Finding Your Target Audience
This is a really exciting topic for me, particularly because I think that a lot of the times artists struggle a little bit with how they're going to get their work out there. I mean, if you ask any artist, "What is your main problem?" It's almost always that they don't know how to get their work in front of the right people. They don't know who to target. They don't know where to find that audience. So that's what we're going to talk about right now, and I'm super excited about it, because it's something that I used to think was a really taboo subject, the idea of putting your work in front of people, of trying to get your work out there. It felt like the hustle, you know, and like sort of, a little bit grimy for an artist to also sell and promote their work, because that's somehow not artistic in a way. But I want to break it down and make it more manageable, and just really see it as something that, I don't know, can be more approachable, that can be fun for an artist, that can be ar...
tistic in itself even. I have some really good bonus materials for this segment. So this guide is going to very simply help you find your target audience. It's a little workbook. So that's something that you'll be able to take home when you watch this little piece. But in the meantime, let's get started. How do you find your target audience? And I think there are a few things to consider here. So there's not just this big, overarching, how do you find your audience, because that is a terrifying thing. If I were to ask any one of you, okay, tell me, how are you going to find your audience? You'd be like, "Uh, well, where do I start?" Okay, there's social media, and I could do in-person marketing, and I could do all of these things. So I want to think about, what do you have to consider with an audience? I mean, literally, who are you targeting and what do they want to see from you? What is it that they are looking to purchase? What are they looking to experience? Things like that. How do you format your images for these different audiences? Because if you think about it, you've got a lot of options in fine art. You've got galleries, for example, that you might be selling to. You could license your images for book covers. So when you have all of these different options, what is the best format to create your work in to be able to put it in front of them and have them actually, one, care about it, and two, accept it for the format that they might need. And then we've got accompanying materials, so not just the work that you're putting out, but what else do they want to see from you? So, for example, you're creating a book cover. Let's say that's your goal. You're like, "I want my pictures on book covers." Okay, well what else might they want to see? Maybe they want to see a sample of a book cover, you know, maybe they need to see that your work can actually fit in that way. So what accompanying materials, and then how can you make a plan for yourself? How can you make a content plan that you can actually stick to that will benefit your art as well as your business, because that's what I think a lot of people miss is the fact that business and art don't have to be these two wildly separate things. They really can mingle together in a really lovely way. So when you're making a content plan, too often we say to ourselves, "Okay, I've got this idea. "I want to have my work on book covers." Okay, that's the business plan, and then you say, "But over here, I have art, and this is my art, "and they're two separate things, business and art." But when you start to say, "Okay, well, how can I create art that's more meaningful "for me that also fulfills what this other person needs "in my business?" Then you start to think more creatively in every single facet. That's what I think is really interesting, so we're gonna talk about that.