Almost everyone has some form of reason why they join the social world initially. Maybe it’s promoting their blog, networking for work or simply staying informed and involved with trends and friends. This is how I got started and you can share your reasons at the end of the post.
Like most non-celebrities I didn’t get much engagement out of social media initially, but it was enough to keep me motivated to learn more about it. Fast forward to today I get vivid engagement, while my reach has grown to 30k followers in a year. Today whenever I speak on the topic of social, a question I often get in the Q&A is this:
What is an easy and quick way to grow my followers and engagement initially?
In my experience one of the easiest and fastest ways to grow the level of followers and engagement is sharing your self-made photography like I do on Instagram. Here are seven reasons why this should work out as an initial strategy.
1. It takes less than 5 minutes.
It does not matter how busy you are, to take and to share your self-made pictures should not be time consuming. I am most of the time totally busy but it worked out for me which you can check out across all my social networks which I listed on this blog and also on my Appearoo landing page which includes links to all my social network profiles so you can visit or connect much faster.
2. You are more likely to reach an audience.
Pictures are more likely noticed in the timeline and if your viewers use the like, share or retweet button, your picture will reach more audience and get better visibility.
3. Pictures travel faster than text or video.
If you share a self-made picture with a short text to Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Twitter, it will allow you to be noticed much faster, as unlike links, videos and articles, a picture can be noticed in less than a second and most followers don`t have more time.
4. Self-made pictures are authentic and influence.
Your pictures can tell more than a thousand words and maybe even inspire people to visit the place or they could help to create a world of shared emotion as described in this great Social Revolution video on Youtube.
5. Pictures boost your visibility.
Most social networks like Facebook, Google+, Instagram and even Twitter give pictures much more visibility space than any text or link based sharing. Social photography is on most networks the biggest source of authentic engagement. That’s why I believe it should be part of a good social strategy and is likely to help you achieve your other objectives.
6. Visuals of the content we share matters.
Over the years I saw hundreds of excellent articles that have not been read by more than a dozen people, because of insufficient followers and engagement but also lack of a simple structure and of course a good picture.
7. Why sharing your own nature pictures could help to safe the planet!
One of the reason I write this blog post is to encourage you to share pictures about our natural and cultural heritage which remind us of the beauty and importance of our planet and therefore help to build awareness that we all have to help creating a more sustainable planet.
In conclusion, on average I get at least 500 reactions for a good picture on Instagram and more than 100 engagements from the other networks. This made it much easier for me to get some visibility since putting my blog live and I truly believe that everyone can do this.
If you enjoyed this blog post, if you found it helpful, you always make use of the share buttons, while I would be honored to have you subscribe to my blog over the widget on the right side. Every new subscriber motivates me to write new blog posts! Also you can now comment with the Disqus commenting system below this post, including if you are ready to share some of your own pictures with the world? Lastly I also wanted to thank you strongly for passing by on my blog!