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The Complete Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet: [Infographic]

It’s a lot of pressure to stay active across every social media platform, and it can be hard to keep up with the latest trends and techniques.

But like it or not, social media is here to stay. And entrepreneurs, business people, marketers, and others with a message to get out are taking notice.

Why? Social media can be an enormously useful tool in the business world. You can boost brand recognition and loyalty, connect with potential or current customers, advertise products and promotions, share helpful or inspiring content, and more. Best of all, getting started on these platforms is free and just requires an investment of some time and creativity — which can pay off in big ways.

It’s worth noting that sharing visual content on social media can be particularly effective for increasing engagement with your audience. According to HubSpot:

  • Facebook posts that feature photos account for 87% of interactions on the site. (Source: eMarketer)
  • Tweets with images receive 18% more clicks, 89% more favorites, and 150% more retweets than those without. (Source: Buffer)
  • Even tweets that only have a link to a photo or video receive a boost in retweets averaging 35% and 28%, respectively. (Source: Twitter)
  • In 2014, 70% of marketers planned to increase their use of original visual assets like infographics and memes. Visual content also ranked first among content types marketers want to learn more about. (Source: Social Media Examiner)

Plus, image-centric networks like Instagram and Pinterest have been growing by leaps and bounds. So there’s no better time to start creating your own social media images and graphics. Above all – your first concern should be that your visual content is being seen how you intend it to — that the dimensions are right, so nothing gets cut off or stretched out of proportion.

But don’t strain your brain trying to remember how many pixels go where or scour each site’s help section for the information — instead, bookmark this page and use the infographic below as a cheat sheet for creating all your social media images.


[via Canva]

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(Q) How often Should I Post on Social Media?

Social currency is an important metric when it comes to promoting your brand. Your likes, followers, pins, and posts all say a lot about your success, and the more engagement on your social platforms, the more likely you are to pull in clients. But how do you maximize engagement and get the most people to see your content? While there is no perfect answer, there are a few things you can do to optimize your social media strategy.

Timing Is Everything

Understanding when to utilize each of your social channels is vital to propelling you and your business to the next level. People use different social platforms at different times of the day and are more active during different parts of the week. Making sure your content gets in front of the most eyes relies on making sure you post when the most people are checking each different social site.

Instagram

Instagram was built around photography, and if you are on just one social media platform, make it Instagram. People go on Instagram to look at photos and when they find a good photograph, they are likely to like or comment on them. You don’t have to fight with competing content like articles, quizzes, and games like on other social platforms. The simple way to get more likes is to post good content when the most users are scrolling through.

Post Photo to Instagram

While there is no statistically optimal day for posting on Instagram, digital marketing company TrackMaven suggests posting at the tail ends of the workday when users are most likely on their phones. Their report showed more users interacting with content during off-work hours during the regular work week.

Each user is different, and drilling into your own analytics can help you learn even more about when to post. Use tools like IconoSquare, TakeOff, and Latergramme to know more about when your account is most active and help shape your Instagram strategy.

Facebook

Think of how you use Facebook. Unless you’re blocking invites from Farmville, you’re probably on Facebook to kill time. The closer it is to the end of the workday, the more people are on Facebook. This is your chance to strike.

Post Photos to Facebook

Whether you have a Page for your photography business or are just posting to your own personal timeline, the best times to post is between 1–4 p.m., spiking around 3 p.m. Additionally, the closer you are to Saturday the better, with more engagement happening during the second half of the week as people daydream about the weekend.

Facebook has an algorithm and not every one of your friends or followers will see all of your content. While very few people actually know what goes into Facebook’s algorithm, it’s a safe bet that the more engaging your content and the more people engage with your page, the more likely your posts will show up on their timeline. Lucky for you, photos also help generate higher engagement with 53 percent more likes and 104 percent more comments. So make sure your photography looks good.

Twitter

Twitter might not be your first thought when it comes to promoting your photography, but your content has some of the highest potential to grab the most eyes due to how open Twitter is. One retweet and your photos can show up on hundreds of new users’ feeds. It’s harder to get people to share on Facebook, and Instagram doesn’t even support a share feature. So posting to Twitter in addition to your other social platforms could be beneficial.

Post Photo to Twitter

People check up on Twitter during their down time throughout the day with users 181 percent more likely to be on Twitter during their commute and scrolling at lunchtime. The optimal times to post are 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. during the week, with 5 p.m. being the optimal time for potential retweets.

Be careful with Twitter. Instagram and Facebook do not always play nice when pushing content from their own respective apps. As is true with almost all social media sites, photos drive more engagement and Twitter currently only posts a link to a photo when you post from Instagram. It’s better to post a photo separately to Twitter so your work shows up in your followers’ feed.

Pinterest, Tumblr, and Google+

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are not the only games in town. Photographers also post content on many other social networks including Pinterest, Tumblr, and Google+, and each come with a different set of optimal posting times.

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Pinterest is for weekenders. Most people scrolling through Pinterest’s seemingly endless supply of recipes, DIY projects, and wedding dresses do so Saturday morning. The worst time to post: during the work week. Make sure your pins include your information so people who repin your photos can find you.

Tumblr is for all-nighters. Many photographers use Tumblr’s more open platform for portfolios of their work. The best time to upload new content is between 7–10 p.m. Users spend, on average, more time on Tumblr than they do on Facebook!

Finally, Google+. There are some diehard users out there so don’t cast it aside. Google uses Google+ in their SEO so posting some of your photos to your Google+ account could be advantageous. But unlike Tumblr, Google+ is most active in the mornings around 9 a.m.

Get Organized and Simplify Your Life

With all these different times to post photos to the internet, it can easily become a full-time job. If you’re going to take your social media presence seriously, it’s important to have a plan. Use tools like HootSuite and Buffer to schedule your posts to different sites. Dig into the analytical data on your followers with information from the platforms themselves like with Facebook Page Insights. Understanding your followers only helps you engage with them more and share content with them that you know they will like.

Having a clear workflow can save you a lot of time. Know what social platforms you want to be on and keep it consistent. Users like when people they follow post and share at a relatively similar time each day. That doesn’t mean you need to post something new each day, but you don’t want to surprise them with erratic behavior. We like to know what to expect. We are creatures of habit after all.

Do you have a social media strategy? How do you plan when to post your photos online? What are some of your best practices when it comes to posting?

[via Fstoppers, Fast Company]