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Guest Blog Post by Marcela De Vivo: How To Best Use theArtStack

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How To Best Use theArtStack.com

TheArtStack.com is a new social networking site, that on the surface, seems to be the resulting mixture of Pinterest and Instagram. While ArtStack does allow users to curate content in a similar manner to Pinterest (instead of “pinning,” you’ll be “stacking”), the network is specifically reserved for both creators and consumers of fine art.

An exclusive art community isn’t the only unique feature of this popular site. Pictures are bigger than what you’ll see on Pinterest and the content feels much more valuable, simply because of the exclusivity of the site’s members and the fact that it is by invite-only. Though the site is in beta mode, it does allow you to request an invite from the home page or via your Facebook account.

You’ll also get all the standard features that you would expect from any good social network site in 2013– the ability to follow people, upload your own work, comment on other people’s material and a newsfeed filled with content from the people you’re following is all part of the gig.

It’s essentially a social mechanism that allows you to become a virtual art collector.

For those of you who are in fact, artists, it’s a tremendous tool that can help you get a lot of recognition, as the site is designed to be an “art discovery tool.”

So, here are a few ways that you can use one of the most recent social media fads in the art world to market your artwork and make a name for yourself, at least as far as the online art enthusiast community is concerned:

1. Adding your own artwork — ArtStack provides an “Add to my Collection” option once you’re signed up with a profile. There, you’ll be able to upload your own photos and sort them into different groups and collections.

Remember that ArtStack is designed for artists who want to showcase their work, so it’s not “frowned upon” to upload a ton of your own stuff. That’s what the site is there for.

Once you upload, you’ll have the ability to name, sort and comment on your own material.

2. Stacking other people’s artwork — As previously mentioned, you won’t hurt your credibility by adding a lot of your own artwork, and if it’s good, you’ll see it get stacked by other members. That being said, it can definitely help your credibility if you stack other people’s art work along with your own material.

Even while it is exclusive to artists, it’s still considered social networking, which is always going to be a world of give-and-take. If you want to get recognition, you’ve got to make the effort of giving it yourself.

 If you curate content that you think is good and worthwhile, other’s will see that and find your own material more interesting and credible.

3. Following other users and networking — Just like Twitter or Pinterest, ArtStack allows you to follow and be followed by other users. Since the site is still invite-only, this is a great way to network with other artists, share your work and connect with people who share the same passion as you.

Make sure that you avoid following a bunch of people in the hope that they’ll follow you back. Stick to following those who you actually find interesting, and chances are that you’ll make some helpful connections.

Take Advantage of the Exclusivity

If you’re lucky enough to be a member of ArtStack, you have the opportunity to take advantage of a powerful tool in its earliest stages, while it still has value. Over time, social networks tend to lose their value because of spam, content inflation and constant abuse (Twitter is a good example) from people who just want to use it as a get known, or get rich quick scheme.

Fortunately, ArtStack hasn’t fallen victim to that yet and is still holding its value, so if you’re lucky enough to get the invite, take advantage of it. It’s certainly a viable art promotion option.

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer and online marketing professional from Southern California. She specializes in social networking, web hosting and content development, and understands how a networking site, like ArtStack, can help artists from all over the world gain exposure and recognition. Follow her on Pinterest today!

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Glossom, a Social Media Network For Artists

On Glossom, artists upload their images, then create a montage of thumbnail snippets within a cell grid that becomes a coverage page that can be viewed in one look.

Glossom tends to promote full coverpages, on their Facebook page, on Tumblr, and on their site homepage.

 

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A Thank You From ArtStack

I hope he doesn’t mind that I posted his email(below). I’m glad to have my blog noticed by a large and popular site like ArtStack. The note of appreciation and the help getting my ArtStack *follow button* in my sidebar was unexpected! This is the email I received:

Thanks for posting about ArtStack!

Hi Marie,

Thanks so much for posting about ArtStack on Artist Marketing Resources – I really like what you’ve stacked so far!
You can also add a ‘Follow me on ArtStack’ button to the page by copying the code straight from here: http://theartstack.com/invitations/new?method=follow_button - this works just like the code for the ‘Follow me on Pinterest’ button, and if someone who clicks the button hasn’t already joined ArtStack they’ll be able to sign up from directly; they’ll also follow you when they join.
Let me know if you have any questions or thoughts about the site – I’d love to hear your feedback and please do spread the word!
Best,
Ezra
Ezra Konvitz
Co-Founder, ArtStack

ArtStack

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Yesterday, I joined the ArtStack site.

ArtStack is something like Pinterest, only strictly for sharing images of art past and present–including your own which you can easily upload. Follow other artists, galleries, museums and brands on ArtStack.

Launching Tweet Swap for Creative Sharing

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It’s Me Again (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have  taken part in Tweet Swap over the past year and I always found  only high quality tweets on creative arts, art and design, photography and such listed for sharing.

The way it works is that you add your tweet to the share list, then select 2-3 from the list to tweet to your followers. Others on the list will tweet your tweet.

This is Zoltan’s project and he just sent out this notification–

Hey guys, just a quick note to let you know that we now have a simple Register Interest page up for a dedicated, proper version of Tweet Swap.

The benefits of being a member are as follows:
1. Grow your Twitter followers (your Twitter handle is included on all of your Tweets sent out by other members)
2. Increase your web traffic (when you Tweet about a post on your website, that Tweet will be re-sent out by other members to their followers)
3. Introduce your Twitter followers to relevant, interesting content from other TweetSwap members
Check it all out here and sign up to find out more if you’re interested. Oh, and please help us spread the word!
Thanks to all of you who have helped us test it over the past year or so.
Thanks,
Zolton

Share Your Own Art

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Art Snapper on Pinterest has a share your own art board where you can add images of your own art to get more visibility for your work.

I’ve also found that there are many Tumblr art blogs that have options for you to either submit your art or upload your art and artist news, announcements or articles along with art images. Add your own art or cross-promote with another artist to mutually share–this is such an easy way to get more exposure. Also, many Tumblr art blogs also have Pinterest pin buttons. Once you add you artist article and image you can pin it to Pinterest.

Here are just a few Tumblr art blogs that accept your contributions of  images and writing–there are many more:

No Ones Nemesis http://noonesnemesis.tumblr.com/submit

A Thousand Words http://a-thousand-words.tumblr.com/submit

Fuck Yeah Expressionism http://fuckyeahexpressionism.tumblr.com/submit 

On the Art Finder site http://www.artfinder.com/about you can build your own art profile, add the link to your website, and connect with art lovers and collectors. An easy way to create a strategic online presence amid art lovers.

I have found that art galleries internationally promote their art publications on the Issuu site, where you can create a free member profile and join one of the groups such as the Art People group that allows members to upload an ebook up to 500 pages. Do you have a digital manuscript of your own artwork? This is a great place to share your own art ebook!

Google + Friday Art Critique

Yes, it is happening today, Friday, the  Google + Friday Art Critique

You can stop in and leave comments on the artwork today. To participate in the next critique, upload your art image and label it with +Friday Art Critique 

Visit the official +Friday Art Critique website and add them to your Circle: http://gplus.to/FridayArtCritique

Mad Scientist – Artist Max Rubenacker originated and continues to run the +Friday Art Critique

Max said: “I started FAC back in late January because I felt a need in the community for some sort of focused, organized gathering of artists. Up to that point we could ask for critiques on our own, but there wasn’t anything consistent. When I attended art school we’d get together and have a critique every Friday afternoon, so I used that as a model. There’s no official sign-up, artists just post their work and tag +Friday Art Critique, then sometime Friday morning I assemble links to everyone’s posts and make an image showing all the work that was sent in that week. Again, following the model of all the students putting their art up on the walls so you could get a sense of the work as a group. My goal is to drive some traffic to artist’s work and get people together who might never have met otherwise.”

Take a look at Max’s website–I love his original sound vibration paintings–you’ll find them on his website  greetings.somethingformed.com

Artist Tip: How To Create Google+ Albums of Your Art Images

Nothingness (Peaches), oil on canvas panel, 12 x 12 inches, Lena Levin, 2012

When art is over, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches, Lena Levin, 2012

Lena Levin shares instructions on how to create photo albums of your art on Google + :

If you add photos not from the main Google+ page, but from the “Photos” tab, you can do either of two things:

1. Add one or several photos from your computer and create a new album out of them; after you have done that, Google+ automatically offers you to share (at which point you can add some text to make a post to accompany the photos). If there are three photos or less, the post will include a “panel” with all of them; if there are more, it will show a panel with the first three.

2. Essentially the same thing happens if you add your photos to one of your already existing albums: Google+ offers you to share, and, by default, it will include in the post only newly added photos: if there are three or less, they will be all visible together, in a panel.

The latter option works better if you have “thematic” albums — in this way, if someone clicks on a photo to view a larger version, they might also browse the whole album (note: if you click “Photos” from my profile, you will see that I have lots of such albums). It works as a “gentle nudge” to the followers to browse more of your work. :) Quite often, this really happens — I see that someone goes through the older images and adds “+1″s or comments.

And it also offers those willing to share your work to their followers an option to share a whole album, rather than a single post or a single image.

I cannot give you links, because I am figuring this all myself, more or less (especially because they rather frequently change how it all works… :).

Lena Levin’s website is www.lenalevin.com.

Artists: Inside Info On How You Can Influence Online Arts Content

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English: Screen Capture of article of front page of Yahoo! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m going to tell you how I get paid for the articles I write and publish. The purpose of this blog post is not to tell you how I get paid. Even though I do that. The purpose of this post is to let you know that you have more control over online content than you think!

How can you exert control over online content?

If you’re like me, you’ve signed up to receive notices in your email inbox or RSS feed when your favorite online authors publish new articles on such sites as Mashable, Huffington Post Arts, Yahoo! Movies, and many others.

You may wonder how authors are paid for their ideas and time researching and writing these articles. The answer may surprise you!

As contributing writer for both Yahoo! and Technorati News I am paid a dollar amount each time someone clicks on a link within my published articles. Those clicks represent my click-through rate.

Who pays me?

Yahoo! pays based on click-through-rate on links within my Yahoo! articles. I also receive a much lesser amount based on the total number of reader views that my article receives. Yahoo! deposits payments into my PayPal account. Yahoo! also provides extensive analytics so I can track my readership and earnings, and via those stats I can easily see what articles and article topics are the most popular and what links receive the most clicks. (Of course I want to get paid for my work, so I consider these stats when planning future articles).

Technorati news has a similar set-up. Since they are closely linked to Google–with all Technorati news articles feeding into Google news–Google pays me. Google pays varying amounts for each click on links within my published Technorati news articles. I track those clicks, readership numbers, and payment amounts per article via my Google AdSense account. (Again, the more success an article brings the more l will want to write on that topic in future articles and promote those articles enthusiastically).

So you are probably thinking that for each article authors must receive hundreds or even thousands of dollars in total clicks–but that is just not the case!

While hundreds or even thousands of readers may read any given article online, the number of clicks on links within an article is generally quite low. This is frustrating to all authors of online articles–even top authors! “We all have that problem,” one top author told me when I asked about improving click-through rates.

Why do hundreds of people read online articles without clicking on those internal links? This phenomenon is something that many experts have analyzed and written about in numerous articles on click-through-rates. This payment structure I have described is why you often see sensationalized,  rather silly or limited value content online—the authors are hoping to find a gimmick that will make their content a hit so that it will go viral and they will receive a large number of click-throughs and high total payment.

So what does this mean to you?

Think about it. Now you better understand the secret to exerting control over what gets published online!  

If you have favorite online authors you’d like to keep around and support, then thoroughly review their articles and click on those article links of interest to see where they go! Share the articles you like best with others via email. Use the share features to post articles to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and other social media site and include comments on why you like the article. You are exerting control over online content with each click and share. With each click you are paying those authors who provide the information you like and value. Your clicks bring attention to those articles, and attention both to the authors and the content subjects.  Remember, Google is watching and analyzing those stats you generate when you click. Google pays authors for each click, so you can be sure that they pay attention to where their money goes. It’s easy to let Google know what you like and value with each click.

You the reader have more control over online content than you think! If you want Google to place more value on art related content then support those authors who write on the arts by clicking on those internal article links and sharing those articles widely.

Want more online articles on your own artworks published?

Authors of articles value a well written press release that provides the full details and includes jpeg images. ( I am glad to receive these from artists.) Now that you know that most authors of online articles do not receive an hourly rate of pay, you understand how important it is for you to provide full details in your press releases and keep your website Newsroom up to date.

One artist, who didn’t even have a blog or website, once told me–”you can go around and search the web for information about me”, when I asked him for a press release.  WRONG! If you don’t have time to write a press release, I don’t have free time to do that for you, and neither do other authors of online content. If you want to become the subject of more online articles, get more exposure and visibility for your art, then it is up to you to organize,  present and provide your information.

Artists and Arts Organizations may send their press releases to me, Marie Kazalia, via email, at: MarieKazalia@gmail.com

SAMPLE ARTICLE: Here is the link to one of my recently published Technorati articles containing artist news.

EBSQ Self Representing Artists

EBSQ Self Representing Artists is an online community for artists who want to take control of their own art careers. They describe their site as a hub where you can house your full portfolio, link to all of your online venues, easily establish the provenance of your work with their Digital Certificate of Authenticity tools, and connect with a global art community of artists, artisans, book artists and photographers.

There is a membership fee for artists. I did email to enquire about how much their membership fees are, but have not heard back as yet. Here is the email address for EBSQ– info@ebsqart.com

Share Your Art on Buddy of Work

Buddy Of Work

There’s an interesting blog by painter Henry Samelson that he calls Buddy Of Work. On Buddy of Work artists post an image of their primary work (painting, sculpture etc) alongside work that they consider peripheral yet wholly integral to their main body of work. Resulting in a gallery of art created in a wide variety of materials and styles, often accompanied by rather surprising reference images.

Buddy of Work has no imposed rules. Post your art along with other artists who have posted images that reveal their artistic practice.

Buddy of Work is such an interesting idea for a private form of social media exchange.  You could come up with a project of your own, or, share on Buddy of Work by adding your own art images. To add your art, visit the blog and click on the *New Post* button at upper right.

Google+ Interactive Art Themes

Recently, when I mentioned the Google+ Friday Critique to some artists in my Artist Marketing Resources they were eager to get involved. So today I am sharing this Google+ Interactive Art Themes list on my blog and this post will also auto feed into my LinkedIn group as a new discussion.
Interactive Art Themes »

The Ultimate G+ Collection of Interactive Art Themes

The ultimate G+ collection of Interactive Art Themes 
is managed by Alexius Jørgensen with the help of Paul Brown

Ratings for how much a theme comment on the contributions:

+ + + The theme always comment
   + + The theme comment most times
      + The theme comment once in a while

All Week Art Themes:
      + CitizenArt #citizenart
      + Paintography #paintography
      + PixelWorld #pixelworld
Sunday:

   + + AnimeArtSunday  #AnimeArtSunday
+ + + Dawn On Sunday #dawnOnSunday

+ + + Sacred Sunday #sacredsunday

Monday:
         Arty Pics of the Week – it´s a gallery so no interaction is expected
   + + Mexico Monday #mexicomonday
Tuesday:
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:
Watch list for new art themes:
The Society Of Light #TheSocietyOfLight – so far no interaction

Share Exchange: Tweet, Google+, Pinterest, FB, Tumblr, etc

Pinterest

Pinterest (Photo credit: stevegarfield)

I keep Tweetdeck up all day and receive notices of any mentions. Some artists, art orgs and galleries share my links. When I receive a mention on Twitter I make sure that I retweet. If you’d like a retweet then share one of my links below.

On Google+ it is easy to share links and  +1.   I reblog on Tumblr whenever the option is available, to help share the artwork of artists. On Pinterest I pin to my own boards and to other boards I’ve been invited to pin to, such as one for the literary and art journal Meat For Tea.  Send a good quality jpeg of one of your art images and I will upload it to Pinterest and pin it to one of my boards. Be sure to let me know the title and medium of the artwork. Send it to MarieKazalia@gmail.com (leave a comment here to let me know that you’ve sent it).

Leave your links in a comment on this blog post, and I will copy and paste them into a tweet and share on Google+. You can leave your website link, portfolio link, Facebook fan page link, Tumblr blog link etc, but be sure to also leave a descriptive line. (No one will click on a shared link unless they know something about what it links to.)

Share my links:

Artist Marketing Resources blog http://ArtistMarketingResources.com 

Transmedia Artist AMAZON Pro store http://www.amazon.com/shops/TransmediaArtist

Transmedia Artist Amazon Pro Store Facebook fan page http://facebook.com/TransArtStore

Artist Marketing Resources PDF lists: 800+ Places to Sell Your Art, International Gallery List, Art Consultants, Art Licensinghttp://artistmarketingresources.webs.com/

ebook  Guide to Making Artist Submissions is available on Amazon Kindlehttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B006YCZSTG

ebook Guide to Making Artist Submissions on the Smashwords site is downloadable in many formats: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/55939

Do You Enter Contests? on Pinterest!?

A few days ago on Pinterest, I repinned a set of green vases from an upscale home decor site for a chance to win them. Today I learned that PUREWOW is sponsoring a camera company giveaway that is also using Pinterest as an aspect of their contest.First, they want you to submit a photo that you have taken for a chance to win a Panasonic Lumix 3G camera – here is the  link: http://www.purewow.com/lander/lumixThen, repin your favorite image (hopefully your own!) so that you are automatically entered to win the second prize–a Panasonic Lumix ZS19 camera.

Join IN THE PINK: the 1,000,000 People Art Project

Chicago based artist Connie Noyes has been working on her IN THE PINK project for the past year and a half. With Kickstart donations and the support of the Fractured Atlas organization the artist recently launched IN THE PINK, a Ning Site artists may join here.  I was the 7th member to join a few days ago and now there are over 20 site members. How long will it take until IN THE PINK reaches a membership of one million artists? Read the IN THE PINK blog for more details.

Twitter Bomb Project for Art Takes Time Square Today 3PM

Artist Chris Osborne received this invitation–

Chris, tomorrow at 3pm you are invited to get your work seen by the world.

Join Questlove of the Roots / Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2 Million followers) plus hundreds of others in tweeting the following:

#ArtTakesTimesSquare @ArtistsWanted – help my work get shown http://ChrisOsborne.artistswanted.org/atts2012

By tweeting this at exactly 3pm (EST) Wednesday you get:

  • Your friends to see your work
  • Tens of thousands of people who will be searching #ArtTakesTimesSquare to see your tweet
  • If we get #ArtTakesTimesSquare trending, hundreds of thousands of people will see it.

This is in your hands, good luck!

You can also find several artworks by Chris Osborne in our Transmedia Artist Amazon Pro Store.

A Variety of Opportunities For Artists To Promote Their Art

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Tumblr dashboard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are artists out there who tell me that they still don’t have a blog or don’t have time to blog. Try Tumblr. There is so much arts activity on Tumblr! You will find artists, art galleries, and arts organizations. Create a Tumblr blog, explore and reblog art posts to your blog. It is so easy.

Some Tumblr blogs have calls for submissions or allow you to upload and promote your own art images and links. Add an image of your art to the The NYC Mind Tumblr blog.The NYC mind is owned by an artist active in the New York City arts scene. Help his blog grow by submitting and sharing on Tumblr. He will help you promote your art.

Also:

Bring Your Own Beamer (beamer = cute British word for projector) or BYOB, is a series of pop-up one-night exhibitions around the world.  BYOB is open to anyone interested in moving light, sound, and performance.
Learn more about BYOB worldwide at http://www.byobworldwide.com/.

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Artists Over age 65 – An Opportunity to Share Your Work

The John A. Hartford Foundation (www.jhartfound.org), one of the nation’s leading private funders of aging research, is looking for two or three artists over the age of 65 to show some of their work at a small conference in Chicago on Tuesday, July 10th, 6-7 pm (at the Sutton Place Hotel–21 E. Bellevue Place).  They’re  looking for artists over the age of 65 to show some of their work plus talk a little about their creative process and take questions from the group related to their art and how it’s affected and been influenced by their own aging process. There is a modest honorarium for each participating artist. If you’re interested, please email Chris Gherst at cgherst@aboutscp.com before May 15th.