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Snapsation has launched!

We've just come of the stage at LeWeb London where we've launched Snapsation. We're super excited with the feedback and the buzz that the launch has created!

The video of the launch announcement is now live at: Chris Chabot - Snapsation - LeWeb London 2013

So what's next!

We're all in this together, and it's up to us now to create our profiles and setup our offers so that when people come to Snapsation to hire an amazing local photographer, they'll find you! And it's up to us to make sure everyone knows where they can buy your awesome services.

It was something the AirBnB co-founder said at the conference that really highlighted why we're so passionate about this: AirBnB wasn't successful until they had simple online payments - the experience of having to ask and exchange money in person completely soured the experience. With simple online payments, people can focus on what they enjoy - being a great host, or in our case, taking great photos!

Here's some tips of how to get your offers ready for their first customers:

Opening your Offers with References

Debuting your Offers with kind words and approvals from your network will help jumpstart your business. When a buyer comes to your Offers and sees dozens of people vouching for your work, he or she will feel more comfortable working with you. Scan your list of contacts (phone contacts, email address book, or even Rolodex (gasp!)) and reach out to people you know have positive things to say about how you've worked together in the past. The References will help establish credibility for your new Offers, and more importantly, they bring more people to Snapsation who are invested in your success.

Send people a link to your profile and ask them to write a review.

Ask your networks to Favorite

The people who Favorite you on Snapsation are like your fans--people who like something about you, support you, and follow your every move. They are here to buy from you, recommend you to their friends, and be the first to know when you publish something new!

Favorites help create trust. Next to a review, a Favorite is the best thing to let people know you're amazing. The more people giving you love, the more trustworthy you'll come across. Favorites will also help increase orders. More people supporting you and being notified when you update your Offers means increased business. And finally, Favorites help with search results. The number of Favorites determines where you show up in search results, and better placement means more eyeballs on your Offers.

So, how do you get Favorites?

One of the quickest hits is social media. Take to your Facebook page and Twitter feed to ask your friends, family and followers to Favorite you. Be sure to use your Snapsation URL in your message so your fans can get straight to business. Ask them to spread the love by asking their personal networks to check out your Offers and Favorite you, too. Remember, you're awesome and everyone in the world should know that

Hunt through your address book and craft personalized messages to your dear ones. Customize the note specifically for that person, instead of a mass email, to make your message more special and powerful.

Check out the other Offers in your local marketplace. Give some props to your colleagues. You know what they say, a Favorite for a Favorite.

To keep from sending the same message to the same people, it's a good idea to keep a list of the people you've already contacted. Don't send them the same message more than twice.

Increase your rank

The holy grail of offer promotion is for a potential buyer to find you in a web search. We do our part to help all Snapsation listings rank higher in results, but if you want to beat out the rest, here's how to start:

One way search engines decide results is by calculating the number of other sites that link back to them. Our best sellers add links to their Offers wherever they can. Try adding your Offers link to your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn profiles, personal blog and/or website.

Also, update your personal email signature to include a link to your Offers. Think of all the people you email on a daily basis. Use those connections to introduce more people to your Offers.

We're so excited to start re-imagining how photographers can make money doing what they enjoy with you. This is where we get to make a difference

Snapsation: Jubilation for the democratization of photographic opportunization
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I'm Giving Away a PAIR of Transporters!
If you haven't already seen the Transporter (http://geekbeat.tv/transporter), it's a unique new drive technology that lets you replicate all of your files (or just the ones you want) to other physical locations.  So you put Transporter "A" at home, and Transporter "B" at work.  They stay synced up through the InterTubez automagically!

Well, our friends over at the Transporter project gave me a PAIR to give away to one of YOU! :-)  Here's how you win:

1) Do you have me in a Circle? Yeah! Step 1 complete.
2) Circle +FileTransporter!
3) Publicly share this post.

You're done!!!

What, you want more chances to win? :-)  Ok, leave a comment below telling me what you'll do with a couple of these for another chance.  I plan to share my movies and stuff with family.  How about you?

WHAT? You still want MORE chances to win? :-P  Ok, well, +John Pozadzides is giving away another pair right here:
https://plus.google.com/109938202835872364257/posts/977yAQBQnqb

Of course, the best thing you can do is head over to the Transporter Kickstarter page and back the project! http://geekbeat.tv/transporter  I've already done it, and so have 342 other people!  They're 2/3rds of the way done!!!

PS - The giveaway is limited to the US.  Hopefully they'll have a successful Kickstarter launch and go International after that! :-D

PSS - You'll get yours after the development is complete.  So it'll take a couple months, but you'll be among the first to get one!!!
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WIN AN IOSHUTTER CAMERA CONTROLLER!!

Our friends over at Enlight Photo gave us an ioShutter controller to give away during PhotoPlus Expo!

Here's how to win:

1) Do you have me in a circle? Step 1 complete!
2) Publicly SHARE this post.  THAT'S IT!  You've entered! :-)

GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is worldwide!

UPDATE! Enlight Photo is upping this giveaway! We'll be giving away 2 ioShutters and 2 Frio Triple Packs - More chances to win off the same entry!

(Check them out at http://enlightphotopro.com/gear/ioshutterslr/)
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WIN A JERKSTOPPER CAMERA SUPPORT!!

Our friends over at TetherTools gave us a JerkStopper Camera Support to give away during PhotoPlus Expo!

Here's how to win:

1) Do you have me in a circle? Step 1 complete!
2) Publicly SHARE this post.  THAT'S IT!  You've entered! :-)

GOOD LUCK!

US and Canada only due to shipping limitations - sorry!

(Check it out at http://www.shop.tethertools.com/JerkStopper-Camera-Support-JS020.htm)
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WIN A FREE Drobo Mini!!!

Our friends over at Drobo  gave us  a FREE Drobo Mini to give away during PhotoPlus Expo!

This is the bad boy Cali and I have been talking about that lets you take Drobo storage and data safety with you on the go!

Here's how to win:

1) Do you have me in a circle? Step 1 complete!
2) Publicly SHARE this post.  THAT'S IT!  You've entered! :-)

And this is international - not just US only! Go for it!

We'll pick winners and announce tomorrow, then add you to a circle and send a public announcement. Keep an eye out for it!

GOOD LUCK!

(You can also see more on http://www.drobo.com/)
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LifeProof and Cali are both awesome!
 
Next Up: We're giving away 1 +LifeProof iPhone Case/Belt Clip!

How to Win?
1.) Add us to your circles!
2.) Publicly share this post!

Watch for winners at http://geekbeat.tv/live

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I'm Giving Away a PAIR of Transporters!
If you haven't already seen the Transporter (http://geekbeat.tv/transporter), it's a unique new drive technology that lets you replicate all of your files (or just the ones you want) to other physical locations.  So you put Transporter "A" at home, and Transporter "B" at work.  They stay synced up through the InterTubez automagically!

Well, our friends over at the Transporter project gave me a PAIR to give away to one of YOU! :-)  Here's how you win:

1) Do you have me in a Circle? Yeah! Step 1 complete.
2) Circle +FileTransporter! 
3) Publicly share this post.

You're done!!!

What, you want more chances to win? :-)  Ok, leave a comment below telling me what you'll do with a couple of these for another chance.  I plan to share my movies and stuff with family.  How about you?

WHAT? You still want MORE chances to win? :-P  Ok, well, +Cali Lewis *is giving away another pair* right here:
https://plus.google.com/103493459351957813291/posts/NP1ZtpX1PYT

Of course, the best thing you can do is head over to the Transporter Kickstarter page and back the project! http://geekbeat.tv/transporter  I've already done it, and so have 342 other people!  They're 2/3rds of the way done!!!

PS - The giveaway is limited to the US.  Hopefully they'll have a successful Kickstarter launch and go International after that! :-D

PSS - You'll get yours after the development is complete.  So it'll take a couple months, but you'll be among the first to get one!!!
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Yee-Haw!!! Win a Brand New iPad Mini!!!

I have another iPad Mini to give away!!!  Who loves ya baby? ;-)

Our friends over at +WeatherCaster gave us an iPad to celebrate our naming WeatherCaster the top weather app, so of course we're giving it away! (As we often do.)

Here's how to win!

1) Download the free app for your iPad (if you have one)! Trust me, it's awesome! ==> http://geekbeat.tv/weatherapp
2) Make sure you have +WeatherCaster in a circle, oh and Me too so I can notify you if you win!
3) Publicly re-share this post in order to enter to win!

That's it!

By the way, WeatherCaster is only for US weather, so this contest is limited to the US. Sorry to all my international friends!  I still love you, you know that, right? :)

Of course, the lawyers spent all that time drafting rules, so if you want to read em, have at it!  http://geekbeat.tv/minithanks
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WIN ONE OF TWO BLACK RAPID CAMERA STRAPS!!

Our friends over at Black Rapid gave us two camera straps to give away during PhotoPlus Expo!

Here's how to win:

1) Do you have me in a circle? Step 1 complete!
2) Publicly SHARE this post.  THAT'S IT!  You've entered! :-)

GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is worldwide!

(Check them out at http://www.blackrapid.com/products/straps)
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WIN A FREE SPINLIGHT 360!!!

Our friends over at SpinLight360  gave us a FREE modular flash system to give away during PhotoPlus Expo! That's a $149 kit!

Here's how to win:

1) Do you have me in a circle? Step 1 complete!
2) Publicly SHARE this post.  THAT'S IT!  You've entered! :-)

We'll pick winners today then add you to a circle and send a public announcement. Keep an eye out for it!

GOOD LUCK!

(You can also see more on http://www.spinlight360.com/)

PS - Sorry, but this is limited to US shipping addresses because of the difficulties and cost of going elsewhere...
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WIN A FREE Drobo 5D!!!

Our friends over at Drobo  gave us  a FREE Drobo 5D to give away during PhotoPlus Expo!

Here's how to win:

1) Do you have me in a circle? Step 1 complete!
2) Publicly SHARE this post.  THAT'S IT!  You've entered! :-)

We'll pick winners today then add you to a circle and send a public announcement. Keep an eye out for it!

GOOD LUCK!


(You can also see more on http://www.drobo.com/)

PS - Sorry, but this is limited to US shipping addresses because of the difficulties and cost of going elsewhere...
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