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Feb 10, 2010 11:55 |  #1

I see photographers using this idea: Find 2 to 4 outgoing photogenic juniors. Give them a free session + some prints in return for them promoting you to other students. Give them cards to hand out. They get $15 or more for every student they refer that books.

How well does it work? Other suggestions?


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Feb 10, 2010 19:34 |  #2

i want to try that.


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Feb 10, 2010 19:42 as a reply to  @ Ray Marrero's post |  #3

Do a search on here for Phamster...I'm pretty sure he does this, or something similar. And, his portraits are outstanding!


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Feb 10, 2010 19:54 as a reply to  @ wayovrpar's post |  #4

as a high school senior having just gone through the process I dont think it is majorly worth it
many if not all kids (mostly their parents) already know where they are getting their pictures done and they arnt going to be swayed by a friend saying go here or there
you may see lots of the referrals come in but it is most likely people who already were going to come but just got the card or whatever from their friend so their friend could make some cash

and honestly I found the bombardment of photo ads and offers to be more annoying than helpful

its a good idea and i think you may see some results but unless you are marketing it to a MASSIVE school where the few people that might have been persuaded could be a decent amount I dont think its really worth the effort
Just try and do as much general advertising as possible
like adds in the back of the yearbook and things

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Feb 11, 2010 01:36 as a reply to  @ Splatmaster527's post |  #5

Thanks for the responses. Thanks Splatmaster for your first hand opinion. That carries a lot of weight. I will contact Phamster - CT Pham as I love his work too, and envy his endless supply of photogenic subjects.


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Feb 15, 2010 09:46 |  #6

You can check out mine at : http://rfpstudio.com (external link)

I do agree with Splat on his opinion but it really CAN be worth it to the senior.


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Feb 16, 2010 22:14 as a reply to  @ sevillafox's post |  #7

----> Sevillafox,
You definitely need to change your skill level. Great photos there.

---->Frugal,
What's the most you have to loose? It's not like we buy film anymore.

You could even save the cost of the print and email them low res photos.

I think you should apply all tactics and options when trying to grow your business. You never know who will see one of your photos, or whom that kid may hand your card to.

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Feb 24, 2010 22:14 |  #8

This has been a GREAT marketing plan for me. This is my first year in business and found 30 seniors to be reps for me from facebook. All will get a free session and some wallets, senior rep cards, and a senior album that is loaned to them to show off all of their portraits to their friends. They get print credit, not money, for each referral, and more bonuses as they get more referrals. My one rep has already gotten me 5 referrals. Works for me!!!

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Feb 25, 2010 18:09 |  #9

oops I'm dumb


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