Ink Tuesday, Month 3: Giving My Artist Shop a Refresh

Trying to start a brand from scratch while still having a day job is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Some months it feels like I have all the time in the world, and others I’m lucky if I get enough sleep and food in me, let alone work towards my side hustle. Despite my obstacles, this past October, I was still able to put out Ink Tuesday content, go viral once with a TikTok video that receivedRead more

Your Artist Shops Holiday Checklist: 2021 Edition

We’re already deep in the trenches of the holiday season. If you’ve been here before, welcome back! First time? Just follow our lead and we’ll help you navigate through the chaos of running an online shop during the busiest time of the year. There’s a lot to do to ensure your holiday season is successful, from refreshing the look of your shop to strategizing promos to mapping out your social media schedule. We want to make that to-do list lessRead more

Ink Tuesday, Month 2: My First Sale, the TikTok Algorithm, and More

Starting a brand from scratch is thrilling, but after that initial enthusiasm wears off, things get progressively harder. Especially when you don’t see much success posting online to keep you motivated. It’s easy to get frustrated making artwork no one sees. This is part of what I experienced during Month 2 of Ink Tuesday, my 365 project where I freehand paint for 52 weeks straight. Even though I didn’t see the kind of growth I wanted during September, I’m stillRead more

How to Join the Season of Giving this Holiday

The busiest shopping season is upon us. This time of year is your best opportunity to attract new visitors to your Artist Shop and convert them into regular customers. Your success is our priority, and that’s why we’re letting you in on our upcoming Season of Giving holiday campaign. We’re sharing our concept with you to give you ideas on how to market your shop during the holiday season. This year, we’re focusing on the warm, fuzzy feeling we allRead more

Introducing Ink Tuesday: Month 1 of Starting a Brand from Scratch

I’m the creator of Ink Tuesday, and this past month has been the best of my life. This is surprising, considering this summer I was the most anxious I’ve been in years. I felt like the rug had been pulled out from under me. I was just going through the motions of work, eat, sleep, and repeat with very little to look forward to. All those gut-wrenching feelings of self-doubt went away when I decided to start a 365 projectRead more

Lifestyle Overlays That’ll Make Your Art Pop

Lifestyle photography showcases your products in real-life situations, out in the real world. This allows potential customers to envision themselves using your products in their everyday lives. 75% of online shoppers rely on product photos when deciding on a potential purchase¹. High-quality lifestyle photography not only helps you drive conversions in your Artist Shop, but it can also increase engagement on your social-media posts. More shares equals more conversions! Most lifestyle photography requires a professional-grade camera, near-perfect natural lighting, andRead more

Numbers Don’t Lie: Grow Your Business with These Tools

If you’re an Artist Shop owner, you have the skill and imagination you need to make incredible art. We know because we’ve seen it! However, no matter how adept you are at wielding a paintbrush, pen, or stylus, you might not be familiar with the online tools you can use to better sell your art. There are two tools in particular that reveal how customers interact with your shop. Read on to learn how Google Analytics and targeted ad campaignsRead more

The Anatomy of a Perfect Homepage

You walk into a boutique and the jeans are mixed with the blouses, the staff is apathetic, and the mannequins are passed out drunk on the floor. What are the chances you’ll end up buying anything? Probably pretty slim. The lesson here is that a strong first impression can be the difference between attracting or repelling customers. This is especially true when it comes to the homepage of your Artist Shop. Unless your visitors arrive through a side door, suchRead more

Transform Your Collections into Holiday Gift Guides

With e-commerce on the rise and a pandemic still raging on, more and more shoppers are motivated to stay at home instead of braving it out in packed department stores this holiday season. According to a 2020 survey by Criteo, a vast majority of shoppers (71%) say they’ll start their gift searches online and 86% also plan to purchase from e-commerce sites and apps. Elevate the online shopping experience for these customers and curate holiday gift guides using Collections inRead more

The Foolproof Guide to Email Marketing for Beginners

I don’t care what you’ve heard, email marketing is NOT dead. In fact, you’re losing out on a huge percentage of revenue if you don’t have an email strategy set up! Neil Patel quotes email marketing at an estimate of 23% of a total business revenue. The good thing is, it’s not too late to build your email-marketing strategy. So if you’re a beginner and want to learn about email best practices, this is a great place to start. 1.Read more

How to Make Your First Sale—and the Next

A mysterious voice in a cornfield somewhere in Iowa once said, “If you build it, they will come.” The same is true for your Artist Shop, but when they come, will they buy? Luckily, you won’t have to wait for an apparition to answer that question if you follow a few simple tips on how to make your first sale. There’s a lot of variables in converting visitors to customers, but the following suggestions can help you lure fish inRead more

Add New Designs and Promote them Frequently for Artist Shops Success

Want to know one of the biggest keys to success we’ve heard from thriving Artist Shops owners? It’s not just dialing in your audience and really understanding who you’re designing for (though that’s important). It’s not simply hosting a bunch of giveaways on social or constantly running sales (though both of those things are important).  It may seem obvious, but regularly creating and promoting your new designs is the best way to drive sales and growth for your Artist ShopRead more