It’s not easy to keep track of all the changes on the different social media sites. Facebook covers, Twitter backgrounds, new features, new rules, social media sites are always going through redesigns or upgrades leaving users confused and scrambling to come up with new ideas.
Maintaining a consistent brand image across your social media profiles is very important. It serves to identify you, your services or products. This is also your chance to make your business stand out and differentiate yourself from your competitors.
Every social media platform has it’s own set of rules and particularity which you should be aware of in order to optimize your brand image.
Facebook Covers Rules
In addition to Facebook image sizing, you should also make sure that you’re aware of Facebook Cover rules.
According to Facebook:
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:
i. images with more than 20% text;
ii. price or purchase information, such as “40% off” or “Download it on socialmusic.com”;
iii. contact information such as a website address, email, mailing address, or information that should go in your Page’s “About” section;
iv. references to Facebook features or actions, such as “Like” or “Share” or an arrow pointing from the cover photo to any of these features; or
v. calls to action, such as “Get it now” or “Tell your friends.”
Note that Facebook recently added the rule about not allowing Facebook Cover images to have more than 20% text. Make sure to revise the amount of text you’re using on your cover image to reflect these new changes.
Facebook has the strictest rules for Cover images, most other platforms are more flexible when it comes to using images for business branding and marketing.
LunaMetrics created this great infographic with all of the sizing information for images on Facebook Page Timeline, Twitter, Google+, Youtube, LinkedIn and Pinterest. They promise to actively update this cheat sheet which means that this infographic should automatically update with changes as they are rolled out.
Make sure to bookmark this page for future reference.