Login/Register     Lost Password

Promotion Through Images

By: Ashley Reid

Images have a great impact on promoting businesses and retail through social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and others are useful social media to promote businesses such as Michael’s which is mentioned in this post. Promotions are heightened through these different social media which is very important for the business to sale retail and gain name recognition. Art Storm helps promote artist and their artwork using the image based social media to help the artists we represent meet their goals.

Michael’s arts and crafts supplies stores were looking for a new means to promote their new campaign featuring frames, flowers, and wall decor (Minsker). Using Pinterest as a social outlet Michael's started a, “pin it to win it,” promotion giving pinners a chance to win a $500 gift card to a Michael’s craft store. In using Pinterest users were able to see the product along with the details and price. Users didn’t have to fuss with creating a profile or page just to participate e.g. the websites of Pinterest and Facebook are easy to use.

93% of marketers are using social for business (Cooper). Arts Storm not only uses social media to promote the business we extensively use social media to promote the artist and their art work that we represent. The use of social media is becoming more commonly used on average 23% Facebook users check their account 5x or more a day and 25% of the users accounts are public.

The use of images is eye catching, participants see the product before reading any promotional means in that the users are not forced but invited into the promotion by their own will. By having the users re-pin or post the images and description gives the company, Michael’s in this case, a larger network of people to promote products and the given company.

As the saying goes a picture is worth a thousand words and with social media to show images there is more connection and the ease of use engages more participation. Art Storm takes advantage of social media as we use image base promotions for the artists we represent. By using Pinterest, Facebook and other means of social media to promote products and businesses is a successful way to sell products, gain customers, and build name recognition.

 

 

 

Cooper, Belle. "10 Surprising Social Media Statistics That Might Make You Rethink Your Social Strategy." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 22 Nov. 2013. Web. 20 Mar. 2014.

Minsker, Maria. “Arts and Crafts Retailers Learn a New Language Through Social Media”. Customer Relationship Management.Oct.2013.Web.Jan.20.2014

Top 5 Questions to Starting Your Art-Based Business by Paula Kersch

Top 5 questions

Once you have decided that working for others day in and day out has grown more than tiresome, and you find less and less time to do the things you love, Art Storm will be here for you.

That moment in life when you start to feel like your hobby or passion could make you money, that all your efforts placed in someone elses company have been wasted, and flexibility sounds more than appealing; it is now a necessity.

You have now decided that creating a business and selling products is the path for you. Where to start now? It is time to ask some questions:

  • What type of business do you want to have?
  • What is the purpose of your business?
  • Who are your target customers?
  • What are your primary product / service?
  • What is the primary function of your product / service?

When answering these questions, it is best to dig as deeply as possibly. Beginning to ask questions about the answers to your first question, in order to get to the essence of your idea. The core essence of your business idea or brand understands what your product or service is and also what it is not. I highly recommend reading "The Old Rules of Marketing are Dead" by Timothy R. Pearson. He lays out criteria that a core essence must meet in order to transcend to the next level of positioning that product or service.

Whether you are inventing, re-inventing or just contemplating your product or service, you always have to be mindful of the purpose.

What drove this fleeting idea to fruition? Passions only go so far in all aspects of life but finding purpose gives way to the awe of an idea and brings it meaning.

Have you thought about these first two questions? Taking time to cultivate and grow an idea into a product or service always being mindful of its essence is hard, but like Theodore Roosevelt said, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, and difficulty”.

After answering the first two questions in depth, the others may seem effortless to answer. Defining a target audience might feel constraining to you, but just remember that you’re not excluding anyone; you’re choosing where to spend your time and efforts. Selecting a target audience will help save you resources. Focusing on a portion of the people who might be interested in your products will allow you to communicate and engage with that segment more deeply.

Questions or comment about this article? Contact the author, Paula Kersch, at paulakersch@gmail.com.



Skip to toolbar