In Part One we looked at the reasons why the right images are so important for your social media profile. In Part Two we will be looking at what factors make up the perfect social media image from making an impact to size specifications. The ideal social media image will be:
As we mentioned in Part One audiences today are skimming through their social media feeds more and more rapidly, so a well-placed and striking image will help to break up your news feed grabbing their attention. Important points to remember are:
- You need a bold focal point, something that draws the eye and doesn’t get lost in a sea of content.
- Your image needs to be crisp and clear if it is blurry or stretched out it will look unprofessional and you won’t get your point across.
- Be different! Your brand is unique to you and by thinking outside the box with your images you can build your brand identity.
Think about your target audience and who they are? Whether it’s your current customer base or people you are trying to entice over to your brand, you need to make sure you are posting images that are relevant to them and their interests. For example, if your target audience is teenagers you will want to avoid images of families with young children and focus more on current trends.
Part of creating a successful brand identity online is ensuring consistency across your social media platforms. Your images need to be recognisable across the board and portray the same brand message, this recognition over different platforms will give your brand more staying power. When ensuring consistency, you will need to remember to use the same:
The Right Size
Now you have the perfect image there is one last thing to think about, size! The one size fits all approach won’t cut it here, you will need to tailor your images to each social media platform. We view Facebook and Twitter in a column with the pictures set beneath the text, therefore ideally you want a landscape image to make the most of the space. This is in stark contrast to Google+ and Pinterest which are viewed as a sort of grid with longer vertical images. Instagram is also viewed as a grid, but the images are a trademark square. Most importantly make sure your customers can see ALL the image!
Remember image is king! By ensuring your images are striking, relevant, consistent and to the right scale, you will be able to stand out and place yourself ahead of the competition by attracting the right customers attention, inspiring loyalty by building your brand and looking slick and professional.