Design of the week (June 8 – 14, 2014)
SeizerStyle Designs began operating in June 2004, about a month before Facebook was founded. Since then the popularity of Facebook as a social networking website has skyrocketed and it is an important part of the social marketing strategies of many companies. To celebrate our 10 year anniversary we have created 2 imacommemorative Facebook cover images.
The SeizerStyle Designs cover image stresses the brand and function of SeizerStyle Designs splattered with a little colour. This warm image is ideal for summer and the green bands remind of the environmental responsibility of the brand. The nathvibe cover image emphasizes a few brands and logos that SeizerStyle Designs has created over the years.
Design of the week (January 19 – 25, 2014)
Hillstone Visual is a conceptual multimedia design company. The design for this brand includes a logo, Facebook page cover image and Twitter background. The branding is based on a unified image across various internet platforms. It displays how branding can be modified to specific purposes while maintaining the essence of the brand and the brand message. Hillstone Visual’s brand message is one of innovation, bright ideas and enthusiasm that provides new solutions to design problems.
Small businesses using social media often have a presence on multiple social networks.You can monitor all these social profiles independently or use a service such as Hootsuite to manage them collectively. Hootsuite supports networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.
HootSuite’s free option allows you to monitor up to 5 social profiles using streams. You can add streams of specific information to your dashboard to view posts, direct mentions, and other profile specific information. HootSuite also comes in Pro and Enterprise versions that add more features according to the company’s price plans.
Design of the week (September 22 – 28, 2013)
This Facebook cover image highlights various designs from our portfolio at 50% opacity over a scenic view of a northern mountain ridge in the beautiful island of Dominica. This is an example of a design made specifically for a social media need. Even seemingly simple designs like this can do wonders to projecting a unified image for your brand and highlight your different offerings.
Too busy to post as much as you like to your blog or Facebook page? Is your audience online at a time that is not convenient for you to publish articles? If so, scheduling your blog or social media posts may be the ideal solution for you. By using the scheduled post feature of most major social media platforms you can create content at your convenience and deliver it to your audience at theirs.
Why would you want to schedule posts?
- Inspiration comes at random times – the idea that you get at 1am can be composed then and published at a more suitable hour.
- Facilitates bulk content creation – you can compose multiple articles or stories at once then stagger their delivery.
- Your content will be delivered even if you can’t deliver it yourself – your scheduled articles can be published even if you are on vacation or ill or without power or internet access.
- Avoid conflict of interests – if you have multiple jobs you may not be able to post for one while working on another, but with scheduled posts you can work in your free time and it will automatically be published at the time you set with no intervention from you.
How do you schedule posts?
Although the basics behind scheduling a post is the same on all platforms each platform does it slightly differently. The basic concept is that instead of publishing immediately you select a future date and time that your post should be published. Below are links to the official instructions for scheduling posts on some popular platforms.
Schedule a post on a Facebook Page
Schedule a post in Blogger
Schedule a post in WordPress
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You may find it annoying that friends always invite you to play games you are not interested in on Facebook. While there may not be any way of preventing all future game requests, you can stop particular games from sending you invitations.
Next time you receive a game request notification simply click the notification globe icon. Next hover your mouse over the top right corner of the undesired notification. An “x” should become visible with the caption “Turn Off” . Click on this “x” and you will be presented with an option to turn off notifications for the particular game. While this may not be the best solution it does help if you receive annoying requests for the same games over and over and you have no desire to play them.
Facebook is one of the most popular websites on the internet and arguably the most well known social network. In addition to your display picture, Facebook allows you to specify a cover photo to be displayed on your profile. If this picture is too large you can reposition it. There are however, guidelines that you can follow to ensure that you get the best size and position for your cover photo and that the photo’s quality is not degraded too much.
Facebook’s FAQ gives us two valuable pieces of information about the cover photos:
- The optimal dimensions are 851 pixels wide by 315 pixels high.
- Photos should be less than 100 kilobytes in size.
If you open your desired photo in an image editing program you can ensure that it is the right size by cropping out the parts of the image that you do not want in the cover photo. Once the image is 851px x 315px you do not have to worry about repositioning and the entire image will be visible as a cover photo.
Facebook automatically adjusts the quality of large images and if your image has text or logos the quality loss is very noticeable. Ensuring that your file size is below 100KB will also ensure that Facebook does not reduce the quality of your image dramatically after it is uploaded.
Over the last couple of years social networking has risen dramatically in mainstream popularity. Sites that allow people of similar interests to connect and communicate with each other are nothing new, however, new technology and improvements in internet availability have vastly magnified the impact of social networks.
With the emergence of video, music and picture sharing sites, in conjunction with their comment and contact/friends list features, interactivity is more or less expected in websites. This is especially true if your target audience is the young demographic. Bearing this in mind it is prudent to consider if your site (and ultimately its visitors) would benefit from social networking features.
Not all websites require the same amount of interactivity and it would be ill-advised to add unnecessary features to a site that just detracts from its intended purpose. That said, social networks are here and they are popular, therefore they cannot be ignored.
Some popular social networks include: MySpace, Facebook, and Hi5.