In response to Clint’s reply to my last post, I’m adding another common mistake that I see on artist’s websites. 7.) There is no email sign up box!
Email marketing is a very cost effective way to keep in touch with your existing collectors and to cultivate your prospective collectors. But you can’t do that without their email addresses.
For a relatively small monthly fee, these email marketing systems will allow you, or your webmaster, to insert code into your website so that viewers can add themselves to your list and manage their preferences. Why is this important? Two reasons, you don’t have to do anything to build your list and they have “opted in”, so you clearly have their permission to email them, a SPAM law requirement.
I also have email newsletter signup cards that people I meet at events can fill out to join my list and that I can keep on file.
I’ll give you a recent example of the effectiveness of email marketing. A collector from Tennessee bought three paintings from me this year. Honestly, I thought that he was done collecting. But I added him to my email list, with his permission, and when he received my next email newsletter he acquired another original oil painting from my website, and said “your email marketing is working!” This link also offers some specific statistics on email marketing benchmarks statistics.
Obviously, email marketing is one of several strategies that are easy to implement. If you have your collectors or prospects mailing addresses you can also drop the important prospects a note or send them a postcard to your next opening or event.
The key to remember is that the amount of your sales will be in direct proportion to the size and quality of your list of collectors and or prospects. And an email sign up box is an easy and effective way to build your list and to solidify your promotional platform.
A Facebook fan page, a MySpace page, the list goes on, are also effective ways to build your promotional platform but this deserves it’s own post.