As every professional photographer knows all too well, marketing is the life-blood of your business.
Marketing is not something that you can switch on and off or do only when it suits you. You cannot justify only ‘doing’ marketing when enquiries dry up and you need more clients.
It’s an on-going task that needs to be prioritised in your business. And is something that you need to be doing, to some extent, every single day.
Marketing done well ensures that you have a consistent flow of enquiries coming to you and that you are attracting the kind of people that you want to serve.
Communicating who you are, what you do and how you are different is key to people noticing you, understanding you, liking and trusting, and ultimately buying from you.
Helping photographers beat overwhelm and procrastination
Yet, in my experience, marketing is not the aspect of their business that all photographers enjoy.
And this is where I come in.
- I love helping photographers like you to feel in control of your marketing, by providing a strategy and plan to follow, and by offering my expertise to help you achieve your marketing goals smarter and quicker.
- I love alleviating photographers like you from the stress and overwhelm of having to market your business.
- I know that you often dread marketing and see it as a necessary evil. And when it comes to self-promotion, you’d rather run to the hills than put yourself out there for potential scrutiny!
Having someone to help you with your PR and marketing – either on a 1-2-1 basis to get the work done for you, or as a coach to support you as you navigate the journey yourself – is, I believe, a great way to look fear and procrastination in the eye, and to move forward in your business.
I like helping photographers who may otherwise be inclined to shy away from the media spotlight or to avoid creating the marketing content that would potentially help them to stand out from the crowd.
Why? Well, simply this…
- I want you to shine and get your five minutes of fame!
- I want you to be recognised for the amazing photography that you create.
- I want you to be attracting more of the right kind of people to your business, who appreciate your work and won’t quibble on the price.
- I want you to enjoy your business more.
- I want you to jump out of bed every day feeling energised and excited about the day ahead.
- I want you to have fun in your business.
- I want you to be working for your dream clients, earning the money that you deserve, and growing a business on your own terms.
I completely understand that if you don’t enjoy blogging or self-promotion, or if you’re fearful of not being ‘good enough’, this can lead to procrastination and, in fact, total paralysis.
So, it’s my mission to help you get through those mindset barriers and to see marketing and PR for what it truly is – an exciting, fun, challenging but, also, a rewarding aspect of running your business.
And I realise that you are busy in your business, managing all the tasks that come with running a photography enterprise, and perhaps a photography studio.
So, I strive to help you market effectively, even with limited time and financial resources.
What I believe to be true about PR and marketing
- I wholeheartedly believe that marketing and promotion should be fun and that you don’t need to dread or fear it.
- I believe that you can promote your photography business without being ‘spammy’ or ‘salesy’.
- And that you can learn all the skills you need to create valuable marketing content, which will help you to promote your business.
- I believe that success in marketing starts from simply understand your client and having a genuine desire to serve them.
- I believe that PR is an extremely powerful tool for raising awareness of you and your photography, and can be the key to unlocking exciting opportunities, building profitable connections and establishing your authority in your niche.
- And I believe that content marketing is an approach that all photographers should adopt in order to communicate your expertise and to build the all-important know-like-and-trust factor.
- I believe that you don’t need to be spending hours of every day on social media, or spending your hard-earned money on advertising, lining the pockets of billion-dollar companies such as Facebook and Google.
- I believe in the merit of building your own ‘media’ – creating marketing content on a platform that you are in control of (i.e. your website), rather than on social media channels of which you have absolutely no control.
- I believe in the value of community and email marketing – in the building a list of subscribers and super-fans who you can communicate with, learn from and nurture into loyal customers and advocates of your business.
- And finally, I believe that PR and marketing can help you to attract your ideal client and allow you to build your dream business.
Changes afoot at Sixth Sense PR
Since 2013, I’ve been helping professional photographers to get visible in the media, to create compelling written content for their websites and blogs, and helping them with the PR and marketing tasks that they don’t enjoy or don’t have the skills or time to complete themselves.
My core service over the past five years has been to provide 1-2-1 consultancy, serving a small number of photographers and helping them to move forward in their business by handing the day-to-day marketing tasks that they wanted to outsource.
Now, as I write this, in the Autumn of 2018, I’m excited to be entering a new stage in my business. My youngest children are starting school and I’m going to be able to work in my business more than ever before.
I’m excited about what this means in terms of the impact I can potentially make, and I’m hoping to be able to help many more photographers going forward.
My range of services will be expanding
I’ll continue to offer 1-2-1 PR and marketing consultancy to a limited number of photographers (please get in touch with me here to enquire about my current availability and support packages).
But I’ll also be offering online training, in-person workshops, my one-hour consultancy ‘Clinics’ and will be seeking speaking opportunities at industry events.
I’m also hugely excited about my new Facebook community, ‘PR-Savvy Photographers’, which I hope will become a useful resource to photographers around the world, as well as a friendly network of like-minded creatives who want to learn and share their experiences of marketing and promotional strategies that work. Please click here to request to join.