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Monday Morning Cool Tool: TouchRetouch

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 app TouchRetouch.

The app is designed to deal with unwanted content in photos, wanting having to resort to Photoshop.  It allows you to remove small items from your photos by drawing over them with your finger. Repair minor imperfections on your face, some small spots from dust on your camera sensor, or other point-like spots by just tapping on them.

TouchRetouch is available for $1.99 for iOS and Android

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Adobe Spark

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 Adobe Spark, a free suite of apps which allow both web and mobile users to create and share visual content – like posts for social media, graphics, web stories, and animated videos.

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It comprises three separate design apps: Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video.

  1. Spark Post is aimed at letting you create professional graphics in minutes.
  2. Spark Page is focused on helping you craft web stories. That means you can use it for things like magazine-style travel stories, photo albums, online newsletters, reports, or anything else that you want to present on the web. It’s basically a simplified web editing platform, with tools that let you mix text and imagery in a highly visual way.
  3. Spark Video lets you create animated videos. Note, this isn’t a tool for filming content – instead, you combine text, images, icons and themes in a presentation, then speak your voice over the story in order to create the video.

Here’s how I used  Spark Post to create a quick and easy quote graphic for Instagram:

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Top Design Tip!

Follow CoSchedule‘s best design practice to create even better graphics.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Twitonomy

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 Twitonomy a freemium tool which yields insights on your Twitter followers, influence and interests.

Here’s a snapshot of my @mention analytics.

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You can also get search analytics on any hashtag, user or keyword. With the pro version you can download tweets, mentions, RTs, favorites and reports to Excel & PDF documents — a useful reporting tool.

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Missinglettr

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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 I’m recommending blog promotion tool Missinglettr.

Missinglettr turns each of your blog posts into a 12 month social campaign, which is then dripped out to your social channels.  It creates a whole sequence of social content and branded imagery (fully cropped and optimised for each of your social accounts). Simply review and edit if needed.

You can choose from a default evergreen (6 or 12 months) or blast (2 weeks or 2 months) campaign or create own based on the number of posts, duration and posting days. Over the next 12 months, your campaign content is automatically sent to each of your social profiles, driving traffic back to your site and increasing engagement across your social channels.

Pricing starts at $22 per month, but you can try out Missinglettr with a 30-day trial to see if it’s the right tool for you. 

 

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: PickFu

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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 I’m recommending a Split Testing tool called PickFu.

This tool uses polls to give you real-time feedback – an objective third-party point-of-view on your project. You can also use it to slice and dice responses by age, gender, ethnicity, income, education.

Basic polls are simple:

  • ask a question about one or two options
  • get 50 responses from the general population
  • each response includes a vote and written explanation
  • see age and gender of each respondent
  • usually done in 15 minutes or less

With the free plan, you have the simplest features and the results are publicly viewable.  You can upgrade to keep results private and add more features.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: GTmetrix

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 website speed test tool –  GTmetrix.

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GTmetrix has a suite of features and options to make optimizing your website clear and easy. It gives you insight on how well your site loads and provides actionable recommendations on how to optimize it. You can also use the tool to analyze the page load of your site from 28 servers in 7 different regions around the world.

How fast your website loads is critical – a good site will load in 2 seconds. Research shows that a single second delay in site load time can reduce your conversions by 7 percent. If your site is taking longer than that, consider that around 40% of people will leave a website if it doesn’t load in 3 seconds.

The faster your site, the better. Google announced back in July 2018, page speed will be a ranking factor for mobile searches too.

Visit https://gtmetrix.com to try out this tool’s features.

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Hotjar

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 Hotjar, a website optimization tool.

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Hotjar offers website heatmaps, scroll maps, click maps and more, alongside visitor recordings and website funnel mapping. By combining both Analysis and Feedback tools, Hotjar gives you the ‘big picture’ of how to improve your site’s user experience and performance/conversion rates.

Features include:

Heatmaps to visualize user behaviour

Understand what users want, care about and do on your site by visually representing their clicks, taps and scrolling behavior – which are the strongest indicators of visitor motivation and desire.

Visitor Recordings to see what your users see

 By seeing your visitor’s clicks, taps and mouse movements you can identify usability issues on the fly and issues they encounter.

Conversion Funnels to see where your visitors are dropping off

Find the biggest opportunities for improvement and testing by identifying on which page and at which step most visitors are leaving your site.

Price: The free plan covers businesses with up to 2,000 pageviews per day.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Display Purposes

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 a tool called Display Purposes which helps you find the best hashtags to use on social media.

The tool is particularly helpful for Instagram, where hashtags are how people find your content.

So simple to use, and really effective. Here’s how it works when I add “Monday” to the search bar.

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On Instagram you should aim to use a mix of popular hashtags (which many people browse), and less popular hashtags that you stand a chance of getting a spot in “Top” for. The tool is very useful for this as it returns the search results in order of descending popularity.

And something really super-cool, I can zoom in on my local region to gauge the popularity of the hashtag.

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You might like to check out this new report which looks at the latest Instagram best practices, including hashtag use. 

 

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: TextOptimizer

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 SEO tool TextOptimizer.

TextOptimizer helps you get a better search engine ranking by optimizing the text on your website. What’s cool about this tool is that it helps you surface topic ideas for your content marketing. You can see what people search for on the internet and tailor your content to answer those questions. Producing content loved by users and optimized for search engines means more organic traffic and more conversion.

Here’s how it works.

Enter your keywords in the search box.

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Choose which search engine you want to optimize for.

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Choose one of these options – I’ll go with sample text for now.

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The tool generates ideas for what I can write about based on what people are currently searching on Google.

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If I enter the URL of this website, Text Optimizer generates a score for me to see how well my content is optimized for search.

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These are just some of the things you can do with TextOptimizer. It’s a super tool so I encourage you to take a look around it and see for yourself.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Apester

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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 I’m recommending a digital storytelling tool called Apester

Described as a novel way to tell any story visually and natively blend it into any webpage, Apester’s plug and play tool mixes text and images with interactive content to create compelling stories. More cool features include the ability to create interactive content such as polls and quizzes.

Amazingly for such a super cool tool Apester is totally free! Check it out at apester.com