Does Compelling Art Sell? - Social Media Explorer
Does Compelling Art Sell?
Does Compelling Art Sell?

Watching the promotional video for a friend’s new product recently, I found myself really engaged. It was a beautiful piece with vibrant imagery. Whomever produced the video worked hard and the finished product was well worth watching. It was compelling, visually. It was a piece of art.

Great art alone never sold anything

But nothing in the piece told me what the product was, why I might use it or how I can even buy it.

Great art serves a purpose. But great art alone never sold anything. For that, you need great copy.

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Jason Falls
Jason Falls is the founder of Social Media Explorer and one of the most notable and outspoken voices in the social media marketing industry. He is a noted marketing keynote speaker, author of two books and unapologetic bourbon aficionado. He can also be found at
  • Amen. Even Social Media Explorer knows how to sell art better than most artists do…

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you. I couldn’t agree more.

  • A short article but direct and to the point. I agree, a call to action is necessary and we need to be crystal clear about our intentions. Have a wonderful day. Warmly, Susan

  • Was it mine? Please tell me it was mine, I won’t be hurt! 

  • Great art is offered to you for free … and your reaction is wanting to know how to buy it? Uhm… not sure how to react to that without getting into a the quicksand of ‘what is art’ debate. ART is not a product just as ZEN is not a religion, if you will. Not to say you can’t monetize ZEN or ART, but profit is not their main goal. 

    Perhaps, instead of asking this rhetorical question, you could post a link to this great work of art, and propose how you would monetize it. Or better, ask others how they would propose to monetize this fantastic creation…

    • I’m guessing you didn’t actually read the post that starts off by saying he was watching a “promotional video for a friend’s new product “. Sounds like the intent of the video was to persuade you to buy said product.

  • Ilana Rabinowitz

    I agree, Jason.  Great art can move you emotionally but it takes the right words to make you act.


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