How brands survive in a photo rich online world

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With the latest Twitter update your stream on desktop and mobile features landscape shaped thumbnail previews of photos. This coupled with Twitter cards for blog posts, videos and many more media types, means far more images in what was originally an SMS like feed.  Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram and the attention Pinterest is getting all echo the fact that social media sites are getting more visual every day.  Pinterest and Tumblr are just outside the Top 20 sites in New Zealand.

Thinking through our Facebook feeds and what gets me “like”-ing I’ve come up with a starter for Five.

Five image subjects that will appeal to 90% (made up stat) of your audience. Sharing a picture that includes or combines one of these five should out-do a branded/text filled ad. I think they apply to videos too.

In no particular order, but in one that rolls off the tongue well it is:

  1. Pets
  2. People
  3. Places
  4. Faces
  5. Food

Each in moderation of course, and linked to your brand. The images should support your brand’s perception, yet be honest like the images you would see from friends in your feed. Some might have a great Canon or Nikon, but remember most friends don’t have professional lighting studios.

That said they might share pictures of a pristine Ferrari, a meal on a white background, or an airbrushed pop star from time to time.  Some of my favourite TV shows are behind the scenes, the making of and brand stories. Unpolished and engaging.

So let us see how many I can work in over the coming months.

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5 Replies to “How brands survive in a photo rich online world”

  1. I definitely agree and think they apply to video too. After all, Vine and Instagram are (besides Flickr) in the Top 3 of the fastest growing Apps this year.

    1. Yes. It’s amazing the speed that Instagram and Vine are growing at! Thanks for commenting :-). I wonder how far Pinterest can go and Google plus with its huge images?

  2. I try to integrate photos with my blogs, but it’s been hard to work in with the work I do for AIIM New England (where it really matters). I need to give this some serious thought

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