Adding a custom thumbnail to your video will help you get more views on your video and get more people to stop scrolling, pay attention, and engage with your video. When we upload videos to Facebook and we don’t upload our own custom thumbnail, what Facebook does is it just grabs a random photo anywhere in your video and uses that as the thumbnail. Problem is, it’s usually when you’re pulling your face like this or this or this. We don’t want that.
Hi, I’m Salome Schillack, and I help coaches, consultants, and online course creators reach more people, get more clicks, and attract more clients using Facebook video advertising. Today, I’m going to show you a very easy way you can add some beautiful custom thumbnails with text on them to your videos so that you get more views, you get more people to stop scrolling and pay attention, and you get better engagement on your Facebook videos and your video ads.
The first thing you want to do is take a selfie in exactly the same spot where you’re recording the video. Move the camera back a little bit when you take the video because the dimensions on the video is wider than the dimensions in a photo. Leave a little bit of space along the side where you’re going to put your text, and if you’re vain, like me, after you’ve taken the selfie, you might want to use an app like BeautyPlus to just enhance your natural features.
Next, you want to import your image into photo editing software, such as Canva or PicMonkey. This is where you’re going to overlay the text that goes on your thumbnail. Remember to give your video an enticing name, something that’s going to spark the curiosity of your ideal client and make them want to click, listen, and watch more. In order to do this, you want to ask yourself, “If my ideal client reads the title of my video, can they still answer the question,