A Year With My Camera
“I don’t need to rely on FB or IG algorithm to get my posts seen. I’m in control of the platform and don’t need to worry about being hacked, banned or trolled.”
"Very easy to use and no adverts!"
"Love this app. It's a great way to keep in touch with other members, see their photos, get advice and help from others. Having all the lessons together makes it easier to keep track and revisit previous weeks."
"Great app. Linked with an amazing free photography course. A great alternative to Facebook or Instagram for learning, sharing and communicating with others following the AYWMC journey. "
A Year With My Camera was set up by photographer Emma Davies to help teach new photography skills to beginners. She found that she couldn’t engage her community on social media but was reliant on it to try and reach them. Now she has her own space for her community to grow.
Prior to contacting Disciple, Emma had been reliant on Facebook and Instagram to connect with her community. Although this initially worked, she became frustrated that her posts were getting lost in cluttered and ad driven newsfeeds. Her key goal was to share valuable content with her community, but social media wasn’t giving her the reach she needed to achieve that goal.
Emma soon realised she needed to create her own own digital space to share her content and really engage with her community, which led to her setting up her own community platform with Disciple.
Since setting up her own community platform, A Year With My Camera’s reach is no longer ruled by social media algorithms. Emma’s audience was excited to join her new community platform and engagement has drastically improved since launching it. More than half of her community now actively engage with her content on a weekly basis, compared to only around 10% beforehand.
Creating her own community platform hasn’t only allowed Emma to directly engage with her community, but it’s also provided a forum for those who have a mutual love of photography to connect. Another bonus of Emma’s community platform is that she has created niche photography groups within the same community. This has helped people to share their passions for specific photography interests, which has really helped to boost engagement.
Another important goal for Emma was to have a safe online space for her community. As a result of having her own community platform, Emma no longer needs to worry about her community being hacked, banned or trolled. She has peace of mind, knowing that her members’ data isn’t being tracked and doesn’t have to worry about monitoring negative comments from online trolls.
Most importantly, her business is no longer dependent on social media. Her courses and workshops are all available through her app. Emma no longer needs to stress about social media outages, a lack of reach or trying to figure out the constant algorithm changes. She can now spend her time on the things she enjoys doing, which is sharing value with her community. Disciple has helped Emma to build an independent business and highly engaged community that she owns, manages and controls.