You might be scratching your head as you read that title… but the fact is, Twitter is great for business, and that includes photography business.
Twitter isn’t quite like Instagram, where you can share your amazing images, or Facebook, where you can put a human face to your business while simultaneously sharing a comprehensive portfolio of your work – but it still has benefits for freelancers, business owners, and others in the photography industry.
Why? There are two big reasons.
1. Any social media presence can boost your standings on search engine results pages through links.
If you want a detailed explanation of this, check out out post on the benefits of social media for photographers.
If you’d rather have a quick rundown, here you go:
Every time you post on social media (any social media) and use the post to create a link back to your main site, your main site gets boosted on SERPs (Search Engine Result Pages). And every time that post is shared, forwarded, emailed, etc., you get that boost again. This is one of the quickest legal and ethical ways to boost your ranking on SERPs and beat out the competition in the photography business market!
2. The use of hashtags on Twitter can have explosive implications for your business.
Yes, hashtags are in use on Instagram, too (and to a lesser extent on Facebook and other social media).
However, the hashtag first blew up on Twitter, and Twitter does the hashtag best – meaning that hashtags may get you a bigger audience on Twitter than on any other social network.
And although Twitter doesn’t give you the same opportunity to share your photographs in the same way as on Instagram, sharing images on Twitter can often have even bigger positive implications for your photography business – as images, like text, can be more easily shared on Twitter than on Instagram, where there is no readily accessible share or retweet feature.
Twitter can also provide you with a better opportunity than any other social media outlet to directly interact with clients and potential clients, answering questions about your photography business and making public statements that help you sell your services to the public! Because of Twitter’s emphasis on direct interaction and public availability, it can be the perfect medium in which to directly engage your customer base. This engagement can pay off big time, as it’s personal interactions with you (as well as your great customer service) that will help you win out over the big time photography firms.
Even if you’re skeptical about Twitter’s potential benefits for photographers, having a Twitter account and updating it regularly can only improve your business’ prospects – as creating fresh content on or in any medium is what will keep your business in customers’ hearts and minds, and make you memorable.
So head over to Twitter today and create an account – you’ll be happy you did, and so will your many clients!