In the summer of 2008 and 2009 I conducted polls on this blog to find out the main way you had sold art in the previous 12 months. Last year's poll compared results to the one done in 2008 so I'm continuing the tradition this year.
It's worth repeating this poll on an annual basis so we can check trends towards or away from different methods of selling art. Hopefully, by the end of this month you will hopefully contribute your results so that can divine the trend over the last three years.
It's worth reminding ourselves of the principles behind the poll.
The Making A Mark Poll for August asked What's the MAIN way you have sold art in the last 12 months? It's important to emphasise that:The THREE key questions about sales in the last 12 months are:
August 11, 2009: MAM Poll: What's the MAIN way you have sold art in the last 12 months?
- you may have made sales in a variety of ways - this poll just examines the MAIN way in which artists achieved sales.
- this poll only focuses on the last 12 months
- We're supposedly out of the recessions so have sales improved this year?
- Or is the prospect of a double dip recession having an impact on how peiople are spending money on art?
- Have any changes in sale values reflected changes in your success (or otherwise) using different channels?
The categories for different methods of marketing art are:
- Commercial Gallery: gallery artist
- Gallery: Invite Only Group Exhibition
- Juried Group Exhibition (Society/Competition)
- Gallery: "Rent a Space" Exhibition
- Annual Event / Art Fairs
- Street sales / Regular Art Markets
- Studio sales / Open Studios
- Word of mouth / friends and family
- Online: Via traffic from own website / blog
- Online Shop - eBay
- Online Shop - Etsy
- Other Online Galley / Shop
- Print on Demand Galley
The survey will run until the end of the month with the results being reported on 31st August.
You can find the survey in the right hand column - under the matrix of bloggers who follow this blog.
If you can't wait for the analysis of this year's results you can see the surveys and survey results in the last two years in these posts.
- Tuesday, August 11, 2009: MAM Poll: What's the MAIN way you have sold art in the last 12 months?
- Monday, August 31, 2009: MAM Poll (August) results: the MAIN way you've sold art in the last 12 months
- Monday, September 01, 2008: What's the MAIN way you sell your art? - The Results.
- Saturday, July 26, 2008: Selling art - online art websites, tracking marketing data and a new survey for artists!
Last week, my group of "resources for artists" websites which focus on the business of marketing and selling art all received a "purple star" from Squidoo which means that they've all been recognised as excellent.
For those of you who've not come across them before, I've listed them below with a short summary about each one. Some of them provide important comparative data about the traffic each site gets and it's place in the overall hierarchy of websites for selling art.
Sell Art Online - Resources for Artists
Do you want to know how to sell art online - or improve your knowledge of e-commerce for artists? This site helps you find out about selling art via your websites, blog, shopping carts, auctions, online galleries, online stores, print on demand and email marketing and how to drive traffic to where you sell your art online.
Print Art on Demand - Resources for Artists
Are you interested in having your artwork printed using print on demand technology? Do you want to check out who are the suppliers and what people think of them? Find out about:
- what is print on demand / publish on demand?
- suppliers of print on demand services for art - and reviews
- suppliers of print on demand services for printed publications (eg marketing materials and books)
Online galleries offer to help you sell your ORIGINAL ART - but do they actually work? Which is the best and which gets the most traffic? If you're trying to find out more about online art galleries this is the site for you! Do some research before you make a decision as to which online art gallery or print-on-demand service to use and AVOID BEING DISAPPOINTED with the choice you make.
Email Newsletter Software - Resources for Artists
Are you confused by the different software options for generating a newsletter delivered via email? You're certainly not alone - and this site is starting to try and sort out what are the free and paid options and how they compare. Plus tips on using newsletters and email.
How to pack, post and ship art - Resources for Artists
How do you pack art? How do you post art? What about international deliveries? What about customs? How do you get it back again? This site doesn't pretend to have the answers to all the very many questions people have about getting art from artist to purchaser or from artist to exhibition and back again - but it's a start!
Alan Bamberger has two very helpful posts about:
- The Florence Biennale: Analysis of an Invitation to Exhibit - which is a recommended read!
- and Art Contests, Competitions, Shows and More - Will They Get You Somewhere or Are They Dead Ends, Time Wastes or Scams? Also a recommended read