Every one of the best opportunities I have had over the last three years, including my book, have come as a result of conversations that were initiated on, or because of, my blog. Without exception. I have booked lectures, workshops, and writing assignments solely from this blog.
A world & humanitarian assignment photographer,
best-selling author and accidental founder of Craft & Vision
Why a blog?
Writing is important. Blogging is a great way to build a personal connection with people. A photo blog is your personal hello to showcase your work; it’s a critical cornerstone to marketing and customer service. It gives you the opportunity to introduce yourself, tell people why you are a photographer.
A photo blog helps your web persistence, gives your prospective clients a look into your motivations – information that will be important to their final decision. It lets them see your latest work and be familiar with your current shooting style, which also has a tendency to evolve. Blogging is a way to show your creativity and get your thoughts out into the world for free.
Back It Up All
As photographers, we have to store a large amount of data for a long period of time. Our data is everything to us, but it is also our Achilles’ heel. PCs die. Hard drives and memory cards can fail. Our gear can be lost or stolen. To safeguard our workflow and sleep easily, it is critically important to establish a reliable backup system and back up regularly. It is our responsibility to provide a reliable storage of the photographs we take.
Copyright registration is optional. Once you’ve made a shoot, you own the photograph. The copyright is instantly yours for a minimum of 25 years*. Someone can use your photographs as long as they credit you. If in fact someone were to abuse your photograph or artwork, you should prove somehow that it is yours. The legal copyright registration provides you an additional in-depth protection on all levels.
Most home buyers begin a home search online, so good photos are essential. Buyers rank photography as the most important tool in searching for a home online. Listings without a photo or with only an exterior shot are often ignored. Outstanding and realistic property photography is an excellent way for you to showcase your professional skills. It also gives you an impressive portfolio with which to attract new clients. Add stunningly realistic high dynamic range photographs to your listings so they can show better and sell faster.
This guide is composed by Pat DePuy, a photographer and a content marketing expert working for Prime Social Marketing organization that offers content marketing and social mediamarketing services to different businesses, in particular to entrepreneurial photographer (by the way, they have a section on content marketing). DePuy writes a lot of articles for their blog and publishes great high-quality content concerning a wide range of topics. Pat also manages Prime’s social media channels.
Know the rules of success!
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Let it be your guide
His 37-page e-book will told you how to create your own content marketing strategy by means of analogies to the camera – a familiar tool for all professional photographers. You’ll discover how to:
- Employ content marketing as the most cost-effective method to promote your business site in the web.
- Create content that helps maintain contact with your potential clients, from blog posts and white books to videos and infographics.
- Find the best places to share your content and ways to establish the contact with your customers on social media networks.
- Avoid common mistakes while dealing with content marketing.
- Track and analyze the return on investment from a content marketing campaign.
Taking a closer look
Pat’s work consists of seven chapters, conclusion and introduction.
The introduction provides the definition of what content marketing is (“the process of creating and sharing useful content for the purpose of attracting consumers and achieving financial gain”) and why it is vital for photographers as well. The key message is that a lot of things have changed and market specialists should cope with it for people are not as gullible anymore. The content marketing approach will help raise your popularity among visitors and search engines ranking.
It’s challenging to get your business noticed. This book can help you to deal with it.
Further, the basics of this strategy are presented in relation to the photographer’s tools.
- The first chapter is called Shooting Format which in relation to our topic means types of resource for content marketing. Just like in photography, you need to define the type before you start shooting. As a marketer, you can choose between blog posts, photos, videos, e-books, infographics, press releases and other media.
- Shutter Speed, as we know, vary greatly. It is about frequency of engagement with your clients – your actions in social media. The more often you publish content, the more visitors will become your clients. It helps to gain their trust and credibility.
- ISO is a photo setting showing light sensitivity. This setting is what creates final image’s quality, just like the time and effort invested in a blog post, infographic, or other piece of virtual content. This chapter is about importance of content quality for this is what your marketing success depends on. There also some tips on how to make your content engrossing (techniques of making analogies and random affinities) and how to choose headline, preview image and teaser for your articles.
- Aperture measures the amount of light coming through a lens which is associated with your span of engagement in the world of content marketing. The rule here is simple: share content with a wide audience! This chapter will teach you how to find applicable social media for your goal: different networks are likely to promote different types of content. As we know, Twitter is concentrated mostly on text messages, Pinterest – on photos, Youtube – on videos and so on. It is vital to take into account not only where to share the content, but also when.
- Manual Focus. This chapter discusses the significance of target audience and how to find out their characteristics. Unfortunately, you can’t auto-focus this parameter, so you should do it manually. There are several demographic features which help to define your target audience and thus increase conversion.
- Lens Hood protects photographers from technical issues. That means you need a media supervisor and proper protection to get rid of marketing problems.
- USB Cable is the last chapter which is focused on ROI (return on investment). USB cable helps us transfer photos to the computer for post-production and reviewing; we should track our results quite the same way. ROI can be reflected in many ways like inbound links, leads, likes, followers, etc. Gather data by means of tools like Google.Analytics and questionnaires.
This e-book in PDF is absolutely free to download!
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This book was designed by Michael Biondo and can be downloaded free of charge here.