Today’s wedding vendor interview is with Jeremy Noonan of DropEvent, a unique online company designed to allow couples and their wedding guests to easily share wedding photos! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I’m a Software Developer based out of California by way of England, Virginia, Italy, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Washington. I built DropEvent for myself, when I couldn’t find an easy way for all the parents to share photos with each other from a school graduation. DropEvent is designed to be easy to use for everyone, from your tech savvy friends on their smartphones to your grandmother on her old computer. Fun fact : I’ve never lived more than three years in any one house since I was born.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into the business?
A few years ago, at my daughter’s kindergarten graduation, there were cameras everywhere. Afterward there was a flood of emails from the parents asking everyone to look at their galleries on a slew of different sites and social media. In order to see all the photos, I would have needed to sign up for half a dozen sites that I had never used before, and start social media friendships with a bunch of relative strangers. DropEvent came out of the need for having a single place for everyone to put their photos, without everyone needing to sign up for any accounts or download apps. My coworker asked to use it for her wedding and the rest is history!
What’s your favorite part of the job?
People use DropEvent from all over the world to gather the photos that tell their story. I’m thrilled to be a part of that. Hearing from customers who love DropEvent is the best part of the job.
If you could pick one unique product or service offering, which would be your favorite, and why?
What’s unique about DropEvent is that you can upload your photos to an event with no sign ups! All your guests can view the gallery of photos, then add their photos right to it. That’s my favorite feature of DropEvent and what makes it unique.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to others just getting started in your field?
Listen to your users. You can come up with the long list of things you “think” your users will want, but once you put it in their hands there will be a ton of ideas you had never even thought of. It’s your job to figure out the right features to add to benefit the most people.
What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
When not working away on DropEvent, I enjoy screenwriting, making things and community theater.
Any great stories from working with a client?
One of my early clients wanted to use DropEvent to collect photos for a dog calendar that was a major fundraising campaign for their charity. She contacted me asking for help to do things with DropEvent that it couldn’t. We exchanged dozens of emails and a ton of the most popular features came out of helping her solve her problems. The collection of photos was a huge success and she became a regular customer, but the best part was when I checked the mail one day to find a copy of the calendar full of all the photos they had collected.
What makes you different from others in your field?
DropEvent was built to solve a problem first, and to be a business second. You can even have a basic event for free for a month if that’s all you need!
Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
Showing off the intimate candid photos from your big day never goes out of style. Everyone loves to peek behind the curtain.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning their big day?
There is so much pressure to make a wedding “perfect” that it can often overshadow the fact that this day is about celebrating you and your marriage. Make that the focus and it should make all the other decisions easier.
Wonderful, thanks Jeremy! For more information about DropEvent, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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