As someone who looks forward to all the Art Fairs, Shows and Festivals come spring and summer, by now I usually have a long list of all the events I’ll be attending. It’s an opportunity to support artists who’s work I may already own. And to see what else is out there.
Living in and around the front range of Colorado for some time and several years spent in Santa Fe, NM, I’ve had the pleasure of attending countless shows and festivals. However, this year with the Covid-19 pandemic in play, stay at home orders, and canceling of large events and gatherings has put the kibosh on all that. It’s important for everyone to stay safe.
Artists spend countless hours preparing their goods for these events. For many, the sales they make at these shows and festivals may be their income for the year. As small business owners, they bear the brunt of times like these. So to say it’s a bummer that these wonderful creative events will not be happening is an understatement!
Whether for business or personal, email remains a primary mode of communication. However, email etiquette very often goes out the window in our informal world.
I do not share people’s love of texting. I do so with friends sparingly. But I do not text with clients. With them, it’s email. Email does takes more time, effort and thought – and that’s a good thing. Because done correctly, email can reflect more professionalism.
So below are some tips on better business email etiquette. It can be especially important if you are communicating with someone for the first time! On the personal front, much of this can apply too.
Postcards may seem like a thing of the past given our digital landscape. However, inboxes are now inundated and filled with marketing emails which can average over 120 per day if not more.
Considering our tendency to hit the delete button due to overload, now may be a very good time to send out a postcard to promote your business. It may allow you to stand out from the crowd!
Furthermore, if your audience is local and you are a new business, a postcard could be a great opportunity to introduce yourself to the neighborhood. AND you can include a special promotion to inspire folks to come and pay you a visit so they may see the great products or services you have to offer.
“Email inboxes are full, mailboxes are empty.”
Are you a vendor or artist who participates in Art Shows, Craft Fairs or Holiday Markets? If so, be sure you’re putting your best foot forward with these helpful tips.
Implementing these could benefit you and your customers. And assist in generating more sales before and after your show or event ends.
As vendors and artists prepare their goods for shows, all too often they lack any business acumen. Sorry for the tough luv folks, but it’s true! They are void of something as basic as business cards. No supporting marketing materials. And/or their website has not been updated (NOT just your Facebook page). None of these should be the case.
The “I’m too right-brained to think of biz stuff” has to go!
Artists are notorious for using this excuse and I’ve heard this more times than I can count! I get it, you have other things on your mind. However, we’re talking business 101 here. So you need to lose that mentality and get on the ball. Remember folks, this is YOUR business – so if anything you should be even more on top of matters.
Hopefully these tips will help guide you in the right direction moving forward…