Networking with vendors

27 Ways to Increase Bookings for Your Wedding Photography Business Next Year

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No matter what time of year it is, it’s always a good time to focus on increasing bookings for your wedding photography business. Wedding photographers typically book many months in advance, sometimes even years prior. Because of this, changes and improvements you make today could take quite awhile to be reflected in your profits. We have valuable tips to share that can help you learn how to get more business each year.

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Top Secrets to Better Networking

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Networking with vendors and clients is one of the best ways for you to grow your business. Done correctly, and it can exponentially increase the numbers of clients you book for your photography business each year! We’ve given you tips to connect with vendors, as well as ways to win with client referrals. Whether it is busy season or the offseason, it is important for you to know how to create strong networking relationships. We connected with a few industry leader photographers and gained some insights on their top secrets to better networking that helps them grow their businesses!

Meet face-to-face

With the ease of doing everything online today, it is easy to revert to social media to do all of your networking. While social media is great for brand awareness and reaching out to vendors and clients that are not in your area, take a step away from the computer and venture out into your community to network! Take advantage of meet-ups with local photographers and vendors in your area to meet with new people and create a personal connection. Vendors will remember you more through a connection in person rather than a virtual “hello” shared over Facebook.

Pittsburgh wedding photographer, Leeann Marie, finds that many vendors are more willing (and excited!) to work with her when they have the opportunity to meet in person:

“Get out of the house! Go and meet new people in person. You must step outside any fear you may have, and meet with people face-to-face. And often!”

– Leeann Marie

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Top 5 Tips for Vendor Referrals

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Here at ShootDotEdit, not only do we take care of your post wedding photography needs, we also enjoy educating you on the best practices to grow your business. There are many aspects of your photography business that you must master to create a constant flow of bookings. Relying on clients referrals is an effective way to bring in new revenue, but that is not the only referral avenue you have to work with. While your past clients are great for referrals, the vendors that you work with at each event can be great, if not better sometimes! Learning how to work with vendors to create a vibrant referral network is key to growing your business.

In our Turning Vendors into Referral Engines Webinar, photographer and business owner J Sandifer shared tips on how to use vendor referrals to increase your bookings this year. Here the top 5 tips that you can apply to your business today to get started.

1. Be the center of your local network

In the social media age, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Pinterest have created a new and unique way for you to interact with friends and business associates. While using social media can be helpful to your business, there is still a lot of value in face-to-face meetings. When you build a connection with your vendors on a personal level, you are creating a lasting relationship. These relationships will increase the referrals you get for your business. As you form relationships with vendors, remember to stay top of mind with them – every few months, reconnect with them over coffee or lunch to see what you can do to help one another out! [···]

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