PRESS RELEASE: Upload, present, and sell globally with Zenfolio.
MENLO PARK, CA – June 29, 2009 – In response to strong user demand, Zenfolio photo hosting and fulfillment company is announcing expansion outside the US, making it the most complete service of its kind available globally. Professional photographers and photo enthusiasts worldwide can now easily publish their work online with Zenfolio’s highly-acclaimed presentation engine, and sell their photos with a streamlined Web storefront in multiple currencies.
Zenfolio recognized a void in the global market for a comprehensive solution that combines a state of the art multi-currency shopping Cart with an elegant photo viewing experience, and brings a complete solution to photographers outside the United States. Photographers can use Zenfolio to establish their entire Web presence and easily customize it without the need for HTML or CSS knowledge, or they can use Zenfolio as a proofing and ordering tool in addition to their existing Web site.
“For years European photographers have been screaming for a service that has a European-based lab to fulfill our customers’ orders. No other service offers such a sleek and user- friendly interface for both the photographer and the visitor. The tech side of Zenfolio is also brilliant. You get proper sales stats and Google analytics visitor tracking. Moreover, Zenfolio charges the industry’s lowest fees for managing your sales.”
Michael Bolognesi, Tenerife, Spain, www.michaelbolognesi.com, Zenfolio user since 2007
As part of the global launch Zenfolio is now integrated with the Europe’s leading UK-based photo printing lab: Photobox. Part of the Photoways Group, Photobox is the largest online processing service in Europe.
“This strategic partnership allows us to build on the success of tens of thousands of US users and bring a proven solution to the global market,” said Alex Peyzner, CEO and Founder of Zenfolio. Photobox’s worldwide delivery, high quality prints, and great value prices make it a great addition to Zenfolio’s well respected network of fulfillment partners. Mark Chapman, Managing Director of Photobox adds: “Zenfolio is a trusted partner. Users of both companies will truly benefit from the unique solution this partnership creates.”
The top of the line Zenfolio Premium plan offers a breadth of features for a remarkably low fee of 100 USD per year. Photographers enjoy unlimited storage, large images on elegant pages, personalized security settings, customized price lists, and coupons. The shopping process is transparent to clients, who experience the ease and simplicity of ordering online and receive a package delivered directly from a print lab. Zenfolio also offers Basic and Unlimited plans priced with non-commercial members in mind.
Zenfolio realizes photographers are running a business and its e-commerce engine is built with that mindset. In addition to the list of products available from Zenfolio partners, photographers can sell custom products and fulfill them directly using any lab. The profits from selling are distributed via PayPal at the photographer’s request.
Zenfolio charges a service fee to cover the costs of collecting payments, fulfilling orders, generating files, and providing customer service. At this time, the Web site is available in English only and is set up to support 18 currencies and VAT, where applicable.
With this expansion, Zenfolio is empowering photographers worldwide to launch their business into a global online marketplace.
Founded in 2004, Zenfolio is a privately held company based in California’s Silicon Valley. Zenfolio provides the place and the tools for professional photographers as well as enthusiasts to present, organize, and sell their photos, allowing anyone to turn their passion into a successful business. Photographers can focus on capturing images while relying on Zenfolio to take care of the rest.
Zenfolio’s affordable subscription plans include the highly-acclaimed photo viewing experience, powerful photo management and security interface with unlimited storage, and a flexible, state-of-the-art e-commerce platform integrated with a growing number of global fulfillment partners.
For more information please visit: http://www.zenfolio.com.
(First posted on Monday, June 29, 2009 at 17:17 EDT)