A Detailed Guide to Photo & Image Sizes on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube & More [Infographic]

When you’re designing cover photos, graphics, and other social media assets, sometimes knowing the bare bones image dimensions isn’t enough.
 
What if you wanted to place text or an arrow on your Facebook cover photo without it getting covered by the profile photo? And what about the shared link thumbnails on Facebook or in-stream photos on Twitter … how big should those be?

If you’re looking for a detailed guide to social media photo sizes — including recommended dimensions, minimum and maximum dimensions, image scale, and more — then this is it. The infographic below from Digital Information World is a great reference to bookmark or keep close-at-hand the next time you’re creating an image for your social media profile. And if you’re looking to make it a little faster and easier to design cover photos for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and YouTube …
 
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The Absolute Beginners Guide to Social Media Marketing

Social media is no longer a fashionable marketing accessory, it’s become an integral and essential part of any online strategy.
 
If you’re just getting started in business or on social media take a look at this infographic from Placester which gives you 18 tips for social media marketing beginners.
 
The Absolute Beginners Guide to Social Media Marketing
 
 

The Business Case for Social Selling [Infographic]

If you haven’t started incorporating social media into your sales process, you’re not alone. According to a survey from PeopleLinx, only 31% of sellers currently use social to sell.

But a quick look at the data backing social selling indicates that the trend will only get stronger in the years to come. For instance, 79% of salespeople who actively engage on social media outperform their peers, and over half of buyers consult social channels as part of their research processes — up from 19% in 2012.
 
While there’s no shame in not being a social seller today, salespeople who refuse to join the party will get left behind in the near future. Need some convincing? Check out the data in the following infographic from Sales For Life. Better to join the ranks of social sellers late than never.
 
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A Handy Little Guide to Creating Visual Content for Social Media [Infographic]

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Want more views, clickthroughs, shares, and overall engagement on your social media posts? You’re not alone. According to the 2014 State of Inbound Marketing, 84% of marketers cited organic, top-of-the-funnel sources like social media, blogs, and search engines as rising in importance in 2014.
 
Posting visual content is one of the most important things you can do to improve your social media strategy.

A successful social strategy will often include photos, videos, and screenshots of infographics or other graphs.
 
But posting visual content for the sake of posting visual content isn’t the best way to optimize your presence on social media. It’s important that your visual content be compelling, relevant, and correctly formatted. 
 
To help you create visual content your followers will love, QuickSprout created the infographic below. It’ll teach you the major types of visual content, the best tools you can use to create original visuals, and tips on creating the most compelling, aesthetically pleasing designs.
 
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Your Guide to Increasing Conversions and Average Order Value via Product Photography

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When shopping for products online, customers want to see exactly what they will receive when they make a purchase. In a physical store, shoppers are able to hold products and examine each and every detail in person. Online, product photos and descriptions are the only two ways for them to decide if particular products are worth purchasing.
 
For this reason, publishing multiple, high quality images of each of your products is critical to the success of your online business. In fact, according to eBay, each professional product image that is added to a particular listing increases sellers’ percentage of making a sale by 2%.
 
In this article, we will explain some of the key components of successful apparel, accessory and footwear product photography so that you can harness each listing’s full selling potential. Specifically, we will explain several successful key practices in product photography, as well as some unique considerations for different product categories.
 

What are the Key Components of Successful Product Images?

 
Creating a variety of high quality product images is critical to engage your customers and generate sales. Regardless of the product category, you need to make sure that the following elements of your product images are fully optimized: size and resolution, alignment/consistency, background and color accuracy.
 

Size and Resolution

 
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A small photo is not an effective sales tool. It’s important to ensure your high resolution images are sized properly and are optimized for the web. As a general rule of thumb, your online product images should be at least 1600 pixels on the longest side so that 1) you will be able to utilize a zoom functionality on your site and 2) your images will be large enough to be accepted on all major online marketplaces.
 

Alignment and Consistency

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To improve the professional appeal of your product pages and provide your customers with better shopping experiences, you should ensure that each included image is aligned perfectly with the rest. Publishing clean and consistent category pages will build trust with your customers and portray your company as a reputable retailer. You may choose to align your images to the top, center or bottom –– just be sure to select one method and use it for all of your product imagery.

Background

 
A clean, plain background is another important factor to consider when creating product images. For most products, a plain white background is most suitable. At the same time, using a white background for your Bigcommerce store will also allow you to use the same images on many online marketplaces. We recommend using the same background for all your products to add consistency and a clean, professional look to your site.
 

Color Accuracy

 
Product color is another important aspect of shopping online. Make sure your images show the products’ true colors so that customers see exactly what they will receive if they purchase the product. It’s important to know that different computer screens and web browsers often utilize different color profiles, which means that every screen and browser interprets colors a little bit differently. To overcome this problem, convert your JPEG files to the sRGB color profile.
 

Accessories

 
When shopping for accessories online, customers want to see exactly what they will be getting when they make a purchase.  It doesn’t matter if it is a purse, a scarf or another accessory, customers want to be able to visualize products as if they had them in their own hands. Showing color, size and product details are all extremely important.
 
Be sure to include the following angles in each product listing: front, back, 45 degrees, left side, right side, and details (buckles, zippers, straps on, straps off, bottom, inside, unzipped, open, logos, etc).
 
Front and Back
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45 Degrees
 
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Left and Right
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Details
 
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Apparel

 
Fashion apparel encompasses a wide range of styles and details and it’s important to showcase the unique features of your products. Before shooting, make sure to examine each product to identify details such as cuffs, bead work, buttons or elegant stitching that you want to display on your product listing page. Customers want to see everything.
 
Below are some of the recommended angles for photographing dresses, in particular:
 
Front and Back, Left and Right
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45 Degrees
 
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Details
 
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If you’d like to take your apparel images to the next level, consider using a 3D mannequin effect that will allow you show the shape of your product while eliminating distractions.

Footwear

 
There are a number of different ways to create flattering images of shoes. Why? Because shoes tend to look great from a variety of angles and they often sport a great deal of detail.
 
Make sure to check off those basic, tried-and-true angles, first during your product photoshoot. The first “main” image in every listing is essential because it allows the customer to get a solid view of each product right from the start.
 
For this reason, we recommend that you start by creating the horizontal, left and right views of the shoe before you do anything else. After that, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get creative. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Zoom in close to feature details like bows, fabric, jewels and leather, and make sure to try new angles. Remember, the more product image variations you include in each listing, the more likely you are to increase conversions.
 
Below are several examples of product image angles for footwear.
 
 
Left and Right
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Front and Back
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45 Degrees
 
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Top and Bottom
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Details
 
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Taking Things a Step Further

 
Once you have created beautiful, high quality imagery for your product listings, you’ll need to spend time writing appealing product descriptions and utilizing SEO, among other things. There are two other website and product listing features that you should consider as well: 3D product representations and “complete the look” functionality.
 

Product Videos and 360º Spins

 
In addition to deciding which angles to include in your listings, you will also need to determine the best way to display apparel, accessory and footwear products as if they were being worn.
 
This technique is especially useful in encouraging online shoppers to imagine wearing products themselves. A great way to do this is to include a video, 3D spin or animated gif along with every product, which can help customers to better visualize and understand products. Here are a few excellent examples of product gifs and videos from Zalando, Net-A-Porter, and ASOS:
 
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Complete the Look


Incorporating a “Complete the Look” feature on your ecommerce website is also a smart way to increase your sales in other product categories. This feature would allow customers to pair other merchandise with products they are currently considering to create outfits and styles. This not only makes shopping that much easier for your customers, but it is also a great marketing technique that will allow you to seamlessly promote additional products and increase conversions. Here are a few examples courtesy of Net-A-Porter and Mango:

 
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“How To Wear It” by Net-A-Porter
 
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“Complete Your Outfit” by Mango
 
As you can see, there are many different ways to photograph and showcase your apparel, accessory and footwear products. The bottom line is to remember that it’s always best to display as many high quality images per listing as possible. This will give customers a sense of security and confidence when purchasing products from your online store and reduce product returns. Winning your customers’ trust through product photography is one of the most important elements of growing any ecommerce business.
 
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3 Ways to Increase the Authority of Your Website and Improve Your SEO

If you’ve just created a new website you’ll no doubt be wondering how to increase the authority of your website and increase your ranking on Google for your preferred keywords?
 
Whilst building the authority of your site is a complex task the process can be split into 3 easy to follow groups as detailed in this infographic from Vertical Measures.
 
3 Ways to Increase the Authority of Your Website and Improve Your SEO
 
 

Just Starting Out on Social Media? Here’s 16 Dos and Don’ts to Follow

Are you new to the world of social media marketing? Would you like some handy tips to follow to get your strategy off the ground?
 
If you’re just starting out with social you may have come to realise that it’s more than just adding a post every now and then to achieve a good amount of engagement. There’s a few things you will need to consider to make sure you’re doing it right.
 
For some guidance take a look at this easy to read infographic from The Insurance Octopus.
 
Just Starting Out on Social Media Here’s 16 Dos and Don’ts to Follow
 
 

SEO: How to Optimise Your Webpages and Rank Higher on Google

Are you just starting to learn about SEO? Do you know how to optimise a webpage effectively to rank higher on Google?
 
Optimising a webpage can be confusing for those not in the know, but with a few simple tweaks you can push your web pages up the rankings in no time. It doesn’t have to be as hard as some SEO companies make it out to be!
 
Take a look at this infographic from Surepayroll for some guidance.
 
SEO How to Optimise Your Webpages and Rank Higher on Google