I'm not even going to tell y'all how frustrated I've been the past two days (with no end in site!)... there's no reason to bring you down with me! All I'm saying is: computer virus, thought it was fixed, desktop icons, start menu, and taskbar are all M.I.freakin.A I guess I have a date with the Geek Squad tomorrow, because clearly this is beyond my capabilities (And that's what makes me the most angry, I think).
ANYWAY... OPINION TIME!!
I frequently look at other photographer's work and websites, and I saw that one local gal is tying a business card to bags of M&Ms to pass out to trick-or-treaters. Another blogger I saw is passing out little goody bags to the parents with her biz info.
Some of the comments I've seen under proclamations such as these were interesting. For every 5 people that think it's a great idea and want to try it themselves, there is 1 person who thinks it's very very tacky (obviously, not a business owner).
Now, I'm a bit on the fence, because initially I thought, WHAT A COOL IDEA!! It clearly sounds perfect to give parents my photography info, because what parent doesn't like pictures of their kid? (And Christmas is coming up, HELLO)
But the Negative Nellys out there made me stop in my tracks, because I hate the idea of people thinking poorly of me (or that I am tacky! HEAVEN FORBID!), and I don't want to get a bad rep right when I'm starting out.
But again, I just lost my job (so I'm desperate for ways to find clients) and how many free marketing tools are there? After all, people will be coming to MY DOOR (or, my parent's neighbor's driveway for the hayride, which is where I will very likely be) begging for MY CANDY, so would it be considered soliciting at that point?
So what do I do? Make up treat bags with a discount coupon for a session and give them to the adults? Ask them outright if it would offend them? Forget I ever saw the idea?