You know marketing your photography business is important and it takes a lot of time, but how do you know if your marketing is working? Honestly, there’s not an easy answer to that question.
Most photographers do what is called “Content Marketing.” Content marketing is where you post content (social media posts, blogs, SEO, etc.) to grow your business. And while it’s easy to get fixated on shares and comments, that actually isn’t the most important piece of the puzzle.
Content marketing is a big picture strategy when marketing your photography business.
When determining the success of your marketing there are a few things you’ll want to consider:
All of those goals are important things to consider when we are marketing our photography business’ but, our goal isn’t going to be the same for each platform. In my More than Marketing course, I teach photographers how to map out their marketing and what the goals and objectives are for each type of marketing.
In order to know if your marketing is working you need to know what you are wanting it to do. What is your definition of “working?”
Before you start tracking metrics and engagement rates ask yourself these questions:
All of this will help you focus on the direction of your strategy when you are marketing your photography business.
Generally if these things are true, then it’s time to take a look at your marketing:
There is absolutely no point in writing content if nobody sees it. There are 6 types of website traffic you need to record:
Some website platforms will offer you this information, but if not, check out Google Analytics.
People used to advise that we calculate our social media engagement rate by using the following formula: the number of public interactions with a post divided by the number of account followers and multiplied by 100.
However, this formula is inadequate because it doesn’t take into account that only a small portion of our followers actually see our posts. That older formula takes into account followers who weren’t even shown your post at all.
Therefore, I advise using the following formula to calculate the engagement rate of a post: the number of interactions divided by actual reach and multiplied by 100.
Using reach — which is the number of viewers who have seen a post — in your formula instead of the number of followers gives you a real understanding of the type of posts active followers and actual content viewers engage with and appreciate. Therefore, you will be better equipped to adapt your content strategy based on the quality of your posts rather than how the algorithm pushes your content out.
The old formula is a good indication of the quality of your followers (are the active and are they the people you are trying to reach). But, the second formula provides a better indication of the quality of the post itself.
On Instagram, you can see the actual reach of your posts by going to your account insights.
When it comes to email marketing open rates and click-through rates matter, but there is also other data you will want to consider.
#of new subscribers – #of people who have unsubscribed/total number of subscribers on your list x 100
Download my free guide on email marketing for photographers HERE.
One of the best way to know if your efforts are working is to engage with your audience. What conversations are happening around your business? What are your customers saying?
Here’s how you can find out.
Need some more tips on how to increase your engagement rate? Check out THIS post.