Increasing image views seems to be the hardest part about stock photography. I mean among millions and millions of images how does a photographer get their pictures to be viewed?
I come from a Marketing background. I studied advertisement in school. I have years of experience in promoting and social media. I used to bring in over $6000 sales per week for a company and yet, I find myself struggling to market myself.
Of course I did research on this subject but there is just so much out there, my head started to spin.
I think that I have the title and keyword part down. I fully understand the importance of having a descriptive yet emotional evoking title occupied with strong keywords. However, this alone does not get image views. I edited and edited my images hoping the number of views would increase but after a week it has not moved up AT ALL!! Very frustrating especially for successful Marketing manager. Maybe I do need to work more on those titles...
I was advised to post my rejected photos on Flicker, so if someone sees my photo and likes it they would possibly go to see my profile and click on my link that leads to my stock portfolio.... For some reason this idea seems a bit far fetched. First of, by uploading images on Flicker I am allowing anyone to use my images for Free. I wonder if this technique works for anyone? And again its all about keywords, what are the chances the right buyer will see my image on Flicker among, yet again, millions of photos?
I Pined my photos to pinterest but it's a idea where I am not exactly targeting the right audience and find my image swimming along with trillions of concepts.
Another idea was to showcase something unique so I uploaded this great kite that I saw on Mount Washington, the kite is a pair of running legs. Its different and I couldn't find anything like it. Now my problem is how do I get buyers to see it... that is assuming they could use it for various sports concepts.
I've been doing a lot of research on what buyers search for the most and what stock sells the best, but I find it hard to believe that if I had a clean lifestyle photo uploaded that buyers would be all over it. There are literally millions of the same type of lifestyle photo out there and I guess I am steering away from contributing on that subject.
Well being new I guess I will look out for blogs with marketing tips and hopefully something will click soon. I do believe this is the right market for me and I know I still need a lot of practice to get to where I want to be, for now if anyone has any great tips on marketing to share that would be greatly appreciated. Of course if I stumble upon something that works I will be more then happy to share.