Congratulations to our free account winner!

Not long ago, we posted about a survey about selling art online.  All of the participants had a chance to win a free year with EBSQ by including their email address. We randomly selected a winner this past Friday:

Congratulations, Joan Hall Johnson!

Thanks to ALL of our survey participants! You all generously offered a ton of ideas and insight for which we’re extremely grateful. Look for an upcoming blog post where we’ll be sharing some of our findings.  And keep an eye on your inbox; our tenth anniversary relaunch is just around the corner!

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You had questions. We have answers!

If you’ve participated in our survey on selling art online, you might have noticed that the last question was if you had any questions or comments for us. And you did in spades! I’d like to take this opportunity to answer a few of them publicly:

I haven’t tried to sell my art because I want to learn more about how to avoid scammers.

EBSQ has long been committed to educating artists about the scams out there. We have a private section of our forums available to share emails you fear are fraudulent as well as look at scams (and spam) other members of our community have reported.

I would hope that with this upgrade, that my lifetime membership will remain intact?

Yes, of course it will! Current members won’t see their membership status change as a result of the upgrade. Nor do we have plans to raise our rates. We know this economy has been bad for everyone (us included!) so our prices have not gone up since 2007. And if at some point we simply have to raise our rates, it won’t impact existing members. As long as your membership stays current, your rate is grandfathered and guaranteed to remain unchanged.

I have had trouble using the listing template from ebsq site and copying and pasting it to ebay…somehow it gets jumbled and does not have a professional look.not sure what could be causing this….

This is unfortunately a known issue with Google’s Chrome browser. Our relaunch will include a new version of our auction template which will address this issue. In the interim, we suggest trying another browser (we highly recommend Firefox) for listing your auctions with our template.

I’d like to see a Twitter button so members could RT their own or others artwork with a direct link to individual pieces, portfolios or monthly shows.

It’s safe to say you’ll be seeing this and other social sharing tools figuring prominently in the re-launch!

How do you check what your membership status is?

If you’re unsure of your membership status, you can either check your PayPal account to view your subscription status, or to drop us a line and we’d be happy to look up your information for you.

I think there should be a Mission Statement about the purpose and function of the site.

You can find our current mission statement here: http://www.ebsqart.com/Info.asp There’ll be an expansion of this statement and more information about the services we offer in the new version of the EBSQ website.

I haven’t visited the site in quite a while, but an area listing legitimate art shows for artists to enter with perhaps a feedback area from artists who participated in previous shows.

You can find current Calls for Artists as well as discussions regarding exhibits, trade shows, festivals, etc, on the EBSQ forums: http://www.ebsqart.com/forum/

I want have my name as part of my profile link address vs my EBSQ account #

This is something we already do, actually! All paid members have a unique url for their portfolio based upon your username. In my case, it’s http://gillie.ebsqart.com (please note there is NO www in that url). We’re also taking things a step further in the relaunch. In addition to your unique url (which won’t change) you’ll get a new regular url that will include your actual name as part of the address. In the interim, if you’re unsure of your unique url, please drop us a line and we’d be happy to assist!

Do you have a question for us that wasn’t answered here? Let us know by taking a few minutes to fill out our quick online art sales survey. The survey remains open through 14 October 2010.

Cheers,

-Amie on behalf of Team EBSQ

PS. Don’t forget that if you include your email address, you’ll be officially entered to win a free EBSQ membership! What are you waiting for. Take the survey now!

Sneak Peek at our relaunch plus your chance to win

2010 is EBSQ’s 10th Anniversary and as a result, we are working on some major updates to our website and the services we offer artists. The first of those updates will be rolling out later this month.

Here’s an early sneak peek:

But in the interim, we would like to get a better idea of where and how our community sells art online. Help us by taking this 5-minute survey so we can learn how to serve you better!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EBSQ

If you’re interested in winning a free year’s paid subscription, please include your email address at the end of the survey in the space provided for you. The poll itself closes on 14 October and the winner will be selected randomly and notified via email on 15 October 2010.