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A Crucial Tip To Observe When Selling Your Photos

Aug 17, 2007
Whilst there is an undoubted opportunity at present to make a substantial income by selling your digital photos online there are still some crucial steps that need to be observed in order to convert those pictures that are taken into pictures that are sold.

In my experience I have found that successful commercial photography comes down to 30% photography and 70% marketing. In fact, it is my sincere belief that an amateur photographer with the right marketing nous can outgun a professional photographer in certain markets in terms of pictures sold.

One of the most crucial things to get right when selling your digital photos is to make sure that you position your work correctly with your customer.

IT IS ALL ABOUT PERCEIVED VALUE

How do we measure the intrinsic value of something? We cannot: what is valuable to me may not necessarily be valuable to you. The value of a thing cannot be separated from the person who is doing the valuing.

This is a very important concept to take heed of when you go into the marketplace to sell your digital photos.

Now the fact of the matter is that one of your digital photos may have cost you exactly nothing to take. Does that mean it is worth nothing? No. Your humble photo may be the central image on a web page that generates thousands of dollars each month in sales.

You may already have an inkling of this but it is very important not to forget it whilst you are in the midst of the sales process. Specifically, DO NOT go out and underbid your competitors in order to win business. Why? Because you are immediately creating a perception in the mind of your customer that your work is inferior to that of your competitors.

What you need to do is not have the lowest bid but to clearly define exactly why it is that your bid is of value to the customer. You can do this by showing proofs and documentation of previous work and by being professional in the way you go about the bid. Take these steps and you are more than likely to win the job over lower bidders.

Another way to approach this is to adopt the mindset of your potential customer. Would you want to be in a position whereby you accepted the lowest bid and received back shoddy work, thereby forcing you to go back to one of the higher bidders and get the work done again, compromising your deadlines and forcing you to pay more than was originally necessary? I would imagine the answer is no. This is the potential worry that your customer has when looking at bidders. You can put his mind at ease by assuring him that your price is both fair based on market research and a guarantee of quality.

In certain field such as wedding photos and portrait shots it is nearly all about perceived value. After all, everyone knows how to take a photo so why would they pay anyone at all? Because they feel that paying someone else will give them control over the final product and that because that someone else is a professional ,will deliver work to an acceptable standard.

Deliver work that is to standard your customer has in mind and you will have a happy customer who will be a repeat buyer and a referral agent.
About the Author
Scott is a longtime photography enthusiast who makes a substantial second income by selling his photos. To learn how you can earn extra money by selling your photos go to http://www.money-for-photos.com
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