Social Media To Show And Sell Art

Social Media To Show And Sell Art

what are we gonna talk about today Rafi
same thing we talk about every day CLE how to take over the world hola you amazing artists so last week we
posted a video about social media and today I’m gonna answer some of the
questions so most of you guys got it you guys understood the video what I was
talking about was not focusing on the sales but focusing on your story and
posting the things that you want to share that you want to see some of you
did not get it not so much basically what happened was you watch
the video and then you were like great but how did you sell things on social
media how did that happen and trust me I get it when we first started selling our
stuff and started putting our stuff on social media it felt like there were
just crickets going on and there is this mad desperation for me to find out like
what is the trick would it what is the trick to selling your stuff on social
media especially when I’d see artists on there like with all these likes and
selling all this stuff and I just felt like I was in like some kind of Internet
Siberia I’d like to share that my two cents this morning was to choke on my
coffee and almost died when I heard that we were recapping social media she did
she almost choked on her coffee so what I decided for this video is that I’m
gonna give you guys the tips and tricks of what I do when it comes to social
media and trust me take all this stuff with a grain of salt so I’m gonna tell
you some things that I keep in mind whatever it is that I’m posting to
social media or even when I’m just thinking about social media the first
thing is that all social media platforms they make their money with ads so I got
to keep that in mind when I’m posting stuff anything that I post that may have
text in it or text in a title that that is talking about selling or anything
like that it’s going to get suppressed in the timeline it’s just something that
they do any advertising that takes priority is stuff that people paid them
for the ads so if you post something and you’re like this is brilliant it’s got a
bunch of text in it chances are not that many people are going to see
because it’s gonna kind of disappear in the timeline so it’s like the opposite
of use your words yes even still I still use wording and all out of my posts
because I don’t care somebody like me who’s very comfortable with the fact
that a lot of my followers will get my stuff because they clicked on a
notification in order to get it because they are following us
I don’t worry so much about whether or not my post is going to get suppressed
or not even though I still experience that there are some posts that like
skyrocket and some posts just get completely suppressed another thing for
artists is like nudie pics and things like that a lot of that stuff kind of
gets suppressed down so just if you are going to post your artwork and it just
happens to show some nudity chances are it’s not gonna get that much of a
response rate and just be ready for that it doesn’t mean don’t post those things
just means that those particular posts may get suppressed you are working on
their platforms so be prepared for that nudie pics and words ya know like oh we
don’t like nudie pics and words the second rule that I follow is consistency
they reward consistency so for example with Instagram ideally post at least
once a day when I’m posting consistently I consistently get more and more likes
on a post verses where maybe I go into a weird busy funk and I don’t post
anything and then I get back at it and my my ratio is not as high as it usually
is this is the area where I tend to fail epically because I’ll post for a few
days and then I’m like yeah yeah then she disappears it’s one of the reasons
that in the last video I talked about just posting for yourself giving
yourself a reason to post daily instead of making it about other people where
like I got a post because I want people to know that I exist and this not blah
blah or I’m trying to sell this piece whenever you do that it becomes way more
stressful than just showing a piece of your life like recording a moment in
time of that day or a moment in time of a thought that you had it is way less
stressful doing it the way that I do it were
I just post something because I want to post something yeah that’s where I get
tripped up sometimes I’m like I really want to post quality content that people
will enjoy but I’m just sitting at my computer okay yeah yeah don’t overthink
it just just post something fun that you’re going to enjoy looking at like I
said before I’m no expert but as far as consistency the way that I think about
it is like this Instagram is sharing a photographic interpretation of what’s
going on in your life that day Facebook is like sharing a picture with family
and friends who don’t care all that much Twitter is like sending an email blast
out to a bunch of people that may respond or may not respond
I feel like Twitter is like throwing a penny into outer space
well it’s a very fast social media platform so we’ll talk about that so one
of the other things I keep in mind is are my pictures engaging are they
interesting are they good for a lot of you guys that ask me the question about
social media and stuff I’ve gone to your pages and I’ll see pictures that are
hard to look at especially on Instagram Instagram is a platform where it’s all
about the pictures so you want to spend some time editing that picture for me
personally it takes me about five minutes to edit a picture because I’ll
try to take the best possible picture in the first place where it needs the least
amount of editing by far I am NOT the best at taking pictures but I want to
make sure that the picture in of itself is telling the story versus me having to
compensate the picture by adding a bunch of wording this isn’t meant to criticize
negatively but some of the pictures when I look at it I’m like this is this is
not a good pic this does not show me what it is that you’re trying to say and
the other thing is because of that what I’ll do is I’ll go to my main page on
Instagram and I’ll look at how the little collage of all the pictures kind
of work together and whether or not the color schemes look good I want that
experience to be a positive experience if somebody happens to go to my
Instagram page so what you mean is think about the
narrative and the pictures think about the narrative pictures should be able to
stand on their own so you don’t mean like saying your pictures are hard to
look at I can’t even yeah I just can’t even yeah not that they’re to stay away
from that narrative another thing to keep in mind is that social media is a
social platform so engage with the people that are following you on social
media don’t just post something and completely ignore them and like I said
before take a look at your profile page on these different platforms and make
sure that it’s aesthetically pleasing to look at also make sure that there is a
link that leads back to either your website or your webstore when you post a
piece of art or even on your profile page you could have DM me for more
information or DM me for prices or commissions I’ve seen a lot of artists
do that I think that that is successful I personally don’t do that because it
just doesn’t fit with my the way that my profile works another thing to keep in
mind is to have an idea of what the social media platforms are so Facebook
is like sending a message to friends and family and new friends who maybe are
interested or not really that interested but they want to stay up to date on what
you’re doing Twitter is like sending a message into a race with a bunch of
other messages so the more messages you send the more chances there are somebody
responding another thing with Twitter is that they are very hashtag heavy so if
you don’t know about hashtags learn about them Instagram to me is like
sharing pictures with a photography club like you want to make sure that your
pictures are telling a story don’t don’t just send them some pictures that that
aren’t gonna work yes me Instagram is like you have a Polaroid camera right
and you get one Polaroid per day so make it really awesome yeah not saying that
you should only post once a day but post consistently at least once a day so your
Polaroid has a very limited amount of Polaroids that you could take I’m just
conserving Polaroids don’t judge me LinkedIn is like putting out a business
update riveting Pinterest is like I don’t know I don’t know I just basically
the way that I use Pinterest is I go on my website and every single one
of my items or pictures has a little Pinterest thing where I could share it
on Pinterest and then I share it on Pinterest and as far as YouTube being a
social media platform let’s say that you were thinking of using YouTube the way
that I would use it is almost like your facetiming with people that love you so
that’s how I use YouTube almost like I’m facetiming with you amazing people
another thing to keep in mind is time and effort how much time and how much
effort are you putting into it this is we’re paying for advertising or the
marketing on Facebook or different social media come in I personally don’t
pay for any marketing the only time that I ever paid for marketing on Facebook
was when I released calendars about two years ago and the response wasn’t all
that big in fact the response from my paid marketing was on par with my
organic marketing so since then I’ve not ever paid for marketing on Facebook not
saying that I wouldn’t work for you it’s something that I think you should
personally look into and see if it is a way that you want to go
I like organic marketing that’s that’s my thing I don’t want to pay for
additional marketing and finally the last thing to keep in mind is that it’s
about the story that is why I posted the last video that I did on this because if
you are out there to try and sell something and you’re not being genuine
then you might as well be like a lot of these big companies that pay a lot of
money to a marketing firm in order for the marketing firm to come up with some
story but really at the end of the day it’s just a bullcrap story I know that
the idea of marketing and business and all that stuff brings up all these
things that’s like well I gotta sell and I gotta I gotta tell people what they
want to hear and I got to do this and I got to do that that just feels so dirty
to me and it makes it something that it shouldn’t be as artists we have a story
to tell we have our own personal story to tell whether you are a painter a
jewelry maker a musician any kind of crafter you have a very
interesting story and not only that part of your story but the story of your life
is completely interesting you don’t have to make up some cockamamie story to try
and sell your stuff just let people know who you are there’s a very good chance
here a lot more interesting than you give yourself credit for
yeah when you are putting yourself out there whether or not you’re putting
yourself out there face to face which is what I highly recommend or you’re doing
it in the virtual world you are going to run into haters you are going to run
into people that have an opinion of you that is not completely legit that’s the
scary part of putting your stuff out there and I think that secretly it’s one
of the reasons that a lot of us hold back from actually putting our lives out
there because it’s scary it’s scary somebody might hate on you and it is
actually the reason that I say to remain genuine because if you are genuine
nobody has any ammo of skeletons in your closet that they could get to recently I
got a comment from somebody who is like there is no buy my are o buy my book
support us on patreon watch my video so I can make money basically what they
were saying was like okay so I’m trying to make money with my art I’m trying to
make money with my book get some crowd funding for the book that I’m gonna
write I’m trying to make money with patreon by doing the videos and I’m
trying to get people to watch my videos so I can make money so essentially what
this person was saying is that I’m trying to make money with the things
that I create that’s exactly what I’m trying to do I’m trying to make money
with the things that I create but the money is not the reason that I create
those things my response to this person is like yes so what like I’ve got
nothing to hide of course I want to make money with my book of course I want to
make money with videos of course I want to make money with my art the more money
that I make the more I could create which is more eloquently
than my reply which is like duh idiot that’s one of the many reasons that I
say just be genuine and be honest about who you are and share who it is that you
are and that way there there’s no ulterior motive behind what you’re doing
oh so that brings us to promoting yourself on the platforms on different
social media basically that’s where you’re like hey guys here’s this piece
check this out on my website I know that there are a lot of artists out there
that have a really really difficult time asking for money and honestly I’m one of
those people I have a very difficult time asking for money but in order for
me to continue doing what I do or for you to continue doing what you do or
embark on this creative journey people need to buy your stuff now there is a
huge difference between putting your stuff out there and giving them the
opportunity to understand it and want to buy it versus thinking that people owe
you and that they should buy it that’s where the desperation of like oh my god
I’ve been doing this so long and all these people and they don’t follow
you’ve got to get rid of that if you are doing something you have to be doing it
because you want to it’s the reason that I say post because you want to post not
because you’re trying to sell if I was posting these videos because I was
trying to make money with it seven years doing videos where the most that I made
even being a partner was five dollars a month why would I even keep posting
videos if I was doing it for the money got to get that mentality out of your
head and that includes social media if you’re going to share across your social
media then it should be about something else if you are going to make youtube
videos it should be about something else if you are going to create artwork it
should be about something else and trust me I understand you want to make money
you need to make money you want to make money so that you could create more
stuff and you could support yourself and not be stressed out all the time
I really do wish that I had some kind of magical formula that worked for you the
fact of the matter is that anybody that is out there that is promoting a magical
formula selling magic beans or snake oil you got
to figure this out you have a story share your story and remember that it
takes time it takes time there is no quick fix for this you guys it takes
time and I know that it’s easy to look at somebody like myself or look at other
people that are that you think are succeeding but honestly I’ve been at
this for a long time and I’m not even close to where I would want to be to be
financially comfortable remember it takes time and you have to give yourself
another reason other than the money to be able to make it so to answer the
question how did I sell things online it is because I shared things and gave
people the opportunity to go and purchase my art and I made that very
very easy for them to be able to get to that place that’s how I sold things
online one particular person saw something that really really connected
with them that the story spoke to them and then they went to my website and
they bought it plain and simple there was no conniving or tricking or getting
them oh how do I get these people to go to my site and buy something keep in
mind that a lot of those people to have a lot of views they have somebody who is
running their social media marketing is there they’re doing all that stuff
they’re paying for ads and so their pages seem to be like skyrocketing up as
an artist a lot of times you’re there by I’m by myself I don’t have time to spend
hours a day working on social media what I do have time for is to do ten minutes
of posting across the board on social medias I work on my videos because this
is a different part of what I do I don’t consider the social media I consider
this connecting with people because trust me it’s not about the money so to
reiterate the advice that I gave you in my last video just have fun with it and
find a reason why you want to do it other than trying to sell stuff and make
money and hopefully that gave you guys more of an insight on where I am when it
comes to social media and stuff like that also I’m going to insert a
shameless plug here I am currently working on my first book and I will be
doing an IndieGoGo camp very very soon and if you want to sign
up to be alerted about that then just go to my website and you’ll see it says the
rogue artist Survival Guide that’s going to be my first book in a series of books
that I’m planning out writing I’ve been collecting notes and stuff over the last
eight to ten years of my career so I’ve got stacks and stacks cuz I’ve been
wanting to write a book for a while but just never got into chance so I am going
to face that I’m gonna do a campaign to help me get started so that’s where you
guys come in together we’re gonna force Rafi to finish his book yeah you’ll
force me to finish my book mm-hmm and also if you guys have any social media
marketing tips in the last video a lot of you left some really awesome tips so
if you still have questions I would read through some of those comments but if
you have any more just go ahead and leave those in the comments section
below and thank you so much for watching you guys you guys are absolutely amazing
I totally adore you and if you liked this and you want to watch more like
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89 thoughts on “Social Media To Show And Sell Art

  • August 6, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    You two kids are by far my favorite MUST watch on YouTube and Social Media. Thanks again for sharing your Inter-webs knowledge 🙂

  • August 6, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    I'll use this early opportunity to tell you two how much I love your videos! They are very VERY helpful! I enjoy your videos and am always happy to watch more!

  • August 6, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Great video
    Little clarification… Anybody, paid or unpaid, who can make sure that their users stay longer on the platform will get organic reach and will not get suppressed… They will most definitely not suppress or downgrade particular posts of 'organic profiles' because they want to make place for adds at that particular moment… If some of your posts perform less then others it's because they are simply not as engaging and interesting as your better posts… it's still a social platform and people might not like the same things you as an artist like…

  • August 6, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Keep it coming.

  • August 6, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Lol that pinki and brain opening had me 🤭 so hard.

    Oh and that background art that's my favorite art for this week even over my own and the paw print my cat made on my table. So you feel good and very acomblished cuz thats like the highest praise I have to offer 🙌👍👌

    And now I feel all kinds of emojis and self aware about my Instagram 🙁😲😨😬😳🤪😱 <- all of these

  • August 6, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    My man!!!

  • August 6, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for the advice!😀🤘

  • August 6, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Awesome video! A side note to your intro: a buddy of mine that works for Warner Bros is working on Animaniacs! It’s coming back and most of the voice actors are on board!

  • August 6, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    WAIT. Post for the enjoyment of the creative process instead of the expectation of income? WHAT BLASPHEME IS THIS? 😉

  • August 6, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    "I want to, I want to, I want to…"

    I imagine clicking my heels 3x and being at home with myself; sharing my artist story with others.

    Thank you for such wonderful encouragement in the social media abyss re: one's art.

    I'm looking forward to your upcoming book, Rafi.

  • August 6, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    "Get Rid of the desperation." Awesome! Best remark, idea that you have shared.
    Do you have any recomendations for me and others like me. Who do not want to go full time into the art career. I like doing my job. I also HAVE to do art. If I do not do something everyday I feel it.
    I would like to show and maybe sell some stuff. Selling would be great because then I do not have to store those works, or loose a ton of money giving it away. I am looking for suggestions on how to slowly get into the art world. Most of the books and other guides just say to go for it. All in. Some of the markets that you have suggested are going all in. The Farmers Market and Flee Markets are places you have to show up every time it is open.
    I guess I want to be the person who dips my feet in the pool and not cannon ball in. 😀 Any help or ideas would be nice.

  • August 6, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    I really struggle with taking and posting phots of my work. Of course part of my issue if the literal pain that doing that causes.

  • August 6, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    In the old days we called it 'Word of Mouth', and that was far better than paid promotion.
    …and, I don't mean to be UN-artish, BUT I am doing it for the money, well that's the goal anyhow, even though present condition does NOT reflect that. (((sigh)))

  • August 6, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Klee: your reply and my instant thought reply were the exact same! DUH

  • August 6, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    I like your honesty and work ethic. You and Klee are the real deal 🙂

  • August 6, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Hello RAFI, I have learned so much from your channel that helped my Art career, I would like to Thank you and Klee for that. Can you please checkout my Instagram page ( Shaycdl73 ) and give me some feed back….I'm a self taught Artist and always welcoming good advice.

  • August 6, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Amen brother!👊
    Forget about the $ it's all about the QUALITY not the quantity… and oh yeah, the story…
    Who doesn't want to know the genesis of an idea and how it really came to be?
    I love getting in the head of those I admire and perhaps can learn from.

  • August 7, 2019 at 12:01 am

    This is why I love you guys💖

  • August 7, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Always great information. I have been preparing to become a fulltime artist in 2020. I'm closing my successful construction company following my destiny.
    I have listened to countless videos of you two. And I very much appreciate it. Cheers!

  • August 7, 2019 at 12:15 am

    informative! good job! to keep the "amateur (for love)" attitude with the goal of making a good living. is very hard concept for people in the working class, I've been blessed enough to have worked for retail entrepreneurs who loved what they did but making a living was the goal too. and they are not diametrically opposed to each other. (wow look at me with the fancy words and no college education either! : ) again good job!

  • August 7, 2019 at 12:15 am

    I was recently in a group discussion about using our art in other ways like prints and such. Well I am a potter and sculptor. Some suggested molds, but I am not a fan of that because I don't want reproductions and my work is usually to challenging to make molds. I really enjoy making unique items. I do see the value in the extra income. Any ideas?

  • August 7, 2019 at 12:24 am

    I tend to post sporadically according to mood and have found followers, especially on my IG page, don't like being "sold" to. You gotta give Pinterest a little credit, it's been great for traffic to my Etsy store. Thanks Guys, great advice as always. Looking forward to the book/s 😉

  • August 7, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Absolutely correct!

  • August 7, 2019 at 12:33 am

    I love Etsy because through the stupid new free shipping policies I found you two. You’re the most interesting, lovable people on YouTube. I enjoy watching you and I know I’m learning a lot even though I’m not watching for knowledge, I’m watching because you’re adorable!!!

  • August 7, 2019 at 12:43 am

    You're awesome, Rafi, but for me, I'm just now getting my art career started at 46 years old, and I would not even be developing all this social media if it was not so I could sell my art.

    I have never liked all this, but if I want to get my art out there, then I'm going to have to post on platforms I would otherwise ignore for the very reason of selling my art. Sharing myself with the world is just not something I am otherwise inclined to do.

    However, I will never be fake or push something with advertising lingo. (I trained in advertising, by the way.) Being genuine is what I do, and people will know that I am selling my art, but I will never be able to find the will to post because I want to.

    I hardly care to share my life with the people I care about. So to me, all this social media stuff is both a chore and a necessity. I cannot afford to take the stand of posting because I want to, because if that were the case, I would go back to posting a few times a year, and that is just not an option if I want to sell art online.

    The Rogue Artist's Survival Guide sounds great.

  • August 7, 2019 at 12:54 am

    I’m so excited for the book(s)!!!

  • August 7, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Great video Rafi! Genuine, sincere, comprehensive, thank you. New subbie.

  • August 7, 2019 at 1:24 am

    INSTANT CREDIT for Pinky and the Brain. INSTANT.

  • August 7, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Being creative is the equivalent of being able to breathe for me. If no social media existed, I'd still be creating. If my creativity stopped, no amount of social media would save me. Thank you for what you do and share. The pinky and the brain, the pinky and the brain…one is a genius, the other insane. Who's who here Rafi and Klee? ;p Love you both ♡♡♡ 🙂

  • August 7, 2019 at 1:49 am

    I'm really excited about your book! The tips you gave were extremely helpful. Posting beautiful photos and for the enjoyment of your art is such a wonderful way to go about it. One question I have is, would you mind taking a look at my Instagram page to see what I need to fix or work on whenever you have time?
    Instagram: hannahquinteroart

  • August 7, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Tomorrow is my very first EVER vender fair.. omg, I wanna crawl in a whole and not come out! Every time I sell something I feel the need to give them (customer) some stuff for free because I just know that my products aren’t as good. Then it surprises the shit outta me when customers get on social media talking about how much they love their EO perfume I blended for them and that they would purchased from me again .. Or they love the body butter and soap they purchased. Ugghhh IDK. How come I can’t say the things customers say about me , to myself! Lol I really wish I enjoyed ppl and were interested in socializing. I always laugh at ppl who are standing in a crowd blabbing about how they are so “antisocial..” Really 🤣👍 Anyways, I wandered of subject… I actually do great at selling myself on social media. It’s comfortable “socializing.” If all goes well I get to ship products and never actually meet ppl.👍You guys are awesome 👍

  • August 7, 2019 at 2:09 am

    Duh! Idiot! Loving it in a crazy way😂

  • August 7, 2019 at 2:20 am

    What you're saying is be authentic. 100%. Or as Klee so often says, "You do you, Boo. You do you." (I love that phrase.) If people feel a connection with you, or with your art, then they will buy. It's as simple as that. You can't fake a story to force a connection. The human connection only happens when we are brave and authentic. I'm a fair bit desperate to make money, as are we all, since we all need money for shelter and food. I especially feel the pressure because I'm supported by family, since my illness prevents me from managing on my own. This is something I could hide. In fact, many people have given advice that says things like, "Don't talk about your problems. Don't talk about your illness. Be upbeat and positive." The problem is, I'm not ALWAYS upbeat and positive. Sometimes I have DAYS. Today was a good example – I'm prepping for a show. From bed. It is what it is. I started my website originally to let people see the darker side of Fibromyalgia and other invisible illnesses. There are plenty of inspirational sites out there. We didn't need another. I got plenty of advice to stop. Complaints that I didn't post enough, or do this or that enough. Then I started doing artwork, and people kept telling me to separate business from my illness. That would not be authentic, though. I'm being 100% me. I talk about pain when I need to, I uplift others when I can, my art is my salvation – it keeps me alive and wanting to get out of bed every morning. Over time, I've drawn my own audience. It's taken time, and it's slow, but I LOVE my people. They get me, and I get them, and whenever one of my pieces find a home, I know it's because someone loves my work. In fact, they love ME, because in order to understand my work, you have to know me. <3

  • August 7, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Right on Rafi!!! Love this your words of wisdom, very inspiring and so helpful. Thank you!!

  • August 7, 2019 at 2:52 am

    Rafi ! Shhhh …You're giving away all the secrets !! 🙂

  • August 7, 2019 at 3:40 am

    Good stuff, Rafi. 🙂

  • August 7, 2019 at 3:57 am

    Wait… these magic beans exist?? Ill take 5 of them please and thank you!

  • August 7, 2019 at 5:15 am

    Such good advice Rafi😀
    I like what you said about giving people the opportunity to go and purchase your art. The word opportunity really struck me.
    Like it’s something FOR them. Somehow that makes a difference for me, it makes me feel happy and peaceful, so thanks!

  • August 7, 2019 at 6:01 am

    Thank You!  You always make me laugh, and of course you are right.  You guys are so great! Klee you are so much fun! Yes, I get it, yeah, I think just keep your head in the game, and allow yourself enough time, have fun, make art, share it.  Keep at it.  Thanks again!

  • August 7, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Sooo, what I'm getting from this is: be like that cute annoying yet endearing little kid that loves their arts and crafts, is SO PROUD, they will run around and show everyone beaming with pride. So, essentially, be like a kid with joy! 🙂

  • August 7, 2019 at 6:41 am

    I am struggling with having my personal account and my art business account being the same on Instagram, and also my blog is sort of like that. It started out as just business, but turned more personal and especially since I've been sick and just needed a personal outlet it's been quite active but not on the business side… Still, most of my followers somehow know me personally, AND they are my biggest group of readers/customers. They seem to buy more as I get more and more personal on my blog and on my social media. Like, around here they want the personal. Or rather, my art is that kind of art. I am not a mass-produced thingy, I sell my heart and soul in a sense, so they need to see it. I think I want it that way, BUT as I get back to work I need to marry the two better, and also open up so it's not so private that new possible customers run away. Or do I split the content anyhow? I started out in English because I wanted global reach, and now it's all in Swedish because most my followers are from Finland and Sweden… My homepage is in English though, webshop and all and I have had customers from around the world… Sorry for the long explanation. I am just looking for thoughts on the matter personal vs. business and if they can be married 🙂 (It seems they can, I do sell! But maybe not enough?) <3

  • August 7, 2019 at 6:48 am

    I've learned so much from you, thankyou so very much! I appreciate the work you put into these videos. Your honesty is refreshing😁

  • August 7, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Love your attitude to social media. It is definitely about connecting with people first and foremost. Thanks for that reminder. 😊

  • August 7, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Thank god for the Etsy free shipping drama as I have found you two gems to watch. You are both so inspiring and full of knowledge.

  • August 7, 2019 at 11:13 am

    I like the play by play subtitles at the end, that kinda helps!

  • August 7, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Good luck with finishing the book.

  • August 7, 2019 at 11:22 am

    I pretend I am talking to a friend. I keep it short, positive and usually leave a tip or two.

  • August 7, 2019 at 11:55 am

    You guys are so much fun to watch 😅

  • August 7, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Oh yeah, that’s so me on Instagram – post, post, post, then ‘peace!’

  • August 7, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks so much for all of your honest advice and perspective …I’ve been an artist most of my life, and compromised( happily) for many years , by painting my designs on clothing ( in the late 80’s and 90’s).. I had discovered a way to continue painting , but on items that were easier to sell . I am , now , for the first time in my life , in a place where I can paint for the love and excitement of it .. I can totally appreciate the struggle and the balancing act that it takes, to do something we love , and pay our bills.. we had a small store , and still had to do about 40 art/ craft shows a year.. it was the hardest thing to keep doing , but it allowed us to keep our store going ….
    you guys are wonderful to learn from , and be inspired by.. thanks so much for all your heartfelt efforts .. best of luck to you both!!
    Norakag ( my nick on Instagram ) Be well..

  • August 7, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Great video y’all 😂 hilarious and educational as always!

  • August 7, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Loved the intro to this! I love Pinky and the Brain. I think the story on my website about how my creative "business" started and was named is pretty good. It started when I was a teenager.

    For my new line I am trying to get going it is because I love the water and fish. I say trying because I am currently dealing with a pretty severe depression. I wouldn't even be trying this at all but for the fact I love it so much. I would be feeling so much more joy from this if I can just get my head right again.

    I spent so much time in the water my whole life and found peace there. Sometimes I used to pretend I was a mermaid. :p I loved being underwater and just looking around for as long as I could hold my breath anyway.

    Thanks as always for sharing your awesome thoughts in a video.

    – Heidi

  • August 7, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    I DO feel like you’re FaceTiming with me! We need to be in it for the long haul, not a fast buck. No haters! It IS scary. Amen! Create because we NEED to! Duh! Lololol Klee.

  • August 7, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Love you guys! Excited to see that sub count going up, you guys deserve it!!

  • August 7, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    funny, the commercial that played after I watched this was a freemaster class describing how to sell you art online and skip public events and have 10s of thousands of loyal customers, many of who are repeat customers and an inbox full of orders EVERYDAY!

  • August 7, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Love your videos, as far as posting to multiple platforms, I use IFTTT to automatically update Pinterest and Tumblr from my Instagram. It isn't quite as effective for twitter as that requires engagement. But Pinterest and Tumblr keeps the content spread out in case that is where folks look at your work too. Lots of good functionality in IFTTT and it is pretty easy to use.

  • August 7, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Pinterest is more of an image search engine than social media, is what I have heard.

  • August 7, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Hi Rafi! Wanted to say a big thank you for your videos! Gave me the motivation to finally start doing art shows this year, and even make my own youtube art channel of my time-lapse paintings! I just linked to your video about diy art panels on my most recent upload showing my own panels I made for my booth, thanks to your video. Thanks again for all your valuable information you share; it is much appreciated!

    Let me know if it's ok that I added your video link in my description. If not I can delete!

  • August 7, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    I was thinking about creating a FB product catalog so that I can tag my art on IG to sell. Do you recommend that?

  • August 7, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Great information about using social media! Thanks for sharing!

  • August 7, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Your video resonated with me because I spent parts of today wondering why I continue to make and post the videos I make since mostly no one watches them. They are all about a computer game that is now over 10 years old and was out of date before I ever thought of making the videos. Sometimes I think of quitting but I just don't seem to be able to do that yet. The channel won't ever be monetised so the money doesn't come into it either. I just seem to like doing it. So I suppose I'll just continue with it for a bit longer. My long term goal is to start a completely new channel and tell my own story and show my art. I am making progress with that. Im definitely spending more time on the art and less on the game as my health issues are coming under control. I will look forward to your next video.

  • August 7, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    "Internet siberia" lol. I know that too well. So if you post memes once in a while ( as a filler for daily posting) the algorithm thinks it is an ad?

  • August 7, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Great information! Thanks for the helpful tips.

  • August 7, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Thank you for this. Love your honesty and integrity.

  • August 7, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    I love you guys! I am a fiber artist and have found that simply by sharing my works on social media while they are in progress generates interest. Not only for that particular piece, but people begin asking if I can do "this" or "that" for them. The snowball keeps rolling and I typically have more work than I can handle. Thanks for being out here Rafi & Klee

  • August 7, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    My hobby is card making and I sell strictly by word of mouth, however marketing is a huge black hole for most people. But I agree with you, people buy your story n the art is just a snip it of that story. Keeping a day job or multiple jobs is almost a must in today's economy.

  • August 7, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    I get why you only do organic, but social media advertising is SUPER CHEAP. It will become expensive soon so not sure I agree with that approach. I know on youtube ads I get views for $0.04, which is cray cray if you think about how much TV commercials cost. My twitter is huge at 13,000, but not sure why. I usually check every trend to see if I can bandwagon or engage with some controversy. I've only gotten one sale off twitter, so not sure its worth the effort nowadays. I post 3x a day off auto-posts and then add some personal pics.

  • August 7, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Pinky and the Brain! What a flashback! You guys are the best because you're so real and genuine and authentic. We love you, never stop doing what you do. 😀

  • August 7, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Love the Pinky and the Brain ref 😁😁

  • August 7, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    You & Klee rock! These to social media videos are great. So down-to-earth and true and I really appreciate all that you share. Thank you!

  • August 7, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I enjoyed watching your video, I am not currently trying to sell online having retired from a digital art position and going back to traditional art, it has been hard but rewarding maybe when I get enough to sell I will but until then I’ll be posting for fun and sharing my journey. Thank you for sharing your outlook and giving us good content to watch!

  • August 7, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    I love the pair of you and really enjoy watching your vidz 💕💕😂

  • August 7, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Nudy pics rock. LOL. Hi Rafi and Klee

  • August 7, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Love your videos. You and Klee do a great job of conveying 'good energy'. That is what keeps me motivated in returning to your videos. Thank you!

  • August 8, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Nice Binky and the Brain intro 😍

    Ok….. so less is more then on social media…… I didn’t know that posts get suppressed, yeah I must say as an artist I don’t like that nudity thing…….

    my first and last life drawing experience at school made me almost faint from embarrassment 🤣

    I find scheduling tweets on Twitter helps me and looking for the best times of day that my followers are active I’m told works best. But I just schedule, with biz hashtags.

    Instagram…….. I like posting my Redbubble photos on one account. My sketches, doodles, stuff on my 2nd insta account in order to give a more clearer concise feed.

    i try to be professional but it’s so difficult cos I’m a messy artist.

    Yes!!! Totally agree Rafi and Klee, that you must engage with your followers if and when they respond.

    Facebook…………….. meh 🥴 I don’t do Facebook

    LinkedIn ugh 😑 it’s sooo boring for me 😂😂

    Super video Rafi and Klee 👍😊

  • August 8, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    i need to ask this question. what good is it to be copied and followed by mostly other artists on social media? that is what happens to me.

  • August 8, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    i just searched your shop on etsy. both rafi and klee and rafi was here studios, both came up with no results. very disheartening.

  • August 8, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    I've never been comfortable with the "sale-sy" marketing. I realize it works for certain products, but it just never sat well with me. I've been slowly morphing my IG account to be more about the things I enjoy and am inspired by, and less about getting exposure for what I sell. Relieved to hear I'm not weird for feeling this way. 🙂

  • August 9, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Thank you for this video- I have always been loathe to engage in self-promotion for a variety of reasons, but after listening to this, I will commit to posting daily on my instagram!

  • August 10, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    So I have around 5k followers, slowly going down because over the last few days I’ve been removing myself from people’s following. Yes, I am deleting and removing followers. My engagement was shit before, but as I remove inactive followers, my engagement has gone up drastically and so far I’ve only removed about 400 or so inactive followers. And I’ve sold art in the last 24hrs, even while removing people. If you’ve been using social media to showcase your art for a long time, it’s probably time to audit your following and see how many are actually using their account still. I found followers that haven’t been online since 2013! Like wow: Because of the way the algorithm works, if you’ve got a large amount of inactive accounts following you – it will impact that algorithm and have your content get pushed down. If you have 5k, you need 10% to like or engage within a certain time frame (500 likes or so?) but if a large portion of followers are inactive, how can you get that engagement? Well if you organically remove all those people, your engagement will go UP. Because now that 10% is calculated against.. idk, let say 2k (so 200 likes) which I can realistically accomplish. Which means: once all my inactive and ghost followers are gone, my engagement will soar and I will be shown to ALL my followers. Instead of like 50 out of the 5,000. (Yes that’s how bad my engagement is right now.)

    Care less about how many people follow you, and care more about the genuine relationship you have with your followers. Because the engagement will come, you just have to really pay attention to who is following you.

  • August 11, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Nicely done. Thanks for continuing to share.

  • August 12, 2019 at 12:16 am

    Oh my God I love your intro are used to watch Pinky and the brain with my children back in the 80s !!!!😆💖

  • August 12, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Hey Rafi….i'm in Canada.

    Do you hold your Q&A segments at the same time? How often? What time? I don't see your videos live… would like to interact 🙂

  • August 12, 2019 at 6:10 am

    you guys work amazing together ! Two artists intimately collaborating in unity is so freaking hot & sexy, thats the ultimate dream for me.

  • August 12, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    I have a stockpile of photos 30 days worth of content for my social media, so I can have consistency, and also focus on my larger pieces.

  • August 12, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    You have seen my stuff on instagram and question….did I pass?

  • August 13, 2019 at 12:24 am

    my deal is able to make a living and knowing how as a nomad. Living full time in an RV, on the road doing festivals etc…but I know one needs more than just that. Because the cost of materials and travel and oh yeah..the cost of the space you reserve..sigh…

  • August 13, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Loved this video. Whenever I'm feeling down or about to give up, your videos always make me feel better. Thank you so much <3


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