Sometimes a visitor’s first impression won’t be of the content of your videos but of your channel when you are away. For this reason, it is important to have your profile filled out with relevant information as well as an attractive offline banner for your stream.
What Makes a Good Twitch Offline Banner?
A good banner is visually stunning to capture the attention of the viewer. It should incorporate the colors, fonts, and any imagery associated with your channel’s brand while providing relative information about your content.
An offline banner is potentially a pivotal part of your growth. It shows potential viewers and other creators (whom you may wish to collaborate with) that you are serious about your content and that you have taken steps to treat your channel professionally.
How Your Twitch Banner Should Look
Browse your favorite Twitch channels when they are offline to look for design ideas that appeal to you. You can also look at templates online or ideas on Pinterest. We have also posted nine of our favorite designs at the end of this article!
Examine your stream’s brand and culture. What stands out to you or your viewers that could be summarized in an image? Using your primary colors, caricatures, fonts, and anything else related to your channel is fair game and should be considered. For tips on branding, read our guide, How to Build Your Personal Brand as a Streamer.
Twitch Offline Banner Be
For a professional look, it is important to upload a file of the right specifications. The recommended dimensions for a Twitch Offline banner are as follows:
- Size: 1920×1080 pixels (this is the same ratio of standard HD video, 16:9)
- Quality: Max 10mb. Try to have it as close to this size as possible.
- Format: Twitch supports JPG, PNG, and GIF formats.
What Information Should You Post on Your Twitch Banner?
It is often argued that people can simply “scroll down” to find out information on your profile page. They are unable to do so, however, if one of your videos has been embedded on another site. Having the last few frames of every video ending with your offline stream banner will ensure that viewers from other sites will be able to find your channel, social media, and other key information.
While you don’t want to clutter your banner, you do want to quickly let your viewers/other content creators know a few things about you and your channel. Those things include:
Your Twitch Stream Schedule
If you have set times where you stream (and you should!), post them on your banner. Include the days and times (don’t forget your timezone) of your broadcasts where they can quickly be noticed. This will let people know when they should return to your channel. Wondering how many days per week you should stream? Read our article, How Often You Should Stream?
Your Typical Content
You don’t necessarily have this typed. If you have an avatar or caricature associated with your brand, you can stylize it to incorporate what you generally stream. For instance, if you stream cooking videos, dress your avatar up as a chef. If your game, place the logos of the games you stream in the lower right-hand corner.
Your Social Media Accounts
Make sure that you put your active social media accounts and their names on your banner. Funneling people into your social media will allow them to interact with your community even when you are offline. It will also remind them to return to your channel to check out your content.
An Invitation to Watch Videos
Twitch is good about letting those who pass by easily access your latest video. If you upload content to YouTube, make sure you point them toward that channel.
An Invitation to Follow
Gently remind people to follow you to be instantly notified the next time you go online. If you have fantastic badges or emotes for your subscribers, post a few of them on your banner as a way to advertise them. For tips on other ways to build your following, read our guide, Get 10 Times the Viewers: Advanced Guide to More Followers.
If you have editing capabilities to your banner, you can optionally update it weekly with specific information for the upcoming week.
How to Use Your Twitch Channel When You are Offline:
You don’t necessarily have to have your channel be quiet the entire time you are offline. Here are a few ways you can put it to work:
Raid Other Twitch Channels
At the end of your stream, consider raiding another stream with your viewers. Not only will this introduce your viewers to another streamer, but it is also a fun and exciting way to end your own stream! Let your followers help pick the channel to raid (staying in your category is a fantastic idea). This is also a good way to encourage the community between you and your other streamers and they may return the favor to you.
Set Up Hosting
If you collaborate with other content creators, try to host each other when you are offline. This will help grow your channels together. You are able to set up hosting options in your channel settings.
Offline Twitch Banner Examples:
Here are nine great examples of offline Twitch banners that may give you inspiration for your design:
CartmenS: This banner is eye-catching and memorable. It invites people to follow so that they are notified when the next stream goes live (in a humorous way) and gives information for his social media.
Alanzoka: The man asleep on the keyboard is a great visual for an offline screen. He gives his social media information and lets people know when he streams (Monday through Friday in the afternoon and evenings).