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Profile critique #20 - Paul StevenViews: 238
Jul 25, 2007 3:46 pm re: Profile critique #20 - Paul Steven

Jeanie Marshall
Hi Paul,

Thanks for bringing back the Ryze Page Reviews. Thanks for being first.

When I visited your Ryze Page the other day to see if I would want to offer comments about it, I was initially confused about the photos. I had already seen the collage with your posts, but didn't pay attention; I blocked it out, just as I generally do with banners on the Internet. I'm partial to a single photo of the person, although I'm also partial to originality.

All that being said, I suggest you re-think the primary photo. I'd like to see you in a photo, preferably a professional portrait. Maybe you know a good photographer? :-)

Then either put your own photo first with the others to the right or put your own photo first and the others below or let your own photo stand alone on the upper part of the page and start your Information section with your main company image plus other samples of your work. I prefer the second or third choice.

I'm assuming that the 6 portraits are of clients and not your associates, is that right? I see that is the logo on your web site, so I wouldn't tinker with that as it gives a constant image. However, you might ADD other samples of your work on your Ryze Page (on your web site also). Events, family portraits, and perhaps another image that highlights that you're a mobile photographer. If you need to get signed releases from clients, you can stimulate some new business with former clients and get more referrals if you include a marketing campaign with it. Maybe you're not looking for new business.

I actually think that your being mobile is very unique; it would certainly make me interested in using your services if I were local to you. At least I'm assuming that you are not as mobile as coming to California! A photograph of you inside your bus would be interesting. Maybe you know a photographer? :-)

I know that you have had some discussion about your 3-foot rule on this network, but must admit I haven't read that. I was a little surprised to be faced with large, bold print about your six PM's. I feel your good intentions about all that, but I am a little put off by it. I personally think that the Ryze guest book system is an easy, light way for people to make an initial connection. I don't want to be forced to make a commitment until I feel that the synergy is present. I'm not compelled to push the elongated button or tell an online story. Even now, I'm not compelled enough to do that, although I'm taking the time to review your site. Since you have an enormous amount of "hits" on your page, perhaps this is working for you. If it is, keep it -- it just doesn't work for me.

In addition to wanting to know more about your business, I'd be interested in knowing more about YOU on your Ryze page. As much as you're comfortable saying. Your marathons, other interests. You could create a photo album of your interests with titles in calligraphy. Maybe you know a photographer or a calligrapher? :-) I think you could have a lot of fun with this, as I am assuming you have Photoshop in your Photo Shop.

Best wishes on your Ryze page.

Make it a Scenic Day!

Jeanie Marshall, Personal Development Coach
Marshall House http://www.mhmail.com
Writing by and for Coaches http://www.WritingByCoaches.com

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