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The Blogger Genius Podcast with Jillian Leslie

Feb 14, 2024

Today I'm thrilled to share insights from my recent conversation with photographer and business coach, Chris Pieta on The Blogger Genius Podcast. Chris's story is not just inspiring; it's a roadmap for any creative looking to turn their passion into a profitable business.

The Leap of Faith: Transitioning from Corporate to Photography

Chris's journey began with a bold step away from the security of a corporate job to follow his passion for photography. Self-taught and determined, he mastered the art of capturing stunning visuals and landed his first client in product photography. This initial success was just the beginning, as he went on to collaborate with over 50 brands and built his reputation.

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Embracing the Digital World: YouTube and Instagram Strategies

Recognizing the power of social media, Chris expanded his reach by creating content on YouTube and Instagram. His goal was to join YouTube's partner program, but it was his dedication to consistently posting valuable content weekly that truly expanded his influence.

On Instagram, he took a personal approach, engaging with followers to understand their needs and preferences, which helped him tailor his content strategy effectively.

Balancing Creativity and Business: Insights for Creative Entrepreneurs

Chris acknowledges the challenges creatives face when balancing their art with the business side of things. He encourages focusing on business aspects without losing the creative spark. His advice is to leverage creative expertise to increase income, which is a golden nugget for any entrepreneur.

Monetizing Creativity: The Path to Financial Success

During our conversation, Chris outlined two primary routes for monetizing a creative business: brand partnerships and selling digital products or coaching. He stressed the importance of being an expert and qualified to offer these services. Chris's own experience of growing his photography business while building a YouTube channel on the side is a testament to this approach which lead to his business growth and diversification.

The Art of Pitching: Connecting with Brands

Pitching to brands is an art, and Chris shares his personalized email sequence strategy. The focus is on capturing attention, establishing credibility, and providing a clear call to action. He also highlights the importance of understanding a brand's needs and offering solutions, which is crucial for building lasting relationships.

Selling Digital Products: The Importance of Implementation

Chris emphasizes selling implementation over information. The transformation should happen at the transaction, meaning that digital products should enable businesses to apply the knowledge effectively. He also believes in the power of trust and standing by your products, which is why he recommends offering a money-back guarantee.

Trust and Karma: The Foundations of Online Success

We both agreed on the importance of trust and standing by what you create. There's a sense of internet karma where putting out good stuff and being trustworthy leads to success. This philosophy is central to Chris's approach and Jillian's approach with MIloTreeCart, and something all online entrepreneurs should take to heart.

Pricing Strategies: Catering to Different Budgets

Chris shares his thoughts on pricing digital products, advocating for different pricing tiers to accommodate various budgets and levels of interest. He suggests starting with low-budget options and providing premium tiers for those who want more. It's about trial and error and having guidelines for different pricing tiers.

Conclusion: The Entrepreneurial Blueprint

Chris's journey from corporate to creative is more than just a story; it's a blueprint for monetizing your passion. His insights into brand partnerships, digital products, and the importance of trust are invaluable for any creative entrepreneur looking to grow their business.

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