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I wish there was some way for the preview image shown on a Facebook share to be larger. I've noticed that I can post an image to Facebook and get several hundred "likes" and several thousand "reaches." But the very same image shared from FAA to Facebook might get a dozen or so. I guess Facebook has figured a way of keeping us from hot linking an image so we could manually post a preview of maybe 640 x 480 in size that when clicked on would take one to the FAA page for the image. Has anyone figured out a successful way of accomplishing this? I think this kills sales and there's got to be a better way.
you get a dozen because only a dozen might see it. if they want to see it closer they should click on it, that's the point of having it small. it won't kill a sale if that they see it small. things flash by so fast on that site, it's amazing they notice anything at all.
Mike, I tend to only load a half dozen posts to the wall for my Bourbon Street Facebook page per day, and sometimes it's a few days before I post more. I don't think traffic is the problem, traffic is a solution. Sales is a numbers game and I just wish there was a way to get the number of folks clicking on it to increase. I have done experiments with the same images and the amount of clicks from the tiny FAA link to a larger image is astounding. I have made a few sales but I just think there's untapped potential.
then whatever your posting isn't catching anyones eye. it's not really about numbers. all you need are people who notice and like the work. you can have 5000 people look at it and only have 5 sales. but then all you need are those 5 people.
you can't compare a facebook page which is very limited, where very few really look at the content. so a place like this that will get the traffic in. i'm also unclear where your getting these stats from.
Mike, Facebook supplies some decent stats for a page. The Facebook page for http://bourbonstreet.com is located at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bourbon-Street/189283007750716 . But there are seperate private stats pages accessable to the owner of the Facebook page. Here is a screen shot of just a couple of pages for the page from today as an example. http://bourbonstreet.com/allow/FB_2012.09.16.jpg . From the stats I've learned that consistently sixty percent of the visitors are women forty percent men, their age range, and I've learned that the preferred images for the site are scenics like French Quarter buildings and such. I do sell a few prints but I realize that the more people that see something the more likely I am to find buyers. The stats have directed me to the type of work that will sell. I've even helped some other folks from FAA sell some of their work on my page.
I agree that the small thumbnail image is not too impressive. There is a lot of competition of artwork on Facebook...Large images really stand out and always get my attention. When I see a small thumbnail image, I usually ignore it. I don't care how impressive the artwork is the small thumbnail makes it appear unimportant.
I believe it's Facebook that keeps our previews from being any larger than they are, not FAA. But I'd sure like to figure out a way to increase the size. I guess we could do it the hard way and upload to share an image directly to Facebook and add a link with it to the sale page on FAA.
I post a low res copy of my images myself - not through FAA - and add my own link - the views increased a LOT, and it also helped to build more who liked my fan page - and it's still rising in numbers. Now and then I put an FAA one up to keep my page rather busy if I am short on time.
I will probably resort to posting a small image straight to Facebook with a link to the image sell page here on FAA. I did notice that if I set the FAA notice on my Facebook page to be a "Highlight" it gets more traffic to my sale page.