Are you using the new Facebook Timeline yet? Do you like it? Personally, I love it…but it does take a bit of getting used to. Especially that incredibly gargantuous space at the top known as the ‘Cover Photo’. I’ll admit I was a bit gob-smacked to see the size of it! Are you wondering how to fill that prime piece of real estate? What photo to use? Should you promote your business there? Well let me tell ya what I think:
1. You may have already discovered that the first time you try to add a Cover Image you are presented with the following message:
“This space is not meant for banner ads or other promotions. Please don’t use content that is commercial, promotional, copyright-infringing or already in use on other people’s covers.”
In plain English I take that to mean that Facebook owners don’t want you to plunk your business logo up there. That said, I have already seen a LOT of business owners do just that…insert their logo. Only time will tell how that scenario will play-out…if those logo-lovers and business-promoters will get their hands slapped or their accounts terminated or simply be allowed to keep it there for eternity…we just don’t know yet. My advice? Try to keep the self-promotion to a minimum and keep facebook the fun-for-friends place that it was meant to be.
2. Use a properly sized image! This is such a pet-peeve of mine…when people stick a photo on facebook that doesn’t fit and everyone gets to see a gorgeous picture of your family with the tops of their heads all cut off. Ewwwww! I’ve been researching the ‘proper sizing’ for the Cover image and to the best of my knowledge it should be 850px wide by 315px high – or less. Try to use a photo editing software to make your chosen photo ‘fit’. Also note that because it’s such a HUGE monster of a photo, your resolution needs to be fairly high as well. Remember: everyone who ‘checks you out’ on facebook is going to see this Cover Image loud and proud…so make sure it is a reflection of you and not a sloppy, ill-fitting, blurry, hot mess.
3. The third tip I want you to remember is that your cover photo is non-negotiably ‘Public’. Whatever you put there is for all the world to see (not just the peeps on your friend list) so make sure that whatever you decide to use is OK for public knowledge.
4. Have fun with it! I’ve seen some cool cover photos started already and it can be a lot of fun! Check out these for a little inspiration: 15 Cool Facebook Timeline Cover Designs that will Blow Your Mind.
I hope this gives you some ideas of what you might want to do with your own Cover Image. Let me know if you think you have a good one…I’d love to look at some!
Happy New Year to all!