Saturday, March 7, 2009

Twitter spam

Admittedly I'm new to the world of Twitter, but I already know that it's a super social media tool. My purpose for being there is to promote our Peace & Love market at 1000 Markets . Right from the very beginning I was very upfront about it. I know a lot of people use it as a one line chat box, and I myself will use it that way to respond to friend's posts, but the main objective is to bring awareness about our market.

I've already learned some rules about gaining endless streams of format product hawking, throw in some interesting asides via links to things of interest and absolutely no direct messages to push my products. I try to keep my posts interesting and reach beyond the sphere of my artisan friends so I have a larger audience. I courtesy follow other businesses when they follow me. Slowly I'm building up a following.

But I'll tell you right now that I don't like direct message marketing, ESPECIALLY when you don't know the first thing about me or my work, but pretend you do. It seems that some people aren't so interested in tweeting as they are in having a way to directly contact people that might be a sucker for their sales pitch.

Last night I got a 'following' notice from a new online shopping market called Zibbet. I've seen them around, they seem to be trying for the same group of artisans that belong to 1000 Markets and were quick to jump on the bandwagon of no up front fees. Hey, good for them...but I sincerely doubt they have the overall vision that makes 1000 Markets one of kind or the inherent class that comes from the jurying process at 1kM. But you know, they followed me, so I did a courtesy follow back.

Next thing you know I get this in my direct inbox.... 

Love your range of work!! Check out when you get a chance...we'd love to have you on board! No upfront fees!!

zibbet / zibbet

now...really? You love my range of work? What exactly do you love about it? Which pieces made you feel I had this range? Was there one in particular you liked and why? Do you even know my name? I mean, come that the best you can do for a pickup line?

I'm an artist; for years I avoided marketing because I could not stand that slick 'you're an idiot, so I can sell you my snake oil' approach that sales people have. It's only since I've become interested in helping promote my market that I found there's a different way. The people that buy/use your products are just that...people. They have feelings, interests and don't want to be treated like idiots. Sure, they all buy things, but why should they choose your thing? Maybe because you cared about what they think, feel and have an interest in. You didn't just treat them as a statistical number in your line of fish that you've hooked and tried to reel in.

I can tell you unequivocally that I will not even check out Zibbet's site. I have no interest in associating with that kind of a place for my products (which yes, by the way, do have an interesting range and deserve to be in a place that actually knows why and appreciates it).

So fyi, zibbet....there's a new world of change media. You don't control it, and we're not going to fall for your old salesman tactics, because we've decided we've had enough - I care where my products end up. Take notes or you won't last long.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

I bought something at 1000 Markets!!

I bought this lovely lampwork vessel from 1000 Markets last night,  from Rosebud's Lampwork Beads  .

I hardly get anything special for myself but I've been in love with her little glass vessels since way before Christmas, and I finally just couldn't stand the lust anymore!

I really had a hard time deciding exactly which one was the 'perfect' one...I really love cobalt and she has a lovely cobalt piece, and then she has some really unique open cut pieces too...but in the end, this was the one that said 'me'! :)

If you've never shopped at 1000 Markets, you're in for a treat. They use Amazon Payments and it takes less than a minute for a person to order, pay for and receive confirmation from both 1000 Markets and Amazon. And personally, it feels super to support quality artisan work and that is all you will find there, yep, one shop after another full of wonderfully crafted items!

I've already gotten a letter from Mallory saying it would be shipped today and I'm so durn excited that I grabbed these photos from her shop so I could feel like it's totally mine before I even get it.

So today I'm telling others that it's ok to treat yourself once in awhile and the perfect place to do it is at one of the 1000 Markets shops , and be sure to take a peek at the rest of Rosebud's Lampwork Beads  while you're there!


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Wearable Art on Youtube

This is a Youtube video of a fine selection of Wearable Art designs now available at the Wearable Art Market .


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Gallery Show for Women's History Month at ISU

So last night was the opening of the Women's History Month gallery show at Idaho State University. My painting "I am, Therefor I can" is seen in this first photo. The theme of the show is to deconstruct fairy tales in art or writing so that it shows the young women of today that times have change and they have a voice they need to use. 
This painting is by CJ McCoy who is the head of the Women's Study Group at ISU. I wish you could see the little silkworms spinning the stockings from the toes up...I love touches like that!
This is another of her paintings, to show that this is another view, less seen, of Cinderella's life. Many people got into the spirit of the exhibition by dressing in was rather surreal.
Here we have CJ McCoy as the 'bad' witch with one of her students as the 'good' witch...the costumes were great!

I thought this last photo was wonderful...when we left the exhibit we happened to drive by this lit up peace sign in someone's front yard. it!


Monday, March 2, 2009

Check out this collection of products available now at Peace & Love Market