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Comment by David Weiss on November 6, 2013 at 6:35am

Hi everyone, I don't want to be a broken record here, but I am nearing the goal of 200 votes to get my idea considered on Quirky.com only 26 votes to go to take the Portable Thought Balloon one step closer to reality and hopefully to helping to fund some of my ministry stuff (multiple streams of income, you know). I first heard about Quirky on the 48 days podcast and am looking forward to seeing how it all works. If you haven't already, could please go over and vote for my idea. http://www.quirky.com/invent#709234/action/vote/query/sort=ending_soon

Thanks so much,

Dave Weiss

Comment by Melissa AuClair on November 5, 2013 at 3:41pm

Patti, how fun!!!  And thanks to you and Deby for the book recommendation!  It is going on my list :)

Comment by Melissa AuClair on November 5, 2013 at 3:39pm

Ed, the giveaway was a great idea!  Thanks for sharing your progress.  Shows are a lot of work- it's great to hear you are doing well.  :)

Comment by Ed Ouano on November 5, 2013 at 1:35am
Roy, great job with your book!

That's a great quote, Melissa : )
Comment by Ed Ouano on November 5, 2013 at 1:32am
Hi Guys, I hope everyone in the group is doing well. Recently I found a pretty cool, new way for my art page to get more Facebook 'LIKES' and I thought I'd share it with the group...

I know that a lot of us have businesses that we're trying to promote and build up with the help of a Facebook fan page. And why not? It's a great free way to expose our art, products and business to a huge, global audience. And although I realize that increasing your number of Facebook fans isn't quite as important as adding good leads to an email list, it still allows us to connect, interact and build rapport with large groups of people for a very low cost. ( Melissa AuClair, you know what I mean! )

Over the last year and a half, I've exhibited and sold my work at about 15 shows. The majority of these shows have been Comic conventions and also a few 'traditional' art shows. The attendance at these shows varies from a few thousand to about 70 thousand.

During these shows I normally have a small sign on my table that says -

LIKE Agile Pig on Facebook for Specials and Promotions!

I also ask people who buy my art and/or comment positivley on it if they're on Facebook and then tell them to check out my Facebook page and 'LIKE' it for new art, specials, etc.

How many 'LIKES' would this get me after a show? Not a lot. Maybe 4 or 5. Even after a big show. I think people have good intentions to check out the page and 'LIKE' it but honestly, it's not exactly a big priority and sometimes people just forget. It can be a little bit frustrating, but I completely understand how and why it happens.

So, this past weekend at the Tucson Comic-Con, I decided to try something different...

I thought to myself, people need a really good reason to go visit and 'LIKE' my page. Not just go there because I ask them to. So, the best thing I could think of is to have some type of 'GIVEAWAY'.

Normally at shows, I'll have my 2 most popular poster prints displayed in nice wooden frames on opposite ends of my table. During the course of a show, people will often stop, say something nice and comment on the prints.

I decided, this weekend when people do that OR if they were already buying some of my art I'd ask them this -

"If you don't mind me asking, are you on Facebook ( about 90% of them say YES ) ? The reason I'm asking is I'm actually doing a GIVEAWAY on Facebook this weekend. All you have to do is go to Facebook, search for 'Agile Pig', my company name ( I'd point to to my banner while saying this so there's no misunderstanding on how to spell it ) and 'LIKE' the page."

"What I'm doing is taking all of the new 'LIKES' from this morning until midnight tonight and giving the people a chance to win either one of these prints. You don't have to buy anything. I'll simply pull a name at random on Monday morning and announce the winner on the Agile Pig Facebook page Monday night"

Originally I was going to have just one GIVEAWAY for the entire weekend, but I decided on Sunday to have a seperate one for Sat and Sun, too.

Why? Doing that would create even a greater sense of urgency for people to 'LIKE' my page to enter, since their odds of winning now went up.

So, how many new 'LIKES' did I get over the weekend? 60. 60 new likes when before I was lucky to get more than 5! Now, it did cost a little bit of money. The cost of each print and mailing them in shipping tubes might run me about $15 at the most.

But the great thing is these people ALREADY LIKE my work. I wasn't asking every person that walked by my table to enter the GIVEAWAY, only people that were already buying my work or people that were telling me how much they liked it.

What was really neat is that many of the people whipped out their smart phones and went straight to Facebook to find my page and 'LIKE' it while they were still talking to me.

So, if you want to increase your Facebook 'LIKES' the next time you exhibit at a show, give this a try. It doesn't cost a lot to do and I absolutely GUARANTEE you'll get more 'LIKES' than saying "Hey, check out my page and please 'LIKE' it!


1. Do a GIVEAWAY with something people will value. The best thing you can probably offer your most popular piece. For me it's a print, but it could just as easily be a PDF, a book, etc. You know what that is.

2. Create a quick deadline so people will act on your offer.

I'm really sorry this post is so long : ( Thanks, everyone.

Group Leader
Comment by Deby Dearman on November 2, 2013 at 11:02pm

Love the Pinterest graphic, Melissa! Thanks for sharing!

What a treat to see Patti tonight at the 'Finding Your Voice' book launch! Loved her pink glasses . . . so cute! :-) I echo Pattii in recommending Joel's book, check it out!

Comment by Patti Landrum on November 2, 2013 at 7:11pm
Melissa, I like that message. The size was just right for me. I got to see our group leader tonight. I got to see Debbie and meet her husband, both very nice people. We went to a book release by Joel Boggess. He wrote a book called Finding Your Voice. It is good and he helps you Gond what your voice is telling you . I also got to see Dan Miller and Joanne Miller, always a pleasure. If you are interested in the book you can buy it on Amazon on November 5th. I met Joel At Dan Millers first event at the sanctuary several years ago. The second event I met Debbie Dearman. Two great people to get to know!
Comment by Melissa AuClair on November 2, 2013 at 12:09pm

Oh dear, it's huge.  (if someone knows how to smallify images let me know) thanks! And sorry!

Comment by Melissa AuClair on November 2, 2013 at 12:09pm

My sister sent this to me via Pinterest.  I can't find the source so I'm not sure who to give credit for it.  The simplicity of the message hit me and its been on my mind ever since.  I wonder how many artists have found this to be true :)

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Comment by David Weiss on October 29, 2013 at 3:56pm

Thanks Deby, I really appreciate your comment. If anyone hasn't voted yet, please do. I really want to see how this all works out. 78 votes to go. http://www.quirky.com/invent/709234/action/vote/query/sort=ending_s... 


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