Ismail Aly

What are Twitter Cards? And How To Use Them For Free!

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What are twitter cards and how can I use them for marketingTwitter did a study analyzing over 2 million tweets from verified accounts. The study concluded that adding a video, or a photo results in a higher number of retweets and engagement. Tweets with photos are retweeted 35% more than tweets without images, and tweets with videos are retweeted 28% more than tweets with only text.

In another study conducted by Hubspot, it was found that tweets with images received a 36% increase in clicks, a 41% increase in retweets, and a 55% increase in leads. 

Twitter introduced 'Twitter Cards' back in June 2012, and almost went unnoticed. Not too many brands and bloggers are using them at the moment. They represent a huge opportunity for brands and bloggers to take advantage of.

Twitter cards allows you to attach rich photos, videos and media experience to tweets, to drive traffic to your website, and therefore generate more leads.  According to Twitter, twitter cards are a new way for advertisers to easily surface website content within a tweet, and drive relevant traffic to any page of their site, such as their home page, product page, or an important blog post.


So how can you start using twitter cards? Simply by adding a few lines of HTML to your webpage, and users who tweet links to your content will have a “card” added to the tweet that’s visible to all of their followers. If you are not very technical, or don't have a technical resource you can use this online Twitter Card generator

There are six different type of Twitter cards. In this post I will explain What are Twitter Cards, and How To Use Twitter Cards For Free so marketers or small business owners can understand which types are best for their needs, how to set up their cards to stand out from the crowd.

1 - What are Twitter Summary Cards?

Summary cards are the default card type. They include a title, description, thumbnail, Twitter account attribution, and a direct link to your content. Summary cards come in two flavors, the normal Summary card and Summary card with larger image to give the user a richer photo experience. When a user clicks on the image s/he is taken to your website to view the content.

Summary cards are ideal for web content or blog posts in order to give users a preview at the web content before clicking through to view the content.

The tweet below from Search Engine Land (@sengineland) shows a Summary Card (photo and text) below the 140 characters:

2 - What are Twitter Photo Cards? 

Twitter Photo card puts the image front and center in the tweet. Clicking on the photo expands it to a richer, detailed view. Photo cards focus on a single image. Images used in a photo card are automatically resized to fit the card perfectly, while maintaining the aspect ratio of the image. Photo cards gives your audience a rich photo experience tweets.

The tweet below from Flickr is an example of Photo Cards (@Flickr) shows a Photo Card on top of the 140 characters:

3 - What are Twitter Gallery Cards?

Gallery cards are similar to photo cards, but they display a collection of four photos instead of one like the photo cards. So its like four posts in one tweet. 

The tweet below from ones to watch (@onestowatch) campaign at the Grammy Awards


4 - What are App Cards?

The App Card is a great way to represent mobile applications on Twitter to drive installs. The App Card includes the name of the app, it's description, icon, as well as highlight attributes such as the rating and the price.

Twitter App Cards are a great tool for marketers of mobile applications that want to drive their audience on Twitter straight to Google Play Store or App Store to download and install the app. 

The tweet below from ESPN (@espn) to download the ESPN mobile app, this is how the tweet will look like on mobile phones



5 - What are Player Cards?

Video clips, vines, and  audio streams can be embedded in your tweets using Twitter Player Card. Here are some examples of tweets using Player Cards

This card puts a live video or audio player within your tweet that users can play on Twitter and in embedded tweets.

6 - What are Product Cards?

Twitter Product Cards are used to represent products, by displaying the product image, description, and another product attributes, this information helps drive traffic to your eCommerce shop and grow sales.

What do you think? of this post? Have you used Twitter cards before? What results have you seen so far? Please share in the comments!


Ismail Aly

Ismail Aly

Inbound Marketing & Sales Enablement Consultant, HubSpot User Group Leader, HubSpot Platinum Partner

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