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Jul 13, 2010

Why I love my ShowIt site.

Yesterday, I tweeted about how I'm in California hanging and chillin' with my hot fiance Stephen, but in one day booked 3 weddings. I gave a shoutout in my tweet to ShootQ and how I love that I can run a mobile business. With ShootQ, all my contracts are online, so I can book a wedding anywhere. Even on my last trip home, I was on a layover in the airport, and booked a wedding through ShootQ right there in the terminal.

After my tweet, I got this question on my Facebook by Chad Robinson:




Though I'm taking a break from teaching workshops to focus on wedding planning, I did want to share some awesome results with you I've been monitoring. What I also wanted to give a shoutout too in my tweet, but couldn't fit in 140 characters, is ShowIt Sites! As I mentioned when I first blogged about my launch, I was hesitant to give into ShowIt Sites. I mean, I had a pretty cool template site, how could a custom site REALLY make THAT much of a difference?

But since launching my new site in May, my wedding bookings in the month of June jumped up 400%, marking my highest booking month to date (all of which I could compare through my handy dandy analytics on ShootQ).

Then yesterday, as I chatted with bride #3 on the phone, she told me "I love your photography, but wow, I LOVED your website! The design was so cool. The venue referred a cheaper photographer but after I looked at their website, I wasn't impressed and kept looking online and discovered your website and was like, THIS is who I want to hire."

I've always had my blog where I've put a lot of my personality on there, but now that I've incorporated that directly on my website through how ShowIt lets me customize my site, I can truly testify that it has increased my business! Also because of this, I rarely need to meet brides during booking because of how they are able to get to know me through my site and my promo video with one of my brides testifying why she hired me. (Which by the way was not a fancy production, just an assistant following me on a wedding day with a cheap video camera, grabbing a testimonial, and edited together with a mix of my photos on my Mac.)

So I just wanted to share that tid bit with you because I want to see YOUR photography do good as well! Remember, you are an artist. You are not just selling your photography, you are selling who you are as the photographer behind the camera. "Show it" to those who visit your website! The more "you" you put into your website, the easier you make it for brides to hire you.

But that's just my humble opinion. :-)

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4 Comments:

Blogger LDPhotography said...

Hey Scarlett, Thank you so much for sharing. With over 2 million weddings each year and less than 40% of them hiring a wedding photographer at all, this is a great way to be more visible and accessible. Thanks once again.

Leighton

July 13, 2010 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Patty Reiser said...

Your Show It Site is pretty amazing Scarlett. I can see why you have had an increase in bookings.

July 13, 2010 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Kevin Sturm said...

Thanks for the shout out Scarlett! Your new Showit website is sweet and says so much about who you are.

July 13, 2010 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Gray Photography - Zach and Jody - Nashville Wedding Photography said...

You're right on with this and your site DOES rock!!!!!!! - J xoxo

July 13, 2010 at 5:52 PM  

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