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A new style to your club website or social media page?!

Changing banner image occasionally helps keep your site interesting . It is also a good way to align with the current main activity of the club or the centenary theme of lions.

Once you have chosen your preferred picture , the hard part begins …

SMiLE blog post: Right sizing - great looking

The challenge

How to …

  • avoid a distorted image?
  • keep all main image parts in view, once uploaded?
  • judge, whether the image will fit for Twitter too?
  • get a perfect look?

At this point it is very helpful to know, which image dimensions each service uses for all the different images supported: Profile image, banner image, event image, post image, etc.

But wait a minute … every once in a while social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. change these dimensions a bit – leading to the above outlined “problems” and challenges.

SMiLE is your friend …

SMiLE team members have the same challenges and questions while maintaining our sites or the sites each of us maintains for our clubs or districts.

So we share some resources with you, which really help to stay up to date with all the image dimensions. This way, you do not have to scribble them down or memorize them. Just bookmark this SMiLE blog post 🙂

You will find tons of web pages on the internet, which talk about this topic. Here are the sources we find most helpful:

A great big infographic covering all major social media channels:

Original web page: http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/ultimate-guide-social-media-image-dimensions-infographic#sm.000jdcj9r65mcol11ag2ki26ivgew

Infographic itself (Image): https://socialmediaweek.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/hubspot-social-image-size-guide.jpg

Repeated here, with some Photoshop templates: http://makeawebsitehub.com/social-media-image-sizes-cheat-sheet/

Second infographic about social media image sizes, slightly different approach: http://www.mainstreethost.com/blog/social-media-image-size-cheat-sheet/

About Facebook Event Cover images:

This seems to be a bit of a secret, but finally we found information about that as well … Two resources reported this dimension: 784 px wide by 295 px tall (http://webmarketingtherapy.com/blog/social-media-cover-photo-sizes-for-2016/)

Here you find some extra Facebook image dimensions, typically not mentioned in other sources! http://www.dreamgrow.com/facebook-cheat-sheet-sizes-and-dimensions/

Equipped with these cheat sheets, social media admins’ life gets much easier 🙂

But we have one more great thing to share with you …

 

Tools to create perfect sized social media banners

To speed up the work to compose a perfectly fitting social media banner or post image, using the right tool can help a lot!

One of the internet resources listed above provides Photoshop templates for various social media platforms. For those of you, who work a lot with Photoshop, that might be a good way for you.

In case you like it easy yet powerful and good looking, the SMiLE team recommends Canva, a tool we use quite a lot for this task.

Canva is an online service (www.canva.com) you can use simply with your browser, or you use the nice Canva iPad App! We highly recommend it.

 

Related SMiLE blog posts

To get a first impression about Canva, have a look on the SMiLE blog post, where we introduce Canva to you. Another valuable reading is our post about improving your Facebook club/district page in general. A click on the blog post title takes you right to it:

Lions & hashtags: #DignityHarmonyHumanity

#DignityHarmonyHumanity is the theme of Lions International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada. It encourages all people to bring dignity through service, harmony through leadership, and build bridges for humanity.

cranes

Why Paper Cranes?

Japan legend promises that anyone who folds 1,000 cranes will be granted a wish. The wish of Lions clubs around the world is to spread #DignityHarmonyHumanity through service and international cooperation. Lions are fulfilling wishes of health, hope and a better life for millions of people.

Fold a crane. Make a paper crane and write #DignityHarmonyHumanity on its wing. Take a photo of your crane at a special place in your community or at the location of a Lions service project. Share your photo with the hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, …

Give a crane. Give your paper crane to someone you know or leave the crane somewhere in your community for another person to find. Challenge other Lions and friends to do the same and spread #DignityHarmonyHumanity.

See the power of using hashtags on:
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
Pinterest

 

Finally have a look at the Lions Clubs International puts
Dignity, Harmony & Humanity Cranes

#LionsClubSelfie, Time to reflect

LionsSMiLESelfieReflect#LionsClubSelfie…. If you do not know what I’m talking about then you should read this post and have a look at the Lions Selfie Wall

With the help of LCI and many online friends and followers the campaign is a great success and is here to stay. Check out the Lions Selfie Wall during the Hawaii convention to see more Lions Selfies. but what did we learn from the LionsClubSelfie hashtag campaign?

Collecting and centralizing social media campaign
Hashtag are interesting on Twitter but what is happening on Facebook and Instagram on the same time? First of all choosing a Hashtag enabled us to track selfie postings on multiple social media platforms. Social Media aggregation tools or tagboard if you like, scan multiple multi media services for hashtags and centralize them. This enables us to show all hahstag activity worldwide.

Where is my selfie
While your selfie will show up nicely on the sociale media you used to post it, It will not certainly garanteed show up on the Lions Selfie Wall. The service used is depenteant of the Social Media service API’s (set of tools to integrate social media in third party tools like walls.io). Especially Facebook #hashtags appear very irragulary or mostly not at all!

Free or paying services
Free is not always the good way to go. At one point you will have to deal with people who post improper and even offending text or images. While this is not something you can control, you certainly can filter the content on your Wall. So paying for extra services like moderation is a good decision

To wrap it up: Using hashtags and a social media aggregation service to gather and centralize all postings on your website is a great way to get engagement from your friends and followers and it show it to people visiting your website (its a kind of rating, if nobody talks about it then….)

So how do you think Lions could use this for good?
Let us know

Manage Multiple Social Media Accounts in Android

Social Media AndroidIn the world there are more than 7.600 million of mobiles devices, 96% are smartphones or tablets. 72% of this 96% used Android as his Operation System, that’s why I´ll focus on Android  and explain how you can manage multiple Social Media accounts in Android..

Twitter

Nowadays the Twitter app in Android supports multiple accounts, without big secrets, in your mobile devices, but, how can you do it?

  1. Download the Twitter app in the Play Store.
  2. When they finish the installation, open it and configure your personal account
  3. Then, press the 3 dots in the upper right and select “Configuration”.
  4. Select “Add Account””.
  5. Configure the second account.
  6. Done!!!
  7. To navigate between accounts, press again the 3 dots and select “Accounts” and select the account that you want to see.
  8. If you want to publish some image or video, they give us the option automatically to select the account that we want to use.

 

Instagram

For this app you need another program to manage multiple accounts, you only can configure 2 account in the same phone. FYI, for Instagram you need a smartphone or tablet to upload images and videos, it doesn’t work on PC!

  1. Download the Instagram app in the Play Store.
  2. Once is installed, open it and configure your personal account.
  3. Now, go (in Android) to “Configuration” – “Security” – Check the “Unknown Sources”, and “OK”.
  4. Go to web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Opera…) and search in Google the app “Instwogram”.
  5. Download and install
  6. Open the app and will be the same as you configure the original app. Configure the second account.
  7. Done…
  8. Now, go (in Android) to “Configuration” – “Security” – Uncheck the “Unknow Sources”, and “OK”.
  9. If you want to publish some image or video, you can chose between Instagram (personal) or Instwogram (secondary).

 

Google+

Easy, Android phones and tablets need  a Google account…

  1. Once the phone starts, go to “Configuration” – “Accounts & Sync” – “Add Account”.
  2. Search and select Google.
  3. Search and select ”Existing”, and will start the same configuration as the beginning of the phone.
  4. Done…
  5. Automatically when you open Google+ app, both accounts are available.
  6. If you want to publish some image or video, you have the option to automatically select the account that you want to use.
  7. To choose the account, just select in the upper left your name and pick the other new account

 

Facebook

  1. Complicated… =(

See you soon…

Twitter has launched Periscope, the livestreaming app

Like Meerkat, a similar app, Periscope lets users easily stream video from their devices to their followers. The streamed video can be then replayed later (A key difference with  Meerkat, where unless you save your stream afterwards, the video is gone for good once the stream is over.

Periscope videos aren’t integrated directly into Twitter, you need to install the separate app. Twitter also owns Vine, a 6-second video app, and the clips can be embedded directly into users’ Twitter timelines and viewed without leaving the main app.

Twitter 2009Periscope is almost like next-level Twitter. In 2009 the Hudson river plain-crash news including a picture appeared on TwitPic 15 minutes before the mainstream media reported about it!

Last week live streaming video of an explosion and fire in New York City was live on Periscope within seconds after the explosion. several other live streams followed seconds later…

nyc

Periscope and other streaming apps will change the internet and how we consume real time news.  Lets us think about how to use this in our Lions mission!

We at SMiLE will try it at the Hawaiian convention to stream live impression to Lions all over the world. Follow us on Twitter @lions_smile

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meerkat – Live streaming on Twitter

meerkatThe Meerkat app (http://meerkatapp.co/) was released on March 10th 2015. It allows someone to live-stream to their Twitter followers. We tested it today and it works great. The video quality is a bit grainy, and there is a 5-10 second delay. When you finish streaming it gives you the option of saving it as a video on the device you used to stream.

Here is whate Meerkat says:

“The Rules of Meerkat Everything that happens on meerkat happens on Twitter. Streams will be pushed to followers in real time via push notifications. People can only watch it live. No reruns. Watchers can restream any stream to their followers in real time. Scheduled streams will be distributed in the community by their subscribers. Your own streams can be kept locally on your phone, but never on the cloud. Everyone can watch on web. Be kind.”

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