Social media image size guide for 2018: Must known facts for the marketers

Social Media Image Size

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Facebook’s influence on a consumer’s purchase decision soared according to reports that showed 52% of consumers made online and offline purchases because of the social media giant. This data was released in 2015, but Facebook shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to marketing influence. Other social networks have taken a leaf from its book and upped their game in bringing businesses and consumers together.

On Twitter, 78% of consumers who Tweeted their concerns expected action within an hour. Businesses that have expanded their turf to Instagram enjoy a 4.21% followers’ engagement rating, a result that has surpassed Twitter 120 times and Facebook by 58 times.

People have turned to social media to shop, research about a product, and complain or inquire, further blurring the lines between social networking and marketing.

The question is, how do you make yourself seen and heard in a sea of 1.65 billion active social media users, with a million more added every day?

Simple: Floor them with engaging visual content

Social Media Images
The right pictures placed at the right time will stop users from scrolling past you and have them click on your post and read your content instead.

You must take advantage of the brief moment you cross people’s newsfeed. One wrongly positioned image or cropped photo and you lose your chance in an instant.

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Luckily, you can make sure you always know how to produce the right images. Here are your social media image size cheat sheet for 2018:

Facebook

Profile Photo  –  This is the main photo that will represent your company. This square image will appear next to your account name when you post on your wall and others’ when you’re searched, and when you comment.

Guidelines:
1. 180 x 180 pixels at minimum
2. Photo thumbnail will be exposed throughout the network at 32 x 32 pixels
3. Photo on page will be displayed at 160 x 160 pixels

Cover Photo – This photo appears on top of your timeline and is layered with the profile photo. Your cover photo will be the widest photo on your profile.

Guidelines:
1. Displayed at 828 x 315 pixels
2. Images with lower than 828 x 315 pixels will be stretched
3. 399 x 150 pixels is the minimum size
4. It’s best to upload photos with text or logo in a PNG format
5. Without text or logo, images are best displayed in the RGB JPG file and less than 100KB size

Shared Image
Guidelines:
1. Upload size should be 1,200 x 630 pixels

Twitter

Profile Photo
Guidelines:
1. 400 x 400 pixels but displayed at 200 x 200 pixels
2. Must be in JPG, PNG, or GIF format
3. 100KB Maximum size

Header Photo
Guidelines:
1. 1,500 x 500 pixels
2. Must be in JPG, GIF, or PNG format
3. 10MB Maximum size

In-stream Image
Guidelines:
1. 440 x 220 pixels
2. Collapsed at 506 x 253 when appearing in feed
3. 5MB Maximum size for photos and 3MB Maximum size for GIFs

Instagram

Profile Photo
Guidelines:
1. 110 x 110 pixels
2. Photo is square. It’s best to maintain a 1:1 ratio

Photo Thumbnails
Guidelines:
1. Appearing on the page at 161 x 161 pixels
2. Thumbnails are also a square photos so maintaining a 1:1 ratio is recommended

Images Posted on Feed
Guidelines:
1. 1080 x 1080 pixels
2. Scaled to 612 x 612 pixels by Instagram
3. 510 x 510 pixels when appearing in feed

LinkedIn

Profile Photo
Guidelines:
1. Recommended: 400 x 400 pixels
2. Maximum size is 10MB in JPG, PNG, or GIF format

Company Logo
100 x 60 pixels

Company Banner Photo
1,536 x 768 pixels

Shared Photo
550 x 375 pixels

Link Photo
150 x 80 pixels

Google+

Profile Photo – Although images are uploaded as a square, Google formats it into a circle. It is best to take this as a factor when choosing a profile image so you don’t crop out the best features of your picture.

Guidelines:
1. 250 x 250 pixels
2. 120 x 120 pixels minimum
3. JPG, PNG, or GIF format only

Cover Photo
Guidelines:
1. 1080 x 608 pixels
2. Minimum: 480 x 270 pixels
3. Maximum: 2,120 x 1,192 pixels

Shared Photo
Guidelines:
497 x 373 pixels

Pinterest

Profile Photo
Guidelines:
1. 150 x 150 pixels
2. Maximum: 10MB

Board Images
Guidelines:
1. Large Thumbnails: 222 x 150 pixels
2. Small Thumbnails: 55 x 55 pixels

Pins in Feed
Guidelines:
238 pixels for main page and board

YouTube

Profile Photo
Guidelines:
800 x 800 pixels

Channel Cover Photo
Guidelines:
1. 2,560 x 1,440 pixels for TV display
2. 2,560 x 423 pixel for Desktop display
3. 1,855 x 423 for Tablet display
4. 1,546 x 423 pixels for Mobile display

Videos

Guidelines:
1. Dimensions must have a minimum of 1,280 x 720 pixels to be qualified as HD
2. Must maintain an aspect ratio of 16:9

Posts accompanied with images are shared 40 times more than the ones without. Remember, you only get a split-second exposure before people scroll past your post. While it is imperative to hire a virtual assistant who can write smart, creative posts, it’s your visual content that grabs attention first. Whether you are hiring a graphic designer, VA or working independently, this social media image sizes cheat sheet for 2017 tips the scales greatly to your favor.

Social media image size guide for 2018: Must known facts for the marketers