Since we only cover the most important of topics, this episode is about one that we feel is stupid important, ProBoothTalk. Yep, we’re going to be talking about us. More specifically our website, ProBoothTalk.com.
It’s a pretty short episode, but we thought it was important that everybody’s taking full advantage of the free resources we’re providing to you. Although you’re already here and all the links are up top, here’s a handy list of some of the things we covered in the broadcast:
The Directory: Without doubt the most common question we hear is “Where does everyone get X”, well the directory aims to answer that question in all it’s many forms.
We’ve taken a great deal of time to collect as many vendors as we could find and package them all together nicely for you to easily find whatever you’re looking for, photo booth related. If we’re missing something, let us know and we’ll get it added. Also, if you’re a vendor, it’s 100% free to add your website and you can do that in the vendor section.
Tips & Resources: OK, we admit this section’s still a little weak, but hey, we only launched on July 4. We’ve been in contact with a couple SEO gurus, a Google AdWord guru and other marketing geniuses that have all expressed interest in contributing to these sections to help in filling them with great, relevant and free photo booth related content. The thing is, these guys we spoke to aren’t in the industry themselves (I know, I couldn’t believe one of the best SEO guys out there wasn’t renting photo booths either!), so they’re learning about it a bit first. We don’t want just a vague article about SEO, we want it to be photo booth specific so you can more easily pick up whatever we put down. Also, if you have a need to blog and have some information you think other boothers will find helpful, let us know. We’d love to post your article.
Community: We can’t say enough about how important being part of a photo booth community is. You can always find us hanging around Dave Stephenson’s face book group The Photo Booth Network. We’re often guilty of playing the wallflower, but we’re still there learning everything we can. At 4,500 strong, this is certainly the largest group out there.
However, large isn’t always best, sometimes it’s also good to find a smaller group of a few hundred. In these forums it’s much easier to build relationships with other boothers instead of just getting advice. The Photo Booth Institute Facebook group is perfect for this.
Having trouble with you software or any other product? Chances are there’s a specific group out there designed solely to offer support for your specific product. Customer service is great, but what if it’s in the middle of the night and you’re at an event? Or maybe you don’t want to bother support for the 10th time for some little issue you’re having and would rather just bounce the problem off the head of a few peers? My personal favorite is the Facebook group for Darkroom Booth users.
How about clearing out all that junk you’ve been accumulating as you’ve been experimenting with different products? If you’re anything like me you have at least a couple iPad display stands sitting around the shop not being used. The easiest place to sell them is within the community and there’s a place to do it! Head over to the Photo Booth Classifieds Group. While we’re on the subject of buying and selling, The Photo Booth Marketplace group is a great place to keep an eye out for vendors offering new items and promotions. If there’s a sale, it’ll be posted in this group.
Finally, although Facebook groups excel at reaching a huge number of people and you can’t deny how convenient they are, the true forum format can’t me ignored. If you want something clean, organized, easily searchable and away gets you away from Facebook, our favorite hangout spot is PhotoBoothOwners.com. This was actually the very first forum we joined when we were considering getting into the business. This is where we searched our answers and chose our booth, software and everything else we had in our original launch.
We have a ton more forums and groups listed in our communities page, so check it out.
We’ve been asked a few times already why we don’t have a forum on our site if we love them so much, the answer is two part. 1. Why reinvent the wheel? This is already being done and we don’t think we can do it better. 2. Forums take a TON of work. Seriously, a ton. Each group typically has a team of moderators keeping things running smooth from the back end. Kicking out trouble makers, screening new comers and watching for SPAM is the short description of a very large task. Next time you visit your favorite forum or group, make sure to let the moderators know you appreciate what they’ve provided for you, I know from experience, thankless work can be way more draining than otherwise. That said, it’s not totally our of the question and we may look into it further in the future.
Templates: OK, OK, another weak showing. Again though, we have big plans to bring you tons of free templates for marketing, business cards, rack cards, emails, photo strips and more.
Technical Support: Again, here’s a list that we’ve compiled to help you quickly and painlessly get through any issue. If you need tech support for any product, hopefully you can find info here to connect with someone that can help you out.
Help us out! We work long hours to provide this content to you no charge. Show us a little love by any of the following methods:
1. Like us on Facebook
2. Spread the word. Tell another boother about the podcast, share our Facebook page, retweet our latest podcast or if you see someone looking for something, anything, let them know about our directory. Help spread the word so everyone can benefit.
4. If you find a new vendor in our directory that you love, let them know you found them on ProBoothTalk.com.
5. Just say thanks or comment on our post. We see the stats on the podcast so we know you guys are out there, but we sure would love a little feedback on our posts. Say hi, make a comment, like the link, better yet, share it.
In closing, if you have a favorite vendor or a secret spot to buy this or that, share it. Send us a link so we can provide it to everyone. Also, if you’d like to write an article, let us know. As long as it’s relevant to the industry and not an ad for your company, we’d love to take a look at it.