Five ways to be successful by using social media as a tool not a platform
With the recent changes made on Instagram the social media world has been in a frenzy trying to get their followers to keep in touch with their current posts. Instead of solely relying on social media as your source of promoting yourself use all platforms Here's a summary of 5 ways to use but not rely on social media.
Use your bio to direct link your followers to either your website or webpage or current Instagram post. Even though Instagram is an app there is also a website and the website has links which will take users and followers directly to a specific image like an auctioneer running
If you have not yet done so create a Facebook page for your business for fans to follow you there this Page can also be used for running auctions keeping your customers and fans up to date and a great tool for promoting your work
Create a email bass. Everybody has an email if you can cut continue to create a following there are several tools up there like a mail champ that are free that you can use for weekly newsletters daily updates anything else you'd like to share that goes directly to your customers email
Use all social platforms YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook Snapchat and coming soon hello
If you're concerned about having to pay for the fees and spend time creating a website or webpage the availability and excess ability of sites like Etsy big cartel and eBay are available for you to sell and promote your work either way you have to pay a fee and spend time success doesn't come easy it takes hard work and creativity
Use your Instagram bio to link to other outlets you have in the online space
Create a Facebook business page and utilize it for promoting current work and update your tribe
Create and maintain an email list. Everyone has an email. It's getting your tribe in the habit of using it that's the trick
Use all social platforms but focus on the ones that your customers are more likely using
Build a site.. Whether wix, wordpress, or use online stores such as etsy, big cartel, eBay and others and link these into your bio on Instagram when applicable as well as your other social outlets.
This episode is a continuation of the series "So you want to be a glass blower"
this is is a general overview of getting setup and just my opinion and recommendations. That being said make sure you take all of these areas into consideration when it comes to purchasing your equipment and setting up your studio. Throughout this series I'll be getting into more detail about each topic. Use the links in the notes to view the items and don't forget to use the code WYZGUY at check out to save an additional 5% off on the starter kits.
Five ways to set yourself up for under $2000.00
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Episode 88- Travis Tyler (aka Daddy-o) ..,surviving the Evolution of the Florida Glass Scene
Travis Tyler AKA Daddy'OBorn in 1975. Raised in a tiny town in SW Arkansas. Moved to Tampa for college and ended up moving to Humboldt years later. Started blowing glass in January of 2000 in Arcata, Ca. Took a class from Snodgrass and started making spoons for Chameleon Glass. Moved back to Florida in 2002. Since then I've taken classes from RAM and Emilio Santini. I've taught classes at Flametree Glass in Orlando and at their current studio in Roswell, Ga. I currently live and work just outside of Tampa, Fl.
Michael J Souza Princeton University Dept. of Chemistry Frick Lab /Glass Shop
Job Title: Professional Specialist / Scientific Glassblower
Princeton University Princeton NJ 1992 - present -Hired as an hourly employee - Promoted in 1994 to Tech Staff III
W. A. Sales LTD., Wheeling, IL 1986- 92
- Master Glassblower and Shop Foreman
- Oversaw operations at Northwestern University & The University of Chicago
Wyse Glass, Midland, MI 1986-88
- Became business partner for small custom shop that serviced Dow Corning
-Dissolved partnership as Dow/Corning faced Chapter 11 from lawsuits involving breast implants
W. A. Sales LTD., Wheeling, IL 1980-86
-In 1981 the company established a contract shop at Northwestern University and I ran the shop full time at the university
Valley Design Corp. Littleton, MA 1978-80
-Head of Glassblowing Dept.
Aldrich Chemical, Milwaukee WI 1977-78
-Completed my Journeyman program under Dieter Dammrow
W. A. Sales Ltd., Wheeling IL 1975 -77
-Journeyman at a custom shop to work more independently
Kontes / Martin, Evanston, IL 1973-75
-Apprentice at the shop where my father was Production Manager Education
-Graduated as Honor Student at Palatine High School -Attended Oakton Community College