Happy New Year, Photographers!
Here’s a couple of recent Snapped4U improvements you may not be aware of:
1. The gallery list on your Account Page is better organized. Your galleries are now listed with the most recent galleries first, using the date created.
2. You now have the option to have a personal gallery page that exclusively displays all your active galleries, and the best part is that you choose a custom url! eg, snapped4u.com/YourChoice
To set up your personal page, log in to your account and choose “Edit Your Profile.” By completing the new “Page Suffix” field, you’ll create your page. (Enter only the suffix, ie only what you want to follow “snapped4u.com/” — not the full url.)
Cheers to a great 2013!
There’s a new app called Foap that sells photos as jpegs, and for anyone seriously looking for such a service, Snapped4U compares quite favorably! The outstanding difference is that a photographer who sells a $10 photo at Snapped4U receives $9; the photographer who sells it at Foap receives $5.
Here are some other features to compare:
- Foap is an app, Snapped4U is not, but photos can be uploaded and sold at Snapped4U whether they’re from a camera or a phone.
- At Snapped4U, photographers have their own galleries, and each gallery is usually related to a single event or subject which makes photos easy to find.
- Snapped4U rarely rejects a photo. The only photos we don’t allow are those we consider inappropriate. We make no judgement as to the quality of a photo.
- Snapped4U offers 3 types of galleries. Event and Fundraising galleries are free to post. The third option, Photographer’s Choice, has a $4 posting fee for 2 months of posting.
- Both the Photographer’s Choice and the Fundraising options let the photographer set the photo price.
- For all Snapped4U gallery types, the sales commission is $0.50 on photos priced $5 or less and 10% on all others.
Now that Foap is drawing attention to selling photos as jpegs, please help spread the word that Snapped4U is a great way to do it!
1. The number of sales for each gallery is displayed on the account page.This will make the calculation of the donation for fundraising galleries much easier. Plus, photographers will likely also appreciate being able to compare the success of their galleries at a quick glance.
2. Photographers can purchase multiple posting periods for Photographer’s Choice Galleries.Event Galleries and Fundraising Galleries rarely have sales past the first month, but they can still be renewed one posting period at a time. Because Photographer’s Choice Galleries are often a longer-term posting, we now give photographers the convenience of purchasing multiple posting periods so that it’s not necessary to renew every 2 months.
3. Customer gallery searches are more forgiving.(e.g., fund-raising = fundraising = fund raising; governor’s = governors)
4. The gallery page informs customers of the advantages of digital files.Previously we simply said photos are sold as jpeg files, but now we point out the benefits.
5. Customers now have a convenient way to return to their shopping cart.Previously, some customers would put a photo in their cart, return to the gallery to continue browsing, and then not know how to return to their cart. This should no longer be a problem.
Check it out and tell your friends!
Photographer Steve Mease is fundraising for a college scholarship fund with several Snapped4U galleries of the school’s commencement. Steve posted this on our Timeline:
“Thanks to Snapped4U for making it easy to post hundreds of photos and make them available to a broad audience. Hoping this works and helps raise a lot of money for the scholarship fund. I put together 4 galleries into a blog post to make it easy for people to find.”
Thanks, Steve! And good luck with the fundraising!
Our kudos to Photographer Tom Maxwell are in need of an update! Tom used a New Year’s Eve gala as a fundraiser for the Children’s Cancer Association, and some recent sales from that gallery have pushed his success past $500! Great job, Tom!
We recently posted these articles on our Facebook page, and they got a good response from our fans, so here they are again! Please use them only as food for thought, and then consult your own attorney or accountant.
Your Rights as a Photographer
Understanding Photographic Copyright
Deductions for Donating Photography to Charities
How Should I Donate Business Sales to Charity?
Kudos to photographer Steve Mease for his very successful Zumbathon galleries!
The large, enthusiastic group at the Zumbathon made it a great choice of events to shoot, and Steve gave the event-goers a nice selection of pictures to choose from — photo-booth shots of individuals and groups of friends with a fun, bright backdrop and also action shots of the dance session. He also did a nice job promoting the gallery by posting just a few pics on Facebook to remind event-goers to check out all the rest at Snapped4U.
It’s never a good idea to post the photos you hope to sell on Facebook or other websites where they can be right-click copied, but posting a few to entice customers to check out the gallery is good strategy, and it sure worked for Steve!
These articles might be helpful to photographers who have made, or are thinking of making, charitable donations. It is still best to consult an accountant or tax attorney, but perhaps these ideas will help you think of questions to ask.
New Terms and Conditions have just been posted. For Photographers registered before March 21, 2012 they become effective on April 5. For all others, they are effective immediately.
1. Snapped4U will soon offer the option to post galleries specifically for fundraising! Fundraising Galleries will be free to post and will also give fundraisers the opportunity to choose their own photo price for each gallery. To use this option, at least $1/photo sold must be donated to a school, church, animal shelter/rescue, or other charitable organization. We will collect information about the fundraiser when the gallery is created and randomly confirm that the photo sales are used as promised.
Fundraising galleries are usually quite successful because people are both happy to have the photos and happy to support the cause, so the new Fundraising Gallery page will highlight the fundraising details. The message box will also still be available for additional information.
2. The terms of our Photographer’s Choice galleries will be changing, too! The posting period will be reduced to 2 months and the fee will be reduced to $4. So, enjoy the savings! $4 per 2-month period down from $9 per 3-month period!
3. Annual Events will get special treatment! All galleries will be taken offline at the end of the 2-month posting period, and then the option to renew posting will be displayed for one month. But, since old photos are often more fun than new ones, we think Snapped4U customers might appreciate revisiting annual events, so photographers will soon be able to designate a gallery as an annual event and keep the renew posting option available for the next year’s event.
4. New Tips for Photographers will be posted. Please check them out!
5. And, new Terms and Conditions will be posted, too.
As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions!
Retiring our Facebook profile pic. :(
Need a square one for Timeline… .
This is the place we officially notify photographers of changes, so consider this a heads up! We have some neat, new features coming soon along with an updated (hopefully simpler) version of our Terms.
The changes will make Snapped4U even more fundraiser-friendly, so check with your favorite charitable organizations for an upcoming event. Volunteer to take photos to post and sell at Snapped4U and ask them to help you publicize your gallery. Then, donate the proceeds to the cause.
It’s a great way to promote your photo biz! People will be happy to have the photos and happy to support the cause, and they’ll remember you for your work and your generosity. Plus, Uncle Sam might allow the donation to be tax-deductible, too! (Check with your accountant.)
More to follow!