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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM POUNDS
The Pounds Team wishes you all a very happy holiday season.  As 2008 comes to a close, we are pleased to report the new products and updated services we introduced have been a great success. We appreciate the many positive comments you made in your calls and e-mails. We have even more exciting plans for 2009.  Despite the current economic climate of uncertainty, we are optimistic we will all weather this storm.  Together, we’ll find ways to expand on the creative and financial rewards of professional photography.  We did it during the tumultuous times of technological change.  We will do it now, and into the future.  Thank you for your past patronage and we look forward to working with you in the New Year.

Our PROS expert, Georgina Larkin, is always looking out for you.  Usually she’s adding new products and design options in our online ordering catalogs.  Recently, she gave the Pounds News a great tip for us to pass along.  If your customers are ordering more than 50 prints of the same image to enclose in holiday cards, use the Volume Printing E-Surface and Volume Printing Metallic catalogs for a big savings.  We save on production costs, you save on lab costs, and your customers can save on your costs.  Everyone wins! 

Last month, we featured a sneak preview of our new Spiral Bound Press Calendars.  Now, they are available now in the PROS Press Products catalog.  When your customers are looking for a gift idea, offer them this personalized and practical product.  These calendars are perfect for keeping track of busy home, school and office schedules.  You can also use them to promote your studio.  Just create calendars with 12 fine art or documentary images of your community, add your logo, and hand them out to your customers and local businesses.  For more details and ordering instructions, see our Spiral Bound Press Calendar Product Information.

Just in time for holiday networking parties, Pounds is introducing our new Folded Business Cards.  You’ll want to have plenty of these stylish calling cards on hand. There are layouts for cards with horizontal, vertical and offset folds in the Press Products and Layout Tool Press Cards catalogs in PROS. With printing on the front, back and interior, there’s plenty of room for images and copy.  You can also create appointment cards for your customers.  Make it easy for them to remember the dates and times of their consultations, photo sessions, and preview presentations.  To see samples and design options, go to our Folded Business Cards Product Information.

The Pounds Marketing and Sales teams are getting ready for Imaging USA, January 11-13, in Phoenix, Arizona.  If you are coming to the trade show, make sure to stop by the Pounds Booth, #1440.  Kristi Lamm will be with us to debut a must-see day care photography business model.   Chris Wunder will also be there to talk about creating year-round income from all kinds of photography.  We’ll have a new booth and new product samples. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Convention and Trade Show will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 14-19.  Pounds is pleased to announce our sponsorship of the WPPI Business Institute, a series of speakers that will cover essential strategies for achieving success in professional photography. This year there is a special emphasis on business growth during a slow economy.  Join Pounds on Friday, February 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for the Opening Reception and Program featuring Yervant.  On Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., there will be six more speakers, and lunch will be provided.   During the trade show, February 16-18, plan to visit us at the Pounds Booth, #1234.  We have free passes that you can download and print out. We are still scheduling a line-up of guest speakers that you won’t want to miss.  We’ll have info about all of our exciting plans in our next newsletter.  In the meantime, get your pass, and get ready for Vegas!   WPPI Trade Show Pass

Our Training team is taking a hiatus from our Digital Workshops in December in order to plan our schedule for 2009. Our Digital Workshops are free, professional development opportunities.  They’re part of our commitment to helping you keep current with new trends and technology.  We’d like your feedback on Digital Workshops we presented in 2008. We’d also like suggestions for topics you’d like us to cover next year.  To provide your input, please go to our online Pounds Digital Workshops Survey

In June, the Pounds Production team announced that we will discontinue film processing and roll scans at the end of 2008.  We will continue to offer scans of carded negatives throughout 2009.  We hope our film customers have either transitioned to digital, or found film services from another provider.  For anyone interested in film photography for business or as a personal pursuit, the Analog Photography Users Group is a great resource. Check them out online at apug.org.

Pounds will be observing the Christmas and New Year holidays according to the schedule below.  If you have any questions, please contact Customer Service.  We hope to see you all in 2009!

 December 23

Last day of production and shipping before Christmas

 December 24

Service Centers close at 11:00 am

 December 25

Production and Service Centers closed

 December 26

Production and Service Centers closed

 December 29 - 30

Normal hours

 December 31

Production and Service Centers closed at 3:00 pm

 January 1

Production and Service Centers closed

 January 2

Production and Service Centers closed

 

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Date of Publication: December 3, 2008
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