How to Make Free Instagram Highlight Covers & Icons for Your Stories

custom free Instagram Highlight Covers

Instagram story highlights are a great way to showcase your best Instagram stories on your profile page. Using your Instagram story highlights, you can divide your archived stories into different categories, while having the flexibility to choose which stories you would like to display for profile visitors to see.

With the introduction of IG story highlights, your Instagram stories can be viewed after 24 hours of being posted. But, what’s neat is that you have the ability to create Instagram story highlight covers to spice up your profile.

In this post, I will be giving you an in-depth guide on how to properly use Instagram story highlights and a tutorial on how to create free Instagram highlight covers to attract more visitors to your IG feed!

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How to Choose the Best Thumbnail Backgrounds for Your Videos

Best Video Thumbnail Backgrounds

We’ve talked a lot about how to create the best video thumbnails for your social media content here at Snappa, looking at design, subject, and graphic elements that you should include.

One thing we haven’t talked a lot about (but which is just as important) is the background that you choose for those video thumbnails.

The background you choose for your video thumbnails can be just as important as the other design elements you add to it. It can help your video stand out, or it can result in the thumbnail being watered down to the point where you could lose clicks and views as a result.

In this post, we’re going to discuss how to choose the best thumbnail backgrounds for your social videos, including offering specific suggestions for a few key industries. [continue reading…]

9 YouTube Banner Ideas & Examples for Your Channel 

creative youtube banner ideas

With more than 1.8 billion users a month, YouTube is a great way to market your brand or simply connect with others. As you upload videos and wait for your channel to take off, though, it’s important that you set things up to turn one-time visitors into subscribers. The key is to convince viewers to hit that “Subscribe” button.

One of the best ways to turn curious onlookers into fans is through branding your YouTube Channel. When customers go to the main page for your channel, what do they see? If it’s the gray banner that comes standard on every channel, you’re missing a very valuable opportunity. By taking a look at some YouTubers who are doing branding well, you can get some YouTube banner ideas of your own. Here are some of our favorites. [continue reading…]

The Full Guide on Facebook Video Thumbnails

facebook video thumbnails

Facebook users love video, making it a solid choice for businesses wanting to reach and engage their audience. They love video so much, in fact, that on-platform video content actually accrues up to 8 billion combined views per day.

Videos are a high-engaging, dynamic media choice, giving you the chance to really sell the emotional aspects of your message and to make a lasting impression on viewers.

In order to get the results you’re looking for, though, you need to actually get users to watch the video itself. While auto-play in the Facebook feed can absolutely help attract attention, you don’t want to rely on that exclusively. Some users have auto-play disabled, after all, and you still want people to be interested when they see only a title and thumbnail. This may be the case when they’re seeing recommended video previews, when they’re looking through search results, or when they’re looking through your Facebook Page.

This is why Facebook video thumbnails are so important. In this post, we’re going to take a look at everything you need to know about thumbnails for video on Facebook, including how to create thumbnails that practically guarantee clicks and views. [continue reading…]

The Ideal Facebook Event Photo Size & Best Practices (2020)

Facebook Event Cover Photo Size

Facebook’s implementation of events has changed the way that businesses and brands market their events. Traditional methods of event promotion, such as print media or signage aren’t as effective and everything is moving online with social media being the main driver.

Facebook events are essential, but there are many factors that contribute to a great Facebook event. One of the most important things to consider when creating a Facebook event is having the proper Facebook event photo size and the proper visuals to make your Facebook event stand out! Be sure to include a strong event description and the correct time, date, and address within the event details.

With Facebook events, you can do more than just invite your friends and fans – you have the ability to:

  • Create discussion
  • Encourage sharing
  • Automate reminders
  • Build anticipation

The opportunities for Facebook events are endless and brands who aren’t using Facebook to spread their word are missing out! It’s incredibly simple for you to use and I’ve outlined the best practices and everything you need to know about the best Facebook event photo size. Here are some steps on how you can create a professional event on Facebook! [continue reading…]

7 Common Social Media Mistakes All Brands Should Avoid

8 Social Media Mistakes All Brands Should Avoid

Social media marketing is a huge potential asset to businesses, nonprofits, and organizations of all kinds. You can reach new users, build up loyal and engaged followings, and continually connect and interact with your target audience without technically needing to pay a dime. It’s free, there’s not really a learning curve involved, and it’s easy to get started whenever you’re ready.

As someone who has worked as a social media practitioner for years, it always legitimately makes me sad when I see that most brands struggle to get the results they should be getting because they’re not leveraging the platforms correctly. This happens much more often than you’d think, even from brands that have really loyal audiences who would love to see strong social profiles to interact with.

While there are a few brands who really step outside the box and find unique ways to derail their social media marketing (like insulting customers or failing to reliably proofread), most are making the same common, seemingly-innocent mistakes over and over again. And though a small mistake like failing to optimize your content isn’t nearly as inflammatory as a brand posting something overtly political or insensitive, it can actually impact you long-term almost as much.

So what are these pitfalls to avoid? In this post, we’re going to take a look at the 7 devastating-but-common social media mistakes that we see happening over and over again, and how you can avoid them.

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How to Create a Zoom Virtual Background for Your Video Calls

How to Create a Zoom Virtual Background

With the surge of individuals working from home and the increase in demand for virtual communication, Zoom video has really emerged as the go-to video conferencing application.

Whether you’re a business running remotely, a student, a teacher running an online class, or an individual reaching out to friends or family. Zoom video is probably your best bet for reliable video calling.

A cool feature that the application offers is the ability to add a Zoom virtual background image to your video. It can get repetitive to showcase the same backdrop in your house so adding a virtual background can really spice things up.

Being able to add a Zoom virtual background gives you the freedom to be creative with it. You can easily customize your video background image to include a scenic photo or even add text to brand yourself better to clients.

We’ve included everything you need to know about Zoom virtual backgrounds in this article and even provide some examples for you to reference!

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The Best LinkedIn Article Image Sizes & Best Practices

Full Guide to LinkedIn Image Sizing

One of today’s most valuable and important social networks is the robust, career-oriented platform LinkedIn. It’s an excellent networking tool, essential for B2B businesses, and invaluable to personal brands looking to establish expertise and credibility. Many brands and professionals are using LinkedIn to grow their businesses, broaden their client base, and establish themselves as thought leaders in their respective spaces. 

In order to fully optimize LinkedIn to its highest potential, it’s essential that we make use of all the tools at our disposal. One of the most powerful tools on LinkedIn is its publishing platform, where site members can write and publish original articles. 

Publishing articles on LinkedIn is one way that many career professionals, business owners, and brands are choosing to showcase their expertise and build their online platform. Like most social networks, though, elements of your visuals must be attention-grabbing enough to make readers want to click. 

Images can help us capture the attention we need for our articles. But those images must be optimized properly for the platform we’re using in order to attract the right sort of attention. Failing to use the correct image sizes can hinder the right people from seeing our work. [continue reading…]

How to Create Stellar eCommerce Images that Sell

The Full eCommerce Image Guide

Whether you want to buy a pearl necklace, find the perfect grill for your patio, or are in the market for some new dishware, there’s one thing that will be a crucial part of the buying process: Looking at images of the product themselves.

For some products (like the pearl necklace), aesthetics will be the primary factor in whether or not a customer buys, followed second by price, quality, and things like return or warranty policies. Even in those where the product’s visual theoretically doesn’t matter nearly as much as function (like that grill!), we’re still visual creatures who naturally care about how something looks. All else being equal, if you simply like the look of one grill over another, you’d likely choose that one.

eCommerce images are so important, both for capturing user attention and actually driving sales. You want to have images that stand out on your site and in options like Google Shopping or Facebook Ad campaigns, appealing to users at every point of the process.

In this post, we’re going to dive deep into how to create stellar eCommerce images that sell so you can optimize your online presence and marketing campaigns. [continue reading…]

Best Facebook Ad Examples & Design Practices You Need to See

Best Facebook Ad examples

There’s a lot that goes into a single Facebook Ad. You need to have a strong strategy, an understanding of who your audience is and what targeting options to use, and know what objectives and goals you want to optimize your campaigns for. There’s so much that goes into the strategy upfront that sometimes people forget about one of the parts that matters most: the creative.

We want to help with that. The visuals that you choose for your ad (whether they’re videos or images) make an enormous impact on the success of your campaigns. The copy does matter a great deal, too, persuading users to click and convert, but it’s the image that first grabs user attention and convinces them to even read the copy.

In this post, we’re going to look at some strong Facebook Ad examples and best design practices for images, helping you to create stronger, higher-performing ad campaigns. [continue reading…]