3 Creative Ways To Use Stock Photos To Grow Your Brand

3 Creative Ways To Use Stock Photos To Grow Your Wellness Brand Pinterest tips

It's no secret - people are visual and one of the fastest ways to speak to them and grab their attention is through imagery. Tapping into a stock photography source is a great way to access imagery on-demand and without the steep price of a custom photography shoot (which can cost thousands).

So how should you use stock photos?

You can use stock photography for most of your common business needs. For instance - use stock photos on your website to break up text, to create a more alluring aesthetic and for visual story telling. A photo really can be worth a thousand words and using the right photos can allow you to simplify your site by cutting back on text.

NOTE: Not all stock photography is created equally. This is true in terms of quality and usage terms (which varies from site to site). Be sure to choose a stock photo source that works for your brand. And always make sure you're crystal clear on usage terms for your chosen source. (Click here for tips on how to protect yourself from photo infringements) Wellness Stock Shop offers simple usage terms to cover all your common daily usage needs.

Here are 3 creative ways to use stock photos to grow your brand, starting today...

#1. Design A Facebook Cover That Converts

If you're not already taking full advantage of the most valuable space on your Facebook page, get on it! Watch this video where I teach you step-by-step how to transform your Facebook cover into a tool to get new visitors clicking back to your site, sales page or freebie opt-in.

 

#2. Create Sharable Photo Quotes

Remember Why You Started health coach photo quote by Wellness Stock Shop

A great way to capture attention, inspire your viewers and grow your brand is to create photo quotes (also known as memes). You can use a free design tool like Canva to easily create them. The great thing about photo quotes is that your followers are often inspired to share them, which helps to spread your brand awareness.

Anatomy of a sharable photo quote for health coaches and wellness bloggers

Here's how to design memes that get shared:

  1. Choose alluring, high resolution photos. Here's the best place to get gorgeous, affordable wellness photos.
  2. Grab some inspirational quotes - like these ones I've gathered for you.
  3. Load your photo into Canva to create your design.
  4. Add your handle (@yourhandle), URL or logo to spread your brand.
  5. Post to your favorite social media outlets with a call-to-action to "share!"

 

#3. Give Your Instagram Feed a Turbo Boost

Is it okay to post photos you didn't take to Instagram? Absolutely! Because Instagram is primarily a visual platform, every image you post, along with your overall feed layout, needs to be quality and cohesive - and should reflect the quality of your brand. (Remember - this may be the first interaction a prospect has with your business. What message do you want to send them?)

Most wellness professionals simply don't have the time or photo skills to keep up with what it takes to grow a follow-worthy feed that actively attracts their dream clients. This is just one reason why stock photos are a perfect Instagram resource.

Stock photos help to:

  1. Alleviate the pressure of having to create all imagery on your own.
  2. Boost the overall quality and, therefore, attractability of your feed.
  3. Help to weave together a cohesive look for your overall feed.
Social Media Photos For Health Coaches and Wellness Bloggers

Here's how to weave stock photos into your feed in order to maintain a natural, yet professional feel:

  1. Choose stock photos that maintain a natural, relatable feel. Here's the best place to get stock photos that maintain their relatable qualities.
  2. It's a great idea to mix stock photos with your own snapshots to boost quality while maintaining your personal touch and sharing real glimpses from your business.
  3. We recommend spacing out image types with 1 or 3 photos in between in order to create balance. For instance, your posting order might go like this: stock photo, snapshot, stock photo. Or like this: Stock photo, snapshot, snapshot, snapshot, stock photo.

Tap into professionally curated sets of pre-cropped, ready-to-post social media sets for health and wellness professionals and bloggers here. 

Using stock photos for Instagram

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6 Comments

  1. Judith on 09/26/2017 at 3:35 pm

    Great post and yes I use both stock as well as photos I've taken.

  2. Brita Long on 09/26/2017 at 4:31 pm

    I usually take my own images, but stock photos are great when I don't have pictures that quite match my blog topic.

  3. Michelle on 09/26/2017 at 5:51 pm

    My husband loves photography so he usually takes our photos especially since we blog about the places we have visited. I do however use stock photos when writing a more generic post 🙂

  4. Bertahan Luxing on 09/27/2017 at 10:29 am

    Nice tips on using stock photos. I never thought about posting them to instagram.

  5. Tiffiney Poole on 12/06/2017 at 2:13 pm

    I love the images available and am super excited about using the cover photo idea to get people to sign up for my next detox Shred10 in January. What a great idea!

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