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Jul 23, 2013 20:13 |  #1

I was curious to see if anyone uses Craigslist to advertise photography services and what your results were. Looking to hear your experience. Thanks!


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Jul 23, 2013 20:30 |  #2

I'm going to try to put this delicately:

You'd have better luck stapling your business cards to flaming bags of dog feces and throwing them at people's homes.




  
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Jul 23, 2013 20:32 |  #3

charro callado wrote in post #16147994 (external link)
I'm going to try to put this delicately:

You'd have better luck stapling your business cards to flaming bags of dog feces and throwing them at people's homes.

Haha too funny! I'd hate to see my Moo cards treated in that manner :)
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Jul 23, 2013 20:40 |  #4

Based on quick look at your facebook and website, I think you're way above craigslist. It's not even a market to consider for paying jobs. I've posted maybe 3 times total to craigslist a few years back just to see what would happen....and...nothin​g.


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Jul 23, 2013 20:49 |  #5

if you want clients who are looking for the cheapest (or possibly free) option, craigslist is a great place to find those clients.

I'd rather get paid $500 for 1 shoot than $50 for 10 shoots. But that's just me.


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Jul 23, 2013 20:59 |  #6

Yeah I was just getting a consensus on what people think about it. I've tried it a long time ago and got 0 results; maybe they thought I was too expansive. If so, they'd hate to see my rates now hehe.


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Jul 23, 2013 21:19 as a reply to  @ smooth3000's post |  #7

I recently thought about using craigslist for a personal project where I need willing people that I can photograph. But after more consideration, I think I'll just use the connections I have to get access to some photogenic people. I really don't want to filter through questionable craigslisters, especially since I want to enjoy the process myself.


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Jul 23, 2013 21:27 as a reply to  @ juicedownload's post |  #8

Q.Would you go to craigslist for any service?

A.Only if there is a way to scam the person.




  
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Jul 23, 2013 21:48 |  #9

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Q.Would you go to craigslist for any service?

A.Only if there is a way to scam the person.

Scam, sell hot goods, offer photography services for cheap, better yet, I've seen free! I've also seen many ads looking for a wedding photographer but we are on a budget blah blah blah. I'll take my chances with word of mouth :)


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Jul 23, 2013 22:17 |  #10

I see craigslist as a thrift store (you want something for cheap, you go to craigslist)




  
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Jul 23, 2013 22:23 |  #11

Craigslist (actually "kijiji" - our local variant) gave me a fast track to my first couple dozen wedding and event shoots. I still put up an ad every week and grab several weddings per year this way.



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Jul 24, 2013 07:55 |  #12

Actually, some of my best clients came from Craigslist. Sometimes, people just don't know how to look for a photographer and Craigslist pops up in their mind, so they think "why not? couldn't hurt".


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Jul 24, 2013 08:03 |  #13

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Actually, some of my best clients came from Craigslist. Sometimes, people just don't know how to look for a photographer and Craigslist pops up in their mind, so they think "why not? couldn't hurt".

I checked out your work, very nice I'd have to say!
If you can get some free advertisement out of CL, then why not? You won't get any potentials unless you try it right? Thanks for sharing Hiep!


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Jul 24, 2013 08:12 |  #14

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I checked out your work, very nice I'd have to say!
If you can get some free advertisement out of CL, then why not? You won't get any potentials unless you try it right? Thanks for sharing Hiep!

Thanks!

If you're concern about bottom feeders, then just state your price range and it'll automatically weed out the bottom feeders. Who knows? You might land a good client.

Edit: I just checked out your website and yea, you have prices shown so those who are looking to spend $50 will know not to contact you :D

btw, I love your work, Tien! :D


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Jul 24, 2013 08:15 |  #15

I gave CL a try over the last month as my work is at least as good, if not better than what is up there. Figured this would be free advertising for trying to get some customers through the door.

After 4 weeks, here are the results:
- Replies for using the free Google search listing: about 20 from different people
- Replies for other things (Viagra, Excite and so on): About 5 or so
- Replies from people saying "I saw your AD on Craigslist. Email me back with more info." with the reply going to some weird email addy (all of which was clearly defined within the ad): 5-10 to which I replied to none (just something not right)
- Actual new customers: 0

Now something else I tried was to run an ad on FB with some sort of promotion. Tripled my following on FB, got lot of exposure and some 50 people claimed the offer. As of yet, no one has scheduled, but I did say they could wait until the fall, so jury still out on that one.


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