The Everyday Life of a Working Artist

Attention! My blog is moving to my website in early January 2016. If you are receiving daily emails about this blog you will continue to receive them after the switch. Until then, you might want to head on over to my new blog here!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Thank You Clint

Pin It A funny story ...

Every few days I visit my website to monitor the traffic and see how many "hits" I have received. Usually I average about fifty or so a week. You can imagine my surprise when I checked it last night and I had received almost 100 hits in a day. I spent a considerable amount of time trying to figure out what had happened. My first explanation was that since I had donated a painting to a fundraiser over the weekend and left some of my business cards to display ... perhaps that was it? But it hardly made sense that 25 business cards could lead to so many hits.

Thanks to Marian Fortunati I finally figured it out. But a little history first ...

The idea for my new newsletter was based on a daily email I receive from Clint Watson at Fine Art Studio Online. I have mentioned him before and if you are an artist and you don't receive his newsletter, sign up now! He offers amazing ideas and suggestions on how to build your business and sell your art. First and foremost he suggests that artists create a mailing list and send out a monthly newsletter. So I did that on May 1st. After I experienced immediate sales from my first newsletter I sent a thank you email to Clint. He kindly responded asking for permission to reprint my email. Then he posted my thank you on his blog and included a link to check out my art! Hence the 100 hits in one day.

So ... of course I sent him another thank you email. He responded saying they were going to feature my email tomorrow in their newsletter. And he thought I could expect even more visitors to my website!

Clint has said over and over in his newsletter that you should always take the time to say thank you. He suggests you show appreciation to your customers/collectors and hand write thank you notes as often as you can. So I spent 45 minutes this afternoon looking for Clint's mailing address so I could send him a hand written thank you note as well. It is so easy to get caught up with email ... so I suggest you all take the time to send a handwritten thank you note today!

I had to mention one more thing. Clint is a great writer and really funny. My favorite line on his site is: "If you liked today's newsletter, please forward it to a friend, if you didn't like it, feel free to forward it to your enemies ;-)". Finally, thank you to Marian for mentioning today that she saw my name on Clint's blog!

7 comments:

ben wideman said...

Very cool story Leslie! You have some fantastic work, and deserve all the publicity you get!

susan hong-sammons said...

Thank you for sharing Leslie, and not just this story but your fabulous art

Karen Bruson said...

Leslie, Thanks for that info. I will sign up for Clint's emails. Have you sent one of yours out yet? I haven't received one. Should I sign up again?

asha said...

Hi Leslie,

I signed up for your newsletter today because I love your art. I also saw you on Clint's site. I like his recommendation for artists. Good luck to you! Are you still with Constant Contact now that you have your own newsletter?

julie davis said...

Great information, Leslie. I'll check out both! And nice painting--the colors are so inviting!

Clint Watson said...

Thanks Leslie, I sincerely appreciate the mention and the links. I'm glad and humbled that my ideas have helped you in some small way to live your dream and change the world with your art . . . .

Dean Grey said...

Leslie!

Great news for you!

Thanks for the links as well.

-Dean

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