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Project Management For Artists – Part I

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The most important step in any project is to determine the major tasks to be completed – by when, by who and how much

Artists and creative professionals live and thrive in a world of projects. Projects can be large or small, last from weeks to even years and involve only the artist or a multitude of people. Whatever your project, you need to be efficient in managing your projects as this will have a big impact on your bottom line.

Most art projects start with some kind of deadline when a work needs to be delivered to a client or to meet a show opening date. Project management will help you identify and schedule all of the steps or activities that need to be accomplished for a project to meet its deadlines. Meeting your deadlines is a key ingredient in your art business brand, so don’t take your commitments lightly. Remember: It is better to under promise and over deliver than to over promise and under deliver!

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Elements of an Effective Artist Website

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How will you be found on the internet and how can you create a great viewer experience that will keep people coming back?

In the article, Artists – Why You Need a Great Website I took a look at how important it is for you to have a web presence for your art business.  In this article I explore some of the things or “elements” that make an effective website and web viewer experience.  Your overall goal for your web presence should be to provide the best viewer experience which connects with your audience, keeps them coming back and makes them want to tell their friends about you and your art.  Just like any marketing activity such as advertising or public relations, your website needs to cover the basics.  Three important areas to consider in developing an effective web presence include:

  1. The choice of your website address
  2. A strategy for your content
  3. Key website design elements and functionality

It starts with your website address

Your website address can have a large impact on your overall web success.  With millions of websites it should come as no surprise that the really good website addresses such at www.theartgallery.com are already taken.  Here are some tips if you are in the process of getting a URL or thinking of adding a new one:

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QR codes for Artists – A Mobile Marketing Opportunity?

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When scanned with a mobile device this QR Code will lead you to www.creativesandbusiness.com

Ok, you have probably seen them and if you have the proper app you may have even scanned one using your mobile phone. QR codes or 2D barcodes are like product barcodes on packaging where a series of lines or squares (in this case) represent information. In the case of QR codes this information is used to connect the person scanning the code to a website or other internet address, display text, send a text message or fill out a virtual address card (Vcard).

The QR barcode was developed in 1994 by Denso-Wave a subsidiary of Toyota as a way to quickly scan a larger amount of data than a typical barcode could store. It is now a worldwide standard and its uses have grown from its manufacturing and inventory control roots to a potentially useful marketing tool. It is worth a look to see if QR codes have a place in marketing your art.

A QR code can:

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Choosing A Name For Your Art Business

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Your business name should be more than some catchy words and fancy letters – it should help tell your story!

Your business name says a lot about you – literally! When you are starting a new art or creative business one of the first things you will have to do is come up with a name. Your business name should be unique and say something about your business and your brand. You also need a name for your marketing materials, website, bank accounts and various licenses and taxing authorities.

Be creative in choosing your business name and if your business name can tell a story you have done a great job! Here are some possibilities: John Smith Art, John Smith Fine Art, John Smith Artist, John Smith Portraits, John Smith Figurative Art, John Smith Awesome Art, John Smith Awesome Portraits, John Smith Awesome Artist, John Smith Digital Art, John Smith Digital Portraits, John Smith Canvas Portraits…

As you can see there are a lot of possibilities when it comes to choosing a name. Some are more descriptive than others and some communicate a different type of art. Only John Smith can decide for sure which name best describes his overall creative and business goals.

Things to consider in choosing a name

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