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The Best Ways to Bring Awareness and Sell Your Art (Other Than Instagram)

Daniel Arwas December 07 2022

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Are you struggling to sell your art on Instagram and out of ideas on how to succeed as an emerging artist? Here are the best ways to promote your brand and sell your art, and all you need is a smartphone!

As I scroll through Instagram on a warm (ish) Saturday afternoon, one thing that keeps surfacing as I blitz through the layers of pages and profiles is the rise of Instagram art pages. Scenes of people trying to sell their art on Instagram, waiting patiently for art lovers to enter in droves to put forth dedicated 6 figure requests for specific pieces, are omnipresent. Ultimately, this is a fairly remote outcome of simply posting some photos of your work on the chosen social media art platform for up-and-coming artists. If you want to sell your art and make a living out of it, you need to do more than just make an Instagram page, come up with a funky artistic profile name and write “dm for requests” in your biography. Luckily, everything you need to market your work and sell it immediately can be done from the comfort of your own home! Here are 5 ways to market and sell your work online:

1. TikTok: I am still a believer that this is the most cringy mainstream social media application. But the indisputable truth is that everyone uses it, even those TikTok holdouts who end up watching the exact same videos 6 months later on Instagram reels. In order to really promote your brand and connect to the wider art community, TikTok is the number one interactive way to answer questions from prospective buyers and give them a fun, quick insight into your art. In addition, you create rapport with the ‘buyers of the future - Gen Z - who can’t get enough of this addictive, attention-eroding social media application.

2. Start a YouTube Channel: This option may feel very 2016, but YouTube is still by far the number one video-sharing platform on the internet, and the second most prominent social media platform after Facebook. Starting a YouTube channel takes three things: your phone camera, good lighting, and a microphone. Unlike TikTok, where there is real pressure to keep videos as short and concise as possible, you can take your time and present some longer-form ideas pertaining to your artwork and create a more pertinent art-loving community around your work by giving them further in-depth insights into your artistic process.

3. Produce a podcast or write a blog: Similar to starting a youtube channel, a blog allows you to build an audience through ulterior creative media, such as your voice or your writing. The great thing about podcasts and blogs is that even if you aren’t a very confident speaker or writer, you are only creating content about that which you love. If you draw considerable inspiration from Jackson Pollock, do a podcast on his paintings and use your work for comparison at the end. Consumers want to buy art they can connect with, and the best way they can connect with your work is to get to know you!

4. Share with your friends and family: It sounds very cliche, but often starting your network small and building out is a good auxiliary way to build your brand as an up-and-coming artist. Especially if you live in a smaller town or community, reaching out via WhatsApp or Messenger to old school friends, distant relatives and former neighbours is an excellent way to integrate your work into the local community and give you that initial confidence boost to keep producing your work and realize that you can make a living doing what you love.

That’s it. And of course, you must have a reliable online network to showcase all your artwork. Maybe try something like, say, Bidgala. Featured in Forbes, and designed especially for independent and up-and-coming artists, Bidgala is an excellent art platform to sell your artwork to new homeowners or art enthusiasts. If you follow these steps, you will see an exponential improvement in your art recognition and sales, compared to if you’d just stayed on your phone and tried to sell your art on Instagram.

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