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  • 2012 Seniors Using Social Media Get Free Photos!

    Jul 21 | Evan | No Comments |

    Congratulations to the rising high school senior class of 2012! To kick off the high school senior photography season, I am running a special to high school seniors in Raleigh, Cary, Apex or Triangle area that are already using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. Here are the details:

    Must participate before August 1st! The following is in addition to what comes with your senior portrait session.

    • If senior follows @evanpike on Twitter, you get, 3 free Facebook photos or 1 free 5×7.
    • If senior “likes” Evan Pike Photography on Facebook, you get, 3 free Facebook photos or 1 free 5×7.
    • If senior Follows and Likes, you get, 10 Free Facebook photos AND 1 free 5×7 or 8×10!

    How to and How NOT to do #FollowFriday

    Oct 30 | Evan | 3 Comments |

    One of the most powerful, but greatly misused, ways to use Twitter is networking with #FollowFriday. For those of you that have yet to give in and sign up with Twitter, #FollowFriday is a trend where every Friday, you share with your followers somebody you follow. Basically an introduction.

    The problem is, too often, people just try and squeeze as many names as possible in the 140 character tweet that will look something like this:

    #FollowFriday @ZackTM, @27518, @SmugMugPro, @andrew_bryant@samandjt, @myfunkycamera ……

    And some even turn the “#FollowFriday” part to “#FF” to get one extra name in. Sounds nice and generous right? Maybe, but highly ineffective! Just listing off a bunch of names, tells me nothing about them. Not only does that not give me any incentive to follow any of those listed (unless I know them already), but even if it does catch my attention, I don’t have time to check everyone that is recommended, especially when multiple people do #FollowFriday this way. I am more likely to skip the entire tweet completely rather than clicking on even one of the links. Think about it, Twitter has a limit of 140 characters for a reason. We want quick, to the point, information. If I had time to read everyone’s blog, I would be reading your blog, not using Twitter as a RSS feed to weed out information from my network. If I find something interesting, I will check it out, but if it doesn’t intrigue me, its getting scrolled over. Think of it as a tweet becoming the new elevator pitch and just dropping names won’t sell me on following any of them.

    The solution is to keep it simple! More