[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][COLOR=Magenta]Linda Munschauer, Buffalo, NY Artist... Website advice WELCOME!!!
[B]I will try not to bore you!!!! Linda's professionally prepared (but incomplete) Website can be viewed at http://www.LINDAMUNSCHAUER.COM . She was advised to hire a professional designer and did so even though she has barely enough money to live on. Of course, I am sure the majority of people these days are in a similar position, so please know this is not a "cry poor" story. We all agreed that a Website was a great way to display her artwork because when Linda showed her paintings at June's ALLENTOWN ART FESTIVAL, within days offers came in for her paintings. Mind you, not being able to afford a prime site at the festival, she shared the lesser cost with a friend setting up in the musical section, blocks away from the real artwork. Linda was so happy to be able to show her paintings to so many people. Her passion is contagious. As others sold there prints for $10-$25.00, Linda was simply happy to be able to show her work which included acrylic paintings of flowers, scenes with little animals, as well as her famous illustration: LILLY GHERKIN. However, at the time many artists based the day's success on the number of items sold, often inquiring as to how many paintings Linda had sold; which was none- over two days. Talking and sharing ideas constantly for two days with admirers was all she had hoped for. This was evident by the fantastic and overwhelming glow on her face. She also prepared and offered postcards displaying some of her art and contact information. To our surprise and her delight, offers came in within days for her acrylic flower pictures for $200.00 per painting. How happy she was to know someone loved and desired her work. And as her grandmother, a portrait artist said, "Now that you have sold a painting, you are a professional artist". Well...being so passionate about her art, we encouraged her to find out the best ways to "PROMOTE" her art. Linda is a single mother with a beautiful son, 2 years old. Michael was born with MARCUS GUNN PHENOMENON, which requires repeated eye surgeries from a specialist at Philadelphia Children's Hospital. Thanks to "Angel Flight", Linda and Michael have been transported for the surgeries which will be ongoing . What am I getting at?...Being a college student, working, caring for her child and having no immediate family locally to depend on... leads me to try to help her in some way, in order that she be able to fulfill one of her longest and greatest passions.. I am attempting to find various means and venues for Linda to display her artwork..To help her get the type of Website completed that she wants.. As a nurse, I don't know about marketing, promoting, website buliding …so I thought I could share this story with all of you...and ask for advice..If you all have "ANY" thoughts or suggestions as to the "HOW" to best get her art work viewed or "HOW" she can complete her website or if you can share you own experiences ….We would be SO Grateful!...Thanks, Fran
Last edited by Bichons9; 11-27-2006 at 02:47 AM.
Reason: choice of words
First of I would like to say that the paintings on the website are very beautiful.
As far as how to get them out there I would suggest optimizing the website for the search engines (SEO). Some things to consider:
-adding meta tags for "keywords" and "description"
-changing the images with text into real text so it gets picked up by the search engines.
-improving the html code so it validates with the World Wide Web Consortium’s standards, you can find the validation service at their website: http://validator.w3.org/
-get links out there, ask people to post it on their websites, etc.
-search the web for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) topic to learn how to get better positions on search engines.
Also post an ad with the link to the website on free advertisement sites such as craigslist.org and locals on yahoo and Google. You can also post it on forums that deal with art, paintings, etc.
Additionally, since you say that Linda goes to college, maybe she could ask people at the student services, or academic club center, or whatever department that deals with student's extracurricular activities at her school, and see if they could help her there. Myabe they could hang her picture at school with a not that the drawing is for sale, or make a little gallery for her as a school event... another good thing to do would be to check if there's a art club at the school. It may sound lame but usually collages like this kind of exposure and like to help students. Since it doesn't cost to ask, I would recommend doing so...
This are some of the ideas from the top of my head… Hope it helps!
One more thing.. setting up a myspace account is a great way to get publicity for both the besite and your friend's artwork
Thanks So Much!!
THANKS SO MUCH...I am going to forward this to Linda RIGHT NOW...since I don't understand all of it. I thought the website designer hired would do all of the right things to promote her website..I guess it doesn't hurt to get all of the advice you can; esp. from an expert that designs beautiful vans!!!
[QUOTE=Bichons9]THANKS SO MUCH...QUOTE]
If it was done by a pro webdesigner, it looks like he was in a great hurry to get it done and over with... Besides webdesigners per se don't really worry about promotion of the site itself, web developers are more concerned with that... As a rule of the thumb you have to say that you need the site optimized for the web ( and/or promoted in a broader sense of the word), otherwise most designers won't worry about it since you didn't specifically ask for it..
Originally Posted by Bichons9
*kocisz blushes for an instant...
Originally Posted by Bichons9
Thanks again..I feel a little guilty taking your time. After viewing your site, you are obviously a big website designer. I called Linda, told her to view your reply, and she understands your suggestions. I was told that the paid designer is finished since he does not have time to make her happy. She made it clear (so that I don't misinterpret things), that she wasn't asking for sophisticated things. The designer wanted that pose of LILLY GHERKIN (the character on her website)and she did not.She had chosen her original LILLY and a different background color. He is used to designing webs (probably like you) for thousands of dollars. He only charged her $500.00. And so, as much as I try to help her, it is she who has to interpret and complete all of this. Linda has taken a website class but thought a professional should do it. Apparently it is time consuming. Linda becomes frustrated when I make suggestions from what I have read... since it is SHE who has to follow through... unless I get that dummy book.I can surely understand a big web designer not wanting to work with individuals. However, this person should know enough to say "NO". I think that this Webring might be good for her to work with if she chooses to finish the site herself. I can edit her autobiography which is not present on the site now. And surely she can easily add her contact information. I think that the designer shows her "actual work" well.. and he (like you) knows how to make the work not able to be copied. My conclusion: She should use the website as is until she finds the time or expertise to complete it. OR hire someone who knows that a young artist just might "wants she wants.". Again thanks for all of your replies. I did not intend to take up so much of your time. Fran
See, I don't want to make too many comments about the designer without knowing the both sides of the story. I know that it is hard to deal with clients, and that can get frustrating for the designer. Although, I personally vouch for the websites I make and am always willing to make any necessary corrections... From what you're telling me seems like the designer just did a medicore design to be quickly done with it, but then again I might be wrong..
Anyhow, It is not that bad.. a couple corrections, a little re-do on the front page and it should work better, I think...
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