How to Use Social Media to Drive More Traffic to Your Creative Portfolio

By Gaurav Belani

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The popularity of social media needs little introduction.

Over 3.8 billion people (nearly half of the human population) use social media and the number is projected to reach over 4.41 billion in 2025. It is now an integral part of our daily lives, with an average of two hours and 25 minutes spent per day per person on social media.

And as you know, social media is largely dominated by creative visual content.

So to state the obvious, social media is one of the best channels to promote your creative portfolio and drive more visitors to your website — be it a web or graphic design portfolio, a videography or photography portfolio, or even a freelance content writing portfolio.

Your potential clients and business partners are right there for the taking if you play your cards right. Here are five simple yet effective ways to do just that.

1. Pick and Focus Your Efforts on The Right Social Channels

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, Reddit, etc. — the list goes on. If you try to create a strong presence on all social media platforms, you’ll end up with not-so-great returns from any.

So, based on the type of work and your niche, the first step is to decide the platforms to focus your efforts on. Here’s a brief breakdown of the top platforms for each niche mentioned in the intro:

  • Web/Graphic design: Instagram, Pinterest, Behance, Dribbble 
  • Photography: Instagram, Behance, Pinterest, YouPic
  • Videography: YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Vimeo, LinkedIn
  • Writing/editing: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook

See which platforms successful creatives in your niche are using actively to promote their portfolio. Check where the bulk of your existing and dream client base hangs out most often. These are the platforms to prioritize in order to drive the most interest and traffic to your portfolio.

2. Leverage Your Profile’s Bio

This one is straightforward — plug your portfolio link in your profile’s bio or About section and in the description, mention what you do and where the user will be directed if they click on the link. Write a clear call to action like “check out my work”.

Also, most platforms allow you to share clickable links within posts (tweets, video descriptions, etc.), but Instagram is one of the major platforms (that’s important for creatives) that doesn’t allow that.

So make sure to paste your portfolio link in the bio, as in the screenshot above. If people want to learn more about your work after browsing your feed, they’ll head over to the bio and click the link.

3. Support Other Creatives in and Around Your Niche

Remember the “social” in social media. If you’re all too focused on driving more immediate business and quid pro quo interactions, then you’re not fully capitalizing on the long-run power of social media.

Build genuine relationships and connections with like-minded people on social media. Interact not for the sake of business but with a real intent to help and cheer others. Doing so on a consistent basis takes time, but, you’ll ultimately have a stronger and more valuable network.

For example, if you’re a copywriter booked with work for the next few months, and someone tweets asking for copywriter recommendations, don’t hesitate to retweet to boost their reach or tag the best freelance writers you know in the replies.

Pass on potential work to other freelancers. Help founders and hiring managers find good talent. You don’t have anything to lose when you help others without expectations — if anything, you’re showcasing your credibility and value so when the time comes, these people would readily help you out if it’s in their power.

4. Create Short Clips and Reels to Show Your Process

Your portfolio website is your home on the internet. It’s your business headquarters. Don’t confuse your Instagram profile with your portfolio.

That is, don’t post all your best work on social media platforms where only the algorithm decides who sees your work, when, and how often. Rather, post teaser content that encourages people to visit your portfolio website and explore your work without distractions.

For example, if it’s an infographic, trim it and show only the introductory portion in the post, and ask viewers to head over to the link in bio to see the full graphic. You can also create collages of different niche collections you’ve worked on.

Similarly, if it’s a blogging portfolio, you can post a short thread on Twitter that ends with a link to the full post on your portfolio website.

Another way is to show the behind-the-scenes of your creative process, such as:

  • How you research and come up with great ideas
  • The tools you use to bring those ideas to life
  • Your design and editing workflow

For this, you can create Instagram Reels and include your portfolio URL as on-screen text to aid recall. And as always, include a call-to-action that asks your viewers to check out the link in your bio.

5. Post Thought Leadership Content to Build Your Personal Brand

Along similar lines as above, social media is the perfect avenue to share your experience-based thought leadership.

In particular, platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter are ideal to share your personal experiences — successes, failures, learnings, and insights — about how you reached where you are today, your creative process, future goals and aspirations, and so on.

For example, Tom Kuegler, a blogger and vlogger, actively leverages LinkedIn to share his experiences and has been successful in growing a community of engaged followers.

Likewise, Twitter is a great platform to post such content and slowly build genuine interest from relevant people in what you do as a creative professional.

More Interest, More Business

Implementing these tactics — which cost nothing but some additional and consistent marketing effort — to your routine social media usage will help generate greater organic traffic and interest in your business.

The more organic social traffic you drive, the more qualified leads you’ll gain — as the people who care to click through to your portfolio are truly interested in what you do.

And the odds of converting a client or booking a new project don't depend on the size of your social following either. It's all about the connection and consistency that you offer on social media that’ll help make your creative portfolio a profitable investment.

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