Web Design, Trade Show & Marketing Roundup: April 2, 2012

April is here! And with it comes some big changes. Facebook began rolling out Timeline for all brand pages, visual story telling is on the rise and Pinterest is becoming a social media platform that marketers are finding hard to ignore. Feel like you might have missed out on some of the latest news? Here are seven noteworthy articles from last week that will help you catch up and stay up-to-date on the latest web design, social media, marketing and trade show exhibit news.

#1. 15 Must Know Tips to Rock Your New Facebook Timeline Business Page

Last Friday, Facebook began rolling all of the brand page profile designs over to Timeline. If you are looking for ways to take advantage of this new design, here are 15 must know tips to rock your new Facebook Timeline business page.

#2. 17 Examples of Twitter Brand Page Backgrounds to Inspire You

First impressions do matter, especially on social media channels where people may be engaging with your brand for the first time. You can really make a splash on Twitter by creating a brand background page that inspires. Here are 17 examples of awesome Twitter background pages to get your inspired today.

#3.  The Rise of Visual Storytelling in Marketing

With the rise of Pinterest, Instagram, Timeline and numerous other image-based platforms, using visual storytelling as a means of spreading your marketing message has arrived. Images are attracting tons of traffic and leaving marketers with the responsibility of turning those visits into leads. What are marketers to do in the rise of visual storytelling?

#4. How To Make Images Stand Out on Pinterest [Infographic]

Do you know how to optimize the pins that you post? The folks over at Pinnable Business came out with this awesome infographic telling you all the ways you can maximize your image optimization on Pinterest. Make your images stand out.

#5. 3 Reasons Facebook Brand Pages Are Good for Businesses

Just when marketers were beginning to feel comfortable on Facebook, Timeline was introduced and is throwing a monkey wrench into everyone’s social media strategy! Not to worry! Timeline’s new layout actually benefits brand pages. Here are three reasons why.

#6. Promotional Products

Exhibitor magazine asked 10 exhibit industry experts and promo-savvy marketers to share give their opinion on trade show swag. While some promotional products work for some brands, it doesn’t work for everyone. What is your take on trade show swag?

#7. Pinterest vs. Google+: Which New Social Network is Worth Marketers’ Time?

Many companies are using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to promote their brands and boost their marketing efforts. With the recent launch of Pinterest and Google+, many marketers are beginning to question if they need to be on either or both. Find out which social network is right for your brand.