How to build the right marketing & PR plan.

To succeed, you must start with a solid marketing and PR plan. Executed well, your plan will be your road map as you grow your business. The right marketing plan identifies: 1) who your target customers are to; 2) how you will reach them; and 3) how you will retain your customers so they repeatedly bring in new business for you.

We are often asked what we include in the marketing and PR plans we produce for our photography clients, so we thought we outline the 15 key sections as the fundamental basis of our working relationship with some of the best local talent.

Section 1: Executive Summary

We often complete the Executive Summary last. As the name implies, this section merely summarizes each of the other sections in the plan. It will be helpful in giving yourself a reminder and any stakeholders an overview of your plan.

Section 2: Target Customers

This section describes the customers you are targeting which we develop through a persona exercise. Personas are generalized characters that encompass the various needs, goals, and observed behavior patterns among your current and potential customers. They help you understand your customers better. The ability to more clearly identify your target customers will help both pinpoint your marketing (and get a higher return on investment) and better “speak the language” of prospective customers.

Section 3: Unique Selling Proposition (USP)

Having a strong unique selling proposition (USP) is of critical importance as it distinguishes your work and your business in an already over-crowded industry. The hallmark of several great companies is their USP. For example, FedEx’s USP of “When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight” is well-known and resonates strongly with customers who desire reliability and quick delivery. We’ll identify the USP that sets you apart from your competition.

Section 4: Pricing & Positioning Strategy

Your pricing and positioning strategy must be aligned. For example, if you want your photography business to be known as the premier brand in your genre, pricing your work too low might dissuade customers from purchasing. In this section of your marketing plan, we detail the positioning you desire and how your pricing will support it.

Section 5: Distribution Plan

Your distribution plan details how customers will buy from you. For example, will customers purchase directly from you on your website? Will they buy from other publishing venues, at events or galleries? We’ll brainstorm different ways to reach your customers and document them in this section of your marketing plan.

Section 6: Your Offers

We’ll develop strategic offers to secure more new customers and drive past customers back to you – that will generally cause your customer base to grow more rapidly.

Section 7: Marketing Materials

We’ll take an in depth look at the marketing materials you’ll use to promote your business to current and prospective customers. We’ll identify which ones you’ve already completed and ones that need to be created or re-worked to fit the plan.

Section 8: PR Strategy

The PR section is one of the most important sections of your marketing plan and details how you will reach new customers. In this section of your marketing plan, we’ll consider each of vehicles available to us and decide which ones will most effectively allow you to reach your target customers.

Section 9: Online Marketing Strategy

Like it or not, most customers go online to research their next purchase. As such, having the right online marketing strategy can help you secure new customers and gain competitive advantage.

The four key components we consider for your online marketing strategy:

  1. Keyword Strategy: identify the keywords to optimize your website.
  2. Search Engine Optimization Strategy:  updates you make to your website so it shows up more prominently for your top keywords.
  3. Paid Online Advertising Strategy: the online advertising programs you use to reach target customers.
  4. Social Media Strategy: how you will use social media to attract customers.

Section 10: Conversion Strategy

Conversion strategies refer to the techniques to turn prospective customers into paying customers.  For example, increasing your social proof (e.g., showing testimonials of past clients who liked your work) will nearly always boost conversions and sales.  In this section of your plan, we’ll document which conversion-boosting strategies you will use going forward.

Section 11: Joint Ventures & Partnerships

Joint ventures and partnerships are agreements  with other organizations to help reach new customers or better monetize existing customers. Think about what customers buy before, during and/or after they buy from your company. Many of the companies who sell these products and/or services could be good partners. We’ll document such companies in this section of your marketing plan along with tactics to reach out to try to secure them.

Section 12: Referral Strategy

A strong customer referral program could revolutionize your photography business. For example, if every one of your customers referred one new customer, your customer base would constantly grow. Rarely will you get to experience such growth unless you have a formalized referral strategy. We’ll help you think through the best referral strategy for your business and document it.

Section 13: Strategy for Increasing Transaction Prices

While your primary goal when conversing with prospective customers is often to secure the sale, it is also important to pay attention to the transaction price. The transaction price, or amount customers pay when they buy from you, can dictate your success. For example, if your average customer transaction is $1000 but your competitor’s average customer transaction is $1500, they will generate more revenues, and probably profits, per customer. As a result, they will be able to outspend you on advertising and promotion, continually gaining market share at your expense. In this section of your plan, we’ll strategize ways to increase your transaction pricing.

Section 14: Retention Strategy

Too many organizations spend too much time and energy trying to secure new customers versus investing in existing customers. By using retention strategies you can increase revenues and profits by getting customers to purchase from you more frequently over time. We’ll identify and document ways you can better retain customers here.

Section 15: Financial Projections

The final part of your marketing plan is to create financial projections. In your projections, we’ll include all the information documented in your marketing plan with the related expenses that give you the highest return on investment.

One final word…

Creating a comprehensive marketing & PR plan is real work. Once it’s complete, it will serve you well as an actionable road map of deliverables with expected results in terms of new customers, sales and profits.

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About the Author
Deanna White is owner and publicist for storylinePR, exclusive PR firm & marketing agent to Ottawa’s most talented fine art photographers. “Because we know instead of marketing your work, you’d much rather be creating it.” www.storylinepr.ca

Top strategy for charities

What if I told you there was a way to get your business in front of potentially thousands of eyeballs from your ideal target audience. All for the cost of a few hours work. It’s one simple concept that very few photographers take advantage of.

This will impact your bottom line

Ottawa happens to be home to many charitable organizations who are on tight budgets, and always on the lookout for giveaways to create more donor dollars.  I’m not talking about donating your time to shoot for a charity event, but rather putting a silent auction package together that gets your name in front of a very lucrative target market and will likely not cost you a thing. In fact, in most cases, it can make you money. Similar to the gift card industry, offering up certificates for your photography services as a silent auction item associated with a dollar value can, and will, deliver to your bottom line. Here’s why:

Many are not ever redeemed. Giving away your services for free is hard swallow sometimes, but as Jenn Reichenbacher of Merchant Warehouse reveals, many times they won’t ever be utilized. Thousands of dollars goes unredeemed annually. About 40% either lose or forget about the item they purchased at a silent auction and most people chalk up their donation as going to a good cause.

They encourage repeat business. It’s also important to remember that when customers make purchases using gift cards (or in this case, silent auction gift items), they don’t always spend the entire amount. That means that they will likely return to make more purchases in the future. Gift Card Granny points out that “55% of gift card recipients require more than one shopping experience to spend the balance.”

Customers tend to spend more than the face value. By the time the monetary value of the silent auction item has been used in full, a client most likely will spend more. That means more money for you! “65% of gift card holders spend an extra 38% beyond the value of the card.

There are the top three things to keep in mind when putting a silent auction strategy in place:

  1. The Target Market
    Target the right audience with your brand. There are a myriad of charities who attract high-profile, net-worth clients at galas, golf tournaments and dinners. Reach out to the ones that make sense for your business. Ones you have a connection with, or whose causes you really believe in. Make sure it is well suited for your audience by asking qualifying questions about who their donors are.
  2. The Offer
    Tailor the offer to meet the needs of the audience and your marketing strategy. If your goal is to sell your images, perhaps the silent auction item is a private gallery showing with $500 towards the purchase of an art collection. Or perhaps you are looking to market your corporate photography business by offering the cost of a 3 hour session. Even if packaged as a product offer – make sure the dollar value is the main redemption mechanism.
  3. The Promotion
    Here’s where it can get interesting. Be sure to schedule some social media promotion around your silent auction item mentioning the charity you are donating to in the post using the ‘@’ sign. By mentioning the charitable organization, you are reaching potentially thousands of donors and supporters beyond your own social network; the charity is gaining additional exposure about the event; and your brand is being associated with a good cause.

There are several lists we are compiling for Ottawa photographers to reference and ‘charitable events’ is currently in the works. We are looking to our community help us build on these lists. If there a charitable golf tournament or event that you recommend? Let us know by leaving a comment.

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About the Author
Deanna White is owner and publicist for storylinePR, exclusive PR firm & marketing agent to Ottawa’s most talented fine art photographers. “Because we know instead of marketing your work, you’d much rather be creating it.” www.storylinepr.ca

How to get your work featured in an art gallery

Image of Carrie Colton of Studio Sixty Six
Carrie Colton, Studio Sixty Six

Getting your work featured takes more than just great talent. After spending some time getting acquainted with a photographer and their work, we roll up our sleeves and start building a marketing & PR plan together. One of the very first questions we are inevitably asked is… ‘How do I get my work featured in a gallery?

Meet Carrie Colton, Director and Curator of Studio Sixty Six, an Ottawa art gallery devoted to showcasing emerging artists from in and around the Ottawa area and across Canada.
Carrie was kind enough to answer our FAQ in the following blog style interview, starting with how to approach a gallery – to what happens after the show…


What do you look for in work you represent? 

Studio Sixty Six: I look for artwork that is visually dynamic and well composed. I look for things like balance, texture, rhythm, composition and scale. Artwork that is finely crafted, solidly constructed, produced and finished. Artwork that is clever, thought provoking and interesting. Art that or makes one feel something whether that be, joy, pain, excitement or humour, perhaps asks a question of the viewer. Work that is offering something fresh and a new approach to genre or materials.

What is the best way for a photographer to approach a gallery? 

Studio Sixty Six: Email is best. Never show up with art work without an appointment. Following up the email after a week, if you have not heard back is fine. A polite phone call stating that you sent a submission and are wanting to confirm it was received is good as well.

What should (s)he prepare in advance to be considered? 

Studio Sixty Six: An email submission should include:

How does the gallery / photographer relationship work? 

Studio Sixty Six: It depends on the gallery but generally if a gallery agrees to represent your work on their website and on their walls they will ask you not to be represented by other galleries in that city. Galleries generally take 50% of the sale. We give photographers 100% of the cost of the frame if the artist has had the print framed. Galleries are also a great source of support to their artists, (or they should be!) via advice, connections, critiquing your art work etc…

What’s involved in getting ready for a show – from the artists’ perspective? Specifically, what should a photographer expect to provide and what can (s)he do to ensure the show is a success? 

Studio Sixty Six: An artists is required to provide all text information about themselves and their work going in the show well ahead of time, (typically a month before), as well as high and low resolution images of the work. The work should be dropped off a few days before the show, ready to hang.

The most successful shows are the ones where an artist participates fully in the marketing and promotion of the show. We encourage artists to invite all their contacts, distribute the show postcards and promote the show through social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc…

It’s also important to be at the opening event well dressed and on time – until the end of the evening. We ask all artists to be friendly and ready to talk about their work!

What happens after the opening?

Studio Sixty Six: After the opening, photographers should bring people by the gallery over the course of the show and send the curator contacts for those who did not attend the opening, but you would like to have receive a personal invite to see your work. It’s important to be in constant communication with the gallery and ensure response to email inquires asap.

After the show comes down the work is either picked up by the artist or kept as inventory. The work will generally be available on the gallery website under the artist’s name if they have agreed to an ongoing relationship.

What final piece of advice do you have for a new or emerging photographer who wants to be featured in a gallery showing? 

Studio Sixty Six: Take courses and learn about the history of fine art photography. Present yourself positively and professionally when meeting or talking to a gallery director / curator and as mentioned previously, ensure you have a high quality website.


About the Author
Deanna White is owner and publicist for storylinePR, exclusive PR firm & marketing agent to Ottawa’s most talented fine art photographers. “Because we know instead of marketing your work, you’d much rather be creating it.” www.storylinepr.ca

Featured Photographer

Image of Roland Bast, Ottawa Photographer - Photo Credit: John-Finnigan Lin
Roland Bast

Meet Roland Bast. You may have seen his work on social media or published in magazines.

As a community ambassador and one of Ottawa’s top social media influencers, this well-known self-taught photographers’ work will be featured Tuesday, November 15th @ 7pm at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts.

Inspired by architecture, nature and the great outdoors, Roland will have have 33 framed and canvas print images on display for sale – including new pieces from his most recent shoots.

Click here to learn more and purchase tickets!

Check out his work on his social media properties:


About the Author
Deanna White is owner and publicist for storylinePR, exclusive PR firm & marketing agent to Ottawa’s most talented fine art photographers. If you would like to be featured on our blog, connect with us!

Lisa Tolmie is a Lady on Fire

For Ottawa-based photographer Lisa Tolmie, there has always been photography. Despite being a busy wife, mother and career woman, what began as a hobby chronicling her life with family and friends grew into a passion and her heart’s work. Her evolution as a photographer took the route of a degree in Fine Arts, cabinet making and floral design. Through these varying creative pursuits, she began to realize that photography was a language she understood and one which she enjoyed expressing herself.

When I first discovered Lisa’s work on social media, I immediately fell in love with her unique style. Her images really stood out for me and she seemed like the kind of gal who liked to colour outside of the lines. I was intrigued, so I dug a little deeper & I’m thrilled to share the following Q&A interview with Lisa about her work and business, Lady on Fire Photography.

When did you first think of becoming a photographer? How did you get started?

I’ve always had a camera in my hand but taking the Basic Photography night class at Algonquin in 2014 changed my path in photography to a more professional direction. As part of an extensive final project I had to take 15 portraits of one model. My cousin, Tammy, eagerly volunteered. She wanted portraits depicting a horror movie theme, some as a rock star and a few with Day of the Dead make-up. Her friend Tina, an accomplished make-up artist, brought her themes to life. Together we jumped in with both feet and took portraits like nothing I have ever done before. Unsure of what my professor would think, I handed in my assignment. He loved everything about them! His remarks gave me the confidence to start Lady on Fire Photography, and with both Tammy and Tina by my side we set forth on a path of unique and unusually themed portraits.

Who are some of you favorite photographers past or present that you found inspiring?

My professor at Algonquin, Harry Turner, is definitely someone who inspired me. In his lessons, he always included photos that he had taken and used these as examples to teach a new technique. One particular photo intrigued me, a “photo painting” where you move the camera on a slower shutter speed and create these gorgeous swirls of colour. His work has inspired a part of my landscape photography. He evokes movement and light in a magical way.

Brit Bentine from Locked Illusions Photography takes controversial and shocking portraits usually of young children in fantasy art pieces. Each is unique and not for everyone. Her style definitely evokes a gut reaction and although it can be over the top at times I can’t help but smile when a new piece comes out!

Alexander Khokhlov does amazing 2D face paintings involving a mix of face-art and different textures which inspired some of my own photographs. His love of lines and contrast appeal to me greatly.

Recently I have come to love the work of Melanie Mathieu Photography. She captures “moments” in life so beautifully. Her photos leave me breathless at times, her vision and use of angles are especially inspiring. It is a style I wish I had half her talent in. We are very different in our approach to photography, but she inspires me daily!

What kinds of assignments do you like the most?

The weirder the better! We don’t take “typical” photos. We don’t photograph weddings, babies, or traditional family portraits. I like a client who comes to us with their own vision, preferably one that makes me a little uncomfortable. Then the challenge is to make their imagination come to life! I also love the challenge of my “Phlogs” (photo blog). I ask my Facebook group to suggest themes and I try and make them happen in an original and fun way. These Phlogs often inspire some of my best work and they also provide the opportunity to push myself outside my comfort zone. Run of the mill is not what I am about. There is a bit of an electric undercurrent in my work, as there is with me. After all, I am the Lady on Fire…

Why do you create the photographs you do and what do they mean to you?

Unusual face painting photography brings out a different personality in people. I like that the make-up gives them an excuse to hide their shyness and makes them less uncomfortable. It allows the portrait to come to life. I’ve seen older, married men who were dragged in by their wives turn into the best models as soon as the make-up and the character develops on their faces. In front of the camera the make-up gives the model permission to be weird and to try things they never would have tried. When they see the final results they are usually pleasantly shocked with the outcome. Everything outside of the face painting portraits is created out of simple things that I find beauty in. I like pulling out the things people don’t normally see or take for granted. I enjoy creating a mood and starting a conversation with the everyday made extra-ordinary just by zooming in a little closer or looking at it from a different perspective.

What images or series are you most proud of and why?

My favorite series was the Sesame Street Phlog. This was a Facebook suggestion that I would not have considered otherwise, but it turned out to be something I am very proud of. It was a challenge for me as it was the first time I had left the studio and did location shooting. I enjoyed sourcing the costumes, scouting locations and developing the background stories for how each childhood character had grown up. At the time it was the largest series I’ve put together and is still one of my favorites. Many thanks have to go out to all involved in making that session happen!

One of my favorite single images is “stranger on the rocks” it was a very quick split second shot of a gentleman on the rocks at Britannia beach. I loved his vintage swimsuit look and the clouds. It doesn’t always have to be a large set- up. Sometimes the best pictures are one-offs that just happen!

Day of the Dead- Tammy. This was one of the 15 portraits for my assignment at Algonquin College. This set the path to the creation of Lady on Fire Photography.

Image: Day of the Dead - Tammy. Photographer: Lisa Tolmie of Lady on Fire Photography.
Day of the Dead – Tammy. Photographer: Lisa Tolmie of Lady on Fire Photography.

Stranger on the Rocks. One of my favorite fluke pictures! I literally turned the camera and with very little thought I snapped the photo. (private collection). Lady on Fire Photography.

Image: Stranger on the Rocks. Photographer: Lisa Tolmie of Lady on Fire Photography.
Stranger on the Rocks. Photographer: Lisa Tolmie of Lady on Fire Photography.

Painted Forest.  Inspired by my professor, I love making these photo paintings. It’s a lovely marriage between my Fine Art Degree with photography. Lady on Fire Photography.

Image: Painted Forest. Photographer: Lisa Tolmie of Lady on Fire Photography.
Painted Forest. Photographer: Lisa Tolmie of Lady on Fire Photography.

Creepy Clown.  From my last Phlog. I am terrified of clowns and yet I felt compelled to face my fear and do an epic clown photo-shoot. This picture captures my worst nightmare! Lady on Fire Photography.

Image: Creepy Clown. Photographer: Lisa Tolmie of Lady on Fire Photography.
Creepy Clown. Photographer: Lisa Tolmie of Lady on Fire Photography.

If you could go back ten years, what advice would you give yourself and to other aspiring photographers?

Starting a business was not on my radar ten years ago. I was at home with my daughters who would have been 3 and 6 years old. Being immersed in my family and motherhood felt isolating at times. Taking pictures of my children was an outlet for me, a way to be creative. Finally taking the leap into a more professional photography business has led to stronger bonds with my family and friends and opened up a confidence I didn’t know I had. I am blessed with a husband, daughters, family and friends who are ready, (though occasionally unwilling), models who inspire me daily and allow me the freedom to experiment. I’d tell myself, GO FOR IT and never second guess a shot, just take it!

What are your main goals now as an artist?

I want to be as original as possible and break rules. Through my work I want to continue creating a conversation in a positive and inclusive manner.

Can you tell us where you feature your work?

Many of my pieces are in private collections in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. I have recently put my photography out on various forms of Social Media. I began with a Facebook page that allowed an interaction with people that I really enjoy. Their suggestions end up being some of my best creations. I love the feedback and creativity they invoke. I’ve recently started showing my photographs on Instagram. I feel very new age and hip being on there! It’s been a fascinating adventure to see how each photograph is received. I have a website www.ladyonfirephotography.com this is where you will find the famous Phlogs and a sampling of my landscapes, oddments and portrait work. Pixieset is where you will find the body of my work as well as a way to purchase Fine Art prints. In its infancy I have ventured into the world of RedBubble. It seems my more eclectic photography makes for fun leggings and I-pod covers! Things will be removed and added over the coming weeks but feel free to check it out!


About the Author
Deanna White is owner and publicist for storylinePR, exclusive PR firm & marketing agent to Ottawa’s most talented fine art photographers. If you would like to be featured on our blog, connect with us!

Networking to boost photography sales.

If 70% of sales comes from networking and building relationships, shouldn’t you be doing more of that?

This weeks blog topic: ‘Networking to boost your photography business’, (It’s not as scary as you might think). The most important thing to remember about networking is that you have to make a genuine effort to meet people and get to know them. Simply showing up isn’t enough.

We’ve rounded up some of the best tips to maximize your networking efforts.

Great places to find networking opportunities.

  • MeetUps  are informal and a great way to meet like minded professionals. Search for an  industry-related get-together.
  • Attend local chapters of formal business groups.  Sit on the board. You’ll learn a lot.
  • Volunteer your time by offering your services to a networking group that’s the right fit for you. A great way to gain instant exposure for your work, (if you target the right audience).
  • Join professional photographer groups – photo walks are a great place to meet other local artists without commitment or cost.
  • Events where marketing and communication folks hang out is the place to be. These are the people working for organizations always on the lookout for new shots to use in their marketing materials. Contact us! We’ll be happy to recommend some marcomm networks in the Ottawa area.

What to bring to your next networking event (besides your enthusiasm).

Be sure you have a good supply of business cards and goals. What do you want to accomplish? Set goals for yourself, such as meeting five new people. If there is a list available for attendees, such as on Facebook events or meetups, you should review it prior to the event so you know who will be attending and who you want to connect with. Heck, why not reach out to them in advance and let them know how much you look forward to meeting them.

Networking is an investment.

You’re in a room with people you don’t know. Walking up to a stranger and introducing yourself when you’re at a networking event is down right, heart pumping scary, right? Even though it won’t seem like it, everyone in that room feels the exact same way as you.  TRUTH: Expect to invest 6 to 12 months networking before you get to know people and start feeling comfortable.

The right stuff.

The ultimate goal is for you to generate revenue from networking, but you need to lead up to that. First, be friendly and conversational. Don’t focus too much on what you do; be sure to ask people you meet to tell you about their business, and ask intelligent questions. Secondly, take notes on who you met and any other details you can remember. That’s the stuff that builds business relationships.

3 things you can do right away.

Networking is going to be a much slower process if you don’t actively follow up with contacts after meeting them. Here’s three things you can do after the networking event you just attended:

  • Call them the next day to invite them for coffee to continue the conversation you started at the event.
  • Send them a handwritten note on the back of one of your best photos. Let them know you enjoyed meeting them and how much you look forward to working with them in the future.
  • Email a note inviting them out to lunch or another meeting to review your portfolio in the near future.
  • Stay connected. Invite them to connect with your business on social media while your meeting is still fresh. Your feed will show up in their social  networks and you’ll continue to stay top of mind.

What other networking tips do you have? Share them on the comments.

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About the Author
Deanna White is owner and publicist for storylinePR, exclusive PR firm & marketing agent to Ottawa’s most talented fine art photographers. Learn more and connect at www.storylinepr.ca

Hyperlocal & niche focused.

I hate to turn down busines but when I get submissions from outside Ottawa, I have to politely decline. Here’s why…

There are many awesome photographers all over Canada. I know because I follow their work from Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and every city in between. But there’s also some seriously talented photographers right here in Ottawa.

Currently we are a local, niche PR firm & marketing agent dedicated to serving Ottawa’s most talented fine art photographers. We do have plans to expand in the future, but for the moment, I’m going to stay hyperlocal – not only for strategic business reasons, but also because we’re located in the heart of the National Capital Region. I honestly think it’s the most wonderful place on earth to work and play… (but then again, I’m biased).

Ottawa photographers: If you’re interested in working with us, please send an artist statement and links to recent work to mystory@storylinepr.ca

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About the Author
Deanna White is owner and publicist for storylinePR, exclusive PR firm & marketing agent to Ottawa’s most talented fine art photographers. Learn more and connect at www.storylinepr.ca

‘Thanks Universe’.

Remember when I said I had big plans for 2016? Well, I’m thrilled to announce that StorylinePR has refocused to become a marketing & PR agency for fine art photographers.

Some might say I have changed tack 180 degrees and strategic direction completely, to which I would answer – “Not really.”

You see, when I first created storylinePR, I tried connect my business to my love for photography. In fact, back then, it was known as Storyline Photo Marketing. Here’s a bit of background to that story…

image of storylinePR logo on canvas in art gallery Upon graduation, I had grandiose ideas with images of photos on a gallery wall and me doing the PR to make that happen. College was great at teaching us hands-on skills to develop our talent, (not so great at helping us articulate a vision.)

Right after school, I put that practical knowledge to work at a big brand company in marketing and PR for almost a decade. I absolutely loved my job and learned a great deal, but my quality of life began to suffer. I found myself packing my things (and my vision) and moving to Ottawa in 2000.

To feel more at home than I already (instantly) did, I took a few weekend photography courses in the Gatineau Hills and registered my business as Storyline Photo Marketing. Through referrals of friends and colleagues, my business morphed into a communications and media relations company known as storylinePR. (my other love)

“The universe knows exactly where you’re going, even if you don’t”

As I grew my PR business, I continued to pursue my love for photography on a personal level while providing PR services to small business. Along the way, I met some pretty amazing local artists, (photographers in particular), that I deeply admired.

In conversation with this group, I often heard how difficult it is to get their work noticed by the right audience and how frustrating and time consuming it was to market their own work when all they really wanted to do was focus on creating it. And then that’s when it happened. That ‘ah ha’ moment. A partnership between marketer and photographer, both subjects I knew intimately well.

You know that saying? ‘The universe knows where you’re going even if you don’t?‘ It really does. Timing and experiences play a huge factor and I feel as if everything I have done up to this point has guided me here. That I’ve finally created the business I’ve envisioned with subject expertise I’m so passionate about.

The connections I’ve made and relationships I’ve built over the years with magazines, publishers, galleries and agencies was in some small way, significant.

Thanks Universe!

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About the Author

Deanna White is owner and publicist for storylinePR, exclusive PR firm & marketing agent to Ottawa’s most talented fine art photographers. Learn more and connect at www.storylinepr.ca

SEO: How to Drive More Traffic to Your Website

Image of green chairGoogle may not be the only way to drive traffic, but it’s definitely the biggest. Like it or not, your site is affected by Google’s updates or algorithm refreshes, the most recent being Panda 3.0.

If you’re like me, you’re eager to learn as much as possible about SEO in order to drive more traffic to your site.

That’s why I’m thrilled to announce Camp Tech is returning to Ottawa with a new workshop on SEO and we’re giving away a free seat!

You may remember last year, Camp Tech made its inaugural visit to Ottawa with their  WordPress for Beginners training workshop. In an action- packed day, participants learned all about how to customize and maintain their own WordPress site, from pages to posts & widgets to plugins. They’re back on Wednesday November 19, 2014 for another full day of WordPress goodness at the Hub Ottawa.

They have also added a new session: SEO: How to Drive More Traffic to Your Website, a 3 hour training session on the evening of Tuesday November 18th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. They’ll be covering topics such as how to target keywords, what to include in your content, how to elevate your social media SEO, and how to create content so you can be found online.

Learn about SEO without spending a dime!

As business owners, our ultimate goal is to drive more traffic to our website in order to create opportunities and generate sales. Knowing SEO tactics is one of the few marketing tools you can implement without having to spend money.

Now, with a chance to win free seat to Camp Tech’s SEO: How to Drive More Traffic to Your Website, you can learn how without spending a dime!

Tweet for a seat.

To earn a free seat, simply tweet:

“I want a seat at @CampTechCo #SEO workshop #Ottawa Nov 18 via @storylinePR http://tinyurl.com/psnhyfd 

Your name will be automatically entered into a draw for your chance to win your Camp Tech seat for the SEO: How to Drive More Traffic to Your Website training session at The HUB Ottawa on November 18th, 2014, compliments of storylinePR!

You can enter as many times as you’d like by tweeting between now and November 15th. We’ll announce the winner right here on our blog on November 17th. So mark your calendar, (just in case you are our lucky winner), and good luck!

PS – If you can’t use the free seat, pay it forward by telling a friend who could. Check out the Camp Tech site and details of this session as well as the WordPress for Beginners training workshop on Wednesday November 19th.

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About the Author
Deanna White has always been passionate about marketing and public relations. Owner of storylinePR, Deanna is best known for taking it beyond the pitch. For building brands & bottom lines with the right channels to share your story. http://www.storylinepr.ca.

WordPress training giveaway!

UPDATE – March 17th, 2014
Congratulations to our winner @DaveAuten – Dave tweeted his way to a free seat  to Camp Tech’s  ‘WordPress for Beginners’ Ottawa Edition

Thank you to all those who entered and to those who helped spread the message about Camp Tech coming to  Ottawa on March 20th at the HUB. Ticket information for  the ‘WordPress for Beginners’ workshop can be found here: ‘WordPress for Beginners’ Ottawa Edition!

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We love WordPress. This blog and our website was created in it. We started back in 2007, (wow, time flies when you’re having fun), but it wasn’t much fun at the very beginning for us. We didn’t get the benefit of hands-on training and developed our blog, website and following by trial and error.  Believe us when we say… It’s the hard way.

That’s why we were thrilled to learn Toronto’s Camp Tech is coming to Ottawa this month with their very first Ottawa Edition of ‘WordPress for Beginners’ workshop. They’ll teach you how to build a WordPress website from scratch and storylinePR is giving away a free seat!

Why?

Because we believe in giving back to the Ottawa community that has given us so much over the years and as an Ottawa small business ourselves, we understand the challenges of finding the time. Just because we struggled to learn how to use WordPress, doesn’t mean you have to.

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Our lucky winner will get a chance to learn what took us months to master in just one day with lunch (valued at $149).

Tweet your way to a free seat!

To enter, simply copy and paste the following tweet and tweet it!

Hey @storylinePR – I’d love a free seat @camptechco ‘WordPress for Beginners’ #Ottawa Edition http://tinyurl.com/a3vcwf8

Your name will be automatically entered into a draw for your chance to win your Camp Tech seat at The HUB Ottawa on March 20th, 2014, compliments of storylinePR!

You can enter as many times as you’d like by tweeting between now and March 15th.  We’ll announce the winner right here on our blog on March 17th. Good luck!

PS – If you can’t use the free seat, pay it forward by telling a friend who could. Check out the Camp Tech site and the details of the inaugural Ottawa workshop.

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About the Author
Deanna White has always been passionate about marketing and public relations. Owner of storylinePR, Deanna is best known for taking it beyond the pitch. For building brands & bottom lines with the right channels to share your story. http://www.storylinepr.ca.