Good Morning Everybody,
We arrived back home safe and sound yesterday, albeit with 12 inches of snow on the ground – just perfect for a few quick snow angels :~) Looks like things might be a bit slow around here till we hit the spring thaw – just kidding.
Pre-Ordered Copies of “Captured By The Light” Shipping Next Week
Hey gang, guess what? I just got word that we will receive our shipment of my wedding book, “Captured By The Light, The Essential Guide To Extraordinary Wedding Photography” in just a few days. I know several of you are anxious to receive your pre-ordered copies. Looks like we will be shipping by Tuesday and Wednesday.
Remember, if you order your copy through the Digital Resource Center [link] by February 28, 2010, I’ll autography your copy for you.
Free “Captured By The Light” Webinar March 3, 2010”
And speaking of the book, why not plan to attend my FREE 90 Minute Webinar entitled, “Captured By The Light” on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 3:00 P.M. Here is the link to REGISTER.
Here are a few of the topics I plan to include:
- Professional posing and composition tips
- Simple on-location lighting setups that are specially designed for the wedding photographer
- How to get gorgeous images using a minimal amount of time and equipment
- Creative lighting techniques that anyone can use to create dramatic wedding portraits that will set you apart
- My own camera settings and lens selections (which lenses to use when, and why), and how to get the best results with your existing gear
- How I use on- and off-camera flash, and a host of tricks of the trade that will make you more profitable and have you delivering the type of wedding shots you’ve always dreamed of!
It should be fun. Hope you can make it. Here is the link to REGISTER one more time.
Look for more fun book events happening too – I’ll keep you posted.
Hey everybody, time to get on with today’s post.
First, Second, Third Time’s The Charm – For Booking The Job
You know, we can learn a lot from kids and dogs when it comes to sales. How many times have you been in a grocery store and watched kids constantly pester their parents for the nearby candy bar or snack. We’ve all seen it a million times but never from our kids, right?
Anyway, here is my point. Sure it drives you crazy, but many times doesn’t the tired parent succumb to those multiple requests? How often do we ask our perspective client for the sale? Not often enough, if you ask me.
When we get a phone call, email inquiry, or Facebook comment asking about our products and services. How do we respond?
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For my studio, it’s IMPERATIVE that we shoot for the “real live person” contact. It is only then that we can reflect our enthusiasm for our product in that personal phone call.
We can ask questions and listen to the prospective client’s answers that we can intelligently discuss the client’s options. OK, but it’s still more than that. I want to get my studio information packet into their hands – the information packet is one of the things that separates us from the masses of wedding shooters.
DAZNOTE: I discussed our studio information packet several months ago here at DPT. Here is the link to that post right here.
OK, here is the deal. We send out our information packet – some photogs may just respond with a quick email , tweet or comment – but the point is what do you do next?
Do you just hope, pray, and wait for the potential client to respond or do you pro-actively follow up with the client? Folks, it’s been our policy at David A. Ziser Photography for years to follow up with the client AT LEAST 3 TIMES about their interest in our services. It’s kind of like being the pestering kid in the grocery story – we keep trying till our potential client prospect tells us NO.
Here is how it works:
1. As we are finishing our phone conversation with our prospect gathering address info, etc., We ask the prospect permission to check back with them in case they have any questions. They always answer in the affirmative.
2. Three days later we call the prospect and ask if they did indeed have any questions. If they do, we gladly answer them. This phone contact gives us another chance to book an appointment with our prospect.
3. Still no appointment or booking after three more days, then it’s time to call our prospect the second time. Our call to them is, many times a reminder to them to re-connect with us to move the booking process forward.
4. Still no kind of commitment from the potential client – then it’s time for that 3rd call. I want to hear my prospect say, “We’ve hired another photographer.” Hey, if they don’t want to hire us, I want to know which photographer succeeded in booking before I call the lead a cold lead.
If they tell me that they’ve hired another photographer, I always ask whom they hired. Why? It’s simply a means of marketing research. It helps me determine why we didn’t sync up for the job. Was it money, style, personality – I want to know.
Regardless of the answer, I always affirm the prospect’s choice, particularly if I know the photographer they’ve selected, and wish them the best with the rest of their wedding plans.
Two positive things come from how we handle the prospect if they’ve booked another photographer. First, since I have NEVER “badmouthed” or talked negatively in any way about my competition, my competition is a good source of referrals over the years. They know that we can be trusted. Hey, you always need to keep all your doors open for business, even if some of that business comes from your competition.
The second outcome, much like the first is more of a long term benefit. If the prospect’s experience with their choice of photographer doesn't work out, we are once again in the running to book a future friend or family member’s wedding. That has happened more than once over the years.
Just a few years ago, we didn’t book a wedding and I was quite surprised. I thought I had hit it off quite well with both the bride and her mother. Well, I was half right – the bride had another photographer in mind and I lost the job.
Eight months later, about 4 weeks after the wedding, I get a call from the bride’s mother explaining that after they had seen the photographs from the other photographer, they were not pleased with the result. Could I shoot some additional images of the bride and groom?
I was happy to oblige. We spent about 2 hours with the couple on a weekday morning, took about 300 images and got some great shots. The client loved them and ordered a 40 image album, several 5x7’s and 8x10’s, and a 24x30 portrait on canvass. Her bill came to just under $4,000. Not bad for making those three follow-up phone calls.
Hey gang that’s it for me today. We’re still digging out of our winter storm around here. Hope to see everybody tomorrow for another scintillating post here at DPT.
Oh, what’s the topic you ask? How about Canon 5D Mark II vs Canon 7D – my favorite camera for weddings. You’ll have to tune in tomorrow to find out.
See ya’ then, -David