If you are asking yourself if professional imagery is worth investing in, my answer would be absolutely. There are so many benefits to having professional photos of your organization and the products you offer on your digital and non-digital marketing streams.
Here are just four of the numerous reasons why investing in quality professional imagery is important:
It Helps You Stand Out From Your Competitors.
What makes you stand out against everyone else out there? YOU. YOUR TEAM. YOUR SERVICE or PRODUCT. How can you show off how much better you(rs) is if your imagery is not up to snuff? There are many stats proving the importance of good photography in eCommerce. For example, 75 percent of would-be buyers rate product photos as very influential when deciding whether to buy a product online.
Additionally, research has also shown when using professional imagery there can be an increase in engagement as high as 400% more than when using an unprofessional image. A high-quality professional image provides your audience with a visual tool to grab their attention and to remember you by.
It Conveys Professionalism.
Your photos represent your brand. Low quality, unprofessional photos communicate the same about your business and the products or services you offer. According to an article by Forbes, we know that making a good first impression is important, especially in business. These small details are points of contact you have with potential customers before they even meet you... and presentation is everything. Professional photos on your website, social media, and marketing material are important for making that good, lasting first impression.
It Shows You Are Relevant - Now.
Professional photography is important is because it’s used as a competitive differentiator in the business world. Unsuccessful marketing of a business is often separated from successful marketing of businesses by the imagery they use. Have you ever gone to a website with photos that look like they were taken in the eighties? Customers and clients are more likely to notice, like, engage & even purchase based on how amazing it looks or if they connect with you personally on a visual level.
It Can Help Build Connections.
Visual content is more than 40 times likely to get shared across social media than other content. Think about the type of visual content you want to tell the story of your business. Professional headshots for example are a great tool for expressing the personality of your team and your business as a whole. Authentic photos let customers make a personal connection with you, and it helps to increase their perception of your trustworthiness and credibility. Professional imagery allows people to connect with your brand. Powerful images can move people, and sway them in the direction you desire.
As a photographer specializing in professional headshots and brand imagery, I know the importance of capturing high quality work that fits your brand, your digital or your print needs.
Looking for professional imagery or want to know more about how it could bring your business to the next level? Contact Oak & Ivy today.
Social Media Imagery
Examples by Elisabeth
Tired of trying to keep you business up-to-date on social media? Oak & Ivy can help. Allow me to take something off your plate so you can focus on things that matter most.
Creating a story that speaks to the heart of your target market, the heart of what you do, and the heart of who you are (as a person or a business) can both guide your future content and help you connect with the right people along the way.
Here are a few tips to help you develop your story.
1. Define Your Ideal Client.
To identify your ideal client, you must first start with any data you have gathered about your best customers: their age, gender, relationship status, race, religion, occupation, life stage, interests, and media preference are all factors to consider. For example, a high-end newborn photographer would have an ideal client of a childbearing-aged female expecting a new babe with a high household income.
2. Develop Your Ideal Client Profile.
What interests does your ideal client group have? What do they care about? Are they coffee lovers? Do they like to cook healthy meals? Are they moms or techy guys? Do they have beards? All of this seems simplistic, but when it comes to targeting your content based on their interests - it makes sense.
Take our example of the newborn photographer. Her ideal client will probably enjoy baby blogs and articles about the developmental stages of infancy or what to pack or throw out for the hospital bag. They might be lovers of expensive chocolates. Even baby clothes. All things mother, all things baby, all things raising kids - not just photography.
3. Figure Out Who You Are.
What makes you different from your competitors? What are your goals? While you are answering these questions, remember to think about your "why." Why does or should your following care?
3. Create Your Message.
Take all the information you now have and develop an overall story. Once complete, you can take that story and begin developing a wide array of social media content based on all of the above. All while telling YOUR brand's story and YOUR story! It's easy to regurgitate content that is already out there circulating. But does it make them think of you?
Of course, if you need help with 1, 2 or 3 - We are here for you.
You can get a complete YOUR-BUSINESS-SPECIFIC consultation where we can walk through that entire process with you and then help generate plenty of ideas to set your social media marketing apart from your competitors.
Contact us today to set up your consultation.
The product or services you offer are the reason someone comes to your website specifically. Once again, the menu, the aesthetics, the price all come in to play on whether or not someone is going to choose you or your business.
But a blog is that extra "umph". That margarita special that is going to help drive customers your way through key words, additional marketing techniques, and get them to stay because of your delicious potential.
Ok, we know that was a stretch... but you get the point.
Simply put, a blog on your website can help increase SEO, show off your expertise, express your brand and give you additional content to use for your social media platforms to also help drive traffic to your website.
Can you have a website without a blog? Sure - but just like a tex-mex restaurant without a margarita bar, you could be missing out on potential customers.
Not sure what to blog about? Not a writer? No problem, we offer consultation to help you generate ideas or we can even write them for you! Contact Oak & Ivy today.