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    Groupon rant

    Hey shawn, things have been going great. Most of my groupon customers purchase about $300 worth of up sells. After the shoot. Also, I've done about 20% of the clients and I really can't see doing much more than 50% pod them before the coupon expires but maybe ill get a flood of calls at Christmas
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    mobile phone Credit Card Processing in Canada?

    Hello, I'm trying to find a solution for processing credit cards in Canada using my mobile phone. I have a blackberry and a wifi only ipad. Anybody know of a good solution for this? I heard of squareup but I don't think it works in Canada. Thanks, -Dave
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    Groupon rant

    Hello, To answer the payment question, you receive three cheques for a third of your payment. One every 30 days or so it seems like. So far i've only booked about 10% of my groupon people, and only actually shot 2 of them. So I don't have a whole lot of knowledge yet! I dono maybe I won't book...
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    Groupon rant

    So far so good I guess. I've only been contacted by about 10% of the people so far which is good and bad at the same time. I've only actually shot one (an engagement shoot) and I'm shooting another one this weekend. Then I have like one or so a week for awhile. I dono when or if the other...
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    Groupon rant

    I've booked three of my 87 shoots so far. Most people who have contacted me aren't 100% sure when they want to do the shoot but want to do it in Spring/Summer. I'm going to try and get a projector for proofing part of each order and see how that goes. -Dave
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    Groupon rant

    I'm not sure if this link will work (the link used to be www.groupon.com/regina but only while the deal was on): Last Mountain Photography Deal of the Day | Groupon Regina Also, I didn't write that cheesy description in the link...
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    Groupon rant

    I ended up selling 87, which is more than manageable. I'm glad that there's still a good chance of lots of upselling since all they get is a 11X14
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    Groupon rant

    My groupon is running today. It's lunchtime and it's at 46 sold. So far I've only had to answer 6 emails and 1 call. But I think it'll be worse tomorrow.
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    Groupon rant

    My feature is supposed to run on the 8th. Ill keep you guys informed. I think it'll be a good thing as I'm not giving away much. I think the above boudoir session is okay as its only 45 and min, they don't get much so there's lots to be upsold to.
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    d800/d700 or d800/d7000

    I currently shoot wedding with a d90 and a d3000 as a backup. In the next month or so I'll be upgrading my system to something that is more professional. Here are my current lenses: 18-200 dx vr 50 1.8 150-300 crap lense 35 dx 1.8 18-55 kit lense This system is less than ideal in my...
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    Article Submission do anything for SEO?

    I just looked into SEO Link Vine and it seems alright. Have you found the monthly fee to be worth it? How long have you subscribed for?
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    Groupon rant

    It looks like the ad will run mid-february. I'm getting my 'groupon faq' blogpost ready so that I don't have to answer a million questions over and over again. My plan is to book sessions at 3:30 and 5:00pm on weekdays, and then 4 or 5 sessions on sundays. I'll keep you guys updated.
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    Article Submission do anything for SEO?

    Are your articles good informative articles? Or just keyword jumbles?
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    Article Submission do anything for SEO?

    Does submitting photography articles to random article database sites actually do anything for SEO? This seems like a spammy waste of my time, or am I mistaken on this? I write content filled blog posts now and then between actual photoshoot posts, and I know that those are useful. I'm just...
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    1000 person family reunion, they want a photo booth

    This is what I ended up quoting her: 300$ for mileage 5$ / person to be paid at the booth 500$ deposit up front minimum of 400 people through the booth or the difference must be paid prior to DVD delivery. I'd be setting up two photo booth setups with myself, another photog, and two...
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    1000 person family reunion, they want a photo booth

    I agree about the need for assistance as well as doing it over a day or two. The main problem is that it is over a long weekend (Friday Saturday Sunday) and I'm booked for a wedding on the Saturday. The pictures would go online and I would give a DVD to the person who contracted me. This seems...
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    1000 person family reunion, they want a photo booth

    I was called by a lady today who is looking to have me setup my photo booth at a 1000 person family reunion this summer. She wants to get a picture of everyone, or atleast Everyone who would like a picture. I told her that I would charge 200$ for mileage (its a couple hours away) and then...
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    Groupon rant

    I think that running groupon for event photography is a bad idea, what happens if two people have the same fate?
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    Free photoshoot done but model wants all her photos deleted. What to do?

    Don't you just love stupid people?
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