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Refer a Friend to NYIP

As the world’s largest and oldest photography school, the New York Institute of Photography is the #1 school for aspiring photographers. Here at NYIP headquarters, we know that there are a lot of people to thank for that. And right at the top of that list are our students!

Our students are photographers and enthusiasts who have taken the leap and decided to get the education they needed to take the next step. They make what we do worthwhile. And they help us spread the word about the quality of the photography education that you can get with NYIP.

And now we wanted to ask you to help us do that one more time. We recently launched our Refer-a-Friend program that allows anyone to recommend our courses to people they know quickly and easily. All you have to do to get started is visit and enter the names and email addresses of anyone you know who is interested in photography.

We will send them an email, letting them know that you referred them. And as a bonus, if any of your friends enroll both of you will get a free gift, as described on our Refer-a-Friend page!  (Keep in mind that the gift is only for NYIP students, so if you are not a student you may still refer us to your friends but only they will be eligible for the gift.)

Whether you are a student or a graduate, a reader or a follower, we thank you for helping to support our mission of providing affordable and convenient photography education to everyone who needs it!


Photo Marketing 101: Master the Referral

Welcome back to Photo Marketing 101, our series of blogs on Marketing for Photographers. Last time, I tried to get you to start blogging.

In this post, I want to talk about the power of referrals. For a long time now, many people in the business world have known that word of mouth marketing, another way of saying customer referrals, is extremely effective (not to mention cheap).

Check out this infographic with new statistics on word of mouth marketing.

Chances are, if someone is looking for a photographer, they will start their search in 1 of 2 ways. Either they will go online and search, or they will ask their friends or coworkers. In both situations, you can capitalize on strong word of mouth marketing in order to drive more potential clients right into your arms.

The most important part of mastering the art of the referral is to be good at what you do. If you give your client a great experience, and a great product, they will obviously be more likely to refer you to people they know. But the problem with most professionals in any industry is that they think it ends there.

The second most important part of mastering the art of the referral is to actively seek them. At the end of a job, ask the client if they were happy with the experience. When they say yes, ask them if they know anyone looking for a photographer. Even if they don’t this lets them know you’re interested in them sending you work. That will stick with them.

It’s a good idea to keep in touch with past clients. Send them emails every once in awhile to say hi, to check in, to wish them well, and to remind them that you are still open for business. You may find it helpful to give them coupons to share with friends, offering discounted services for “friends of a client”.

And to help you with the online aspect of referrals, remind those satisfied with your work to say so in public. Tell them to check out your profile online and give you a good rating or review. Maybe you are listed on Yelp, or Angie’s List, or your own Facebook page where it would help to get a strong testimonial. Most people are happy to do this, they just need to be asked.

The worst mistake you can make is to assume that your clients will recommend your services on their own. Don’t hesitate when it comes to asking them for help. It doesn’t make you less professional or desperate, it makes you smart.

Homework: Get in touch with a past client and ask for a referral. If you don’t have any past clients, get in touch with a friend and ask if they know anyone who needs a photographer. Report back on what happens next in the comments section below.

P.S. If you have a marketing question, feel free to ask it in the comments here or Tweet your question to us with the tag #PhotoMarketing101 . Your question may be the next one we answer on our blog!