For years, I’ve followed Joan Stewart (aka, The Publicity Hound) and her trusty assistant, Christine Buffaloe. When Joan announced in her e-newsletter that she had figured out a way to beautify the photo ribbon that displays at the top of their PublicityTips Facebook Business/Fan Page, I investigated.
And I conquered.
In my previous post, I explained how to jazz up the photo ribbon that appears above your Personal Facebook Profile. That’s different than the photo ribbon that appears above your Business PAGE.
Today we’re talking Pages.
The photo ribbon that runs across the top of your Page displays the five images you’ve most recently posted to your Page Wall, as well as photos you tag as being associated with your Page, in random order.
To put custom photos into the photo ribbon, you first need to find five photos you want to use. I experimented by cropping and resizing images from my Blogging Bistro website and from my custom Facebook Welcome Page. (The words on these teeny photos are a bit hard to see, so I’m going to continue experimenting until I’m satisfied.)
Joan and Christine grabbed stock photos that showcase the types of services they provide:
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- 20 Icon Sets for Writers
- Icon Set for Editors and Writers
- Book Lovers Icon Set
- Blogging Icon Sets
- The Dailies Icon Set for Writers
…Now, back to the tutorial:
Resize each image to 98 x 68px (you can use free web-based photo editing software such as http://www.picnik.com/ to quickly resize and crop images).
Save each image to your hard drive and then log in to your Facebook Page.
Beneath your profile picture (left sidebar) you’ll see a Tab that says “Photos.” (If it’s not showing, click “Edit Page” in the upper righthand corner of your screen, and then click “Apps” from the lefthand sidebar. Add the “Photos” app.)
Once you’re in the “Photos” tab, click “Upload Photos” (upper righthand corner).
I uploaded all five of my photos for the photo ribbon into the same album (for experimental purposes), but Joan and Christine advise uploading each photo into its own album. That’s because, whenever you upload/post a new photo to your Wall, Facebook automatically puts it in your Page’s photo ribbon. Uploading each photo to its own album makes it easier to hide a photo you don’t want to display in the ribbon.
Save, but Don’t Publish Photos
There’s no need to publish these albums (publishing the album generates a post to your Wall). Just save the album. As soon as you save each album, the image will appear in the photo ribbon.
Hide Photos You Don’t Want to Display
To hide a photo in the ribbon, simply hover your cursor over it and click the “x” that appears in the upper righthand corner of the photo. Clicking the “x” does not delete the photo; it just hides it. People can still view the photo on your “Photos” tab.
Include a Call to Action and Important Links
Your final step is to add a description and links to each picture in your photo ribbon. To easily do this, click once on each photo in the ribbon. That will open a screen where you can edit the photo. In the middle of the screen you’ll see a link that says, “Add a description.”
Click that link and write a brief call to action and insert a hyperlink to the page you want people to visit.
If you click the “Website & blog design” image from my Page’s ribbon, you’ll see the following prompt:
We’ll create a custom package that fits your budget and meets your needs. Ask for a free, no-obligation estimate. http://www.bloggingbistro.com/services/website-blog-design/
Print a nicely formatted PDF of this tutorial by clicking the “Printable PDF” button below the post. Experiment with creating your own custom photo ribbon. In the Comments area, share a link to your Facebook Page so we can take a peek and learn from each other.
But Wait… There’s More!
You’ll want to read and print my other Facebook tutorials:
- How to use Facebook’s new Page design
- How to get to your Facebook Page from your Profile
- How to delete a Facebook Page
- How to deactivate and permanently delete your Facebook account
- Your Facebook profile picture: What NOT to do (Video)
- How to jazz up the row of pictures above your Personal Facebook Profile