I got a call from them too. I was offered a home page spot (for free) if I signed up (not free). I asked them for statistics on web traffic, percentages for photography versus paintings searches and I also asked them for their marketing methods and how they attracted companies to their website. I was promised an email with this information, over a week ago, nothing yet. They already use one of my images on their website (for free and for a while it was under their Featured Artist link) and I checked my web logs for click-thru links to my site and over the past year not one visitor can be attributed to artLA.com (http://artla.com/artists/artist.cfm?m=814
) so I suspect they don't attract many website visitors or my photogaph is of no interest to their viewers. Without statistics, it's hard to know the effectiveness of this type of advertising.
I have a few things in local galleries, set up at arts and craft shows, and have tried some online selling websites. my best method is local word of mouth, with limited results. Recently I was contacted by artLA.com because they liked what they saw in my galleries( they are not sold there). naturally I am a little suspicious of any company that calls me. there is no shortage of people taking advantage of artists of all stripes. artLA has a very nice site, a high fee, and a draconian users agreement. has anyone had any success marketing with this company?