The new Fotomerchant PRO Plan ..for Event Photographers
As part of the flurry of changes that you’ll be seeing over the coming months, we’re really excited today to introduce the brand new Pro plan!
The Pro plan will represent a fourth tier of functionality that goes above and beyond the Plus and Premium plans to support high sales volume professionals and studios catering to events and large customer bases.
What's new in the Pro Plan?
A collection of brand new features specifically designed to help streamline workflow and help you manage large-scale events. Here’s the list..
Searching your live site has always been powered by Tags, Titles and Descriptions to pull in the most relevant image results possible. However the search can now be isolated to individual Categories rather than querying your entire image library. This means that searching for the tag 123 in the “7th of February Triathalon” category will only return images of the competitor wearing bib number 123 in that category (or event). The other twenty runners you’ve shot recently with the same bib number from other events won’t be getting in the way!
You can even provide your customers with a direct link to the Event Search page with a relevant Tag “pre-loaded” to the end of the URL. So as your customer, the link below will take me directly to the “7th of February Triathalon” search results page for the tag 123, without my having to enter the bib number myself. I can then add those images directly to my Shopping Cart from the results page!
If you’re a wedding photographer you can bet that this will make your life easier with search terms like bride too!
Smart Shopping Cart
Your automated Digital and Direct Fulfillment process just became a little more automated!
The Shopping Cart can now make decisions on which products will be offered to your customers based on the aspect ratio and resolution of the image they’re interested in. So for print products, rather than having to crop, upscale and change images once a customer has placed an order, you can simply elect for the Shopping Cart to hide the print products that are not a good match for the chosen image file.
Similarly for Digital Download products; if your uploaded digital file isn’t large enough in resolution to accommodate a particular Digital product, then that product simply won’t be offered in the shopping cart. This means that there will never be any “Action Required” orders in your system!
Advanced Account Search
Now that you have an account full of new Contacts (and hopefully new orders), you’ll to need to be able to access those Contacts and Order details as smoothly as possible. You can now pull this information up immediately from anywhere in your Fotomerchant account! (Checkout the demonstration video below for a quick walk-through)
Bulk Product Purchasing
Allow your customers to purchase an entire gallery of photographs in just a few clicks. Using Bulk Products, your customers can purchase any Digital, Self Fulfilment or Direct Fulfilment product for all images in gallery for a single price!
Advanced Financial Reports
You can already view a break-down of your sales revenue by Gallery and Category, but now with the Pro plan you can view the performance of specific products and product types (Eg: Self/Direct Fulfillment or Digital products).
Contact Import Tools
If you work with large events then there’s a good chance you’ll have big lists of new customers to deliver to with each event. You can now import a CSV of new Contacts directly into your Fotomerchant account!
Branded PayPal Checkout
You can now add your logo to the PayPal checkout interface to ensure that your customers have a more consistent experience as they finalise their orders.
Pro Plan Pricing
The new subscription plan will be $99 per month or $80 per month (billed annually). Both the monthly and annual plans let you enjoy a low 2.5% Transaction Fee.
You can view the monthly and yearly pricing options as well as the full feature list from the My Plan section of your admin account.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few questions to help get the conversation flowing. If you have more, please post a comment below.
Q: When is the Pro plan available and how do I upgrade?
A: It’s available right now! Just head to the My Plan section of your admin account to view the plan details, then select either the Monthly or Yearly payment options. Now click on the Pro plan column, hit the green Choose this Plan button at the bottom of the page and you’re off!
Q: I’m definitely interested but would like to try it out before committing.
A: No problem, we can set you up with a two week Trial on the Pro plan within your existing account. Just drop us a line via the Help Desk to let us know if you’re interested! Beyond that you can always try the monthly subscription option and then downgrade back to your current plan the following month if you decide it’s not for you.
Q: The Pro plan isn’t a match for my business. What have you got in store for me?
A: No fear, we have a heap of exciting changes coming to the application over the coming months that will apply to all subscription levels. In case you missed it, check out our previous blog post on the soon to be released “Fotomerchant v3″.