Branding is the Only Power Artists Have

This post is by Clint Watson, former art gallery operator and founder of BoldBrush, identified for FASO Artist Internet websites, the primary service provider of qualified artist internet websites, the $38,000+ BoldBrush Painting Competition and the free daily art promoting e-newsletter, FineArtViews. As a self-proclaimed “art fanatic”, Clint delights that BoldBrush’s San Antonio, Texas workplace is comprehensive of primary art, as is his home business. You can connect with Clint on TwitterFacebook or his personal web site at




Branding is the only ability artists have.


I am applying the term “electrical power” narrowly in this article as defined in the book 7 Powers: The Foundations of Business enterprise Approach by Hamilton Helmer.




In business tactic, “electrical power” is outlined as this:  the established of conditions generating the likely for persistent differential returns.


In plain English that indicates:  You can charge a lot more funds than your rivals for the reason that you have a electrical power that they do not.


The book defines numerous powers this sort of as economies of scale, counter-positioning, switching fees, and course of action electricity.


But as I study the e book, I understood that the only a person of the seven powers out there to artists is branding.





Branding, in the sense of being a power, is described substantially far more narrowly than the way most promoting people today use the expression.  


Branding as a power exists since you’ve got created three situations all over your model:


1.  The created-up associations with the brand elicit very good thoughts about the giving, distinct from the aim price of the fantastic. 

2.  Uncertainty reduction. A shopper attains “peace of mind” recognizing that the branded merchandise will be as just as predicted.

3.  Disorders 1 and 2 allow you to demand a big selling price top quality more than rivals.  (Devoid of this you have no energy)


Helmer promises that these 3 situations can only be designed by offering a reliable and extremely higher-high quality product over a long period of time.  Ordinarily a period of time spanning decades or, much more likely, many years.


When a organization has used decades building their model, the electricity comes precisely from issue #3:  the the capability of a branded products to demand a significant top quality selling price over what rivals are capable to cost.


In addition, only specified types of items can advantage from the electricity of branding.  Branded ability tends to accrue only to luxury goods and further more, only to goods that are remarkably related with one’s identity.  Merchandise like large finish clothes, watches, wines.


The instance cited in the e book is Tiffany.  Tiffany can demand almost double the cost for the exact diamond ring you can acquire at Costco.  This top quality cost can be charged thanks to the promise powering the potent Tiffany brand.  And it really is taken decades for Tiffany to make that brand (they started in the 1800s).


To illustrate the variance among internet marketing “branding” and “Energy Branding” consider this:  Coca-Cola’s electricity won’t appear from “branding” for the reason that, even though Coca-Cola might be the world’s most well-regarded “brand name”, you won’t spend a large premium for Coca-Cola about Pepsi or other colas.  In small, you would not pay out $50 for a can of coke.  (Coke’s electric power stems more from its effective distribution network).



Building Brand Ability as an Artist


Here’s wherever points get appealing for us:  Despite the fact that the writer does not mention it in the book,  his description of the type of products that can be powerfully branded reads like a checklist of  characteristics associated with initial art.


Let’s go back as a result of the attributes of a solution that can acquire manufacturer electric power:


1.  Significant stop fantastic

Unique artwork, particularly by properly-identified, “powerfully branded” artists is pricey.


2.  Associated carefully with identification

Art buyers associate intently with the artwork they invest in and the artists whom they acquire from.  In their social circles, artwork consumers are often recognized as “the artwork man or woman.”  Artwork associates with identity maybe even much more than watches, wine or Louis-Vuitton bags.


3.  Good quality Promise/Uncertainty reduction

If I obtain a David Leffel painting, I have no query about the high-quality I am going to be acquiring.  More recent artists haven’t designed that track record nonetheless.


4.  Decades to decades develop the brand

Once more, I have excellent emotions related with the “David Leffel” brand.  It is taken him basically a lifetime to create that.  It takes several years – even decades.



I remember doing the job with a youthful artist, whom I get in touch with Sarah (fictitious name).  Sarah experienced examined with David Leffel.  Sarah’s paintings were great.  In lots of approaches, I preferred some facets of her work even improved than Leffel’s.  Even so, Sarah’s get the job done offered in the range of $3,000 – $7,000 every.  Leffel’s performs offered in the assortment of $30,000 – $90,000 every.


Which is pretty much a 10X value top quality for a Leffel.  That’s electric power.


That’s the ability of branding.  And that’s  the only power  you, as an artist, have readily available.


The excellent information is that it’s not complicated:  Hold painting regularly, only offer paintings of the extremely optimum excellent, make sure that all interactions with shoppers are constructive and elicit “very good feelings about the giving.” (prevent submitting politics on Fb!)   Do this constantly above a period of decades and years and the electric power will little by little but surely accrue.


Till upcoming time, please keep in mind that Fortune Favors the Daring Brush.




Clint Watson

BoldBrush/FASO Founder & Artwork Fanatic




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