Twitter Cards are one of the most interesting features the site has launched recently. Despite their simple looks, they have a lot of potential in improving your marketing campaign. Read on to learn about the various types of Twitter Cards and how you can best use them for marketing.
There are many benefits to using Twitter Cards for marketing:
All of these points illustrate how useful these cards are. But to get the full advantage, you need to know how to use each card type the right way.
The Summary Card’s main purpose is to provide a description of your site or web page. The card text gives you a lot of room for input; the title alone allows for 70 characters while the description has 200 characters available for you to use.
— Marc Nouss (@marc_nouss) June 2, 2017
There are two subtypes of Summary Cards with the main difference between them being the size of the preview image. Regular Summary Cards have a small thumbnail as a link. Meanwhile, the second type of Summary Card lets you put in a full-sized image as a preview, like this one:
— Inc. (@Inc) July 27, 2017
Note that in both types, the image should not exceed 1MB in size.
To setup Summary Cards, insert the following meta tags into your pages’ code and input your own text in the “Content” section of each tag.
For normal Summary Cards:
For Summary Cards with large images:
When deciding which Summary Card type to use, think about how the image fits into the overall purpose of the card. If the preview image is simply meant to display the logo of the site you are linking to, settle for the regular one. On the other hand, if you want to emphasize a compelling image from the link’s content, use the Summary Card with larger images. National Geographic uses the latter:
Video: What is deforestation? Find out the causes, effects, and solutions. https://t.co/mbRqWzyBoN
— National Geographic (@NatGeo) July 27, 2017
Your titles and descriptions should give your audience an idea of what the link contains. Take advantage of the extra character spaces to better inform your readers.
Summary Cards can be used to highlight one-off content. Use them as teasers before a release. Increase their reach using Devumi’s Retweets Service. Use this service to help spread this important information further.
The App Card is dedicated to promoting your mobile apps. It provides a direct download link to your app’s Apple or Google App Stores page.
— TIME (@TIME) July 2, 2015
App Cards have the same 200-word descriptions as Summary Cards. However, the titles are directly pulled from your app’s ID in the stores, while the image is pulled from the app’s own page.
Enable App Cards by inserting the following meta tags in your site’s code:
Note that if your app does not support certain platforms, remove the corresponding tag.
App Cards can be used in every aspect of your app’s promotional cycle. During the pre-launch phase, create a dedicated card that your followers can refer back to on launch day. Following the release of your app, use updated App Cards that highlight any latest developments you have made.
You can also use the App Card to highlight special promotions like discounts on the purchase price or in-app incentives. Create a special card for the promo and, in the description, tell your followers what they are getting.
Encourage your followers to share your app’s download links. Twitter automatically generates an App Card whenever the links are shared. This makes your tweets more enticing and increases the likelihood of downloads.
Player Cards let you display multimedia content from your site via a live player that is embedded in your tweets. They work in a similar manner to tweeting content from streaming sites like YouTube and SoundCloud.
— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) July 26, 2017
Player Cards have a 200-character description box. For the actual media content, Twitter requires the following specifications:
Make sure you follow these specifications to ensure effective implementation. If your video has larger dimensions, only part of it will be displayed within the embedded player.
The setup for Player Cards is a little more complex than that of the other types. First, download the Twitter Cards Getting Started Bundle. Follow the instructions found in the included readme files to create all the necessary paths and tags.
You then need to apply for approval from Twitter to activate the function. To submit your cards for approval:
Applications for Player Card activation usually take a few business days to get approved. Twitter provides a set of guidelines to help increase your chances of approval.
A common question when using Player Cards is why you shouldn’t just share your multimedia content from streaming sites. The main advantage of using Player Cards here is that they let you deliver content directly from your site. This helps draw more interest towards your site and boosts traffic towards it.
The effectiveness of Player Cards in getting your audience to perform desired actions begins with the media content itself. Aside from having compelling content, your video or audio streams should end with a strong call to action. That call should be consistent with the rest of your shared media content to reinforce its message.
To generate your cards, the function should first be enabled in your site. Do that by following these steps:
Note that the process is done separately for each page you want to generate cards for. You can also use the plugins recommended by Twitter to automate the integration.
As I mentioned earlier, each Twitter Card type has a specific function. Take advantage of them by implementing different cards in different parts of your campaign:
Don’t just share the cards as they are. Create engaging tweets to accompany and lead into each card. This could be a call to check out the card’s contents or additional information about them. Such introductory texts help generate further interest in the card itself:
— Lallab (@AssoLallab) June 18, 2017
Another way to give your Twitter Cards a boost is to get your followers to share them. A combination of good card titles, descriptions, and introductions is an effective way of getting people to share them.
Also, note that once you have the card function activated, any tweeted link from your site automatically generates a card. Get the most out of this fact by encouraging your site visitors to share content they like. Adding an easily accessible “Tweet” button will increases the likelihood of their sharing it.
Measuring how well your cards perform is vital for gauging their impact on your overall marketing efforts. Twitter provides a dedicated Cards Analytics tool for this purpose. The Analytics page is divided into three main tabs:
Each of these tabs has the following sections that break down the traffic generated from your cards:
These four sections will give you different data depending on the tabs you have chosen, but don’t overlook the Best Practices popups that appear. They are personalized tips and suggestions that appear on the right side of your screen. You can learn a great deal about how to further boost the performance of your cards from them.
Twitter Cards are a great way to go beyond the 140-character limit of your tweets and enhance your marketing campaign. To get the most out of them, you need to:
Follow these steps and you can use Twitter Cards to take your marketing campaign on the platform to a whole new level.