Do you have a Facebook page for your business? If so, then you probably know Facebook has changed things up and will switching over all pages to the Timeline layout (like your personal profile) on March 30. There have been hundreds of articles about what you need to do to prepare for the mandatory switch. A selection is included at the end of the article.
What I realized immediately is that now you need to be strategic about how you design the big, billboard-style image dominating your page so you capture your new fans' attention and immediately tell a story about what you do and encourages them to like your page and interact with you.
With this realization came another… if you're not a graphic designer, then you need one. I am most definitely not a designer. Louise Myers of Louise Myers Graphic Design came to my rescue and created a beautiful cover image from a photo I took of Los Angeles and keywords that reflect how I serve my community.
Find a Graphic Designer for Your Timeline Cover Image
I reached out to contacts on Facebook, in private groups, on Twitter and my LinkedIn Visibility group and asked designers to share their contact info if they create Timeline cover images. So many people responded that I've compiled the list from all sources into a spreadsheet you can use to find the perfect designer for you and your business.
The spreadsheet below is posted on Google Docs if you want to view the complete list (feel free to share with your colleagues who may need help too!).
If you are a designer and are not on the list, you're welcome to add your name, URL and email address in the comments below and we'll update the list every few days.
Recommended Reading for Understanding the Facebook Timeline for Business Pages
7 New Facebook Changes Impacting Businesses by Andrea Vahl on Social Media Examiner
28 Things You Need To Know About The New Facebook Pages by Kristi Hines on KISSmetrics
How To Make The Most Of The New Design On Facebook Timeline by SimplyZesty
5 Tricks that Every Marketer Needs to Know to Exploit the New Facebook Page Design by John Jantsch at DuctTapeMarketing
Got a question about how to maximize your new Facebook page? Post it here. If I don't know the answer, I'll find someone who can help you. And, if you have switched your page to the new Timeline format, feel free to post a link to your Page so we can see how you've dealt with the design challenge!
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