PE: Marketing Your Adoptables
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What are Adoptables?


Adoptables are character designs that can be adopted or purchased by other deviants. The cost for these can be a set price or are sold in an auction-like manner (highest bid wins).

For a more in-depth look at what Adoptables are, check out GinkgoWerkstatt's PE: Adoptables article.


Marketing Your Adoptables


With the adoptables trend growing larger and larger each day, it can be difficult to sell your adoptables as well as yourself. In this article, I have listed a few tips with ways to market your adoptables.


1. Start Small


It is best to start small if you have never been into the adopables "scene". First and foremost, you should always develop a set of rules for your current or future adoptables. List out what the adopter is and isn't allowed to do in terms of the character they've purchased or adopted from you.

Secondly, you will need to work out how you are going to set your prices, or starting price, in the case auctioning off your adoptables. Look around at other key members of the adoptable community and see what and how they set their prices for different varieties of adoptables.



2. Be Creative


If you want your adoptables to sell, ensure they aren't something that has been seen before. If adopters aren't finding your character designs interesting, chances are you're going to have a hard time selling them. There are so many adoptables and characters in general out in the world - it will be hard to make something that will stand out above the rest, so don't expect to instantly come up with a top-selling idea or design without experiencing artist's block.

Don't be afraid to branch off from what you usually do. It does not look good to potential buyers if you just use one base on your designs and make multiple characters with different colours or patterns.

Adoptable: Steampunk Rose Angel by ZenithOmocha [Adoptable] Ventear Auction [CLOSED] by Katkat-Tan :thumb392186521:


3. Gain an Audience


A great way to market your adoptables is to gain an audience. If your adoptables are catching people's eyes, you will start to gain a small following. This will most likely be in the form of watches. :+devwatch:

If you feel like you aren't gaining an audience, put yourself out there. deviantART's forum is a great place to start. The ThumbShare or Premium ThumbShare forums can be used to show off your adoptables and interact with other adoptable creators and buyers. Just be sure to read the forum rules before you start delving into the forums. FAQ #801: Are there any rules for the Forums?

Commenting, favouriting and critiqueing other adoptables will help you garner friends and have your presence noticed in the adoptables community.

Fantasy RPG chara Group Open for Auction (closed) by shrimpHEBY :thumb413233217:


4. Respect your "Customers"


Just like any job that involves customers, the way you treat your customers will influence whether or not they will come back to you.

Reply to comments left by your potential buyers if they ask any questions. Unlike face-to-face communication, where intent is more clear, any wrong wording in a comment and they may think you are being rude or blunt with them when you're actually not - so keep that in mind.

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IsisKittyDraws's avatar
IsisKittyDrawsStudent Digital Artist
How does one go through the payment process of selling the adoptables? This question always seems to be left unawnsered when it comes to articles that are supposed to help, and I'm new so I don't really know what to do...
Melonmade's avatar
MelonmadeStudent General Artist
There are different ways of going about payment. You could set up a PayPal or Deviantart invoice for your customer can pay all upfront, and afterwards you can send a high resolution or non-watermarked version of the adoptable that will belong to them. In your terms and services, you can specify whether or not they are allowed to re-sell and how they must credit for the characters. With adoptables, their's always a chance someone may steal the design without paying; you will most likely have to address the person directly or avoid this by heavily water-marking.
JJSmeowthie's avatar
JJSmeowthieStudent General Artist
how do you obtain/give adoptables?
ImDestiny's avatar
ImDestinyHobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a question tho: How do I set up a way of payment if I were to make adoptables? Like, do i set up a donation pool where ppl can submit their adoptable payments?
AnazuluTheWolf's avatar
AnazuluTheWolfHobbyist Traditional Artist
TY but I have a question: do you have to have points to sell adoptables?
Pester-Jester's avatar
Pester-JesterHobbyist Digital Artist
'be creative'

DO. NOT. DO. THAT.

the ones i make that are like that NEVER, EVER, SELL.

make it something they HAVE seen before.

make a weird eyeball creature that looks like nothing they have literally seen before? nope, won't sell.

reason?

they haven't seen something like it before, so they aren't happy with drawing it, thus, no one buys it.

DRAW WHAT SELLS, DRAW CATS, DOGS, DRAGONS, HORSES, BIRDS

don't do something weird or creative in every way.

do something they have seen, they'll be happier with drawing it, they'll be fine with buying it.
KiranaLeDrawer's avatar
KiranaLeDrawerHobbyist Artist
That sounds...Sad and sucky :/
GrimJimmy's avatar
GrimJimmyHobbyist General Artist
 *Now let's all agree to never be creative again.*
Pester-Jester's avatar
Pester-JesterHobbyist Digital Artist
yes
Dyysfunctional's avatar
DyysfunctionalHobbyist Digital Artist
I think that point still stands, seeming as you can get creative with more mainstream things that people like to draw.
PinkPegacornNA's avatar
PinkPegacornNAHobbyist Digital Artist
Like my raindoggolopes!
Micchi-Draws's avatar
I'm new to the adoptables scene and boy howdy it's hard to even get people see see your adopts ;; If anyone at all wants to at least look I'll be very happy
CookiBatter's avatar
CookiBatterProfessional Digital Artist
Same here
TailsicaTFox's avatar
TailsicaTFoxHobbyist Traditional Artist
I have adoptables open, and I know this post is old, but I donno how to get people to buy them. I offer them a non watermarked version, and I've even put some of them on sale. But no one seems to want to buy them.
Ch0co-Latte's avatar
Ch0co-LatteHobbyist General Artist
Wait, how do you actually SELL them?
mochachimoshi's avatar
mochachimoshiHobbyist General Artist
you draw a picture and then if someone claims it they send you points and keep the character
Ch0co-Latte's avatar
Ch0co-LatteHobbyist General Artist
oh ok :^D
BronyFroYo's avatar
BronyFroYoStudent Digital Artist
I know this is old, but does anyone have any advice on how not to get attached to ADOPTABLES? I've made a lot of Adopts that I instantly fell in love with the design and then I didn't want to sell it,
Aki-Ariana-Redmane's avatar
Aki-Ariana-RedmaneStudent Digital Artist
Based on what i've read from your other replies heres what im thinking -.-

So once someone has claimed an adoptable, if they want it sent to them send them a refrence sheet with the base colours?

But i have a question!

How do i earn points from adoptables? 

2nd question.

When someone has claimed an adoptable and they want a refrence sheet sent to them would i do it through email?
JustMidorita's avatar
JustMidoritaHobbyist Artist
People will send the points through either gifting or donations, it's your choice, really! 
XyloMania's avatar
XyloManiaHobbyist Digital Artist
What I do is I put up a donation pool for 100,000 points or more. Whoever gets the highest bid (or if you're just selling them, no auction, whoever claims it first) puts their points in the donation pool. Since they donated the points to you, they will be put into your points balance.
Also, you can send it to them via the deviantART notes. Just attach the picture to the note and send it! But make sure you're sending it to the right person! Hope it helps :)
IcyFireReaper's avatar
IcyFireReaperHobbyist
what do we do after selling it? like giving how do i give it to them?
DrawingIrene's avatar
Ok but what do I click to do it?
Please answer quickly
Visneko's avatar
VisnekoHobbyist General Artist
When somebody pays you for an adoptable, do you have to do anything after that..?
Like make a personal image file for them or something?
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