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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How to Manage Fonts & Other Things on the Dynamic Template

Michael, I said I'd do a video for you; as promised, delivered! Today I discuss fonts and other fun customization aspects of the Dynamic Template offered by Blogger. Enjoy this short video to learn more!

See you next week for more Blog Notes!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Welcome to the New Creative Space!

This New creative space is going to be dedicated to anyone who is interested in art. The content presented on this blog is not about building a business but about the joy of discovering creativity. Over the next days and couple weeks, I will be working with guest bloggers to bring this site online and also bring you great projects, interesting articles, product reviews, interviews and more.

If you are looking to build your art business or for advice on blogging, never fear, this information has just been moved to a new blog on the ARTcademy website HERE

For those of you who might be confused about the change, here is the scoop! As an artist myself, I know there are no boundaries to my creativity. However, I realize that some people just want to be creative and then have a day job. Some people dont' have any desire to build a business, sell what they make or create an empire. That might sound silly, by to be honest, there are creative things I enjoy doing that I'd never sell. So, I decided that giving artists who want to do art for the fun of it a space to interact and chat it up with me, was a good idea. No to mention, I'm bring in on some amazing and talented Blog Hostesses that will here to give you some awesome content regularly.

So that's that. Nothing too complicated - just direct and straight forward.

If you need anything, make sure you reach out via the Contact Us link in the top right corner of the page. Looking forward to exploring the depths of your creativity with you.

See you soon,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

True or False? "Facebook is the Best Place to Advertise Your Product or Service"

What do you think about this statement? Here are my thoughts on the matter - please feel free to look at this argument, disagree, agree, pick apart or reorganize it. This is not about having the right answer, it's about thinking about this argument and how you feel about.

My Observations

Facebook at approximately 1.2 billion users as of January 2014 and still growing. It is the fastest growing and largest social network around and in my option one of the better places to advertise your business. However, there is a big caveat - if you are trying to get organic traffic, entice people through posts on pages or interactions on group pages, unfortunately you are are throwing time out the window. To make Facebook work for you and your business you MUST invest in your business and advertising.

You should think about it this way...

You have an awesome thing to tell people about. In fact, you have a beautiful site, great products and amazing copy but if no one knows about it then you will never sell anything. You have to tell your target audience about what you have to offer, what you do and how they can benefit from your products or services. How do you do this? Marketing! Marketing is basically a way for you to share your message with a bunch of people you may or may not know so they can buy what you offer.

So back to Facebook...

How can Facebook be a successful marketing tool for your business? Easy, you have to hand over the money. As Mari Smith, one of my most favorite public speakers and experts on Facebook believes, Facebook is where it is at but we have had it good for a long time - the free ride has come to an end (just like it did with Google) and it will make everything work better in the end.

So, what do you think?

Martiel Beatty specializes in helping artists build thriving online businesses and blogs. Find out how I can help you build your business today, Read this Now!

Monday, March 24, 2014


After many years here on blogger, I have finally made the decision to move the technical and business advice for artists to a hosted blog on my website with the Academy. I wasn't entirely sure if or when I was going to do this, but nevertheless, it has become apparent that the need is there.

So, very soon, there will be two blogs (1) Technical and Business advice for Artists and (2) this blog, which will be creative, blogging, fun articles and tutorials to inspire.

I'll still continue to post on all my major soical networks, so never fear, you'll still be able to get all the great content you have always been getting.

As this transition happens, you will see some changes happening here on the blog, We will slowly be implementing new guest bloggers, inspiration and of course great advice on how to create an amazing blog on blogger.

If you have feedback for me, please let me know by leaving a comment below or simply messaging me directly at

Looking forward to more creativity, fun, blogging and who knows what!

Much Love and Creativity,

Thursday, March 13, 2014

How to Display Fine Art Online

Displaying fine art online for sale can be quite tricky, especially if you don't know what you are doing when it comes to using your camera or you are new to selling online. The good thing is that all of the tricks and tips for making your fine art, photograhs or even greeting cards look great online are easier to learn than you think.

Images are the Copyright of Renata & Jonathan, All Rights Reserved.
Today I'd like to introduce you to Renata and Jonathan. They are fine artist's who have done an exceptional job at showing how you can display fine art online in a eye-catching and highly appealing way. Here are three things you can do today so your art can have eye-catching appeal like their adorable Happy Bunny sketch shown above.

Focus on Your Image
When I say focus on your image, I mean seriously, use the entire space and fill it up with the image of your picture. Remove backgrounds, props and other things - these can be distracting.

Frame It!
Even if your image doesn't come framed (in which case you'll want to state that in your listing description) showing how the image sits in a frame with a matte will undoubtedly help your lookers to see exactly how it would appear framed and mounted. Don't leave too much to the imagination, do the work for your customers and make the buying process as painless as possible.

Get Up Close and Personal
Fine art is about the details and when you are selling it online it becomes even more important that you show your customers all the details in that painting so they can decide if it is the right one for them. Details give your painting character and are as unique as finger prints. Show them off by zooming in and letting your customers see the beauty of your art up close.

I would like to thank Renata and Jonathan for graciously allowing me to display their art here. Please take a moment to visit their shop Renata and Jonathan on Zibbet.

Martiel Beatty specializes in helping artists build thriving online businesses and blogs. Find out how I can help you build your business today, Read this Now!