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January 15, 2019

Thoughts on having a (virtual) shop

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I should/must/have to promote my Society6 shop because you just can't set up something like that and leave it alone and hope it will grow and make sales all by itself. So here are some thoughts on this venture.

01/ My shop at Society6 (which is really just a mere section among thousands of other artists) is called 'the tea rain girl' but the address doesn't have 'tea' in it (https://society6.com/theraingirl) because when I set up the shop at the time, I wanted to call the shop 'the rain girl' but in order to change it, I would have to get a new account and go through a long process of re-setting up and re-linking everything and so the address stays.

I started the shop in 2013, quitted sometimes in 2015 (I honestly don't remember if that's correct) and I spent most of the time debating which art piece to add and pretty much did zero promotion. I can't tell people my art is great, come shop here. No, I can't do that without feeling a bit awkward because promoting your stuff is hard and awkward.

Come 2018, I thought I try again with a new name. I think I have improved my skill somewhat, at least, my art doesn't look as unfinished as before, well, in my opinion anyway.  So now we come to 2019 and still, I seem to lack the sense to promote this shop of mine. I really just don't like the idea of promoting which to me is really more like promoting myself and that have always been a bit difficult and I simply just don't want to do it. I could hire someone but isn't that lazy? I'm trying to make it easier on myself because the more difficult it gets, the more likely I'll quit altogether.

02/ Society6 offers a lot of products in which you can place your art - so much that you would be overwhelmed if you go through the whole list. Some art are perfect for these products but most art are just not meant to be placed on them. My art is, sadly, not sized well for these products so I had chosen tote bags and notebooks for some pieces but decided to remove them because franky, I just don't like most of them. Maybe later when they change the designs a little, I might add them but for now, I'm just offering prints and framed art prints.

03/ Every now and then, okay, more like every other week, Society6 have these promo sales which you can take certain percentage off when you shop there but now that I think about it, it's not a good thing for the artists because artists would loose money even if they make a sale. So now I can't decide if it's a good idea to promote sales dates or not. Artists don't really get much unless they price their stuff real high.  (FYI, you do not set prices for the products, just art prints.) I pretty much make them low because I want people to be able to afford to buy my art without spending too much. But the question is what is art worth? I don't know, I'm still debating on that.

04/ I really don't like design of the shop now.
Before, you can see most of the products but I guess now the whole thing is designed for phone screens with everything stacking like pancakes. As you can see in the screenshots above, you now see less of the products and more of those useless information, well, I find them useless but maybe people don't? I don't think it's all that hard to design something that can be seen on a tiny screen and large screen, is it?

05/ If there is an art piece of mine that you like as a print and it's not listed, let me know and I'll see if I can put that up.

06/ So why don't I print my own stuff and sell them? Because it takes money to print them and because I'm lazy and probably because I find the process of printing to be complicated and just a bit too messy. I could have them printed at a shop but that's another issue that cause more problems. Society6 does all the printing and shipping which is what I like about them and they do a pretty good job of printing if everything is set correctly. But it's not 100% because nothing is 100% but they are pretty good and it's why they take a big chunk of the profit which I'm okay with that. Basically, Society6 is like a starter place for artists except it will probably be a starter place for me for a long while.

07/ I have added a new piece but it's not showing up even though it has been days. I don't know why I keep getting errors with products not showing or showing ones that are deleted. I had asked help before on this issue but they couldn't fix it and later, it got fixed and now it's a problem again. I just don't know. For now, I'll just accept that it's my own bad luck or the universe is telling me not to have them up. Whatever the case, I'll keep on but probably with a slightly less enthusiastic attitude.

(click on the image below to go to the shop)

4 comments:

  1. It is a lot of work I imagine to promote and sell your stuff.

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    1. if only I'm not so lazy...

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  2. Goodness you are talented. I particularly like zephyr, fly and wings with sunshine. Self promotion feels so very wrong doesn't it? And is sadly necessary for artists (whatever their genre).

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    1. sadly, I do not do well with self promotion but I'm trying.

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

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