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You with your dog doesn't cut it as a profile pic!

Posted May 14th, 2015 in Branding

You with your dog doesn't cut it as a profile pic!

A picture is worth a thousand words. Using a photo with you and your dog, kids or spouse doesn't cut it for your social profile photo. 

Creating your personal brand is just as important as your corporate brand. So unless you are an award-winning dog breeder, trainer or groomer, having a profile picture of you and your dog just doesn't cut it. The same goes for a photo with you and your children, or your spouse. 

What is worse yet is having a profile picture of the infamous 'egg' on twitter or the silhouette on other social platforms. Do you know how many people won't follow you if you do not have a photo? According to HubSpot Twitter accounts with a profile photo have 10 times more follows than those without. 

Yikes! if you're looking for a job with a crazy picture of yourself on your LinkedIn profile - you do have a LinkedIn profile don't you? 

Oh -- and one more thing to consider. If you do have a photo -- is it truly you? In other words - not a photo of you 10 years ago...

Action Step! Get a professional photo taken now! 

Over the past years we have had professional photos taken often  - Just to show you how dramatically things change, we've included pictures of our owner, Debi Katsmar to show the differences year to year:

profile photos year to year

We're also going to give you a little help. PRowl Communications has partnered with a local photographer - Rob Elliott to offer a contest for a professional profile photo. The contest will run for a month - we will draw one winner a week for three weeks offering Rob's Basic Session meant for the busy professional: This basic headshot session takes less then 30 minutes to accommodate busy schedules. To maximize flexibility Rob takes 3/4 length photos (waist up), and provide a head & shoulders crop of the image as well. You are provided an image that is suitable for Business Cards, Websites and General Self Promotion. The files are emailed to you (or your printer if you wish) within 48 hours. $45 value

Rob Elliott PhotographyThe final week of the contest we will offer an office shoot for up to 5 people - watch for details of this one. 

Winners of the weekly contest must allow PRowl Communications and Rob Elliott Photography use of their finished photo for promotional purposes.  

Enter for your chance to win and be sure to check out Rob's website www.relliott.ca 

3 comments

  • Brian Fletcher on May 15th, 2015
    Great article and right on the money, if you want a picture of you and your dog put it on Facebook!
  • Debi Katsmar on May 15th, 2015
    Thanks Brian!!
  • remove google plus android on Jul 24th, 2015
    It should hence be no real surprise that Linked - In launched the Apply via Linked - In button now, allowing employers and job boards to add a Linked - In centric button, that your job applicant can push to:. Google+ promises to be different from previous social failures in that this can be a totally new approach from Google. The more +1s a website or post gets, the higher it will be ranked on Google.

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