EBSQ Friday Five

 

1. Pear with Silver Creamer – I could sit and admire Sandra Willard’s scratch board art for hours. Can you believe this is scratchboard?!

2. Take a Positive Punch with your Art – Delilah Smith talks about creativity and inspiration on her blog, and how to keep them fresh.

3. Twitter Updates Art Collectors will Want to Read – This is a must read article from EmptyEasel.com for any artist trying to promote and sell through Twitter.

4. 15 Ways the Arts & Culture Community is Aiding Sandy Relief – From auctions to benefit shows the art community is reaching out to help those affected by hurricane Sandy.

5. Are you an EBSQ artist donating funds through art sales to help with relief efforts? Email me at amanda[at]ebsqart[dot]com.

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Come get your tweet on

Come follow us at Twitter
Come follow us at Twitter

I discovered Twitter through a good friend back in Fall 2006 and finally got around to creating a personal account in February 2007.  A month later, Twitter went nuts at a little conference known as SXSWi.  A month after that, it occurred to me that EBSQ should have an outpost on Twitter as well, so we created our Twitter account. Just two short years later, the service has become ubiquitous.  Lots of you have gotten on board the Twitter crazy train and are using Twitter to connect with each other and art buyers around the globe.  Now, we’ve made it easier for you to connect.  If you’re a paid EBSQ member, you’ll see there’s now a place to add your Twitter id in your External Links list.  Just add your user name and we’ll autogenerate a link directly to your profile.

 
Come tweet with us! You’ll find us at http://twitter.com/ebsq
 
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Why changing @replies at Twitter is FAIL

I’ve personally been on Twitter since February 2007. And not long thereafter, I saw the business implications for Twitter and started an official Twitter account for EBSQ as well in April of the same year. We didn’t use it terribly much at first, mostly just for sharing important site updates. But as Twitter became more and more mainstream, we’ve been using it to have conversations with customers in general. We also use it as a tech support tool. Some of these customers were following us when we first conversed. Some were not.  And this hasn’t been a problem…until now.

From the official Twitter blog:

We’ve updated the Notices section of Settings to better reflect how folks are using Twitter regarding replies. Based on usage patterns and feedback, we’ve learned most people want to see when someone they follow replies to another person they follow—it’s a good way to stay in the loop. However, receiving one-sided fragments via replies sent to folks you don’t follow in your timeline is undesirable. Today’s update removes this undesirable and confusing option.

What this means in practical terms:

If you’re trying to get our attention with a question or problem and we’re not yet following you, we’ll still be able to find it (eventually) using search tools, but our response time will be seriously lagging.

If we try to reply to your questions, comments, problems, etc, and you’re not following us, you’ll have no way of knowing unless this policy changes RFN.

This impacts every single business who uses Twitter for some aspect of customer service. It hurts artists who are using Twitter to bring new fans to their work. This change is detrimental to how people meet and interact with each other on a very basic level.

If you agree that this change is “undesirable” please let us know via comment to this post. We’ll make sure The Powers That Be hear you.

Respectfully yours,

-Amie Gillingham

co-founder, EBSQ

Come fly with us at Twitter-you could win!

Come follow us at Twitter
Come follow us at Twitter

Today is a weekly event called #followfriday at Twitter. If you’re not familiar with the custom, on Fridays one recommends one or more Twitter users to their list of followers, including the hashtage #followfriday as such:

SherryCarter awesome artists @artbynemo @BingFutch @Jabinya @Ihouseman @colorpoetry @knikkolette @Etsy @EBSQ #followfriday

or

RT @EBSQ Today is #followfriday! If you include us in your list and we hit 1k followers today, you could win a FREE year with EBSQ! pls RT

So–here’s your chance to share some love and get some love back. If you include @ebsq in your #followfriday list OR retweet (RT) our official #followfriday “you can win” statement  above AND we pass the 1k follower mark, you’ll automatically be entered to win a FREE YEAR WITH EBSQ!

 If we break 1000 followers today, a winner will be announced in this space tomorrow!

Ready? Go forth and tweet!

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Latest Mashable Guides for Artists

by Natasha Wescoat

Tweetable Art: 10 Twitter Tips for Artists

The Artist’s Guide To Flickr

The Artist’s Guide To Youtube

Be sure to share your input, ideas, comments, or share with us your experiences using these social media tools to promote and expose your work. Alot of artists out there don’t realize the awesome potential of the net to get their work out there and seen. 🙂

 

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Artist Guide: Make A Private Collector’s Club Through Twitter

by Natasha Wescoat

Twitter is one of the most influencial social media tools available to everyone, including artists as a way to connect with friends, fans, collectors, and business colleagues. If you don’t already know, it’s a microblogging tool where you can type what you are doing, reply to other Twitterers and send direct messages to others that are private.

It’s been used for everything from ranting and conversation to promotion and marketing. I could go on and on about the uses of Twitter, and will soon. But, I want to propose an idea on using Twitter that may not have been concieved yet.

PRIVATE TWITTER ACCOUNTS AS COLLECTOR CLUBS
Twitter allows you to protect your updates so that only the followers you want to come in can see them. Being that Twitter is excellent for making announcements, offering info and links, this would make an excellent place to hold your own private collector club/mailing list. Noone can see the updates if you didn’t approve them to follow you. And Twitter is FREE to use.

The possibilities are ENDLESS!

5 STEPS TO BUILDING A PRIVATE TWITTER ACCOUNT:

1.  Create your private profile and go into settings. There will be a box option that says “Protect my updates”. You want that marked so that your tweets are NOT public.

2.  Design the wallpaper and avatar to go onto the profile. You can either design your own or find a site online that offers designs for free or minimal fee.

3. Announce the private Twitter club on your mailing list, sites, blogs, social media profiles, etc.

4. Followers will start to show up on your profile, which you can approve by hand. It allows you to look up their profile. Have followers send you an email with their:
Twitter profile name, real name, and why they want to follow.

5. Decide if you’d like to monetize on the private group. You can offer them access for a fee, monthly subscription, or payments. You decide.

WHAT I WOULD OFFER IN MY PRIVATE TWITTER CLUB:

1. Exclusive offers and promos. Have a club only discount available to your followers.

2.  Club exclusive art or prints.
Offer something that only they can have. Maybe make it a special edition work that is created on a monthly, yearly, or seasonal basis.

3.  Special private art sales. Only the club members are allowed the discounts and offers that you give them. They are your most loyal customers. They deserve the offers. And noone outside gets to do it.

4.  Giveaways. Maybe you can giveaway a free print or special edition collectable to your club members within the group.

5.  Exclusive news feed. Announcements about new art, shows, interviews, or other events are sent to them immediately, thanks to Twitter. Before the news is posted on your site or blog, they get to hear about it.

Making a club for your loyal following builds a reputation. You are building up your collectors, and they in turn will build you up. Grassroots media is where its at, and if there are ways you can offer something special to them, they will want to tell the world!
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Natasha Wescoat (natashawescoat.com) is a licensed artist and social media creative utilizing the web to promote and sell her art. Learn more about the artist at her official website or her blog, Natasha’s Art Candy (natashasartcandy.com)

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Back online and happy to see you!

HI, HELLO, HOLA, SHALOM by Fabio J Napoleoni
HI, HELLO, HOLA, SHALOM by Fabio J Napoleoni

Our data center suffered a total network outage from approximately 7am – 1:50pm EST today. Needless to say, this is not how we wanted to start our week! We are now back online. Thanks for your patience today, as well as your entertaining tweets! And for those of you wondering, today’s additional drama involved my almost 5 year old daughter hacking off huge hunks of her hair right before school.

You can follow today’s downtime updates at Twitter.

Again, thanks for sticking with us. We greatly appreciate each and every one of you for being here!

-Amie Gillingham on behalf of Team EBSQ

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