Apr 16 2019
Pure talent and passion can’t find recognization alone, there is a struggle to shine through social media algorithms. Here is a success story ON HOW A Photographer CAN finD new clients through Unsplash.
Today the growth is setting new speed records. We have artificial intelligence, machine learning and automated bots to take your business to the next level. The market is volatile like never before. The world is a small place, thanks to technology and communication advancements. You might be a sole freelancer and still be competing for digital attention with corporate giants.
The online world is an approachable place, all you have to do is to be seen or discoverable.
HOW PHOTOGRAPHER CAN FIND NEW CLIENTS
Getting new customers (the growth) is a tricky task. If you think deep, it is actually “buying” new customers. There is a price you’re paying to add more shoppers, it can be in terms of time or money.
If you search on internet ‘How can I get more clients for my business’, you will find the following tips:
- Network and bring referrals
- Collaborations and associations
- Invest in SEO, social media presence and email lists
Those 21 or 100 ways lists to get new clients are basically an expansion of above points. The work is endless and here you need to make a better decision – how, where to spend your resources.
How a photographer can find new clients through Unsplash – Case Study
For artists and photographers, like Samuel Zeller, whose creative capabilities and innovative vision gave inspirational photography shots, a glance of which almost everyone on the planet could appreciate, the story his success can explain it all.
Samuel is a Swiss freelance photographer currently based in Geneva. His work of photography in the genre of art, urban, architecture, and minimalism, speaks excellence.
Pure talent and passion can’t find recognization alone, there is a struggle to shine through social media algorithms.
It is time to discover more platforms to build your audience which can work as lead magnets. Instagram is exploding all boundaries, one goes there to discover new content and find new talent. The talent doesn’t get easily discoverable. Stock photo sites are where prospective clients are looking for product or work.
Samuel Zeller makes use of Unsplash and uploaded his best work for free. The portfolio was displayed to millions of views. Some of them were used for commercial purposes which could otherwise be sold for top dollar.
Feedback from businesses which require and desire services of this nature would approach the artist with better knowledge of his work direction and calibre. This transparency and clarity, over a free platform, invites the clients to form alliances with, or even hire artists that may suit their needs.
Samuel Zellar profile Stats on Unsplash.
1. He started in 2014 and uploaded a total of 460 images on Unsplash.
2. Total 255 million views on his pictures on Unsplash (stats available till 2018)
3. Total 1.7 million downloads for his pictures stats available till 2018)
4. He got 21 million views per month (677’000 per day) and 93’000 downloads (3000 per day).
5. He got 1 or 2 mentions on Twitter, where people gave him the credit.
6. He regularly gets emails and new backlinks to his website.
7. His first client the biggest bank in Switzerland found him on Unsplash.
8. He worked for many magazines and been an editorial photographer for Fuji-Film X.
Here is a blog by Samuel Zellar on his Unsplash approach on medium.
Average Unsplash photo receives over 600,000 views and 4000 downloads. This is the potential to marketing and scope of self advertisements.
Working on social media accounts daily to gain followers is not going to beat the system and bring clients. As a business, you have to work on a marketing strategy that brings revenue.
The world is a small place and like Samuel, many more uplift their presence and recognition in the market through the means of several social media portals at their disposal. The AAA strategy becomes critical to follow.
What is the AAA strategy?
The AAA strategy is – Advertise, Advocating and Announcing.
If you are putting efforts to be online and desire to “buy” new clients, you need to be more discoverable.
Share this with your photographer friend.
Want to learn more, suggest case studies / ask questions in comments.
Dec 31 2018
ARE YOU MAKING THESE 5 MISTAKES THAT NO ONE FOLLOWS YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA
How is social media treating you these days?
We have a closed SMM Tips group of few hundred entrepreneurs, solo-preneurs, freelancers and enthusiasts who want to use social media as an impactful marketing tool for growing their business. One query we get so frequently is:
How to get more subscribers to my YouTube channel?
How to get more followers on my Instagram?
How to increase (the already non-existing traffic) on my website through Social Media?
Why no one follow on social media?
The answer to these questions is not in what to do more to make it happen, but in what not to do anymore that are not making you do well. Check, if you are making these 5 mistakes that no one follows you on social media.
Reason 1: Posting content too often.
People active on social media are increasing. The time spent on the platforms are increasing, we have Instagram and Facebook apps telling us how much time we are hooked on to them. Everything is increasing but the reach and engagement are on the downside.
To touch base more most of you start posting more not realizing if it is too much. Putting any random copy paste thing from archives or stuff taken from the Internet with the only objective to be more visible and get traffic is actually hampering your marketing strategy. The last thing you want to do is to annoy your followers and come across as spammy.
Facebook is still the leading social media platform.
a) If you own a big page with more than 10,000 likes, you can post 2 times a day.
b) Most of the pages are smaller with few 100s to a few 1000s likes. This is the major chunk, posting only once a day should be a rule here.
The big baby everyone is struggling to control, Instagram is indeed a big deal when it comes to brand building and marketing.
Instagram is more about consistency than posting more. Having no more than 2 good quality content daily can cut the deal. Posting more can actually earn more unfollows. In our casual social media audits on random accounts, we have seen them posting 8 to 30 posts a day! Asking for too much attention, we guess. Just in case if you have more content, stories is a place.
Read More: Optimizing Instagram Business Profile
Every second 6000 tweets get sent out, that is more than 500 million tweets per day. Unless you don’t want to add more to the nest and be lost in the hay, tweet only 10-15 times day. Avoid posting the same content more than once at the same time. Twitter algorithms are pretty active these days our account can be suspended or banned without any notice.
Pinterest is all about visual content and well able to attract like-minded people with similar interests. The key with Pinterest is to be regular whether posting new content, pinning, creating a board or even following new feeds. The Pinterest platform is demanding that it wants you to come back every single day.
You can post multiple times a day but avoid posting all at once.
A bonus tip for Pinterest,
“If you are promoting content for an event or festivals try posting at least 45 days before. “
You can thank us in comments.
The platform for professionals and all B2B marketers doesn’t ask much. When posting on Linkedin, make the message little customized and office friendly. Linkedin requires quality posts at least 15 – 20 times a month.
Reason 2 – Posting average content
Now that we have established that we will be posting less, thus we can focus on creating quality content. Content should connect with your audience, tell your message and make them engage with you. They won’t engage if they don’t like your content.
Put yourself in the audience shoes, if you will not spend time in going through each content or share with your friends on your own without any obligation then whatever you are posting will not probably make it.
Note: If you are putting your best and producing high-quality content and still not getting engagement, write to us below in comments we would be delighted to have a look at it.
Reason 3: You are not posting Videos.
Pick any social media platform – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, Youtube, Live streams, stories etc they all are going crazy in leveraging videos. They want you to upload content in video, gifs or animation format. The engagement you get on videos is more than 3 times the graphical content or a text update.
Reason 4: Not engaging or entering the party late.
Aha, it’s the time to correct all the wrongdoings or the non-doings you were indulged in. Posting your content and leaving the app is damaging. Interact with your community, distribute the content well and bring in engagement in the very first hour of publishing it. Social Media content has a short life span, directly opposite to the SEO content that can go around for years.
Algorithms read the relevance and popularity of the content through engagement when they sense it is important they work to show it to more people.
Use emails, push notifications, share it to more people on whatsapp, put some serious effort here for over 30 or 60 days and see the difference on your feed and insights.
Reason 5: Playing games like follow -unfollow
Enough of follow-unfollow, maintaining pods or leaving the content on the shoulders of ‘boost’ button. Dive deeper and engage genuinely with your audience. We can’t stress it enough. It’s Social Media the secret sauce if you have still missed it, is being Social.
You really have to make an effort to attain the output you desire. The top 5 reasons why no one follows you on social media are the simple mistakes you have been overlooking all this while. It’s still not late, start getting social in real time and everything will be fine.
Jul 13 2018
How to grow Instagram account?
This is the most popular question and the one answer we get is
Use awesome content and hashtags.
Okay, so you work hard and put up the best of the content and use a bunch of hashtags. You start getting likes and some comments here and there. It could be a great week and you got some followers too.
This information is the first thing that we glance at but is this the right criteria to grow Instagram account? Well, we at SillySense dig out for more as just likes, comments and followers doesn’t give the real picture.
How to know which content will help you to grow your Instagram account and what is getting a good reach?
If you have a business account on Instagram, then you should swipe up the Insights option under the posts.
1. Number of Saves:
This is really important for us at Silly Sense to know how many people have taken the time to read it or want to read it later. It also tells us how much value we are providing to our readers. The more value we give, the more we will grow Instagram account.
The posts with the most saves, we try to replicate it.
2. reach of the posts:
Reach is far more important than the likes and comments on Instagram. Popular posts gain more reach because they tick boxes in the old Insta algorithm (a mystery element), but, the question is ultimately how did it gain more reach and popularity?
(a) Check how many people came through your profile. That means they’ve gone on your feed then clicked that picture. That means the picture is good if this number is higher than normal. Replicate this kind of picture!
(b) The insights tell you how many people came through those hashtags. If it’s more than normal then that’s a good set of hashtags to use.
Fact: Instagram posts with hashtag average 12.6% more engagement than those without.
Some suggest using only 8 and some suggest using all 30 hashtags on Instagram posts to get maximum reach. Well, the number of the hashtag is still an argument but it is an established fact that hashtags are powerful.
Whether you call them spam or a life saver, you have to use them if you want to grow your Instagram account.
What does this fact mean?
Hashtags can on average get you 12.6% more engagements. To go beyond that;
1. Content, matters.
Not just the picture or video but also what you want to say along with it. While caption length doesn’t impact engagement. Caption content certainly does.
Yeah, getting more followers is still a thing. Good quality of followers increases the chances of more engagements.
The more you interact, the more they will talk back!
4. Only hashtags can’t be your game.
Every account is different, and you want it to be. Don’t try to replicate others work as that might not work for you, and really do you want to be them or do you want your own unique account that people follow you for because your different to the others… Even better? We at Silly Sense advise experimenting with your own account and see what works best for you!
Jun 22 2018
All about new Instagram IGTV
Instagram has launched new IGTV app this midweek and content creators are going crazy over it and you should be already onto it by now.
IGTV is a new feature that is available on native Instagram (if not then update from the app store) and has also launched IGTV as a stand-alone app.
Read More: 6 tips to design your social media strategy
What is IGTV?
IGTV is Instagram’s way of disrupting the traditional TV experience and updating it for a modern, mobile experience.
The popularity and indulgence on video content is at its peak. YouTube has already exploded it and Facebook Watch is already established. This is the time when the most mobile platform – Instagram come into the game and makes things more simple.
You can watch IGTV videos in the Instagram app, in the standalone IGTV app, or by clicking the IGTV button on someone’s Instagram profile. When someone you follow posts a new video to IGTV, you’ll get a notification in the native Instagram app.
91% of the social media users are on mobile.
They hold their screen vertically.
By 2021, mobile video will account for 78% of total mobile data traffic.
What should you know for IGTV?
1. Anyone can create a new video channel on IGTV. One Instagram account can have only one IGTV channel.
2. You can now upload longer videos up to 10 minutes for small accounts and up to 1 hour on big accounts. Instagram says there will be no limit in coming time.
IGTV supports 4k vertical videos that are at least 15 seconds long, and can run up to 60 minutes. If you’re wondering what size IGTV videos are, they’re a 16:9 aspect ratio (the same as Instagram Stories).
3. IGTV is full of vertical videos. This is unlike Youtube where horizontal videos fit the pattern. Instagram has already trained us to use Vertical Videos for the stories, so this will not be a concern for content creators.
IGTV is all about the vertical videos. Sure, you can technically upload a horizontal video to IGTV, but that’s not the best experience.
4. Instagram announces creators will be able to make a living. Building an engagement and probably an introduction to ads will make it possible.
5. IGTV will be more like Youtube but Not Netflix.
For its launch strategy, Instagram is focusing around web celebrities that made their name on mobile (Vine, Youtube, Snapchat etc) rather than more traditional, old-school publishers and TV studios. You can watch content from the social media stars but not your favourite TV shows.
6. IGTV will be much more addictive.
Right now, there’s 3 IGTV categories: For You, Following, and Popular.
“For You” is a collection of videos that Instagram thinks you will like, made up from people you follow and Instagram’s own machine learning.
“Following” is a collection of videos from all the people on Instagram that you’re already following. Which is a good time to mention that if someone follows you on IGTV, they’ll be following your regular Instagram account too!
“Popular” features all of the trending videos on IGTV, most likely ranked by popularity.
There’s also a small hidden search bar that lets you search for videos, but Instagram is trying to curate the best videos for you within your social network and without you having to constantly search for the next video to watch.
7. IGTV analytics will be accessible within the app.
According to Instagram, a “view” on IGTV is the number of times people watched at least 3 seconds of your video.
8. IGTV videos can be uploaded through web. This is good news for marketers, finally, laptops can be used in some way.
Once you log in to your account through the web, you can go to the third tab “IGTV” and click the Upload button. Since SillySense IG is a comparatively small account, we are allowed to upload 15 seconds to 10-minute videos.
You can then upload the video file in with a minimum aspect ratio of 4:5 and maximum of 9:16. upload the cover photo and fill in the details.
IGTV gives an option to either direct post / publish the video or save in your drafts.
SHARING IGTV Videos on FACEBOOK
You can share IGTV videos on your Facebook profile or page, when it is already connected to your Instagram account. When you have uploaded the video, you can Turn on the sharing with your Facebook account. Once you post, the video will be automatically published on your Facebook profile and IGTV channel.
IGTV for marketers?
Video has become an increasingly important skill in social media marketing, and now with the launch of IGTV, if you don’t know how to make or edit videos, you really need to learn…now!
Instagram is forcing and actually starting a whole new wave of vertical video creation. Marketers and other content creators might not take this too well. Now when you’re shooting a video content, you will have to either shoot for two ratios or make sure that you’re able to vertically crop the video. It means more editing, and you won’t be able to share the same video on all your social platforms.