How to Make a Gif to Promote Your Shop

You gotta love Gifs. Whether you’re sending them to friends or staring at Hamilton Gifs over and over again to feel like you’ve seen the show (tested and approved), Gifs are fun little loops of endless possibilities; including being great advertising tools. If you’re wondering how to make a gif to advertise your stuff, check out exhibit A: our graphic designer Katie Lukes’ Artist Shop Gif: Katie’s Gif does a great job highlighting her designs, apparel, and Artist Shop in a sweet and simple Gif. And the great news?Read more

14 Ways to Make Your First Sale

If a shop is awesome, but no one is around to see it, does it make a sale? After taking all the time you need to set up your shop and all the social media accounts for it, it can be easy to hit a brick wall when you get to the whole how-do-I-actually-sell-this-stuff part. There’s no one magic “That Was Easy” button when it comes to making your first sale, but there are a ton of tips and tricks that can help you getRead more

9 Ways to Get Your Art Noticed

“How do I get people to see my art?” – that is the question. Because let’s be real – there’s a lot of art out there. Not all of it is good, buy-worthy art, but the whole artistic industry is pretty saturated, and it’s easy for art to get lost in the fray. So how do you make yours stand out? Here 9 ways to get your art noticed: 1. Posters for Local Events Try starting local! If your town has a regular FarmersRead more

How to Promote Your Comic Book

With comics becoming more mainstream and more alternative comics being sought out, it’s a good time to be in the industry. No longer are comic conventions tiny, niche, intimate gatherings – now, they’re full of A-listers and attract hoards of crowds. They’re the new cool and it’s more important than ever to learn how to promote your comic book or webcomic. 5 Ways on How to Promote your Comic Book 1. Crowdfunding TO PROMOTE YOUR COMIC BOOK Don’t underestimate the power ofRead more

Tips to Create Effective Promotions

There’s more to creating effective promotions than just getting a wacky inflatable tube man…especially since we’re talking about online shops here, so wacky inflatable tube man will probably not help you. There are a lot of factors you might want to think about – type of sale, how much you can afford to discount an item (literally), planning out sales and promoting them on social, factoring in how much you have to make to break even with that wacky inflatable tube manRead more

Spotlight on Bernie Threads: How to Support a Political Movement With Artist Shops

Online stores like Artist Shops can be used for a lot more than just an artist selling their personal work on apparel. You can get creative with them by opening an Artist Shop that sports team apparel (see what I did there) or sells designs that support a cause. And one of the clearest examples of that that we have in Artist Shops is “Bernie Threads.” You no doubt recognize the design of the “Not Me, Us” Bernie Sanders posterRead more

February Wrap-Up!

In honor of spring creepin’ just around the corner, we decided to get a jump on some of our spring cleaning by organizing some helpful links from around the interwebz for ya! The internet is vast. And it can be hard to filter through which posts are helpful, which are redundant, and which are straight up BS. Sometimes we find resources (blog posts, articles, the occasional funny) that we share amongst ourselves because we find them helpful or insightful. And now, atRead more

The Best Times for Social Media Posts

So, the road so far: we’ve looked at social media channels you should be using, how to frugally use those sites for advertising, and how to make your posts on those channels super engaging. But WHEN are the best times for a social media posts? Minor details, right? If social media posts are published and no one is around to see it, does it make a sound? And by sound I mean internet buzz that translates into sales, fans and followers. Believe itRead more

Ideas for Creating Engagement-Worthy Content

It’s one thing to say that you have to make your content creative. But how do you actually do that? It’s easier said than done. The key is getting your audience to actually engage with what you’re posting. And there are ways to make your content stand out and to get people coming back. Here are a few ideas to get your brain storming: The Coffee Shop Tip Jar Method Have you ever been to a coffee shop where theyRead more

What $5 Will Get You in Social Media Ads

It’s one thing to set up social media sites for you and your art. It’s a whole ‘nother thing actually getting people to go to those sites through social media ads. Sometimes this is easier said than done. Enter social media advertising. Advertising is everywhere we look. At the end of the day, it’s a good way to get ahead of the pack and get yourself noticed. And I know what you’re thinking. Advertising = $$$. The whole “gotta spendRead more

7 Tips for Creating Creative Social Media Content

Marketing yourself can be the classic “left brain, right brain” balance. On the analytical side, you have a mission: to build your brand. On the more artistic, right-brain side: you want to have fun with it and do it in a way that’s creative. You want your social media to work for you from a seller aspect, sure. But you’re also a creative – not a corporation whose one goal is to shove their product down people’s’ throats. So how do youRead more

How to Social Media

Shockingly, social media isn’t just for sending tweets that say “omg i love u plz retweet or ill DIE 😭” to celebs (they love that, trust me.) It’s also an insanely good – and crucial – tool to promote your product and yourself. Let’s look at 1: what sites create the most sales, 2: which to use, 3: how to use them and 4: how to get creative with them. What sites create the most sales? Facebook is the leaderRead more