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Your Web Presence * Contest: Win a Show It Web Pro or a Show It Site

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David Jay’s company Show It Fast helps photographers take control of their websites.  With Showit Sites photographers can create something completely unique and continually show their clients who they are and what they do in a way that is 100% their own . Artists need to show how they are different and unique.  A template website just can’t do that. 

Showit Web slideshows allow photographers to create stunning slideshows in minutes and upload them onto to the web.  Having the ability to display your work quickly to the masses is best way to get people to start talking about your work first. Here is an example of a slide show – showing the MCP Action Set “All in the Details.”

I am very excited that ShowIt Fast has donated 2 very generous prizes for me to give away on the MCP Blog:

Show It Web Pro (an amazing, easy way to make slide shows) – $199 value

Show It Sites (1 full year of Show It Site website service) – $468 value

One winner will be picked for each prize.  I am making this an easy contest to enter.  Just comment below on “How important is your Website and/or Blog is to your Photography business? Explain if you feel you have full control of your web presense? What would you change about your current site and/or blog if you could?” Winners to be picked at random on Sunday the 29th.

When I announce the prize, anyone who has commented will be eligible for nearly $50 off Show It Web Pro and almost $100 off a Show It Site.  So check back for your code to save LOTS OF $$$. 

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  1. March 24, 2009 at 9:22 am —

    Having a website it critical but more importantly is a blog that you update regularly with either your work or interesting tidbits. It is also important to try to make you site stand out a bit different than everyone else which is hard in the day of mass templates. However, if you make a site that clients want to visit again and again–that can generate into business. Also blogging regularly helps w/ SEO too.

  2. March 24, 2009 at 9:19 am —

    I wish I had a stronger web presence. I have a photography blog and use it on a regular basis. I post sneak peaks for my clients which allows them to send friends and family there to see their pictures. It is a win-win for me. The downside is that I can only do basic things with my blog. I drool when I look at other photographers sites and wish I could have something like that. I keep telling myself… one day… right?

  3. March 24, 2009 at 9:10 am —

    I think it is so very important bc there are so many people that you may never get the opportunity to meet and your site may be the only piece of you they get to see. It has to be unique-set apart from the rest- easy to maneuver- and truly show your personality. I am struggling with this right now bc everything looks so much like the everyone elses. I have a “template” site and though I really like it I know they are many others just like it which makes it hard to stand out. thankfully I haven’t seen them in my area but I know it’s only a matter of time.
    I totally wish that my site and blog were one entity and not 2 different things just linked. i think it would flow better and make it that much easier for the users to maneuver between the 2 🙂

  4. March 24, 2009 at 9:09 am —

    My website is the ONLY way customers find me. Often it’s the only way they see my work, so a website is THE most important tool in my business. A website is your first impression…. and you what they say about THAT! It’s very important that a website be customizable as no two photographers are the same and our websites should reflect that!! My current site it somewhat customizable, but not nearly as much as I would like/need.

    Thanks so much for the consideration!
    Chris

  5. Jeanine
    March 24, 2009 at 9:07 am —

    I know plenty of my own purchases are effected by the businesses website so I appreciate the good and avoid the bad. That is why I want to make the right move when my business really gets rolling. I know a great, easy to navigate, easy to use website is key to properly representing a photographer’s art.

  6. March 24, 2009 at 8:54 am —

    My website is my complete way to introduce myself to my clients – a way for them to communicate and view my work – super important. I guess – I’d change the ease of use for my clients – my website doesn’t offer complete control to all the ins and outs of my site so that would be what I would change 🙂

  7. March 24, 2009 at 8:42 am —

    Important!? I think my biz thrives from it! It’s my sole form of advertising for now, I’m still just jumping into the business end of things…without the website getting passed around to friends and family and then in turn forwarded again, I am not sure I would have any clients other than family and friends!

    What a great presentation tool!

  8. March 24, 2009 at 8:42 am —

    I am just starting out and am having to keep my costs low until I build my clientele…hence I have a free blogsite right now. While it is somewhat customizable, I desperately would LOVE to have a ShowIt site to be able to display galleries of photos and have a much cleaner look than my blogsite. This would be SO beneficial to me since my business heavily relies on word of mouth and website/blog referral! PICK ME!! PICK ME!! haha 🙂

  9. March 24, 2009 at 8:41 am —

    I think a website and blog are critical to a photography business. They are the front-end. While I have a few clients a week I actually deal with face to face, my website and blog are getting hundreds of hits a day.

    I definitely need this because I have been looking at creating a new website, but just don’t have the knowledge to do so. My website is actually quite boring and simple. I just don’t feel like it is bold or sassy enough to express who I am as a person or as a photographer. I want something that really expresses me…because I feel that it is extremely important for my client to know what my personality is like long before they ever meet me!

  10. March 24, 2009 at 8:38 am —

    My web and blog are everything to my business. Since I do not have an actual location, they serve as my storefront. They are how I book a lot of my clients. Do I believe that I have complete control? Absolutely not! You can find the template I use on hundreds of other photographer’s sites. While I have done a lot to my photos and the layout to make it stand out among the masses it is still very limited. Same with my blog. When you are just starting out and your money goes back to your equipment…it’s hard to pay someone to design something for you. It’s also very hard, being in a very creative profession, to get someone to design exactly what you want. I am known for being unique yet my website surely isn’t. I think Show It is an amazing idea!

  11. March 24, 2009 at 8:38 am —

    Your website is your biggest seller. It is where potential clients are “drawn in” and get a general feel for your artwork. My site now has TERRIBLE client galleries and a not so user-freindly shopping cart. Whats worse is my email has not worked EVER! And I have had this site for months now and no emails. Clients have to contact me through Facebook and Myspace … sad huh? Not to mention…very slow (if any) customer service. BLAH! I can’t afford to change it right now =( but would LOVE a SWOWIT SITE! fingers crossed!

  12. March 24, 2009 at 8:37 am —

    i just launched my website – but just like you said, a template site doesn’t allow me to express myself the way i want to. i cannot afford to make any changes right now – but boy would i love to. so many people have commented on my photography on my site and that’s a good thing – but i just know i could do more to showcase my style, my thoughts and my sense of humor. a template site is pretty straight forward. i have a great logo but am limited in how i use it. the ShowIt sites are tremendously cool and very powerful – just the way your action sets are showcased -it speaks volumes. good luck to me and good luck to all, it would be a lovely thing to win!!

  13. March 24, 2009 at 8:34 am —

    Being new to the business, I feel my web presence has been my biggest ‘voice’ to show and display my work! I have had a lot of good feedback from my current site, but I would always like to build and improve as I grow as a photographer. As fas as my blog .. it has been around longer than my business and I really would like to give it a makeover! My biggest desire is larger photos and sleek slideshows from sessions to show off!

  14. March 24, 2009 at 8:25 am —

    Oh wow!! I neeeeeeed this!! The only site I have is a blog now…. I want BIGGER pictures, and little more creativity than blogger allows. I want a multi picture header! Wow…. the slide show feature is incredible! Doing birth and children photography “telling the story” through a slide show would make an awesome impact I think!! I think a better blog would help my business grow, look more “professional”, and make me stand out vs. just a regular blogger blog! The only thing I feel I have control over in my current site is my pictures (the most impt. part)…. but I want my pictures to POP and to stand out… bigger would be better I think!! I do not do much if any marketing/advertising except my blog/website and facebook…. so this would be ENORMOUS for me!!!!
    Help me David Jay and Jodi F!!!!

  15. March 24, 2009 at 8:24 am —

    Web and blog presence are extremely important! While I do love my website and blog, there are limitations within the template, and lots of things I wish I could change. First and foremost, I wish they were ONE! Other than that, I’d like them to match better and be as user-friendly as possible. Also, I wish I had more storage & bandwidth…. I keep creeping up on my limit! I love the ShowIt sites, and I would :LOVE: to win one! At this point I can’t justify the cost of switching myself, but I drool over the design every time I come across one! 🙂 I would be over-the-moon happy 🙂

  16. March 24, 2009 at 8:22 am —

    Your website is the place were a majority of your potential clients get a chance to review your wonderful work so I think that it is incredibly important. All of my current clients also review thier photos on private pages within the site so friends and family they share the photos with are also visiting the site…so lots of potential clients! I am happy with the traffic my site is getting (love the Google Analytics!), however as my business is growing I am working on changing overall look and feel to be a better fit to my work. What a great prize Jodi and another great resource!

  17. Deena
    March 24, 2009 at 8:14 am —

    I’m just getting started, so I don’t have a website YET! But I do feel it will be very important for my business to have a unique, user-friendly, website. In this day and age, I think having a website is key for any business. I would like to build my own, so I can do as I please, but I know it’s a difficult thing to do. But that’s the only way to guarantee I will have full control.

  18. Katy G
    March 24, 2009 at 8:13 am —

    I think next to incredible photos, a website is the most important part of a photography business. I am having issues setting up a site right now (new business) so this would be awesome to win!

  19. Lori
    March 24, 2009 at 11:14 am —

    Since my business is through word-of-mouth or being found on the Internet, my web site is very important to relay what I can provide to each new client. I am alway trying to keep my site up to date with the newest technology, so a new site would help do just that! Thank you for offering this wonderful contest Jodi.

  20. Rene
    March 24, 2009 at 10:24 am —

    I think a website is important and I am finally at the stage where I need to get one! I am making it a priority to start working on setting one up ASAP!!! What a great opportunity/ prize to win!

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