How do you decide who to follow on social media?
Just thinking about who I decide to follow here on SavvySME and how I make that decision and wanted to share it with you.
If you don't upload your photo in your profile I won't click the follow button. As I scan the newest members I don't even bother reading the names of people who don't bother to have a photo but the ones who do I read their whole description and then... The ones who catch my attention because of what they are into I go and read their whole profiles, click through to their websites, check out their Facebook pages, everything. By not having your photo on here you could be missing out on heaps of connections with others in the SavvySME community who tend to do what I just described.
I'm interested to know if it's just me that does this or not. How do you decide to follow people here?
Edwina Gleeson ,
Founder at Max Gabriel
This is something I became passionate about when researching my business. I realised very quickly that I connected more with websites if I saw a photo of the owner on their About Us page. It also added or detracted from their brand. Which is why it is good sensible advice to have your profile photo taken professionally.
It's not just you Peter..... I've stuck to this rule for years. The owner of the business should be transparent enough to show a good clear head shot.... people buy from people not logo's or blank gravatars! Many businesses these days think showing their logo instead of their headshot is marketing their brand in the online market place. I'm a big believer that YOU are your brand.... it doesn't matter what you look like.... people would still rather see you than a logo or nothing. It's not just on SavvySME that I use this rule, this is across the board on most social media.
Wendy Huang ,
Full Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Great points Peter! I totally agree, and I love how you also told me you make it a point to wear your hat as part of your "branding" as well! It's these little things that will matter when you are trying to build trust online!
Thank you for bringing this up :)
I actually wrote an article about this previously entitled 10 tips to a killer profile image and there a few tips in there that can help you get a good profile image without having to pay a lot of money to get a professional to take your photos. If you can afford by all means do that and you'll have great images to use for all your online press and profile pictures :)!
Steve Hui ,
Founder & Chief Executive at iFLYflat - We make your points FLY
I agree, a business needs to be transparent, and it is the business owner who I am entrusting to provide the service which I am engaging. No need to be shy - its about trust.
This is the same for LinkedIn profiles - I still just cannot believe why so many people do not have any picture or do not have a decent picture on their profile (and having one cropped from a party photo just doesn't cut it), even though everyone has at least a camera on their phone.
Makes me question how professional they can perform in their described roles.
Good point - my profile pic has just changed (I still think my logo looks better than I do !!!)
Doyle Buehler ,
Senior Smarty Pants at The Digital Delusion
I agree. I will not click on a profile if there is no profile picture. It doesn't take much, and you can't be shy online. You need to "connect", then you can engage. Pictures connect.
Skeeve Stevens ,
Chief Network Architect and Founder at eintellego Networks
I can't even figure out HOW to upload a photo... tried multiple browsers but it just goes to a dead page.
Kim McFayden ,
Founder at LawCorner
Agree wholeheartedly, there's a real disconnect with no photo.