Some cool buying traffic for website images:
14/52 – I can count the number of products on my hands…
This picture ties directly into this image statement of intent You may wonder why I’m doing another image associated with fair trade / trafficking , well its because it’s been on my mind a lot. The reason ? because everywhere I go I’m constantly reminded that we live in a fairly apathetic culture and an unfair trade system which means the people that often work the hardest get the least amount of profit. At the moment I’m always asking myself: if this was our country would we let our children work as slaves for another country? knowing full well that these products come from slaves, would we buy them? Finally a phrase from a chocolate trafficked child (from stop the traffik)
A boy called Victor trafficked from Mali said: “Tell your children that they have bought something that I suffered to make. When they are eating chocolate they are eating my flesh.”
speeding to no where
This is a 5 exposure tonemapped HDR the longest being 60sec.
While taking it I put the tripod on top of a wall next to the path while I was there and standing there for a good 15min, the woman on the bench next to me kept reading here book with her headphones on, see did keep giving me glances while I waited for the exposure and probably thought I was a right nutter…hehe
I had a day off trying to do a website…but I was itching to process this one from last night.
The night traffic going into Marseille, in the back behind the ferry to Tunis or Morroco is the cote azur.
Hope you like it. Please do tell me if you do..or dont, why is good as well 🙂
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Social Media Strategy Guide for Illustrators.
I’ve promised a bunch of illustrators that I can develop a social media strategy which works for them all. Some people will have different objectives, but for the purposes of this guide I’ve made an assumption that most will be unknown, be producing regularly, have the problem of getting attention and would like to eventually either sell their work or get employed in some capacity.
The circled numbers relate to Priorities. For example:
[Note: throughout I have referred to a ‘hub’ or ‘web hub’, which means a central online space, like a blog, profile page, website etc]
1: The immediate problem is they have no audience for their work. When I say ‘audience’ I mean a buying audience or a business audience – I recommend that 50% of their time should be spent feeding conversations, nurturing new relationships and getting involved (sharing etc) in new spaces that aren’t other illustrators or creative individuals. I recommend connecting with space holders, community managers, event spaces, art houses, gallery owners, conference spaces (online & offline). Speak with a view to supplying them with fresh visuals for their space attendees. Look to remix their current visuals or brand identity – seeing how other people (Doodlers) view a brand can gain new attention and business. Therefore it’s a benefit for all involved. Always create links back to your own central web hub to benefit from the traffic interest.
2: The next biggest issue to address is the understanding of without being personally involved in the social web, they will struggle to maintain these new friends. Therefore, a requirement to be friendly, helpful, comment, reply, thank, share, praise etc is paramount. In the beginning every opportunity to communicate should be jumped upon – over-communication is simply not possible. approx 25% of available time should be dedicated to a this area. Note the conversations you start all over the web and return to them occasionally to monitor for activity or responses (sign up for email notifications of comments if possible).
3: The knowledge quarter is important to fuel the creative process. I’m sure this is already being done, but this time it needs the social perspective. What fuels the Doodler? It is important here to take a social stance, to define oneself in the public’s view. This does not have to be exactly what they are doing, or what they want to do eventually, but something that is a massive goal, vision or aspiration. If the ultimate goal can be reached (eg: get a job) people won’t care enough about the quest. It could be they ‘want the world to draw’, have an interest in ‘fake art’, or ‘innovative grunge design’. Something niche is also beneficial as it will allow Doodlers to focus and visitors to the hub will understand what they’re interested in immediately.
4: The end result of all this activity is people will return back to the hub and see that they are a great illustrator, with a friendly personality, have a dynamic space with fresh content being published regularly and are available for commercial work in some sense.
– Target and work with new online / offline audiences first and foremost.
– Use personality & frequency to show that you are genuine and interested in that new group or space (if you aren’t, then find a new group or fake it).
– Make your knowledge / passion known clearly on your hub – and use that passion to continually fuel your social activity.
Hope this helps – Leave me comments here if you have some points you want me to clarify.