Posted in Cool Tool, Infographics, Visual Marketing

Monday Morning Cool Tool: Plotagraph 

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 Plotagraph – a really cool app that animates images with magical effects.

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Although you can’t see it in this still image, in Plotograph the water is moving!

You can use Plotagraph to create a looping video, animated GIF, or animated PNG. Then upload your eye-catching image to various social media platforms.  Most of the time, you make looping videos or animated images from a video. However, Plotagraph begins with a still image and creates the movement with what appears to be CGI effects. You can upload an image to the app or website, or take a photo inside the app.

Plotagraph is available via the web for free and the iOS app costs $4.99.

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Readable.​io

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Readable.io – a tool to help you measure the readability of any text.

How It Works

Put in your written text – paste it, upload a document or a URL – and you will get a set of scores and measures:

  • Readability scores – including Flesch-Kincaid, Gunning Fog and the SMOG index
  • Text analytics – text statistics (like letter, word and syllable counts), composition stats (like adjective, noun and adverb counts)
  • Keywork densities – for single words, and two or three word phrases
  • Reading and speaking time
  • Sentiment analysis – is the text positive, negative or neutral

Once you’ve scored your text, you’ll want to start working to improve it, and the tool can help there as well. Alongside your readability scores and text analytics, you’ll see an advanced highlighting engine showing areas where your text might be improved:

  • Long sentences are highlighted in yellow – or where very long, in red
  • Long and difficult words are highlighted and underlined
  • Uses of passive voice are highlighted in blue
  • Adverbs are usually shown in gold
  • Spotting cliches is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel

Readible.io is free – with a premium option available from just $3 per month.

Posted in Cool Tool, Visual Marketing

Monday Morning Cool Tool: Typorama

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Typorama  another super easy design tool to enhance your social media and content marketing.

Choose from more than 40 different typographic styles, and add professional photo filters, overlays and adjustment tools.  Advanced crop options let you create the perfect size pictures for social media posts, wallpapers, posters, flyers and postcards.

Typorama is available for download from the App Store. 

Posted in Cool Tool, Visual Marketing

Monday Morning Cool Tool: Tagul

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 Tagul a tool for creating beautiful graphics out of word clouds or tag clouds.

How to use it: 

  1. Visit tagul.com and click “Create Now”
  2. Click “Import words” and either copy and paste text from, add your own, or enter a URL to generate a word cloud.
  3. Now for my favorite bit. Choose from dozens of shapes, fonts, layout; then hit “Visualize” to see your word cloud.

Here’s a quick visual I created using social media marketing related words.

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Visit tagul.com  and get creating your own visuals. 

Posted in Cool Tool, Visual Marketing

Monday Morning Cool Tool: Pixlr

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

Pixlr offers you a combination of two tools – an image editor much like Photoshop, and a simple tool to add effects to your existing files.

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Key Features:

  • Provides access to either a full-blown image editor or a simplified version of it.
  • Lets you customize your images using advanced features and pre-built graphics.
  • Enables you to export your images in a range of formats.

Visit https://pixlr.com and try it for yourself.

Posted in Cool Tool, LinkedIn, Visual Marketing

Monday Morning Cool Tool: Dux-Soup

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Dux-Soup  – a browser plug-in which works with Google Chrome as your virtual assistant on LinkedIn.

Dux-Soup keeps track of every single profile you visit and allows you to make notes directly on the profile page which are saved. Profile date and notes can be export as a .CSV file to be opened in Microsoft Excel or similar. The .CSV file includes data such as the name of the person whose profile you visited, job title, company name, location, email and notes.

You can take and save notes on each profile such as: have sent invite/need to reply to a message / likes Opera etc. Dux-Soup can save you hours of manual data entry when it comes to tracking all your leads you interact with on LinkedIn.

You can opt to use the free version (which enables you to view a hundred LinkedIn profiles a day) or upgrade to the paid version (which allows you to set the number of profile visits you need to make per day and export the .CSV file and make use of the data you gathered.

Dux-Soup is available as a browser plug-in which works with Google Chrome. Download here.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Grammarly

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Grammarly a free writing app available as a Google Chrome Extension.

Adding Grammarly to Chrome means that your spelling and grammar will be vetted on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, and nearly everywhere else you write on the web. I use it all the time and find it super useful.

Click here to download the app.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Page Analytics

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Page Analytics  a Google Chrome Extension.

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The Page Analytics Chrome Extension allows you to see how vistors interact with your web pages, including what they click and don’t click. You can use these insights to optimize your website layout, improve user experience, and increase conversions.

Click here to download the app.

Posted in Cool Tool, Visual Marketing

Monday Morning Cool Tool: Aviary

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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 Aviary a simple graphics editor that you can use from your browser window or as an app for your phone.

Use Aviary to fine-tune your photos with a full range of filters and one-touch tools for adjusting lighting, focus and color. You can also erase blemishes and brighten whites in a tap, or personalize your pictures with stickers, frames and overlays.

Go to aviary.com to download the app, or use the desktop version and let the magic begin. 

 

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: PicMonkey

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 Picmonkey  – another super easy design tool to enhance your social media and content marketing.

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Picmonkey is a “freemium” tool with the option of paying for extras, but I’ve accomplished a lot with the free version.  Some of the features I like most include themed seasonal overlays and Photoshop style cosmetic enhancement features. It’s a great tool to touch up your images. I often use Picmonkey for quick resizing and enhancement of images before I post them online.

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Key Features:

  • Enables you to create custom graphics and customize them.
  • Lets you touch up your images and photographs using a broad collection of features.
  • Provides a vast library of templates to help speed up your work.
  • Lets you export your projects as images to use as you wish.

Visit www.picmonkey.com and try it for yourself!