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Putting Your Foot Down In 2019.

Another year is rapidly coming to an end.
For all of you that have a photography business, I hope you have had a great year!
Being a photography business coach when I work with my clients, we set goals.
We set financial goals for monthly, yearly, and average sales.
We leave the year of 2018 with lots of big sales targets smashed.
Clients Mark, Helen, Murielle, and Amy have been many years in business, but have had their best year EVER in 2018! Marcus in just the second year of his photography business had a $32,000 month in November.
The average sale for the majority of my clients is $1,500 for portrait sales.
I believe that Success is possible for anyone, and these examples of my client’s successes, show that financial growth in your photography business is possible, once you learn what you have to change to make it happen.
If you are serious about making your photography business happen in 2019, then get serious.
You cannot “fluff” around and be semi-committed.
Ever tried to lose a bit of weight?
I bet you didn’t lose any until you fully committed, and started eating the right food and did all the hard exercise, without compromise.
Draw a line in the sand in 2019 and say “I am going to do whatever it takes!”
The only thing stopping you from having an amazingly successful 2019 is you!
Here are my Top12 Tips to help you plan your success journey in 2019.
1.Get help and find a coach or mentor, just as you would find a personal trainer if you wanted to get really fit.
2.Learn only from those who have had at least 10 years doing what you want to do.
3.If the going gets tough as it may, hang on in there for success could be just around the corner.
4.Embrace the changes you need to make with a positive attitude.
5.Keep the focus on your written financial goals, and don’t get side tracked.
6.Keep doing the things that work, and recreate or stop doing the things that aren’t.
7.Have a bigger vision than you think is achievable.
8.Don’t wait, start now with one small step.
9.Look at your written goals at least twice a day.
10.Understand that Marketing is everything.
11.Don’t buy any online courses unless they have a “one on one “ component.
12.Persistence always wins…never give up.
May Peace, Joy and Happiness walk with you this Christmas.
“If you’d like to make pictures AND make money, bring Bernie into your business.
Bernie and Wendy will waste no time getting to the bottom of what doesn’t work and introducing an understanding of how your business can make more money. Expect a straight talking, no frills, tailored and expert approach.
They understand that no business is the same and they have an individual approach knowingthat all of us have our own niche and style of photography  business.
For us, we needed to realise that it wasn’t our images that held us back, not our team or our albums, it was our intense focus on all these things instead of the business of running a profitable business.
The post course contact ensures that we always have the support we need as new situations arise”. Best regards Sarah
“I put off calling Bernie for months and months. I was frustrated and stuck.
Within one phone call the fog lifted, he had simplified the way I was working, put plans in place and I finally had a direction which made sense and got me excited building my business again.
I just wish I had called Bernie months before. His systems just work.
Call Bernie right now.
Don’t wait and think it over like I did. It will be the best thing you will do for both you and your business.” Jenny
“Bernie has been an inspiration, he has taken my business from a small, just surviving home business into a full-time boutique studio. I have also seen my personal photography style grown and mature and am now attracting the kind of clients I want. I cannot thank Bernie enough for all of his time and effort and I am looking forward to working with him in the future.” Cheers  Kim
Let’s Do This Together!
When you are ready for some serious coaching…….
Bernie Griffiths
World’s Number One Photography Business Coach
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Chatbot For Photographers

Just over 3 years ago when I exposed a great Facebook Ad strategy on the Photobizx podcast, https://photobizx.com/Book+More+Portrait+Photography+Sessions many
photographers thought that every lead that responded was an eager buyer
for their photography.

Wrong !

These were “cold” leads, and the reality was that only 25% of these leads were potential buyers.

Bernie’s Facebook Ad strategy  which I defined in the podcast, still works extremely well if you build the right conversion funnel.

Originally we built a funnel via a series emails, and then along came Chatbots.

The Chatbot we use, once set up, automatically runs through Messenger with a trigger that is pulled by a specified word put into the comments box below the ad.

By a series of strategic multiple choice questions, we are able to qualify our “cold” leads and turn them into “warm” leads, and create much stronger potential buyers.

This is the ultimate speed Marketing machine!How great is it to have qualified leads coming in while you sleep!

Getting leads is crucial for your photography business, and segmenting your audience can help you avoidthe customers you fear the most…..the low spenders.

If you are not into Chatbots yet, it would be a good idea to get on board this technology, as it offers a great solution to automating part of your photography business.

Check out this video all about Chatbots from our Group session last week, where we set up a Chatbot for a family Facebook ad.

Let’s Do This Together!

When you are ready for some serious coaching…….

Level 1 Online Course….Get More Portrait Photography Clients ….FAST
Take this Online Marketing Online in your own space and at your own time.
If you are a photographer who also has a full time job, this is the ideal way
to start earning money from your photography.

Level 2  Getting Started Course
This course is designed for those photographers who are just starting out
part time to create a photography business. With weekly Skype sessions over
a 5 week period covering Pricing, Marketing, Selling, and Photography.

Level 3  Business Boost Coaching Program
A great program to start to move your business forward. Created for
photographers looking to advance their business on a longer term basis. Personal
Mentoring with one personalised 60 minute Skype session every two weeks.

Level 4  Signature Coaching Program
The Signature Program is for those photographers who want to accelerate the
success of their photography business. Weekly 60 minute Skype sessions over
a 12 month period will make you accountable, while new marketing strategies
and fresh ideas, will give accelerated growth in your business.

Bernie Griffiths
World’s Number One Photography Business Coach
https://www.berniegriffiths.com
http://www.aswpp.com.au
info@aswpp.com.au

How To Love Selling Your Photography

Converting prospects into clients can be the most challenging part of the business for many photographers.
They may know exactly who their target market is, and where to find them.
For these photographers, it’s not lead generation that’s the biggest challenge – it’s lead conversion.
When photographers struggle with getting their conversion right, the problems usually come up in the sales session.
Prospects give you excuses about why they can’t buy now or they put up resistance to the prices you’re charging.
Other times, you may be close to making a good sale, but then the customer changes their mind.
Ahhhg !…… I hate that!
For photographers struggling with lead conversion, it’s usually because the prospect has set the criteria for what they want in a photographer, and not what the photographer expects from the client.
This means that the customers start running your photography business, and that is never going to work well.
The solution isn’t to follow a prospect’s wants – it’s for you to set the rules of engagement.
When you set your rules, you’re in control of the sales process, not the other way around.
The first thing to do when setting the buying criteria is to make sure that the customer is fully aware of your expectation that they are going to purchase products from you, and that they follow your set of processes,
Then, you can keep them in control and nurture them forward.
Finding out their hot button is also very important as this is the reason that they will buy.
Some hot buttons are obvious, like they have never had a family portrait taken, but have always wanted one.
Others aren’t quite so obvious, but it is important to find out what they are.
You must also ask yourself the question as to what value does the prospect gain from working with you as a photographer, compared to all the other photographers out there?
And don’t tell me it is your great looks and amazing personality!
Getting the “right” clients becomes the big benefit at sale time when your clients hand you their credit card.
What objections do you get when it comes to the sale?
Email me your top two objections at sale time and I will send you back a way to respond.
Let’s Do This Together!
Brand New Online Course “Get More Portrait Photography Clients …FAST”
LEARN MORE .  p1.pagewiz.net/getmorephotographyclientsfast
When you are ready for some serious coaching…….
Bernie Griffiths
World’s Number One Photography Business Coach

Photography Business Disruption

Love this from photographer Scott Stratten.
“We’re in the age of disruption.
Today’s business climate is changing at an unprecedented rate.
Every week, it seems there is a new strategy, social media site or technology that is a “must use” or a “game changer.”
What we lose in this endless quest for the next bright shiny business object is that business while everything has changed, nothing is different.
Trust, connection, consistency, and service will always trump any new app to hit the market.
What is real and what are only smoke screens in the business world today?
The Digital Decision: Your market today is forming buying decisions well before coming to you.
Marketing today means getting in front of them when they’re making these important choices.
Scott will be appearing at Imaging U.S.A. in Atlanta Feb 2019. https://imagingusa.org
….Hope to see you there.
Let’s Do This Together!
Brand New Online Course “Get More Portrait Photography Clients …FAST”
When you are ready for some serious coaching…….
Bernie Griffiths
World’s Number One Photography Business Coach
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What Do People Buy?

One of my clients who just started out at creating a business for their photography asked me a couple of interesting questions this week.
She asked…..

Do you think most people actually buy different types of photos?
Should I focus on learning a different style of photography than what I am doing now?
Very interesting question I thought.
Let’s face it, as professional photographers we photograph ultimately for money.
As much money as possible.
So the question is, what type of photographs do people buy?
I think in general people buy photographs that……..
1. Flatter
2. Show personality
3. Show relationship
4. Are technically good
5. Reflect happiness
If a photograph contains most or all of these elements, I feel that the photographs
become very saleable.
Focus on getting these elements in your photographs, and your sales will soar.
Maybe portrait sales like one of my Inner Circle members had this week.
One sale was for $8,330 while another on the same day was $3,695.
Yes, get all the elements right and your bank account will thank you.
NEW ONLINE COURSE
Let’s Do This Together.
GET IT HERE https://www.aswpp.com.au/courses/get-more-portrait-photography-clients-fast/

Bernie Griffiths
World’s Number One Photography Business Coach
https://www.berniegriffiths.com
http://www.aswpp.com.au
info@aswpp.com.au

Facebook Has Made Some Dramatic Algorithm Updates!

Photographers around the world are watching their income diminish, as their one source of income fails to deliver.

Not really.

The boosted Facebook ads that I set up with my clients are still working fantastically well.

Just ask one of my photographer clients in Boston, Masachusetts.

She did 3 Facebook boosted posts last week and had an amazing 676 people respond that want to be photographed, and she has many more still to call.

She has so far booked in 40 photography sessions in 7 days!

Average sales from this type of promotion is just under $1,000, so 40x$1,000 = $40,000.

That’s pretty cool.

Don’t believe everything you read.

The Facebook changes will certainly impact on the big companies who advertise with them, but because of the way I structure the Facebook ads with my clients, the changes will have no effect at all on our Facebook Marketing results.

My clients will continue making hundreds of thousands of dollars in lead generation and portrait sales, with just a $100 investment on their boosted Facebook ads.

Wedding/ portrait photographers rejoice.

New 5 Week Photography Business Coaching Program

Soon to be launched is my brand new 5 week Getting Started Program, that I have designed for photographers who want to take that first step into turning their photography into money.

Starting a photography business without any training, and very little capital, can be daunting.

Do you like the thought of having more spare time?

How about just working the hours that you want?

Having a holiday whenever you feel like it?

Making a great income?

Working the hours that you want?

Earning lots of money?

Get some paying customers now.

Learn What the Top Photography Studios Do To Make Them so Successful.

Proven Marketing Strategies to bring Money to Your Photography Business right away.

Private Facebook Support Group Page.

PLUS BONUS unlimited Email and Phone Support.

A personal 5 week “One on One ” Coaching Program.

Includes 5 x weekly 45 minute Skype ” face to face” sessions.

Week One

PRICING

Sorting Out Your Pricing To Suit Your business.

Week 2

MARKETING

5 Proven Marketing Strategies

Week 3

SELLING

4 Ways Of Selling Your Photographs.

Week 4

PHOTOGRAPHY

Discovering Your Photography Style.

Week 5

OBSTACLES

8 Obstacles That Are Holding You Back.

Save money and take advantage of the pre-launch price.

Enquire to see if you qualify…Email me on on info@aswpp.com.au  

or call +61418509228.

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Is Your Life And Photography Business Like Tug-of-war?

I love this recent article from Dave Gillen.  

“26 long days ago (who’s counting) my wife gave birth to two milk-swilling intruders twins and our lives changed.

Needless to say it’s been a challenging time for my business – I have less time, less sleep, and more to do.

So what do you do when life happens?

Do you downgrade your business goals?

Delay them?

Forget about them?

Well it might surprise you, but three weeks of sleep deprivation and unrelenting demands on my time are resulting in the biggest steps forward for my business in two years.

Here’s how I turned what seemed like obstacles into a breakthrough.

“Three weeks of sleep deprivation and unrelenting demands on my time are resulting in the biggest steps forward for my business in two years.”

I remembered what I was really chasing

When you’re chasing a goal of creating a photography business and something starts eating away your precious time it can be frustrating.

But sometimes we forget what we were chasing in the first place. I remembered that money and business success are just stepping stones to getting what I really want, and started seeing that many of the obstacles popping up were in fact the very things I want in life.

Life events (good and bad) are not just diversions and time outs, they’re often the most important things and need our full attention.

I’m instantly happier when I remember that my kids and the time I spend with them are not obstacles at all – they’re the nuggets of gold I’m seeking.

I realised that my life is the canvas for my business.

We tend to ask questions like “Which business model is the best?” and “Which niche is more profitable?” as if we’re designing the perfect business on a blank canvas.

But no business is ever built on a blank canvas.

Your life is the canvas and your business needs to fit its unique size and shape.

When life changed I caught a glimpse of the shape of my canvas changing. That was a breakthrough for me because for the first time I saw the type of business I needed to fit my life and goals.”

Do your life and photography business work together or is it more like tug-of-war?

Your Time To Shine

You have the tools for your photography, now you need the business tools to fill your business with customers.

Is it time for you to take the next step in your business?

Is It Your Time To Shine?

Welcome to my BRAND NEW “ONE ON ONE” Coaching Program called “GETTING STARTED” in your Photography Business.

It’s ok to make a little money from your photography passion, and live the lifestyle tyou want.

Like to know more?

http://p1.pagewiz.net/Getting Started Coaching Program

Email me on on info@berniegriffiths.com or call +61418509228 for all the info

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Creating an Amazing Photography Business In Seconds

How easy is it to get “sucked in” on the internet.or a successful photography business.

Secret 1 …From zero customers to 20 a month without any marketing.

Secret 2… One photographer making $10,000 monthly in her portrait photography within 3 weeks of starting without any selling.
Secret 3… Position yourself with pricing so that customers will queue at your studio door.
Secret 4… A guaranteed way to create a photography business in a competitive market, that you don’t have to work in.

Easy to believe everything you see about making money in photography, and then buy things that you will never use, or that will never do what they promised.

Do you really believe that you can make money easily in photography?

Do you really believe that you can make money while you sleep without doing too much work?

Do you really believe that you can start a photography business and turnover $100,000 in the first year?

Some educators/photographers selling various products on Facebook will tell you can have a great photography business working just a couple of hours a week, or less.

Some claim that you can succeed simply by buying their free E-book.

I guess from time to time we all look for the easy way out, the magic wand, the goose that lays the golden eggs.

We are grown up mature adults right?

You will see some of these photography educators running Facebook ads, doing free preview webinars and seminars, sending numerous emails, doing podcasts, and generally selling their fantastic money making photography products on social media.

Maybe some photographers who succumb to these unrealistic claims will have a little success, but believe me, the majority will fail.

But when we get desperate or get “sucked in” by advertising we start to believe in anything.

So what is the reality?

Creating and sustaining a successful photography business takes a lot of commitment, willpower, planning and TIME.

And, of course it takes a lot of work.

The key is to work on doing the tasks that will give you financial growth, and I don’t mean sitting at your computer playing with your files!

The alternative is learning by trial and error, which can be a big waste of your time.

We all have a certain number of hours in each day, days in each week, and weeks in each year to achieve success in our photography business.

Untested methods may work, but if you just keep doing the same things and expect things to change, then you will be very, very disappointed.

In fact, Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity was “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. “

I believe you can only achieve a successful photography business, by trying new things, but you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

It is better to learn from those who have had many years of success, than trying to learn from a multitude of many different less experienced sources.

From my experience with over 40 years of running a successful studio, and with over 3,000 hours of coaching photographers, as a photography business coach, I can tell you that creating a consistent income stream in photography is not easy, and can be very challenging.

It also can be very fulfilling, financially rewarding, and a lot of fun.

So please mister internet don’t tell me all it takes is just an hour a week, or an 8 week online course to create my dream photography business.

In my experience what you do NEED is a real person that you can be accountable to.\

A person who you can trust, a person who can guide, advise, encourage, motivate, and help you on your journey.

You need a person to SHARE your struggles and your successes.

You can’t get this level of support off the internet.

You need a person who cares.

Let’s face it, the Internet just doesn’t care, like a person does!

Try hugging your computer after you have had a bad in person sales experience and see if it cares.

You need a wife, a partner, a husband, a really good friend or a coach.

World’s number one photography business coach.

They care!

To Your Amazing Photography Business Success

 

 www.berniegriffiths.com

 

 info@aswpp.com.au 

Need More Customers??

Many Portrait Photographers around the world struggle with getting more customers in front of their cameras.

Without customers there are no sales and no money!
I have spoken to photographers who are either trying to start their business or re-invigorate an existing business which is not getting results.
There is a common theme – photographers are passionate about their photography but are frustrated that they can’t get enough good customers to sustain a viable business.

They need help!

Why sit by the phone waiting for it to ring.

Get paying customers now.

How much money are you losing right now using your own marketing methods?

Wouldn’t it be great to have your camera in your hands, and be doing what you are passionate about?

Facebook Rocks

Facebook and Instagram are quite simply a part of our daily lives.

Your customers are on it and your future customers are on it.

If your are not generating business from it, you may be missing out on more enquiries and sales that you can handle.

Your Photography Business may not exist in the next 12 months if you don’t start to make Social Media a priority.

If the photographers in your town haven’t started utilising the potential and power of Social Media, then there is a good chance that they will.

Facebook Is Powerful Targeting.

With Facebook you can “ bulls eye” target your customers, in your town.

You can target specific genres to photograph, choose your suburbs, how much money you want to spend on an ad, when you run ad, and you can do it all from your phone, computer or laptop.

Whether you are looking for women with newborns, engaged couples, pets, families, kids 3-6 years old etc you can select them in your Facebook Ad.

You can also target the household income and even what car they drive!

The specific targeting available with Facebook is quite simply amazing!

Facebook is also so easy to engage with clients and prospects, and is by far the least expensive way to get clients in front of your camera. Nothing comes close.

It also enables you to easily communicate to your audience and the wider community around you.

There are thousands of people who want your photography, and Facebook can help you find them.

Instagram Can Lift Your Brand

Instagram is slowly becoming the new “go to” social platform.

It has highly engaged and loyal audiences made up of consumers, businesses and brands. Instagram is a more visual platform, making it ideal for photographers like yourself.

As a photography business coach I have learned that people create and consume content on Instagram a lot differently.

Let Murielle and myself show you how to use it correctly, so you can avoid the pitfalls that most photographers fall into when trying their hand at posting on Instagram.

Why Are We Doing This?

Many of you may be wondering why Murielle and I are giving you such valuable information, at such a cheap cost?

After Murielle and I had completed our series of “A Day For Photographers” around Australia earlier this year, many of the photographers attending told us that they would love us to do a specific presentation on how to implement Facebook and Instagram strategies into their business.

We also hate to see photographers struggle when we feel that we could help them.

As a photography business coach I am always looking for those photographers who want to grow their photography business (as Murielle did) a lot faster than if they were to try and work everything out by themselves.

WHEN……….Thursday 16 November.

WHERE……..Parkview Hotel. …562 St Kilda Road Melbourne.

TIME…………10am – 3pm.

COST …………$47.

Who Is This For?

Whether you are a full time or part time photographer, if you are looking at getting more clients to your business with minimal investment, then this is for you.

It’s all about making a difference in your business, and earning a lucrative living to enjoy the freedom and flexibility of being a professional photographer.

Our previous presentations around Australia were BOOKED OUT… so don’t miss out.

Venue capacity is limited, so the sooner you grab your ticket the better will be your chance of attending.

BERNIE GRIFFITHS The “Go To’ Photography Business Coach.

After having a successful studio for over 40 years, Bernie transitioned into being a Photography Business Coach.

He is now the “go to” coach for those studios looking at taking their business to the next level.

His studio experience, expertise in Facebook Marketing, and down to earth approach to business, has enabled him to help and guide photographers globally in growing their business processes, and generating thousands of dollars more  income.

MURIELLE SASSINE  “The Photography Queen of Social Media”

Murielle has run a successful photography business from home for over 17 years, and has achieved great success with her sales in the areas of family portrait and glamour photography. Her portrait sales this year have been “mind blowing” and she had a record turnover for her business, over the past 12 months, largely due to her use of Instagram and Facebook Marketing.

She will outline how she uses Social Media to create new customers and continually strengthen her already strong brand.

Don’t Miss out….BOOK NOW !

Andrew Hellmich from Impact Images “I used to pay for online ads that weren’t working – Google adwords and Facebook Ads. These ads weren’t generating bookings, so I used to tell myself, at least it’s good branding… my name is getting out there.

Then I stopped spending on any advertising at all. I was tired of wasting money.

Until I realised I was doing it all WRONG!!

I learnt one simple tactic from  photography business coach Bernie Griffiths about Facebook Ads and booked 7 engagement shoots, made print sales to almost all the couples and booked 6 weddings from those shoots. Ahhhmaaazing!

One couple even cancelled a booking with another photographer and lost their deposit to book me, all from one ad!

I used the same tactic with another FB ad and booked over 20 portrait sessions. FROM ONE FACEBOOK AD.

Paid Facebook advertising works… if you do it right.”

Let Murielle and I show you how to create money from Facebook and Instagram.

Don’t Miss out....BOOK NOW !

To Your Amazing Photography Business Success

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  info@aswpp.com.au  

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Photography Business Coach Bernie Griffiths of berniegriffiths.com is responsible for the episode of PhotoBizX that has produced more leads, sales and discussion than any other – The Facebook Ad Challenge episode. I contacted Bernie for a follow up interview to ask him to share what listeners felt might have been the missing link when approaching the FB Ad challenge – how to sort the spenders from the non-spenders when offering free portrait sessions.

If you’re new here and want the full story of the Facebook Ad Challenge, how to structure your ad, what copy you’ll need to maximise results, which images to include and how to generate a lot of leads, shoots and sales. Go and trial the Photobizx Premium Membership for $1 and check out episodes 136 and 138 in the Premium Area. Then jump into the secret Facebook Group to see a lot of examples and discussion around these ads which have been used to book portraits, engaged couples and weddings for a lot of members.

Here’s some of what we cover in this interview with photography business coach Bernie Griffiths:

What to expect when working with Bernie to seek help to grow your photography business

Photographers should drop their wedding photography and concentrate on portraits instead

Wedding photography is overly competitive while portrait photography is wide open

How you learn more from you losses than you do from your wins

How to improve chances of sales from Facebook Ads and “free” shoots

The three possible outcomes you should be seeking from your Facebook Ads

3 strategies that you need to implement into your photography business

Why a 15% lead conversion is ideal from your Facebook Ads

Engaged couples sessions are a portrait sessions and why you should treat them as such

Stop aiming for wedding bookings and consider the portrait sessions as the win from your ads

How to filter the spenders from the non-spenders amongst your leads

What content needs to be in your Facebook ads

Email open rates  – only 30% of people open their emails let alone read them

How to be successful with your client phone calls

The best rebuttal statement when clients decline to pay upfront during phone calls

The need to involve all involved parties when booking photo sessions

Grabbing people’s attention about your business is never a trick – it’s a marketing strategy

Why pre-consultations guarantee higher sales

How to work less yet earn more

The need to overcome every photographer’s mindset to book more sales

Planting the seed on how much clients are likely to spend after a photo session

Why it’s OK for clients to walk away after the mention “average spend” on free photo shoots

How to deal with objections from clients

Which is better: Adverts or Boosted Posts?

Replying to shares and comments on your FB Ads to keep the momentum and engagement going

Why you must include a call-to-action in your FB Ads

Changing photographer’s mentality to gain confidence in selling their images

Photographers deprive people of spending their money – how to stop doing that

Discounts are no longer motivators for client bookings

Marketing is all about doing multiple things at the same time

Chase your clients

How to increase your Facebook likes

How to target the right audience in your FB Ads

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