How To Utilise Your Social Media Headers – 5 Creative Brand Examples

How To Utilise Your Social Media Headers – 5 Creative Brand Examples

Visual social media, and visual content within social media, has become more important than ever. There are social media channels, such as Instagram or Pinterest, which are solely designed for image or video sharing and connecting with people through visual media. However, even regular social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter, have begun putting more and more emphasis on images and visual content as a way to connect with other users.

One of the main ways to utilise and make the most of images on your social media profiles has always been through your profile picture. On every social media channel, this is definitely the most important image, whether on a personal profile or a business page. For businesses, this is the place you attach your company logo, as it’s the first thing that users see of your profile. Your profile picture, for company or personal use, is always attached to your comments and content on any social media channel.

However, there are restraints on your profile picture. Mainly, your profile picture is only capable of revealing a small image connotation of your business’ or personal page. This means that you aren’t able to show as much creativity, or reveal as much information, through your profile picture alone.

Therefore, ever since Facebook developed their Cover Photo, the majority of the other social media channels have followed suit; allowing you to show a large header picture on your separate profiles. As these header images, or cover photos, are the largest image on your profile, this gives you more freedom to reflect your personal profile, or your business page, in a creative way. A header image also gives you a better, and bigger, opportunity to showcase your business or brand through this social media, and reveal more information to your consumers or potential new customers.

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At this present time, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube are the main social media platforms that utilise a header image capability on their pages and profiles. Additionally, LinkedIn has recently started looking into cover image possibilities – allowing their Premium Members (paying members) to add a background photo onto their profiles. LinkedIn states that they will begin rolling this out to non-paying members once they have ensured that it functions correctly (although it will probably be a while, as they will undoubtedly use their cover image as an incentive to become Premium).

The fact that header images now play such a vital role in every main social media platform’s profiles shows how important it is to make the best use of your header image, whether business or personal page. For business purposes, your cover image can be used to convey the message of your brand in more depth, or even to advertise an important feature of your company.

It is also now possible to put a significant amount of text, and create a call to action through your cover image on these social media platforms. This means that there is even more potential to advertise your business through your social media profiles.

Allow us to give you 5 creative examples for how you can make the most of your social media header image or cover photo, in order to enhance and advertise your business!

1. Showcase Your Products Creatively

The most important part of creating a good header image is to focus on the visual aspect. Although your business can now advertise using words and calls to action, one of the most effective ways to showcase your business is through creatively representing your products or services. Take a look at these brands for fun examples:

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2. Enhance Your Header Through Your Profile Picture

This is perhaps easier on Facebook, over the other social media channels, and it was more widely used when Facebook first developed their cover images. Although, it is still a fun feature that you can take advantage of. Many brands, and personal profiles, have created funny images through this, and it is still something to look into for your brand’s Facebook profile.

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3. Promote New Products, Services or Events

If you have a new product, service or event to advertise, then it’s obvious that you can effectively showcase this through your header image. The image is the biggest on all social media profiles, meaning you have more space to advertise the new product or event, utilising calls to action as well as inviting imagery of the product.

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4. Straightforward Call to Action

In a similar way to promoting a new product or event, a straightforward call to action is always a useful and effective way to use your social media header image. Invite your consumers to contact you in some way, or visit your website, or join you on another social media platform. If you utilise them on your website and for your general online presence, then why not use them for your cover image in the same way?

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5. Seasonal Celebrations or Promotions

One way of making sure you keep your header image fresh and up to date is through using it to celebrate the changing seasons. With themed headers, your business will look current and on trend. Also, you could utilise the seasons to create seasonal promotions or deals, and advertise this through your cover photo. The only problem with this is you must remember to keep an eye on your header image, and remember that you need to change it at least four times a year – when the seasons change!

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Ultimately, just have fun with your cover photos or header images!

Remember that it can be a crucial place to advertise or showcase your business and brand image. Visual social media and marketing is more valued than ever, and all social media users will pay attention to the main header image featured on your profile.

Mainly, however you want to represent your business or personal profile with your cover image, just make sure you utilise it in some way. The majority of business and personal accounts have a header image for all of the social media platforms that use the cover photo function, so it is important that you don’t forget about the header when you create your accounts!
 

If you would like Bright Yellow Creative to help you optimise your social media profiles through your header image, or any other part of the profile, then contact us today!

We know exactly how to make social media work for your business, so take a look at our social media services here and our excellent price packages breakdown here! Represent your brand effectively through social media now!

How Often Should You Tweet?

How Often Should You Tweet?

Twitter is quite a unique social media platform, as the whole concept was initiated around written posts and updates. And, despite the fact that Tweets can include images and embedded videos, this is still the mainly used form of communication on Twitter. When it was first created, more than a few users suggested it was basically the Facebook Status Update tool in one social media channel.

Basically, this means that being a frequent user of Twitter relies on reading a lot of Tweets, and it simply isn’t possible to read it all. Therefore, some users have latched onto this idea and decided that the more you Tweet, the better, as there is more of a chance that your Followers will catch at least one Tweet.

This theory seems logical, but is it too risky? As we have learnt about Facebook lately (read it here), too many updates can start to annoy the users who follow you, and will in fact cause less engagement. So, how similar are the two platforms? Are more Tweets beneficial or just counterproductive?

To Tweet or Not to Tweet?

The first thing to do when it comes to your own Twitter presence is work out how many times you are Tweeting currently. Also, as a business, are you solely Tweeting through a business Twitter account, or through a personal account, or both?

One of the main things when trying to boost a business through Twitter is to work out how best to promote yourself. We suggest that it is beneficial to have both a business and personal presence on Twitter, although it is important to attempt to separate your business and personal accounts. Stick to the business-related and relevant updates on your business Twitter, and use your own account more personally. Although, don’t forget that your personal account is linked to your business as well.

The second part is trickier, as it is difficult to know how much to Tweet, and how often would be considered as too often. Twitter users seem to use the platform quite differently, with a few users using it to Tweet many times a day, and others selectively Tweeting. The surprising answer to how many Tweets is too many is actually more than you would think.

 

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You Are What You Tweet!

Surprisingly, Twitter and Facebook seem to be completely opposite about how much to update and post to your Followers. For Facebook, the general response is that updating too many times a day will cause users to tune out and become less engaged with your business. However, on Twitter there isn’t really a point where you can be considered to be Tweeting too much.

The most important thing on Twitter isn’t how often you Tweet; it is how valuable and varied the content you Tweet is. If you are making sure to send out a mixture of interesting links, relevant updates, and a balance of ReTweets and conversations with other users, then there isn’t a time when you can Tweet too often in one day. Alternately, if you are solely Tweeting links to your site, and plugging yourself too much, then this can come across as spammy and uninteresting for your Followers.

Simply, your content is paramount on Twitter. Also, people who use Twitter often use the platform to update themselves on current news and trends. So, it can be beneficial to keep up to date with what’s current and offer your opinion on a wider scale, while still keeping your Tweets relevant to your business and brand values.

Twitter Engagement

Traditionally, Twitter has been thought of as a way to reach your Followers much more organically than Facebook. Facebook has received a lot of flack for limiting the amount of exposure each Page update garners. There have been comparisons to Twitter, with users demanding that Facebook should just show everything, in a similar way to Twitter.

However, Twitter has recently been gaining attention over its true engagement rates. As recently as last month (July 2014), Twitter revealed their true engagement statistics and analytics results, and users were quite surprised. In fact, Twitter’s engagement is not much higher than Facebook’s, despite the fact that Twitter claims not to filter their feeds in any way. Twitter simply shows their users a time-based feed, where users see what comes up in their feed at whatever time they happen to be using the platform. And, logically, this means that your Followers would not be able to engage with every Tweet from your account.

Their engagement statistics, and explanations of why this would occur, do reflect back on the general Twitter theory: the more you Tweet, the more you will gain engagement from your Followers.

 

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Tweet for Success

So, the ultimate question here is: how often should you actually Tweet?

If there is no cap on how many times is appropriate, then don’t feel like you’re left without any real Twitter guidelines. There are a few studies that reveal approximately 5 Tweets a day is a good average, and we particularly feel like between 3-5 a day is a good start for a business beginning to Tweet.

Also, despite the fact that many users Tweet more often, we would advise that it is probably best for a business to always stay under 10 Tweets a day. Mainly because more than 10 Tweets a day, could simply seem like spamming and over-promoting your business.

We have already discussed the fact that content is the most important factor behind your Twitter success, however another important factor is to space out your Tweets over the day. If you think that you can spend approximately an hour a day, firing out Tweets and ReTweets, then you are not making the most of this platform. Tweets should be spaced out and scheduled over the course of the day, in order to attempt to reach the most engagement and not clog up your Followers’ feeds.

Break down your number of Tweets over the day like so: the first in the morning, making sure to reach your Followers going to work. Then, the second should be around lunchtime to reach people during their lunch break. The third should be in the early afternoon, approximately 4pm or just before people generally finish work. We would also advise the last fourth or fifth Tweet to go out in the evening period. The evening is one of the most frequented Twitter times of the day, and so putting out 2 Tweets in the evening would be quite effective and beneficial.

 

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Ultimately, we hope we have cleared up a few myths and beliefs about Tweeting, and how often you should Tweet daily.

If you are interested in finding more about how often your business should Tweet, and how you can best optimise your audience and potential consumers to gain desired brand engagement through Twitter, then Bright Yellow Creative can help!

We will sort out your Twitter account, and create and share interesting content to Tweet to your Followers. We will spend quality time on the platform, ensuring that your business is Tweeting often, and throughout the day, for optimal engagement.

Contact us for more information about our social media packages here, and take a look at our social media services here (the specific Twitter services we offer can be found here).

See how we can benefit your business through Twitter, and other social media, starting today!

Introducing Bolt – Your New Picture Messaging App

Introducing Bolt – Your New Picture Messaging App

Messaging apps have been having a moment recently. From picture messaging to unusual messaging you never thought you needed, such as Yo and Meow Chat, there seems to be an endless supply of message apps with new ways to chat and connect with your friends. So, it’s not surprising to be introduced to a new image based messaging app, to rival Snapchat, Mirage, Slingshot and more, created by Instagram.

 

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About Facebook-Owned Instagram

Instagram is currently a highly popular phone app and social media service, which allows users to upload and edit their own photos or videos to share with their followers. It creates a unique profile for each user, consisting of their photos, and allows users to easily follow other users to gain their image updates in their Instagram feed. The app debuted in 2010, and amassed such a following that Facebook instantly purchased the app for $1billion in the same year. (See our Instagram social media services for what we could offer your business here.)

The main feature of the social media channel is that it allows you to filter your photos and videos, and create interesting edits. However, up till now, the channel has been rather unsocial for communicating with other users and your followers, as you are currently only able to comment on or like other peoples’ images, and respond on your own images. This seems to be all about to change with Instagram’s new app, which is designed for direct messaging with other users.

 

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Instagram’s new messaging app is called Bolt.

 

Bolt basically allows users to send self-deletable photos and videos from their mobile phones, through this messaging service. The unique selling point relies on needing just one click to select the user to send your image, and to take your photo and send it, all in one. Similarly, for videos, you just click and hold down for longer. Bolt basically shows photos of your contacts as round avatars at the bottom of the app screen, and clicking on one contact will automatically take a snapshot and send it, requiring you to hold down longer on the contact for a video. If you are worried about accidental sends through this process, then don’t worry as an extra feature includes being able to shake your phone in order to delete a photo or video that has been sent straight away.

 

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Bolt is Efficient

Instagram states that the speed of Bolt makes all the difference, and provides a much quicker and more efficient way to send images and videos. Another effective feature, they claim, is that Bolt only requires a quick registration of entering your mobile number, and you can get started. With Bolt, you are able to sync your contacts through the phone numbers you have saved in your phone, although you are strangely unable to sync contacts through either your Instagram or Facebook contacts.

However, at the moment, users are only able to access a maximum of 20 contacts through this app, with 4 favourites on the main screen, and an easy swipe through function to access the other 16. Also, the focus is very much on one-to-one communication, as users are currently restricted to sending their image or video to one person at a time. Although, Bolt has introduced some interesting features, including allowing users to edit and caption the photos sent, and an option to reply to their contacts with text overlaid over the previously sent image.

 

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Too Much Visual Messaging Competition?

Bolt seems interesting enough, but is there too much competition and similar applications already out there on the market? Is it different enough? For example, even Facebook itself, who owns Instagram and Bolt, have recently brought out Slingshot image messaging. The Slingshot app includes the unique point that users can only view a photo they have been sent after they respond with another, as well as including a send to all function. Also, the Yo chat founder has recently brought out a rival in Mirage, a picture service that has already gained widespread comparisons for being highly similar in function to Bolt.

Another critique that Instagram’s Bolt has faced so far is in the name, as it is directly the same as an Android application. This previous Bolt is a service dedicated to replacing traditional voice calling and text messaging through current phone plans. They have reached out to Instagram asking them to reconsider the Bolt name, in order to maintain their brand, but have yet to receive a response. Yet, it is highly unlikely that Instagram will change it.

 

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Bolt: Flipping the Concept

Instagram simply doesn’t seem at all put off by the competition or any critiques, including featuring as similar to any current photo and video messaging apps out there. An Instagram spokesman has already commented: “When Instagram itself launched four years ago, we weren’t the first photo filter app. Our tradition is that we look at a space and create a super simple, pretty experience to fit it.”

The Instagram app certainly gained mass popularity rapidly, and it seems that they are hoping Bolt will follow suit. Instagram claims that they are fully behind and support Bolt completely, and hope this will flip the whole concept of image based communication and photo sharing on its head.

 

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Download Bolt!

If you already can’t wait to download Bolt and send images to your 20 favourites to your heart’s content, unfortunately you will have to wait a little longer. Currently, Bolt has only been released in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. Bolt intends on expanding into other countries soon, although a date has not been confirmed. The release has been rather quiet so far, but perhaps this is a logical approach intended to scale the experience.

As Bright Yellow Creative are an office full of current Instagram devotees, we definitely anticipate the release! We are excited to witness what Bolt really has to offer.

 

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How Often Should You Post to Facebook?

How Often Should You Post to Facebook?

When posting to Facebook, on either your business or personal account, it can be tempting to post continuous updates as well as all of the interesting/funny news stories you find online. Facebook is designed for sharing content and connecting with people, so theoretically there is nothing wrong with constant updates and links.

However, you will run the risk of being considered a News Feed ‘spammer’, and other Facebook users (either in your Friends list or who Like your page) will most likely get irritated by you. This will obviously lead to the opposite desired effect of making a connection and informing fellow users, and may result in your Friends and Like connections possibly removing you from their News Feed somehow.

So, this is the main question when it comes to Facebook: how often should you post? Also, how often is too often?

 

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The first thing to do when it comes to your Facebook posting is check how much you are posting every day. For a business page, you can run a higher risk of coming across as ‘spamming’ if you post too often, and too often is definitely less than for a personal profile page.

As a business page on Facebook, you will find that at first it is difficult to find a brand personality, and the type of content you want to link to your followers and potential consumers. However, once you have found your brand niche, and the content that relates to and connects with your consumers, you will often find that there are so many things you want to share with your audience. This is great, but this is also when you will find it difficult to control how often you are posting.

As far as what constitutes as ‘spamming’, or irritating your followers and consumers, if you find yourself posting 3 times a day or more, you are on the verge of crossing the line. Studies have shown that, in fact, after an average of 2 daily posts, your Facebook followers will tune out and find your post more annoying than interesting. Therefore, we would advise that the most optimal amount of times to post on Facebook is 2 per day, and 3 maximum, if you require.

 

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Space It Out

The second factor is to consider the times of which you are posting in detail. If you have ever typed in anything about Facebook posting into Google, you will find at least one infographic informing you of all the best times in a day to post to various social media platforms. However, not saying to completely ignore these, but we believe that the best way to work out what times to post per day is by trial and error.

Each business page is different, relates to individual business and services, and relies on a different audience and consumer base. This all means that the times to post per day would be different for every separate business and brand, in order to get the most engagement and connect with your audience beneficially. For example, a lifestyle brand would find that the best engagement is during lunch hours, or later in the afternoon or early evening, as opposed to in the morning. Whereas, a financial type of business would find that they reach a better audience in the earlier morning, and would achieve no reach if they were to post in the evening.

The best way to go about starting your Facebook posting is to begin with the standard 2 posts a day, during morning and afternoon periods, and monitor your engagement and views with your audience over a certain timeframe. Also, consider how your target audience would use Facebook on the weekends, and whether it would change from the weekday. Then simply adjust your Facebook posting, based on the monitoring, to gain the optimal engagement with your potential consumers.

 

Facebook Engagement

Recently, Facebook has gained a lot of media coverage with regards to the engagement that businesses and brands can reach through the platform. Many marketers have been complaining that Facebook has drastically dropped the organic reach of many business pages’ posts. For example, the engagement dropped by over half for many pages.

People are generally unhappy about this decrease in organic reach and engagement, as it appears to come from Facebook’s desire to have brands and businesses paying to advertise and reach their targeted audience through the platform. In June 2014, Facebook’s VP of Ads Product Marketing, Brian Boland, even stated as much, saying: “Facebook is far more effective when businesses use paid media to help meet their goals. Your business won’t always appear on the first page of a search result unless you’re paying to be part of that space.”

However, another reason for this drop in Facebook engagement for brands is that there are simply a lot more people and businesses on Facebook, meaning more traffic and other posts to compete with. Facebook works by generating relevant news stories in your News Feed, which they feel will be of interest to you based on your most clicked on and viewed posts. This means that not only does it affect business pages, but you will also find more stories from people you communicate with or view more than with other people in your Friends list.

The fact that Facebook curates your individual News Feed isn’t bad, as it assures that the users who are interested can view all of the content and not miss updates that could be important to them. However, their policy just makes it more awkward for businesses to try and reach their target audience if Facebook is editing the individual user engagement.

 

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Page Engagement

In addition to these general Facebook reach rules and News Feed curation, individual business or brand pages have their own organic reach statistics. In general, Facebook seems to make sure your posts gain more widespread reach if you post less frequently per day.

For example, if you only post the 1 link or update per day, Facebook will allow more of your consumers to view that post. Conversely, if you post 5 per day, Facebook appears to separate the organic reach out over the 5 posts, meaning less reach per post. This basically confirms the fact that not even one user who has liked your page will receive all of your updates in their News Feed, without visiting your business page directly.

This fact just adds to the fact that you should post a maximum of 3 updates per day, and preferably 2. Although, as far as individual business page engagement, if you posted just 1 update or link each day, you would technically gain more reach from that one post.

 

Ultimately, we advise for businesses to keep to the 2-per-day rule, in order to make sure you are reaching your business’ potential on Facebook. However, it would be interesting for you to test out your brand and business page on Facebook during different times, to find out the optimal times for your individual business.

Also, as far as Facebook engagement, their rates and organic reach have currently begun rising again. Facebook has reacted to peoples’ complaints about the lack of organic reach, and attempted to amend this for business and brand pages. As part of this, recently Facebook has created their “Save” button feature, which you may have noticed on brand pages, alongside the “Like/Unlike” button. This is an attempt to further the organic reach and traffic from Facebook, as it works as a reading list function, to save the page for later. This “Save” buton will count towards your overall business page engagement, and will be beneficial for businesses through this channel, according to Facebook. So, time to wait and see how much difference the “Save” button makes.

 

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If you are interested in finding more about how often your business should post on Facebook, and how you can best optimise your audience and potential consumers to gain desired brand engagement, then Bright Yellow Creative can help!

We will sort out your Facebook business page, and create and share interesting content to engage with your viewers and consumers.

Contact us for more information about our social media packages here, and take a look at our social media services here (our specific Facebook services can be found here).

See how we can benefit your business through Facebook, and other social media, starting today!