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earthyvirgo

Approaching the RSPB - subject line to get my email noticed?

I've decided to be brave and approach the RSPB with my current Twelve days series of 'bird' linocuts.

I just picked up the phone and got a name and an email address for their purchasing department but I want to make sure my email doesn't get lost/missed amongst the rest.

What would get my email noticed if it landed in your inbox ... that won't go directly into the RSPB's junk mail/be deleted by their spam filters?

Thank as always for ideas/suggestions
EV
Went

Bird sightings
Rare bird prints
RSPB Member gifts
Artist request

Would a letter and samples not be better?
DorsetScott

Bomb Threat - This is not a hoax!

Well, it would get it noticed Very Happy
earthyvirgo

Bomb Threat - This is not a hoax!

Well, it would get it noticed Very Happy


I think it would also mean I wouldn't get a look in!

EV
Behemoth

What do you want them to do?
DorsetScott

Bomb Threat - This is not a hoax!

Well, it would get it noticed Very Happy


I think it would also mean I wouldn't get a look in!

EV

You said you wanted to be noticed. There's no pleasing some people Laughing

I'd go with something like hand crafted bird themed traditional lino prints for christmas.
I'd also suggest that whatever you send it will get read/noticed. You have the address for their purchasing department, and a name too so you're targetting the right people. Why not send the email and then follow up with a phone call 24 hours later or something to confirm it has reached the correct person/department?


I do however agree with Wentworth, an actual sample landing on someones desk showing the quality etc will probably be worth 10 emails
earthyvirgo

What do you want them to do?

I'm approaching their Purchasing Department with a view to them using it for printing as cards, calendar maybe, something like that, or maybe commission similar work - I imagine (if they're interested), they want to have it for use under some sort of license ...which I'll need to swot up on!

EV
Went

You might have to accept that the purchasing cycle for this Christmas might have already passed you by. I suspect that stock for this year is already taken care of but there is always 2014...nationally Shocked - might need a scaling up of production if you won that one. Very Happy earthyvirgo

Bird sightings
Rare bird prints
RSPB Member gifts
Artist request

Would a letter and samples not be better?

Mmm, possibly - I know they are very IT focused at HQ, so my gut feeling was that email with a good quality image or two would be less hassle for them ...if I offered to send samples f they were interested, that would save me time and postage initially.

With it being B + Wh work, there's no issues with inaccurate colours.

EV
earthyvirgo

You might have to accept that the purchasing cycle for this Christmas might have already passed you by. I suspect that stock for this year is already taken care of but there is always 2014...nationally Shocked - might need a scaling up of production if you won that one. Very Happy

Absolutely, several months ago I imagine Smile

EV
dpack

get a name ,make a call,arrange a visit sean

Buy My Art Or The Avocet Dies... vegplot

I'd approach Mark Boyd and see if he can give you any insider tips. Nick

get a name ,make a call,arrange a visit

This, to be honest. Email is a fairly poor communication method, far too often.
Somewhere-by-the-river

I'd go with sending a sample (copy of images, not originals) then a follow-up email/call. Most card producers start looking for Christmas images in January, so now is probably not a bad idea with a view to Christmas 2014. As for licensing, I'm not sure how such a big charity would work (some would expect you to donate images, rather than have to pay), but most places that do pay for images would give you a nominal payment with an agreement to allow them to use the images for a set number of years (for as many runs as they wanted within that time). They do, however, get approached by a lot of artists - it's worth a go (great images), but they might not get back to you.

Just as an extra point of interest... have you seen this (as a potential outlet)? http://www.downtoearthgift.co.uk/
earthyvirgo

I'd go with sending a sample (copy of images, not originals) then a follow-up email/call. Most card producers start looking for Christmas images in January, so now is probably not a bad idea with a view to Christmas 2014. As for licensing, I'm not sure how such a big charity would work (some would expect you to donate images, rather than have to pay), but most places that do pay for images would give you a nominal payment with an agreement to allow them to use the images for a set number of years (for as many runs as they wanted within that time). They do, however, get approached by a lot of artists - it's worth a go (great images), but they might not get back to you.

Just as an extra point of interest... have you seen this (as a potential outlet)? http://www.downtoearthgift.co.uk/

I've worked with the RSPB years ago when I was an illustrator rather than an artist and that was on a commission basis. I do know someone who works there (the chap Vegplot mentioned), so it's not quite a cold call.

As soon as I get time and courage (haven't spoken to him for a while), I'll get in touch and ask a few questions.

Yes, I've bought cards from Down to Earth - it's a pretty chocca-block market at the moment, with lots of very similar work ...which is one of the reasons I'm biding my time a bit and doing a lot of background research before landing my images on anyone's desk.

EV

EV
mousjoos

Avocet of my prints at half price....... powerjen

I second what some others have said, email isn't a great way to attract attention, I'd ring them and if you can't speak to the purchasing dept directly, ask who there you can send samples to and wait to see what they say. Give them a couple of weeks and if you hear nothing give them a friendly call to see what they thought. I'd assume they would be starting work on 2014's stuff now so it's a good time to contact them.

Good luck!

Jen
gregotyn

I would be more inclined to ask them when you can go along and show them what you can do. These people are in buisness, so they will want it for next to nought!
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