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Sharon Cummings

19 Days Ago

Shall We Start A Movement

Every year I promote my romantic and love based artwork starting this time of year. This year, a friend's post on Facebook got me thinking. The research is there for how detrimental candy/sugar is for the immune system, COVID, our waist lines and are overall health. Not wanting to debate that here, just do your own research. Anyway, Valentine's is a mega candy holiday. What is a romantic gift that is much healthier and can be enjoyed indefinitely? Art of course! I am going to use the hashtag #buyartnotcandy from now through Valentine's Day on my love/heart pieces I promote to see what happens.

I will be hashtagging #buyartnotcandy on ALL of my Social Media sites and my blog. Imagine if we ALL did the same. Planting the seed in all corners of the Internet. We could be trending everywhere...We could start a movement!

Who is in?

I also created a cover image for my Facebook page: Buy Art Not Candy

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Matthias Hauser

19 Days Ago

While I love chocolate and other candy I also love the idea and the hashtag.

I plan on posting some new Valentine's day art this or next week and will use #buyartnotcandy for those on my social media :-)

 

Sharon Cummings

19 Days Ago

Great Matthias! Can't wait to see it trending...

 

Karen Cook

19 Days Ago

Great idea! Count me in!

 

Her Arts Desire

19 Days Ago

Love this idea! I'm in.

 

Peggy Collins

19 Days Ago

I'm in 100%, yes! Anecdotally I was misdiagnosed with lupus when I was 10 and was on prednisone for two years...to this day I believe the terrible pain I experienced was due to my very high sugar intake as a kid, not lupus.

 

Vivian Aaron

19 Days Ago

I am in, love it!

 

Sharon Cummings

19 Days Ago

Yay! The more the better! We can change people's idea of what makes a great Valentine's Day gift!

 
 

Andrew Pacheco

19 Days Ago

I think it's a smart marketing move. Great idea, Sharon!

 

Sharon Cummings

19 Days Ago

I will be retweeting and sharing any that I see from anyone. :)

 

Renata Natale

19 Days Ago

I'll give it a whirl too

 

Nikolyn McDonald

19 Days Ago

I don't use Twitter, only Facebook. Does/can that count, Sharon?

 

Edward Fielding

19 Days Ago

Anti-one thing to promote something totally different doesn't make a lot of marketing sense.

Chickfila runs anti-beef ads to promote more chicken sales but at least the comparison is apples to apples (food to food).

A better tact would be "art lasts longer than...flowers, candy, candles, your boyfriend" but the true competitor is jewelry which lasts a long time.

 

Val Arie

19 Days Ago

I like the idea - I am in!

 

Lois Bryan

19 Days Ago

I am absolutely in, Sharon!!!! I'm pre-diabetic, and have been for years, controlled through diet. I fell off the wagon for the holidays, but am about to hop back up on the horse (sorry, I love to mix metaphors!) ... and your idea really hits home!!!

 

Jodi DiLiberto

19 Days Ago

I love this idea! I'm in!

 

Jamie Brewer

19 Days Ago

I'm in!

 

Sharon Cummings

19 Days Ago

They aren't totally different Edward...Both are bought as gifts (gift to gift). I would estimate that 75% of the art I sell is for GIFTS! We want them to see art as equally as enticing for Valentine's Day gifts.

The objective is NOT for people to see how long art lasts. It is to get people to see that candy (i.e. typical Valentine's Day gifts) aren't the only option.

Glad to see so much interest...Hope it keeps going!

 

Sharon Cummings

19 Days Ago

It also helps people to "think outside of the box"....instead of the same ol same ol....I've already gotten a lot of positive feedback on my personal FB page. I like to run my ideas by my people most of whom also collect art. :)

 

VIVA Anderson

19 Days Ago

Fab idea . ( retired from fb,tw) GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY ❤️

 

Sharon Cummings

19 Days Ago

Whatever you've got Nikolyn! Facebook...Instagram....Blogs....wherever you can put in hashtags or keywords. :)

 

Douglas Brown

19 Days Ago

I have lots of Love Hearts in my letter and quotes collections so you can count me in Sharon. I will start early January.

Good idea.

 

Mike Savad

19 Days Ago

You can try. But I never had a rush for art.

Jewelry
roses
candy
dinner

that is the general thing people get.


----Mike Savad

 

Sharon Cummings

19 Days Ago

Correct Mike...We want to change that so someday you say...

Art
Jewelry
Roses
Dinner

that is the general thing people get.

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Sharon Cummings

19 Days Ago

I just promoted a love piece and see that buyartnotcandy has 100 tweets already!! We will be "trending" in no time. Especially if more join in.

If it doesn't seem like a good idea to you, no need to discourage others. Just take a pass on this thread and don't participate.

If I never tried any of my ideas I would not be earning a full-time living with my art for 20 years. No one supported me going into art. No one. I tried my idea! They all support me now....lol

 

Shelli Fitzpatrick

1 Day Ago

Good news Chad, congrats!

 

Floyd Snyder

1 Day Ago

"you can set up boards and"
Are boards the same as what used to be "lists"?

 

Gaby Ethington

1 Day Ago

Thanks for approving my request to join the board Buy Art Not Candy Valentines and Lovers, Shelli!

BTW, I have been pinning 3 things per day to Sharon's Gift Them Art board, is that ok to do or is it too many? I will do the same for Shelli's board if ok.

 

Sharon Cummings

1 Day Ago

i think 3 a day is fine Gaby IMO.

Floyd..I am not familiar with "lists"....Maybe you go further back with Pinterest than I do.

 

Sharon Cummings

1 Day Ago

@Chad....great news!! Congrats!! I have sold 3 images in the last few days that were heavily promoted with #buyartnotcandy and #GiftThemArt....I don't think it's a coincidence. :)

 

Sharon Cummings

1 Day Ago

If you've been following this thread, but have not joined in using the hashtags yet....why not? Some of us are seeing sales and a lot are seeing a lot more traffic. What do you have to lose? Nothing. It's just adding a hashtag or two when you promote. :)

#buyartnotcandy #GiftThemArt

 

Wild Snark

1 Day Ago

Floyd list to me sound more a twitter thing. I have never actually seen them on pinterest; however there is something called categories.

List are very important on twitter; I often find a list gets followed by a ticked accounts before your account is.

The hashtag #buyartnotcandy is still doing very well. 500+ users and over 50 millions of views; need to be a little careful with the view number; it a little like views on FAA. However the number of unique views is about 3 million which is still very good.

Good luck to you all and be back next Saturday.

 

Douglas Brown

14 Hours Ago

08:38am here in Scotland and i have just done my morning rounds of retweets on Twitter.

Great artwork appearing, keep them coming and if you haven’t joined the #BuyArtNotCandy #GiftThemArt campaign then feel free to throw in one or two of the hashtags to your next tweet.

Thanks Doug.

 

Sharon Cummings

11 Hours Ago

Awesome Douglas!

Just a little FYI....I get A LOT of private messages....all day every day and have for decades. If you send me a message and it's just informational, I generally do not respond. If you ask a question, I generally do respond, but it will likely be very short and to the point. I am not being rude. I just have so much time in a day. Thank you for understanding that.

Off to promote and share your work too!

 

Iris Richardson

11 Hours Ago

Just uploaded my first tweet and re-tweeted others. Thank you Sharon I don't think your reply was rude. I am rather to the point myself especially when I get busy.

 

Sharon Cummings

11 Hours Ago

Douglas I didn't see ANY from you today when I searched...and I have been seeing them fine. So I went to your homepage and hit you up.

By now I kinda know who participates and is a TEAM player and I will make the extra effort.

I appreciate anyone who does the same for me! I try to pin a new one daily to make it easier for you. :)

 

Sharon Williams Eng

9 Hours Ago

Great movement and I will try to remember to hashtag. Do the hashtag work on any site but Instagram?

Sell Art Online

#buyartnotcandy #GiftThemArt

 

Mike Jory

9 Hours Ago

Hi Everyone, I'm continuing to tweet, retweet the work of others and enjoying this plan of action very much. Thanks again to those who are RT-ing my work. Interesting observation, I normally get a couple of hundred visitors a day to my FAA. Since doing the #buyArtNotCandy & #GiftThemArt tweets this has on average doubled to around 500 per day (I've been participating daily for 5 or 6 days) and these seem like reasonable numbers. I did have one freak day 2 days ago where my visitor count hit 11,000 !!! But here's the interesting thing, just checked a couple of my most popular tweets (in terms of likes and RT's) and they generally have only about 100 impressions, most have no "links clicked" at all (those that do only have 1). So, this is weird, the movement seems to be increasing my traffic, but no-one is clicking on my links...any thoughts please?

 

Alexios Ntounas

8 Hours Ago

@Mike most of these visitors are just bots from search engines indexing the link you posted. They usually come from locations like Beverly Hills, New York, Cupertino, Shenzhen.

 

Iris Richardson

8 Hours Ago

Yes, a lot of the visitors are bots but I have seen new visitors since we started this. Just a reminder if you think you followed me on IG you might not be anymore. When FB/IG had that blackout it killed my original IG account and I could not recover it. Here is my new one https://www.instagram.com/irisrichardson_artist/

 

Sharon Cummings

7 Hours Ago

You can use the hasthtags EVERYWHERE: IG, FB, Twitter, Linkedin, your blog, pinterest and anywhere hasthtags are used.

Don't be discouraged over bots. Bots serve their purpose. That traffic boosts your importance with Google and FAA. I have seen more unique visitors and some sales from this promotion. So I will keep at it!

Thank you to ALL who are participating and those that RT and share my work. I really appreciate your efforts!

 

Iris Richardson

5 Hours Ago

Today I am seeing a lot of new first time visitors

 

Sharon Cummings

5 Hours Ago

That's great Iris!

 

Betty Pinkston

4 Hours Ago

I'm in!

 

Mike Jory

3 Hours Ago

Thanks for the info re: visitor numbers, I'm going to keep going with the campaign :-)

 

John Twynam

3 Hours Ago

According to my Google Analytics, I haven't had a single visitor from Twitter in my entire time on FAA...

 

Sharon Cummings

3 Hours Ago

That can't be right John because I've personally clicked on some of your Twitter images and looked at your work!

 

Sharon Cummings

2 Hours Ago

Welcome Betty! Use it everywhere you use other hashtags!

 

John Twynam

2 Hours Ago

Sharon, I appreciate you having a look, though I'm not sure why Google would be telling me something different. I look at my GA every day (since it seems to only get updates once per day), and most of the traffic to my pixels site is referred by the FAA site. I do have some traffic from Pinterest, though not a lot. I've even had one visitor from Facebook, so someone must have posted one of my images to their FB since I've never posted any there myself (thanks to whoever did that).

To my knowledge, the only thing I need to do is add my GA property ID to my Pixels site... which I've done, and at least some of it seems to be working because it does log traffic from other places.

 

Douglas Brown

1 Hour Ago

Hi John, like Sharon i have tapped one or two of your links on twitter, strange one, but i have GA, but never look at it, do you check your metadata on twitter? You should see link clicks in there.

I’ve been a bit busy over the weekend with renovating my extension, but i’ve still managed to retweet some of the great art and photography that is showing up.

Great seeing the new participants and thanks for the retweets today.

 

DK Digital

1 Hour Ago

My views have doubled but obviously mostly if not all bots, twitter stats show no link clicks. Whether doubling my bot views will ever result in anything I have no idea.

 

Sharon Cummings

11 Minutes Ago

It cannot hurt David!

 

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