New Changes to Facebook’s Cover Images

Facebook Cover Image Changes

Earlier this month, Facebook changed the rules regarding cover photos.  For anyone trying to build their brand, this is good news.

The limitations on the information that could be included in your cover photo have been reduced.  Since March 6th, 2013, you can now include contact information including phone number, email address or website right on your cover photo.  You can include discount offers or pricing information.  You can also include calls to action asking people to “like” your page with arrows, etc.  The only rule…no more than 20% of your photo can include text.

Cover photos are now the most valuable real estate on your Facebook page.  Why, you ask?  Well, all cover photos are now public.  This means that anyone who visits your page can see your cover photo.  So, the ability to include text on your cover photo is now an invaluable asset to anyone using Facebook to market their own brand.

The Facebook guideline concerning cover photos now reads

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 images with more than 20% text.”

It’s vital to your business that you pay close attention to the cover page rule if you add text.  Failure to comply with the 20% rule could result in Facebook deactivating your page.

Anyone who was feeling the constraints of the old Facebook guidelines will welcome the cover photo changes.  The changes now tie into the new Facebook redesign that places cover photos on the news feed.

Other Changes to look out for…

Facebook is also preparing to roll out a new newsfeed.  One of the features of the newsfeed will soon show your cover photo on the feed of anyone that likes your page.  So, not only will your page be seen by the person who likes your page, but also by everyone who sees their activities.  This is definitely something to keep in mind when you design your cover photos.

Not sure if you are in compliance with the 20% rule? Check out this free tool http://coverphoto.paavo.ch

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Social Media Marketing: Five Steps to Getting Started with LinkedIn

Social Media Marketing using LinkedIn is made easy by following five simple steps. LinkedIn is the perfect site to build your professional networks, keep in touch with connections, discover opportunities, develop relationships, build authority in your industry and also find leads and opportunities for you and your business. Keep it simple and check out these easy methods to getting started with LinkedIn.

  1. Create your account
  2. Complete and update your profile
  3. Create a summary
  4. Get connected
  5. Engage with Others

Creating an account

Go to http://www.linkedin.com and fill in your name, email and create a password and click the green join now button.

Complete your profile

Your LinkedIn profile is an important part of your social media marketing strategy. Upload a current, professional looking photo of yourself. You’ll want to complete your entire profile, and include previous work experience that you’ve had. Remember your profile is a representation of you. The little details are important to your profile; it should have substance, be grammatically correct and have no spelling errors. Include your chosen keywords liberally throughout your profile whenever you can so that others searching for those keywords can find you. Don’t forget your email addresses, new and old, to increase the opportunity for connections.

Summary tips

A summary should give a good snap shot of who you are and what you do. Use two to four sentences in your summary that incorporate your specialties or expertise. These sentences should include your keywords and add what you enjoy doing to help others to connect and get to know you.

Connecting on LinkedIn

Connecting with others on LinkedIn is controlled. In order to connect with someone on LinkedIn, you must show how you know them. Getting recommended by LinkedIn members who know you and what you are all about is a wonderful way to connect to with others.

Engage with others

Joining LinkedIn groups gives you the opportunity to maximize your networking and social media marketing efforts while connecting you with great people with similar interests. Start by joining employer alumni groups, were you will have connections with people you have something in common with. And finally, enhance your LinkedIn social media marketing experience by participating and interacting with others through posting, responding to posts and networking with other group members.

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