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Cassidy Drury is a Kansas City based Luxury Wedding Photographer specializing in documentary and timeless work. She is an expert in her industry and available for travel.

Currently booking 2024 and 2025 weddings

You're Not Marketing Effectively

In fourth grade, my teacher and mentor taught me a very important lesson that transcends classroom walls. Besides his role as an educator, he was a real estate agent, a singer, and a dedicated father. He was a busy man with a wealth of life experiences to share. One day, he gathered our class and imparted a piece of wisdom he believed would stay with us for life.

Now, you might be wondering, what does a fourth-grade lesson have to do with marketing and photography?

Trust me; the connection is coming.

He recounted a story from his days as a real estate agent. He had just sold a beautiful house that promised a substantial commission. Excited and in need of a break, he promptly booked a family trip to Disney World. The only problem? He jumped the gun and made plans even before the sale was finalized.

If you're familiar with real estate, you can likely predict where this story is headed. The buyers unexpectedly backed out, leaving him in a precarious financial situation. He had spent money he didn't have, counting on funds that were never truly his. He had put all his eggs in one basket, and it taught him a lesson he was eager to share with us.

Fast forward to a few years ago, and Instagram had a major meltdown. The platform was inaccessible, and countless photographers couldn't reach their clients, some of whom had sessions scheduled for that day.

This situation was reminiscent of my teacher's lesson - putting all your eggs in one basket. In this case, the basket was Instagram.

Now, don't get me wrong; I love social media as much as the next photographer. But here's the truth: Posting on Instagram is not a marketing strategy. Let that sink in for a moment.

Posting on Instagram is not a marketing strategy.

If you're wondering what to do next, fear not; I've got your back. I've been there, and Instagram is still a significant source of leads for me. However, what if, hypothetically, Meta vanished from the digital landscape? Unlikely, but not impossible. Remember when we thought TikTok was on its way out? Probabilities may be low, but they're never zero.

So, what's the solution? Scatter your eggs.

To do this effectively, start by identifying your target audience or, as we often refer to it in the industry, your ideal client. Where do they shop? What are their hobbies? What does their background look like? What do they value? What unique problem can you solve for them?

I take a hands-on approach when working with my mentees to answer these questions, but you can start by considering them yourself. If you're interested in one-on-one growth and education, let's chat. I genuinely believe in a unique, personalized approach. I see my mentees as friends, and I'm emotionally invested in your journey. Your success is my success.

Now that we've identified the problem and our target audience, the pressing question is:

How do we effectively market our photography services?

Let's explore that in the next part of this series. Stay tuned for valuable insights and strategies to elevate your photography marketing game.

Remember: successful marketing requires ongoing effort and adaptation. Continuously evaluate the performance of your strategies and make necessary adjustments based on the results you achieve.

Marketing is a vast world of opportunities waiting to be explored! Take your website, for example – it's a key player in your marketing strategy. From its eye-catching design to the seamless user experience and savvy SEO optimization, it's a multi-faceted gem. Now, here's a golden tip: invite a trusted mentor or a knowledgeable friend to give it a spin. Look for someone with a knack for design and a flair for honesty. Their feedback can be a game-changer and a good starting point.

In the realm of marketing, there's a potent strategy that often goes overlooked, yet its impact can be truly transformative: networking and making industry connections. Picture it as the secret sauce that adds flavor and depth to your marketing endeavors. But why is networking such a vital component of your marketing mix?

Trust is the currency of business. When you establish genuine connections with industry peers, clients, and fellow professionals, you're building trust and credibility within your niche. People tend to prefer working with those they know and trust, and networking helps you become that trustworthy go-to expert.

Networking opens doors to a world of referrals and recommendations. When you form strong connections with others in your industry, they are more likely to refer clients to you when they are overbooked or when a project doesn't quite align with their expertise. These referrals can be a consistent source of business.

Collaboration is the cornerstone of innovation. By networking, you uncover opportunities to collaborate with like-minded professionals. Whether it's a joint project, a cross-promotion, or a strategic partnership, these collaborations can expand your reach and introduce your services to a broader audience.

In conclusion, effective marketing is about more than just Instagram or a stunning website; it's about diversifying your strategies and making meaningful connections within your industry. Just like my teacher's lesson on not putting all your eggs in one basket, successful marketing requires spreading your efforts across multiple avenues.

I'm here to guide you on this exciting journey of growth and success. If you're ready to take your photography business to new heights, it's time to take the next step. Let's work together to develop a personalized marketing strategy that suits your unique goals and aspirations. Your dreams are within reach, and I'm here to help you achieve them.

Reach out today, and let's start crafting a brighter future for your photography career. Together, we'll turn your aspirations into achievements!


Hey, I'm Cassidy!

I've been doing the button clicking, people laughing, memory documenting thing for nine years now. Growing up, I wanted to be a teacher. Photography was something that I fell in love with as I gave up my dream to educate. But now, almost a decade later, I get to merge my two passions and help photographers like you get their business to be profitable and busy. Thanks for reading this blog post! If you enjoyed it, be sure to check out my other posts and reach out to learn more.

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