Psychology of Numbers


How to Launch a Photography Business


Lesson Info

Psychology of Numbers

Psychology of numbers, this is fun stuff. You guys are here, you're gonna see it for a lot longer. Here's what I want you to do. If you guys are online, great. When you see the next slide, point at the number, within two to three seconds, that looks cheapest to you. Okay, so point, like, imagine yourself pointing. Don't think about it. I'm curious, what did you guys come up with? $1,439. Which, who had what? $1,435.99, okay. $1,499. $1,499, okay. $1,436. $1,436, okay. (several audience members talking) $1,599 okay. The first one. The first one, $1,565 okay. So, oddly enough, I've ran this between many different test groups. Usually people will end with something that ends with a nine. Or whatever's the smallest print. (audience laughing) Isn't that funny? That's actually the most expensive price on there. But people would jump to it. $1,599 okay, cool. So, what does this tell us? That presentation actually does matter. Here's the psychology of a number. Everybody knows th...

is. Don't include cent figures in your packages, when you're talking about $1,500 or $2,000, $5,000 packages. That's just ridiculous. Nobody cares at that point. But, $9,899 will look more attractive than $10,000. Just from a psychology standpoint. Removing the comma to simplify. It makes it look, can you guys see that this didn't have a comma in it? Simple and small fonts. Psychology of the easier font is? So a sans serif face font. Serif face fonts are more complicated. A simpler font. Ariel, a sans serif face font, is gonna look cheaper. Weird! We put high prices towards the right of a page. Why? 'Cause you read left to right? Yes. And what do we want to establish before we show a price? Value. Value. So we follow the same mentality on anything that we show. Build in the necessary taxes. You're dealing with clients that are paying a good amount of money for your services. Build in whatever taxes you need to put into those products. Don't, don't, again, stop nickel and dimeing people. Put yourself in your clients' shoes for just a second and ask yourself what would be the experience that you would want. It's already complicated enough. They have enough to think about. Ease their minds. Make it simple. Make the process easy. This is a good, a better, a best. This is a best, better, good. What is the difference? Give it to me. Jason. I've learned that it's psychologically easier to go down than it is to go up. It is psychologically easier to go down than up. You're absolutely right. The problem is, what about those people that you're gonna price out by starting that high? So I have a simple rule for you guys. Online, start at your good. When people, if you wanna say, "starting at" online, simply to just price out people that are too far below what you're looking at, start with your good. When you present a pricing guide to somebody, that is after you've established value, then, in a pricing guide, do best, better, good. So when they receive the guide, it's holy shite, I can do that, oh that's pretty cheap. In reality they're all pretty expensive. But that's gonna be the perception they have as they go down. From here you build a simple price guide. Again let's, let's not work harder, let's work smarter. Creative Market again, you can have also Envato. We used to get a lot of our stuff off of Envato. We switched over to Creative Market because the quality of assets is generally a little bit better that we've found. I mean this is a very objective thing. So, objective, subjective. It's a very subjective area to say that, but, like, we just find better luck on Creative Market. But there's two markets there for you guys to go and look at, where you get templates. All you simply do is type in photography, pricing, template. Okay? I had to delete the, we deleted the slide with that because it had a lot of logos on it. We didn't want to show the logos. But it's photography, pricing, template. And you'll see a grip of them. Pick one that fits the brand assets that you created earlier. Here's a sample and we've also included this in your downloads. So this is in your downloads. It's one of our sample past PDFs that we used to use and it gives you an idea of, it starts with kind of our message. So this is, like, a simplified brand experience guide. Generally these would be four to eight pages. I gave you two pages. It's enough to kind of come up with whatever you guys wanna come up with. But the first page is about who you are, what you do, your experience. This is everything that we talked about prior, right. Our why. The client why. And then, afterwards you would include your collections. Notice that in each collection we kinda follow the same principles of, all the value, starting at. Ha, ha, ha, it's a small number. It's tiny. It's okay. No commas, no nothing. Cinematography, we built everything onto this. If this were a best-better-good, you'd separate every single collection out on the different pages so that they jump from page to page to page. But I just included it all in one place 'cause honestly we only send this out when we expect to not get a phone call back. So there it is in your downloads. experience-pricing-example.pdf It is an editable file. Please don't use our images. Feel free to change those out. And then, the biggest mistake you're gonna make. Openly showing that price prior to establishing the value. We've already touched on this. So now that you have your price list, don't show it. Now that you have it, don't show it. Non until you're ready to make your ask. And you're gonna come to that sales process, we're gonna go and establish that, where we do everything and get to the ask, and that's where we present the price. Because only then is your client actually comparing correctly, right. Only when they actually understand what it is that you're offering can they make an educated decision on prices. So, we don't show it. Should I show my pricing on my website?

Class Description

The content and opinions expressed in this course are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem

Build a business and get people to spend money on your photography. Award-winning photographer and co-founder of Lin and Jirsa Photography Pye Jirsa will walk you through the first 12 weeks of building your business. With his relatable and actionable teaching style, he’ll explain how to define your product as a photographer and determine where it fits into a consumer mindset. You’ll learn the steps to creating a brand, pricing yourself confidently, sales techniques, and basic marketing practices. This class covers everything you’ll need if you’re considering photography as a job, including:

  • Where to position yourself in the market
  • Branding your business to attract your ideal client
  • Pricing and basic financing
  • Creating a business plan
  • Setting up a portfolio
  • How to get your first customer in the door
  • Getting leads on new clients
  • Understanding sales
  • The psychology of a buyer

Pye has built multiple successful businesses from the ground up and this course includes your 12 week road map to launching your business.


1Class Introduction
2Common Myths & Unknown Truths
3The Road Ahead
4Find Your Passion
5The Lin & Jirsa Journey
6Part-time, Full-time, Employed, Partners?
7Stop Wasting Time & Money
8Your 12 Week Roadmap
9Great Plans Still Fail
10Strategy Vs. Planning
11Mind Mapping
12Select a Focus
13Competitor Research
14S.W.O.T. Analysis
15Strategy & Long Term Goals
16Values, Vision & Mission
17Effectively Managing Your Time
18Artistic Development
19Create Your Plan
20What's Your Product
21Luxury vs Consumer Products & Experiences
22Quick Break for Econ 101
23Your Target Market & Brand Message
24What's in a Name
25Your Client 'Why'
26Crafting the Why Experience
27Document the Client Experience
28Business Administration Basics
29Book Keeping Management
30Create the Logo & Branding
31Portfolio Design
32Design Your Services & Packages
33Pricing Fears & Myths
34Three Pricing Methods
35Package Pricing Psychology & Design
36Psychology of Numbers
37Pricing Q&A
38Grass Roots Marketing
39The Empty Party
40Friends & Family Test Shoots
41Join Groups
42Second Shooting Etiquette
43The Listing & Classified Hustle
44Make Instagram Simple
45Your Automated Pinterest Plan
46Facebook Because You Must
47Giveaway & Styled Shoots
48Content Marketing & SEO
49The Monster: SEO
50Selecting Your Keywords
51Testing Your Keywords
52Grouping Main & Niche Goals
53Your Content Road Map
54Content Marketing Q&A
55Inspiration to Keep Working
56How to Craft Your Content
57Internal Linking Basics
58Back Link Building Basics
59Link Value Factos
60Measuring Link Value
61Link Building Strategy & Plan
62Link Building Plan: Vendors & Guest Writing
63Link Building Plan: Features, Directories, Comments
64Link Building: Shortcuts & One Simple Tool
65What is Sales? Show Me!
66Your First Massive Failure
67The Sales Process
68Your Second Massive Failure
69Understand Buyer Psychology
70Step 0: Building Rapport & Trust
71Step 1: Identify Need or Want
72Cognitive Dissonance
73Steps 2 & 3: Value Proposition & The Solution
74Step 4 : Close, Make the Ask
75Step 5: Follow Up & Resolve Concerns
76Family Photography Hot Seat
77Business Example Hot Seat
78Boudoir Photography Hot Seat
79The Best Sales Person
80Your Mindset, Vibrations & Frequency
81Always Positive, Always Affirming
82The Second Money & Dual Process
83Chumming the Price Waters
84Creating Want or Scarcity
85Timeless Advice on Being Likable
86Selling Over The Phone
87Forbidden Words in Sales