As images increasingly become a more major part of the content we consume on the Internet, it has become apparent that a strong photo sharing strategy is crucial for social media and blogging success.
We're witnessing an image boom. Just look at the sheer number of image-centric sites that are playing a wide role for businesses to connect with their customers. Instagram is a powerhouse and one of the fastest growing social networks out there. Pinterest has redefined the way we like to interact with a site and images—(Have you noticed how many sites are adopting the square panel look? You can thank Pinterest for that). Take a look down your News Feed on Facebook and you'll see that images are the centerpiece of a social conversation. Even Twitter shows images inside a tweet.
Images are no longer only for the big budgeted. You don't need to hire an expensive photographer and rent out a studio. In fact, the trend is going in the opposite direction. The cheaper they are to produce, the more accessible they become. Mobile images are performing better than ever. Since social media is consumed via mobile devices, by sharing a mobile image, you give your fans and customers the idea that this image was shared with them mobile-to-mobile and—most importantly—friend-to-friend. Making someone feel like they're your friend is certainly a great way to build a relationship.
Statistics About Image Consumption & Sharing Online
- Facebook posts with images get more Likes, shares and click-throughs. (via ConvertWithContent)
- Tweets with images get more retweets. (via Dan Zarrella)
- 27,800 photos are uploaded to Instagram every minute. (via PopPhoto)
- LinkedIn now allows you to share images on your profile. (via ConvertWithContent)
- 3,000 photos are uploaded every second to Facebook. (via PetaPixel)
- On G+, people share and upload photos more than any other action. (via SocialMediaToday)
18 Of The Best Mobile Photo Editing Apps
So now that we know mobile images make an impact on social media, here are some apps that you can use to up the mobile image level that you're playing at. There are a lot of photos out there, so yours have got to be memorable.
Camera+ helps you create the best possible mobile images with a slurry of tools.
PicLab is an easy to use app that allows you to add beautiful typography and effects to your images.
Sktchy allows you to create portraits out of images.
Path On allows you to put text on a freely drawn path.
PicStitch allows you to stitch together a slew of photos into one Instagram-ready square image.
This app allows you to document a series of moments with a unique frame and theme.
Retromatic allows you to make retro-style posters using photos.
PhotoWonder gives you the option to sketch, make PopArt and even caricatures.
Vintage Deco is the scrapbooker's dream app, complete with stamps and backgrounds.
PaperCamera gives you real-time cartoon and pairing effects.
Ampergram allows you to create typographic compositions.
Combine video and still photos into a collage with this app.
This app allows you to tweak images and share directly to different networks.
This is an app designed to uplift and inspire with really great text options.
Hipstamatic is the photography app that inspires users to get creative through the use of filters, photo tones and lighting effects.
This app allows users to add labels in different fonts and colors to their photos.
GirlsCamera is a Photo Booth style decorating app that lets you add fun stamps and stickers to your photos.
This app gives you the option to add filters, shadings, layers, frames and lots of other fun effects to your images before downloading to your phone or computer.
Which photo apps do you use?