- Who is a studio manager today?
- How the role has historically changed
- A nod to the future
- Why effective studio management is more important than ever
Live: Studio Manager Series 2023
The Studio Manager Playbook
Calling all studio managers! Want the secret to a thriving eCommerce studio? We’re building a guide of tried-and-true best practices to help your team succeed. Sign up to receive your free playbook - launching in Fall 2023.
Unique industry insights - all in one place
We’ve tapped into our global network of eCommerce studio managers to bring you industry secrets to running a successful studio - wrapped up in one free, helpful playbook. Our upcoming Studio Manager Playbook is your must-have quick guide focusing on 4 key aspects of studio management:
Learn how to build a cohesive studio team, unleash their creativity, communicate effectively - and quickly resolve any conflicts.
Discover how emerging technology can transform your studio operations, save you time and slash costs - and learn how to choose the right tools.
Build bulletproof quality control into your processes with tips on budgeting, stakeholder communication and risk management.
Fire up productivity with guides to streamlining workflows, optimizing studio space and tracking performance metrics for enhanced efficiency.
Introducing the Studio Manager Series
The eCommerce photography studio landscape is changing fast - and technology has a big part to play.
The Studio Manager Series is our vision for guides, best practices, playbooks and handbooks that help studio managers everywhere do their best work in an evolving industry. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or newcomer.
Our first release is the Studio Manager Playbook coming in Fall 2023.
Can’t wait to access play-by-play guides? We’ll be releasing deep-dives into some of the Playbook topics on our blog. Just look out for posts with The Studio Manager Series stamp.
Table of contents
What can I look forward to?
- Setting and enforcing quality standards
- Budget and resource management
- Managing client expectations
- Risk management
- Building a cohesive team
- Effective communication
- Fostering a creative environment
- Conflict resolution
- Streamlining workflows
- Optimizing the physical studio space
- Time management and planning
- Setting and tracking performance metrics
- Improving studio operations with emerging technology
- Selecting the right software
- Seamless integrations
- Centralizing information
- Recap of key points
- Emphasizing continuous improvement and adaptation
- Wrap up on the future
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How to improve communication skills on set
Defining roles and responsibilities is a necessity. It’s important to ensure that everyone on the team knows their roles, responsibilities, and who they should be communicating with regularly. This clarity helps prevent misunderstandings and ensures everyone is on the same page. Having it in writing could be a game-changer for many photo studios (just be wary of the dreaded phrase, “That’s not my job.”)
Use tools that streamline communication, such as project management and workflow software, video conferencing tools, and messaging platforms. These tools help keep everyone updated and provide a centralized space for information sharing. Remember that there’s a big difference between having these tools and using them.
Create a solid workflow that establishes protocols and standards for studio communication. These guidelines can include response time expectations, preferred channels for different types of team communication, and instructions on how to escalate issues. Again, having a standard will help everyone in the studio. Best scenario? Everyone is so on top of things that referring back to the guidelines isn’t necessary.
Retaining top talent: keeping your team together
You've put in the work to hire and train an effective team, but how do you keep them engaged and loyal to your studio? Retention is key to maintaining a cohesive and efficient team.
Recognition and Rewards
Acknowledge your team's hard work and accomplishments. This can be as simple as a shout-out during team meetings or as elaborate as an annual awards ceremony. Recognizing individual and team achievements fosters a positive work environment and motivates your team to continue delivering outstanding results.
Professional Development Opportunities
Invest in your team's growth by providing them with opportunities to learn and develop new skills. This could include workshops, online courses, or industry conferences. Supporting their professional development not only benefits your business but also shows your team that you care about their long-term career success.
Building trust through good team communication
Communication builds trust and trust builds solid studios. Trust is a critical component of effective collaboration and they work hand in hand. Below are 3 exercises that can help your eCommerce photo studio build a solid trust foundation.
Be transparent (as possible): Share information openly, including successes and challenges. While it may be hard to know exactly what needs to be shared, the more you can, the more your team will feel connected and trust you and the organization.
For some of us, we’ll need to practice this one. Show that you value others' input by listening to their ideas and concerns without judgment. This fosters an environment where team members feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and opinions, which also builds trust.
Provide constructive feedback:
The important word here is, “constructive.” Offer feedback that helps team members grow and improve, while also recognizing their strengths and achievements. Show your employees that they are an important part of the organization and their success is important to you.
Read on in the Playbook