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Old 10-10-2017, 01:47 PM
RCharleston RCharleston is offline
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Newbie Question re: Instagram

Wondering if anyone had any feedback on this -- I'm new to Instagram and liking the platform very much just as an adjunct sort of "Here's a good overview of my work on the web." link to refer local customers to (not currently involved in any concerted, online sales/POD effort). I would, however, like to build a following on IG and understand from researching this that daily posting is vital to this end.

How does an artist maintain a daily posting to these types of sites?? (Probably a dumb question which has an answer too obvious for me to see it but, if ya don't ask, you'll never find the answer.) I don't know of any visual artist that can turn out finished pieces up and above sketches on a daily basis unless they're of a certain, very loose style leaning toward non-representational. My work is figurative and "takes awhile".

Do visual artists on Instagram keep deleting and recycling posts to meet this daily (or mostly daily) output?? If you have experiences with this, I could definitely benefit from hearing about them and, as always, thanks very much in advance.
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Old 10-10-2017, 04:20 PM
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Re: Newbie Question re: Instagram

I post works in progress. That doesn't amount to daily, but it's as frequent as I can do. My followers have been growing since I began doing that. I too like Instagram and check out other works most days and try to like what I like and to comment if I think it is appropriate. I also thank people for commenting on my own posts.
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:33 AM
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Re: Newbie Question re: Instagram

Hey!

I will usually post every other day. It is usually a finished piece but if I don't have one yet I will post a detail of a work in progress. Just be creative, post an artistic picture of your tools, your motivation, your furry little helper (if you have a fur baby) or a selfie with a fresh canvas talking about what you are going to do.

Also, work on staging. Hang your painting on a beautiful wall to show what it will look like in someones home.

Lastly, do not follow someone just to get a follow. (Not that you would, just a tip for all) This puts me off from someone on instagram. And don't unfollow after. I will take some time every few days and look through new art on instagram and support those artists. If yoi are regularly communicating with other artists, liking their work, they will most likely remember you and do the same for you. So, even if you are not posting anything that day, get on there and search out new artists, they will most likely check your page out as well.

I did all this and got over 300 followers in a month. Good luck, be yourself and share the love!
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Re: Newbie Question re: Instagram

I am more interested in followers who might be buyers than other artists or random people.

I'm slowing working on IG.

Abstractlover, how do you know the motivation of someone who follows you? That they are following just to get a follow?
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:53 PM
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Re: Newbie Question re: Instagram

abstractlover - thanks for the tips.

RObin- your right you can't quantitatively know the motive of your followers. But one indication is the ratio of sales/followers.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:40 PM
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Re: Newbie Question re: Instagram

These replies/feedback are most helpful and informative! Thanks very much to all...
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Old 10-14-2017, 01:20 PM
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Re: Newbie Question re: Instagram

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abstractlover - thanks for the tips.

RObin- your right you can't quantitatively know the motive of your followers. But one indication is the ratio of sales/followers.
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So if they follow just to follow and that puts you off, they have to buy to show you they enjoy your posts enough to follow legitimately?

I guess I'm missing something giant here. This doesn't make sense to me.
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Re: Newbie Question re: Instagram

I try to post every day. Share behind the scenes images, progress shots, exhibitions pictures, close ups of paintings, new paintings (of course), daily life, a good view: everything out of the life of an artist! Use the filters as those images apparently get more views.
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