NEWS no. 10
The first Modern eZine combining Stock Photography and Marketing
* From the Editor
* What is the actual trend in Stock photography?
* Guest article: What clients really want
- by Maria Piscopo
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* Guest article: Marketing When Sales Are Slow
- by Dr. Nunley
* More about the digital workflow
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WHAT IS THE ACTUAL TREND IN STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY ?
be trendy and "hit the nail" at the right moment,
when selecting pictures? Or - how to shoot your stock photos
with a cutting edge atmosphere?
You have your own gut feeling for what is in for the moment.
And you get a lot of information and inspiration from
what you actually see published in the media. But how to
KNOW what is trendy?
Not many of us have the resources to hire researchers to
do systematic research about fashion trends and trend setting
big events and their imaging implications for people and
specific target groups.
we have access to an easy tool and all of us can skim
the cream of others research.
According to Getty Images CEO and co-founder Jonathan Klein,
Getty is doing that kind of research. Professional researchers
investigate demographics and trends in high-end advertising.
They requirements sales data, website searches, and customer
requests to find out what images are in demand and what are
All findings are combined to be used for giving requirements
to the production of new stock pictures for the huge picture
provider, which is the worlds biggest conglomerate of picture
Read the full story here:
to learn from the research of Getty? It is simple,
according to Rohn Engh, director of PhotoSource International,
we can just do window shopping at Getty´s main websites.
them once a week and analyse the pictures they present
at the main page for content and style. Refresh your browser
several times to see the different pictures coming up.
And make your own decisions of what kind of style to use or
You find Getty at www.gettyone.com
WHAT CLIENTS REALLY WANT
tip will bring you up-to-date on how clients make hiring decisions
looking for photographers, graphic designers or any freelance
new technology, personal communications and economic needs
clients, you must adapt to get a competitive edge and get
do look at hiring freelance designers as different than hiring
" talent" - the illustrators and photographers.
For design services, clients look
closely at the self-promotion pieces and personal approach
used by the
photographer or an illustrator, clients can use more of a
pattern based on the style they need on a project. Tracy Smith
is an Art
Director at Spring Industries and says, "I use sourcebooks
photographers. For freelance designers, I depend on word of
mail promotions and even look at the temp agencies when I
Other clients named resources for finding freelancers such
* Art/Photo Reps
* Technical trade schools
* Local trade, design and advertising publications
* Networking at design and advertising associations
* Asking other freelancers!
* Despite the last ten years of freelancers shifting from
non-personal marketing, clients do want to make a personal
Brison, Creative Department Manager for Ha*lo Advertising
" Personal contact with my freelancers is extremely important.
The process that works best for us is to find the freelancers
best fits our needs. At that point, the portfolio gets dropped
reviewed. Then, we call the freelancer in to discuss their
work, go through
their portfolio, and learn how they like to work. Finally,
we are able to
determine if they and their work are the perfect fit for our
Senior Art Director at Access Advertising in Ontario, Canada
" Personal contact is a slow process but I make the time.
It is very
important to get along with the freelancer in order to establish
creative execution and commitment to the project."
the number of freelancers competing for jobs, clients have
added on new
factors to evaluate the freelancers they will hire. Beyond
and creative vision, here's a more thorough checklist. Use
this list when
designing your next portfolio presentation and any kind of
* Range of media experience
* Number of active clients
* Turnaround time on typical projects
* Other related services available
* Project production management skills
* Flexibility and the ability to take direction
* Meeting deadlines and the ability to change direction
* Communication skills with management and vendors
* Knowing how to ask the right questions on a project
* Reliability and follow through is very important
* Balance of creativity and business sense
is here to stay but don't retire those print and transparency
portfolios quite yet! Many clients see electronic self-promotion
two-step process. Some will look at a Web site or CD-ROM and
call in the
" real" portfolio. Some will receive your direct
mail or call and then go to
your Web site. Many times, the decision to even look at a
CD or Web site is
based on the client's industry type.
This is still a pretty controversial question and clients
have lots to say
on the subject! Here are some of their comments:
Gauthier, Waterloo Maple Inc.,
" For my type of business electronic promotion by the
freelancer is a vital
tool. As a software development company, we look at both CD-ROMs
Web sites. I am a strong advocate of electronic media!"
" It takes an effort to view electronic promos and I
prefer printed finals presented by the person"
Schaf, BJC Design Communications,
" Electronic promos are critical especially when the
ad agency and
art director are unaware of the freelancer's style"
E. Morgan, Musicland Group Inc.,
" They are creative and technical but I won't hire just
based on a Web site
" I don't care for electronic self-promos. They make
it hard to verify
quality and the materials used for the project. I would much
the artwork. On many sites, I can't even print anything to
view or keep on
file for future reference."
Virnig, Newell Office Products,
" I think they are great. It always impresses me when
I see a freelancer
with their own well-designed and produced Web site."
" I find them very impersonal and the artwork all starts
to look the same.
The format is limiting and does not show me what is unique
with this freelancer."
Oliver, Anatomical Chart Company,
" I personally prefer something that is printed unless
the actual project
requires an animator or Web site designer"
Hastay Benavides, Region XIII,
" I think electronic self-promotion is wonderful. It
is easy for me to
access and always available on my own time. I recommend freelancers
a well designed Web site with an eye-catching direct mailer
with a contact
name and directions to the site."
from Michael Standlee, Creative Director, Michael Standlee
" When looking for a freelancer, I first look through
a folder with direct
mail promotional pieces I've collected. I love electronic
especially a good interactive CD. Web sites can also give
you a flavor of
the artists' work."
business tip enough? If not, visit Maria's web site "Business
Library" as well as for information on her new marketing
book for creative
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WHEN SALES ARE SLOW
week I got a message from the marketing director at a
medium-sized company. She wanted some ideas on how to market
when sales are slow.
the first things companies do when the economy gets
slow is cut back on marketing. The slower sales get, the more
advertising they cancel.
be a vicious circle. No promotion means fewer sales. Add
that to an already slow cycle and sales can fall to a trickle.
look for low-cost ways to get a lot of marketing
results. Necessity is the mother of invention and you may
surprised at how much promotion you can squeeze from very
mine your list of current and previous customers. Send
them mailers, make phone calls, start an email newsletter.
service after the sale, special current customer deals, and
'ol reminders that you are still around.
your marketing to new customers more targeted. One
photographer dropped her expensive ad in the daily newspaper
do very targeted direct mail. It worked and for a fraction
delivers results for almost nothing like the Internet.
Beef up your online presence with a bigger web site and more
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