Grow Your Photography Business with Greeting Cards

As a photographer, you might be missing out on repeat sales and referrals.  I can help!

As an independent distributor for SendOutCards, I help professional photographers, like you, implement appreciation marketing strategies to grow your business.   The following are real-world examples of ways you can use SendOutCards in your photography business.

The Perfect System for Photographers

“A photographer that does weddings also can recommend the system to all his clients for thank you cards, wedding invitations, and announcements.  To me, this is the perfect system for a photographer.   Take some photos from the photo session, and show the client how easy it is to make and send their own photo cards.  Then set the client up with an account, then they get paid over and over on the same photos.  I like to use photos from my photographer (who sells them on disk ) to create fun things. I span the photos inside the cards, and they come out great, but also use them for metal prints and things like that.”

– Diane Walker, SendOutCards Distributor

Ensure Future Wedding Bookings

“Take pics of the bridesmaids and then send them a card with their amazing portrait on the front and tell them on the inside how nice it was to meet them and that they made the day so special and how lucky the bride was to have her by their side.  One photographer in my downline does this and he gets more booking from bridesmaids for their own weddings.  SendOutCards is also GREAT for makeup artists! ”

Sandy Gerstein, SendOutCards Distributor 

Add-on Sales

“In my other life I am a Certified Profession Photographer and we are all picky about our color and digital files. Some more than less, and some have a better vision about it than others. You’ll have to stress to them that although they may see a print as a bit to cyan or whatnot, the client does not have that refined of an eye to notice.  It could make some really nice add-on sales though, and I love using it for that too.

“I got involved in SendOutCards at first to support my photo business, and I received great feedback and referrals from using SendOutCards to spoil my clients.  It’s about being creative with what we offer and wrapping it up into their current business.   Since photographers are generally creative people, the possibilities should be vast.”

 – Richard Chapman, II, Certified Professional Photographer and SendOutCards Distributor

So Much More

Tom Schmidt, Redding, California based photographer offers these SendOutCards solutions for photographers:

  • Start a Kids Club – automatically send a birthday card a couple weeks before the birthday with a special offer for annual pictures.
  • Create Senior Graduation Cards and thank you notes.
  • Holiday Photo Cards
  • Studio session thank you notes
  • Studio bids and follow up
  • Welcome new neighbors
  • Newborn Announcement Cards
  • Niche offers like glamour sessions

“If I had only one tool to grow my photography business it would be SendOutCards.”

– Tom Schmidt, Fine Photos

Photographers visit my SendOutCards website today, watch the video and then click the “Send a FREE Card” button to test drive the system and unleash the possibilities.


Kandas Rodarte is an Independent Senior Marketing Distributor with SendOutCards.

What’s Weighing You Down? Get Rid of It!! by Susie Glennan

Decluttering Wisdom by Susie Glennan

Susie Glennan, Owner of The Busy Woman, Inc.

Susie Glennan, Owner of The Busy Woman, Inc.

“Are you defining yourself by the things you keep or moving forward for a more freeing life of simplicity?”

Can you imagine??? 50% of the things I’ve been saving for the last 30 plus years are gone! And more is going every day. I think my spring-cleaning is turning into an addiction. The more I get rid of, the more I want to get rid of.

People save “stuff” for so many years, rarely realizing that they are not enjoying most of the “stuff” they are saving. Next thing they know, they are renting a storage unit for $100 plus a month to store stuff they probably aren’t going to use. Or there’s always the old adage that says, “I might need it later.” Of course when later comes, they can’t find it and have to buy “it” again… anyway.

Visualization is a good motivator, when you actually find the right vision. I think I finally found mine. In order to get to the vision, I must get rid of all that weighs me down.

After moving my “stuff” many times over the years I’ve gotten to a point where I realized that my Snoopy collection is nothing more than stuffed animals that provide a great place for dust. I don’t have them out where I can enjoy them, so why not allow someone else to enjoy them? They are being donated to a charity auction. My old Childcraft books have been shuffled from one house to the other. I read them to my children when they were young, but that was a LONG time ago.

As empty shelves appear in my closet and garage, I feel relief. It is like small weights are slowly being taken off of my back. Things I never thought I could get rid of are being recycled or put in the dumpster.

As I go through boxes, I sit and think deeply about why I am keeping these “things.” I realize that long ago they had meaning. They were a part of who I was. But that’s not who I am today. So in the trash or to charity they go.

Who are you today? Are you defining yourself by the things you keep or moving forward for a more freeing life of simplicity?


Susie Glennan

Susie, Glennan, The Busy Woman

Susie Glennan is the owner of  The Busy Woman, a downloadable, printable day planner system.

Interview: Kay Green of My Precious Kid, LLC

Kay Green, owner of My Precious Kid

Kay Green, owner of My Precious Kid in Hillsboro, Oregon created her company out of a personal need.  She wanted ID cards for her homeschool children.  The business has expanded to include child safety, cloth diapers and safe baby products.  Kay has 4 children and 4 grandchildren.

“I try to leave work at work and set aside home time for home.” – Kay Green

MG:  Sum up your business in three sentences or less.

KG:  I own My Precious Kid, a child safety, cloth diaper & baby products store in Hillsboro Oregon. We make child safety easy!

MG:  Where do you sell your products?

KG:   Out store in Hillsboro plus online at www.MyPreciousKid.com

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MG:  Why did you choose to start your business?

KG:   Needed ID cards for my children that were home schooled so began making custom ID cards for children.

MG:  Where do you find inspiration for your products?

KG:  Items that customers ask for. Manufacturers come to us offering new products. Or I go looking for a product to solve an issue.

MG:  Define your style?

KG:  I am pretty focused and directed. I love working on my business.

MG:  Tell me about your typical day.

KG:  Work from home in the morning 8-11. Then work at the store 11-4. Then work at home in the evening as needed. I am responsible for the website, social media, and product acquisition.

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MG:   How do you juggle work and family?

KG:  It is of course a juggle. I try to leave work at work and set aside home time for home.

MG:   Three tips you would like to give to moms who are thinking about starting their own business?

KG:

  1. Do your research well and look at the competition.
  2. Make your business look like a business (register with the state, separate checking acct and credit card, set up a website and merchant account.
  3. Set up your social media accounts in a business name from the beginning.

MG:  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

KG:  Our brick and mortar store is seeing increase in walk in traffic. I plan to continue marketing to increase this as well as online sale.


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Appreciation Marketing for Real Estate Professionals

“To be successful in Real Estate you need to two things, listings and referrals.” – Jim McCord

In the video, Jim offers three ways he uses highly customized greeting cards in his own Real Estate business:

  1. He thanks his clients with a custom card and gift.  Send Out Cards has 100’s of gifts, including gourmet food and gift cards for top retailers.
  2. He notifies other agents when he lists a home.
  3. He reaches out to For Sale by Owners.

This is just the tip of the iceberg!

Contact me to test drive Send Out Cards and discover even more ways to earn listings and referrals with greeting cards.

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90 Days of Thanksgiving

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing.  It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” – Voltaire

Today, I am introducing a bold new concept that will change the way you view the people and circumstances around you. I believe that gratitude leads to greatness. And I aim to prove it.

I challenge you to touch the lives of 90 different people before Thanksgiving of this year.

We all know that we celebrate Thanksgiving with our family and friends to commemorate the 1621 harvest festival held by the Pilgrims and their Native American allies.

“Thanksgiving” has another meaning; the word is defined as “the expression of gratitude.”

I am challenging you, to express your gratitude to 90 people in 90 days. Offer thanksgiving to one person each day for 90 days and watch your world change.

If you are thinking “I don’t know 90 people.”

Yes, you do.

You have a family. Start there.

Then move on to your friends, co-workers, clients, past clients, vendors… if someone posts something you find funny or inspiring on their Facebook wall, send them a private message and thank them for making you laugh, or think.

If you receive great service at a restaurant, pull out a notecard, jot down a quick thank you note and leave it with your tip.

If a clerk at the grocery stores helps you find the gourmet mustard aisle, make a note of their name, and send a thank you card “in care of” the store address.

“Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.  Your willingness to put it into words is all this is necessary.” –  Margaret Cousins

For those of you who do not see the merit in my challenge, who feel it unreasonable, futile or even silly. I offer this:

Tom Hopkins, arguably the greatest sales trainer in the world, built his multimillion dollar real estate business with Thank you cards.

Joe Girard, who holds the world record for automobile sales, credits his huge success to repeat buyers and referrals he gained through thank you cards.

Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, the largest company of its’ kind in the world, sat down and wrote 5 thank you notes each night before retiring to bed.

Oprah Winfrey keeps and gratitude journal, where she logs what she is grateful for each day.

If those 4 examples of gratitude in action aren’t enough to convince you that gratitude will lead you to greatness, then disprove me! Do this challenge just to prove I’m wrong!  I’m going to hold you accountable for this challenge. On Monday, November 26th, I am going to ask you to share your experience.

As of today, August 20th, there are 93 days until Thanksgiving. Start today! Don’t wait until Thursday. Start NOW!

Remember, your challenge is to offer thanksgiving to 90 different people over the next 90 days. I encourage you to keep a log or journal to track your results. Use any means appropriate to achieve your task, email, Facebook, or better yet, a real thank you card sent in the mail. Just do it, and be ready to report back on November 26th with your results.

“The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now.” – Oprah Winfrey

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Interview: Tara Rodriguez of Kindermusik with Miss Tara

Tara Rodriguez of Hanford, California (located in the Central Valley) is the mother of two pre-school boys plus a college professor.  Tara shares how her youngest son inspired her to launch her business, Kindermusik with Miss Tara.

“The most important thing in the world to me is my children and giving them every opportunity I can to grown into well-rounded, happy individuals.”

MG: Sum up your business in three sentences or less.

TR: Kindermusik is the world’s leading provider of music and movement programs for young children. The classes allow children to explore music, movement and instrument play through lessons designed to encourage a lifelong love of music. And while your child is having a great time in class with their teacher and peers, you have the peace of mind that they are learning important skills such as creativity, listening skills, coordination and confidence.

MG: Where do you sell your products?

TR: I teach my classes out of my friends art studio for children in downtown Hanford, California (Imagine Creative Art Studio), just off the old town main street. The art studio and I share the same target audience, so it is working out great for us and our clients.

MG: Why did you choose to start your business?

TR: I started Kindermusik with Dominic when he was 3 months old, and we continued until the educator went out of business when he was around 2 1/2. I moved to another music school, about 45 miles away to continue the experience for him. When Urban was born, I contacted the woman who had later taken over the first educators business about classes. She told me she was going back to school and getting out of the business. My husband and I talked about it, and I bought everything Kindermusik she had and launched my program. Now Urban goes to two classes a week, and he loves it!

MG: Where do you find inspiration for your business?

TR: From the smiles on the children’s faces….seriously. Both my sons love to come to class with me, and my mother-in-law often tags along to help out and spend time with her grandsons. It makes it a great bonding experience for her, and keeps me from having to leave my boys while I work. I also have a number of friends with children the same age as Urban, so he gets a weekly play date as well!

Tara Rodriguez of Kindermusik with Miss TaraMG: Define your style?

TR: High energy, goal oriented, child focused. The most important thing in the world to me is my children and giving them every opportunity I can to grown into well-rounded, happy individuals. Working with parents that have the same vision for their children is inspiring and motivating.

MG: Tell me about your typical day.

TR:I’m up early to get myself up and ready for the day before I need to wake the boys and get Dominic to school. I have classes three mornings a week and two evenings a week to leave time for the boys’ other activities. In a perfect world, I fit in my school work (I also teach college courses for the University of Phoenix) during the day while Urban naps, but that doesn’t always work out.

MG: How do you juggle work and family?

TR: It’s not easy, but trying not to overschedule my life and being extremely organized helps. I still teach three college courses at a time through online universities, so there are a lot of late nights and working weekends, for sure. Before scheduling my classes, I look at what my family has going on during the course of the semester (sports, vacations, etc) and try my best to work my Kindermusik schedule around that.

MG:  Three tips you would like to give to moms who are thinking about starting their own business?

TR:

  1. Be realistic about what you are willing to give up. I sometimes miss my son’s practices, and we don’t have as much time to go out of town as we used to.
  2. Be sure you have the support of your family…and that you give them yours. Starting your own business is a HUGE time commitment, and if the needs of your family are consistently not being met, no one is going to be happy…including you.
  3. Have fun! Hopefully you made the decision to start your own business because you found something you were passionate about. Have fun with it now!

MG: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

TR:  Both boys will be in school by then, so I will (finally) be able to devote more time to teaching Kindermusik classes. I would like to eventually offer 2-3 classes a day, 5 days a week and maybe hire an additional educator to teach the evening classes to free up my time for my own children’s activities.

MG: What else would you like to add?

TR: I understand the importance and value of community and feel fortunate to be able to share my love of Kindermusik with the families in my community.

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