The Curator's Eye Partners With Manhattan Rare Book Co. An interview focusing on the increased value and marketing reach a focused client-development platform such as The Curator's Eye can offer private dealers.
News-Antique.com - Feb 13,2013 - NEW YORK - The Curatorís Eye, (www.CuratorsEye.com), the distinctive online platform for the finest art and antiques from distinguished dealers across the globe, recently spoke with Michael DiRuggiero, co-owner of the Manhattan Rare Book Company in New York about technology, marketing strategy, and the value of increased online reach. Of The Curatorís Eye, DiRuggiero said, ďMy expectations were met - and then exceeded - very quickly.Ē In a brief question-and-answer session, DiRuggiero further detailed his experience with the membership-based client development site. The transcript of the conversation follows:
TCE: How has The Curatorís Eye met your expectations for client development?
MDR: When I was first approached by The Curatorís Eye, I was quick to dismiss them as another internet portal that just listed items and knew little about their market.
As I spoke more with their representatives, however, I began to understand that this was something different. The Curatorís Eye is not about randomly selling individual items to one-time customers, but about creating important relationships between dealers and collectors.
My expectations were met - and then exceeded - very quickly not only by the number of clients, but by the quality of the clients. It seems that the clients are serious about their collecting interests.
TCE: What is the quality of client being delivered by The Curatorís Eye?
MDR: With other internet sites and with internet advertising in general, I feel we waste a lot of time and money casting a big net when what we are really dealing with is a niche market. The Curatorís Eye has done an excellent job in reaching out to the high-end collector directly.
This works well for collectors as well. Since The Curatorís Eye has carefully selected and vetted their featured dealers, collectors can save time and avoid costly mistakes by dealing only with trusted vendors and quality merchandise.
TCE: Have you made contact with any new clients as a result of The Curatorís Eye?
MDR: Yes, many new clients. And Iíve been particularly impressed by number of international clients Iíve met. These are people it would have been extremely difficult to meet through our own website or marketing efforts.
TCE. How quickly did you experience positive results with The Curatorís Eye?
MDR: I received positive responses and met new clients and potential new clients immediately after The Curatorís Eye sent out the first email blast featuring some of our items.
TCE: How does The Curatorís Eye deliver value as a client intelligence platform, compared to a simple Internet site?
MDR: Most other internet sites that pool together inventory from different dealers seem to be looking for the quick sale and often actively discourage or even prohibit direct dealer to client interactions. I think this does a disservice to both the collector and the dealer.
In my business, the most fruitful relationships are those where the client and I are working together over a long period of time building a collection and learning from each other. The Curatorís Eye allows me to develop