Time to drop some knowledge.
I don't like being sold to. In fact, I so strongly dislike being sold to that if I ever come across an extra pushy sale or salesperson, I purposely dig my heels in and actively avoid buying a product, even if it is something I am interested in or need.
Being my own sales rep for my own business has been one of the most challenging parts of this journey. Every time I design a promo or post an ad ("10% off!" "Free sh*t for everyone!" "Yay money!"), I feel nauseous. Granted, promotions create sales, and sales bring money, money buys food and home and travel, all things I am fond of. I get it. There's a reason for it. But blatant salesmanship, leaping down the throat of every holiday in order to make an extra buck give me the squirmies. Yes, that's a word now.
Here is the deal: I am participating in the Marry ME! wedding event coming up this Saturday Feb 17th. For the show, and for the rest of the month of February, here's my special one time offer!! Although it will hardly be a one time offer, I have the feeling I'm just getting started on this sort of thing.
You've met me. You've seen my work. You dig what I do. You are looking for a wedding photographer. Good. First step is done.
Next, book any wedding collection with me, and I will donate 5% of your total wedding collection price to one of the three following charities. You don't save extra money. I don't gain extra money, but do you know what happens?
A whole lot of good. Food for the hungry. Help for at risk children. A little extra love for our planet. I'd say those are three things that the world needs right now.
Book your wedding. Choose a charity. We donate. That's it. Give me a hand in doing some good this February. Together, I think we can affect some change, and I don't mean nickels and dimes.
No sales pitch (or was that a sales pitch? whoah). No sleazy smile. No winks and nods and secret handshakes. Just you and me, partnering up to send some help to those who truly need it.
Cheers, friends. Hope to see you this Saturday.