Advice and answers from the ActionSprout Team

With our new Profile Picture Frame social action you can create a campaign that benefits your supporters and your cause.

  • They get a cool profile picture overlay to show their friends they support your cause.
  • You get a list of names and emails of everyone who believed in your cause enough to associated it with their most prominent Facebook image.

It's a win-win. And best of all, if you contact these supporters in the future, you won't be spamming them. They've shown the world they stand for your cause, making them that much more likely to show support for future actions related to your cause, too.

How to create a Profile Picture Frame social action

It's easy! Just log into ActionSprout and go to the Social Actions tab

Then click the green Create Action button at the top of your screen and choose Profile Picture Frame from the list of templates.

You'll be taken to a page that looks like the one below. This is where you can create, edit, and manage your new profile picture campaign.

Start by filling in the basics:

  • What's a catchy title you could give it? 
  • What are you asking your supporters to do? 
  • What do you want the button say, to get them to click? 
  • What's a engaging image you could use with the action? What's likely to catch their attention while they're quickly scrolling through their busy Facebook feed? 

Once entered all that, you'll need to upload the overlay image. This will be the picture your community adds to their profile images to show their support.

We recommend you use an overlay image that's 1000 x 1000 pixels. Also, make sure you save it as a .PNG file with a transparent background. (More on that below...) 

If your overlay image is not a square, you'll have the chance to crop it once you upload it into ActionSprout. (It has to be a square because profile images are square, and your overlay needs to match up exactly.)

Once you're happy with your overlay image, write a description for your social action. Make sure the wording helps persuade your supporters to change their image for your cause. Not sure what to say? We have an entire best practices guide to will help you create a killer action description! 

You can also customize your thank you screen, privacy info, opt-in message, goal bars, donation appeals, and whatever info you'd like to collect when supporters complete your action (all of which are optional and up to your team). 

Then Save Changes at the bottom of your screen. When the screen refreshes, click the link at the very top of the page to view your (ta-da!) completed social action. 

Please note: This does not share your action with anyone else, nor will it cause your new action to be visible on your Facebook page. To share your action with supporters, please see this guide.

How it works on your supporters' end

Let's use the following example of a Facebook user who wants to support a honeybee conservation effort.

First, she logs into Facebook and clicks on her Profile Picture Frame link to preview the profile image, like this:

In this example, it makes it look like a bee is flying over the profile picture. If she likes what she sees, she can click Create Profile Picture button. 

When the page refreshes, she'll be able to see a preview of her profile image with the bee on it. To finalize the change, she'll click the Use as Profile Picture button.

Facebook will then pop up a message asking her to confirm the change.

Once she clicks Confirm, the overlay image will appear as her profile image anywhere she goes on Facebook!

Tips for creating your .PNG overlay image 

Pixlr Editor 

This is a free web app that lets you create and save images. Just choose "Create new image" and make sure you check "Transparent." This lets the image float on top of the supporter's profile picture, rather than completely covering it up. 

Canva 

This is another handy (free!) tool to help you create nice overlay images. Just click the Download button at the top, choose PNG (Recommended), and make sure the Transparent background box is checked. 

Gimp 

For a more robust photo editor, check out Gimp. This free Photoshop lookalike downloads software right to your personal machine for use (versus doing everything online like the other two). Once again, remember to save your new image as a .PNG file with a transparent background. 

Still have questions? Let us help! Drop us a line at info@actionsprout.com

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