Post # 1
Hi Bees! I need some opinions! I’m a wedding photographer and this year I want to start sending out client gifts at several points throughout the year. With the wedding season coming up, I’m thinking of sending out a little ‘date night kit.’ I’m thinking of including the following:
– DVD of The Notebook … just because that is exactly the kind of love that I want for myself and wish for my clients. I know it might be a bit of a Chick Flick, but my boyfriend actually enjoyed it, and its a nice cuddle on the couch movie 🙂
– Gourmet Popcorn (the kernels..not microwave or pre-popped) and some gourmet popcorn seasoning I found on Etsy..both packged nicely of course 🙂
– Mini Capri Blue candle in mercury glass from Anthropologie (Volcan scent) to set the mood
So.. good idea or not? TIA!
Post # 2
Wow, if I was your client I would love that! It’s definitely something that you wouldn’t expect from a photographer and would set Yu apart as really caring about your clients. I think it sounds great!
Post # 3
Love the idea of popcorn or the candle. My photographer sent me gourmet tea with a glass tea pot right after I booked her. I thought it was beyound thoughtful.
Post # 4
kristinspeed: Is this for past clients, already booked clients or future potential clients?
In all honestly if I was a booked or potential client I would be thinking what a waste of money. I would be thinking that all these gifts are built into the pricing I was quoted and would much rather not recieve a gift and have that reflected in pricing. If I was a potiental client I would also be reconsidering booking you because I would be thinking “so they need to bribe me to use them?”.
If I was a past client I would just find it a little strange and kind of like you were looking for an “in” to guilt me into buying more prints.
Post # 5
if i was your past client, i’d much rather receive a print you liked from our wedding, a photo card on our first anniversary, etc. i think your gift basket idea is cute, but it doesn’t really have any relevance to your work as their photographer and is a little random (i don’t even have a dvd player – i have netflix and satelite movies).
on the other hand, if i got a framed 5 x 7 of a shot you liked with a personalized card to wish us happy anniversary? i’d be thrilled, super touched because it’s way more personal and would likely start thinking about booking you for an anniversary shoot.
Post # 6
Thanks for the feedback so far! Client gifts are actually becoming very mainstream..most of the higher end photographers I’m friends with or are in my networks give gifts and do nice little things for their clients throughout the year and the feedback they have gotten has been awesome… no one has seen it as a bribe or anything other than letting the client know they are more than just a number and that we are excited and honored to be shooting their wedding. And, I don’t know many people who don’t like getting little packages in the mail 😀
My clients already get a print from their wedding and a little card for their anniversary. This is kind of like a ‘hello, I haven’t forgotten about you over the long cold winter months, its almost wedding time but don’t forget to take a break from the stress of planning a wedding and enjoy some time together’ kind of gift 😀 But the not having a DVD player is a small worry I have… although over here ( in Germany) we don’t really have anything like netflix, and are a few years behind the US so I’m pretty sure most people still watch DVDs…that said, maybe I can find an ‘non-DVD’ solution.
Post # 7
I love this idea! That is so nice and generous! I think your idea sounds lovely. Kudos for being such a great vendor and so very thoughtful!
Post # 8
kristinspeed: In general I liked your ideas until j_jaye pointed out what people might think. I am not sure if you’d want your past / current / future clients to think that. Maybe you really are better of with gifting something more photo-related. (another print; or maybe a print done in a different mood like edited with a vintage-feel to it; or maybe some mousepad / mug / puzzle thing with their photo on it?)
About the DVD vs. Streaming sites:
Even if people don’t have a dvd player they will usually have a computer that reads DVDs, right?
Of course there are plenty of Streaming-Sites / Video-on-Demand-sites in Germany as well. There are Maxdome, Watchever, Amazon Prime Streaming… Yes, they might not be as convenient as Netflix / Hulu – but plenty of people do use them.
Post # 9
I agree with some of the others that find it strange. FWIW, I booked high-end vendors, and I received a gift at my initial consultation with only one of them. Perhaps it’s different in Germany. I would see it as pushy if my vendors started sending me random gifts during the year and would wonder what they were trying to get out of me.
Post # 10
Thanks for the feedback! I’m going to do a trial run and see how it goes 🙂 I can’t imagine my couples thinking I’m being ‘pushy,’ I’m probably one of the least pushy people ever, and my couples know this 😀 But we’ll see how it goes! Thanks again 🙂
Post # 11
kristinspeed: I think it’s cute and thoughtful for you to do, but maybe pick a movie specific to each couple. While my husband and I might enjoy the popcorn and candle, the notebook DVD would probably become a coaster for us lol.
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago
I think it’s a lovely idea. Most high end photographers here in Chicago do similar things. At my consultation we were given a small gift, 3 wedding magazines, gourmet chocolates and a bunch of useful wedding planning stuff. I thought it was very thoughtful and did not look at it as a bribe or trying to get us to book them or buy more photos, albums etc. After we hired them they sent me a bouquet of flowers and a nice letter thanking us for choosing them and looking forward to getting to know us better, etc.
My friend just booked with another high end photographer in the city and the photographer gave her 2 bottles of champagne. I think anyone who perceives this as a bribe or begging you to purchase more products are people who are working on a tight budget and looking to save and pinch every penny possible. If you are a high end photographer working at high end prices your clients will appreciate the gesture.
When you are spending a ton of money on photographery it is nice to know that the photographer is thinking about you and excited about your wedding. I think a gift is a nice way to let your clients know this.
Post # 13
kristinspeed: I know a photographer who sends Christmas (or just “holiday”) gifts at the end of the year to all of her clients for that year. She makes oranments for their first holiday season as Mr & Mrs using one of their photos. Super cute.
Post # 14
It seems like a really sweet idea, although a little out of the blue. <br /><br />Our photographer, when she delivered our photos, also sent along a nice card, some chocolate and wine and basically said “something to enjoy while you look at your photos together” – I thought that was a really nice touch, and I definitely didn’t expect it!