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11 Terrific Twitter Profile Designs for Inspiration

Twitter profile designs

We all want to look good.

Wearing Levi jeans and having long hair was the way to look cool in the 70’s. Today you need a beard, ride a fixie and have an over the shoulder stylish leather bag.

And I am not talking about the girls.

In the past we lived in just a physical world. A three dimensional environment. We have entered the 4th dimension.

It’s digital.

Now we work, play and create in a digital ecosystem that defines you by your image online. Your credibility and brand is determined by your web content. The photos on Facebook, your blog posts and tweets.

How are you looking?

What image do you want to project?

Your digital brand persona is now an important component of your marketing. Fun, serious, skeptical? Maybe a rebel, crazy or even comedic. Maybe thought leader or expert.

Don’t be afraid to stand out.

Brand blandness is boring, forgettable and leads to drowning in a sea of hundreds of millions of websites.

What are the image design rules for Twitter?

So you want to be seen in the Twitter torrent.

What are the visual image rules?

Twitter allows us to use post images as long as they’re hosted on pic.twitter.com and are shown inline on users’ feeds. They also support GIFs, which is a great way to engage with your audience.

There are many ways to do this, and we’ll take a look at some of them in the tips and tricks section below..

But before we get to that what are the image design rules for Twitter.
Twitter image design rules 1

What can you use your header image for?

Apart from looking good there are some other reasons to take advantage of the header image.

  • Announce new products
  • Highlight a hashtag
  • Promote a webinar
  • Market your new book

The list goes on. If you have the time and resources you can keep changing it for achieving campaign goals. But we need to keep projecting and be true to the brand persona.

Some tips and tricks

Now that we’ve seen which sizes to use, let’s take a look at some tools and tricks we can use to make sure the content looks awesome.

1. Images: There are quite a few stock photo sites out there, and it’s a good idea to browse through a few of them to find the perfect image to goes along with the content you publish.

2. Personalize: Don’t use the stock image as-is. Add some color, badges, personalized text or other CTA to get more people interested in your visuals. You don’t need Photoshop to do all that—freeware tools like CanvaPaint.NETfotor or PicMonkey can be used effectively to do a lot of image customization.

Twitter profile designs for inspiration

Are you you a personal brand or a corporate brand? Personal brands can push the boundaries. So what and how you profile your personality will vary between the two.

Personal brands

What is your one thing? Speaking, consulting, writing.

1. Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary V was the wine guy but he has moved onto writing, speaking and a whole lot more.

21 Twitter profile designs

2. Michael Hyatt

Michael comes form the world of publishing and is the author of “Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World”. He also is a prolific blogger and online entrepreneur .

Twitter profile designs

3. Marshall Mathers (Eminem)

Eminem is about attitude and his Twitter profile says it all with one in your face visual

Twitter profile designs

4. Guy Kawasaki

Guy is a prolific author and entrepreneur and first made his mark at Apple. His visual is all about the book in this version of his Twitter profile. He also is the Chief evangelist for Canva the new start up from Sydney that is reinventing graphic design.

Twitter profile designs

5. Ashton Kutcher

Ashton takes a bit of interest in tech guy and an actor and with 16.9 million followers he can make a bit of noise online.

He was the first person to go past 1 million followers.

Twitter profile designs

6. Richard Branson

We all know who this “Virgin” is. Richard  is not afraid to stand out and stand up. With 5.51 million followers he can make a tweet sprint from a standing start.

Twitter profile designs

Corporate brands

Twitter is a great place for companies to create online buzz, break news and share their stuff. Here are a few that give you an tweet or two to think about.

7. Hubspot

HubSpot, the online platform for marketing your businss was one of the first to create free valuable content that adds value. Today its content marketing strategy creates  over 65,000 leads every month for their sales team.

Check them out for how to tweet, create content and convert.

Twitter profile design

8. Bulmers Cider

Bulmers make a great Twitter banners. Here is the current one. I am a bit of an orange fan.

Twitter profile designs

9. National Geographic

National Geographic is the monthly magazine that I couldn’t wait to get in the mail when I was a young “Twitter snapper”. Today they have reinvented themselves into a modern and digital publisher.

Here is their Twitter account for the National Geographic channel.

21 Twitter profile designs

10. Red Bull

Red Bull doesn’t advertise much but it publishes a lot.

It is a great example of why brands should become publishers. Their banner doesn’t feature their drink neither does the website.

It’s about creating conversations around the brand not about the product.

The drink sales will then take care of themselves.

Twitter profile designs

11. Samsung

Smart phones are what is driving online sharing including Tweeting, Instagramming and Snapchatting.

Samsung’s mobile division along with Apple dominates mobile. Being an Apple user I wanted to put up their Twitter account but I couldn’t find it. Apparently they are too busy to tweet.

But Tim happens to have an account with over 1 million followers.

Twitter profile designs

How about you?

What design did you like? Are you happy with your Twitter profile? More to do.

Look forward to your insights and feedback in the comments below.

 

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Comments

  • Arun Sarathy

    Thanks Jeff! That was a thought provoking post. I am going to keep it in my mind when I publish my ebook to market it using the Twitter’s header image. Good post!

  • All are creative Jeff! I like RB’s – the other RB 😉 – Branson’s the most. It seems genuine. Real. Authentic. Ditto with Gary Vee, who’s as authentic as you can get online or offline. I dig my profile because it shows me in paradise, avatar-wise, in Fiji. I add an image for my banner of Pandawa Beach in Bali. It’s a 10 minute motorbike ride away and one of the most gorgeous beaches on earth, and it fits perfectly with my Blogging from Paradise brand.

    As long as you vibe with your brand and create a branded, aligned profile image, and banner, you’ll feel clear on your offering. Again, Branson’s seems most natural to me although all the accounts rock and all designs are dead on too.

    As for eye-catching, Bulmers takes the cake! The play of colors and large bottle screamed at me. Well done, for branding and for impacting twitter followers, and I’m sure this post is getting them some more much deserved pub. I may have to grab a bottle somewhere around these parts if I can; not holding my breath though in Bali LOL.

    Ryan

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    I liked Ashton Kutcher much to my surprise. Simplicity always gets me visually

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