Sunday, July 10, 2011

Return on Investment

You spend X number of hours on social media. What is your Return on Investment ?


Seriously ask yourself and please answer honestly



17 comments:

  1. I can say honestly that I get better professional development on Twitter than any seminar I was ever made to sit through. Facebook, on the other hand, exhausts me and really gives me little more than an insight on what someone did on a Saturday night.

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  2. Pleasure, discovery, ideas, community

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  3. Brainstorming, latest news and information on variety of interests, friendships with like-minded individuals - worth the time and energy.

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  4. I tend to think of it as a kind of gleaning, which I've always found to be rewarding: pick something up off the heap or just leave it where you found it (someone else might find it useful)... Do it when you want to. Don't when you don't.

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  5. On Lens we get a quarter of our traffic from social media. I also get ideas for posts from my facebook feed.
    I spend a lot of time on it. And analogue life does get in the way of social media .

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  6. Facebook seems to be the place I can share my photography events, as well as create discussions about my work by embedding comments onto parts of my website.

    Twitter is the way I communicate with people farther away, geographically and culturally. I can directly tweet companies questions, a photographer in Europe, or a videographer in Canada which is social networking at its finest.

    Tumblr is where I create a visual log of inspiration. I post my images as well as other images that I find captivating. I often go back to my archive if I am lacking vision for an image or shoot.

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  7. I'll second Andy's comment. I've managed to become a part of a fantastic online community of creative people that simply wouldn't have been possible without Twitter (Facebook's ROI hasn't been quite as significant for me).

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  8. Terrific! Some really honest feedback. Thank you!

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  9. Oh, wow - I've used Facebook to contact a friend to get a ride to the emergency room after collapsing since I didn't have my phone. Haven't physically seen my family in over a year, but at least we have Skype.

    And then there are those random weirdos you meet online who have such a profound impact on your life (David Bram, Camden Hardy, David R. Munson, etc)....

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  10. honestly i use my FB to reach my students quickly, being that they are addicted, tumblr for inspiration and to see what else is out there in other genres as well. google +, now we'll have to see on that one.
    i do not tweet much anymore, but after reading the comments above, I believe I may be missing out on some amazing information.

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  11. Like FlakPhoto I'm primarily into it for the "Pleasure, discovery, ideas, community"

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  12. Right now I am mostly using Facebook and I really like it as a bulletin board of what people are doing and seeing. And I feel like it's starting to develop into a possible discussion board, too. I do get a sense of community from it.

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  13. In years past, I spent way too much time on social media, with little to no return on my time invested. My facebook page/fan page was hacked repeatedly, so I quit! Now I only do a blog with great feedback and real results. Less time devoted to the computer equals more time to be creative, more time being creative equals more work created!

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  14. I get a lot out of visiting other peoples blogs and tumblrs. They give me new ideas and inspire me to make more contacts and friends. I mainly use facebook to engage my like-minded 'friends' in the topics i post on my blog. As well as writing 'witty' comments so i seem awesome. Im in love with my blog, but not many people read it. I want to be part of discussions about art and photography, social media is a way for me to do it.

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  15. As others have said, community. I've met some awesome photographers in person, and seen work I might never have known about in a strictly analog world.

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  16. Questioning that hard right now. Don't have an answer, but my feeling is: not enough, considering what has gone undone while I mess with social networking. The pessimist's view....

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  17. Basically I stick with LinkedIn. Met some nice folks there. The forums are good, especially the smaller members only forums. As far as ROI on social media, financially – not effective, yet… Viewing portfolios is a great inspiration at times. I don’t let social media suck up my time. I still put higher value to the good old fashion social media of the pre internet days – a nice face to face chat. Yes the net exposes us to a lot of art we would otherwise never see, but there is really something in getting out to a brick and mortar gallery to really see the art and talk with someone and living the experience.

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