potential. Just a feeling, nothing objective to base that on yet.

I just recently joing twitter too and I'm afraid I really don't get that at all. The rumor is it is supposed to help bring awareness about you, but I just don't know.

Hey, please friend me on Facebook or LinkedIn when/if you join.

Shawn Demarest said...

Some facebook thoughts - I recently unfriended a old high school "friend" on facebook because he viewed our connection as an opportunity for selling real estate, rather than sharing more personal things. I think there is a distinction that needs to be drawn between commercial networking, and friend networking. I think it is absolutely okay and good to have a gallery site, or other commercial site, as long as it is distinct from a personal site. On the other hand, when you have work, or some function that you have a stake in, that friends would want to know about - share it. Just keep in your mind the difference between the two. My two cents.