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Web sites

Discussion in 'The Voting Booth' started by B. Newman, Feb 28, 2003.


Do you have a web site?

  1. yes

  2. no

    0 vote(s)
  1. B. Newman

    B. Newman SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    In discussing internet access, this poll came to mind.

  2. Framerguy

    Framerguy PFG, Picture Framing God


    That last question is the one that I usually don't answer on the web as it brings SPAM for the next year on how to market your presence on the web!! ;)

  3. B. Newman

    B. Newman SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Aw, Tom, I only meant for info posted on here. I've got a bunch of articles, both print and e-zine, that I've saved (oops, make that archived! gotta get with the computer lingo) that I've been thinking about compiling into an article of some sort. I wouldn't spam ya ;) except maybe fried with eggs!


    Besides, the poll is anonymous, who's gonna know who said yes and who said no?

    [ 02-28-2003, 12:02 PM: Message edited by: B. Newman ]
  4. Less

    Less SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    1.Web Site
    2.Brochure & Sales
    3.Don't track sales
    4.All printed materials & advertising
    5.Not interested in web marketing

    [ 02-28-2003, 01:46 PM: Message edited by: lessafinger ]
  5. Framerguy

    Framerguy PFG, Picture Framing God


    I love green spam and eggs!!

    (ya gotta let the spam lay in the fridge for about 7 years though to get it to the right color and consistency to fry up just right.)



    So, do ya think Joe would mind if we had a breakfast date for, oh say, the end of February, 2010?? The spam should be "ripe" by then.

    [ 02-28-2003, 02:11 PM: Message edited by: Framerguy ]
  6. B. Newman

    B. Newman SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    #3 - Then how do you know if it's working?

    #5 - Then why have one?


    Hey Tom - Naw, Joe wouldn't care, and don't tell Ron, but we LOVE Uncle Hershell's Breakfasts!

  7. Framerguy

    Framerguy PFG, Picture Framing God

    Oh, yeah, Uncle Herschell's with the sugar cured ham (the smoked is too salty for my taste buds), grits, hash brown casserole, and corn bread!!

    (Don't tell ANYONE South of the Mason Dixon line but I eat my grits with butter and C/B's maple syrup stirred all through them!!)

    Oh, and what does Ron_ know about good food anyway?? We ate our lunch on the convention floor at Atlanta from the food vendors there!! If the lovely lovely ladies that accompanied us weren't there to talk to, I woulda been stuck with Ron_ and his scrumptuous salad with Ranch dressing!! [​IMG]

  8. B. Newman

    B. Newman SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Must be time to stop and eat supper. Nobody cares about websites anyway.

  9. Less

    Less SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I care! Very much! But, I am getting hungry.

    Oh sure, it's Betty to me and Bet to Tom!


    I can count the numbers of sales on one hand.

    1 $5000 painting - from Texas
    2 $450 painting - MA
    3 $2000 painting -NY
    4 $650 painting - NY

    I think one of those was a result of a search a women did because she was familiar with the artist. The others looked at my web due to magazine ads or direct mailings for art show that directed them there. They all called and bought over the phone. It has brought me a number of inquiries.


    I figure I have a pretty good idea of what works for an art gallery/frame shop. I don't market framing through the web site. I don't want to dilute the art shows. As collectors get familiar with an artist and the gallery, they may be willing to buy over the web, but that takes a lot of marketing (time & money) of the artist and the gallery, not the web site.

    I have had nearly 5000 actual visits to my web site. I expect visits and phone sales will increase as my gallery and the artists become more notable. It's a great secondary tool (brochure) to capture the attention of prospective clients.

    I would never expect to be able to seriously sell custom framing thought the web in the way that I would want to conduct business. I do believe however, that it is a good way to entice prospective framing clients in your door. Just not for my business.

    [ 02-28-2003, 06:16 PM: Message edited by: lessafinger ]
  10. PurplePerson1

    PurplePerson1 SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Did you know that if you answer no to question one, you still have to make up answers to the other questions in order to see the results of the vote?

    Our shop does not use a website, because our owner chooses not to do that.
  11. B. Newman

    B. Newman SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Less, as a rule of thumb, I use Bet when I'm joking around and Betty when I'm serious - so there! [​IMG] But it's not a nickname that I choose to go by often.

    See, you do track your sales. You know where and how many you've had. That's what I call tracking. Knowing just how well anything is working for you. Does it justify the expense?

    As for the marketing, I don't mean marketing on the web, but marketing your site inorder to get more people to look at it, and in turn to either call or come in. I guess more localized web marketing. I don't see online custom framing really taking off either. And if I didn't have another side to my business, I wouldn't consider web sales either, but I know it works.

    I was one of the first in the area to put my website in my yellowpages ad. I had to actually ask for it. (Now, most everybody does.) But I often have people call who say "we looked at your website...")

    But what if you sold items, that you could sell on the web? (And I bet you do have some things that could sell like that now.) What would it take to make that part of the business more profitable?

    That's what I call web marketing.


    Sorry Purp. I'm not a computer guru, just a computer goo!

    [ 02-28-2003, 06:40 PM: Message edited by: B. Newman ]

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