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Taking Pictures for No Reason at All

By Strictly Business Blog

That’s how I started in photography. I think it’s how we all start. There’s no client, no place what we do has to fit in. If we have a project at all, it is vague, and if in the course of things a strong picture emerges that doesn’t seem to fit…we changed the project! But when we develop as professionals we develop all kinds of parameters and strictures, some very insidious. Like, can I use…

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Tips For a Better Facebook Experience

By Strictly Business Blog

 Complete your FB profile by sharing as much information as you feel comfortable sharing, drawing a line to keep some of your private life private. But, let people know who you are, people and businesses want to know whom they are doing business with and they want to like you. Stick to your core message. Who or what do you want to be? What image do you want to portray to potential clients? Make sure…

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It’s Not About Going to a Movie

By Strictly Business Blog

As a professional Tweeting isn’t about going to a movie or where you are having dinner, it is about letting people know that you and your business is alive and vital. It is letting people know that you are shooting a job, making new work, traveling to different places, helping them understand what you can offer them by letting them know you are interesting and busy. I don’t get twitter on my Blackberry, but I…

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“Word of Mouth” in the 21st Century

By Strictly Business Blog

You can’t go anywhere these days without hearing someone talk about Twitter or Facebook or You Tube – all forms of social media. But how do you start utilizing these social media networks – or should you? All good questions and ones you should ask yourself before diving into twittering, posting on Facebook, Linkedin or blogging. All of these social sites are about branding – whether for your business or yourself personally. So the first…

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I Don’t Have Time For Social Media!

By Strictly Business Blog

The belief that social media is a waste of time is one of the biggest objections I hear when talking to people about the subject. Social media is a communication platform.  A cell-phone is also a communication tool.  I can assure you my teenager doesn’t use it very efficiently, but this doesn’t diminish the fact that it’s an important part of my business. Social media Web sites are the training wheels for how we will…

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Social Media – It’s Free … or is it?

By Strictly Business Blog

The other day, our architect comes over and starts talking about social media. He has a website but now he’s thinking he should start a Blog, join Facebook or use Twitter. When I asked him why, he said “Oh, I don’t know, it just seems like everyone’s talking about these things so I figured I should do them.” Huh? Like any other significant investment that you make in your business, Social Media has to provide…

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