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Feb 07, 2014 09:31 |  #1

Does anyone here advertize in the phone book? Do you get referrals from the phone book?


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Feb 07, 2014 10:01 |  #2

I would have never even considered it. Do your potential/desired clients use the phone book? I don't think mine do.


....does anyone use the phone book any more?


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Feb 07, 2014 10:30 |  #3

What's a phone book?




  
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Feb 07, 2014 10:34 |  #4

Willie wrote in post #16670818 (external link)
What's a phone book?

It's that thing they leave on your doorstep with all the insurance agencies and law offices plastered on it. You know, the one that goes straight from the doorstep into the recycle bin.


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Feb 07, 2014 10:42 |  #5

Fernando wrote in post #16670828 (external link)
It's that thing they leave on your doorstep with all the insurance agencies and law offices plastered on it. You know, the one that goes straight from the doorstep into the recycle bin.

Lol. I am thinking that no one advertizes there, but there might be some older people who might still look in it. idk


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Feb 07, 2014 10:47 |  #6

When I was in the phone book, I received calls from old people asking if I develop film, transfer VHS to DVD, fix cameras, can recommend a camera, or am a camera shop. And one batsh*t crazy lady who just called over and over to jabber on about how she didn't take her medication that day and thought she was doing fine.

I didn't get a single call about my actual services, despite being listed under PHOTOGRAPHERS - WEDDING & PORTRAIT in big bold letters.


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Feb 07, 2014 11:04 |  #7

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Feb 07, 2014 12:11 |  #8

Physical phonebooks are great. I have a stack of them holding up a piece of equipment at the office. They were cheaper than buying a proper stand, and as a bonus they have a bit of vibration dampening effect going on...

As for actually using them to look something up? Only time I've done that in the last decade was when my internet cut out one time and I couldn't find a paper copy of a bill that had a support number on it.


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Feb 07, 2014 12:58 |  #9

I know that anyone on POTN will probably never use a phone book. Anyone who can figure out how to register for a forum will be smart enough to never use it, however, what I am wondering is if there is a untapped population who does not really use a computer much. I am just very curious if anyone has actually tried it. I live in a decently large area with a population of about 1.6 million people.


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Feb 07, 2014 13:06 |  #10

Possibly the elderly. Or those without access to a computer/smartphone.
I'm not sure if that is a market sample worth pursuing.


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Feb 07, 2014 13:14 |  #11

Not since Al Gore invented the internet.


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Feb 07, 2014 13:28 |  #12

cdifoto wrote in post #16670870 (external link)
When I was in the phone book, I received calls from old people asking if I develop film, transfer VHS to DVD, fix cameras, can recommend a camera, or am a camera shop. And one batsh*t crazy lady who just called over and over to jabber on about how she didn't take her medication that day and thought she was doing fine.

I didn't get a single call about my actual services, despite being listed under PHOTOGRAPHERS - WEDDING & PORTRAIT in big bold letters.

professorman wrote in post #16671323 (external link)
I know that anyone on POTN will probably never use a phone book. Anyone who can figure out how to register for a forum will be smart enough to never use it, however, what I am wondering is if there is a untapped population who does not really use a computer much. I am just very curious if anyone has actually tried it. I live in a decently large area with a population of about 1.6 million people.

Selective reading much? :rolleyes:


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Feb 07, 2014 13:35 |  #13

You might be able to find a certain set of clients who are used to paying for portraiture the same way they did back in 1979. Shoot on 512MB SD cards, and charge them per card used, just like you would charge based on the number of rolls of film you used.

Also: Portraits with white vignette, or three soft-focus filters stacked on top of each other. I can't decide if this is groovy man, or totally tubular.


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Feb 07, 2014 13:40 |  #14

1974 called--they want their marketing strategy idea back.



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Feb 07, 2014 13:40 |  #15

This is well on its way to becoming the best thread of 2014


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