Recently I mentioned the top 7 Social Media tools that a Virtual Assistant can introduce to her clients.
Today I want to talk about flickr, which was # 5 on that list, and how I choose to use it.
Like all my social media tools, they all have a varying degree of whether or not I use some for business or personal.
Linked In is strictly business for me, Twitter is a combination, StumbleUpon is a combination, Facebook is both. I use my Facebook profile for mostly personal use, and use my Facebook pages for business.
With all of these, dependent of the fact of if they are used more for business or personal, they are still a fairly accurate reflection of “me”. I take this a step further with my flickr account. People don’t realize that flickr is more of a *platform* than a service. With inspiration from the article above, I:
- Introduced graphics that were pertinent to my business, yet I still have some personal images which mean a lot to me. (I am still working on fine tuning this)
- Changed my user name to reflect my web domain
- Assigned my web domain as a tag to most photographs that I upload
- Searched for groups which were applicable to both my professional interests and personal interests
- Commented on other photo’s which relate to my business in some way
- Display my flickr account url on my website
As the article suggests, as in all social media platforms, just avoid the hard sell. That is always a turnoff to most. Make sure the contributions you make on flickr are worthwhile and thoughtful in nature.
Some may say that you should have two flickr accounts, one for business and one for personal. This may be true for some. However, in my business as in my life, I provide Eco Virtual Assistant services, and stress respect for earth, nature and sustainable living. It is because of this that I feel it is appropriate for me to purposely mix business and personal on occasion. It is important to me that my Virtual Assistant clients get to know who I really am as a person, not just a business owner.
How about you? Do you use flickr for business or just personal?
Author bio: Taryn Merrick is a Professional Mac Virtual Assistant and Online Business Manager (OBM). As Principal of Merrick Management And Media Services, she has over 20 years of administrative management experience. Taryn works to promote the Virtual Assistant industry and to make it stand out as a true profession of excellence. Her style is easy going, yet precise, with emphasis placed on exceeding customer expectations, client communication and satisfaction.
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