Good Morning Everybody,
As I've been touring the country with my DWUC tour, the subject of MAC vs. PC always comes up. Don’t worry - I'm not going there today. But another topic that came up now and then was how many Windows 7 adopters would be jumping on the bandwagon after today's launch of Windows 7.
It was amazing to me how many photogs were part of Microsoft's massive Win 7 public BETA. Even more interesting to me was the response I heard from 100% of the Win 7 beta testers. They went something like this, "I've had it running for months and not one crash." Or, "It's the most stable OS I've ever used." And lastly from a tech support rep running a MAC but using Win 7 Boot-camped on his MAC, "I’m buying it the day it comes out!"
Anyway, I happen to be one of the guys finally giving up on my XP Pro system and jumping on the Win 7 bandwagon. I'll keep you posted.
Help Wanted - One Last Time
LaDawn asked me to put out the call for volunteers for our last ten cities on my Digital WakeUp Call tour. On November 2 we head out on the last leg of our travels wrapping in Honolulu on November 18.
LaDawn is looking for volunteers for Raleigh, NC - 11/2; Charlotte, NC - 11/3; Columbia, SC - 11/4; Atlanta, GA #1 - 11/5; Atlanta, GA #2 - 11/9, Birmingham, AL - 11/10; Memphis - 11/11 and Nashville, TN - 11/12; Las Vegas - 11/16, and Honolulu - 11/18. Here is the link to hotel locations right here.
Please email LaDawn at email@example.com for start times and more information. Hey, the adult beverages are on me at the end of the night! Oh, and by the way, LaDawn definitely makes it worth your while for helping, too.
OK, time to get on with today's episode of Business Day Thursday. Here we go.
Stop Putting A Gag Order On Your Sales! - Part 3
Last week I was on my soap box about how so many photogs are killing their sales by not being pro-actively involved with their clients during the image selection process. It baffles me as to why photogs settle for far less than what their energies, effort, and creative ability warrants.
Lest, I jump back up on my soap box, let me share with you how we've been doing things around David Ziser Photography for years. It has been the main reason for my success in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.
Since 1980, I have had clients come back to my studio to view a slide show of their wedding images and make their selection at the time when they were most excited about what I was most excited about showing them during that special appointment session. We always called it our "Presentation" appointment.
Things have changed in our brave new digital world. Today we post our images on-line for our clients to view. We notify them that their images are on-line and continue to make a "presentation" appointment with them at the same time. They select, NOT their final selection, but only their favorites from all the images we present on-line. From the 1200+ images we post, my clients typically select about 400-500 images as favorites.
Here is the cool thing that happens next. When our clients arrive for their "Presentation" appointment, they are pretty darn excited about what they viewed on line. They are visiting our studio with a wonderful first impression of what they've seen on line.
With our guidance during the "Presentation" appointment, we narrow the 400-500 FAVORITES down to a more manageable 250 - 280 images which we will design into their album. Instead of letting our clients take a "hit or miss" approach to selecting their images, we work with them sharing with them what we saw through the lens and suggesting how these series of images really tell the entire story of the day.
Here is another reason why this collaboration with your client is so important. The album that we eventually design from the client’s selected images is a reflection of your story telling ability, your talents and your creativity. The "hit or miss" on-line selection process seriously jeopardizes potential clients' perception of your most important product. That is the ability to tell the complete story of the bride and groom's most important day in their lives.
When my clients show off the beautiful album we deliver, I can rest assured that their album is a complete story of their wonderful day capturing all the details, nuances, expressions, and splendor of the their event. That's how I want my work presented in the community in which my studio's reputation is so important.
Food for thought.
Hey gang, that's it for me today. See everybody tomorrow for my thoughts on, "Should We Trash the Dress Or Trash The Photographer? The post should "stir the broth" a bit. Hope to see you then. Adios, -David