Do the pictures of the food served at your restaurant, Bistro, etc. look edible? Are you just taking a picture and hoping the viewer will make out what the food is supposed to be? Or are you saying ‘they’ll figure out what this meal is’. And how much is this helping your business??? Studies show that visual acuity is important to consumers, buyers and especially those who dine. Locals, travelers, and other restaurant goers find restaurants mostly online. Are these really the pictures you want them to see of the food served at your restaurant?
Here are a few excerpts for ‘The Power of Visual Communication’
What we see has a profound effect on what we do, how we feel, and who we are. Through experience and experimentation, we continually increase our understanding of the visual world and how we are influenced by it. Psychologists have demonstrated that 93% of communication is nonverbal. Studies find that the human brain deciphers image elements simultaneously, while language is decoded in a linear, sequential manner taking more time to process. Our minds react differently to visual stimuli.
When it comes to quick, clear communication, visuals trump almost every time.
The very same visual elements that we are indelibly drawn to and so quickly absorb not only communicate data more efficiently and effectively but also affect us emotionally.
J. Francis Davis, an adult educator and media education specialist, captured it well when he said, “…in our culture pictures have become tools used to elicit specific and planned emotional reactions in the people who see them.” Visuals are not only excellent communicators but also quickly affect us psychologically and physiologically.
The ability of visual stimuli to communicate and influence is undeniable and inescapable. Through evolution, human beings are compelled to view and disseminate visuals
So visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text, graphics quickly affect our emotions, and our emotions greatly affect our decision-making. If most of our decisions are based on relatively quick intuitional judgment and emotions, then how many decisions are influenced by visually appealing, easily digested pictures? Get the picture????
As aspiring food photography I had to post this. I am seeing way too many bad pictures of food advertised by restaurants either on their Facebook Page, Google Plus Page, Pinterest Clipboard or on their website or on a webpage they subscribe to for restaurant listings. Hey, guys like me can help you. You owe it to yourself, your business and future customer opportunity. Post better pictures or I should say real photographs of your food offerings on your digital media.