;

I'm a Blogging Entrepreneur and Kidney Transplant Recipient.

This is a No BS - Keep It Simple blog to help you make money blogging. Sharing the strategies that got me off Disability Checks in 11 months...Read More

New to blogging or to the Money Dummy Blog?

Getting started can get a little confusing for all of us.

To help with this,  I set up a helpful page that will give you structure and direction as to where to start!

To visit this page - Just Click The Green Start Button

7 Creative Ways To Use The New Twitter Header

Posted by in social media, Twitter, Twitter Marketing


7 Ways To Use The New Twitter Header

Seems like every other month a social site is changing their graphic area sizing and layout.

Twitters recent update is good, but who knows how long it will be around.

Since Twitter has now cleaned stuff up and given you a huge open area to work with, there is a lot you can do with it.

new twitter header

Like the advice of years ago, have an image, have a profile etc…

You now have to have a header image up there. It is the first thing people see now when they visit your Twitter page, so make sure you take the time to put SOMETHING in that header.

To help you get some idea flowing, I wanted to share a few things you can do with the header.

My 7 Creative Ways You Can Use The New Twitter Header

 

1. Boost Your Brand

Your Twitter header image is a great place to do some branding, share your brands colors or your message.

Keep the design clean, but bold to grab people’s attention.

Doing this will make it easier for you to expand your brand, plus make it easier for customers and potential customers to find you and know they have the right “you”.

 

2. Contest Announcement

Have a contest coming up?

Use your header image to first announce the upcoming contest. Throw in some dates and some details about what you are giving away to help you grab attention.

Once the contest launches flip the header image to show the details of how to enter and some images of things they will win.

If you have some big names sponsoring, this is a good place to add them in to give your contest even more “show” and credibility.

 

3. Promote Something

With this one I would be careful, the idea makes sense and I have seen some really nice headers promoting things like a book or ebook.

But on the negative, having a BIG promotion be the first thing new potential followers see may be a quick way to lose followers.

So do some testing with this idea.

What I have done instead of using the new Twitter header, is I am using the “pin a tweet” to promote My Free Twitter Guide, the pin to tweet is smaller and less in your face, but again, do some testing to see which works best for you.

But if you decide to try this, come with something clean, unique and bold. The size will get attention, but the design and message is what will get them to take action.

 

4. Launch A Product

This one works off of what I said above, but the difference is, you want to use this ONLY for a new launch announcement of a new book, product or service.

So it comes off more like an announcement and less about selling.

pssst between you and me, the announcement is still selling, just in a softer way :)

I would even flip this later after the product/book/service is launched and make it a big testimonial announcement showing off an image of your stuff with screen grab images of testimonials you received.

Still announcing and soft selling.

 

5.  Show Off Your Community

This one is all about your readers or customers.

Do you do a top commenter on your blog? If so, show them off in the header image.

An image of them smiling big, some branding colors and a nice message about them and you.

Something like this…

“Say Hello to This week’s Top Commenter on JohnPaulAgiar.com – Joe Jones – TY Joe, we appreciate all the support.”

See how it’s all about Joe, but you throw in a little something for you too… it’s a Win Win :)

You can do the same, with your customers, think of a way to spotlight someone new each week and throw it up in your new Twitter header.

 

6. Share Your Social

Do you go to a lot of events?

If you do and you take a lot of pictures with some top people in your community, share them there.

This will show you have a normal side, shows you like to have fun, and it shows you connecting with the big hitters you look up too.

Nice credibility builder :)

You can design it with the name of the event you went too, a collage of a few of your best pictures, even some of the silly ones, then add a nice message to go with it.

Simple yet effective on a few levels.

 

7. Share Your Personal

This one is simple and fun, it’s is all about YOU.

Share things about you, things you enjoy doing, your family, your pet, anything that is personal to you.

Again make it easy for people to see you and see you are about more than “just” business.

This one is great because you can just have fun with it, but I will say this, like all social media, not EVERYTHING you do or like needs to be share or should be shared.

So keep your weirdo at home, the goal is to attract people not make them run the other way screaming. lol

 

There you go, 7 ways you can use the new Twitter header in your blogging or business.

Here are a few things to keep in mind.

No matter which idea you try out, make sure to keep it updated. If you are doing the contest or launch idea, make sure to take the header down once that was been completed.

If you are doing the community idea, make sure once you start, keep it going and updated weekly.

If you are doing the event idea, make sure to update it on a regular, because there will be nothing more sad than if your event header is 13 months old haha

You get the idea, no matter what keep it updated, this doesn’t mean you have to change it weekly, but every couple months is fine. This is always a great way to show you are active on Twitter and with your community.

retweet

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

free wordpress install moneydummy
  • http://www.bloggingfromparadise.com/ Ryan Biddulph

    Hi JP,

    I dig each idea. Doing anything to spread brand awareness, and to show off a bit too, is probably a good idea as you’ve shared with your smart post.

    I’m all about travel so it’s a travel avatar of me smiling, and a huge, sweeping travel image of Fiji, or wherever I am at the time. Always seize that branding opportunity when it avails itself because folks thrive off of eye candy.

    As for deals that’s another super smart approach. It may be twitter’s real estate but you can use it on loan, to benefit your audience and to boost your sales too. As you noted JP that’s a win-win for both parties, and that’s why we’re tweeting, right?

    Simply be creative and you’ll use twitter’s header effectively.

    Props to you for changing up my header. Now I’m using an image from the beach – across the street from the crib – right here in Fiji. Really neat, and it pops too, with some seriously aqua blue waters.

    Thanks dude.

    I’ll tweet this in a bit.

    Ryan

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Ryan I would do the same thing you are if I was you. Show off the Lifestyle in images… that’s powerful and effective man.

    Your pics are always great.. like i told you before many times “your living the dream on those beaches man” :)

  • http://www.adriennesmith.net/ Adrienne

    Hey John Paul,

    I finally broke down and created a header but using it when you launch a product is a good idea. Thank you for including that on your list and I’m going to keep that in mind since mine will be coming up later this year.

    I don’t run contests but I like the idea of showing off my community. I bet they would love that. Now I have more work to do John Paul.

    Great tips, thank you for sharing these.

    ~Adrienne

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    There is always more work to do Adrienne haha

    Glad I gave you some new ideas to test out, I think the launch idea will do well, if done correctly and not over pushy. But just takes testing.

  • http://www.brumdesign.uk/ Phillip Dews

    All good Stuff here JP,

    I love the new Twitter layout and agree with you that its great to brand you buddy. I am still not to happy with mine atm being a designer I am always looking to improve and change things!

    Have you seen the new Headers for linkedin yet? Will be doing mine a little later on! Love your idea of launching a new product on there! I have also noticed on bigger screens the designs can look a little blurry.

    Great tips JP
    Manete alsius
    - PD

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Thanks Phillip, glad you like the post. I agree with you on big screens, I have a 22” monitor and the headers always look distorted.

    I need to get my LinkedIn header done too, another great place to use these tips.

    haha you like me, never happy with the results, I’m always tweaking. But long as you have something there as your tweaking you are good.