Creating a social media marketing calendar for your law firm can certainly be challenging! There’s so much to consider when deciding how best to adapt your content for each social media channel: engaging topics, appropriate content formats, posting schedules, the best times to post on each platform.
If all that wasn’t enough, each social media network has its own set of specifications and maximum character lengths, which seem to change on a weekly basis. That’s why we put together the latest, most up-to-date social media post specs in this handy guide. Read on to learn more about the specifications for each platform, along with some advice about best practices.
Google My Business
|Posts||1,500 max, no minimum|
|Title||58 characters max|
Posts can be up to 1,500 characters, but only the first 100 words are visible. The rest can be seen once the post is clicked on, but because of GMB’s design, that’s not very intuitive. According to Google, the ideal length of a GMB post is between 150 – 300 characters.
|Username||50 characters max|
|Page Description||155 characters max|
|Posts||63,206 characters max|
|Comments||8,000 characters max|
|Video size||Up to 10 GB|
|Duration||240 mins max|
|Format||MP4 recommended, but any format can be used|
|Image Upload Size||30 MB max|
Of course, just because Facebook allows 63K+ characters doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. The chances of visitors reading the entire post of that length are slim. Social media experts, including marketing giant Hubspot, consider 40 – 50 characters to be the ideal length for a post.
|Tweets||280 characters max|
|Direct Messages||10,000 characters max|
|Image Upload Size||5 MB max|
|Resolution||1500 x 500 pixels|
Although Twitter has increased the character limits from 140 to 280 characters, shorter tweets get more engagement. Studies show that tweets that are 71 – 100 characters in length are liked and retweeted more than longer posts. Remember, @ mentions, gifs, and images don’t take away from a tweet’s character limits, but links do, though they’ll be shortened to 23 characters.
|Status||700 characters max|
|Articles||120,000 characters max|
|Group Discussions||2,000 characters max|
The ideal length for a LinkedIn status is around 100 characters. The “See More” button cuts off messages at about 140 characters. For articles, the recommendation is 3,000 characters.
|Caption||2,20 characters max|
|Bio||150 characters max|
|Username||30 characters max|
|Hashtags||30 hashtags max|
|Image Size||30 MB max|
|Image Aspect Ration||1:91:1 to 16:9|
|Video Upload||4 GB max|
|Video Duration||60 seconds max|
Again, the character limit is probably more than you want to use. Using the full 2,200 characters means your visitor will need to click on the “See more” button to view your entire post, so it’s better to shorten your captions. Under 125 characters is recommended so that your entire caption is visible in the Instagram feed.
|Video Title||100 characters max|
|Description||5,000 characters max|
|Video length||Up to 12 hours|
Note, your video title will likely cut off at 70 characters in most search results, so it’s best to keep your titles short and include your most important keywords at the beginning of the title.
The video description is the one place you should make full use of the allotted characters. YouTube is the third most popular search engine, following Google Search and Google Images, so including important keywords in your video description is a good way to improve your rankings in search results.
Capturing social media audience’s attention is a constant challenge for law firms, made more difficult by the constantly changing rules and regulations. Bookmark this cheat sheet to quickly refer back to the info you need for a successful social media marketing plan and don’t forget to also review our Online Marketing Images Cheat Sheet.
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