I know that the majority of people here aren't technically in business, but for those who are, I recently stumbled upon a GREAT way to boost business and bring awareness of your business to your community. So, I thought I'd share! (By the way, I got this idea from clickin moms--a great place to learn and get ideas!)
Up until recently, I've been going on word of mouth to bring me business. I'm not interested in being super busy...I have 3 young kids who at this point and time are my priority, but at the same time, I only know so many people in this city, and it was getting to the point where I really could USE some money to help pay the bills.
So, I just hosted a Cutest Kid contest on my FB business page. Winner received a free mini session and a few prints. Costs me $6 out of pocket. I advertised on craigslist (I got flagged SEVERAL times, but was persistent), and got a great response there.
Basically, the people entering the contest did all the work for me. They submitted a picture of their kid, and then when the voting began, they got their friends and family to 'like' their kids picture, and they got a bonus point if their voter was within 50 miles of where I live. (That way, Grandma from California could still vote, but their family and friends who live around here would give them double the points, and i'd have a chance to get their business!)
Anyway, I started with just over 100 fans of my page, and now, 2 weeks later, am up over 500 fans. Most of these are members of my community! I've already booked a few sessions because of it, and I have that many more people viewing my work, and hopefully remembering my name when they want their pictures done.
If anyone is interested in knowing more, or seeing my list of rules....let me know, and I can give you more in depth details. Also, if you'd like to add me, my business page is LB*Photography (I made it before I was actually in business, and FB won't let me change it!) I'm the only LB Photography with the * in it.
Hope this is helpful to someone!
what a great idea! TFS!
I'd love more info. I can't seem to get any work. Craigslist isn't so great around here these days...mostly spammers...but it'd be worth a shot.
What did you get flagged for on Craigslist? How did you word that ad?
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For some reason, all photography related stuff on craigslist here gets flagged. I honestly think that nobody wants competition around here, so they make sure that nobody's name gets out. It doesn't matter if it's a shoot & burner or a seasoned pro...everybody gets flagged. Drives me NUTS!
I posted my ad in the babies and children section...not the creative section. I posted it every day for 5 days, and the first 4 days it got flagged every time. For some reason, the last day, it was left up. I'm wondering if I was just persistent enough that they left me alone.
Here's a copy of my rules. Looking back, I'd change/add a few. Next time, I wouldn't allow any professional pictures, even if they had rights to them. Photos would have to be taken by parents and be less than 1 month old. Also, I had people creating profiles just to vote for their kid (only 1 person did this)...so I would have something in the rules that would prevent this--telling them it's cheating, and they'll be disqualified.
Otherwise, this all went very well. I made sure to post a deal or two while I had all that traffic on my page. I also made sure I posted some of my work.
Let me know if you have any more questions! Oh, and feel free to copy my rules...I don't mind, and most of them I copied from the generous person who created this contest on her page.
Thank you so much for sharing this!!!
You're making me consider joining Clickin again. And that's so awesome how it's helped you! TFS!
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Very cool! Congrats! I don't have a business but I have been trying to get my hobby-photography seen by more people now that I have a FB page for it and so I've been posting links to certain albums of mine here & there publicly, like my zoo photos at the Pittsburgh Zoo fanpage, and my Josh concert photos at the Josh fanpage, etc. I have gotten several more "likes" from strangers since doing that!
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