Out of 100 FANTASTIC ways to improve our site we had to choose just one thought. It was not easy. In fact we’ve decided to implement many of the ideas you’ve given us. There were over 100 really good new features that you have provided!Â Anyway it was Frank Melchior who gave us one that we thought was obvious enough to start with!
Let the members choose other members that inspire them!
And that’s what we’re going to do. You choose what other Imagekind member inspires you with their creativity. You can’t pick yourself Â The winner gets a $200 gift certificate and the slot on the home page for a week.Â Thank you all so much for making this project a lot of fun to work on.
Now I need to get back to work and implement some of those other great ideas!Â We’re working on it!Â In the next blog post I’ll give you a hint what the next big feature is that came from YOUR idea! In fact…we’ve already started developing it!!
That’s enough for now. Leave a comment to this blog post once you’ve found the artist on Imagekind that you really love and that’s all there is to it!!
We have been INCREDIBLY busy these last few days. Imagekind has had quite a few investors approach us over the last three months and we’ve decided to raise some money to help us increase marketing and build the ultimate art/photo market place for YOU.Â But, that means I’ve been offline a lot more than usual lately. The good news is that all these investors who have approached us are inspired by your work and the work we’ve done on the site.Â
It’s all good news right? Sure it is!
But, you’ve taken time to tell us your best ideas and we’re going to figure out what new features we do next!!
Stay tuned folks!Â Thank you for all the submissions.Â They all gave me great ideas for new contests too.
Â Kelly Smith
Thanks to one our new latest members Trey Ratcliff for this favorable post over at Flickr!
Here’s Trey’s Imagekind gallery.
Imagekind member Sarah Schoenfeld has launched a new forum over at Yahoo that seems to be a good discussion area for all artists. Check it out!
By now, most of my friends and family know that I’ve been developing Imagekind…an innovative new online service that lets users turn digital files (photos, art etc) into actual wall art. In the few months since we publicly launched the site, we’ve seen traffic and interest grow so much that we believe we are the fastest growing art site on the web.
The reason is because of you.
You with your digital cameras. You with your PC. You with your paint brushes. You with your scanner.
It is you with your creativity that allows us to help transform how art is distributed and sold.
We made the engine that allows you to reach a global audience and keep a fair price for your work while we do that actual software development, assembly, shipping and accounting. We see Imagekind as being a key player in this emerging $20 billion market place called “art”.
But at the end of the day, we’re nothing without you. With you, we’re a very compelling online experience.
Thank you artists and photographers!
Imagekind Co-founder & CEO
Would it be interesting to let you set a limited number of sales for a given print?
Our key differentiators from our competitors is that we allow artists to upload their own work, set the price, and keep the mark-up of whatever they charge above our base cost. For consumers, we have partnered with one of the largest framing company in the US to so that we can offer 5.5M combinations of frames and mats for each and every print, at very reasonable prices.
The net result is we are now the fastest growing online art site – period. Consumers love us for our vast selection, great prices, and almost unlimited print and framing options. Artists love us because our model allows them to price their work for what they think its worth â€“ and they keep the markup. We also have a large inventory of classical museum work as well (your Van Goghâ€™s, Monets etc).
Iâ€™m posting an Alexa Screenshot I just pulled to illustrate how we are doing versus some of other long time players in the art space that do more than $10 million USD per year. You can see, after having launched only 4 months ago, we are already passing many of your current partners in terms of traffic; artselect.com, barewalls.com etc.
Have you all been reading the comments down in the last post in response for new site ideas?Â I am really amazed at how good some of these are.Â It will be hard to decide what to implement first. We’ll rely on you to tell us!Â Keep the ideas coming. We’ll probably choose next week!
Most of the great features on Imagekind have come from you. Now we’re looking for more great ideas. The best ideas submitted this week to the Imagekind blog will get featured on the next newsletter and on the homepage for one week. Just post your comments to this blog posting. We’ll publish them all and announce the winner!
Empty Easel updated their review on Imagekind this last Thursday. In this update Dan at Empty Easel and Travis Young from Imagekind talk about subjects such as:
What’s the difference between dpi and ppi?
How does Imagekind ensure they produce the highest quality fine art prints?
How does one scale up an image and what on earth is Genuine Fractals?
And our most popular question; what sells more on Imagekind – museum art or member art?
For answers to these, and much more, check it all out here.