Twitter Cards enable publishers to attach media experiences to tweets — beyond the 140-character limit.
They add a few lines of HTML metadata to blog posts and other thought leadership content that enable brands to stand out from the pack in Twitter feeds that are full of text. They can help you drive website traffic, introduce new products and services, share rich content such as videos, and improve engagement. Bypassing the character limit also helps increase conversion rates.
Tweets with images and other media attract:
- 89% more “favorites”
- 18% more clicks
- 150% more retweets
Get started with Twitter cards in 4 easy steps
1. Choose a card type
- Includes title, description, thumbnail, Twitter account attribution, and a direct link to your content
- Best for blog posts or sites with pages that contain a lot of information
— United Nations (@UN) June 19, 2014
- Similar to a summary card, but with a larger image
- Best for highly visual content producers
- Photo only
- Best for sites that features photography or art because the images speaks for themselves
Stunning photo of mountainous landscape and reflections http://t.co/esvsXTy7Tq
— Flickr (@Flickr) January 15, 2014
- A collection of 4 photos
- Best for telling a visual story or displaying multiple views of a product
- Details a mobile app with a link for direct download
- Best for showing a snapshot of an app with its price and ratings, along with a description that drives people directly to their App Store
- Video, audio, or other media
- Best for sharing video and song clips within a tweet
- Customized for product information
- Best for selling items with details including price, description, and availability
2. Add meta tags
Here is some sample code for a Twitter summary card — consult Twitter’s guide for each card type’s meta tags.
3. Validate Twitter card code
Run the URL through Twitters’ card validator tool to receive approval from Twitter:
4. Measure results
Study your analytics snapshot to obtain a holistic view of how your content is performing on Twitter, showing the number of Tweets containing a link to your website or app.
Check out the infographic below from SurePayroll and Ghergich & Co that walks through all the basics of Twitter Cards.