User Tag List

Thanks useful information Thanks useful information:  8
Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: Best way to get your name out there?

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    14 Jan 2009
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    148
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Best way to get your name out there?

    Hey Guys,

    I'm wondering whats the best way to get your name and work out in the general population? I've been taking snaps for a few years now and i've decided to make a website to showcase some images. What's the best way of getting your name out in the open for all to see?

    I'm primarily taking landscapes and this is the avenue I want to go down. I've launched a website a few days ago (www.dylanbenton.net) and i'm curious about seeing how others have gone about theirs?

    I've intergrated Twitter and Facebook Page posts into my "marketing strategy" but i'm not sure where to go from here. Any suggestions?

    Thanks
    Website - www.dylanbenton.com.au

    Equipment -
    Canon 5dMk2 | Canon 40D | Canon 17-40L f4 | Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 EX DG Macro | Canon 70-200L 2.8 IS II USM |

  2. #2
    Administrator ricktas's Avatar
    Join Date
    24 Jun 2007
    Location
    Hobart
    Posts
    15,651
    Mentioned
    10 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Word of mouth. I take the recommendations of friends and family over every other method of finding out if a product or service is worthwhile. If I am say looking for a new Doctor to be my GP. I ask my family and friends who they see, and are they good, etc
    "It is one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it is another thing to make a portrait of who they are" - Paul Caponigro

    Constructive Critique of my photographs is always appreciated
    Nikon, etc!

    RICK
    My Photography

  3. #3
    Member
    Threadstarter

    Join Date
    14 Jan 2009
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    148
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yeah I suppose your right, Ive had alot of people lately through word of mouth. But maybe im trying to push my name too hard at the moment. Thanks Rick

  4. #4
    Mark mpb's Avatar
    Join Date
    28 May 2010
    Location
    Northern Rivers
    Posts
    2,027
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I can not really advise on the the business of photography as I have not and do not intend to 'try' and sell my photos, however that is not going to stop me putting in my 2c worth.

    As Rick said, word or mouth is king. I and my Wife run our own, separate, businesses. We essentially do little or no advertising and rely on word of mouth and repeat business. We both have plenty of work and I have to turn work away on a regular basis. I will not take on work if I can not complete it in the require time, unlike some firms in our area who will string people along for weeks because they are too busy and try and take on too much work. I try to provide high quality service and listen to the client. If I give a quote or an indication of costs, I stick by it even if I end spending more time on it than anticipated.

    This has lead to many people recommending us over the opposition due to time and cost blowouts. One client with a bad experience can influence dozens of potential clients.
    As far as your website goes.
    !. The people shots on the portfolio page are badly cropped with the heads of the bride and groom and cricketer being cut off. The actual photos are OK full size.
    2. Tell people where you are. I could not see on your site where you are based, or did I miss it.
    3. Give a phone number. There are still many people out there who like to pick up the phone and talk to someone rather than sending an email. We get many phone calls and ever few email enquiries. It also give an indication where you are located.

    Best of luck.
    Last edited by mpb; 08-02-2012 at 11:03pm.
    Mark


  5. #5
    Member
    Threadstarter

    Join Date
    14 Jan 2009
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    148
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yeah, I'm still working on the portfolio area. Its a real pain in the *** the way it's cropping the images. Thanks for the tip, Ill have to review how i'll go about this. Thanks for the insight.

  6. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    12 Dec 2010
    Location
    South Coast & Sydney
    Posts
    85
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    As for promoting your name, may I suggest Redbubble.com, a place where you can post your portfolio and even sell your images.

  7. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    21 Aug 2011
    Location
    Frankston
    Posts
    354
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Your website is very clean, simply and easy to navigate around

    Some give aways via social networking sites might bring in a few more followers?
    Canon 60D - 24-105 F4 L - Sigma 10-20 - Kit lenses - 50mm F:1.8 - Tamron 90mm F:2.8 Macro - 430 exII _ Extension Tube Set


  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    16 Jan 2012
    Location
    Gladstone
    Posts
    94
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A big thing in marketing yourself is to know your audience.

    So -even though not directly related to your question- if you do any promotions on various sites (facebook, forums, handouts, TV, radio etc), you need to send them to your website using unique URL's. This enables you to track where your views are coming from and which advertising is working.
    I know nothing about anything, only what I like.


  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    12 Feb 2008
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    7,831
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    who is your customer going to be ? and where are they ?
    Darren
    Gear : Nikon Goodness
    Website : http://www.peakactionimages.com
    Please support Precious Hearts
    Constructive Critique of my images always appreciated

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    17 Sep 2009
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    822
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Darrens asked the right question.

    You want to get your "name out there" - to achieve what ? To sell your work ? Who is likely to buy your work ? What will that work be ? Ask yourself what you actually want to achieve before you try to know what your customer is, and where they are ?
    William

    www.longshots.com.au

    I am the PhotoWatchDog

  11. #11
    Member
    Join Date
    10 Nov 2010
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    595
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm also thinking I want to put a website together. Just not sure if it's worth it for me... Yet. Did u design it yourself? Where did u go, web host etc??

    I really like yours, easy to get around and beautifully presented
    "I press buttons and hope for the best!"
    Check out my Flickr page


  12. #12
    Member
    Join Date
    24 Jun 2009
    Location
    Northern Beaches, Sydney
    Posts
    2,338
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Danielle if you just want something easy to get you started, I used smugmug. I still need to do some work on mine, but the intention was merely to get a slightly more professional place to point someone when they ask me where they can see my stuff (i.e. rather than giving them a link to a flickr stream or something). $50 per year for the site and 10 odd for the domain hosting, and although customisation is not endless, it is also not that complicated.

    They also have a Lightroom plugin which makes ongoing management very simple.
    Last edited by maccaroneski; 13-02-2012 at 1:34pm.

  13. #13
    Member
    Join Date
    20 Aug 2009
    Location
    Brisbane, AU
    Posts
    616
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Dylfish View Post
    Hey Guys,

    I'm wondering whats the best way to get your name and work out in the general population? I've been taking snaps for a few years now and i've decided to make a website to showcase some images. What's the best way of getting your name out in the open for all to see?

    I'm primarily taking landscapes and this is the avenue I want to go down. I've launched a website a few days ago (www.dylanbenton.net) and i'm curious about seeing how others have gone about theirs?

    I've intergrated Twitter and Facebook Page posts into my "marketing strategy" but i'm not sure where to go from here. Any suggestions?

    Thanks
    Nice layout but I can't contact you because I don't know where you are. About 99% of your traffic has gone past. Best you can expect is the occasional email from a tyre kicker or at best, a friend.
    You can't have (don't want) privacy in business. PO Boxes and mobile phones work wonders, shopfront even better. It's all about trust so you need to be seen.
    Photojournalist | Filmmaker | Writer | National Geographic | Royal Geographic

    D3x and other gear.


  14. #14
    Member
    Join Date
    17 Sep 2009
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    822
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I agree with Redgum. However it does say that you're a Perth photographer in the title line, so thats a step in the right direction. It also says that in your signature, but its not as obvious as you could make it, I would start with a definite description in your About You area, starting with; I'm a Perth Landscape photographer......

    Having spent a few mins on your site - my comments :
    1) get rid of the gear listing, especially the so called "professonal" tag of the 5Dmk2, while that may be my camera of choice, nothing screams more non professional than a listing of your gear - sorry to those offended by that opinion.
    2) if you want to list anything, point out that you have business insurance, and public liablility etc,

    3) getting your name out there also means as Redgum said, being able to be contacted with a phone number, and PO box. Personally while I like your shop, and abaility to sell images, I wouldnt buy anything from you, because there is no way to contact you if there was a problem. ie I dont trust people who only have an email contact on their websites.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •