Heres a question for all you taxidermists who do taxidermy for a living and operate it as a buisness. What forms of advertising do you use and work good for you? Please let me know for my own reference as I am about to open my own buisness, and would like to know what worked good for you and any tips you might have for gaining buisness (other then doing a good job on work).
Large fancy sign outside the shop?
Posters in locations that allow it, (ex. hardware stores)?
Mailing or emailing Outfitters about your services?
Samples of your work (ex. deer heads)or in gun/sporting goods stores?
Or any other ideas you might have for good advertising, Thanks.
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Business cards a must, website a must and hooked up to everything you can, samples in sporting good stores works very well, ad in the right paper (fish and game regs.)works well be expensive. The best though is word of mouth - a happy customer is the best advertising !
...multiple posts for this question? Did you check the opening page where it asks you not to do that? Did you check the archives to see the reams of responses to this exact same question? If the answer is what I suspect, then advertising is going to be minor issue to you.
I have a very nice business card with a picture of a deer skull on a plaque. I had the card blown up to a 6" by 10" size to use as a sort of poster to put up in sports shops etc, and then leave a bunch of business cards there with it. I use to put skullmounts in shops and feed mills but stopped doing it. The skulls where never kept clean and often got dirty or abused in some way. The feed mill wass the worst as you can imagine with all the dust. So when i can i enlarge some of my pictures and leave them in the shops. This way they always look good and i can leave the skulls at home in my shop for display. As far as a sign by my shop i don't. I would consider location to be a key to what and how big of sign to put outside. If by a busy highway i would spend more on a sign. I live down a dead end road so a big sign would be a waste of money for me. That and word of mouth is what works for me. Skullery....Jeff
I checked the archives and there are only 54 pages of posts and advice on starting a taxidermy business. A lousy 54 pages! Heck, Cur alone has more pages than that. LOL