How and Why to use Social Media Collages on PicMonkey.com
One thing I LOVE about Picmonkey (and that I haven't seen offered anywhere else) are their ready-to-go social media collage templates.
Ok, so that's kind of a mouth full, right? “Social media collage templates.”
And if you're like me, you hear the words “social media” and you start to cringe, or just totally check out all together.
Good news, friends! This fun feature over at Picmonkey is actually going to make your social media life EASIER! Novel thought, isn't it?
Before I get into the “how,” let's spend just a second on the “why” to use social media-ready collages. The answer is: presentation, presentation, presentation. It's the same answer to every blogging question you'll ever have: the vast majority of blog readers/pinners/FB frequenters are VISUAL people. So all of your photos need to be neatly arranged, and the RIGHT SIZE in order to look their best. Picmonkey takes the guess work out of the equation! As long as you use their collage templates, you can easily create your own Facebook page cover (the banner that goes behind your profile picture), and perfectly Pinterest-sized collages.
Your banner on Facebook is SO important. Just like your blog header, it's the first thing people will notice when they get to your fan page. It can be the difference between someone “liking” your page or not– I know it makes a difference for me when I visit pages! And, at the rate Facebook is going these days (promoted posts, sponsored posts, pages tabs, blah, blah, blah), we're losing precious page visibility as it is! If someone sees your page, you want it to GRAB them, and you want it to tell them everything they need to know about your site in one 3-second glance. It's a visual description of your blog.
So here's how to make it perfect:
Step 1: Go to Picmonkey.com and select Create a Collage:
Step 2: Select the Facebook collage template from the toolbar:
Step 3: Add your BEST photos from your blog (I've also included some clip art from my header). Don't forget that your profile picture will be covering part of the lower left hand corner of the collage, so try to choose a photo that will look okay partially covered. You may also want to consider leaving part of your collage white, so that you can add text or color to it (see step 5).
Step 4: Save the collage and upload on to your FB page cover!
(optional) Step 5: I always like to add text to my collage, so that it resembles something more like a blog header. I think it makes it look a little more professional, and sends a clear message as to what sort of things your blog/site represents. To do this, return to the main Picmonkey page, and click on Edit a photo. Select your saved FB cover to edit.
If you didn't leave a white space for text, use the overlays feature to create a space where text can be seen clearly (as shown below)…
Your finished product will look something like this:
Ok, so this one took me a little while to really grasp the importance of. I've been making collages as the main “title” photo for my round-up posts forever. But I never really took note of how those collages translated to pinterest. They were always smaller! And, on Pinterest, small photo = less likely to get re-pinned = less traffic to my blog. Plus, when they're small, it's harder to read the title of the collage should you put any text on there!
Picmonkey provided an AWESOME solution. They're Pinterest-y collage templates are the perfect size to create NOTICEABLE collages to be pinned on Pinterest!
To illustrate, take a look at this screen shot of pins from my site:
I have a really fab contributor who did a great job with the “40 Perfect Popcorns” collage, it's beautiful! But look at how much smaller those two pins are compared to the Red Velvet Confetti Cake Cookies pin in between! They're almost half of the vertical size! No bueno.
So here's how we fix that:
Step 1: Go to Picmonkey.com and select Create a Collage
Step 2: Select the Pinterest-y collage template from the toolbar
Step 3: Upload photos and fill the collage (just like we did with the Facebook collage).
Step 4: Also, just like with the facebook collage, consider leaving a blank (white) area for text. I like to leave that top rectangle empty.
Step 5: Save collage. Either upload it to your post, just like you would any other photo. Or, continue to Step 6…
(optional) Step 6: Just like we did with the facebook cover collage, you can choose to add text to you collage. This is an especially good idea for round-up posts– to clearly state what exactly you are “rounding up.” It's also always advisable to watermark your photos (especially if you're making a collage of your OWN photos, and not a round-up collage of other bloggers' photos).
This is a recent one I did for a Valentine's day round-up, simply using overlays and text to create the title (and I uploaded my watermark as an overlay):
And this is what it looks like pinned:
Much more visible!
As a side note, you can also easily create a Google + banner using collages! Simply use the “Ducks in a Row” collage template and size it to 940 x 188 (the dimensions are at the bottom of the page).
That's all there is to it! Stand out on your social media pages by creating AWESOME collages using Picmonkey.com!
Disclosure: I am receiving various forms of compensation as a result of my partnership with Picmonkey.com, including free Royale services. However, these opinions are 100% my own. Don’t believe me? Check out some of my previous DIY design posts. I’ve been recommending these guys and their paid services for a loooooooong time, even before we established a partnership.