Content Marketing for Photographers

Tue, May 10, 2011 Content marketing is one of the most powerful types of marketing in the Internet era. Photographers can become the best content marketers on the planet. People are bombarded by advertising every day through newspapers, magazines, web ads and television. As the population become more and more inundated with ads, it becomes harder and harder to reach people through advertising. As Seth Godin points out, we are just interrupting their day. No one appreciates interruption.
Get Content, Get Customers is a fantastic book on content marketing. Actually, it is the only one I’ve found that really addresses what content marketing is and how to leverage it in your own marketing. The main crux of content marketing is simple: provide useful content to your customer base and you’ll become the go-to person for your service. In Get Content, Get Customers, by Joe Pulizzi and Newt Barrett, the authors point out that we need to see ourselves as publishers. We are in the business of publishing content to our customer base.
The Photographer’s Advantage
Photographers have a distinct advantage in a content marketing campaign. We have beautiful photos. Any decent publishing medium is at least 50% photography, if not more. Beautiful wedding, portrait and commercial photography means that at least 50% of your content is already done. Grab some photos, write a few paragraphs and you have great content.

© Frank Salas

One of my favorite blogs is by Orange County Wedding Photographer Frank Salas. You can see Frank’s blog here. Frank is a very successful Southern California wedding photographer.  He takes the time to create story boards and photos for each of his clients.

© Frank Salas


Some people are daunted by trying to create one or more blog posts a week. It’s actually simpler than it sounds. Just think about your clients and their pain points. Brides are stuck making huge decisions costing thousands of dollars. If you’ve shot weddings for more than a year, you know more about weddings than any bride ever would. For portraits, it’s all about kids, clothes and location.
© Frank Salas
Here are some ideas for taking your content one step further:
• Review the flowers of a wedding for your florist.
• Do a top five florists post.
• Review the best wedding dresses of the year and where they were purchased.
• Do a post on the best time of the day for formals.
• Write up the best makeup to use to hide tears.
• Give tips on keeping your wedding dress clean on the wedding day.
• Do a review of your favorite DJs in the area.
• Do a post about the top five wedding locations in your area.
• Do a post about the funkiest wedding locations in your area.
• Write up tips on dressing kids for portraits.
• Write up the best place to get flu shots for kids in the fall.
• Write up your favorite kids clothing boutique.
• Blog on your favorite parks in the area.
This is a list that I made in just a few minutes. Start your own list. Once you get going, the ideas will keep coming. Just remember, content is king (or queen).
Remember to follow these few important points. Remember BEST.
•Behavioral – With your content, have in mind what you want them to do. Click to your pricing page? Learn your branding?
•Essential – The content needs to be essential for them. It needs to make their life better in some way.
•Strategic – Your content needs to fit with your overall marketing strategy. Don’t write about corporate headshots if you don’t do them.
•Targeted – Make sure you are creating content for you target market. If you want to shoot expensive weddings so review David’s Bridal.

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Andrew Funderburg has written 251 articles on this blog.

Father, husband, photographer and creator of Fundy Software residing in the Portland, Oregon metro area.

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