The best position for placement of Social Media icons on a website
What is the best position for placement of Social Media icons on a website page? And why do some branded websites ignore these on their home page? Is it because they do not care for social outreach? Or are they so popular already that these buttons do not count in their online branding strategy?
Showcase your Social Media profile
It is important to showcase your Social Media profiles on your website. We recommend that you should display the following on each page of your website:
- Links to each social profile
- A prominent link to their blog and RSS feed
- Share buttons so that visitors can easily share the webpages.
- Social feeds (i.e. Twitter feed, Blog RSS, Facebook Like Box)
Don’t add too much social media crap
There’s a lot more you can add, such as the “Buffer” & “Pin it” Pinterest buttons, and also features like the Twitter “Tweet this page” and “Follow us”, but you could then argue that this will clutter up the webpages whilst taking away from the main content. The bottom line is to determine your social goals, and then design the pages as to not look cluttered. Now that I have an expertâ€™s opinion behind me, here are some tips and suggestions on how to showcase your brand’s Social Media profiles on your website.
So, where do you place the social media buttons
For web pages I believe the best solution is to place at the top, so that the visitor can see the icons near the top navigation, which is the most clicked/viewed/used by the visitor. Donâ€™t place those valuable buttons at the footer. There is an interesting eyetracking study that supports an F-design for websites and the heatmaps also shows that the visitorâ€™s eyes move to the upper right corner a little more than other parts of the webpage. So utilize that space to show your social presence and phone number.
Care about the social presence of your website
The social media profile icons in the website helps in sending the message to the visitor that you care about the social presence of your website. Adding these icons will also help the potential customer to go to your Facebook or Twitter profile and ask questions regarding your services or appreciate you for solving their problems pretty easily. Even for B2B companies, social media content is the most popular content.
Link to social media sites help in online reputation management
When creating a Facebook page for your brand, you will link to your website from that page. You need to do the same from your website too. This will help the users and search engines to identify the different properties you have on the internet. Whenever someone searches for your brand name Google loves to show your different social media pages in the first page. This will help in online reputation management by moving negative reviews, if any, to the second page. Also placing the Google+ button on the website and getting more +1’s has a high correlation with Google rankings.