Friday Five: 5 Ways to Market Your Business Without Professional Images

Friday Five: 5 Ways to Market Your Business Without Professional Images

(Editor's note: This post was a collaboration between WeddingIQ's founder, Jennifer Reitmeyer, and co-editor Kyle Bergner.)

One of the most common complaints we hear from wedding industry colleagues is that they find it difficult to market themselves without relying on images from professional photographers. It was one of the excuses thrown around in the #weddingphotogate conflict we wrote about on Wednesday, and it's the topic of many of the anonymous rants we receive.

We've written before about how to go about requesting (and properly using) professional photos,both here on our blog and on Jen's monthly article for WeddingWire's Education Center.We're also speaking on this topic at The Planners' Suite Conference in January.

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Announcement: Free Coaching for Anyone Whose Website Has Been Stolen!

Announcement: Free Coaching for Anyone Whose Website Has Been Stolen!

We're so excited to announce that, starting immediately, we're offering a completely free, 20-minute virtual coaching session on the topic of protecting your website from Internet thieves. If your text and/or images have been stolen by another site, we'd love to walk you through the process of contacting the other party (in a manner that's civil, yet effective) and, if need be, submitting a takedown notice to their hosting provider.

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Thoughts on Thievery From a "Drunken Tightwad"

Thoughts on Thievery From a "Drunken Tightwad"

People steal from my website. All. The. Damn. Time. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I've personally reached out to well over 500 other businesses in the past 8 years - mostly DJs, some photographers and planners - who have plagiarized my website text. Most have taken down the stolen material willingly; others have had their websites suspended by their hosting companies after I've submitted a takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. (Interested in how to do that yourself? Check this out!)

Yes, it's time consuming. Yes, I could be using that time to work on other things, such as my DJ business or this blog. Yes, there are more positive things I could be thinking about instead.

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Just Gimme the Photos!

 Just Gimme the Photos!

Everyone wants my pictures. I'm an extremely popular person right after a wedding.  After all, I take professional photos of venues, flowers, shoes and decor for a living. Oh yeah, and occasionally I photograph the happy couple, too. As anyone will tell you, I freely give my images to the vendors that help create an event. That's been my choice, as part of my marketing plan and as an opportunity to build relationships with colleagues.

I think a lot of photographers share my willingness to provide images to other vendors; however, the frequent misuse (and lack of attribution) has created a tremendous amount of tension within the wedding industry. Photographers feel they are taken advantage of or pressured to provide images on demand. Other vendors feel frustrated with the turnaround time and feel photographers hold their work hostage.

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The "How-To" Post to End All How-To Posts

The "How-To" Post to End All How-To Posts

I came into the office this past Sunday with the goal of tackling (well, at least organizing) my massive to-do list, and was excited that I actually thought to use this very blog to help me with that.  I remembered posting my advice on doing a brain dump, so I did a quick search and used that post to get myself all sorted out.  What a great feeling!

So, in an effort to cultivate some of my advice posts into a resource for others, here are 10 more how-to posts from WeddingIQ that someone may find useful:

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