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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Google Drive Research Tool

The cool tool recommendation this week is Google Drive Research Tool – a feature within Google Drive that simplifies the search and access to academic papers, articles, and other research materials.

With this tool, you can search for research papers, articles, and other academic materials and preview them without leaving Google Drive. You can access and organize research materials using the tool’s simple interface, and save documents directly to your Google Drive accounts for easy sharing and access.

In addition to keyword searches, the Google Drive Research tool integrates with Google Scholar – a search engine for academic and scholarly literature. It allows users to search for research materials based on author, title, publication, and other criteria, making it a powerful tool for students, researchers, and academics who need to access and organize large amounts of research materials.

How to access the tool

To access the Google Drive Research tool, you need to have a Google account and access to Google Drive.

  1. Log in to your Google Drive account.
  2. In the Google Drive main menu, click on the “New” button and select “Google Docs”.
  3. In the Google Docs editor, click on the “Tools” menu and select “Explore”.
  4. The Google Drive Research tool will open in the side panel of your screen. You can start searching for research materials by entering keywords or phrases in the search bar.

Note: The Google Drive Research tool may not be available in all regions or languages. Additionally, it is a feature within Google Docs, so you need to start a new Google Docs document in order to access it.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Iconfinder

This week’s cool tool recommendation is Iconfinder – a website and search engine for icons and vector graphics.

Icons are used to make information and ideas more digestible and accessible to a wider audience. They can add visual interest and break up text content, while also conveying information, such as links to social media profiles.

Iconfinder features a large library of icons from various designers and categories, which can be searched and downloaded for various purposes, including website design, graphic design, and software development. It offers both free and premium icons, with the option to purchase individual icons or subscribe to a monthly plan for unlimited access.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Speechnotes

 

Take notes with voice commands and punctuation shortcuts with this week’s cool tool – Speechnotes.

Speechnotes is a powerful and easy-to-use note-taking app that allows users to take notes, record thoughts, and capture ideas using voice commands and punctuation shortcuts. This innovative app is designed for individuals who are too busy or lazy to type and offers a fast and efficient way to take notes on-the-go.

With Speechnotes, users can easily insert punctuation marks and special characters using voice commands. This eliminates the need to manually type in punctuation marks, making note-taking faster and more efficient. Users can also click on the desired punctuation mark with the mouse, making it even more convenient. This feature is especially useful for individuals who are recording a voice memo or dictating a note and want to include proper punctuation.

Speechnotes also offers a variety of other features such as voice-to-text transcription, note editing, and cloud-based storage options. This allows users to easily access their notes from multiple devices and collaborate with others on shared notes. It also has an easy-to-use interface with customizable settings, making it perfect for students, professionals, and anyone who wants to take notes quickly and efficiently.

 

 
 
 

 

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Similar Sites

 

Discover related websites with this week’s cool tool recommendation – Similar Sites.

Similar Sites is a Chrome extension that enables you to discover similar websites to the one you are currently visiting. You can compare information from different sources to find the information you need. In addition, the extension comes with a built-in search function for easy browsing and works with most browsers.

 

 

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Headline Studio

 

Improve your headlines quickly and easily with this week’s cool tool recommendation – Headline Studio.

David Ogilvy, the original Mad Man of advertising, once famously said, “On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.”

Ogilvy’s remark reminds us never to underestimate the power of the humble headline.

Even in this digital age, headlines count.

A good headline can grab the attention of the reader and make them want to read more. A bad headline, on the other hand, can turn people away and cause them to lose interest in your content. This is especially true in the online world, where people have short attention spans and are bombarded with a constant stream of information.

Headlines also serve an important SEO (search engine optimization) purpose. Search engines use the headline to understand what your content is about, and a good headline can help your content rank higher in search results.

Headline Studio will rate your headlines allowing you to identify any weaknesses and address them. Additionally, it contains word banks that can assist you in overcoming writing blocks and creating more compelling headlines.

How it works

Just click the Headline Studio button on any website where you want to analyze a headline, such as your WordPress blog post. Headline Studio will open directly in your browser, allowing you to write and analyze headlines simultaneously.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Google Trends

This week’s cool tool recommendation is Google Trends – a tool that shows how frequently certain search terms are entered into Google’s search engine.

The tool isn’t new, but it’s worth checking out if you haven’t before – or revisiting if you haven’t in a while.

How to use it:

Go to the Google Trends website at https://trends.google.com/ 

In the “Search” field, enter the term that you want to see trends for. You can enter multiple terms, separated by a comma, to compare their popularity.

In the “Time Range” menu, select the period of time for which you want to see trends. Select a range of dates or a predefined time period, such as “Past Day,” “Past Week,” or “Past Month.”. You can also choose to search “Worldwide” data, or region specific. And you can specify where you want to pull data from, e.g. “News” “Images” YouTube”.

You can also use Google Trends to compare the popularity of multiple search terms. To do this, enter multiple search terms separated by a comma in the “Search” field.

Another useful feature is the ability to see top-related searches, which is very helpful when creating content.

Why you should use Google Trends.

  1. Market research: Google Trends can help you understand how popular certain products or services are, and how their popularity has changed over time. This can be useful for businesses that want to gauge the demand for their products or services.
  2. Content creation: By understanding what people are searching for, you can create content that meets their needs and interests. For example, if you run a blog or website, you can use Google Trends to see what topics are currently trending and create content that covers those topics.
  3. Search engine optimization: Google Trends can help you understand what people are searching for, and how their search habits are changing. This can be useful for businesses that want to optimize their website for search engines, as it can help them identify keywords and phrases to target in their content.
  4. Keeping up with the news: Google Trends can also be used to see what news stories and events are currently generating the most interest. This can help you stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the world.

I hope that gives you a good idea of why Google Trends can be useful and that you are encouraged to try out this tool during the week.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: BrainyQuote

 

This week’s cool tool recommendation is BrainyQuote – a directory of inspirational quotes.

Despite how long quotes have been doing the rounds of social media, they are still hugely popular and highly shareable. Next time you’re searching for something to fill your social media calendar consider sharing a quote.  This site is the perfect place to find just the right quote for any occasion. And if you’re stuck for ideas, check out the quote of the day feature which makes choosing a quote a breeze. 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Lumen 5

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  Lumen5 is a desktop tool designed for bloggers to convert their blog posts into video.

I geeked out over this tool last year when I discovered it. Simply input your blog post’s url and Lumen 5 will import the text and images from that post and auto-create your video. You can then edit it, swap out images, upload other images and add music before you hit publish.  The video above is one I created with  Lumen 5 from an original blog post

The free plan includes unlimited videos, access to 10 million video files, and 480p-quality video with the Lumen5 watermark. You can also upload your own logo. Upgrading to the Pro plan ($49/month) lets you remove the Lumen5 branding, upload your own watermark and outro, and more.

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Videoshop

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 I’m recommending Videoshop a free stand-alone video recorder and editing app.

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Because the app enables you to record and edit video in one place, you don’t have to use several different apps to create your video. Features include the ability to integrate your favorite songs to your video, add subtitles and noises like applause sounds. You can also adjust video speed to slow or fast, merge multiple clips into one and choose transitions to animate between video clips.

Videoshop is available on iOS or Android.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Content Row Headline Generator

This week’s cool tool recommendation is a headline generator tool from Content Row.

Here’s what the tool returns for the term “social media”. It’s probably best to ignore clickbait titles, but this is an AI tool, so it’s not an exact science. Once you are logged in as a user, you can filter out clickbait in your search.

Each headline is given a score, and you can click on the option to analyze it, which is a nice feature as it gives you some suggestions on how to improve it.

While these tools aren’t perfect, they can kickstart the creative thinking process when it comes to writing headlines.