Hello Members! Thank you for your participation in our Imagekind beta. Daily you inspire us with your beautiful images, your complements, your suggestions and your diligence in helping us kill bugs and improve the site. Our team is busy, and the updates and improvements are flying onto the pages. You may have noticed quite a few design changes, but there’s much more happening in the background which will improve your ability to manage your galleries and promote your art.
We have received volumes of great feedback, from members, shoppers and industry pros. We are flattered and motivated. Much of the feedback has come in the form of complements and suggestions for improvements. We are listening and implementing many of these features, daily. Our drag and drop feature in the gallery management pages is such a feature in response to members’ requests to be able to change the order of their images.
Keep the feedback coming, especially in regards to community tools. We know we launched thin in this area. We are now ready to put more effort into features which help a grow a vibrant community. Thanks, you are helping us craft a fantastic website.
Ok, some good stuff here. Our dev team says that by this evening (that’s morning for you in Europe) members should have a button which easily enables them to purchase their artwork at wholesale. This bypasses the tedious process of having to set your mark-up to 0%, buy your own work and then re-set the mark-up for your shoppers.
Look for new buttons at the bottom of your gallery management page. You can now cut and past a short snippet of HTML code which will insert the buttons directly into your own website, blog or forum posting. The buttons will link directly to your gallery. Next up, is buttons for each piece of art in your gallery. Soon you will be able to place a “buy now” button next to your artwork at your own website.
Due to popular request, and our print shop manager’s willingness to get the goods, we’ve added new media to our paper selections. Now there are eighty print size and media combinations. Look for Hahnemuhle Torchon, Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308 and Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl in your media choices.
Uploads have still been a challenge for many members with slow connections. We have worked to stabilize our upload component and rejected a recent code update from one of our vendors because it was not functioning properly. Again, if you have many files or a few very large files, we encourage you to send them to us on CD or DVD. We will convert and upload the correct sized preview images to your online galleries and store the originals safely here in our print shop. Call or email us and we will be happy to assist you in building a gallery this way.
We now putting some of our dev efforts into building a Pro desktop upload client. Thank you all for your patience in this regard.
News and Press
Seems without much prompting word has gotten around about our little artsy corner of cyberspace. Already we have gained a space in the Museum of Modern Betas (MoMB), our local newspaper’s venture blog and mention in the Uk’s The Register (which prompted the opening of over 40 galleries in eight hours). A post in German at Exciting Commerce even links back to one of our member’s gallery pages. We are thrilled with the guerilla marketing efforts of our members and friends and encourage you to keep us posted on any news that you see. We want to keep fanning the fire.
Lots of new galleries opened in the last week and many more gorgeous artworks are gracing our pages. Remember to better define your works with appropriate tags, describing genre (classical, contemporary…), original media (oil, acrylic, pastel, digital…), subject matter (flowers, cowboys, horses, fantasy…) and color. Many shoppers are looking for images to match decor and color is very important.
Our submission process for inclusion in the public marketplace has changed. We now require you have at least three images in your gallery prior to the “public” button being available. Everything else remains the same. Your private gallery is always available for shopping by anyone with whom you share your unique URL or from anywhere you place one of our new HTML buttons.
We are enjoying our days here at the shop. Prints and framed artworks are leaving the shop on a daily basis and arriving all around the globe. We are looking forward the next phase of ramping up our marketing to bring more shoppers into our brilliant marketplace. Keep the feedback coming and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Monday â€“ Friday 9:00am â€“ 5:00pm, Pacific Standard Time (GMT/UTC â€“ 8hrs)
toll free: 1-888-264-1446 (USA only)
76 S Washington St, Suite M101
Seattle, WA 98104