Archive for September, 2011

Innovative Furniture

Posted: September 30, 2011 in Blog, Woodworking
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Al Molina is an artist based out of Corpus Christi, Relatively new to the Art world, Al brings his unique vision and style to his paintings, Making his work highly recognizable in Corpus Christi, His goal is to bring in people who normally wouldn’t look twice at art and make them fans by giving them something they love, remember or can relate to.

Although Al has only been published in the local scene of his home town, he has managed to branch out via internet and has sold several pieces throughout the United States and Canada, He has painted portraits for Celebrities, in both, movies and the music world, His work can currently be scene at www.al-molina.artistwebsites.com

Evening Inspiration

Posted: September 27, 2011 in Artwork, Blog
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Like the title says I have decided to feature artists on my blog. I know as an aspiring artist any exposure is good exposure. So I plan to feature random skilled artists of all types. To me art is art no matter what medium you use. If you love to create whether it be painting, sculpting, drawing, or building furniture I want to feature you on my site.  Now not everyone that enters will be featured but take the chance and send me an email to jlara20@aol.com  with some samples of your art and you might just be featured on the blog. Not only that but I will also include free email blasts and social marketing blasts for any artist that is featured on my blog. Don’t worry there is no catch it’s all free! I just want to give back and help others get some free exposure! Now start sending me some emails! I already have several artists chosen for this month so this will be on a first come basis.

I love painting live and watching other artist paint live is inspiring for me. My good friend  Rob (the guy in the first pic) is the one who got me into painting live. He puts on a live art show in San Antonio Texas called Artslam. You can check out their website at www.artslamsa.com to learn more about them. Here are a few pics from some of the shows over the years. They have been rocking live art for over 5 years with no signs of stopping any time soon.

This type of marketing serves everyone well. Weather you are a freelance artist, furniture builder, web developer, or business owner everyone who is serious about business needs a email newsletter. This should be one of the first things any serious entrepreneur addresses. The sooner the better.

Why you need to utilize email marketing ?

Now lets talk about why you need a email newsletter. A email mailing list allows you to contact a large group of people all at once. Instead of just tweating or posting on facebook a email allows you to connect with your viewers on a more personal level.  The strength of email marketing lies in the mailing list. The more subscribers you can amass the more successful you will be. To do this you want to add a mailing list sign up form anywhere you can. You can add a sign up form on your website, facebook, and blog easily. This allows users to easily and quickly sign up by just entering there email address.

How do I set one up?

The process of setting up a newsletter is very easy and anyone can easily do it. You don’t have to be a super tech savvy computer nerd to get your own email newsletter up and running. Their are several choices online for companies that offer both free and paid email marketing programs. However I will only be discussing two choices here as I think they are the two best choices on the web right now. You can choose from either iContact at www.icontact.com or Aweber at www.aweber.com. You can not go wrong with either as they are both great choices. Sign up and start compiling your mailing list. When you start out you will not have any subscribers but you should have a email account with years worth of emails. Icontact you can simply copy and paste every conact  you have and Icontact will add all the emails for you. I started with a very substantial mailing list by employing this technique from the start . You do not however want to spam anyone so be sure you send them all a confirmation email allowing them to choose weather or not they want to be on your mailing list.

What should I talk about?

Now you may be asking yourself, why do I need a newsletter when I update my site often? Well your visitors may not be viewing your site daily. They may have been an old viewer and forgot you existed. This is a quick and easy way to keep all your viewers both old and new in the loop. I personally use my mailing list to contact visitors about new updates to my website. I will also update them on new paintings or new pieces of furniture that I am working on or offering up for sale. I will also use them to promote other partners products that I review in order to spread the exposure to others. What you decided to write about in your newsletter really depends on the type of website or product you are offering and the possibilities are endless.

Thank You!

I hope everyone learns something from this blog and implements a email mailing list if they are not using one already. As always if you have any questions or need help setting one up email me or post a comment. I am always willing to share my knowledge with everyone.

Blue Ridge Woodworking

Posted: September 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

I recently stumbled upon Blue Ridge Woodworking and I was instantly very impressed with their woodworking. If you like custom well-built hand-made furniture then you will also be very impressed by the craftsmanship of their pieces. No particle board is used in any of their pieces and everything is made by hand by a craftsman. I am always happy to see people out there still building quality pieces like this at this day in age. Companies like this keep true quality woodworking alive. These types of companies are few and far between as most people gravitate to low price mass-produced Ikea junk. There are still people out there who do want quality and if you are one of them the please head over to Blue Ridge Woodworking and buy some furniture for your home.

www.blueridgewoodworkingnc.com
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