Fall is the perfect time for a friendly game of Darts, and this orange and black fall colored gingham will look great in your game room! Perfect for October parties or sports fans whose team colors are orange and black like here in Oklahoma...Go Pokes!
Well here for your approval, is my first collection of the all over print leggings that are a brand new offering in the Zazzle marketplace. 32 pairs of unique patterns and colors to fit almost any taste. More are in the works so stay tuned! Today is the last day of the sitewide 20% off sale. Use code ZLOVEOFZGAME at the checkout.
How to stir things up on your social media.
Is your social media activity in a slump? Did you know you have the power to pick up and set the pace? It's true and it is easy! I just takes a little time and effort on your part.
When things slow to a stand still on your social media, whether it be Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or whatever, just start liking and sharing other peoples posts and tweets and watch the activity levels increase. If people seem to be disengaged then engage them. You draw attention to yourself by paying attention to them. Once they notice you, hopefully they will be curious as to who you are and check out some of your content or links and maybe even share them.
Another sure fire way to attract attention is by "featuring" people. If you have a blog or page or website, write a short promotional piece and share a link to someone else's work that you admire. This works especially well with artists and photographers but you could also include authors and poets etc... A word of caution here... Don't share their photos or art without their permission unless you can do it with share buttons that give proper credit and indicate that they don't mind you sharing it. NEVER!!! Never copy and paste, that is stealing. Always respect copyrights and intellectual property rights. If you are going to promote someone and you can't use built in share buttons only share links to their work, and if in doubt ask them first.
Certain social media sites lend themselves to sharing more than others but if you are creative you can come up with cool ways to promote others and draw attention to yourself. I call this passive self promoting, and it works great on Instagram,Twitter and on Google +. So the next time your social media outlets stagnate, stir things up.
Check out this super cool design I found while browsing the Zazzle marketplace today! I love the immediate retro feeling it gave me as the theme song of the classic cartoon "the Jet-son's" ran through my head! You really should click through and check out more designs by this amazing Zazzler! Thank me later!
Whose morning wouldn't be a little brighter when enjoying your favorite hot wake up drink whether it be a cup of Joe, Earl Grey, Swiss Miss or Red Zinger. This sweet hand painted design featuring flowers and birds in a folk art style would make a perfect gift for anyone, even you!
Believe it or not self promoting your art is an art. I personally have been selling my work on two different POD (print on demand) sites and have learned from trial and error how to promote enough each day to get my work in front of lots of eyes without spamming any one social media site. But before I go into detail on that let me just say that posting your work to a POD does not mean that they are going to promote your work, so please don't think you can just create a profile, upload a bunch of stuff then forget about it and still make sales. You may get lucky and get a sale or two but more than likely you won't even get seen. Even with lots of hard work promoting your art, it is my own experience that the first sale takes a while to happen and sales can be very unpredictable. One day you might have three sales and then three months go by with no sales, but the trick is to never give up! Don't get discouraged and stop promoting! Keep promoting your work as often as possible because you never know when that right art will connect with that right person who will just have to have it. You just have to make sure they see it. So with that said, let's get to the promoting methods I have developed to avoid being a spammer.
First, you need to connect in as many ways as possible with the public which means you need a profile on as many social media sites as you can get on and still manage! You need a website! Even if it is just a free weebly site or a blogger blog, you need a place to serve as your home base and hub to link all of your other online places together. On this website or blog you need to post links to all the other places that you and your art can be found. Social media buttons are perfect for this but are not available for every site so you might have to get creative making your own buttons or just using text links.
I am on Instagram and have been since before I started selling my art, so I already had a lot of friends (followers) there but I actually don't use instagram to promote that much, partly because it isn't well received and partly because there is no way to embed links into your posts. So I just have a link to my website in my bio and once in awhile I will post a promotional photo of a new product or something that just sold.
The next place that I don't use much to promote my work is Facebook although I have heard that other people have success doing so. Self promo on Facebook is tricky because you don't want to bombard your friends and family with posts trying to sell your art unless you want them to unfriend you. I mean once in awhile if you think someone will share your post ok but don't go overboard on your own timeline. Instead create a Facebook page to display your best work (like a gallery) and link it to your site (if you have a store there) or to your POD site where they can buy a piece that they like and see more of your work. Another way to use Facebook to promote is to join groups that allow you to post your links but you still need to post sparingly (two or three a day, more than that is usually considered too much). This is a good way to keep from spamming your friends!
Twitter is another place you can use but with the same limitations, don't post too many promos at one time and try to mix it up with some other content and one more tip which is good for all the sites you use, promote other people too! On Twitter retweeting is a huge thing even though I am new to the Twitter-sphere I can already tell that retweeting is a good way to get noticed and get your own tweets retweeted. I'll go into more detail about twitter on a later post after I learn more about how it works.
My go to social media for promotions is Google+! Yep, I said Google+. If you are not using G+ you are missing a great way to get your art seen. The best thing about G+ is that many business people and entrepreneurs use it and promoting is not frowned upon as much as other sites. There are many communities (groups) you can join that are niches some especially for advertising and promotions. If you join enough different groups you can promote things all day long without posting to the same group twice and you reach a different audience each time! Resharing is common and encouraged. G+ also has a collections feature which I have used to create public collections that anyone who is interested in my topic can follow. One of my collections is especially for promoting products from Zazzle. I share my own products and other Zazzler's as well. And I find that in G+ Communites, members are usually very active and engaged. One tip when adding people to your circles, check their profile and see when their last post was and don't add anybody who hasn't posted for over a year. They probably won't be back... or active. They probably never got the hang of G+ or they didn't like it and so they gave up. I have found several inactive accounts in the find people section that are still open but no new posts for months or even years and you want to connect with people, so avoid these dead accounts. Also, I notice when I post to the public in general, I get a lot less interaction than when I post to certain of my groups. But the main advantage of posting your products or art to G+ is that helps you get found by Google search engine much better! I don't know if it is because they search their own connections first or what, but it definitely helps.
Next on my top places to promote is Pinterest. And it works much the same as Google plus. You need to make lots of boards, follow lots of people and join group boards, especially boards that are relevant to what you promote. I belong to art boards, zazzle product boards, general product and shopping boards, no limit pinning and pin anything boards etc... This allows me to pin as much as I want each day without pinning to the same board more than twice a day. Keep building your Pinterest presence even if you are not getting much response because eventually people will start saving your pins and this increases your audience exponentially, along with the chance of making a sale.
I also post to Wanelo and Polyvore but other than helping get me seen by search engines I can't really say they have much impact on my traffic or sales. I recently made a blogger blog for me and my fellow Zazzlers to auto post by email our Zazzle collections and I advertised it in the Zazzle forum and have a few of my affiliate links posted on it because every little bit counts. And I have been exploring and researching other ways to drive traffic which I will write about more later. In closing I just want to re-emphasize the importance of promoting other artists as well as yourself. This opens up interaction with other artists , gets people talking and draws attention to your own work and is just the courteous thing to do even if you are not going to make a commission for it. So as you can see there is an art to self promotion and one key thing to remember is it is not all about you.
Introducing the newest product to hit the Zazzle marketplace, all over print leggings! And I am busy getting a decent amount of them in stock in my Zazzle store for you to choose from. I really like how this orange gingham turned out and I will be adding more colors of gingham every day this week. Do drop in and have a look!
Zazzle is in the process of making all current iphone6 6s and 6plus case designs available to pre-order for the new iphone7 so that you can be ready ahead of time to wrap that new baby up in style.
Inspirational Quote Graphic Typography Blue Ombre Clear iPhone 6/6S Case by Shellibean_on_zazzle
See another iPhone 6 Case at Zazzle
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Hello and welcome! I am Shelli Fitzpatrick, a born again Christian, wife, mom, grammy, animal lover, artist and graphic designer. I am currently designing and making art for four print on demand sites, Fine Art America, Redbubble, ArtPal and Zazzle. This site is a showcase for my artwork, photos, designs and some of the products I have added them to. The products I have designed are available for purchase through those print on demand sites and links are provided above. I also feature the work of other artists and from time to time I write about and share links to great resources for artists and designers. Don't forget to browse the other pages of this site for more goodies! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your visit!