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Our path to StudioCloud.
I heard about StudioCloud several years ago while working a trade show booth at WPPI. I met the young owners of Studio Cloud, and I was very excited about the possibilities of this new studio management program. At that time, it was designed for wedding photographers, so it wasn’t ready for our size and type of business.
At spa Event 2011 in Palm Springs, Joy Vertz spoke about switching to StudioCloud, and how happy she was about its different features. I became most interested in 2 aspects of Studio Cloud:
- The monthly savings we would realize.
- StudioCloud’s ability to be used remotely.
StudioCloud at Antisdel’s
Let me simply tell you how we use StudioCloud in our studio, and why I like it.
Our studio management history.
We have used Photo One, Studio Plus and SuccessWare for different reasons over the years. We never switched from one to another because we were unhappy but based on our needs.
- We switched to SuccessWare when the studio went Mac.
- We switched to Studio Plus when the studio went digital (it worked with our first sales program).
- We started out with Photo One.
Each was great for the needs we had at a particular time.
We switched to StudioCloud because it takes advantage and integrates with the newest technology.
My initial impressions of StudioCloud.
We made the jump to StudioCloud when our server went down in the Spring of 2011. We were literally up and running the next day. I input the products in my spare time over the next week and our client list the week after that.
The transition has been seamless, and I’ve found it to be very visual and intuitive. I like how it thinks.
Both new and old employees use it without me teaching anyone how to use it. They’ve figured it out all on their own. Not having to teach others how to use StudioCloud is the biggest endorsement you can give a program.
I recently prepared to run my end of the year reports, and I realized I should have done a few things differently to get the reports how I wanted them. I simply went into my sessions, made the changes which all were retroactive on all the previous sessions and my reports came out beautifully.
I can’t wait to run reports, input birthdays and anniversaries and start sending out postcards and running credit cards through the program.
What I love about StudioCloud.
- I LOVE being able to use it remotely. I can use StudioCloud from home, my phone, or any computer anywhere in the studio.
- I LOVE the price. You can start out with a free account if you only need one user and don’t need the other features. We have upgraded, and we pay less than half of what we paid with our last system.
- I LOVE the tech support. StudioCloud responds very quickly and with support tickets, so I can see where I am in the process.
Here are a few other things I really like about Studio Cloud:
- The overview front page with the 7 day forecast and current weather, the day’s agenda and project management all in one spot.
- The easy search engine for clients, and all the different ways I can view my client list.
- The line that follows the current time on the calendar. This lets you know what you’ve already done, and where you are in the day.
- How easy it was for me to change all of my session and appointment colors. I am a visual person, so when I look at the calendar I want to know what the day is made up of just by what color the blocks are.
What could be better about Studio Cloud.
There are 2 drawbacks to StudioCloud I have found.
- The red button at the left of the studio cloud window closes the program entirely – not just the window. I’ve closed the program many times by clicking that button. Luckily it does reopen quickly.
- If the program is accidentally closed employees are timed out, so they must time back in when they reopen the program.
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