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Thinking about moving..how to market myself to a new area?

 
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Apr 05, 2010 19:39 |  #1

I'm currently located in Iowa and business is picking up. Word of mouth is getting around and things are looking up for me making photography into a full-time business. However, I'd like to move closer to my family and am considering moving to Nashville or St. Louis. How should I go about marketing myself to these areas so that I can have some work set up down there if I were to move?


The best thing I have thought of is bridal shows. I've not done one yet, but will have enough money and portfolio padding to do them next winter. This move is likely at least 12 months out, but I'd like to start planning soon. Anyone have any tips?


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Apr 06, 2010 20:34 |  #2

Just done this and its killing me !

I moved from a part of the UK I lived in for 6 years, I was all over google page 1, I had 1,2,3,4th placed positions for pretty much anything related to wedding photography in that county

I have moved 4 hours away - it might as well be to a totally new planet

the second you know your moving, update your website. Also contact ALL your back link people and get them to change the anchor link to you to something that contains the name of your new location.

Bridal fairs are good, google adwords (only using LONG tail search phrases) also work and are a good low cost option.

Create a blog, blog about the new area, the towns, the special offers you are running because your getting married in xxxxxxxxxx or at xxxxxxxx or because it tuesday or whatever reason but use the town names !

then check your phone 50 times a day and wonder why it does not ring - it will take about 8 - 12 weeks before you start to notice anything major happening on google.

best of luck

dp


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Apr 06, 2010 20:37 |  #3

oooh and change your signatures on sites like POTN !


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Apr 07, 2010 02:34 |  #4

Do you know anyone in these places you're looking at moving to? I've recently moved home to AUstralia after 7 years overseas, I'd started shooting weddings in London and was getting some good referrals and things were looking good, moving home has been tough in that regard but I've found most enquiries have come from shooting friends since I've been home and their friends seeing the photos on my blog and facebook.

I've recently signed up for a permanent unmanned bridal fair which I'm hoping will provide some new leads too but I'll have to see how that goes.

I think the trick is to shoot a lot and let people in the place you're moving to see these photos. If you don't know anyone there then it's going to prove very tricky for a while.


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