I wrote a few weeks ago about why I'm against using watermarks in photographs for marketing purposes. Since then, I've explored with a few different graphical ways to promote your images through branding. One of the tools I've found recently is Adobe Spark — which recently added the ability to add your branding to the graphics you create. Simply put, Adobe Spark lets you create graphics, videos, web pages and other layouts to share across social channels. It's like a simple version of Photoshop — but made specifically for social … [Read more...] about Photography Marketing: Boosting Your Online Brand with Adobe Spark
After the first couple times, I was asked about how I have such good engagement on social media, I disregarded the questions because I didn’t feel like my social media following was that big of a deal. Many other’s have much more followers and engagement, or so I thought. When one of my friends who runs several Instagram accounts with thousands of followers asked me how my engagement was so high, I literally looked at her confused. I admired her following. Then when my followers started asking me advice on what I do, I actually ignored their … [Read more...] about How to up your social media engagement
I recently recorded a class for LinkedIn Learning about social media. Here is an excerpt that discusses some hard lessons learned when it comes to sharing on social media. Sit back and watch if you have a few minutes. I hope it helps you get more from your social media efforts and lets you avoid stress and conflict with those you have relationships with in the "real" world. Note: If the video doesn’t show up at first, please reload the page. Avoiding oversharing from Social Media for Photo and Video Pros by Richard … [Read more...] about Strategies to Avoid Oversharing on Social Media
You all know the debate about watermarks. Should we use them? Do they really help protect our photographs? There are plusses and minuses — it might help to secure your photos (well, that is until Google debunked them earlier this month), but it also takes away from the clean look of a sharp photograph. And while I'm not here to debate on whether you should utilize watermarks for copyright purposes, I am here to tell you why watermarks shouldn't be utilized from a marketing standpoint. There's No Call to Action As a beginning photographer, … [Read more...] about Photography Marketing: Why a Watermark Shouldn’t Be a Part of Your Marketing Strategy
I'm often asked how to further utilize Instagram as a photographer. And while using applicable hashtags and giving a location to your images is great, sometimes the simplest of techniques is overlooked. That is, uploading photos taken with your camera to Instagram, instead of just photos on your iPhone. That's not to say that images taken with your iPhone are necessarily bad; they have a time and a place. But for marketing purposes, you want to display your best work in all mediums, and that includes Instagram. How Can I Upload My … [Read more...] about Photography Marketing: Uploading Finished Images to Instagram
Instagram is a constantly evolving tool, and one that has changed drastically over the past year. Now, more than ever, it's important to follow some simple rules when posting to the social networking platform that can help you engage with not only your fans, but potential clients. Tag Businesses and Locations This might sound obvious, but oftentimes, it's overlooked. Mention your clients or potential clients by tagging their Instagram accounts in images that feature them or their products. On my recent trip to North Carolina, I stopped at … [Read more...] about Photography Marketing: Creating Brand Engagement Through Instagram
Earlier this year, I wrote about the probable demise of Flickr. While it's still with us, I was recently introduced to a new, unique gallery solution that will be another great alternative to the aging service. And better yet, it helps to bridge the gap between other photography professionals and potential clients. Patron Gallery, currently in an invite-only testing phase, is a new, free online gallery platform. Several of its features you've seen elsewhere — the ability to upload and showcase your work, interact and follow other … [Read more...] about Photography Marketing: Create a Customizable, Service-Driven Gallery with Patron
Recently Instagram added the “multiple photos” feature, where an image post can include up to 10 images and/or videos which you can swipe through. Although sharing an album of shots from a trip or shoot is the most obvious choice, I am always on the lookout for new ways to share my work and the stories behind it. Below are some creative ways to use multiple photos in my Instagram posts, as well as a short primer on how to use this new feature. Ideas for Things You Can Do with Multiple Photos Action Sequence (See it on Instagram. Best … [Read more...] about Getting Creative With Instagram’s Multiple Photos Feature
Are you new to IFTTT? Then check out this article For my two photography businesses, I have about 9 billion different social media services, profiles, portfolio sites, and websites. Well, maybe 9 billion is a slight exaggeration. But, just keeping up with your online presence can turn into a full-time job. I would rather be spending time with my family and going out to take a photo or two, than basking in the glow of my computer screen. Whether you are new to IFTTT.com (IF This, Then That), or have been using it for a while, these applets … [Read more...] about IFTTT for Photographers – Part 3: Managing Your Social Media
Are you new to IFTTT? Then check out this article first! For many of us in photography, keeping up with the business side is probably not at the top of our list of fun things to do. Realistically, most of us would rather be crafting that perfect photo than itemizing our receipts. Using an automation tool like IFTTT.com can ease the burden of the business side. Think of it as your internet friend who doesn’t mind doing the stuff you don't want to do! How to use IFTTT Here are some ways I use IFTTT (IF This, Then That) to stay on top of my … [Read more...] about IFTTT for Photographers – Part 2: Stay on Top of Your Photography Business
I love technology and innovation, and thanks to it, the amazing things we can do in photography. But, like many photographers, I confess to excessive grumbling about the amount of time spent in front of the computer and away from the camera. I am always looking for something that shifts the balance from computer time to camera time. I found IFTTT.com a few years ago and by using it, many of my online “chores” are now automated. It's a tool that saves time at the computer and helps keep me organized, all for the low, low cost of free (my … [Read more...] about IFTTT for Photographers – Part 1: Save Time and Get Organized
It's no surprise that over the past couple years, Flickr has had lots of ups and downs. Back in the day, Flickr was the social site to use to view and interact with photographs. But since its sale to Yahoo!, things have gone downhill. With its drastic relaunch in 2013, shutdown of the Flickr marketplace, it's CEO proclaiming there's no need for "pro" photographers and continuous tweaking interface and other features, lately Flickr seems to always have one step on the wrong side of death's door. With Yahoo!'s impending sale to Verizon, Flickr … [Read more...] about Good Riddance, Flickr
Whether you do business under your own personal name or under a business name, personalizing your product and/or service is a great form of marketing. Everyone loves a good story, so telling customers YOUR story is a great way to grab their attention. This is why branding your company with a “face” can make the customer feel more familiar with you and your product. A good strategy is to show pictures of yourself and your employees hard at work when you send emails, share pictures or post videos. Lifting the curtain and giving customers a … [Read more...] about Don’t Be Afraid To Personalize
In the fast paced world we live in, it’s easy to get caught up in time saving, cookie cutter, ready-to-use content for your SEO strategies. While this type of content can be used as filler, don’t underestimate the value of producing your own original content. By producing your own content, you demonstrate that YOU are the expert in your field! Customers will be more likely to turn to you when they need something if they see you as the expert in the field or at least the most knowledgable person they have access too. So share your knowledge … [Read more...] about Share Your Knowledge Through Original Content!
One of the simplest ways to market your business is through an email campaign. While social networking sites are great for meeting new people and getting new leads for your business, it’s good ol’Email that continues to be one of the most effective ways to reach and influence your customers. Just put all of your existing customers on one list and all of your prospects on another list and upload those lists to a bulk email service. There are many companies and services to choose from, just do a Google search and choose the one running the best … [Read more...] about Email Marketing For The Win!
When I get asked, “What marketing can I do to increase my photography business”, I usually respond with a question of my own asking what their marketing strategy is currently for their business. I’m always amazed when I get a blank stare in return! You wouldn’t build a house without first creating a blueprint, so why start your photography business, even if it’s only part-time or “just for fun”, without first creating a content marketing strategy for promoting it. The easiest way to get started is simply by making a list of all the ways … [Read more...] about Start With A Written Marketing Strategy
Using hashtags is another great way to get a conversation going about your business. You simply create a hashtag to be used for your brand or business, share it in a post (FaceBook), pic (Instagram) or tweet (Twitter), search for that hashtag on your platform of choice, and then find and reply to anyone who shares it. While there are many examples of hashtag marketing campaigns online (just do a Google search) here is an example I’ve offered to my photographer marketing clients… Tell your followers to share their favorite picture from your … [Read more...] about #getthewordout
One difficulty I hear about all the time is creative people complaining that they don’t have enough time to be creative AND share their creativity. In other words, they either don’t have enough time to write blog posts and social media updates or they run out of content to share very quickly. Usually this is because the person share’s it once and moves on. Well, here’s a great tip for you: start sharing your old posts along with your new ones! Doing this can greatly increase your traffic. One caveat, if you do it poorly, it can alienate some … [Read more...] about Share Old Posts To Get New Traffic
Looking for a quick down and dirty way to get more traffic? Then mention others in your blog post or status update to get more viewers! A good example of this is when you mention a product or service in your blog post, reach out to them via their social media accounts and let them know you’ve included them in your content. They may very well share your article with their followers and by doing so, your content will be getting increased traffic! Same goes for your status updates where you mention someone’s else article or content. Once … [Read more...] about Mention Others To Get More Traffic
Getting new customers to come to your physical location is a challenge for any business, but it’s especially true for independent gallery owners and photo studios. Luckily, there is a tried-and-true marketing technique that works every time: the special promotional offer! Special offers always receive increased engagement and they motivate new customers to give you a try while encouraging existing customers to return and buy again. This not only brings traffic to your site/business, it engages your customer in a way that makes them feel … [Read more...] about Use Social Media To Bring Foot-Traffic To Your Art Gallery Or Photo Studio
Here’s a simple 5-step plan that allows you to use your physical photo studio location to control what is said about your brand online. Register your physical business location on a review site like YELP. Invite your customer’s to “check-in” when they come to your location. The check-in provides a link to your web site where they can view any current promotions you are offering. The check-in also makes it easy to monitor reviews on sites like Facebook and Yelp and respond if necessary. Use people’s comments on the check-in to … [Read more...] about What Your Physical Photo Studio Can Do For Your Online Brand
Editor's Note: Photofocus is proud to welcome Rod Harlan to our team of authors. Rod will primarily focus his efforts on helping visual creatives find more success. I was conducting a seminar at a very large convention a few years back where I was showing the audience how they could see what Twitter accounts had fake followers so they could identify them as spammers and stay away. Sadly, I used the twitter handles of several of the conference speakers besides myself as an example and I exposed a few of them as having massively fake followers! … [Read more...] about Don’t Be Seduced By The Numbers!
Facebook, despite all its ups and downs, has become a part of our lives. It's become a source of education, advertising, entertainment, and social/family connection! So with that in mind, I thought it'd be great to share with you a way to help make your Facebook experience a little more manageable! The problem i'm sure we've all encountered, is the sheer volume of spammy, offensive, and incredibly bad fake-fact content posts that plague our news feed. That along with with the pay-to-see business model that Facebook uses to make actual … [Read more...] about How To Optimize Your Facebook News Feed
Videos slideshows are a powerful way to show pictures, and I think Instagram offers a unique opportunity. The thing is, my clients love to watch a slideshow of themselves, but few other people are willing to watch a long slideshow these days. Instagram has a 15 seconds limit on slideshows, though, and that's just about perfect--I don't know about you, but I watch almost every video that comes through my feed 'cause it's only 15 seconds. https://vimeo.com/128199972 So, let's use Instagram to make a short impactful slideshow that acts as a … [Read more...] about 15 Seconds of Fame: Preview Videos for Instagram
Coming up with a great idea is challenging for me. I only know one person who can come up with a great idea on the spot, and that's Photofocus editor Rich Harrington. Recently, our studio was selected to design a Dream Shoot for LensRentals.com. We could do anything we wanted, a wide-open project, and LensRentals.com would provide all the gear we needed. One of the hardest things for me to do is come up with a good idea. I have ok ideas all the time, but most never amass to anything. Here are a few ways that I come up with a good idea. … [Read more...] about Coming up with a Great Idea for a Photo
Did you miss this week's Mind Your Own Business Google Hangout? This months topic is Marketing Your Photography with Social Media. You'll learn how to stand out in a crowded market and create passionate fans of your work. Were joined by Rosh Sillars. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q04C2zCeGPs This event was produced in partnership with Skip Cohen University, SongFreedom, Drobo, and Adobe. Rosh Sillars is a veteran photographer with a photojournalism background specializing in people, food and interiors. He earned his BFA in photography at … [Read more...] about Instant Replay: Marketing Your Photography with Social Media
The Photofocus team just got back from a great Photoshop World (including a reader breakfast with a bunch of you). It was awesome to get feedback on the site and to hear from so many of you about what youd like to see on our site. If you need to connect, you'll find many of the links in the upper right corner of the website. We wanted to make sure you new how to connect with us (and offer feedback). Were going to be rolling out several exciting enhancements to the site in the coming months and wed love to keep you involved in the … [Read more...] about Come On Get Social with Photofocus
Recently, I wrote a brief post on my blog that was titled, Create For Yourself, which serves as the impetus for this story. Lately, I've been spending a lot of time thinking about my own growth as a photographer and, to a broader extent, as a creator. This introspection invariably led me to look at how others qualify growth for themselves. More specifically, I began analyzing what people are doing to grow and how they measure their success towards that. A lot of what I found felt troubling and resulted in me re-evaluating my own benchmarks. The … [Read more...] about I, Creator: Growing On Your Terms
A photo hiding on your hard drive is no place for a photo at all! Unfortunately if you're anything like me, most of the images we take never see the light of day. This is where a social media can come in really handy. Not only do sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ give you access to people of similar interests all over the world, they also give you a platform to share your own photos on! Not too long ago Twitter updated the design of their web profiles. This moved the focus from strictly 140 character tweets and links, to something we … [Read more...] about Pimp Your New Twitter Profile!
If you're like me (and 200-million other people on this planet) you probably have an Instagram account. Instagram has redefined instant photo-sharing, making our mobile phones vessels to show the world what we eat, where we travel, and what our pets are doing. For me, I use it to share my life. Outings with friends, which are typically photography-related, end up as "behind the scenes" shares on my Instagram account, and meals at restaurants turn into mini-photo-shoots, assuming that the light near our table is decent enough for a … [Read more...] about Posting to Instagram: “Mobile Only”? Or “Anything Goes”?