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May 31, 2007 08:58 |  #1

I have a venue which has provided me with leads that have turned in to signed contracts...

Should I take them flowers or a fruit basket or something else for sending me clients????

What do you think????


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May 31, 2007 10:02 |  #2

I was thinking about this very thing. I think that some venues are given a percentage of the booking (sort of a finders fee). I was also thinking of taking some generic photos of the venue all done up to give to them for advertising etc... or possibly putting a link for them on my website? Interesting thread for those of us who are just breaking into this...what is the appropriate etiquette here?


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May 31, 2007 10:38 |  #3

Send them pictures of the event you photographed which also displays the venue to advantage. Make sure your logo appears (small) on all your photos. Give them the 'ad' for free. I read on another forum that people refer people they like, not neccesarily the 'best'. Keep them liking you.




  
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May 31, 2007 11:15 |  #4

Well since we are talking about proper etiquette...

If you are on a vendors list for a bridal consultant do you provide a stipend for the referral if it results in a signed contract?


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May 31, 2007 14:48 |  #5

id give em cash! make it worthwhile for them to keep sending you the clients!! Nothing huge but just enough to make it so they dont forget u and that u appreciate the help.


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May 31, 2007 15:02 |  #6

I would offer photography services to them. Some places don't like receiving actual gifts..they don't feel right about it. Also, getting cash can be awkward. However, a free photo session can be a nice favor.


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May 31, 2007 15:13 |  #7

Atl-Fotos wrote in post #3296672 (external link)
I have a venue which has provided me with leads that have turned in to signed contracts...

Should I take them flowers or a fruit basket or something else for sending me clients????

What do you think????

Wow .. I'm a little surprised at the replies here. I often get referrals and do feel like showing my appreciation but feel cash or gifts is, well just a little too gangster for me.

I do try to reciprocate with referrals back to them when I can. For those who give cash, who do you give it to?
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May 31, 2007 15:24 |  #8

Just build a working relationship with them that will benefit both! I've been approached by the biggest hotel in town as their preferred wedding photographer. They send people my way, I send people their way. Everybody is happy.

Cash is a no-no. Don't do that. Gifts and stuff are sometimes considered bribes and some companies have a flat out have a NO-GIFTS policy. A thank you card would do the job nicely.


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May 31, 2007 16:56 |  #9

if it's a coordinator - I give them a percentage and this is worked out before hand - if it is word of mouth from people I don't think anything is expected or necessary. If it is a place i would definately give them photos that they could use and like Lloyed said - build a good relationship with them.

THere was a previous thread about this and I think that refferals should be based on if people really feel like your work and service is outstanding - NOT because they will get a cut. I refer other vendors to brides and I don't expect anything from them. Does that make sense?


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