Are you the Admin of a Facebook Group? For example I co-admin a Facebook Group of friends who share an interest in video games. The cool thing is, I recently found a way to spice up my group page by adding a branded cover photo! Here’s what I’ve learned.
As an alternative to Facebook fan pages, Facebook Groups allow users to connect and communicate usually around a specific topic and can have different security settings like secret, closed, or open. Though groups were initially around before Facebook “fan” pages existed, they are often underutilized or overlooked.
In this social media tutorial I am going to quickly cover how to upload a Facebook Group cover photo.
If you are associated or an admin of any Facebook groups, you will see them displayed in the left sidebar of your Home screen. Keep in mind only group admins have access to upload a new Facebook Group Cover Photo so if you don’t see the option you may want to check your permissions. You can also choose an image from your Group’s Photos to use.
Let’s do it!
The dimensions of a Facebook Group Cover Photo I used is 801 x 250 pixels. Though you can upload a larger photo and position it within the designated space to your liking.
Why Add a Facebook Group Cover Photo?
- A professional first impression
- Hide faces of active group members from displaying instead
- Consistent branding if the group is associated to a business
- Engagement within your group as members will be notified after the new cover photo is published.
Though adding a Facebook Group cover photo can be beneficial, you may also choose not to upload one in order to showcase the faces of your most active members as the cover image. This can be used as a pseudo-leader board or coveted placement for your group members to strive toward by engaging with the group more.
One thing I’d like to see is the ability to have both – possibly a smaller cover photo with active members faces lined up below it. Though this update is a good sign that future improvements are in store for Facebook Groups.
Much like the roll-out of Facebook Timeline, the ability to visually brand an personalize your Facebook presence is something I recommend taking full advantage of.
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