How To Use Flickr To Share Your Dream

The entrepreneurial quest continues. I finally finished “Crush it!” by Gary Vaynerchuk, and my reaction to his suggestions about what it takes to take it to the next level online for your business…

CRAP

I consider myself, or at least my company presence, to be social media savvy. We get it, use it, and manage it for other companies. It only took one suggestion to really put it in perspective: FLICKR.COM

Photographers from novice to professional have reaped the benefits of this site to share photos. I’ve thought of using it for portfolio purposes in the past, but Gary had it on his list for platforms to be involved in. Specifically he notes “any platform that has load of search capabilities is an important place to find market opportunity”.

What can you highlight on Flickr.com? Here are a few twists to help you brainstorm some options:

  • Got a product? This is a no-brainer. Photos of your product, better yet, photos that show your product in use – using it successfully of course!
  • Do you make something digital instead of physical? It doesn’t have to be a “photo” to add it to Flickr. Take a screen shot of the work, and post that.
  • Do you hold events or make presentations? If you don’t have a product to show off, show off what you do instead. Take pictures of the events, presentations, or you in action and share it.

Great. You have an idea of what you want to show off. Now I’ll walk you through creating your Flickr account using my account as I create mine.

Step 1

1. Go to Flickr.com and click on the CREATE ACCOUNT button (see STEP 1)

Step 2

2. If you have a Yahoo account, you can use it to log in here too. Don’t have one? Sign up! (see STEP 2)

3. Once you have your account, it will ask for your password one more time, and you’re in

4. Now you get to pick your Flickr screenname. if you are trying to brand, I suggest using your company or product name here.

Step 3

5. Welcome to your new Flickr account. Here’s what my account looked like (see STEP 3)

Step 4

6. Flickr walks you through all the details of setting up your account (see STEP 4)

7. Pick your avatar – you know, the image that will represent your comments, notes and account. Flickr helps you crop and prepare the image for you so no worries about getting the right size.

8. Now pick your custom address. This is permanent so pick carefully. Again, matching your own web site address is ideal.

9. Here’s the fun part – put your images online! The control of the tags, titles, descriptions and links for all your images is great.

My Flicker account is started -  just a few images for now, but it is a beginning.

This was way too easy.

I have no excuses.

Now it’s your turn. What do you plan on putting online? How are presenting your brand – you or something you do/make?

Looking forward to seeing you there – and seeing your comments here.

~ Heather

Heather’s dream is to have multiple streams of income, starting with launching an e-commerce website that showcases her one-of-a-kind designer jewelry, which are crafted by her. Her newly launched sites are couture jewelry available through For Your Adornment, and Twitter background designs on Twitter And Beyond Dot Com. She also teaches Social Media tactics for business, besides being CEO of her own web design company. Heather’s post day is Thursday.

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  • Remy, Photographer & CEO of Cornerstone Creative

    also I’ll suggest playing with the layout of your pages…It may be more dramatic to have the first few images larger to show more detail, and then have following pages with more inventory on them. Just a suggestion – lemme know if you need help trying different pages…

    Rem

  • One “flicker” closer to achieving my dream:) Thank you very much, Heather!

    Shel

  • Veronica

    Wow you just saved the day, exactly what I needed to learn today. Thank you my friend.
    Great post.
    Veronica

    • Heather Montgomery, CEO & serial entrepreneur

      Cool! Glad the timing was right… nice when that happens! – H

  • Catherine Hughes, Editor & Chief

    There’s my photo on the inside cover of Seth Godin’s Linchpin book on Flickr @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/21825684@N00/page33/

    And 8 Women Dream is there http://www.flickr.com/photos/40331384@N08/ and we have had almost 30 thousand views!

    Great post!

    Cath

    • Heather Montgomery, CEO & serial entrepreneur

      Yeah! Lots of eyes to share our story – Thanks Cath!

  • Toni Schram

    I initially opened an account with Flickr to post my photos from concerts.

    Recently, I posted photos from my March trip to Laurie and my timeshare in Mazatlan. Pueblo Bonito is having a photo contest and I’m entering. Fingers crossed! Feel free to check them out.

    Thanks for showing us step by step how to open a Flickr account.

    Now if someone can show me step by step how to: embed, formatting, etc!

    Love,

    Toni

    • Heather Montgomery, CEO & serial entrepreneur

      Thanks for the idea for another post girl! – H

  • Remy

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/remygervais

    Enjoy!

    I started mine in 2007 after my National Geographic Photography Workshop to share photos with the group. I now have my own, and have become members of other groups.
    The fun part is that you can go and make some sites your own “favorites” that others can review, kinda like “liking” someone on Facebook. Using the right tags for each photos will alert those looking for “fine jewelry” or “pretty stones” to your site.

    Way to go Social Media Expert! xox Rem

    • Heather Montgomery, CEO & serial entrepreneur

      Thanks for the reminder! On my way with the sharing thing :) – H