We have talked about images on Pinterest and Instagram but I want you also to think about images on Twitter and Facebook. And I also want you to think about Steller and Periscope.
I have been using Twitter for a long time and when I first used it, it was definitely all about the words and those special 140 characters. But images are so important on Twitter now and indeed Twitter want you to use images in your tweets. If you use an image it will get more attention than just words. I know that you will lose some characters if you do that but I think it's worth it. I try to add an image whenever I can.
I also love the fact that you can now add four images to a tweet and it will make a little collage for you. Have you tried that? It's a lovely way to show your audience a little visual story in a tweet! I did an Autumn one the other day and it made me happy, so I'm definitely looking to do more of those.
Every morning I do share the same image on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook but the rest of day I try to share different images. However, if you don't use Twitter very much but want to have a presence on there then don't worry about sharing your Instagram images. Just share them a few hours later or in a different order.
On Facebook images with text are ones that people like to share. Or so I hear! I have tried it though and I think it's correct. Don't feel like all the images you share on Facebook have to have text on them but think about making some and see how they do. You can either take an image with text in the image. Cards are great for helping you add text to an image composition. Perhaps you have beautiful handwriting and can write something. Or you can take an image and leave space to add text to your image afterwards. You can do this with apps like 'A Beautiful Mess' and 'Over'. Text on images works well on Instagram and Twitter too. And images with quotes on are always popular on Pinterest too, so you could use them on your blog occasionally and get them up on there.
Have you used Steller yet? I must admit that I don't use it enough but I do love it when I do. You basically make a little digital story book and it's really simple to do. You can make it as short or as long as you want to and you can add text to it too. You can take a look at what I've done on there so far: https://steller.co/emilyquinton And the lovely Phillipa makes gorgeous ones: https://steller.co/5ftinf.
And have you used Periscope? I know that's video and not photography but still very much visual social media! I am currently trying to make one every week from my studio. If you haven't seen it yet, you live stream a video and that video stays live for 24 hours and then disappears. It might be fun to take a look at and see if there's something you think that you could use it for. Here I am on Periscope https://www.periscope.tv/emilyquinton
I definitely think it is worth regularly spending time thinking about your social media and the images that you want to share. Think about what images you need to take each week. Do you need any to promote a blog post or a special event? Plan the images and make sure that you create time to take these images in the best light that you can. If you can set time aside each week to create images for your social media. Then make sure you edit them and have them ready to share when you want to. You can add other images that you take through the week to this mix of course but it's great to know that you have some great images in your library and ready to go.
And remember to have fun with it and keep practising!