I just got back from a whirlwind tour of NYC. Well, mostly just the fashion parts. I was there for Le Book Connections, which always brings together the best in the biz. Over 500 people of the 2,000 that registered for the convention stopped by my booth. I love Le Book Connections because I get to meet all the other representatives that do what I do. I had an amazing corner location this year next to all of the best reps in my niche market. I reeled everyone in with candy. I had cake pops, Swedish Fish, Turkish Taffy, chocolate – and I ran out of everything! I also didn’t have any bags, pens, agency promos, or individual photographer promos left, either, so I’d say our booth was a success.
I stayed the weekend to window shop and had my share of I ♥ NY moments. The funniest thing I saw was a woman at Bergdorf’s who was using her white Hermès Birkin bag as a dog carrier. I was dying because that is such a beautiful bag. I kept thinking about the scratches and what would happen if the dog were to have an accident – then I realized that she must have several more at home to risk it. I ♥ NY for memorable people like that.
The most amazing thing I saw was the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibit at the Met. It was breathtaking I ♥ NY for the art!
The most delicious thing was the Mister Softee vanilla cone with chocolate sprinkles. I broke down on Sunday and, I confess, had one for breakfast. The truck said it was only 210 calories, so hopefully I walked it off while shopping. I ♥ NY for food trucks and built-in exercise by walking.
My best find was at 25 Park. I got my daughter an amazing fur vest by Antik Batik in black shearling with beads for just $25! It’s regularly $425, but they were having a sample sale downstairs. The women’s clothes were 80% off as well. I ♥ NY for deals
like that. I saw three great musicals and now I’m hooked. I really wanted to see The Book of Morman but the scalper tickets were $500 and up. ‘Til next time…I ♥ NY (and tickets for The Book of Morman) from afar.
Now that my new website is finally launched, I thought it would be worthwhile to share some of my thoughts about what I learned during this process. Like any successful rep-photographer relationship, it would never have happened if I had not found the right person with whom to collaborate. Sometimes, it takes seeing what you don’t want in order to figure what you do want. In my case, I went through three rounds with different designers before I found Ophelia Chong.
From the moment I heard her speak at a seminar on social marketing, I understood that she had a grasp of what I was looking for. If you’ve already read Ophelia’s post on this blog, you know that she was asked to do that speech only fifteen hours before it happened because the original speaker canceled. What a lucky twist of fate for me.
Ophelia’s combination of creativity and quick thinking (how many people do you know who could wing an hour and forty-five minute speech?) have made her a joy to work with, especially throughout the ad hoc process of launching a website. She’s the kind of person who tackles any challenge with grace and incredible smarts. The results are Alyssa Pizer Management’s beautiful, easy-to-access online and offline marketing materials – all for which I have Ophelia to thank!
Learn more about Ophelia Chong and see some of her work in this recent interview for The 22 Magazine:
I fell into Social Marketing, I didn’t even know I was doing it until I started seeing the results of my playing around on Flickr and Twitter. I joined Flickr in 2006 and Twitter in 2007, both of which I used as an outlet for my art and writing during the time that I was creating my fourth career as a lay-about artist with internet access and caffeine.
Twitter opened the world to me and allowed me to meet people I would’ve never met offline, some of those online friendships went offline and into career opportunities. Flickr brought my illustration and letterpress work out into a virtual gallery that publishers and galleries could view; by keywording my work properly, they found my work easily through Flickr search. Since 2006, my artwork has been published in over 10 books and shown in nine galleries; and I have been writing commentary for KCET since 2009. All of this was done without any print promotion, eblasts or cold calls. It was done by learning how to keyword, how to interact with a virtual audience and how to use the tools available to anyone with an attention span.
Now I teach the “Marketing and Self-Promotion” class at the Art Center College of Design to photography students. I have spoken to graduating students at USC, Spotlight Gifted Students at the Music Center, and also via virtual Skype seminars for the ASPP. The most recent seminar was at the Palm Springs Photo Festival in March.
The phone rang at 11:45 pm on Sunday night. Luckily for me (and them) I was up watching the 543rd rerun of my favorite Law and Order. It was a slightly panicked call asking me to fill in for the speaker who was supposed to lead the seminar in 15 hours. I said “yes, okay”, without really asking what I was supposed to talk about other than Social Marketing. I was going to wing it. The next morning I checked the website and looked at what I was supposed to actually do. “Oh oh”, was my first thought. I had to fill an hour and forty five minutes with great ideas on how to market your business via the internet. But then the other half of my brain kicked in and said “you love talking, you’ll be fine”.
And that is where I met Alyssa Pizer.
She sat up front, with pens, a pad of paper and her Blackberry. She reminded me of the eager student on the first day of school, she looked like she was going to either give me an apple or hurl it at me. She kept me on my toes by asking questions that made the time fly and before I knew it, it was 4:30pm. We talked after and found common ground in how we love a great deal and I loved her way of telling it the way it is.
And here we are.
That day, Alyssa hired me to help her with her marketing. Over six weeks we worked together on her online and offline marketing plan, with the help of her amazing assistant Haven.
While her talented website team launched AlyssaPizer.com, we worked on her blog, eblasts, twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin. With this interconnected constellation of links and keywording, anyone searching for Alyssa Pizer and her photographers will be able to find her. Simply put the internet works for you when you give people multiple ways to find you.
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