How to Increase Your Sales on POD Websites – 15 Tips

Selling your art on POD websites Redbubble edition (1)

Are you an artist trying to sell your work on Society6, Redbubble, Zazzle, or another POD (print on demand) website?

Well I’ve been doing it for a few years now and have some tips to help you get more sales!

If you’re just getting started or haven’t set up your store(s) yet, you may want to check out these posts first:

Where to Sell Your Art Online

Selling your Art on POD Websites: Zazzle vs Society6

Selling your Art on POD Websites: Society6 vs Redbubble

Selling your Art on POD Websites: TeePublic edition

Read on to find out how to increase your sales on Society6 and Redbubble specifically, but many of these tips can be used across other POD platforms such as Zazzle, TeePublic, CafePress, Fine Art America and many others.

  1. Try to complete at least one business or social media related task per day. For example: one tweet, one Instagram post, one new design, one update to your website etc. If you can do more than one task that’s great, but just that one thing will help your business without being too overwhelming.
  2. Comment and like other artists’ work. This does not apply to all PODs but can be especially helpful on Society6 and Redbubble to get more eyes on your designs.
  3. Connect with other artists on social media (Facebook groups for example) or forums where available (Zazzle). Ask for feedback from them if you feel comfortable doing so!
  4. Upload as much high quality work as possible. The more designs you have, the more chances you have of making a sale.
  5. Research the latest trends and use them as inspiration to create new designs in your own style. You can use Pinterest or check the top selling designs on your chosen POD platform.
  6. Have social media pages, even just one or two and focus on them. Instagram and Twitter great for artists. On Facebook it’s challenging to get likes on your page, but it could get your real life friends interested. Try using new tools like Facebook or Instagram stories, or even Snapchat if you are adventurous.
  7. Don’t forget about your stores or leave them alone for long periods of time. Try to stay somewhat active and consistent on all of them (uploading new work, commenting/following etc.) I’ve definitely noticed an increase in sales/activity when I’m active. If you have too many stores to stay active, maybe pare it down to the few that you have been most successful on.
  8. Don’t stretch yourself too thin.  Going off the point above, if you have too many stores you might feel overwhelmed or too lazy to upload work to all of them, so I suggest deleting those ones you don’t like or don’t have much success with.
  9. Read up on other sellers tips especially top sellers if they have shared these tips online. CatCoq, for example, has shared some great information on her website. See what these top sellers are doing and figure out how you can get where they are. Use them as inspiration for your brand.
  10. Make different versions of the same designs that are well received. Different colour variations of a popular design or rework an element of that piece so it can have more mass appeal.
  11. Have a website or blog external to your social media, like this one! It helps with your visibility and to show up in Google searches.
  12. Tell your family, friends and coworkers about your stores and they might support you! You could even gift them stuff from your own stores for Christmas and birthdays etc. to get them excited about your work.
  13. Something I’m currently working on – Go back through your old designs and either delete ones that aren’t working for your brand or update titles, keywords etc.
  14. Always keep learning.  There are lots of great sources online for marketing your brand or honing and learning new skills.  Check out Skillshare for some free or paid courses in marketing, design and many other skills.
  15. Subscribe to my blog!  I’m always posting new content on selling your art on POD websites so make sure you don’t miss out.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ve found this blog post helpful.  Let me know if you have any other tips to add in the comments below!

Cheers,

Julie

Check out these other posts for more information on selling your art on POD websites:

Social Media Marketing Tips for Artists

Blogging for your Art Business

10 Ways to Get over Artist’s Block

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#ArtLife – 10 Inspiring Quotes by Famous Artists

Let’s ring in the New Year with some more inspirational quotes by famous artists! 

Enjoy and feel free to share your favourites across all of your social platforms!  Tag me @julieerindesign on Twitter

I created these using the free image editing tool Canva.

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Check out 10 more inspirational quotes by famous artists here!

Let me know which quote is your favourite by leaving me a comment below.

Cheers, and Happy Holidays to you all!

~Julie

Summer Break

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My dear readers and followers,

I would like to let you all know that I’m taking a little summer break from this blog.

A couple of time-consuming projects are going to be taking up much of my time, including re-building my main website, and my day job is also going to be busy for the next few months.

I also need to take a step back to figure out the direction I want to take this blog moving forward, to tweak the layout and generally work on the appearance and content as well.

In the meantime, I will continue to make art and upload it to my Society6, Redbubble and Zazzle stores.

I’ll also continue to be active on my social media accounts, so feel free to follow me there if you want to keep up with my latest work and progress.

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

 

Thank you all so much for the support, comments, likes and follows over the past few years.

If you want to share any ideas or thoughts with me about this blog and what you like/don’t like about it etc. please feel free to comment below and I’d love to have a conversation about it.

 

See you all soon.

 

Cheers,

 

Julie

Travel Pics – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, MEXICO

Hola!

While this is generally an art blog, those of you who have followed me for a while know that I also occasionally like to share my travel photos with you guys!

Travel and photography are actually related to my art practice because I often use the photos to create new designs either directly or indirectly, and travel in general tends to inspire me creatively.

Below is an example of a product I created using a photo from this latest trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!

 

And yes, I did go to Cabo last year as well but we stayed in San Jose del Cabo, and this time we stayed much closer to actual Cabo San Lucas at the Hotel Riu Palace. (Unfortunately, my boyfriend and I both suffered from food poisoning on this trip, from the hotel buffet, so while the hotel itself is beautiful I can’t recommend it based on that experience.)  

Cabo is a fairly short and direct flight from Vancouver, and generally cheaper for me compared to other beach locations, so it’s kind of a no-brainer.  I will definitely be back to Cabo but will find somewhere else to stay next time.

Anyways, here are a few highlights from the trip:

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View from our “Ocean View Double Room” suite
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The beach in front of the hotel at sunset, with a view of Land’s End, and a cruise ship in the bay (please be aware the rip tide here is strong, so swimming in the ocean can be dangerous)
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Sunset over the Riu Santa Fe (the sister hotel, behind the Riu Palace)
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Riding horses on the beach
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Cabo Wabo cantina

We went out bar hopping one night and hit up Cabo Wabo, El Squid Roe, another random bar and La Vaquita (a cow themed night club!).  It was super fun, I definitely recommend it if you’re there.  It is very easy to just walk between the different bars/clubs and quite an experience.

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Towel animals made by the hotel staff, they left us a new one almost every day!
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Lands end at dusk with horses on the beach, and the lights of Cabo San Lucas on the right

 

So, I hope you guys have enjoyed seeing these photos from my latest adventure, please let me know what you think about them and the products I made by leaving a comment below!

Also, if you would like to know anything about Cabo San Lucas, or the hotel I stayed at or whatever, feel free to ask me and I’ll do my best to help!

Cheers,

 

Julie

New Mexico Bull Skull

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Wow, can you guys believe it’s already November??  It’s almost time to get ready for Christmas! Haha.

Anyways, I have a new design in my shop!  I call it, New Mexico Bull Skull.

This piece is influenced by my time living in Santa Fe, New Mexico (some 10 years ago now). I have found myself reminiscing about it lately for some reason.

The background photo is one I took of the landscape just outside of Santa Fe, in a wild place I used to go with my friends “romping” (aka off-roading).  The dirt road takes you all the way to the Rio Grande river!

The bull skull itself is a common symbol of the Southwest and is a feature of several of Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings (she lived in Abiquiu, New Mexico, which is where she made most of her famous artwork.)

New Mexico is a very cool and magical place, if you ever have the chance to go there I recommend checking it out!

Here is how this design turned out on some of the products in my Society6 and Redbubble stores!

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New Mexico Bull Skull Contrast Tank Top

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New Mexico Bull Skull Sticker

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What do you guys think of this design? Feel free to let me know in the comments section below.

And be sure to follow my blog to see more of my designs and art related posts in the future!

Have a great week everyone.

Cheers,

Julie

Lake View World Map Collage

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Hi guys!

I have a new design to share with you this week, another collage of one of my drawings layered over top of a photograph. The background for this design is a photo I took at Harrison Lake, BC.

I’m really enjoying creating these collage pieces, so I’m pretty sure there is going to wind up being a whole series.

I think it turned out pretty cool looking! What do you guys think?  Feel free to leave any comments below!

Check out how this design turned out on the products in my Society6 and Redbubble stores:

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redbubble society6 home dorm room decor Lake View World Map Wall Tapestry

redbubble society6 fashion apparel photography Lake View World Map Contrast Tank

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I love this piece especially as a tapestry and a laptop skin!  Which one is your favourite?  

I hope you all have a great week and be sure to follow my blog if you want to see more of my designs in the future.

Cheers,

Julie