Here’s the deal: The average person’s attention span in 2015 was 8.25 seconds. People no longer desire to read an entire article; they simply want the basics. Visual content like images and videos allows brands to communicate a valuable amount of information within this timeframe.
1. Opt for unique, relevant images
Now that images an essential part of brand storytelling, stock photos are now inadequate. To represent your brand, you want images that are attractive, engaging, sharable and most importantly, unique. Professional, commissioned photography along with original graphic design have proven to be the most effective in setting brands aparts and communicating the brand messages.
That said, professional, commissioned photography is easier said than done. 65.4% companies in a survey done by Digiday and Chute cited that the lack of time and resources as the largest obstacles to making it happen.
To solve that problem, companies like Outshinery create stunning and consistent product photography and videos entirely online. Brand managers can now get professional unique images for wineries with a few clicks and cut out the shipping, shooting and scheduling entirely.
2. Use high-quality, easy to load images
Large image files can make your website load at snail speed. Not only does it discourage people from sticking around and discover your products, it can also lower your search engine ranking.
Not all image files are created equal. One built for printing purposes would not load easily online because too heavy. One webapp we highly recommend is TinyJPG/TinyPNG. This tool reduces your file size as much as possible, without forgoing on quality. Best part? It’s completely free!
Can you spot any difference at all?!?
3. Create properly labelled images
Let’s get a bit techie here! Underneath the images, there are invisible HTML code that help Google “see”, understand and index your images. The more you take advantage of these elements to tag your images, the better chance there is for them to show up as results for appropriate queries. For HTML starter, these elements include atl tag, title tag and the file name. Take a look at the example below:
<title=”tank garage="" chardonnay="" alt="”Tank" nothing="" gold="" can="" stay="" thanksgiving="" dinner="" src="”Tank-Garage-Chardonnay-Thanksgiving.jpg”" data-cke-pa-on="">.
These are just a few suggestions on ways to make your images work best for you. When in doubt, outsource! There are a number of services out there that gives great optimized visual assets for less time and effort than you might think. This is an investment that goes a long way from converting visitors into buyers. Well worth it.