Announcing a guest, portrait photographer for the CCS summer seminar

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I would like to announce our guest photographer, Meo Baaklini. Meo is (in her own words) an Intimate Wedding and Portrait photographer based in the San Francisco Bay area. She formally trained at the Academy of Art San Francisco and runs her own studio in Benicia, CA.

We know that many of our customers primarily shoot other kinds of work. But great pictures are great pictures! Meo does work both in her studio, on-location and outdoors in the challenging San Francisco weather. She will be sharing some of her favorite outdoor portrait tips during our Monday afternoon training time on July 22, 3:30-4:40pm*. For those of you that would like some tips for a portrait studio setting, we welcome you to join us in the Glamour Shots®** training session that will occur on Monday afternoon 1pm-3pm. During this indoor session, she will specifically cover shooting tips for Maternity and Boudoir photography. Please shoot us an email if you would like to attend the indoor, portrait studio training with Glamour Shots on Monday, July 22, 1-3pm PT so that we may guarantee we have enough seats! Email jim.middaugh@candid.com .

We hope that you are able to attend and that you find the session with our distinguished guest photographer inspiring and that the time will translate into better photography, happier customers, more sales and more referrals for your business!

Here are a few of Meo’s favorite pieces of equipment.

Canon 5dmkII

50mm 1.4 (“My favorite lens… it stays on my camera 90% of the time!”)

24-105mm

580exII

Calumet 750 Travelites (umbrellas, softboxes, grid, snoot etc..)

Reflectors and huge 8ft tall polystyrene boards to bounce light back

We hope that you are excited about this great opportunity to get insight from another professional!

You can learn more about her by visiting www.meobaaklini.com .Some samples of her work are below:

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The impact of our distinguished seminar guest speaker, Steve Mulvany and his topic: Service Quality-An Edge or a Liability

CCS has had many speakers, several nationally known, at our annual seminars over the last 40+ years. One of those speakers who is nationally known has spoken to us on at least five occasions. He stands out as possibly the very best speaker who has ever spoken to us and one of the very best whom I have ever heard.

His name is Steve Mulvany. His topic is: Service Quality-An Edge or a Liability. This topic may seem mundane, but it is essential, especially today where reputations are built or destroyed rapidly via the Internet.

Developing a Customer Service culture is difficult in small and large organizations. It can be the difference maker between the success and failure of a business. Good customer service is not an accident, as Steve will tell you. It is also not something where you learn it, reach a goal, and relax. It requires constant effort to maintain it.

Mulvany’s message will detail his broad experience with many top companies in how to formulate, educate, and maintain excellent customer service over a long period of time. His humor and manner will make this seemingly dry topic entertaining and engaging.

His past messages to CCS customers and employees have changed the way we think about Customer Service. Some of our most successful customers say that Steve Mulvany has been instrumental in guiding their customer service philosophy.

As you know, our Summer Seminar is coming up in a little over three weeks. This year it is being held in San Francisco July 22nd-24th. We have been conducting these seminars, usually two a year, almost since the inception of Candid Color 40+ years ago.

We realize that it is a significant time commitment and expense to attend a meeting of any kind away from your place of business. But we strive to make the seminar motivating, educational, and practical. Most of all we strive to make it several times more profitable than its time commitment and expense.

I strongly encourage you to attend this seminar, no matter the size of your business or your experience level. You will benefit beyond measure from listening and incorporating
Steve’s message in your daily business practices.

We are lucky to have Steve speak to us and we all need to take advantage of it.

 

Dan Hays

COO, Candid Color Systems

 

We are hosting 4 more regional meetings!

We are hosting 4 more regional meetings. We are heading to Atlanta next on January 23rd!

Candid Color Systems® is going on the road! We are bringing staff members to you by hosting a series of regional meetings for CCS customers with our next meeting being held in Atlanta on January 23rd following the Imaging USA Expo.

These photography business meetings are a great opportunity for learning, discussion and networking offered to CCS customers at no cost! Join us to hear about new developments, best practices and industry trends that will help you grow your photo business. Each meeting will have time for an open discussion with topics selected by attendees. The meetings will be 9am-4pm and CCS will provide a light lunch.

Click here (http://www.candid.com/knowledge_center/educate/regmeet_agenda.aspx) to see our tentative meeting agenda. Each topic will be covered for at least an hour. The exact meeting locations are to be determined, but will be posted soon!

Atlanta, GA Saturday, January 23rd 2013

Miami, FL Wednesday, February 13th 2013

Austin, TX Thursday, March 7th 2013

Las Vegas, NV Sunday, March 10th 2013

Please call or email one of our Customer Development representatives below if you have questions or need to open an account. You can also open a CCS account online today: http://www.candid.com/get_started/open_account.aspx.

Darwin Drake: darwind@candid.com; 405-951-7306 (direct phone) Bo Krogstad: bo.krogstad@candid.com; 405-951-7474 (direct phone) Kady Thompson: kady.thompson@candid.com; 405-951-7414 (direct phone)

Candid Color Systems Regional Meetings

We are kicking-off our regional meeting tour in New York on October 24th!

Candid Color Systems® is going on the road! We are bringing staff members to you by hosting a series of regional meetings for CCS customers starting with a meeting in New York on October 24th. Our New York meeting is being held one day prior to the start of the Photo Plus Expo.

These photography business meetings are a great opportunity for learning, discussion and networking offered to CCS customers at no cost! Join us to hear about new developments, best practices and industry trends that will help you grow your photo business. Each meeting will have time for an open discussion with topics selected by attendees. The meetings will be 9am-4pm and CCS will provide a light lunch.

To to view our tentative meeting agenda. Go to:

http://www.candid.com/knowledge_center/educate/regmeet_agenda.aspx

Each topic will be covered for at least an hour.

New York, NY Wednesday, October 24th 2012

Meeting location:

Holiday Inn – SoHo

138 Lafayette Street

New York, NY 10013

212-966-8898

To register online and give us your input on the agenda, go to:

http://www.candid.com/knowledge_center/educate/regional_meetings.aspx

Hotel accommodations: CCS has not reserved a room block at this hotel due to many participants planning to come in for the day only. We will however publish the best rates we have found in the area in the coming weeks.

Other upcoming regional meetings:

Atlanta, GA Saturday, January 19th 2013 Miami, FL Wednesday, February 13th 2013 Austin, TX Thursday, March 7th 2013 Las Vegas, NV Sunday, March 10th 2013

Please call or email one of our Customer Development representatives below if you have questions or want to open an account.

Darwin Drake: darwind@candid.com; 405-951-7306 (direct phone) Bo Krogstad: bo.krogstad@candid.com; 405-951-7474 (direct phone) Kady Thompson: kady.thompson@candid.com; 405-951-7414 (direct phone) Brian Allen: briana@candid.com: 405-951-6805 (direct phone)

One Simple Idea Could PAY for your trip to the CCS Winter Seminar!

Like many photographers around the country you’re probably thinking that you’d love to attend the Candid Color Systems Winter Seminar in Las Vegas at the end of January, but your bank account is depleted and you still have bills to pay from the Christmas holidays that just made a hasty exit.

Financial barriers are just that—a barrier; a hurdle; an obstacle that can be overcome in time.  You are not alone, of course, as many feel the same way at this time of year with regard to their financial status. But the question you need to ask yourself is this: Is it better to pass up the meeting and do nothing to move my business forward; or, is there something that I could learn at the winter seminar that, when properly implemented, would pay for my trip?

Here is a perfect example of what I am talking about.  A few years back a CCS customer from Texas attended one of our meetings and discovered the value of an email campaign when properly executed.  Recently, I had the opportunity to check back with this customer to find out how things were working out for his business, specifically related to the use of emails in promoting his business and photo products. This is what he told me.

Around Thanksgiving he sent an email out in late November to 39,000 customers whose email addresses he had collected during 2011 at the many special events that he had shot during the year; and harvested as they entered his website. This email promoted Christmas cards and also the use of photos as gifts.  Additionally, on December 7th he initiated a second email campaign to 33,000 customers for Valentine’s Day promoting photos for gifts and cards.

Here are his results so far.  For the Christmas campaign he has already collected over $23,400; and for his Valentines Day campaign, which is less than a month old, he has already collected over $8,500!  That’s nearly $32,000 of new income just because he followed our suggestion and had learned the value of an email campaign.

One seminar idea that has more than paid for the educational trip he took to a CCS seminar a few years ago.

The photo industry is changing faster than Oklahoma weather and you need to decide what changes you’ll be making to your business in 2012 that will create new revenue streams, while decreasing your workload.  The CCS Winter Seminar is a great place to kick-off the New Year to plan a path for the next 12 months. Perhaps green screen photography could be an addition to your photographic arsenal. Or, maybe you want to learn more about Virtual Groups.  Do you think that every sports team or league has been uncovered in your area? Maybe you just need to discover new methods for old markets!

Consider reasons why you MUST attend the CCS seminar instead of dwelling on all the reasons why you can’t attend. Think of the payoff down the road and consider all the money you’ll be leaving on the table, if you don’t attend.

2012 CCS Winter Seminar

When: January 29, 30 & 31

Where: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

In order to attend the FREE Winter Seminar, you must first become a Candid Color customer. Create your FREE account online or call Customer Development today at 800-336-4550.

Flight Specials from Southwest Airlines- Book Now for the CCS Winter Seminar!

 

Southwest Airlines is running a special sale for the next *36 hours with reduced fares to many locations. This is great news for all those thinking about attending the upcoming CCS Winter Seminar. 

Checking airfares today for the seminar dates from Oklahoma City to Las Vegas, home of the 2012 CCS Winter Seminar, yielded round-trip airfares of ONLY $165!  That’s cheap for anyone’s wallet.  Here are some other gateway cities to Las Vegas:

R/T from Dallas  $219

R/T from St. Louis $212

R/T from Chicago $199

R/T from Jacksonville $280

R/T from New York $292

R/T from Greenville, SC $288

R/T from Baltimore  $277

R/T from Houston $188

…and, of course, BAGS FLY FREE!!

The dates for the CCS Seminar are January 29th, 30th, and 31st and Caesar’s Palace will be our host for the meetings.

If you’re planning to attend—or thinking about attending—airfares like these can be a great incentive!   But you now have less then 36 hours to take advantage of great fares like this. Go to www.southwest.com put in your local Southwest city and the dates for the Winter Seminar to see how much money YOU can save!

To become a Candid Color customer and attend the 2012 CCS Winter Seminar, please contact Customer Development at 800-336-4550.

*Tickets must be purchase from October 18 through October 20, 2011, 11:59 pm Pacific Time

 

 

Where Will YOU Be Next Summer?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being a Candid Color customer has many perks! In addition to the excellent products and business services Candid Color Systems provides to its customers, we are now offering the chance to earn a free trip! In celebration of 40 years in business, Candid Color will be offering a promotional trip to Waikiki Beach, Hawaii in the summer of 2012 for any CCS customer that has an increase in lab business by the following dollar amounts:

  • $15,000 increase earns a trip for one
  • $25,000 increase earns a trip for two
  • $37,500 increase earns a trip for three
  • $50,000 increase earns a trip for four
  • Maximum of four trips per CCS Customer. Aggregate totals will be used if a business owner possesses more than one CCS account.

As a new customer, you would only need to send $15,000 in business to Candid Color to earn a free trip! The promotional period runs from August 1, 2011 to July 31, 2012.Complete contest details are listed in the document below.

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To become a Candid Color customer, please contact our Customer Development department at 800-336-4550.

We look forward to celebrating our success and yours next summer in Waikiki Beach!

Summer Workshops are Just Around the Corner!


The Summer Workshops are just around the corner! Please plan on joining us in Oklahoma City on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday: July 24th, 25th, and 26th.  The FREE workshops will take place at the CCS Campus to take full advantage of our training and presentation facilities.  As always, there is no fee to attend for CCS Customers. Beyond training and presentations, attendance and participation at the 2011 CCS Workshops offers other benefits; the most important is networking with other CCS customers and staff.  This is also a perfect opportunity to take a tour of our production facilities. Don’t just take our word for it; see what our customers have to say!

“I thoroughly enjoy attending the CCS workshops because I always learn something new every time and they provide me with great networking opportunities. Even though I may not be the biggest customer, CCS never makes me feel that way. They are always eager to provide help!”

Kathleen Leininger
Kathleen Leininger Photography

“I enjoy going to the CCS seminars and workshops to get the latest updates on the lab and its products.  In addition the breakout sessions are an awesome way to continually learn about what is new and exciting out there in the market place.  What might work for someone in the NE might work for me in the SE or what’s NOT working elsewhere may not work in Florida.  The CCS staff has always been 100% helpful and friendly whenever I have needed anything.  Never has there been a complaint about helping the photographers out in the field.  So with that said THANK YOU TO CCS and all the staff for all your hard work and efforts.”

Matt Nassif
Joe Photo Tampa

 

Hotel Information - Hotel Deadline is July 10th!
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Become a customer today to attend FREE!

Benefits of Attending the Summer Workshops

Beyond training and presentations, attendance and participation at the 2011 CCS Workshops offers other benefits. The most important, of course, are the networking opportunities with other CCS customers and CCS staff. This is also a perfect opportunity to meet with your support representative and take a tour of our production facilities!

So, why should YOU attend the CCS Summer Workshops?  Here are a few reasons why your trip to Oklahoma City will benefit you.

  • It will help you make more money on existing events
  • It will help you book more events
  • It will help you do a better job for your customers
  • It will reduce your stress.

Now, you’re probably thinking, how will the CCS Summer Workshops accomplish all of this? Here’s how; when you attend:

  • You will learn details that make the difference between a loss or break even and high profits.
  • You will learn subtle marketing ideas that enhance profit.
  • You will learn booking tactics that enable you to book more profitable events.
  • You will learn how to obtain cooperation with contacts that can make the difference between low sales and high sales.
  • You will learn scheduling techniques that will minimize stress for you and your staff.
  • You will be able to network with other CCS customers and CCS staff.

The CCS Summer Workshops allow you to learn from others quickly and to compare the ideas of different customers. You can ask questions about details you don’t understand. You can present challenges and ask for suggestions. This FREE workshop can be worth thousands of dollars and can save you years of frustration and making mistakes. Don’t miss out, become a customer today!

Become a customer or contact one of our Customer Development Specialists today at (800)336-4550! 

    

The South Beach Area of Miami is a great Winter Seminar Location!

 

South Beach is a fantastic place to visit anytime….but especially in the winter! The Shelborne Hotel is located in the ACTUAL  South Beach area. There is no need for a car during your visit. There are countless places to eat, shop, lounge and enjoy yourself within walking distance.

The Shelborne is located near 18th street which is just a few minutes walk from Lincoln Road. This walking mall area between 16th and 17th streets is lined with great outdoor eating, shopping and entertainment options.

A block further south is the turn onto Ocean Drive. This Art Deco area facing the beach is the most iconic area of South Beach. It is, again, lined with abundant outdoor eating and entertainment options.

We will provide some more specific restaurant, club and entertainment suggestions in the coming weeks, but just know that this is an amazing area to go with a great seminar!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Alison Counts

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