Fotomoto is a service that’s been around for a couple of years but I only became aware of it a few weeks ago thanks to a Twitter friend. Since then I’ve been playing around with it on my own photography site and thought it might be of interest to photographers or web designers who are creating sites for photographers. Note: I was neither asked or paid to write a review of Fotomoto.
What Is Fotomoto?
It is an e-commerce setup for photography (or any other kind of artwork or images you want to sell on printed on glossy or lustre paper). Their services include credit card processing, order tracking, and email receipts. They also print, package, and ship the goods to your customers. After adding one line of script to your site, visitors to your website will see the Fotomoto toolbar with the “Buy Now” button on those digital images you want to sell.
By adding the Fotomoto widget to your site, visitors stay on your web site when they go to the shopping cart and are not re-directed anywhere else.
For my own photography site I use WordPress, and Fotomoto provide a plug-in which inserts the required script into the site. Even if you’re not selling photographs, one feature that I particularly like is the ability to send an e-card of any image. This could be useful for graphic or web designers and illustrators for promotion purposes.
You can sell your images as cards with envelopes, postcards and prints in sizes from 6 x 8 inches up to 30 x 40 inches. You set the prices yourself and Fotomoto provide some typical sample prices if you’re not too sure how much to charge.
How Much Does It Cost?
It’s completely free to sign up for Fotomoto and there are no subscription fees. Fotomoto make their money when you sell a photograph and at that point they take 15% of the price. I’m just getting started with this, but it seems incredibly easy to use and requires no programming skills from me. It fits easily and unobtrusively into your web site and the popup widget which appears when a visitor hit the “Buy Print” or “Send E-card” is stylish and simple. It’s an impressive service.
Have you used Fotomoto on your own site? What other similar services have you tried? I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts and maybe put together a future post on this topic.