Join Snapizzi Founder and CEO, Randy dela Fuente, as he discusses Snapizzi with photographer, author, pioneering podcaster, and blogger, Martin Bailey.
Here are some highlights of the interview:
Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer based in Tokyo. Martin is a popular international tour and workshop leader, helping photographers from around the world to see and capture the wonders of this awesome planet we call home.
Our founding ethos to improve the lives of photographers extends beyond just the building of our product. Although we’re certainly passionate about building a solution that our users love, we’re equally as passionate about making Snapizzi—the company—one they love too.
A profound shift occurs when your focus becomes not on what you do—but why you do it.
Our vision at Snapizzi is to create a real-time global community with resources for photographers to share ideas, learn from one another, and discover new ways to grow their businesses. And themselves.
In the world of photography, it’s very easy to fool yourself into thinking you’re making your business better because you’ve just invested in the latest piece of shiny black gear—or you just attended the latest lighting or posing class. The reality is that you could be the most talented photographer in your market, but none of that matters to the success of your business as much as having the tools, infrastructure, and systems in place to help you build and sustain a thriving business built around your body of work.
A mediocre photographer with excellent business skills will fare much better than the incredibly talented photographer with poor business skills.
How you run your business matters.
Snapizzi is just one of the tools that you should be using to fine-tune the engine of growth that is your photography business. Below are some others we think you’re gonna love!
Like Snapizzi, these tools are purpose-built to improve your life by preserving your most precious resource—time.
Groove makes it easy to deliver awesome, personal support to every customer. It looks and feels just like regular email to your customers, but comes with collaboration tools let you assign support requests to members of your team, add private notes to tickets and always see who’s responding to what.
Plus, Groove has automation features to make you more productive, and customer support metrics to help you track, set goals and improve.
Pricing: $15 per month/per user
Slack is an internal company communication app that’s out to kill email. Slack brings all your communication together in one place with persistent chat rooms organized by topic, as well as private groups and direct messaging. All content inside Slack is searchable, including files, conversations, and people. You’ll never miss anything important ever again!
Since Slack is the tool our team uses for all of our communication, it’s a no-brainer to use the Groove/Slack integration so we can always see incoming tickets in realtime and stay on top of our support tickets. Slack will save your team tons of time by being able to communicate with ease!
Pricing: $8 per month/per user
YouCanBook.me is a cloud-based service which allows your customers to schedule appointments and make bookings with you using your online calendar.
YouCanBook.me lets people book you, your team or your resources, straight into your Google calendar or iCloud Calendar.
Pricing: $16 per month
Typeform is reinventing the way users create and respond to surveys and other types of forms, by making the process more user-friendly and engaging for both creators and end users.
Typeform lets you create beautiful, next-generation online forms that makes asking questions easy & human on any device.
Pricing: $20 per month
OnePageCRM lets you focus on your Next Action to easily convert leads into customers and grow your business. Customer Relationship Management plays a crucial role in the success of your business.
OnePageCRM will enable you to easily build relationships with prospects and customers, nurture leads, close more sales.
Pricing: $12 per month/per user
Evernote is an award-winning app that lets you remember and recall anything that happens in your life. Easily gather everything that matters. Clip web articles, capture handwritten notes, and snap photos to keep the physical and digital details of your life with you at all times.
If you’re not using Evernote to organize your life, you’re really missing out.
Pricing: $45 per year
MailChimp simplifies sending beautiful emails to your customers. And it’s fun! It’s the kind of service that makes you want to sign up. MailChimp enables users to easily design, send and share marketing emails. They also integrate with Google Analytics so that you can monitor the performance of your newsletters.
MailChimp’s collaboration options, like multi-user accounts and comments inside the editor, will speed up the design process and fit right into your workflow.
Pricing: FREE for up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month
Trello is a project management tool that is like having your own virtual corkboard. Trello is simple on the surface, but cards have everything you need to get stuff done. Post comments for instant feedback. Upload files and add checklists, labels, due dates, and more.
Notifications ensure you always know when important stuff happens.
The Zenfolio Academy is a national workshop tour designed to help photographers of all levels get the most from their photography website. The workshops will focus on the four most-requested topics: website and portfolio design, workflow and organization, online marketing and selling, and maximizing your website for your business.
Snapizzi Founder and CEO, Randy dela Fuente, discusses the business of high volume photography with Frederick Van Johnson on This Week in Photo podcast.
Frederick and Randy discuss the stigma within the greater photography industry around event photography, and the fact that some even say it’s “not art”. Randy challenges this notion, then goes on to explain how he and his team worked like a “well-oiled machine” on picture day to efficiently shoot thousands of professional quality portraits—sometimes within hours.
The artistic part of it all comes in when the photographer is challenged to create a salable image, with only minutes of camera time with a given subject. Art—under pressure!