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5 Obvious Reasons for Wedding Photographers to Use Dubsado

The most precious resource for all business owners – wedding photographers included – is time.

When I started my own business as a wedding photographer, my schedule was all over the place. I was checking my inbox constantly, digging through old emails to keep on top of deadlines, forgetting to chase up leads, losing business … it was frankly, a mess.

I needed a software to create systems in place – making sure my client experience was seamless and that my business could automatically function without me having to constantly be on top of the legwork.

Existing client relationship management (CRM) platforms weren’t really working for me. I found a lot of them were clunky, antiquated and not suitable for wedding photoraphy.

When I found Dubsado, I was more than relieved.

What is Dubsado?

Dubsado is a client relationship management (CRM) platform that allows you to manage your entire business all in one piece of software.

You can manage your client meetings and weddings, build relationship with clients and schedule appointments all while creating a systemised process that make the entire client relationship process an automated breeze.

The best part about Dubsado is that it is an all-in-one platform. When my business was getting busy, I needed one system to help me capture new leads, nurture those leads, send invoices, onboard clients and basically do everything to make sure my clients were completely taken care of.

If you’re a wedding photographer, this platform is a complete no-brainer because it helps you land your ideal clients very easily. All without switching from program to program.

Here’s 5 obvious reasons you should use Dubsado

You can easily capture leads

Capturing new leads and receiving new inquires from people interested in getting professional wedding photography for their big day is very easy with this software. You’re able to easily add forms and buttons to different pages on your website to allow people to get in touch with you smoothly.

It’s also very simple to build any contact forms you have on your website or sales funnel. You can drag and drop text boxes, drop down menus and more – allowing you to customise your form so you receive all the information you need upfront.

You can use custom branding

This was a huge benefit for me – one my favourite reasons to use Dubsado! When I was using other platforms, it was simply out of the question to customise my invoices in order to ensure my client experience stayed ‘on brand’.

Using Dubsado, you can now send out invoices, forms and other documents to your clients all completely on brand. You can use your brand colours and your logo on everything you supply to your client, so they always associate the brilliant service they’re receiving with you and your company – and refer you to their friends and family members who are getting married!

Your workflows are automated (so you never lose clients)

One of the biggest problems for my wedding photography business when I started was that nothing was automated. I had to do quite literally do everything myself – from client nurturing and scheduling to preparing contracts and sending invoices.

The consequence was that I was losing clients  – simply because I was forgetting to respond and follow up with them. With Dubsado, now I can automatically:

  • Send introduction emails as soon as clients express interest
  • Send a follow-up email three days later
  • Send another follow-up email a week later
  • A third follow-up email after that

I have often been able to secure clients on just that third follow-up. That was either because my lead had forgotten about a photographer, or had placed a hold on planning their wedding. It gave them that extra ‘push’ to secure a deal.

Dubsado has therefore completed automated the lead capturing component of my business. And that is not all.

Create automated proposals and contracts

Dubsado won’t just automatically send out proposals and contracts to your clients for you. You can also create them within the platform itself – there is no longer a need to pay monthly fees to send out contracts for digital signature. Everything can be done in one place!

You can create a proposal for different wedding photography packages you offer. If somebody reaches out to you letting you know they are interested, then a proposal is automatically sent. You can book clients when on holiday, with your family and in your sleep – it’s perfect!

Your bookkeeping is done for you

When running a business, bookkeeping (while it sounds boring) is absolutely vital. With Dubsado, you can do all of it.

The “Accounting” tab within the platform can help you track all cash flow, check your invoices, send invoices, look at transactions, chart of accounts, reports and everything else. You can also integrate Dubsado with specialised accounting programs you might use like Quickbooks and Xero.

BONUS BENEFIT: You have client portals (which keeps you and your clients happy)

Client portals have been a life saver for my wedding photography business. You can create a portal where your portals can log into, see their contracts, documents and – more importantly – download their photos!

It makes everything easy for you to manage on your end – as every document and photo pertaining to a particular client is saved in one spot and available for your client to see.

How much does Dubsado cost?

You can get a free trial of Dubsado for up to three clients right now – with no time limit. Click here to learn more.

At the moment, Dubsado has two plans:

  • Starter ($20 per month, or $200 per year) – this gives you:
    • Unlimited projects and clients
    • Form and email templates
    • Invoicing and payment plans
  • Premier ($40 per month, or $400 per year) – this gives you everything in the Starter Plan , as well as
    • Scheduling, automated workflows
    • Public proposals
    • Multiple lead captures
    • Integration with Zapier

However, you can get a 20% off discount clicking the button below!

Dubsado has been great for me – and, if you’re a wedding photographer, it will be great for you too.

Reach out to me if you have any questions on how else the platform can help you grow your business!

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