Would you pay for a shout out on social media to increase your followers?

willow2112willow2112 South AfricaPosts: 1Registered Users Beginner grinner

I’m looking at ways to increase my following on social media for my photography pages (Facebook and Instagram specifically). I was considering a paid shout out.

For those who don't know what a shout out is: where a Instagram or Facebook photography page / account with a lot of followers (50K - 12mil+) would post one of my photographs, with a link to my social media account/page, on their page/account, thereby exposing my work to their following, and directing their followers to my social media pages and resulting in an increase in authentic followers on my page. No like bots or fake followers!

The page I was considering does curate the submissions, so it's not a case of my work simply being featured because I paid (refund given if it does not). It would still have to meet their guidelines and quality standards and fit their aesthetics and overall theme.

Just wondering if any other photographers have done something similar? If so, what was your experience? Did you get a good amount of interest and followers afterwards? Would you consider it worth the money? How much would you be willing to spend if you got 100-500 new followers to your page? Are there any pages that will post a shout out for free? What kind of numbers of followers does the page need to have to be considered worthwhile for paying for a shout out? Is this practice frowned upon? Any other pointers?

PS. Not trying to make money initially from doing this, but building Instagram and Facebook pages and I'm thinking having the right followers can be leveraged for sales purposes in future.

Thanks for any help or advice :)


  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 12,056Super Moderators moderator
    edited May 7, 2018

    Do you really believe this will get you more followers?

    I can't imagine this being worth it. Perhaps the individual you pay has a lot of followers - but will those followers becoming followers for you just because of a single mention on a site? Yes, you may see some click-through activity initially. I would be surprised if this will translate into real followers.

  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAPosts: 11,317Administrators moderator

    I think it completely depends on your work. You'd have to distinguish yourself from the countless fine-art photographers out there right now to grab someone's attention long enough to want to visit your website. If you're not trying to make money then I'm not sure why you'd pay money for this. I'd probably stick to Facebook and Instagram and see what you can do on your own.

  • monk_monk_ Columbus, USPosts: 8New member Beginner grinner
    Hey, I am not sure whether I will pay for that. It depends who is the youtuber and why is he giving me a shoutout. There are those youtubers that give shout outs to random people that followed them or liked/commented on their posts. However, if they don't do shoutouts that often and they do it because it because they like my content or something like that I think a shoutout will be useful because a lot of people will respond and proceed to follow.
  • DyunDyun CAPosts: 42Registered Users Big grins

    Better way to get real followers is to put the work into it, comment on other people's work, get involved, make it a little more personal and just keep on truckin'. Even paying services to get you more followers is a waste of money IMO. I am so sick of all the auto-followers and obviously spammy comments like "great picture" on what is actually a video for example. I think Instagram has turned into companies spamming people, watching other companies via auto bots, and the real people get caught in the middle. I'm very disenchanted with it all.

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