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Old December 25th, 2008, 09:44 PM   #31
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Yeah I am with you on that. They are happy to pay $4k for a photog who isn't there for there whole day and most of them only stay for the start of the reception. But if we charge above $3k then suddenly that's too expensive..I think all of us in the Oz need to bring our prices up.
I am sure you will agree with me Peter but i am sure in Melbourne just like Sydney you get alot off backyard videographers who dont last, flood the market with extremely low prices and make life difficult for the guys acutely trying to make a living.

There are alot of tight ass couples who look at price and not quality aspecially when they ring around getting quotes. How can couples get quotes for video over the phone when you haven't even made an effort to see there work
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Old December 26th, 2008, 01:06 AM   #32
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Jason, in the case of video, it seems folk from Asia, and from what you say, the Phillipines, can be a bit more sophisticated in their view of newer technology.

I try to like the area I live in, but it is hard. Here in Cincinnati there is still a fair number of people that seem to be living in the 80's. It is commonly said here that it takes 5 years for "things" to get to Cincinnati.

On the other hand, the brides here do have internet access which I believe has greatly assisted the acceptance of video.
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Old December 26th, 2008, 01:31 AM   #33
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Jason, in the case of video, it seems folk from Asia, and from what you say, the Phillipines, can be a bit more sophisticated in their view of newer technology.

I try to like the area I live in, but it is hard. Here in Cincinnati there is still a fair number of people that seem to be living in the 80's. It is commonly said here that it takes 5 years for "things" to get to Cincinnati.

On the other hand, the brides here do have internet access which I believe has greatly assisted the acceptance of video.
The sale of Blu-ray players have gone through the roof so i think it's a matter of time before everyone is asking for Blu-ray and then we will see a huge increase in demand for videographers
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Old December 26th, 2008, 06:36 AM   #34
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The sale of Blu-ray players have gone through the roof so i think it's a matter of time before everyone is asking for Blu-ray and then we will see a huge increase in demand for videographers
I think that's a bit more true in Europe and Asia than in the US up to now. Australia and Asia have always been more technically savvy than the States. I remember being in Sydney and Singapore in the early 90s and it seemed like everyone was constantly yapping on their cell phones. At the same time in major cities in the States you didn't see that as much.

Published reports indicate that the sales growth of BD players in Europe and Asia quite significant, particularly in Japan where they sell more BD players than DVD.

With BD players crossing under the US$200 price point, I would expect to see a hockey stick in the sales growth here. 2009 should be the crossover point here with more people wanting BD than DVD, or maybe BD and DVD which brings production considerations into play. I know that I'm wrestling with new workflows that will output a single project to both formats.
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Old December 26th, 2008, 06:49 AM   #35
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By myself i honestly cant find anyone to shoot i sometimes get an assistant but very very rare..
I'd love to chat about any possibilities if you're interested Robert. I've got my own gear, eager to learn and willing to travel.
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Old December 29th, 2008, 11:00 AM   #36
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Jason, in the case of video, it seems folk from Asia, and from what you say, the Phillipines, can be a bit more sophisticated in their view of newer technology.
Having worked in the Philippine market, I could really say that Video is a staple of every wedding. It's almost 99.99% that the Bride & Groom would hire a wedding videographer. Even the wedding sponsors would offer to pay for the Wedding Videographer as a gift to the couple.

It's a market that loves video (funerals, 1st Birthday, 7th Birthday, Graduation, 18th Birthday, Baptismal)
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Old December 29th, 2008, 03:58 PM   #37
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I'd love to chat about any possibilities if you're interested Robert. I've got my own gear, eager to learn and willing to travel.
Drop us an email paul with your contact number

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Old December 31st, 2008, 04:58 PM   #38
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But things are good. 100 in the bag for 2009 so far (quota is 130).
LOL I have 3 UNOFFICIAL bookings for '09. One in the Spring, one Summer, and one Fall. Then again this is my second year in business. What type of marketing do you do?

BTW great job, I've seen some of your work before.

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Old December 31st, 2008, 06:08 PM   #39
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What type of marketing do you do?
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Old January 1st, 2009, 11:10 AM   #40
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Sounds like fun! At least in the beginning ; ). I feel as someone has just shaken me and woke me up. I have poured money into my business, but have honestly spent less than 5% of that on marketing. Well, this is a new year! Perfect time to get my act together.
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 07:31 AM   #41
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As soon as credit crunch and recession was mentioned here in the UK, it felt like my phone had been cut off. Enquiries died overnight.

But I just picked up a booking last night and have a grand, but paltry total of 12 confirmed weddings booked for 2009.

I won't lower my proces and I am advertising as usual, where many of my competitors have either given up or cut back so much they have virtually nothing.

At times like this, incresase advertising and take a larger market share.
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