Thursday, 26 July 2012

Breaking News: Cats Control 43% of Internet Traffic*

It's a well known fact, cats are taking over the internet.

Ok, so we might get occasionally distracted by the odd baby panda sneezing, pigeon-eating turtle or dog wearing designer spectacles.

But when it comes down to it, our feline friends beat the competition every time.

Still not convinced? Here's the proof :

Catvertising: the future of advertising

The Fluffington Post: your #1 source for breaking news fluffy animals

Upside-down kittens:  the modern art of tomorrow

Cat Memes: the superior way to drive traffic

Teaandkittens: perfect for all afternoon tea break browsing

Placekitten: the most beautiful placeholder images

* based on our care- fur-lly developed top-secret algorithm. Please enquire for further details.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

How to Make a Great Twitter Background?

After looking last week at some terrific Twitter backgrounds, this week we'll be sharing some top tips to ensure you can create the perfect background for your page.

1. Twitter backgrounds are left-aligned
This means that all important information needs to be on the left hand side. This is even though the "Twitter" panel is centered on the page.

As your background is fixed to the left hand side of the browser, if a visitor views your page with a wide screen, they may not see the right hand side.

2. Be concious of space limitations
To reach the majority of visitors, use between 66px and 194px for the left hand panel.
The "Twitter" panel has a fixed width of 865px. This means the rest (width dependant on the monitor) is free for the background.

3. Keep your background consistent with your branding
Use the same colours and logo as on your website in your background and profile picture.

- too much text or detail will distract from your Tweets, so avoid this!
- keep it simple, and clearly linked to your business identity
- consider using either your company logo or a photo of your spokesperson as the profile pic

4. Consider your background/ image colours
If you select the same background colour (via Twitter) as your background image, the two will blend together. This can be great especially if you have a shorter image.
The easiest way to do this is pick your colour via Twitter, and then afterwards use this as the basis for your background image.

5. Save your image as .PNG
This means it will be of a higher quality than .JPEG, so any detail (such as text) won't be lost.

So, what are you waiting for? ;-)

Click on "Edit your profile"

Click on "Design"

Scroll down, and you can upload a new background image and change the colour.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

10 Terrific Twitter Backgrounds

First impressions are important.

If you're a small business looking to build your online social media presence, image is crucial.  The "look and feel" of your branded pages make an impression on new visitors, whether positive or negative.

And it's certainly true that people judge a book by its cover. So the first impression of your companies page needs to capture visitors attention, to make them want to stick around and find out more.

How to do this?

Well, on Twitter, the background is literally a blank canvas. It's up to you to decide how best to portray your business, emphasise your value proposition and stand out from the crowd.

If you're in need of some inspiration, here's our round-up of some of our favourite branded Twitter backgrounds. Enjoy!

And feel free to link to your own business page in the comments :)

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