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Should You Jump Ship From Facebook For Google Plus?

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Should You Jump Ship From Facebook For Google Plus?

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This is the question most photographers are asking right now.  I hear the buzz all over social media.

“Should I leave Facebook for Google Plus?”

And the answer is: NO. Don’t jump ship from Facebook. Just change the way you use it.  Times have changed — you may feel like less people see your images and posts, no matter incredible the photos or exciting the conversation. Facebook constantly changes their algorithm.  They need ad dollars to please stockholders, and unfortunately this leaves less space for the content you want to deliver and receive.

Here are some ideas on how to work with the Facebook changes:

  1. Create great content, share beautiful images, and post what your audience wants to see.
  2. Experiment. Each week design a plan and stick to it.  One week try the “post only once a day” and another week try to post every few hours throughout the day.  See what works best for your audience.
  3. Check your insights and see what types of posts do best and do more of them.
  4. Don’t take it personally – don’t measure your worth by your numbers.  It’s not you, it’s them.   If you start feeling down about yourself, take a step back.  Maybe take a few days off, or even have a friend post for you.  Seriously.  Your photos rock!  If you see a low percent of people seeing your posts and the decreased amount of interaction, remember that Facebook is holding back.
  5. The bigger your Facebook account gets, the lower the % they show your posts to organically.  So, consider finding your ideal target customers, not just bodies, to like your page.
  6. Be careful of “the experts.”  Much like an overweight person who wants so badly to lose weight, it’s easy to fall for the “free” webinars promising more fans and interaction on your page. Most are designed to lure you in to paid products. Since social networking changes constantly, I’m skeptical of people who coin themselves “experts.”  Maybe “experimenters” is a better name – they try and tell you what they think works at that moment in time.

 

What else you can do… The best advice I have for photographers!

DO NOT PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET!

This is the same advice I might give a kid on Easter.  If the wind blows and you drop your basket, you lose all the eggs. Start thinking in terms of diversity.  Sure, you can have a favorite social network.  Your heart may even still belong to Facebook.

eggs in one basket

Ownership is everything! The most important thing isn’t what social networks you belong to, but that you take ownership of a website, a blog and a newsletter.   You control these 100%!

Then diversify your social networking efforts.  It may be impossible for your business to be on Google Plus, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.  But we recommend pick at least two or three so that you spread out and reach your customers where they like to socialize.

Now it’s networking time!!! Who wants to play….

Below, we listed all the places where you can find us. We definitely do not expect you to follow us everywhere, but we hope you’ll like us on any networks that you frequent.  We even added a description of each so you will know which are best for you.  Oh, and “networking time” – you may wonder what that means.  We want you to tell us where we and other MCP fans can find you too.  Just type your info in the comments section below.

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40 Comments

  1. April 16, 2014 at 10:44 am —

    Love this post! I am on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ChersFlair
    but do not get many hits there. I have a WordPress http://chersflair.wordpress.com/ blog that is also reachable from my website http://www.chersflair.com. My love of digital scrapping had me already on Pinterest and Scrapstacks and I also have an account on Flickr. I am about to start on Google+ as your article is a great prompt. As much as it is exciting to be on so many sites it is a good amount of work to keep current. I like your suggestions for changing up posting frequency and examine results. I am also encouraged by Beth’s comment that Facebook has been a core of her business. Thanks for your insight, beautiful actions and helpful tutorials.

  2. April 16, 2014 at 10:49 am —

    have you found a tool or solution to posting in one location to populate in all the others or most of the others?

    • April 16, 2014 at 12:14 pm —

      Jon, take a peek at this website program: Social Oomph. It allows for posting to multiple sites, scheduling and post reoccurence. Also, take a look at this plugin for WordPress, SNAPS (Social Network Auto Poster). It allows you to send your blog posts to multiple social media sites when it publishes, automatically.

    • April 16, 2014 at 2:27 pm —

      I’ve really been liking http://fotost.at/
      The only network it can’t post to is G+, so I post there first and then schedule shares to the others. Saved me a ton of time so far.
      Screenshot:

  3. April 16, 2014 at 11:23 am —

    Hi Everyone, I have been frustrated with facebook and this article came at a good time to get me back on track! You can find me at:
    http://www.facebook.com/leanneliakosphotgraphy
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/liakosphoto
    Thanks Jodi!

    • April 16, 2014 at 11:29 am —

      Anyone that likes my page please let me know and I’d love to share the love back. Thank u 🙂

  4. April 16, 2014 at 11:27 am —

    Interesting write up. I find it funny that so many photographers ask other photographers from around the world to like them. This is just ego at work. I don’t want to waste money promoting posts to people that will never pay me for my work. I know having lots of likes looks and feels good, I don’t have that many yet, but what is the point?
    Your thoughts?

  5. April 16, 2014 at 11:30 am —

    Find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BeckyStillionsPhotography! Thank you!!

  6. April 16, 2014 at 2:29 pm —

    Thanks for this article, as I have noticed a significant decline in the organic reach of my Facebook posts recently.

    Based in Tallahassee, Florida, my work focuses on landscape and nature photography.

    Follow my work on:
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kylepmillerphotography
    Instagram: @kpm2477

  7. April 16, 2014 at 3:29 pm —

    http://www.faymuirheadphotography.com

    Great article. Promoting business is the thing I find the hardest 😉 and I find myself relying on Facebook waaaaay too much.

  8. April 16, 2014 at 4:33 pm —

    Great Article!! Thanks for the advice!! Here’s my information

    website: http://www.cmpbynicole.com
    facebook: http://www.facebook.com/capturemephotographybynicole
    instagram: cmpbynicole
    twitter: cmpbynicole

    Thanks everyone! I will stop by your pages too! 🙂

  9. April 16, 2014 at 4:53 pm —

    STACEY DOWNER PHOTOGRAPHY

    Facebook: facebook.com/staceydownerphotography

    Website: http://www.staceydowner.wix.com/photography (still a work in progress) Let me know what you think 🙂

    Twitter – always getting hacked so I’ve given up on it at the moment 🙁

  10. May 1, 2014 at 5:44 pm —

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