Branding is the Only Power Artists Have

This post is by Clint Watson, former artwork gallery proprietor and founder of BoldBrush, known for FASO Artist Internet websites, the foremost service provider of experienced artist web sites, the $38,000+ BoldBrush Painting Competition and the absolutely free day by day artwork advertising and marketing publication, FineArtViews. As a self-proclaimed “artwork fanatic”, Clint delights that BoldBrush’s San Antonio, Texas office environment is total of primary art, as is his household place of work. You can link with Clint on TwitterFacebook or his personal site at




Branding is the only ability artists have.


I’m applying the time period “ability” narrowly listed here as outlined in the book 7 Powers: The Foundations of Enterprise Approach by Hamilton Helmer.




In small business approach, “energy” is outlined as this:  the established of ailments producing the possible for persistent differential returns.


In plain English that usually means:  You can charge more cash than your opponents because you possess a electric power that they do not.


The e-book defines many powers this sort of as economies of scale, counter-positioning, switching expenditures, and process electrical power.


But as I examine the reserve, I recognized that the only one particular of the seven powers out there to artists is branding.





Branding, in the feeling of currently being a electricity, is defined a great deal far more narrowly than the way most promoting people today use the expression.  


Branding as a power exists for the reason that you’ve designed three conditions around your manufacturer:


1.  The built-up associations with the brand elicit fantastic feelings about the presenting, distinctive from the goal worth of the good. 

2.  Uncertainty reduction. A buyer attains “peace of mind” figuring out that the branded item will be as just as predicted.

3.  Disorders 1 and 2 let you to demand a substantial cost top quality in excess of opponents.  (Without having this you have no electric power)


Helmer promises that these 3 problems can only be created by delivering a constant and very significant-top quality solution over a long period of time.  Usually a interval of time spanning decades or, additional most likely, a long time.


As soon as a firm has used a long time constructing their brand name, the power arrives specially from issue #3:  the the capacity of a branded product to charge a substantial high quality selling price over what competition are able to charge.


Additionally, only specified sorts of products can benefit from the energy of branding.  Branded energy tends to accrue only to luxury merchandise and additional, only to goods that are really affiliated with one’s id.  Products and solutions like large close clothes, watches, wines.


The case in point cited in the e book is Tiffany.  Tiffany can cost nearly double the rate for the identical diamond ring you can buy at Costco.  This quality price tag can be billed owing to the guarantee driving the highly effective Tiffany brand.  And it’s taken a long time for Tiffany to build that brand (they commenced in the 1800s).


To illustrate the variation amongst advertising and marketing “branding” and “Electric power Branding” take into account this:  Coca-Cola’s electricity would not occur from “branding” due to the fact, whilst Coca-Cola may be the world’s most well-identified “brand name”, you will not likely spend a significant premium for Coca-Cola over Pepsi or other colas.  In short, you would not spend $50 for a can of coke.  (Coke’s electrical power stems much more from its powerful distribution community).



Developing Manufacturer Ability as an Artist


This is the place points get interesting for us:  Whilst the creator isn’t going to point out it in the ebook,  his description of the type of goods that can be powerfully branded reads like a record of  attributes involved with first art.


Let us go back as a result of the attributes of a merchandise that can develop brand name energy:


1.  Large conclude great

First art, primarily by nicely-known, “powerfully branded” artists is highly-priced.


2.  Connected intently with identification

Artwork prospective buyers associate carefully with the artwork they buy and the artists whom they invest in from.  In their social circles, art consumers are often recognized as “the art human being.”  Artwork associates with identity probably even extra than watches, wine or Louis-Vuitton bags.


3.  Excellent Promise/Uncertainty reduction

If I purchase a David Leffel painting, I have no query about the top quality I am going to be getting.  More recent artists haven’t developed that name nevertheless.


4.  A long time to many years create the model

Again, I have superior inner thoughts related with the “David Leffel” model.  It can be taken him virtually a lifetime to generate that.  It requires a long time – even decades.



I remember working with a youthful artist, whom I call Sarah (fictitious identify).  Sarah had researched with David Leffel.  Sarah’s paintings were excellent.  In many means, I favored some facets of her do the job even better than Leffel’s.  Even so, Sarah’s function sold in the array of $3,000 – $7,000 every single.  Leffel’s works bought in the vary of $30,000 – $90,000 every.


That is basically a 10X cost high quality for a Leffel.  Which is power.


That’s the electrical power of branding.  And that’s  the only power  you, as an artist, have obtainable.


The superior information is that it is really not tough:  Preserve portray constantly, only market paintings of the pretty highest high-quality, guarantee that all interactions with buyers are positive and elicit “good emotions about the providing.” (halt posting politics on Facebook!)   Do this consistently over a interval of yrs and a long time and the energy will bit by bit but definitely accrue.


Right until future time, be sure to remember that Fortune Favors the Bold Brush.




Clint Watson

BoldBrush/FASO Founder & Artwork Fanatic




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