B2B vs B2C – Images
Continuing our B2B vs B2C discussion, our topic in this post is Image sites. The biggest names include Instagram, Flickr, Picasa and Pinterest. Pinterest is big enough to warrant it’s own post, it will be next.
People are very visual. When I read the paper or a magazine, I scan the headlines, look for images and if either of those things grab my attention, then I might read into the article a bit further or the whole thing. A picture draws the attention of a reader – that could be why picture books are so popular with small children. They can’t read the words yet, but bright colors and imagery draw their attention.
Image sites all you to have images posted, sometimes into photo albums that may (or should) include backlinks to your website. According to an article from MediaPost, 70% of all interactions on social media sites now involve pictures.
How can that help your business?
B2B – Many vendors will post images of their products so that businesses that purchase will see the item. Consider showing the item in “action”. Share images of company events, participation at trade shows, or internal employee recognition occasions. Include links to images in your white papers and definitely in blog articles. Use images to announce new products, especially in press releases.
B2C – Image sites are much more suited to consumer sites. Take for example a restaurant or a bakery. How many people post photos of themselves in a new outfit and take the store in an Instagram post. That is one of the reasons why Instagram now has 200 million users who have posted 60 million photos a day. Once you have found your platform of choice, encourage customers to share their photos and tag your business in them. While we didn’t mention Facebook as a photo platform, it is a huge player in images and probably one of the main reasons Instagram was snapped up. Share product images, people enjoying your products or services and participation at community events.
In my opinion, the clear winner in this category is B2C.