We scroll through media feeds with greater speed than ever before on our mobile devices. What is going to make us stop for even the briefest of moments?
I offer the following 9 tips for ‘profile picture perfection’. http://bphotography.net.au/?p=3453 These tips are not intended to offend anyone, but rather to encourage you to sit back and ‘take a look at yourself’ objectively. To see yourself as others may see you and make sure it is exactly what you want.
This article discusses my first ‘Tip to Profile Picture Perfection’ :-
1. Appropriate for your industry?
While not everyone needs to be in a suit for their business profile picture, you should present an image appropriate for the industry you are involved in or want to be involved in. Your profile picture doesn’t necessarily have to be a close cropped ‘head and shoulders’ shot, but your face should be recognizable. In saying that, a smaller image of yourself can work if it contains the ‘right’ graphic elements and doesn’t fall into the ‘cringe’ category.
Weird and whacky post production effects that distort your features, filters that colourise an image and add textures may be fun on your personal profile, but on your business one, they just don’t work!
Unless of course you are in the Creative Arts Industry and happen to understand marketing like the brilliant DJ Paine! Not many people have the creative talents to design a profile picture that has as much impact as his does.
DJ’s profile tells more than a thousand remarkable words! It jumps off the page and is a precious gem amongst the hundreds of faceless and poor quality images I am presented with every day. His talent shows in that one image. Confident, creative, passionate and approachable … the list goes on.
DJ Paine’s profile picture doesn’t just draw me in, it makes me want to listen to what he has to say. It is appropriate for his industry – photography and social media marketing. We can all learn something from this man.
Your profile picture significantly enhances your on-line business presence. Make sure it is appropriate for your industry and the best it can be.