What You Need To Know About The New Twitter Header

April 28, 2014

Last week marked the beginning of the new Twitter layout availability for all users. Upon logging in you have the choice to switch over.

Of course I jumped at the switch and here’s why:

  • The header is far larger than it’s predecessor and is available real estate to showcase your business.
  • I can pin any tweet I want at the top of my Twitter page.
  • Your competitors will be taking advantage of it why aren’t you?

I would say the most important change is the header. It’s a much larger header which means more room for visual content and visual content is powerful not to mention a must in your social media presence.

Designing the new header isn’t difficult but time consuming if you don’t know what dimensions are required. Below are those dimensions to use in your new Twitter header. Bear in mind don’t put anything in the areas that are pink. They are occupied by the profile picture and the lower portion is cut off somewhat when the profile is viewed in full.

New Twitter Header Dimensions blogpost image

 

 

After it is uploaded as the new header, you have the option to zoom in to increase the size however, I suggest to create the header at the sizes Twitter provided – 1500×500 pixels and leave it at that size. The alternative could mean a blurry image.

sizing new twitter header

I created mine using GraphicStock.com and PicMonkey.com. So you don’t need an expensive graphic designer or program to create one.

If you have questions; add them in the comment area below!

 

LinkedIn Showcase Pages Image Guide

April 2, 2014

If you have logged into LinkedIn recently and you have a company page; you’ll have received a notice that the Company Page’s Products and Services tab will no longer be supported as of April 14, 2014.

This means you will have to create a Showcase Page(s) on your Company Page for each service and product that you want to continue to display. The pro’s are that you get more image room to display your product/service. The con’s are that you need to create the showcase page which means more time on your part that you didn’t intend to use on it in the first place and there’s not much room for product description in terms of text area.

Well, to help save you time creating a new images for your Showcase Page here are the specifications that you need to watch for:

According to LinkedIn:

Showcase Page element specifications:

  • Hero Image: Minimum 974 x 330 pixels. PNG, JPEG, or GIF. Maximum file size 2 MB. You can crop your image once it’s uploaded.
  • Logo: 100 x 60 pixels. Image will be resized to fit.
  • Square logo: 50 x 50 pixels. Image will be resized to fit.

BUT what they don’t tell you is what to expect once your Hero Image is created and uploaded. If you’re not careful you be sent packing back to the drawing board (as I was a few times) because there is text placed over the bottom portion of your Hero Image.

To avoid this here’s a visual guide to use. Note that my original canvas size is 981 x 335 because I find that some images are stretched even when created with exact specifications. As per the guide you want to make for sure that your text or main image is not covered up by the smaller Company Page logo and Showcase title in the lower right hand corner or by the Follow button and # of followers in the lower left hand corner.

linkedin showcase page image diagram

 

 

 

 

 

 

#1 Expectation of Social Media

December 4, 2013

Social Media – it’s everywhere. You can’t go online to too many places if you’re a business and not see social media related items. It’s a busy but necessary item if you have a company. It’s meant to compliment the marketing process not BE the marketing process and while most people may find this obvious the number 1 expectation with social media is this…..

dollarIt seems even after all this time that social media has been a part of our lives; it still is an expectation that it revitalize and create the all mighty ROI. I cannot stress this enough social media is not a shopping cart. It is a relationship tool. That doesn’t mean it can’t help generate sales but it shouldn’t be relied upon for doing so.

 

How to Avoid Your Profile Edits From Being Sent Out as LinkedIn Updates

May 30, 2013

When someone makes an update to their LinkedIn profile, that update is sent to out to your connections. Even if that update is minor, such as adding a new project or changing one line of text in their bio.

LinkedIn sends out an email that is entitled LinkedIn Updates and contains the section “PROFILE CHANGES IN YOUR NETWORK”. This is where those updates are listed. Now of course you could shut off the email feature in your email settings but what if you are the one doing changes and you have more than one edit to do or make a mistake? And what if you’re one of the people who find these updates useless or annoying to receive?

Here’s how to shut off the profile updates from being added to the LinkedIn Updates email that is sent out to your connections.

1. Login to your LinkedIn account and click the drop down menu and select Settings.

LinkedIn profile edits 1

 

2. Then click “Turn on/off your activity broadcasts” in the Profile section.

 linkedin profile edits 2

3. Uncheck the option “Let people know when you change your profile, make recommendations or follow companies.” And then press Save.

linkedin profile edits 3
 

 

 

Prezi Presentation

May 22, 2013

I created my first Prezi presentation – check it out! To play it through just click on the grey arrows in the toolbar at the bottom of the presentation.

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