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Case Study: Drone Photography Flies High With TPA®

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This drone aerial photography business uses Top Placement Ads® (TPA) to win conversions in a competitive market.

Working in photography and video media in Southern California isn’t easy.  In fact – as you can easily imagine – it’s one of the most competitive markets for these services.

So how do you establish yourself as a photographer and videographer in the filmmaking center of the world?  This Marketing 360® client is getting a foothold in this very market.  Here’s how he does it.


Grab a Niche

There are tons of people with cameras trying to make a living in LA.  Portrait photographers, wedding photographers, commercial video makers, wannabe Quentin Tarantinos…

Just saying “Hey, I have a nice camera, I can take pictures!” is about as compelling as a chef claiming her pièce de résistance is a hot dog.

In a competitive market, you need a niche.  So this client did a smart thing.  He decided to focus exclusively on aerial photography using drones.

Now, it’s not as if there is no competition with this offer.  But this narrowed focus and gave him a specialization.  As we’ll see, this opened the way to opportunities to work on the types of projects LA filmmakers dream of.


TPA® Paves the Way

For a business to gain traction in any market, it’s usually pay to play.  You have to advertise to make people aware of your brand.

So this business made a second excellent decision.  They hired Marketing 360® to manage their paid online search.

We set up campaigns using “drone photography” as a phrase match keyword.  It also allowed him to get exposure on two money-making areas by using broad match modifier with “real estate photography” and “wedding videographer”.

On Google search, he has a healthy 9.70% conversion rate:

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This gives the business a foothold to win profitable gigs and build out a brand name.


A Celebrity Fly Over

As he made connections, he got a shot at the big-time celebrity scene.  None other than the ineffable Snoop Dogg needed some fly-over footage for a music video, and our guy had enough of a local name to get the gig.  This is a nifty addition to his portfolio (adult theme and language):

As with all video and photography websites, this service has an extensive portfolio of their work.  Here’s what they did for their real estate services:

This is almost better than visiting the property.


A Growing Reputation

Word gets around.  Your work stands out.  You’re taking selfies with Kobe Bryant and getting tons of likes on Instagram:

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Almost as important are the reviews they gather and use as testimonials on their website:


Now, if Quentin Tarantino needs a drone video, he’ll be impressed by Snoop and Kobe.

But everyone else, looking to capture moments of their lives from vantage points no human eyes can go, will be most convinced by these testimonials.

This is how a brand gets built in the land of brands and big names.  Do the same in your corner of the world, and you’ll corner your market.

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