With 95 million posts a day posted on Instagram, this is a great question. What are you taking images for? If it’s for commercial purposes find a specialist photographer who understands your product ( Food, Fashion for example ).
They should produce a really top notch image with proper lighting and editing. The image below shows the use of controlled studio lighting.
For personal images, there is such an array of affordable equipment on the market as well as editing suits on the market, including smartphones, as you know.
Use the rule of 2/3rds and go high as well as low. Tilt your camera slightly to get dynamic portraits. This leads the viewer to the subject and creates interest and intrigue.
When taking portraits always focus on the subjects eyes and engage to evoke a mood or reaction. Use soft ambient light. Bright sunshine can be your enemy.
This image demonstrates the importance of focusing on the eyes. They portray the subjects feelings. Everything falls into place.
You can see how he stands out with the use of a simple natural background, cluttered backgrounds are distracting.
Use hand held reflectors to soften the light, especially on portraits.
Post regular images, for example beauty products with you in them, but don’t suddenly put a cat in there!
Images for Instagram need to be square 1080pxls x 1350pxls. Ratio:4:5. You can set your settings on your camera to square.
Editing tools: ( Try not to over use )
Hope these few tips help. DM me if you want more help.
Good luck and remember, Have Fun !
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When I started taking photographs there were no digital cameras or social media in the market place. Yes, I am old! With the daily advancements of smartphones coupled with extraordinary quality cameras, it is no longer a requisite to be knowledgeable about the technicalities of photography, you can point and shoot and end up with a very acceptable result.
I started off with a Nikon F5 35mm film camera. It has always been an iconic camera and a very sturdy workhorse. This was a camera where you had to have a certain level of skill and you only pressed the shutter when everything was aligned and the composition was spot on. After all, you only had 36 frames tom play with. Today people shooting on digital take anything up to 500 shots to get maybe 3/4 acceptable images. Where is the skill in that?
Many years ago I read a true account about a photographer who was on a photoshoot on a boat on the Mediterranean when hen knocked his F5 overboard. He thought that was the end but decided to dive in to recover the body. Out of interest, he tried to take a photo and blow me it worked!
With the advent of digital cameras and smartphones, things have moved on. As a result in 2011, there was a staggering 400 billion pictures taken and in the next few years, that figure is expected to rise to 1.2 trillion.
There are many professional photographers utilising social media so the standard is high, however, amateurs are now comfortably posting images next to the pros and achieving good results. What category are you falling into?
How does photography create an impact on social media?
I had a conversation recently when someone asked what I did and I replied that I coach businesses on the best practices of photography for social media marketing.
They replied, ‘great, I have loads of pictures, I’ll put them all on Instagram!’
I was alarmed, Who was going to look at these images that related to no particular subject.
This brings me to the subject of niches. Having a niche not only makes your business stand out but identifies a gap in the market that people want answers to. A niche also helps establish a brand. This can be reflected in the style of your photography as well as the editing of your images which reflects your brand message.
You could be known for black and white images and also for sepia which gives you an edge on your competition, also creating a unique branding platform. From this, you could become an expert in your field and become an influencer on social media attracting loyal followers and potential paying customers.
So what is your niche? You may be struggling to find one, ask yourself what do you enjoy most and develope a niche around that. If you like baking, for instance, it does not make sense to bake everything. You may proficient at baking bread or cakes, so concentrate on the one thing you good at and perfect it and become an expert.
Types of Photography:
Whatever your chosen topic what would be your unique selling point? What would be your niche that would make you different from your competition? How would you achieve your niche? Who would be your target audience? Where would you execute your particular subject and what social media platform/platforms would you use to achieve the best results?
Why is Photography for Social Media so Vital?
By sharing photography images over social media platforms in real-time brings people and businesses closer together. Younger people expect social media to be a part of everyday life and as a result, it has molded the way we behave. Basically, it’s made us socially inept. That’s a discussion for another day.
Photography is an integral part of social media and acts as your shop window when it comes to your website and funnels’ profiles. Your profile picture is equally important and it may be worth considering using a professional portrait photographer ( maybe you are one! )
Images of your products/services should reflect the quality and branding of your business providing huge impact and engagement.
You no longer have to rely on expensive studio shoots as now you can record your place of business and processes on a smartphone and post them on Stories. This makes your business more personal to your customers and they can follow the aims of the company and give you feedback through ‘Comments’. A priceless component of your marketing strategy. It’s Free!
Importance of Photography in Content Writing
You can have a strong content article but it is not very engaging unless it has some imagery to back it up. This makes the piece more engaging and relevant to your reader. If you are a photojournalist, for instance, a good photograph will complete the story. Take the controversial subject of climate change, a dramatic image to get the point across is essential.
This image tells a story and has an engaging and provocative subject that we can all relate to.
Impact of Profile Photography
Without photography, your business will suffer through a lack of impact and brand awareness. Strong imagery will project your business over all social media platforms and encourage engagement with your target audience. Having a strong profile picture can make the difference between having an immediate impact or potential customers passing you by.
Here is a selection of Linkedin profile photographs. They portray a range of characters, some inspiring trust, and professionalism, others show seriousness and indifference. Who would you pick to help your business? Leave a comment below to tell us who and why?
Have fun with your photography and its a great opportunity to show off your business and show people who you are.
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Is your business lagging behind in the world of Social Media, if so what do you want to achieve in order to stand out? How are you going to set out your marketing plan? Where is your target audience? When do you intend to start your campaign, maybe you already have.
All these questions, and you are trying to run your business, have you got time to run your campaign?
Why Hire a Business Coach
This is where it is worth considering hiring a social media business coach to guide you through the maze, that is Digital Marketing. It is worth mentioning that a business coach is there to steer you in the right direction, not to do the work for you, so you have to implement the structure and develop your skills accordingly.
- They will help you build awareness so that your target audience will be aware of who you are and what your business offers whether you are a small high street business or a corporation. social Media allows businesses to showcase their products and services to a worldwide audience instantly rather than relying on local advertising where its difficult to measure who has seen your advertisement.
An example would be say, JD Sports on one hand and on the other a local village florist shop, both would benefit from promoting awareness.
Digital Marketing has become an essential part of everyday business and its hard enough to run a business and deal with the marketing strategy, so why not seek advise from a professional marketer so you can concentrate on the daily tasks of driving your business forward.
Linkedin and Twitter platforms are more suited for formal businesses such as corporations whereas beauty and health businesses are more suited to Instagram and Facebook.
Imagine a business coach helping a bakery business. They have no idea how to bake at the same time they have hired a coach because they do not know the workings of Digital Marketing. Yet the two businesses can benefit each other.
- Have you got a marketing strategy in place? Is it specific to your business? What channels do have in place. Are they relevant to your business and do they fit your business model? A business coach should guide you and recommend the best marketing plan for your business and create a strategy to connect with your target audience. They will create promotions and market them through appropriate funnels which will reach your target audience enticing engagement thus creating increased sales and revenue.
88.2% of companies will use social networks for marketing purposes, and is estimated to reach 89.4% by 2019. 64% of marketers said that increasing audience engagement was crucial for their social media marketing strategy.
- Do you communicate authority? When customers are teaching on line for a service will they click on your business, if so you should have a strong profile as well as consistent, strong content which is engaging and oozes brand authority. A coach will guide you through the process and give you strong tips. View Venessa Lau on Youtube, she is a great advocate on these subjects. http://www.youtube/vanessalau
Show Your Voice
- Potential customers are not interested in corporate style posts. It’s not a good idea to be patronising, so talk to your customers, engage in conversation, ask them what they are looking for. Show them your voice and who you are. After all we are all social animals and love to chat and share news. Tell them about your Brand and if they follow you and are loyal they will become Brand Ambassadors.
Highlight Your Business
- Social Media channels are constantly growing and evolving and are allowing businesses to learn as they go. A coach will set out a strategy for your business to be seen on Instagram/Facebook stories giving your audience an insight into your business. There are many chat room platforms so you can engage with your customers in real time, such as Whatsapp and FaceTime.
Engaging within a Facebook groups relevant to your subject, for example, photography can give you a platform to be an authority within your industry and become an Influencer.
- Providing support is now easier and a coach will create systems for your business to solve problems and help customers through social channels such as Twitter and Facebook. They will create systems for tracking customer feedback, questions and yes, complaints. It’s really important to respond as quickly as possible. Businesses use complaints like market research to improve their customer service, so it should be a positive experience.
Be an Authority
Its the job of a coach to evaluate your business and apply the relevant funnels to your business. This could be just one such as Linkedin if you run a formal business, for example, an international marine insurer. Instagram, would not be a suitable platform neither would Snapchat or WhatsApp.
Successful Social Media coaches are very clear who their ideal clients are. They can be specialized and have a particular niche which related to their clients. A good example of this would be the music business and within this subject they will concentrate on a further niche, such as Jazz, Pop and Rock.
Firstly its probably best to late your stall out first and see whether you have a viable business. If you have test it out to see whether you are making money, if so, then it’s then it’s best to consider whether you want a business coach.
There are many free platforms to experiment with. Again it”s not advisable to get a load of upgrades you probably don’t need. For example Instagram is Free for personal and business accounts.
This is where a coach can help and guide you by implementing your marketing strategy to the most efficient funnels for your business plan.
I asked the question at the start of this blog, When do you start your campaign – NOW. Why wait, yes mistakes will be made out you learn as you go along and adapt accordingly. Have fun with it, after all it’s YOUR baby.
My specialisation is photography within digital marketing. If this is something you are struggling with, DM me for a FREE chat.
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Are you running a marketing campaign and not getting much traction or response from your advertising? Are you including CTA’s at the end of your offer? if not consider including CTA’s as part of your advertising strategy. It is the most important element if you want to encourage engagement and convert those important customers.
Every one remembers at one time your parents shouting, ‘ Get UP & Tidy You’r Room!!’ Seems Familiar. This was one of your Call To Actions, although you did not realise it at the time.
I am not suggesting you talk to your audience like this, however, you want your customers to take action from your direction.
Using strong command verbs are essential and should be clear and concise. Lets imagine that you are running a Fitness business and you want potential customers to visit your web site where they will find useful tips and an offer of some kind. What would you say to get them to look?
The trick is Ito keep it simple. Here, the ad shows a dynamic image as well as strong action verbs telling the viewer what you want them to do.
This image provokes the advantages of FOMO. This is the Fear of Missing Out. How often as children did you have the fear of not belonging to the ‘cool’ crowd.
I remember as a young teenager my mother arranged a party for me and I was not looking forward to it as she asked the neardy and boring kids who were not really part of my social circle. ( not meant to make me sound special ! ) One person turned up. Anyway I got a call from another friend saying that everyone was at their party and did I want to come. There was no contest. I was grateful for their CTA. I had a blast.
Where possible use numbers for your audience to relate to. In the above image 10% was used to entice people to react to the offer. Show pricing so that customers are aware of what market you are positioning yourself in. Are you going for the mass market or the exclusive one.
If the user sees a favourable price they will register their interest by clicking for more information on your products/services. In other words they are reacting to your CTA. Result.
Rather than saying Book Now, you could reduce the risk to a prospect by giving positive results such as ‘ Try a Free Trial with us’. This takes a softer approach and will probably result in a long term relationship building trust and commitment.
I am an ardent fan of Vanessa Lau, who has a brilliant Youtube channel with excellent tutorials. See how she uses CTA’s. ( http://www.youtube.com/vanessalau) She is very inspirational.
Once you have established you CTA’s its essential that your audience can reach you, so your contact details and web site must link up. if you have a strong CTA on Instagram you can link all your funnels under one umbrella in Linkt.ree. It saves you having to list all your sites separately, so you can link Your CTA to them all. This only applies to Instagram.
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Here is a good example of a video CTA on Facebook.
A very engaging and strong Call to Action statement. Videos are very strong and yield great results.
There are hundreds of Call to Action examples so choose some that are impactive and relate to your industry. Remember the best ones are short and have strong verbs. Determine the goals you want to achieve and be strong and Go For It!
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