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kellmeister
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Feb 06, 2014 11:00 |  #1

Like a lot of photographers I have a personal and business page on facebook.

My personal profile has about 400 friends and my business has about 120 likes.

The problem is that I usually post the same post on my personal AND business page so things are getting redundant.

Should I do away with my business page and just start posting strictly from my personal page OR just post strictly on my business page? I'm aware of facebook putting limits on business pages and the use of promotion fees.

The advantages of just using a personal page for all my posts are that I may seem more "personal/attainable" to people and I can also tag other people in photos easier. I don't have a need to express any negative feelings or rant on my personal page, so I'm not worried about losing clients.

The business page seems more professional though, especially if you can grow the numbers. Right now I'm at 120 likes, so it may not come across as being professional. I'm worried about how facebook promotes business pages though and if the business page is a "pay to play" thing.

Thoughts? keep everything personal or business?


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Feb 06, 2014 11:19 |  #2

Personal opinion: Keep them separate. On rare occasions, you can use your personal page to share work or status that's on your business page. Don't post your personal stuff on your business page.

If a Facebook "friend" has invited me to like their business/fan page, and they always post the same things on their personal page and their business page, I am going to make an active effort to unfollow both. Maybe you think it's very exciting, but I don't need to see it twice in my feed. Similarly, if you share your personal dirty laundry on your business page, I'm gone.


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Feb 06, 2014 11:27 |  #3

nathancarter wrote in post #16668211 (external link)
Personal opinion: Keep them separate. On rare occasions, you can use your personal page to share work or status that's on your business page. Don't post your personal stuff on your business page.

If a Facebook "friend" has invited me to like their business/fan page, and they always post the same things on their personal page and their business page, I am going to make an active effort to unfollow both. Maybe you think it's very exciting, but I don't need to see it twice in my feed. Similarly, if you share your personal dirty laundry on your business page, I'm gone.

This. I would most definitely keep the pages separate. It doesn't really matter if you "don't post personal stuff or rants" on your personal page, you should use your photography business facebook strictly for photography related things. Then, I think what Nathan said about sharing on your personal page would be acceptable. Maybe once a week make a post on your personal page telling your personal friends that you have new work published on your business page. Or maybe a few times a week you can share a specific picture on your facebook for your friends to see (which would lead them to visit your business page).


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Feb 06, 2014 11:30 |  #4

keep them separate for sure. Occasionally I will share my photo page on my personal page, but not all the time.


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Feb 06, 2014 11:49 as a reply to  @ peeaanuut's post |  #5

I think it's against the user TOS to use a personal account for business. Still I see photographers use it though. I only use facebook for business related items, so overall not a fan of facebook.


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Feb 06, 2014 12:17 |  #6

Thanks everyone. I'm not much of a facebook user anyway, so when I do post something its related to photography or a picture I've just taken. Hence, my dilemma about having two pages that are basically doing the same thing.


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Feb 06, 2014 20:21 |  #7

juicedownload wrote in post #16668314 (external link)
I think it's against the user TOS to use a personal account for business. Still I see photographers use it though. I only use facebook for business related items, so overall not a fan of facebook.

You can enable your personal page to allow people to subscribe, or follow, only your public posts - without the whole friending thing. So I think the personal or business question is more gray. This would be good for building your personal brand, as a photographer in our cases here. Trey Ratclif and Robert Scobel are examples. The downside for some, as I understand it, is there's no way to post specifically to your subscribers since your friend lists see your public posts too.


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Feb 06, 2014 20:30 |  #8

i think its also about how you are marking your self.

Lets use the name David Anderson

Are you
1. David Anderson - Photographer
or
2. David Anderson Photography

I think that 1 would be a personal page and 2 would be a business.


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Feb 06, 2014 22:09 |  #9

Should I do away with my business page and just start posting strictly from my personal page OR just post strictly on my business page?

This is against the Facebook TOS and your page will be disabled or converted to a business page if you do it. You will lose all images, likes and friends.

A business page will also show up in Google Searches, where a personal page will not.


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Feb 06, 2014 23:15 |  #10

I've noticed this isn't always enforced though :(

Thomas Campbell wrote in post #16669830 (external link)
This is against the Facebook TOS and your page will be disabled or converted to a business page if you do it. You will lose all images, likes and friends.

A business page will also show up in Google Searches, where a personal page will not.




  
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Feb 07, 2014 12:50 |  #11

Has anyone noticed a drop off in how many people view a post when done on the business page? I understand facebook wants businesses to pay to promote their page and it may effect the number of people that view your post.


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Feb 07, 2014 13:26 |  #12

kellmeister wrote in post #16671301 (external link)
Has anyone noticed a drop off in how many people view a post when done on the business page? I understand facebook wants businesses to pay to promote their page and it may effect the number of people that view your post.

Big time. It was great a couple years ago. If people don't subscribe to your page, they probably won't see it pop up in your feeds. Really sucks.


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Feb 07, 2014 19:58 as a reply to  @ Thomas Campbell's post |  #13

I agree with those who advise to keep them separate. I only use a business page as I really don't have time for the chit-chat on a personal page. I do put a lot of low res photos on my Facebook page and it draws a lot of people in the local area to that page as a promotion. It has also resulted in a few calls for sessions.

Just my two cents but I believe it important to keep personal and business separate.


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Feb 07, 2014 20:18 |  #14

The clue is in the names... "Business" page versus "Personal" profile


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Feb 07, 2014 22:39 |  #15

I have a personal page as well as business, I have about a 1/3 and 1/4 of my friends who follow my page, but well than 4x the amount of followers on the business page than friends. Depending on what happens, most of my clients I have them as friends on my personal which make interaction that much easier and more friendly. I sometime do share my business page posts on my personal.


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