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M Theresa Brown

Artist entrepreneur, M Theresa Brown, whose expertise lies in sharing with visual artists the ways and means to sell their art without using art galleries, spousal income, rich relatives, grants, lottery wins and pensions :-). M Theresa Brown raised four children as a single mom entirely on sales...

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03/15/2011 08:25pm
The Ultimate Artist Business Card!


Theresa Brown

Business cards for Artists. What would we do without them? In the vast world of business cards, businesses themselves do not carry cards. A salesman for a company will carry a card to represent his company. A Realtor will carry a card to represent her realty group. But you, as an artist, carry a business card to represent YOURSELF! But does your card actually do that?

Too many artists strive for individualism in their business card message. In doing so, they achieve the opposite of what they are trying to achieve. They unwittingly create anonymity! A signature scrawled across the front of the card with the word "artist" on it, tells your prospect nothing when it is re-discovered months later along with 7 other artist business cards that say the same thing! Even a domain name linked to your website will still not entice them to keep your card or look you up if the information is too vague. John Doe, artist, at John Doe.com tell them nothing.

As much as an artist may hate to acknowledge it, people forget who you are! In the excitement of an art festival, a gallery opening or any event where many prospects took your card, it is easy for them to later forget you and what you created by insufficient information on the card to jog their memories. No matter how excited they were when or if you talked with them personally, you were probably not the only artist whose business card they collected.

Examine your current card objectively. An artist should be utilizing both sides of the card. What information can be found on your card? How will your card identify you as the artist, and what you create, a few months or even a year later, to the prospect who has your card?

To create a business card whose message keeps on selling you and your artwork, your card needs to serve four major purposes.
1. identify you
2. include your contact information
3. identify your art product or major field of work
4. include a tag line

Remember, as a general rule, the clients of your art product are not artists. So your card message should be geared to the public. In doing so, the message can still be simple, concise, informative and beautiful.

Here are the 4 elements needed to make your artist business card stand out, be memorable for your clients and prospects, and keep working for you, long after they have collected one!

Tip #1
An image of you. Take a tip from the realtor profession. A recognizable photo of you, the artist, should be on one side of the card. A photo not only identifies you to prospects but helps refresh their memories that you were the artist with whom they spoke. Clients forget your face! Don't use an unrecognizable substitute image. Be creative with your photo image if you wish but make sure that it is a good, clear photo of you as you are usually seen. If you always wear a hat, a scarf, a particular color, then include that in the image. But the point is to help jog the prospect's memory by identifying YOU, not a representation of you.

Tip #2
Contact information. As obvious as this seems, your contact information should be on your card. Your domain name, your name, your mailing address, email and a phone number where you can be easily reached.
All print needs to be in easy to read fonts. This contact information can be included on the same side of your card as your image. A post office box is recommended for a mailing address. There are still many clients who communicate via the US postal service. Use common sense. It is not always advisable to include your home address. If that is the location of your studio, simply leave out the street address and use your town and zip code. If the client communicates by phone, you can then give the address. Your domain name should link the clients directly to your website. But that will only happen after your card has enticed them to log onto their computers! Your phone number needs to be the one you are most likely to answer even on the road. If you do not use a web accessed cell phone,


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