Set gallery expiration dates within gallery settings
I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be able to set gallery expiration dates within my settings. I only allow clients to view their gallery for X amount of days and then have to manually go in and change the password to something random that they won't know.
I would like the choice to have their gallery password work for a certain amount of days that I can designate and then when it expires default to a "Your gallery has expired, please contact for more information" kind of deal. Maybe even a "days left" counter when they have to log in to remind them when it will expire.
I don't want to just make the gallery unlisted because then their password would still work. It would just eliminate some calendar set up and reminders for me to personally go in and make the password changes.
Many times clients need time to think over certain images in the privacy of their home so we set up a Gallery after their view session. We tell them the gallery expires on X-amt. of time and once the gallery shuts down there is a fee to open it open it back up with our archive Co. blah blah blah. Because we are a busy studio we do not always remember to change the password to shut down the gallery. Would love a auto option to use to set a shut down. If people know they have a limited time to buy or make a decision, they will. Plus we look like the good guy if we decide to waive the archive fee to reopen the gallery for 24 hours or whatever.
I would like to send links which are expiring (let's say in 3 months) If you send a non public link to someone, it will work forever. That is not the aim sometimes. If a receiver clicks, a message will appear with the name of the requested gallery and that he shoudl ask for a new one.
Some sites allow you to have a specified time limit for the galleries to be seen--for instance two weeks. The customer needs to order within that two week time frame and the gallery goes down. In order for that gallery to go up again, they need to pay a re-installment price of say $50. It cuts down on the photographer needing to remember how long the galleries have been up for and when the clients need to order by.
Allow me to set an "expiration" date on a gallery. A time after which point it cannot be accessed by my customers. Hopefully to encourage sells.....
I would like to have an auto reminder for and a way for galleries to automatically expire.
I only upload photos for clients for 48hrs. Since there is no way to set my client galleries to expire, I have to remember when I need to log back in and manually take them down. That's just too much extra work for me. My current software does it automatically when I set up the gallery and that's a very important feature for me. I really love smug mug so I'm sad about not joining but until that changes, I just can't do it.
My customers buy more when they know their photos are only available online for a set period of time. It would be amazing if I could set a removal date when creating galleries so I don't have to manually remove them myself. It would also be wonderful if I could put the customer's email in so it sends them a reminder before their photos are removed.
It would be great to be able to have a gallery expire after a certain number of days to encourage clients to order in a timely manner. Or a way to turn them on and off to allow access for clients, without having to delete them. Thanks!
I was interested in seeing if there were ways to implement a couple of items that may help out everyone for successful sales.
Daniella (KoontzPhotography) and I were talking about how sales work, and that some of her clients have a 'laziness' about them when ordering. I want to have galleries expire, and automatically expire based on a date input. Manually It would be a LOT of work for me to go through each gallery, keep record of upload date and expire them.
A feature that would be nice is;
Good until, or expires (ability to set it to expire, delete, or go unlisted)
a note int he gallery, print orders accepted by: date
Not that I want to force clients to get in and order, but the 'fear of loss' is a sales tactic that photographers are using. Is this a possiblity?
Thoughts and inputs from other photographers trying to excel in post print sales would be great!
Create as a tool to promote clients to order in a timely manner. Also send reminders with gallery / coupons will expire . . .week before, and 2 days before.
Allow a setting in galleries to choose a date or number of months/years before gallery self-expires.
I allow clients to access their password-protected gallery for 2 weeks to view and order prints. Is there a way to have SmugMug automatically change the password on a certain date so I don't have to always remember to go back and do that? (Zenfolio does this already.)
Hey, also go and add all your comments to http://www.dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=239010 and they may listen a little more. I'm thinking they don't manage this anymore.
I 1000% agree with Amy Lee! I've been following this request since Sept 2010 and Anne replied on August 15, 2011 14:36 and that is the last time an admin or anyone has even responded to this request.
Amy Lee commented
Doesn't matter anymore... I've had this request posted over 4 years now and something this simple just can't get implemented. I'm really disappointed. Something so minuscule on their end, yet a huge deal to us photographers who are paying A LOT for these services...
Martin Gross commented
Please implement this idea, you could run this along with my suggestion I.e. A subscription fee option.
Check out the idea in customization.
Most viewers are users (awesome photos I'm going to buy some yeah na no commitment)
I would love to see this feature is this even a consideration?
David Bock commented
Wait... this doesn't exist...? wtf.
Can we get a solution for this? I hate tying up my votes on something that SM never sees coming period. If I think this voting really was beneficial, then I'd put 3 on this and remove from some of my others but I have so many that my 15 votes are stretched thin. So, would someone from SM please give us people some kind of information? Does this site ever get any responses from the SM Admins or just here to make us users "feel good?" Ms. Bean commented back on Aug 15, 2011 about this and "I hope we can add this feature and win you over soon. :)" so, my question is when is Ms. Bean's soon coming? Isn't 2+ years a little longer than "soon?" This hasn't even gotten into Under Review but yet it seemed that 2 years ago the admin were looking into it. Again, this is a much needed feature for us small-time photographers who enjoy using SM but don't have the time in our lives to remember to go close a gallery or event. Or, email people who have registered for an event that it is going away on X date.
John Parli commented
Seriously. Smug, you're aren't making life easier for us. Little things like this are much needed.
Sandra Balzola commented
I'm very disappointed that this wasn't implemented in the new release. I was almost positive it would be with all the requests on it. Unfortunately, it looks like I'll be going elsewhere once this month is over, since I was just charged. It's a shame!!!
Mark Dickinson commented
WHY NOT!?! DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH MORE MONEY YOU COULD MAKE SMUGMUG? YOU NOT US< YES US BUT YOU>>>>>>>
People buy where theres a deadline. Coupons have expirations. WHY NOT THE GALLERIES SO THAT WE CAN MAKE MORE MONEY FOR THOU
I can not believe that this didn't make it into the new release that was announced today. This is a major feature for people who don't have large organizations with many people working in an office. For the small guy like myself, it is a pain to have to go manually remove galleries on X day. I'm not going to say it looks like a lot of work went into the new SM and it looks good but some of the features that are needed weren't included. I hope a SM rep will reply to this soon.
I really want this feature! I always tell my clients their galleries will be up for "x" number of days. I have to manage them by hand to be true to what I have said.
Sandra Balzola commented
This is definitely a must in my business I only give clients access to galleries for a certain amount of days (promotional prices and such) then that's it. Shame with all the other great options on here this isn't one of them.
I don't understand why this idea has been out here for 3+ years and not implemented yet. It isn't like this would be a hard implementation. All it takes is another field in an already large DB Table, and a little extra lines of code on the page:
1. "This gallery will expire on $experation_date"
2. if ($expiration_date <= $today) then don't show the gallery and say "Gallery has passed its expiration date. Please contact the photographer to ask if this gallery can be reopened."
3. $diff_days = $expiration_date - $today
if ($diff_days <= X days) then say "This gallery will expire in $diff_days so place your order soon"
Come on guys, it isn't that hard. You are adding other ****** items every month why can't this one be done? We increase our dues and can't get some of the simple ideas through?
Amy L. commented
THIS IS A MUST!
Nick Porcaro commented
I've been using SmugMug for a few years now and asked for this change in my first week as a user. I can't believe this change still hasn't been made....
I think that SM is being geared more toward the full-time professional photographer and sometimes forgets that there are part-time professional photographers that use their program as well and don't have the time to keep updating and emailing customers. This feature would be great under an event also, or even better that all galleries under an event would expire when the event did.
Bill Clearlake commented
It would also be great to have the option to hide, remove or archive the gallery when it expires.
They just doubled the yearly price of SmugMug and are seriously overlooking how important this is. It would be more money for us AND more money for them. At this point, my income from SmugMug has barely been enough to make profit over the current subscription price, because my clients have no initiative to buy. For portrait sessions I don't even use SmugMug anymore for that reason. I sit my clients down and order prints with them. But I'd still like to have an expiration date on wedding galleries, so wedding guests will get prints. I'm having a very hard time justifying paying the new $300 price. I don't necessarily want to stop using SmugMug, but I might have no choice.