Category Archives: Top Tips

Creating Facebook Cover Images

Covers

With Facebook’s Timeline, business pages have a unique opportunity to grab and engage their audiences. I thought I’d put together some thoughts, tips and guidelines on creating Facebook covers.

**Be aware that if you intend to create your own images you’ll need access to a basic photo editing programme.
 

Basics of Facebook Cover Photos

Firstly, having the correct dimensions will ensure that your picture displays well within the Facebook frame. So here it is:

Facebook Cover Sizes and Elements.

Facebook Cover Sizes and Elements.

Detailed measurements:

  • Official Facebook cover photo size: 851 pixels wide by 315 pixels tall with minimum image dimension of 399 pixels wide
  • To get the fastest load times for your Page, upload an sRGB JPG file that’s 851 pixels wide, 315 pixels tall and less than 100 kilobytes. For images with your logo or text-based content, you may get a higher quality result by using a PNG file. (according to Facebook Help Files)

Important to know:

  • If you upload an image that is smaller than the recommended size, Facebook will stretch it to fit automatically. Be cautious, because stretching the image will also deteriorate the image quality and you don’t want your audience to associate second-rate quality with your business brand.
  • The Facebook frame cuts of the top pixel of your image, so in reality only the bottom 314 pixels will display. Niggly but important since you might want to check that you don’t lose the most important 1 pixel!

What to add and what to avoid

Facebook guidelines stipulate that the cover photo mustn’t be overly promotional in execution. In other words, it shouldn’t contain the following:

All covers are public. This means that anyone who visits your Page will be able to see your cover. Covers can’t be deceptive, misleading, or infringe on anyone else’s copyright. You may not encourage people to upload your cover to their personal timelines.
Covers may not include:
i.    images with more than 20% text;
ii.    price or purchase information, such as “40% off” or “Download it on socialmusic.com”;
iii.    contact information such as a website address, email, mailing address, or information that should go in your Page’s “About” section;
iv.    references to Facebook features or actions, such as “Like” or “Share” or an arrow pointing from the cover photo to any of these features; or
v.    calls to action, such as “Get it now” or “Tell your friends.”

So what can we do with our cover photo?

  • Use imagery or design work that is yours to begin with. Grab your camera or iPhone and take pictures or ask a professional photographer to help capture your people, your brand and your products. You can have lots of creative fun with this!
  • Remember to give credit if you use photos or visuals that aren’t yours!
  • Use your business tagline and add it as text to your cover photo.
  • Tag people who are in the photo. Be sure to ask their permission if they are associates or clients. If they are staff members, notify them! It is a frowned-upon tactic to tag random people in your cover to shamelessly promote your business.
  • Get your employs and clients to submit their pictures to use for the cover.

Make sure that you use high-quality photos and visuals that are in-focus.

Getting the photo onto Facebook

A couple of clicks an you’ll be done.

  1. Log into your Facebook Page admin account.
  2. To replace an existing cover photo, mouse over your cover photo so that the “Change Cover” button appears in the lower right corner; click it.
  3. Select “Upload Photo,” find the image file on your computer, then click the “Save Changes” button.
  4. Then click on the photo to add a caption, tags, and location information.

Next time we’ll look into how to create GREAT Facebook Cover images!

Diva, over-and-out.

If all the pixels got you warped and confused, perhaps it’s time to call in some help :)
junkies@adrinalinconcept.co.za
ADRINALIN CONCEPT | Comprehensive Creative Design, Marketing, Communication, Social Media, Copy Writing & Change Management

 

** Useful site: http://www.copyblogger.com/timeline-cover-photo/


Essential Words & Terminology for 2013

Essentials for online writing (The must know list):

If you are serious about taking your brand online this year, you better make sure that you know what you and others are talking about.

Web is developing at a “faster than light” pace and new words / phrases are coined equally quickly. It’s important to get a sense of the general terms so that you don’t become overwhelmed by semantics and terminology. Some basic but essentials to know:

Blog

A blog (originally called weblog / web-log) is an online collection of articles (posts) targeted at a specific audience profile. For instance a travel blog will concern itself with posts and updates related to the realm of traveling, holiday spots etc. It is important to note that every blog reflects the personality of its host / author (also called a blogger). Readers respond to both the content of the blog (what is being said) and the personality of the blog (how it is presented to the reader – humourous, serious, visually etc).

Tip: If you are considering a blog, decide what type of personality you will be reflecting before hand. Be consistent and make sure that your blog promotes your business with integrity and honour.

Collaboration

In an online world this means that more than one person is contributing to a post or topic. This is a great idea as it allows subject-matter-experts in your community to weigh-in on important issues. This should increase your blog visits.

Content Management System (CMS)

A computer program that allows you to create, publish and edit content. Once your content is created, the CMS then presents it to the web where others can view and comment on. Most CMS’s provide an interface that is user-friendly and easy to operate – even for persons with hardly any web background.

Del.icio.us

The social bookmarking site where users can collectively tag favorite links. As you browse the web and come across content that you find valuable / meaningful, DELICIOUS is the site that allows you to store, share and continue discovering more.

Links

Using hypertext, a link is connection between one picture, word or post to another. Perhaps it will help you to think of this as strings running between concepts that allow to jump from one to the other.

Tip: Bloggers use links to create multiple entry points to their blogs and posts. This is done by creating links to your blog in as many places as possible – i.e. placing a link to your blog on your website is a good starting point. You can build your link strategy by adding links to your blog to other partner sites (remember to request permission first!).

Social Media

Social media refers to the means of interactions among people in which they create, share, exchange and comment contents among themselves in virtual communities and networks. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media).  Some of the most popular social media sites include Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube – in no order of preference.

Scheduling

Using blogging software to write posts and schedule them for publishing in the future. A blog engine like this one (WordPress) allows you to plan and schedule your posts like you would schedule an appointment in your diary.

Tag

Tags are terms / phrases or specific words that describe the nature / content of a post.

Tag cloud

Visual representations of tags or keywords used in a blog. In other words a group of the most popular tags (words / phrases / terms) the blogger uses to categorize his / her posts.

Thread

A collections or series of posts pertaining to a particular topic.

WordPress

WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) that allows users (like you and me) to sign up for an account, to customise what our blog will look like and to publish our thoughts and comments via this “program” (I use this term very loosely) or platform. The beauty of this CMS is that you don’t need any web development knowledge to get going, it is almost as simple as typing an article in Microsoft Word.

Over to you

Are there specific words / phrases that has you bamboozled? Feel free to leave a comment and let’s see if I can help you clarify them.

Adrinalin DIVA, done-and-dusted.

 


Admin roles on Facebook

New admin roles on Facebook

Facebook has finally empowered us with the ability to assign different levels of access / ability to the administrators on Facebook Pages. This is great because:

  1. Divide and conquer. The ability to differentiate between a Content Creator, Moderator or Advertiser finally allows us to create job-specific profiles for our social media content managers. A big fear I often encounter from business managers is that employees will spend too much time on social media. In South Africa only the larger corporates are branching out and making room from dedicated social media communicators/ brand managers. For the most part, the job still falls to a “lucky”  employee who has but one more duty to add to their “to-do-list”. The new roles
    might force us to start thinking in terms of achieving objectives with our social media communications. I for one am looking forward to more insightful, authentic communication from South African brands / business.
  2. Less risk. We are a conservative, risk-averse people. Placing your ‘online’ brand in the hands of but one individual might just have been too much to handle for most. Now we can make intelligent choices about accountability without handing over the steering wheel.

What roles look like on Facebook

Admin roles on Facebook.

Image from Social Media Examiner.

And now…

The ball is in your court again. Make time to sit down with your social media communicators and plot both your strategy and roles. Divide time & effort and create specific expectations – this is always the best way to ensure that you achieve an actual goal.

If you a) don’t have a social media team yet OR b) don’t know what to say to or expect of them – let me help you.

You KNOW this Diva is just dying to put you on the Social Media Map :)

Toodles.


Website: Homepage / Landing page (How To)

Your landing page

If you own / manage a company website it would be a good idea to make sure that your landing page / home page has the necessary information on. A landing page / home page is typically that page which users first encounter when they visit your website.

Top mistakes

The top mistakes I often see:

  1. Irrelevant information or content. Of course you can write about the history, the how’s and why’s and the when’s. You can share all your old pictures and your personal anecdotes.
  2. Too much scroll activity. We talk about the “fold”. Your most essential information needs to be visible on screen BEFORE your visitor has to scroll down to go look for it.
  3. Too much. This could be too many pictures, too many words, too many distracting elements, too many options, too many products. Too much happening on your website leaves your cyber-visitors shaken and confused AND THAT is the exact opposite of what we want to achieve.

Best advice / How to make it better

  1. If you are serious about converting web-visitors into web-customers, you need to move this content to a secondary page. Use your homepage for the one thing, the one absolute call-to-action that instantly convinces your visitor to engage with your site.Call-to-action activities could include: Sign-up for our newsletter, download a white paper or article, watch an online demo or start a free trail. You can decide which makes more sense for your product offering.
  2. Place your call-to-action button above the fold. Pitch your central idea and convert your visitors instantly. You can include information below the fold, but ideally not information that is crucial to your conversion process.
  3. Write, re-write and ask for advice and guidance from a copy writer that specialises in online content writing. Plain, simple and to the point is ideal. And of course then key-words come in to play again and everything becomes confusing again…

Great landing pages

All have one thing in common. They know what they want to do and they do it.

It really is time to realise that websites aren’t supposed to be pretty, you don’t really have to draw your own pictures or write every word yourself. The plain truth is that your website should be converting visitors into leads into customers and if yours isn’t, you should call for help.

Short, sweet, serious.

Diva, signing out.

If you want to know more about how to get your website or online marketing initiatives setup correctly, speak to one of the Adrinalin Junkies (junkies@adrinalinconcept.co.za) today.
www.adrinalinconcept.co.za

9 Tips for Hiring a Local SEO Firm

9 Tips for Hiring a Local SEO Firm.

Written by an SEO expert from Boston but just as applicable to potential SEO customers in South Africa!

 


Custom pages on Facebook

Despite the imminent arrival of Facebook’s Timeline, there has been no clear communicate to indicate how Facebook Business Pages will be influenced by the changes. In the meantime, let’s ignore Timeline and work with what we’ve got.

Facebook business pages give businesses (individuals, SMME’s and even multi-faceted corporates) a platform from where they communicate directly with a captive, active audience. These platforms are typically not positioned as selling tools, but rather as brand-voice tools. Think of it as an opportunity for you business / brand to have an energetic conversation with an individual that actually wants to hear more about you, interesting tales that create a picture of the who, what, where and why & let’s not forget – they want competitions, polls and current, reliable information. So let’s give it to them!

But how should we package this? You basically have 2 options.

Option 1:

Creating a Business Page and populate the page with all your information.

Local business page.

No funny business. There is no custom development and nothing out of the ordinary. In terms of functionality, it is similar to many other pages on Facebook. But it could offer so much more!

Option 2:

Use custom development AND unique creative concepts that portray your brand favourably.

International example

Skittles business page with custom developmentLocal Business page with custom development, content and interactivity.


Creating a business page that is infused with your business personality and ethos means that your captive audience will have a better sense of who you are and what you stand for.

Facebook users are looking for fun and interactivity. They don’t want to be “sold to” directly but they don’t mind engaging with their brands of choice.

Custom development combined with targeted, creative campaigns create:

  • more “likes”
  • more page interactions
  • better search engine indexing
  • a more definitive & visually appealing social brand presence

Creating your custom landing page

Some points to consider when creating your custom landing page:

  • Avoid unprofessional imagery and visuals. There is a reason why the good designers are qualified designers
  • Keywords / copy that form part of your overall online strategy. Consistency consistency consistency
  • One concept at a time
  • Text that is readable rather than flat images
  • Buttons / links (use this functionality to introduce external information from your website for instance)
  • Media combinations (photos, video)

And of course a clear call to action!

Conclusion:

There is no logical reason for your brand to be stagnate, stale or mediocre. By combining clever design, great copy and focussed campaigning you can make your effort spent on social media lucrative and worthwhile.

If you have suggestions for great or not-so-great pages, feel free to share.


How webby is your website?

When last have you REALLY looked at your website? Have you recently tried to navigate the menu, find information or send a ‘contact us’ e-mail? Having a website with inappropriate content, outdated information, broken links /menu options or stale humour just does not cut it anymore.

Maintaining your website must be a crucial part of your online strategy. Here’s a suggested to-d0 list to update and zhoosh-up your site and make it all the more alluring for your visitors:

  • Make a list of your top keywords.

Top words or phrases that describe what you do. Specifically if possible. If you understand how to categorize your business, it will be much easier to group and explain it to others. Here’s some help if you’re interested (post is a somewhat older but offers good content).

  • Read through all the pages.

Does the content still make sense? Is it relevant (i.e. has it been updated recently to reflect current industry news, your own product and service improvements etc.)?

Do you use your keywords to describe your business and your service  / product? Try to steer clear of flowery descriptions that never use your keywords. How on earth will Google now to look for you if you don’t at least give it a hint?

Are the pages interesting, engaging and appealing? Will readers enjoy the time they spend on your site? It is always a good idea to spend time planning the content of your site. Repeating the same stale information over-and-over again from page-to-page and year-to-year will encourage your would-be visitors to look for other websites!

  • Look at the pictures.

Do they make sense? Do you use pictures of your products or your staff members? Will people now more about your business, your values or your brand personality by looking at the pictures on your site? If you answered Yes – good for you! If No – it’s probably time to dig through the photo libraries and pictures folder!

It is also a good idea to rename the pictures on your site to reflect it’s content. Numbers (from a SEO and content perspective) aren’t great. Use descriptive titles AND make sure that you add descriptions (image ALT Tags) to all the images on the site. Good for search engines. Good for you.

  • Links to other sites

I have written an entire post on back links before if you want to know more. Suffice to say that you should probably think of:

  1. Adding your social media feeds or icons to your site
  2. Linking your blog to your business site
  3. Linking your website to your social media profiles
  4. Mention your website whenever (appropriately!) possible

It is also an excellent idea to get other people to review your site. Ask them to comment specifically on user-friendliness, enjoyment, appeal and of course value-of-content. Now, it’s time for you to start making some changes to your website.

Diva, over and out.