Business of Video

Why Become a Google Local Guide

Here's an email I received recently from Google Maps. Hi Hal People are noticing the place you modified You changed the location of Tipsy Seagull Dockside Pub (seasonal), which has now been seen over 300,000 times. Thanks for making such a valuable edit to the map....

Closing Costco Photo Centers

Closing Costco Photo Centers

Good News For Transfer Businesses The company is closing Costco Photo Centers effective February 14, 2021. Costco had already closed some of them a couple years ago. But now they say " the need for printing photos has steeply declined, even though the number of...

Car Ad Brings Surprising Results

Car Ad Brings Surprising Results

Update: Since writing this last year, the car/billboard continues to makes sales. People take pictures of it and call. Even when it's parked at home, I get a few calls. A good investment. After a lengthy delay due to the virus, the sign company finally finished my car...

Make Your Car a Moving Billboard

Make Your Car a Moving Billboard

Moving Billboard I have been thinking about using my car as a moving billboard. I've seen lots of car wraps, but while most of them are colorful and eye-catching, I have not seen any that are effective sales messages. And they are expensive. A full wrap of an SUV can...

Transferring Negatives and Transparencies

Transferring negatives and transparencies can be a challenge if they are not typical sizes. Those that are typical sizes like 35mm, 120 and 126 can be scanned using a good flatbed scanner. But other sizes require a different approach. One recent job was all negatives,...

What Producers and Directors Do

What Producers and Directors Do

This excerpt from the Occupational Outlook Handbook is compiled by the US Dept. of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. The following is a summary. What the report calls "commercials, and other performing arts productions" also covers corporate video, industrials, and...

Loss Leader: Small Sales Big Profit

I used to feel badly when a customer brought just one video to transfer. When I added the time I spent on the phone and two meetings with the customer that I was not making very much per hour. Fortunately I did not let my feelings show. For as I later learned these...