Lesson: Images are just that important!
Whether you’re designing a website, brochure, or writing a sermon… people love images. Here’s what Justin Dean, the Communications Manager for Mars Hill in Seattle says they have learned about images in their social media and web outreach: Last year I attended a talk at the Seattle Interactive Conference by Ben Huh, the Cheezburger guy. He was explaining why sharing photos and images do so well. His theory was that if you post a link, your followers have to make a decision before clicking it. Even if its just a split second decision, they still have to decide: is this going to take me to something I actually want to see? Will I get a virus if I click on this? Will the image I see be safe for work? Will I be embarrassed that this shows up in my Internet history? It creates enough doubt that most of the time people just pass it by, especially when scrolling briskly through a news feed. But by posting an image you are breaking down that barrier to entry. As they scroll through their feed, there’s the image. They didn’t have to click anything. They see it, and if they like it they can share it. This is why Twitter previews most links, especially photos in the stream. This is why Instagram does so well. When we realized this we took a look at the types of things we were posting and asked ourselves what could be turned into an image and what had to be text? We decided to perform a test and converted the following types of posts into images:
- Quotes from sermons
- Quotes from interviews
- Quotes from books