We are pleased to introduce an amazing line-up of speakers for the month of May! Take a look below at the scheduled FREE Webinars and sign up today.
|Perfecting Your Splash Intro Page | May 3, 2012 | 2PM EST |
By PhotoBiz Passionate Support® Team
A killer splash intro page can help distinguish your website from the competition. Not only do splash intro pages enhance the navigation on your website, they also add beauty and even help search engine optimization! Join us for this webinar in which a Passionate Support Team will show you how to create an eye catching splash intro page.
|The Art of Photographing a Wedding | May 8, 2012 | 2PM EST|
By Larry Perez
Take the pressure off and the difficulty out of photographing a wedding. Join wedding photographer and industry sales mentor Larry Perez as he takes you through the ins and outs of his distinctive wedding day approach!
|The Importance of a Mobile Site | May 10, 2012 | 2PM EST |
By PhotoBiz Passionate Support® Team
As more people are accessing websites from mobile phones, having a mobile presence online is just as important as having a website. Our Passionate Support team will show you how to take advantage of the HTML and Mobile Mirror sites that PhotoBiz offers, while matching the branding of your existing sites.
|No Cost and Low Cost Ways to Market Your Business | May 15, 2012 | 2PM EST|
By Lori Nordstrom
Don’t spend tons of money on marketing. Learn the most powerful ways to market your business for FREE, by joining Lori Nordstrom for this webinar.
|Free Online Image Tools | May 17, 2012 | 2PM EST |
By PhotoBiz Passionate Support® Team
JPG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, oh my! If these acronyms make your head spin, this webinar is for you. Join one of our Passionate Support team members and learn how to use free online image editing resources to create logos and modify images to use on your website.
|D.A.M. Digital Asset Management | May 22, 2012 | 2PM EST |
By Richard Esposito
A file structure is surprisingly important for photographers and is often an overlooked aspect of your business. Join professional photographer Richard Esposito, to learn how to organize your files! It is important to know where your files belong so anyone can find them and have them backed up (especially offsite), how to archive jobs, and when to remove unnecessary files. All of this also relates to your workflow!
|What’s Your Color? | May 24, 2012 | 2PM EST |
By PhotoBiz Passionate Support® Team
One of the great customizable elements of your PhotoBiz website is the ability to personalize the color scheme to match your brand. In this webinar, our Passionate Support team will show you how to take full advantage of our color picker.
|The 5 Most Important Facts To Know About Email Marketing | May 29, 2012 | 2PM EST |
By Suzanne Feinberg
Join Suzanne Feinberg to learn the five most important facts about email marketing. Using simple, clear examples you will learn about the Can Spam Act of 2003, how to capture leads and create relevant lists, how to automate your newsletter and blog distribution, how to track and analyze the data you collect, and how segmenting your lists can increase sales.
|Coding 101 | May 31, 2012 | 2PM EST |
By PhotoBiz Passionate Support® Team
One of the wonderful features of PhotoBiz websites is that you don’t have to do any coding! But what if you want to do some basic coding to enhance your site? This webinar, led by one of our Passionate Support team members, will show you how to create basic HTML code. Join us to see how some simple codes can enhance your splash intro pages, store, and blog sites.
Last Friday night I got a glimpse at the talent of some of our very own team here at PhotoBiz. The Center for Visual Artists (CVA) in downtown Greensboro, NC held an art gallery fundraiser called “100 for 100.” One hundred local artists each submitted a piece of art on a 10 by 10 in. canvas and each was sold for $100 to support the CVA.
Three of the PhotoBiz team submitted artwork, and so I caught up with them to learn about the art they submitted and why they choose that piece.
The All Seeing Eye with Dish Washing Gloves
Ana S. is a member of the PhotoBiz Passionate Support Team. She is also a painter, and submitted a mixed media piece with acrylic, oil, and ink.
Description of piece: This painting is a small study from a series of paintings I was working on a few years ago. It deals with the childlike idea of dress up, fantasy, and pretend. As children we intuitively play in grand fantasy worlds of our own creating and will use any household item at our disposal to take on the persona of our make believe world.
Why she choose this piece: I chose this piece because I feel it is a good representation of the kind of paintings that I make. I have a deep love and appreciation for the human figure and enjoy painting it. The Center for Visual Artists here in Greensboro is a fantastic organization that supports the local arts. This is actually the second year that I have participated in the 100 for 100 fundraiser and it was an easy decision to do it again. I love the idea of giving back to the art community and it is a great opportunity to get a little exposure for my artwork!
Chelsea P. is a member of the PhotoBiz Design and Research Team. She is also a photographer, and submitted an “iPhoneography” piece to the showcase
Description of piece: ‘Tiny Galaxy’ is a result of several experiments in iPhoneography. The image was originally a horizontal image of a sunset that was taken using an iPhone, and I then processed the image to create the 360-degree effect, and after that I further processed the image to add the vignetting and nebula to the image. The piece was created entirely using an iPhone, from image capture to processing.
Why she choose this piece: I selected this image to use in 100 for 100 because I wanted to use an image with an interesting subject, and a high degree of saturation and contrast and I wanted to print the image on Aluminum, and I felt that this would be a perfect image to really utilize the unique reflective characteristics of photographic printing on aluminum.
Mike B. is a PhotoBiz Passionate Support Team Lead. He is also a photographer and submitted a photo transferred onto canvas.
Description of piece: My piece was a photo transfer onto canvas, so it would appear a little more aged in person. I took it originally as part of a photo-a-day project where I used a word, and tried to photograph it. The word that day was ubiquitous.
Why he chose this piece: I chose this piece for the fundraiser show because the symbols used in the image are symbols most people deal with on a daily basis. I don’t like to dictate what my work is about, but instead use it to open discussion for other people, which I feel this work accomplishes.
Welcome PhotoBizzers, this is Andy R. from the Passionate Support Team. Here at PhotoBiz we provide Search Engine Optimization (SEO) specialists to help you improve your ranking in the three major search engines (Google, Yahoo, and Bing). My goal today is to provide some tips and debunk some myths about SEO.
Have a clear idea of what searches you want to rank on. When working on your SEO, it all starts with determining which keywords are most important. For example, what type of sessions generate the most income for you? Or where are you looking to expand your market? It is often easiest to break into a niche market, versus general keywords. No matter what keywords you choose, the key is providing pertinent information and useful links.
Search engines index both Flash and HTML sites. While search engines once skipped over Flash sites because they didn’t know how to read them, Google has specifically improved their algorithm to accommodate Flash designs in addition to HTML. In fact, PhotoBiz has specific SEO in place to help optimize both HTML and Flash sites such as allowing you to set meta data on most pages of your website – with the goal of giving Google an in-depth view of your content.
Focus on select keywords, not every conceivable word customers will use. Unfortunately putting too many keywords in your meta tagging can actually hurt your SEO results. “Keyword stuffing” is a black hat SEO technique that is frowned upon, and search engines can penalize for it. Instead of thinking of every possible keyword people use to find your site, focus on the most important ones. They are after all called “key”-words.
Differentiate between content keywords and meta keywords. When we discuss keywords we have to make a distinction between meta keywords and content keywords. Both types of keywords are important, but they have their own purpose.
- Meta Keywords: These words and phrases are found in the coding of your website, and are part of what search engines look at when indexing your site.
- Content Keywords: In the broadest sense this is every bit of text on your website. Search engines not only crawl the coding of your website, but also the text on pages in order to have a complete picture of the work you do.
Updating content versus adding content. Updating your content is making changes to your existing pages and meta data on your site. When you make a change to the content of your website Google will re-crawl your website to take this new information into account and adjust your ranking. Adding content refers to new pages or blog posts added to the site. In the case of new content being added, search engines focus on reviewing the additional content, without rechecking the older content. New content such as blog posts is seen as a good thing, and why having a blog on your site helps to improve your SEO.
Good SEO is not an overnight fix. One of the most frustrating parts of setting up or improving your SEO is the time it takes to see results. Google, Yahoo, and Bing all have their own unique schedule for reviewing websites that we aren’t privy to. You can decrease the amount of time that it takes for a search engine to review your site, by submitting your site map to places such as Google’s Webmaster Tools. Whether you actively submit your changes or wait for crawlers to find you, know that it can easily take 30 days for changes to be reflected. So each time you make changes, the clock starts over again.
Let PhotoBiz Help You. PhotoBiz undoubtedly has the industry’s best SEO tools paired with Passionate Support consultants available by phone. Give us a call at 866.463.7620 or submit a support ticket to have one of our SEO Experts to review your website today!
Have you heard about Visa’s new Fixed Acquirer Network Fee (FANF)? Do you understand how it will impact your business? As part of providing Passionate Support here at PhotoBiz we wanted to take a moment to share details about how this fee may affect you and your business. Credit card merchants are, by and large, passing on the fee directly to their business clients. If you have a merchant account, be prepared to pay additional fees, effective April 1, 2012.
What is a FANF Fee?
While there are a number of changes to Visa’s fee structure, the one of greatest consequence to PhotoBiz customers is the Fixed Acquirer Network Fee (FANF). It applies if you have had at least one Visa charge in any given quarter. The new fee is in addition to all of the other fees like per transaction fees and percentage fees. The new fees will be calculated on a monthly basis. The first charges will appear on your May 2012 statements.
What Will I Be Charged?
The schedule of fees that apply to your business will depend on whether you accept most of your charges face to face or without the card present. Most PhotoBiz customers will fall under the “Card Not Present” schedule of payments below:
|Monthly Gross Sales||Fee Per Month*|
|Less than $50||$2.00|
*Visa will waive the FANF for charitable organizations classified under merchant category code 8398.
Beware of any merchant that charges more than what Visa is charging it! To verify your monthly charge, you can use this online calculator. The Electronic Transactions Association has submitted a letter to Visa requesting a delay of the collection of the FANF, but Visa is still moving forward with the fee.
Why Is Visa Charging This Fee?
In a public statement, Visa reasons that, “Debit regulation has altered the competitive landscape. To enable Visa to compete in the new environment, we have revised our business strategy….” The “debit regulation” refers to the Durbin Amendment to the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In other words, Congress took away from Visa’s profits, so Visa created new fees to get them back.
Although Visa has created the FANF, it is up to each credit card merchant how it will charge its customers. If you have any questions, please contact your credit card merchant representative.
The 90s Baybeesz originated in Greensboro, NC during the summer of 2009 with 6 original members. Now they’ve transitioned into the trio teen crazed entertainment crew with the members better known as “Koke, Swoo, and Ned”. These young men aspire to bring back the nineties with a new millennium twist.
Koke blew into our office in downtown Greensboro like a whirlwind of enthusiasm for a wonderful interview.
1. Tell us something about your group?
We are all trendsetters that happened to run into each other. We started off with 6 members, and have narrowed down to 3. The stuff we say, the stuff we wear – bright colors, skinny jeans, snap back hats is all part of our act. We love to see how fast other people pick up our look. I’ve even got my own haircut, if you go to my barber and ask for Koke’s hairstyle he will give you something close to it.
The 90s Baybeesz is more than just dancing. I’m working on a retro clothing line and I have a group I go thrifting with.
[Editors Note: Thrifting is socially shopping at thrift and consignment shops.]
2. What type of performances do you like to create?
We dance and DJ music with original rap. We all love hitting stages and have a passion for the spotlight. Ned is the behind the scenes guy manning the camera. I’m not that guy. I perform. We count on Ned to be our techno-geek. Me and Swoo live for the stage.
3. Where do you perform?
At our school talent show, at the Thomasville Spring Fling, teen clubs, birthday parties, parades, WFMY morning show. We’ve even performed downtown at the Center Park just for fun.
WFMY was a big stepping stone for me. Once we were on the news I felt like I was getting somewhere and needed to keep pushing myself. We had our video shown on Miss Rachel’s show on BET one morning.
We have more videos and music coming this summer. We should have a mix tape of original music coming out.
4. When did you notice you had a passion for dancing?
I had a passion for dancing ever since I was little. When a dance would come out, my mom would say, “hey Koke, try that.”
Around 5 or 6, I got a passion for the 90s. I was born in 95. I love watching movies like House Party, and shows like Fresh Prince of Bel Air. I can sing you almost every 90s song. My favorite is Poison by Bell Biv DeVoe, it is the epitome of the 90s.
Note: In the video above the 90s Baybeesz are performing in front of the graffiti wall in the PhotoBiz parking lot.
5. What is unique to what you and your group do?
We all come from different backgrounds, and meshed together easily. All our creativity and ideas come together and make it unique. We will come up with crazy stuff and just see if other people will do it.
A big part of what we do is creating our look. For example, I won’t take credit for shoestring belts, but once we started doing it other people did.
I asked my mom for some skinny jeans, and she said no. So I washed my grandfather’s car and he took me to the mall where I picked out my first pair of acid wash skinny jeans. My mom wasn’t happy, but eventually she got me some too.
6. Most awkward moment during a performance?
Most awkward moment was the GYC. We performed at one of the fairs. We had a routine where we dougied. I stepped out and started dougie-ing. We were supposed to take turns, but my teammates wouldn’t step up. I was shooting them laser beams from my eyes while they left me hanging to keep going by myself. I had to keep on smiling when I really wanted to chew the crew out.
[Editor’s Note: GYC is the Greensboro Youth Council. To Dougie is to dance like Doug E. Fresh.]
7. What is the scariest thing that ever happened during a performance?
Scariest is when we went down to Thomasville one time. Either the CD was scratched or the Flash drive wouldn’t work. We all panicked, and learned that we needed to all have the mix on our flash drives and bring two CDs. Gotta bump your head to learn sometimes.
8. Best advice that you’ve been given in your performing career?
Ok, I know this for sure. We did a birthday party at a hotel for one of my friends, AJ who is actually a singer. She is a military baby. Her uncle came in and asked us questions. We told him how hard things had been. He told us if this is something we love, you gotta keep doing it. If you bump your head 99 times, I bet you get it right 101 times. It was very powerful, genuine words. We were so hyped to go perform afterward. Everything he said to us, basically he just pushed us. Hearing it form an outsider that we did not know made the difference. It made us feel really good.
9. Best advice that you could give someone else that is pursuing a dance career?
Stay original, because originators last longer than imitators. Stay true to yourself and always have fun. If you don’t have fun you’re not going to want to do it anymore.
Be very professional at all times especially when you’re having fun. To me I’m still balancing it.
Stay fresh. It means being able to know how to balance underground and mainstream stuff.
10. Best moment of your performing career?
I would want to say when we helped Miss Toni Shaw win a national award off one of our pictures. We were all together and had so much fun. We got up that morning and rode around and took pictures all day. She won a national award off one of the pictures.
11. How has your PhotoBiz website helped you?
A lot of people like our website and all the games we have on there. PhotoBiz has helped us. We put our bios on it. A lot of questions people ask are answered on our website and we have it tied to our Facebook page.
Getting it all together was almost like a hassle getting everyone to approve it. Once we all got it done and launched it, it was like watching yourself on TV or something – that’s us!
There are pictures, videos, games, and information about each member. Ned is the go to guy when it comes to stuff like that.
12. Anything more you would like people to know about 90s Baybeesz?
We are really silly, we are really clowns. We have been together for a while, and now we are getting older. For people to sit there and watch us grow up is amazing. We still dance and do music. My mom and my dad stay on us, and tell us if we want to be different we can’t stop dancing. The fact that we can both rap and dance gives us an edge of everybody else.
We all have big goals, and the drive that each one of us has helps a bunch. We all have big dreams; we don’t want to just be an average Joe. One day we will be full-time pros and we all have the drive to make it happen.