What's the difference between Heritage Makers and other seemingly similar options?
I have never used anything but Heritage Makers, but I actually get a lot of feedback from my clients. Here are TEN (the number keeps growing!) things my clients have told me over the years that makes Heritage Makers better than anything they've seen before:
The company started with the goal to preserve the stories of our lives in heirloom-quality products--the kind you can pass down to the next generation. Everything is printed on high-quality papers that are acid-free and lignin-free, and the hardbound books have a library binding with metal stitching (not glue). I have several clients who came to Heritage Makers after trying something else that didn't last very long. Quality is a big deal at Heritage Makers. We're not out to offer a product or make a sale--we aim to offer heritage.
2. HERITAGE and PROTECTION
Projects in your account are yours and don't get deleted after a certain period of time. They stay in your account (unless YOU delete them) indefinitely. Every project you make with Heritage Makers is protected by Heirloom Assurance--if anything happens to your project, you can get a replacement copy at half price!! (That means my job isn't saving people from burning buildings--it's saving people from having to run INTO burning buildings after their photos!)
You can add photos and text anywhere on a page. You are not limited at all. You can add pages to books up to 99. Every page and both covers are COMPLETELY CUSTOMIZABLE. What I hear most is that Heritage Makers is just MORE PERSONAL. Most people tell me that what they've seen previously (other companies) only gives you a few templates to choose from, and then you plug in your photos where it tells you to, and text or captioning wherever it allows. Heritage Makers actually began with the idea that every photo has a story behind it (hence, our term "storybooking")--so you will never be limited with amount of text or text placement with Heritage Makers!! There are also a lot more WAYS to publish your photos with Heritage Makers than your average photo place--hardbound books in 7 sizes, a softbound book, a magazine, business supplies, wirebound books (think cookbooks or planners), individual scrapbook pages in 3 sizes (including double-sided), metal prints, canvases, invitations, cards, business products, etc. Last year I used the tri-fold brochure as a Christmas card! (It was awesome, if I don't say so myself!)
Templates, in my opinion, are what make Heritage Makers FOR EVERYBODY!! People "hate scrapbooking," "love scrapbooking," "aren't creative," "love creating," "don't know what to do with all the digital pictures on my camera" ... and Heritage Makers is perfect for all of those people!! So if you don't like designing, or if you are short on time, you can just go in and find one of our 13,000+ templates that fits your needs. Even templates are COMPLETELY CUSTOMIZABLE, so you're never limited. Add more pictures, remove an embellishment, change a background paper, etc. You can see exactly what I'm talking about if you go to www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise and click "Template Gallery" at the upper right. It's awesome! It's like sitting down with 1,000 people and saying, "So! Show me what you've made with Heritage Makers lately!"
5. DIGITAL ART
First of all, it's included, not something you have to purchase. Second, Heritage Makers gives you access to an unparalleled art collection! There are trendy pieces, classic pieces, seasonal and event pieces, and much more. New collections are being added all the time. 200,000+ pieces of digital art are available for you to use as much as you want! (I call it "all-you-can-eat" art!)
6. NOTHING TO UPLOAD; NOTHING ADDITIONAL TO PURCHASE
Nothing extra. You don't upload/update anything on your computer (except Adobe Flash). EVERYTHING you need is right in your Heritage Makers account. You don't spend extra money on anything.
7. ONLINE ALL THE TIME
All you need to work on your Heritage Makers projects is a computer (ANY computer!) with internet access! Your photos, projects in progress, art--everything is in your private account. Work on a project for just 15 minutes over your lunch break, or at your in-laws' house, on your laptop while you're waiting for kids at swimming lessons. The convenience is unparalleled!!
8. PHOTO SECURITY & PRESERVATION
Heritage Makers reserves NO rights to your photos. (Imagine my surprise when a client told me that this is not true with all "photobook" companies--some retain rights to your photos to use as they wish!) Your photos are stored in full resolution in your Heritage Makers account. This gives you digital photo storage in addition to the printed storage you are getting when you make a Heritage Makers product. Because photos are stored in full resolution, you can download them back to your computer or hard drive at any time and retain the original quality. (I was also surprised when another client told me that some "photobook" companies actually charge a fee for you to download your own photos!) You are storing your photos TWO WAYS when you use Heritage Makers (with an optional third method), so click here to learn the details. It's the ultimate in photo security, but also in project security.
Heritage Makers is committed to not skimping on quality while retaining competitive prices. Club HM (see the Club HM tab here at my blog) gives you the best prices. Allow Club HM to renew month after month, and you can save up Publishing Points (they're like Heritage Makers dollars) to spread out the cost of publishing a larger or more expensive item, or multiple copies of something.
10. A CONSULTANT
The benefits of having a real-life person to consult any time is very valuable! From just asking basic questions to bouncing ideas off of, a consultant (ME!) can help you have a fabulous Heritage Makers experience every time. Your consultant is your go-to person--not customer service on the other side of the world. (And if you're curious, we do have customer service, but it's here in the U.S.)