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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Quuu

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Quuu, a hand-curated content suggestion platform that connects to your Buffer queue.

How It Works 

Select from over 300 interest categories to receive suggestions that matter to you and your audience. With the free account, you can choose up to 5 interest categories, get suggestions automatically sent to your connected accounts two times a day (six for a paid account).  Relevant suggestions will be queued to your Buffer where you can choose to manually curate posts yourself or Quuu will post for you.

It’s free to sign up at http://www.quuu.co

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: BeFunky

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is photo-editing tool BeFunky.

There is so much you can do with this tool to enhance your visual marketing assets, including creating collages, adding “one-click” photo effects (there are over 300 photo effects and filters to choose from) and an array of graphics (eg speech bubbles). The basic account is free to use and provides users with access to a library of 125 digital effects.

Try it out for yourself at www.befunky.com

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Photofeeler

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Photofeeler, billed as the “world’s smartest photo feedback” tool.  I’m intrigued by this free tool designed to help you make the right impression online.

 

Advanced algorithms by Carnegie Mellon University Ph.D. mathematicians make Photofeeler a valid scientific tool, not just a toy or game.  Photofeeler’s co-founder has a PhD in Optimization Algorithms and experience writing artificial intelligence for Fortune 500 companies. What Photofeeler does with algorithms and machine learning, is monitor vote quality, detect all manners of voter fraud in real time, and use sophisticated score distribution analysis — accounting for factors like individual voter styles — to optimize the accuracy of test results. The consequence is statistical accuracy far beyond what a small number of votes could normally provide.

How It Works

When you start a test on a photo, other logged-in Photofeeler users (within your selected voter demographic) can see that photo on the voting page in order to give their feedback. When the test is ended, the photo becomes entirely private again.

 

Photofeeler Ranks are a comparison between your photo’s score and all the rest that have been tested on the Photofeeler platform. Photofeeler Ranks are given as a percentile. So, for instance, a Rank of 58% means your photo did better than 58% of photos.

Let me know if you try this tool out – I’d love to hear how you get on with it. 

Sign up at http://www.photofeeler.com

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Bit.ly

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite free tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Bit.ly, a tool which creates shortened links to track the performance of your content once you promote it. If you create a custom short link for each content promotion campaign, you can track what works well and what doesn’t.

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Also check out Snip.ly  a url shortner tool which allows you to enhance every link you share (whether your own content or someone else’s) with a call to action.

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When people click on the Sniply-generated link, they can view the article you shared and see a CTA.

Both these tools are extremely useful to track how your content is performing and if  you aren’t already using them, I highly recommend you start today.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Instagrok

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week’s cool tool recommendation is Instagrok which allows you to research any topic with an interactive concept map, that you can customize and share.

 

As you can see from the above example it’s an interesting site to input your particular topics and get related information, giving you the ability to learn about the topics in detail before you brainstorm and giving you a new interactive way to share information with your audience.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Buzzsumo

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Buzzsumo a useful tool to explore what pieces of content are popular on social media around a certain topic. Use it to analyze what content performs best for any topic or competitor, and find the key influencers to promote your content.

Here’s an overview of what turns up when I input “social media marketing tips” into Buzzsumo’s search tool.


I can easily determine which posts are most popular through the number of shares they get. The free version is useful to get a quick snapshot, but if you are interested in doing more with the tool, you will need to upgrade to the paid version.

Visit http://buzzsumo.com to give it a try. 

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Stencil

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Stencil, a quick and easy tool to design visuals.

Right within the dashboard you have access to 860,000+ background images. You can add whatever text and/or graphics to these and directly share them on social media. They have 200,000+ graphics and icons. If you like sharing quotes on social media you can take advantage of their ready to add quotes feature. It will save you a lot of time. They also have a browser extension that makes it easy to instantly upload any image from a webpage, modify it and then share it.

You can save, download or share up to 10 images per month, for free. You can upgrade to 500 images per month and unlimited plans after that.

Try it and let me know what you think!

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Bloomberry

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Bloomberry. This tool gathers questions being asked across the web on forums, e-commerce sites, Quora, Reddit, and more. It’s a useful tool to help you discover what popular questions around topics can be answered through content that you can create. Here’s a snapshot of questions related to social media strategy, one of the topics I enjoy teaching and writing about the most.

For now, BloomBerry is free whilst in beta, with a new Pro tool being tested. 

Visit https://app.bloomberry.com to try it out.

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Quotes Cover

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Quotes Cover.

Quotes Cover turns quotes or short text into images for social media and high resolution image for posters or other print design.  It’s so simple to use. Simply enter your quote or text and then choose your preferred design elements, such as font, shadow effect, and color.  You can upload your own image as a background, or keep it plain as I have in the following example.

When you are happy with your design, simply save in JPG or PNG format and it’s ready for you to use on your chosen social media sites.   Here’s my finished design:

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: GIMP

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is GIMP – a free and open source image editor for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

GIMP (an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program) has many uses from a simple paint program and a quality photo retouching tool to an image format converter and an online batch processing system. Here’s an example from one of GIMP’s step-by-step tutorials showing how to modify the filesize of an image when exporting it to a format like JPEG.

This  is a basic feature, but there are many more advanced features to explore. It’s a useful alternative to Photoshop for those who don’t have access to it. Check it out at www.gimp.org and see for yourself.