Why are they your clients?
Newsletter 26 February 2009
It’s always interesting to find out why your clients choose your business to work with.
Last week I was working in London, a couple of corporate portraits and a conference about web video. One of my corporate portraits, Anna from The Carbon Trust, was a new client; before I turned up at her office we hadn’t spoken, we’d only exchanged a couple of emails – she’d asked: “Can you come and take my picture?” I’d answered: “How about the 17th February?” She said: “19th?” I said: “OK.”
I arrived at her office, just off Fetter Lane, we had a coffee and chatted about photography, business and the meaning of life for about 20 minutes, the way I do before a shoot. Then we took the lift up to the roof and spent about ten minutes taking photos – with views to St Pauls and the Gherkin in one shot and the London Eye in the other.
Now, here’s the bit that relates to you and your business too. I asked Anna why she’d chosen me out of all the photographers on the internet. And, why she’d thought it was worth fetching me all the way from Blackpool to London to take her photograph?
Seems she hates having her photo taken, it’s like going to the dentist. She said my website’s content had made her feel safe, she said lots of sites were prettier, zippier, more elegant and more stylish than mine, but mine had made her feel comfortable, confident and relaxed, she didn’t feel intimidated, she felt I knew what I was doing – and the clincher was the before and after image on www.alan-howarth.com/corporateportraits.html . “He’s not handsome, even in the after shot, she said, but the before shot is what I feel most of my previous photos look like. It was an amazing transformation.”
This brings two points you should discover about your business and your clients.
So get close to your clients, find out what you’re doing right and do more of it but, more importantly, find out what your clients would like, solve their problems, calm their fears - and do a whole lot more of that.
Sometimes you’ll be surprised by what your clients tell you.
Ok that’s it for this week, almost.
Alan Howarth - happy working on the Web & in the Real World
Alan Howarth: Corporate Photographer, Corporate Video Producer and Corporate Writer based near Blackpool, Preston & Lancaster, Lancashire in the North West of the UK, I frequently work in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham and I spend 50% of my time working in London. within the M25, I travel throughout the UK and often work in mainland Europe, with work published throughout the world. I'll go anywhere - except war zones.