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Photographers Direct - Response Email


csurry 12 9.2k 92
12 Aug 2009 9:11PM
Does anyone who has had success selling through Photographers Direct have a template email that they send as the initial response to the query?

I have had varying success and just wondered if anyone had a tried and tested response.

Thanks
Cheryl

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User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
12 Aug 2009 9:53PM
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csurry 12 9.2k 92
12 Aug 2009 9:58PM
That's no use as a response!
Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
12 Aug 2009 10:02PM
Mike, use you bl**dy quick link feature!
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csurry 12 9.2k 92
12 Aug 2009 10:06PM
He's just old-fashioned.

Someone out there must have had some success. Mine is about 50% of enquiries to sales. Just wondered if my initial response could be better worded to convert more as the enquirer was obviously interested initially.

Some I know are pretty much time wasters and want to pay little or nothing, but I currently have an enquiry which on the face of it is offering serious money for an image and I don't want to mess it up.

Had a long day writing documents and can't get out of powerpoint mode, so don't feel able to find the right words and I think previous responses were possible not as good as they could have been.
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
12 Aug 2009 11:07PM
What! What!!!

( Me! Use 'Let Me Google That For You' with Cheryl..!!??? I want to live Cole - you hear? Live!!)

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csurry 12 9.2k 92
13 Aug 2009 8:06AM
Sent a response now, see how it goes.

I just think that there must be a better way of replying to these. This particular one did at least offer a fee up front, which helps as you have a starting point for the reply.

You'd think the website would offer some examples really as they ask you to mention using PD and saying something about how it is more financially beneficial to deal directly with the photographer etc.
13 Aug 2009 10:09AM
Funnily enough I got my first enquiry yesterday from PD. Sold the image a few hours later.

My reply was a simple one a the buyer asked me what price I would charge for the image use in a limited internal print run.

"Many thanks for your enquiry. As this is a small, limited print run I would charge £xx for this image.

If you wish to discuss the usage further please do not hesitate to contact me on xxxxxxxx.

Regards,
Martin Hurton"



I don't see the need to give anymore of a response and it worked.

What extra information do you think needs to be in the email?
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
13 Aug 2009 10:37AM
Does anyone really sell much through PD?

I should really spend a bit more time uploading images to these things.. but would it be time well spent uploading to PD?
Chris_H 11 1.5k 1
13 Aug 2009 10:57AM

Quote:Does anyone really sell much through PD?

I should really spend a bit more time uploading images to these things.. but would it be time well spent uploading to PD?



I have sold quite a few imags through PD although you get what you put in really, if you spend lots of time uploading then you may not see a return straight away but stock is considered a long term thing, its just important to keep uploading and adding to the collection.

The daily emails are good too as you can see budgets and what images the customers want. Although some of the requests can be a bit stupid.
boony 8 978 3 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2009 11:07AM
has anyone who uses these agencies got any opinions on which is the best one to use to sell stuff? I`ve only played at this myself and wouldnt have a clue whether to try alamy or PD or microstock sites.....
Ian G W 11 396 3 England
13 Aug 2009 3:46PM

Quote:Has anyone who uses these agencies got any opinions on which is the best one to use to sell stuff? I`ve only played at this myself and wouldnt have a clue whether to try alamy or PD or microstock sites.....


I only play at it myself really - I'm with Dreamstime , with a ridiculously low portfolio of only 165 images online which I haven't added to all year. This year I've averaged $35 per month, so basically I get a cheque for over $100 every 3 months for doing nothing!

Ian.
Chris_H 11 1.5k 1
13 Aug 2009 4:06PM

Quote:Has anyone who uses these agencies got any opinions on which is the best one to use to sell stuff? I`ve only played at this myself and wouldn't have a clue whether to try alamy or PD or microstock sites.....


I would say have a look around at what libraries suit your work best and what license method is going to work best. If you want to go royalty free then you are going to have to make sure you have model and property releases. Be aware that if you do go royalty free then you may lose money from other opportunities, lots of magazines, business advertising and calendar companies will want rights managed, so if you sell royalty free then you may have to turn customers who come to you direct away.

Some of the general libraries to look at are Corbis, Getty and Alamy, but don't ignore some of the smaller more specialised libraries either.
csurry 12 9.2k 92
13 Aug 2009 9:14PM
Quite similar to my response Martin and similar to previous responses, just wondered that was all.

I have sold a few through PD which given I really don't have that many images is OK. I really should upload more there but never seem to get around to it at the moment.

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