How to Optimize Your Images to Work Across Social Networks

social media how toDo your images look good on all social platforms?

Are you making different images for each type of social share?

Creating one image that looks good on several networks saves time, money and improves your visibility.

In this article you’ll discover how to create one image to share across three social channels–Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Why Make One Image?

Images play an important role in social media marketing and many marketers today are investing in creating eye-catching images to share. But Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook can have a dizzying number of recommended sizes.

Creating separate images to look good on each social channel can be time-consuming and costly.

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Learn tips for optimizing a single image to work across three social networks.

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7 Simple Twitter Marketing Tips to Improve Your Results

social media how toAre you looking for easy ways to improve your Twitter marketing?

Have you thought about how getting back to basics can lend a new perspective?

Even Twitter’s most advanced users may be missing out on engagement opportunities if they aren’t bothering to optimize Twitter’s basic features.

In this article I’ll show you easy Twitter marketing ideas you can put to use right away.

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Improve your results with these 7 Twitter marketing tips.

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Essential Twitter Marketing Resources: A Complete Guide

social media how to Do you want to learn how to market yourself and your business on Twitter?

Are you looking for a resource to guide your Twitter marketing efforts?

Whether you’re marketing on Twitter as an individual or as a brand, these expert articles will help you network with colleagues, generate leads, deliver effective advertising and measure the return on your activities.

Each of these articles will help you understand and master a specific part of marketing on the Twitter platform.

Network and Generate Leads on Twitter

How to Use Twitter Advanced Search Queries for Leads: Do you struggle to find leads on Twitter? This article shares how to track username mentions, perform geolocation targeting, filter and exclude search results and search by sentiment to generate leads.

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Use advanced search queries to mine the right information from Twitter.

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How to Make Twitter In-Stream Images Stand Out

social media how to Are you sharing pictures in your Twitter updates?

Do you want to know how to make your pictures stand out on Twitter?

Twitter’s in-stream preview images highlight your shared visual content, so make the most of them.

In this article I’ll show you four ways to get your Twitter followers to pay attention to your pictures.

#1: Prep Photos for Automatic Resizing

Twitter’s in-stream preview lets users share and view photos right in their feeds, without having to click a link. It’s handy.

What’s not handy, though, is that Twitter automatically chooses a section of your image to display in the in-stream preview, forcing anyone who wants to see the whole thing to actually click on the tweet. That kind of defeats the purpose of in-stream preview.

For example, if I want to tweet this image of me working with my team, I could just upload the image to Twitter, send the update and call it a day. But I have no idea what part of that image is going to make it into the in-stream preview.

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How do I know which part of my picture will show up in preview?

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Twitter Cards for Blogs: How to Set Them Up

Have you heard of Twitter cards?

Are you wondering how you can use them for your business?

To learn about how Twitter cards can be beneficial to your blog, this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast goes deep on the subject.

More About This Show

Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner

The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode you’ll discover the different types of Twitter cards available, how to set them up and what to tweak in order to have more customization.

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5 Ways to Make Shareable Images That Drive Traffic

social media how to Are you sharing compelling images across social networks?

Do you want more engagement and traffic from your efforts?

If you’re not regularly sharing images that resonate with your audience, you’re missing out on a ton of engagement.

In this article you’ll discover the essential elements of shareable images that increase engagement and drive traffic to your website.

Why Use Images to Drive Social Engagement?

People are drawn to visual content and take action based on its subtle cues faster than any other medium–faster than text, audio or video.

The power of pictures isn’t restricted to image-centric platforms like Pinterest and Instagram. Visuals are attracting attention and driving engagement across all social networks. Even LinkedIn and Twitter are getting in on the action and showcasing images.

All of the major social networks are highlighting visual content. Brands that can leverage the power of original, optimized images are getting noticed.

If you’re worried you need a graphic designer or special skills, don’t be. In this article I’ll introduce you to the tools you need and the five essential elements of shareable, traffic-driving images that you can include in your marketing plan today.

#1: Give Your Audience What They Need

If you want to encourage engagement and shares, your images have to appeal directly to your target audience.

Create images and infographics that either solve a problem or inspire your community to take action. Images that give short, instantly actionable advice are highly shareable. Quick tips, how-to’s, quotes and fun facts are all very popular.

Social media expert Kim Garst matches audience expectations with useful tips by regularly posting images with social media advice and tagging them with #biztip.

Her community shares these problem-solving tips like wildfire, which results in an exceptionally high organic engagement rate on Facebook.

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Creating an image with a useful tip makes for an instantly shareable piece of content.

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How to Use Twitter for Business and Marketing

social media how toIs Twitter a part of your social media marketing?

Or have you let your Twitter marketing drop off lately?

In any case, with the latest Twitter updates, trends in multi-screen usage and real-time marketing, you’ll likely want to take a fresh look at what Twitter has to offer.

Here’s a checklist of everything your business needs to do to get on (or back on) Twitter and start seeing great results.

About Twitter

Twitter is a short message communication tool that allows you to send out messages (tweets) up to 140 characters long to people who subscribe to you (followers).

Your tweets can include a link to any web content (blog post, website page, PDF document, etc.) or a photograph or video. If a picture is worth a thousand words, adding an image to a tweet greatly expands what you can share to beyond the 140-character limit for tweets.

People follow (subscribe) to your Twitter account, and you follow other people. This allows you to read, reply to and easily share their tweets with your followers (retweet).

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Twitter Changes: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up-to-date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Twitter.com Enhancements: Twitter is rolling out a new interface when accessing your accounts on Twitter.com.  The old @Mention tab is replaced with two new tabs: an “@Username” tab and an “Activity” tab. Similar to Google+, this shows you new people who have followed you and new activity of people in your network.

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