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Importance of a web site?

View Poll Results: How important is a web site to attracting business?
Over 100 customers have found me due to my site 7 28.00%
Over 50 customers have found me due to my site 3 12.00%
From 10-40 new customers from my web site 9 36.00%
Only one or less than a handful 2 8.00%
My web site is a bust; it's brought no business 4 16.00%
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Old 04-29-2003, 09:58 AM
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Importance of a web site?

Hi!

I'm curious what people think as to how important having a website is to attract work? Of those getting lots of projects per month, do you have a website? What are your primary modes of advertising? Which are most successful?

Thanks very much,
Diane
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Old 04-29-2003, 10:35 PM
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Hi Dianne, I don't use a website for my business (yet) so I won't take the poll, but I wanted to remind you of the threads in the "Your Website" forum.

If you're thinking of developing a website for your business, you can save yourself a lot of grief by readint through some of the threads there or starting a new one with your questions.

Good luck, margaret
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Old 05-03-2003, 06:43 PM
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I have a website, and I also design websites. My own doesn't bring much in - I mostly work by word of mouth - local.

But for my customers, websites bring in a substancial amount of business. One customer, it brings in about 10%, (they do tons of other advertizing as well) and for another, it brings in probably about 30% of their calls.

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Old 05-03-2003, 08:30 PM
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My site is a great source of new customers for me, though I don't do restorations. My company services portrait and commercial studios.

Just last month I started a Pro Photography Forum to attract new photographers, and it has really taken off. I had a photographer call me from Hawaii last week.

Here is a link with the current traffic at my site. I love looking at stats.

http://www.adimaging.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=192
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Old 05-04-2003, 09:55 AM
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Hi Diane, My Web site has been up since February. I have not received any orders yet directly from my site. All of my business is comming from local word-of-mouth. I am not worried about the Web site not producing as I don't do any advertising and all of the search engines haven't picked me up yet. I'm also still organizing my business, in my spare time, and want to develop a couple of new products. I want to be able to handle the business when it comes in and I am not really ready yet.

Aric, your site and the stats are very impressive. Do you do a lot of advertizing?
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Old 05-04-2003, 02:28 PM
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My rule of thumb is to spend 70% of my day marketing, and the other 30% retouching. I advertise, and I visit multiple professional phtography forums daily.

I also hire companies to submit my site to search engines for me.
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Old 05-04-2003, 04:14 PM
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Re: websites

Hi Kevin B!

Thanks very much for responding to my post! I took a look at your website and think it is extremely professional and classy. I think the text is really wonderful! But just perhaps the site could be stronger with really good before and after restoration shots right away on page one and also on the pricing page as examples for each category. The photos on the gallery page did not look so interesting. Perhaps potential customers need to see really strong, interesting shots to be motivated enough to fork out the money for a restoration?

I'm also curious how your pricing would be for a customer who wants 20-30 photos from an album restored, in varying condition? Let's say that he is not looking to spend a huge amount on this project.

All the best,
Diane
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Old 05-04-2003, 05:12 PM
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Hi Diane, thank you for your observations. I am planning an update to the site soon and will take your comments seriously. I hope to incorporate some active thumbnails on the left margin. I have had many comments that visitors first impressions is that they wanted to click on those thumbnails. I am trying to work out the details.

I am going to update the gallery also with different images. I haven't had time lately to take on the project of updating the site. I have been busy with locally obtained projects. Guess this is the down side to doing everything yourself. It takes time to do all these things and actual work gets in the way.

The pricing is a thorn in my side right now. I have found it difficult to estimate some projects. I can't tell if I am not charging enough or I'm charging too much. The site states that I will give a more acurate price after I see the work. On your request I would agree in principal to a volume discount but would have to see the images before agreeing to an actual price.
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I find my web site very valuable. My biggest customer to date came in about a month ago sold because of the web site (I don't know if she found us on the web or went to look from seeing the web site listed on our advertising). Restoration is a visual medium - it is perfect for this - not just for before and after photos - but also to project the personality of your business.

When doing restoration work on a computer - it adds to the credability a lot to have a strong web site - just think, from the customers point of view if you are doing this full time and in a major way ... you are working in the digital realm daily - but you don't have a web site?

Whether you get new customers on your site or they go there from advertising or because you mention it's availability on the phone, it will stengthen your relationship with potential customers.

Roger
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Old 05-05-2003, 10:08 AM
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Hi Roger,

Thanks very much for your reply. I took a look at your website and it looks extremely sharp and professional. I did find the pricing page for restorations a bit confusing and unclear however. From the second box regarding the price for restorations, there does not seem to be a separate charge for scanning, but then what is the first box about scanning about?? It is also not clear what size print the customer gets with his restoration order. Most companies include one print up to 8x10 with a restoration order; do you charge separately for any prints??

Also, do you get a significant amount of business from customers just wanting you to scan pictures without doing a full restoration?

I've also been meaning to respond to your earlier post on the 'how much" thread and will post some more thoughts over there.

All the best,
Diane
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