Benefits Of Corporate Photography For Social Media

Wondering how corporate photos will set your social media profiles apart from the crowd? Social media is an excellent way to organically promote your business to your target audience.

Social media is an excellent way to organically promote your business to your target audience. More than 200 million users visiting at least one business page on Instagram every day. It’s become an essential platform for digital marketing. Instagram is a platform that is all about images. This makes it the perfect place to showcase your business’ corporate photography. Twitter and Facebook have also begun to embrace images in their algorithms. This means that using high-quality images on those platforms is also essential. Wondering how corporate photos will set your social media profiles apart from the crowd? Here are just a few of the benefits of corporate photography for social media.

Create an Eye-Catching Feed

Social media is all about instant gratification. These platforms thrive with eye-catching content. In other words, social media is not the place to be posting your wordy business statements! Because images are essential for social media, it’s vital that you optimize your visual feed. Using high quality, professionally taken images will give you a leg up on your social media platforms. Plus, it will force people who come across your profile to take notice.

Use Your Corporate Images as Social Media Ads

Social media posts are basically free (or very affordable) advertisements. Would you ever release an ad that featured grainy, poorly lit photos? No! Invest in a series of professional “action” corporate photos.

Give Off a Stellar First Impression

More and more customers are discovering businesses on social media. This is wonderful — if your feed makes you look good! Ensure that your social media feed looks professional and trustworthy by using corporate photography. This way, when new customers come across your profile online, they’ll be encouraged to stick around and explore your business in more detail.

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The Value of Photography to Your Business

I recently had an opportunity to do a presentation on business photography for my Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce, and I decided to focus on the value of photography for the business owner. In the first of two parts below we’ll talk about the value of, the need for, and the types of photography relevant to most businesses.

How Prevalent are Photos?

Some basic numbers, which will be quickly outdated (if they aren’t already):

  • Facebook has 1.5 billion users, 2/3 of whom use it daily
  • 56.5% of the US population are on Facebook
  • Facebook has over 400 billion photos, with 400 million being added every day
  • Every day 1.8 billion images are posted online
  • Instagram has amassed 400 million users, 40 billion photos, and adds 80 million photos every day
  • Instagram has grown so quickly that Facebook just bought it for $1 billion.
  • YouTube has more visits each day than Facebook, and it’s the #2 search engine in the world (behind Google)

[Update 2/10/2017: Some new, updated stats are available. Internet Trends 2017. Stats & Facts in the U.S. and Worldwide]

Why Are Photos So Popular?

Life moves at a much faster pace today than in decades past. Our shorter attention spans are likely born of our information overload. The advent and pervasiveness of smartphones and mobile devices have changed the way we not only receive information but also how we communicate. We want immediate gratification. We don’t want to leave voice messages, so we text – allowing responses even if someone is in class or in a business meeting where they can’t talk. Business is now about information availability and speed (and ease) of transactions. And of course “a picture is worth 1,000 words.” I believe that this last point is the key. We don’t have – or take – the time to read anymore, but rather take in our information in imagery. Thus the rise of the Facebook meme.

Types of Photography

More to the point of the presentation, there are many types of photography of benefit to businesses.

  • Portraits represent people
  • Advertising represents a product or brand
  • Marketing and P.R. represent events
A few of the types of photography offered by William Morton Visuals.

What Can a High Quality Image Do For You?

  •  Put a face to the name
  • Change you from an impersonal corporation to a friendly neighbor
  • Show your style (see our prior blog post on Does Your Image Represent Your Company Culture)
  • Personalize your business
  • Illustrate what you do and how you do it

studio-setting business photographyComerica Bank manager photographed by William Morton Visualsbusiness photography by Morton Visuals for First Bank annual reportoffice group portrait of Labrum Wealth Management

Other benefits include:

  • Highlighting key moments of events for marketing next year’s event
  • Public relations: awards presentations, community support events
  • Social media content – build your brand
  • Entertainment, particularly at events
  • Take-home advertising for ongoing marketing

Do images affect sales?

According to MDG Advertising, 67% of online shoppers rated high quality images as being “very important” to their purchase decision, which was slightly more than “product specific information,” “long descriptions,” and “reviews & ratings.”

Recently Sports Illustrated magazine released their annual swimsuit edition with three different covers – and they weren’t the first to do this. The magazine industry well knows how important the cover image is to that month’s sales on the newsstands. National Geographic photography is famous for the power of their images, a driving force in their success.

Images are king in social media. Aside from the fact that more and more social media channels are primarily image-based (Instagram, Snapchat, 500px, Flickr, etc.), statistics show that even text-based social media channels show a significantly higher ROI with the inclusion of photography. Adweek reports that SHIFT measured 5 times the engagement on Twitter postings with pictures vs text-only tweets.

In our follow-up blog post we’ll discuss the acquisition of photography and how important that process is to businesses. Until then, please feel free to share this article via social media, and add any comments here!