I know, I know… there are SO many Facebook groups out there today! I actually went through a pretty intense social media cleanse a few weeks ago because I was getting overwhelmed with all of the noise. Social media clutter can be draining and I found that I was in a ton of groups that I hadn’t even looked at in months. But amid all of the junk there are some really great online communities that consistently provide both inspirational and educational content. I had a tough time narrowing it down to just five, but these groups get the Crystal Lee seal of approval!
1. Fuel Your Photos
Haaaaaave you met Corey? (Said in my best Barney Stinson voice.) Lots of people these days claim to be “experts” in SEO… this guy actually is one. At FYP we talk about all things related to online marketing for photographers and other creatives. It’s the place for real, honest SEO advice. (See also: not sugar coated or filled with false promises of getting on page 1 of Google in a day.) I’m a moderator in this group, so feel free to tag me if you have any Showit-specific questions!
2. Think Creative Collective
These girls. Seriously. I give them giant virtual hugs every time they post a new blog or podcast. (In an effort to keep it real, I’ll admit that I had no idea what a podcast actually was until they inspired me to check it out. I know, I’m behind the times. I don’t Snapchat either… don’t judge me.) Abagail & Emylee have built a community and a series of programs that have changed the way I run my business and my life. I found them last month through their Trello For Business course which then led me to Your Biz On Autopilot (it’s free!) and now I’m a member of their Goal Crushers Club. The rules of this group are simple… be kind and don’t spam everyone with overzealous self promotion. Watch one of their webinars or take one of their course and you’ll walk away feeling like you can take over the world. #doallthethings
3. The Showit User Group
If you use Showit then (naturally) you should be in the Showit group! I encourage people to come to this group with their questions before reaching out to the support team because in most cases questions can be answered quickly by the community. This helps keep the support teams queue from filling up with the tiny things and they can focus on helping with technical errors and site launches. Many of the Showit Design Partners, myself included, are active in the group and do a great job of offering up tips and advice. It’s also a great place to show off your new site once it launches!
4. The LawTog – Legal Resources For Photographers
Have you ever found yourself in a sticky situation with a client? Maybe you have some questions about starting your business or need to know what contracts you need? Then the LawTog is for you. Built for photographers by a photographer. Rachel is a photographer, MBA and lawyer. She keeps it real and has an incredible team that helps manage both the LawTog business and the group. Please note that this group is for educational purposes only and is not to be considered legal advice. You should always, always check with a local lawyer or attorney in your area because the laws vary everywhere. The LawTog blog is a great resource and even has a free photographer’s contract!
5. Garage Brand Live with Gary Hughes
I was introduced to this group earlier this year and it quickly became one of my favorites. It’s built for entrepreneurs of all walks of life and the best part is that you pick the content that’s discussed. Gary sets up polls with a variety of new topics and the community votes on what they’d like to learn about next. He shares a lot of really fantastic articles, does frequent live videos and the best part is… he’s a Star Wars fan. It doesn’t get much cooler than that. (Although I’d disagree with his stance that Empire Strikes Back is the best of the series. I’m a Return Of The Jedi fan myself. Umm, hello… Ewoks!!)