Being Consistant Across Sites
So one of the things that I really tried to make the point of yesterday and I will reinforce today is using consistent photos or other design elements across your different social sites so that when I get to Pinterest when I get to Lincoln, when I get to another site and I'm looking for that wonderful person I've been hanging out with on Facebook, I know it's you. Many of us share a name with other people in the world. Many of us share similar, even physical and other attributes. So using a consistent photo using a consistent name using a consistent title can really help you be more recognizable across all your sites and make it easier for people to connect and to trust you when they dio J. D. I went last night and again, I love this Facebook profile. We talked a little bit about the use of somebody else's picture as your profile image. I know that's a photo you took, and that might be something a signature thing you start to do to change that profile. Two different photos. I was think...
ing some more about that. If you are going to do something like that you probably need to change it almost every day to make it really obvious that it's not you and that it's something you're doing. Uh, but I still think you're probably stronger using your own photo like this one and being consistent about using that. And I went to your website and I was very pleased to see same photo. They're gorgeous. Picture, by the way. I really like that. And I think, you know, I get your website, I go to the about page, I've got a clear image of you the captivating look, the infighting book. And then I go to your social sites and I see that reinforced. I'm like, Yes, this is the JD I met. This is the woman that we see on Creativelive all the time as a student. She's very popular here. I know. So seeing that on your website really helps reinforce that, By the way, I love your website. You have some fantastic images here that you've taken fairly famous person here. You You took this photo a little while ago, right? Yes, that was actually in 2000 I interned at the Miami Herald, actually right after high school because it was a newspaper in my high school is awesome. Funny small world that you and I have that in common. So yeah, great photo. Um, you want Tell people who that is. Just so they Lenny Kravitz, just in case, just in case nobody recognized with sunglasses. Little incognito, the reflection in those glasses. Really? Yeah. It was backstage of the press conference, which it was probably probably one of the most amazing experiences in my life because it was, like, 18 Backstage Wyclef Lenny Kravitz high. Wow! Good for you. But those experiences that really we treasure and carry with us and I hope, give us confidence as we move forward of this photo to really enjoy just the creative aspect of this. And then this is one of the ones you're using in your Facebook profile, right? So, again, having design elements or having images that you used from your website to your social sites can be a really nice part of a social media design theme doesn't mean you have to use exactly the same design everywhere but recognizable elements that help me feel a connection that helped me know I'm talking to the right person online. So really nice on Twitter, you have a very similar design toe. What you had on Facebook. I think you've done a nice job there. You've obviously updated that since the resign, you've got nice, high quality images. If you hadn't, they be horribly pixelated and stretched. And do not update your twitter design until you're ready to replace the images. Definitely a lesson we have learned. And I learned yesterday, and then I got to Pinterest and I went Who is the That's me in college. I like to pretend sometimes that I'm still Yeah. Um, no, actually, the Twitter profile. I had just gone a few days ago and saw that it updated. I updated it. And soul, that same picture that was on Pinterest in it. And it looked really, really awful. And so I just want to head it. Updated it right then because I had just made my stuff for Facebook and didn't even think about Pinterest and nothing like, Oh, great. Now we have to make a list of all of those things I told you I had yesterday. So not to pick on you at all, But you make a wonderful reminder to all of us that it's easy to forget when I'm updating Twitter and I'm telling Facebook and oh, yeah, I'm a interest to And there isn't a lot of design control on Pinterest. You can't create a banner there. You can't do some of the other things you've done on the other social site. So it's easy to forget something like Pinterest because you're not thinking about oh, I have to go update the design I made there never really made a design for Pinterest. I can choose which photos are at the front of my When I set up pin boards, I can choose which photo is pinned to the front of that. That's about all the design control like that. So, yeah, uh, making a list of all your social sites keeping those profile photos and different sizes and resolutions and a folder handy is just a very nice way to make it easy to keep those updated. Because otherwise I get this actually well, that Jessica Drake, she's really cute. But, um, I guess that's not the person I was looking for. Okay, Thanks for letting me, uh, use you as an example. Jamie who problems. Why we love you, Creativelive. You're never afraid to be an example for the rest of the audience. All the other people out there who are logging and you're like how I'm not the only one. I feel so much better now. Thank you, JT. That is. You know, I think that is one of the things about having colleagues when you're learning is somebody that you can. If you're trying to learn by yourself at home online and you're struggling with something, it's easy to feel like you're the only one struggling or I must just not getting it. Everybody else must have figured this out. And when you're in a classroom full of other students and you realize that at least half of them are just a lost is, you are I think it could be helpful to us. So I think that's one of the things you really do here as a live audience is just provide that that check in that all of us have to learn new things and none of us are perfect at it. I often say that in my profession there are no experts. Things changed too fast. I'm a really dedicated student, and I do a lot of testing and a lot of research, but, uh, but we all have things to learn for sure. So, Bree, I'm not going to spend a lot of time here, but I really like I went to the about page on your blogged on. Uh, I like that profile image a lot, but then on your facebook, you're definitely we're talking about already wanting to update that. So I know we talked about this yesterday. I won't belabor it too much, but, um but any thoughts about that since yesterday, anything that came up in the conversation that made you think about how you might design that and what you might do differently. Yeah, I would change my profile image to pretty much anything. 30 there? Probably. Yeah. That's definitely the image I used mostly across my profiles. Great. Anything else about I know you? You've evolved also from doing jewelry and etc. Toe other things. Have you thought about what to use in that big cover space that might better represent you? I still really don't have any idea if I would just say give me a few key words about what your blog's about? About what your message is about. Shoes. Shoes? Well, there, isn't it? How many images in the world either of shoes? A lot. A lot. Is there something you could do that would be playful with shoes? And you may be a photo of your and shoes or, uh, no. Uh, I think if you scroll down on the page so it's probably just a screenshot. There was a photo that my, um one of my best friends had taken of me with a whole bunch of shoes, like around my head in the grass. But my hair is not brown anymore, so I don't know. So you might want to update that. Yeah. It was a really cute picture. 1000 arrows on the sponsor page on the sponsor page. Yeah, on my buttons. Oops. It's just a button. But if I can find something that would represent what you talk about, So this image Yeah, I see. There are bigger version. Those are pretty tight. I don't know. So your head is kind of resting on a shoe? Yeah, that was just laying on the ground. There was, like, a whole bunch of my shirt over my head. I want to expand that out even more. And Seymour shoes around your head and, uh, I think reshooting that with your beautiful red hair. Yeah, maybe some shoes that playoff that different colored shoes, including some red ones. Kind of bring that out even more. That be a fantastic cover image? Yeah, definitely. And then that with the profile photo that you have, I think would work really nicely. That's a great profile image. And if you're already using that on your about page, Then again, you're reinforcing that. Being consistent using that, your social profiles. That's great. Any other ideas for her? Either of you, Jamie, I know you're good ideas. Have you gotten to know enough to have a suggestion? Bree works bringing did a lot of makeup and stuff for me as well. And, um so I mean, it's not like she has access to a photographer to help her do things. Oh, wait, wait. You're a photographer and she works with you. I see an opportunity. Oh, don't you love how Creativelive reminds us of? The resource is we already have around us. Yes. You out there on the Internet, remember that You probably know some photographers. You probably know somebody who could help you with that and taking a little time to just think about what is an image that would represent me. I showed a picture yesterday of my friend Marsha Collier, who's another dummies author, and she has a line of different books that she's written. It kind of looks like they're all lined up on a bookshelf, but you just see the books and her picture, and I say, Well, you know that I'm thinking about stealing that cause I have a book shelf full of books to. That's kind of a clever idea. And one of the people here, Creativelive came up to me afterwards with a brilliant idea said, You know, you shouldn't do that, but make it actually on a bookshelf. So it's book ended on the bookshelf, then have a bookend on each side and at the very end, have one blink space. You put a photo shop where your new book is about to appear like that. That's kind of clever of a new book coming out next month, Social media designed for Dummies. But it's not out yet. That would be a clever way to kind of put in my profile, coming soon and then fill that in when it comes out. So thinking about that and again, I'm always open to ideas and suggestions. Um, but taking a little time to brainstorm with your friends ask for suggestions isn't just sort of going to What photos do I already have of me that I like better than a. You know, it's hard to get photos that we like of ourselves. So being a little more creative, being a little more thoughtful in planning that in the first place can really help you have an image that you like. All right. Anything else for Bree, then, Shantel, You're putting you in the hot seat. Love went to your website last night and love that the design on your website is reinforced in the design on your Facebook page. I think that's really, really well done. Any comments from either of you before I make a suggestion to her about her profile? Have you thought any more? Shan tell about what you might do differently after yesterday. Thanks, JB. Oh, I'm constantly trying to think of different things, Teoh. But since it's all new. I'm just It's just trial and error, and so I'm definitely open to ideas. Well, you know, I think it's a beautiful design, and I like this kind of feeling of freezing moments in time is a lovely way to describe how photographers make images. That's that's sweet. I still struggle a little with There's no photograph in that banner, and as a photographer, it seems like one of the things you want to do is either showcase a beautiful photo of yourself that helps me see you, especially on this Facebook page, where you're using your logo. Is your profile image on the Facebook page. Not a bad thing to do on a Facebook page. Lots of people use their logo in the profile space, but then I almost feel like I want to see a picture of you in there or some photos that you've taken. Yeah, I, like I had before had pictures of some that I had taken as my cover one. I don't think I've ever had, um, my own personal photo on my Facebook page, which doesn't really make sense now that we're talking about it. But, um, but then I I also just don't like photos of myself either, so, well, you're adorable. So you shouldn't have to worry about that. But I will tell you, almost every photographer, remember, spoken to feel that way. Very many, Like, maybe like to. It's not about pictures of me. It's about pictures of other Exactly. Exactly. So I can hide behind my camera. Then then it's good. Yeah. Yeah. Cool. Well, again, these are just suggestions, and I it's really important that you find what feels right and what works right for you. But, uh, I think, you know, one of things that I that I really like about her website is the fact that she's on SmugMug. Um correct, Yes. And that's that's a pretty smuggling is really part. I use SmugMug as a tool when I'm, you know, when I'm communicating with my my customers because it just got some great back end code to be able to sell. So while the design, you know, Yeah, Janine's comments on design. I just wanted to give you some props on that smug because it's it's really powerful tool. Absolutely. Thanks for that. Sure. Yeah, I do have a photo on my on my page, but it's on the girl behind the lens tab. Uh, yeah, but it's deck. It's not on my my, uh, main page. Um, pixel times infinity dot com picks times in many pics time. Somebody that's why didn't come. Definitely get that girl behind the lens has a photograph of you. And actually, I think that's kind of a fun image of you. Although my one concern about that is I don't see your face well enough to then recognize you later. You on contact? Yes. Uh, that I don't know. No one's own closer. I guess I could zoom it. You really are camera shy, are you? I don't know how funny we get my sisters. On the other hand, they love being in pictures and, like, let's take a picture. I'm like, Sure I'll take one of you. I won't be in it. So you take all the photos of the family, and then you're never in them starting to understand your rule and how you ended up with what you dio. Um, the girl behind the lens is, uh yeah, I mean, that's good, but I think you got to get over that a little bit. you don't. But I think that you will serve yourself better if you put yourself out there just a little more. I'm not saying all about you and photos about you. Some of us get a little excessive with all the photos of ourselves because we're trying to show all the things we dio and that works better for some people than others. And it has to be who you are kind of used to be in upon stage, So I kind of want to show people That's what I dio if you're more used to being behind the camera, maybe a photo where you're peeking out. I mean, so many photographers do that classic photo where you see half their face or part of their face. But at least they're still recognizable when I mean the great. Yeah, Okay, well, again not to pick on you. The other thing I noticed and just This is another thing to think about, and I'll say it again. At the end of the day, I did not find a link anywhere on this website to any of your social sites. Um, that's because I just published it, and I hadn't even had my Facebook. I had unpublished my Facebook page. So I didn't have anything to link it to when I was making it. And I think I just republished it like the day before we came. Which was Sat Sunday. Sunday. But, um, yeah, definitely do that. Your no worries. That's what the past is about. It's just pointing out the sometimes obvious things like, Oh, right. I'm supposed to have links from my website to my social sites. And then I also want to make sure that my social sites linked back to my website so that we have that full circle and we're moving people in both directions. Otherwise, I think, you know, you've done a nice job here. You've got some great images on. Duh. Yeah, don't be so shy. Your beautiful definitely beautiful. Thank you. Yeah, and thanks for playing. Appreciate it. Hey, I know what a little early, but you get talked about anyway for that night. Nice. Okay, Cool. Alright. Any, uh, any last bacon versus chocolate vote that I should know about? Or do we pretty much exhaust that I have the slide here to come back to get the tally chocolate chocolate took the day chocolate took the time. It was it was a squeaker, but chocolate took the day. People are here. Thank you. I wish I could send you all like really chocolate, but I'm just gonna send you some chocolate love. No, no, the Internet. I love you guys. Appreciate you. Someday they'll be three D Printers and Aiken send chocolate directly to your home, but until then, I'm sending you talk with love like Willy Wonka. Yeah, yeah, sure. I can watch that movie just to kind of get the chocolate references in my head. Chocolate for me sort of started out as a a way to reward students, especially in big classes where you want to kind of give people credit for answering questions and things like that, and it's sort of developed a life of its own. So my husband started. I think we should be making our own chocolates. For me, it's a lot better than Jason Hobbies courses, where he's just throwing bacon at each everybody's That's a little Methodius. Whole messy chocolate is really much better. Yeah, you know, the individually wrapped chocolate? Definitely. I mean, it does melt and you have to get a little careful with chocolate, but definitely more portable than Bacon. If he ever really does throw making a class, tweet that out and let me know because I'll be logging in for that immediately.