Langhorne, PA, January 08, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Collages.net was recently honored with its seventh, eighth, and ninth Hot One awards from Professional Photographer magazine. Winning first place in three categories of the prestigious competition – display item, website, and online printing/order fulfillment service – Collages.net was recognized for its gallery wraps, its Build Your Brand marketing campaign, and collagesDesktop™ + collagesColor™.
“We are very excited about the award from Professional Photographer, most especially because it reaffirms our belief that photographers are looking for creative, innovative, and flexible products from a company committed to high quality and excellent customer service,” stated Director of Product Development, Deirdre Gillin.
Jeff Kent, Hot One Editor, also recognized the significance of this achievement: “As the Hot One Awards continue to expand, the competition for each category has heated up accordingly. For the 2008 awards, we had more than 220 total products entered in 58 categories by nearly 150 companies. That makes the 2008 Hot One Awards one of the biggest, most comprehensive photographic product competitions in the industry. Winners of a 2008 Hot One Award should be proud that they have achieved recognition in such a competitive and high-profile award process.”
The contest was judged by a panel of 18 professional photographers voting on categories that fit within their areas of expertise. Collages.net’s innovative new product line, high-quality gallery wraps in particular, insightful marketing advice, and digital, end-to-end workflow solution gave the company an advantage over the tough competition among Hot One participants.
Collages.net was awarded for its superior gallery wrap product, which, according to Professional Photographer, won praise from judges as “a high-quality display option for contemporary images.” Gallery wraps are canvas prints treated with a protective coating and wrapped on a 1.5-inch wooden stretcher. Unlike many competitors’ renditions of the product, Collages.net’s images continue along the edges of the stretcher, or photographers have the option of applying a solid color border to the side instead. Collages.net’s online ordering system is easy to use and includes a three dimensional preview of the finished gallery wrap. To complete the package, Collages.net lab technicians meticulously inspect every step of the process to ensure that each gallery wrap turns out exactly to specifications.
The educational Build Your Brand website offers insightful marketing tips and profitable business strategies. Build Your Brand is an effort to keep photographers informed about the best ways to generate exposure and referrals in the modern photography industry. All of the techniques, complimentary with Collages.net accounts, have been used by real professional photographers across the country, and address topics like studio logo usage, e-mail address collection, blogging, and event listings.
collagesDesktop™ is an innovative workflow and printing tool that helps photography studios save time while making more money. This customized client-side software makes organizing event photos, posting online, communicating with clients, and fulfilling print orders a seamless and simple process. collagesDesktop™ is fully integrated with Collages.net’s professional color lab collagesColor™, a full service, state-of-the-art pro photo lab backed by over 50 years of print experience.
The company will be showcasing its entire product line at Imaging USA in Tampa, Florida from January 6-8, 2008. All products are also available online at www.collages.net/products.
Collages.net is the industry leader in providing a workflow, printing, product, and marketing solution for professional photographers. Collages.net offers professional printing through collagesColor™, Collages.net’s full service, professional printing solution. Fully integrated with collagesDesktop™ software, this ordering interface provides a wide variety of products and lab options. In addition to the industry’s leading online posting, professional printing, and full e-commerce platform, Collages.net also offers products such as albums, gallery wraps, high-end cards, proof books, and DVD slide shows.
Professional photographers shooting all types of events including: weddings, senior portraits, family portraits, children's portraits, sports, special events, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and corporate events can create customized, password-protected, e-commerce websites for their clients. Collages.net's web-based platform allows photographers to sell photographs and market their studios to guests, associates, friends, and family members who previously were without access to the professional photographs. With over 1.5 million unique visits to Collages.net event websites each month, Collages.net's photographers enjoy a unique online presence. The powerful combination of high event traffic and Collages.net's innovative marketing tools result in Collages.net photographers increasing their studios’ revenue through online sales and generating numerous referrals through broad studio exposure.
Collages.net works with over 10,000 professional photographers across the United States and enjoys strong partnerships with Professional Photographers of America (PPA), The Knot, Disney Weddings, and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS).
Marketing and Product Development Director