Among Táve’s useful features is the ability to send questionnaires
to customers, create automated payment reminders and contact
forms to generate leads based on online inquiries. When it’s time
for clients to sign on the dotted line, Táve supports e-signatures
so you don’t need to mail paper contracts. A recent update to the
service enables you to schedule emails so you can send them at
optimal times. Táve tracks whether your emails have been opened
by the recipients and even gives you the day’s weather on its home
screen. Táve is subscription-based, with plans that can support
anywhere from two to ten or more users, multiple brands
and online file storage for documents and business
data (not images).
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ShootZilla is a web-based studio management app that lets you create
custom workflows based on the kind of shoot you’ve booked (one
for weddings, one for portraits, etc.). Once created, these workflows
provide task lists, email scheduling, client profiles and a comprehensive
overview of the progress of your shoot so you can stay on top of
multiple jobs. It includes a calendar that can be synced with Google or
Apple calendars. All ShootZilla data is backed up on redundant servers.
ShootZilla users can opt into a referral network so they can pick up work
from other photographers using the service.
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Pixifi’s web-based app has extensive financial tracking capabilities.
It keeps tabs on your payments and expenses, but also your
mileage. It also gives you the ability to create client-facing online
portals with unique logins where your clients can make payments,
view information about their upcoming event as well as view their
contracts and invoices. One function that sets Pixifi apart from its
competitors is the ability to organize photo workshops. You can set
up online workshop registrations, accept payments, generate and
verify QR code-based tickets and more through the app (but this
requires a Studio Pro subscription).
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Formerly StudioGenie, this app has been refashioned to
broaden its appeal to all business owners, not just photographers.
Photographers will still find the core StudioGenie functionality in
tact, however, plus a lot more. What sets it apart is its ability to
serve as a personalized portfolio where customers can rate, tag
and comment on images. You can create orders, send invoices
and accept payments directly on your iPad thanks to the app’s
integration with PayAnywhere (you’ll need an optional credit
card adapter to use this feature). You can now manage multiple
businesses from a single account, create client portals, track email
conversations with customers and manage employee assignments
and schedules. A free Lite tier supports a single business and one
user with 1GB of data storage.
The Professional tier supports
unlimited users and offers 10GB
of data storage. Customized
plans are available upon request.
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While not specifically photo-centric, Wave gives small businesses a suite of powerful tools to manage their
business on a mobile platform. These tools including “accountant-approved” bookkeeping that integrates
PayPal, Excel spreadsheets, credit card processing, banking and invoicing. You can connect your bank account
so transactions are automatically populated into your accounting. You can generate balance sheets, sales
tax reports, A/R and A/P for yourself, your accountant or investors. You’ll have unlimited free use of Wave’s
accounting tools but you will see ads and offers from firms like HP, Microsoft and others when you use the
service. Other Wave services, like payroll, will incur a fee.
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