Top 3 Takeaways from Our First Giveaway

Last Friday, after tossing names into a cast iron pan and randomly selecting a slip of paper, we chose the winner of Waypoint Writing’s first giveaway. Kelly Cummings, of Kelly Anne Photography, won two free blog posts, which will be created and carefully crafted in support of her business and brand. In order to figure out just what that support might look like, Kelly and I jumped on a call to discuss her business, her goals, and why she entered the blog post giveaway in the first place.

Her responses will undoubtedly resonate with our readers who are juggling the act of working both in and on their own business… with precious little time to blog on a regular basis.

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Behind-the-Scenes of Our First Brand Photography Session: Lights, Camera, Collaborate!

Monday marked Waypoint Writing’s first brand photography session. Although it would have been ideal to have the entire team on hand, the reality of time and distance meant that only three of us could physically attend to create some brand-specific content. We had two primary motivations for doing so. The first — our brand, just like all brands, needed an infusion of fresh, original content. The second — a quick brand photography session gave our team the chance to demonstrate one or two services that we can easily deliver to our clients. The bonus? It was fun!

Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots and impressions of our experience, which should provide you with some ideas for how our company might help better brand yours…

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Top 3 Considerations Before a Brand Photography Session

In this latest installment of what I consider “Business Strategies I’m Learning on the Fly,” I focus on branding, specifically my upcoming brand photography session with Branding Photographer and PR Strategist Kristin Hardwick.

Here’s the plan: next Monday, Kristin will arrive at my home office and snap brand worthy photos, reflective and supportive of Waypoint Writing. To prepare for the session, Kristin and I briefly discussed what will no doubt become a much larger conversation about why branding photography is so important for a business.

As I get organized for the shoot, I am keeping three key considerations in mind. Dubbing them AAA, my primary concerns are attention, aesthetics, and ambition.

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Why You Should Try a Giveaway as Part of Your Brand Marketing Strategy

Less than one year into business ownership, each day presents a learning curve that sometimes looks like a gentle slope, but often feels as though I’m standing at the base of a flagpole. Outside of my own expertise, the only way I manage to avoid total babe-in-the-woods status is to surround myself with strategists who know what they’re doing. Soliciting advice, experience, and ideas from those who have done this longer and are willing to share proven strategies designed to enhance my brand marketing strategy is invaluable.

The latest suggestion came from Branding Photographer and PR Strategist, Kristin Hardwick. She suggested that Waypoint Writing should try a giveaway and, inspired by some recent conversations I had with fellow business owners, I thought — why not?

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Marketing a Horror Story into a Heartfelt (or Hallmark) Celebration of Love

Regardless of whether or not you consider Valentine’s Day a Hallmark invention designed to boost profits benefiting the corporate greeting card sector, or you sincerely try to fashion yourself as a glaring bull’s eye for cupid’s arrow, the supposed history — compared to the here and now — of Valentine’s Day do not match up. But take heart, the disparity between these two realities should be considered a sustained stroke of marketing genius.

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