The Value of Engagement

 

Developing a Social Media Strategy for Photographers

 

Lesson Info

The Value of Engagement

Engagement is important again because it helps every aspect of your social media presence. It helps you create relationships, it helps you build followers, it helps the algorithms, everything. So the benefits of engagement, human interaction, core concept of the social media age. Again, a lot of people look at it where it's just like overall engagement numbers, like, think of it on a micro-level, think of it that every opportunity you have to connect with another human being is a positive experience because it is. It's a point of contact. It's a reason to have that conversation, it's a reason to develop a relationship. Every time someone engages with one of my posts, it is an opportunity for me to have a conversation of some sort with them, even if it's just the likes, and oftentimes, I'm not going to go back and say thank everyone for the likes, but that's why we have the call to actions. Either way, it's a point of contact for those engagements and that engagement, again, spurs every...

thing else. Builds brand loyalty and trust. People that engage with me feel that they trust me more. They ask me questions, I respond to them. They know that I'm always going to be there. Facebook then or Instagram or Twitter reacts in kind. Oh, they do trust him, oh they do want more content from him slash social media platforms love it. Engagement spurs more engagement, I can't say that enough. The more you engage, the more you will get back all across the board, for your followers, for other people that you're connected to, growing your numbers, everything, the algorithms, all of it, it will always lead to more. It's a snowball effect. The more you engage, more people sociologically speaking, psychologically speaking, will want to engage with you. And the more people engage with you, the more Facebook or Instagram or Twitter are going to show your content to spur more engagement. It's a big snowball effect so anything that you could think of for ways to engage with your followers is going to be positive. And it holds a monetary value. Again, the idea that you can take the idea of engagement and turn that into something. Maybe it's a non-direct value monetary value but it can be indirect because it's helping you do these things, build these following, have these connections, build relationships. I have people that have connected with me for years and eventually five, six years later, were able to come on a workshop or purchase the product or whatever it was. I cultivated those relationships and it takes time to build that stuff. But there is value in it, there's value to you as a brand, there's value to you, the love of trust you have, there's value to where you want to be. So do as much as you can to engage with every single person that you can online that you feel is wrapped around your target market audience. So how do you encourage engagement? Again, upload your largest accepted image sizes. I can't stress this enough and again will shelve the idea of content infringement or copyrights for later, a little later in this class. Largest images, you know, look the best. Images that look the best receive the most engagement. If upload images that are smaller than the max size, someone opens it up on a desktop, your image is going to be like this. How are people going to see what it is? You're so worried about you know image theft of people stealing your work but no one's going to be seeing it anyway. So why are you even posting stuff online? Like what's the point? Shorten your post, long-form content is generally not received well online, at least in terms of social platform, there's a place for that. It's called a blog or LinkedIn is pretty good with actually their long-form content. Keep things simple. Don't overly complicate your stuff, don't have 10 call to actions with 18 different questions, straight and to the point. Post more than once a day. This is a surefire way to increase engagement on average per day, which is again self-explanatory, more content, more opportunities for conversation. Just don't do it a million times. If you're going to post twice a day or three times a day, give yourself a couple hours. Generally, my happy place is like two a day, post in the morning, post in the evening, hit different demographics, increase those algorithms for different people. Crowdsource for answers. It's a great way to spur engagement where you're sitting and you're not just saying, "What did you do today?" but it's like I want to, you know, I want to try... I did this before. I'm going to Australia to work on a marketing campaign and I was like, "Hey where should I go?" Like that's a crowdsourcing for information. I'm just asking a question where it's a one-on-one conversation. You're trying to get the crowd to help you with it. So I posted a map of Australia and I said, "Hey, I'm going Australia to work there for five weeks. I need your help. I haven't been to these regions, what should I do here?" And the word Australia, the map of Australia was in there. A lot of people, my followers in Australia then saw the post, they all started to engage, things got bigger and bigger. I got a lot of actually great information. But crowdsourcing is different than your standard call to action. It's just a different approach to it. When appropriate, boost your posts. Again, don't be afraid to spend a little bit money here and there. You don't need spend a ton, you don't even do it every posts but play around and experiment with it because it can be helpful and if you work it into a larger strategy, you'll actually grow your following quite exponentially and your organic reach will increase as well. Post consistently. Again, this is the idea that you can't neglect your accounts. If you sit there and you post every day for a week on Instagram and then all of a sudden, you're gone on a trip for three months and you come back and you post again, your engagement's going to be down. Try to post as consistently as you can because otherwise, you'll be penalized for it. You change up that consistency too much, you'll be penalized for it. You post five times a week or seven times a week every day, two weeks later you post, you know, three times a week, your engagement's going to drop. So you kind of have to find that right balance of what works for you. A lot of people like I said, that's once a day, which isn't too much to ask at least for scheduling. Take an hour out of the weekend and sit there and plan your post out for a week. And then just make sure at least once or twice a day, you're going back and you're engaging with people that have reached out and took forth the effort to engage with you.

Class Description

There are no shortages of online networks for photographers to share their images, but which platforms are best for you and how do you utilize them to grow your photography? Sony Artisan Colby Brown will walk you through the foundations of social media and why it’s so important for your brand as a photographer. He’ll show you how to define what you want out of your online experience and how to maximize your time on each of the major networks. 

Colby will discuss:
  • What each of the major social networks are and what they’re best utilized for
  • Tips for growing an audience or followers
  • What networks to use to achieve your goals as a photographer 
  • Tricks to breaking down the different network algorithms to maximize your engagement
  • Develop a social media strategy to build your brand as a photographer
No matter your genre of photography, be it travel, wedding, or pet photography, social media has the power to grow your audience, business, and skills. Learn tips and tricks on where and how to invest your time using these free online marketing tools.


Hoping to go beyond growing your following and learn how to grow your business using these networks? Check Out Colby's other course: Monetizing your Social Media Presence for Landscape Photographers